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ABOLISHED 07/06/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-25 - Radio Officer (1658)

ABOLISHED 07/06/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-25 - Radio Officer

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: CR40
  • Class Code: 1658
  • Established: 09/12/1963
  • Revised: 01/21/1970
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction, to operate and maintain radiotelegraph receiving and transmitting apparatus aboard the training ship; to maintain and repair electronic navigational equipment; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Stands radio watch aboard the training ship; receives and transmits by radiotelegraphy international Morse code messages in cipher or English text; maintains schedules and contacts with other stations in the network; regulates, adjusts, and services receiving and transmitting apparatus; adjusts transmitters to operate on specific frequencies and within authorized tolerances; tests lifeboat radio equipment; maintains storage and dry batteries; maintains and repairs loran, radar, sonar, electronic depth sounders and other electronic aids to navigation; prepares reports and logs; maintains files.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid Radio Officer's license issued by the United States Coast Guard with a Federal Communications Commission Radar Maintenance Endorsement.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Theory, operation, adjustment, and maintenance of radiotelegraph receiving and transmitting apparatus including crystal control; theory, operation, adjustment, and maintenance of electronic navigational equipment; rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission pertaining to marine radio services; general rules and regulations of the International Radiotelegraphic Conference of 1952 and as amended; methods used in ciphering and deciphering messages.


Ability to: Transmit and receive at a speed of thirty-five words a minute (five letters a word average) international Morse code messages filed in English or cipher text; transmit by hand with vibroplex or similar semiautomatic keying device; transcribe radio code messages directly on a typewriter or teletypewriter; control and dispatch traffic between stations at the prescribed speed without undue fatigue; maintain cooperative relations with other operators in the network.

Special Personal Characteristics

Normal vision or vision corrected to normal; normal hearing.

  Updated: 10/4/2017
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