Grand Scales General Code of Operating Rules – First Edition – January 1, 2007
15.0 Radio Rules
Federal Communications 15.1 Radio communication must be made in accordance with federal communications regulations.
No False Transmitting 15.2 No employee shall knowingly transmit false distress communications.
Unnecessary Communications 15.3 Unnecessary, irrelevant, or unidentified radio communications are forbidden.
Clean Talk 15.4 Obscene, indecent, or profane radio language is prohibited.
Distress Traffic Priority 15.5 No employee shall knowingly transmit while distress traffic is being handled on the same frequency.
Lost Communication-Stop Movement 15.6 If specific radio instructions are not understood or if continuous radio contact is not maintained, this must be construed as a stop signal and the train must be brought to a stop and not moved until communication is restored.
Radio Procedures 15.7 When radio communications are used to direct movement, the distances will be called out in car lengths, such as, “Eight, four, two, one,” and movement must be stopped within one-half the specified distance unless additional instructions are received. Failure to maintain contact with the employee directing the movement by radio must be regarded as a stop signal.
If the instructions are not understood or continuous radio contact is not maintained, movement must stop immediately and not be resumed until the misunderstanding has been resolved, radio contact has been restored, or communication by other means has been established. In the event radio communication is overridden by another radio, movement must be stopped immediately and new instructions given.
Employees may use radio and other means of voice communication to give information when using hand signals is not practical. Employees must make sure crewmembers know which moves will be made by radio communication and understand that while using the radio, the engineer will not accept any hand signals, unless they are stop signals. When radio communication is used to make movements, crewmembers must respond to specific instructions given for each movement. In addition, radio