Radio System Policies


Radio technology bulletins (RTBs) specify policies and procedures for the Pennsylvania Statewide Radio Network. RTBs may also have associated files such as forms or appendixes. Common documents are associated with one or more RTBs, and contain common content such as a glossary.

Click the icon to the left of each item to open the document. For questions about PA-STARNet policies, email RA-radiopolicy@pa.gov.

Radio Technology Bulletins


This section is for Radio Technology Bulletins (RTBs) and Associated Documents (ADs), both those in final form and those in development. RTBs specify policies and procedures for the Pennsylvania Statewide Radio Network (PA-STARNet). ADs are optional documents associated with one and only one RTB: an appendix, for example. Use the following link for any policy questions or comments: Radio Policy E-mail Message.

Published:
  • RTB001 - Philadelphia Area Emergency Communication 
    Establishes guidelines for emergency communication using the Pennsylvania Statewide Radio Network (PA-STARNet) among public safety and law enforcement organizations with responsibility for emergency response or emergency management in the City of Philadelphia.
  • RTB003 - Stations at Fixed Locations 
    Establishes guidelines for fixed-location subscriber stations that rely on Radio Frequency (RF) connectivity, in light of their impact on operation of the Pennsylvania Statewide Radio Network (PA-STARNet). In a network designed primarily for mobile traffic, Fixed Stations require special consideration in planning for deployment.
  • RTB005 - Emergency Behavior 
    Establishes guidelines for use of OpenSky™ emergency behavior in agency fleet management. Emergency behavior is a feature of OpenSky radios allowing configurable notification of fleet radios or consoles in case of activation by an end user’s pushing the button designated for this purpose.
  • RTB007 - County and Local Communications Connectivity 
    Establishes guidelines for the connection of county public safety entities agencies with the Pennsylvania Statewide Radio Network (PA-STARNet) for two-way voice communication in support of emergency and routine operations.
  • RTB009 - System Use Outside Commonwealth Government 
    Establishes guidelines for the use of the Pennsylvania Statewide Radio Network (PA-STARNet) by organizations outside Commonwealth of Pennsylvania government.
  • RTB009-02 Form - Application for System Use (MS Word Form) 
    Microsoft Word Form for download and use by organizations outside commonwealth government to submit a request for access to the Pennsylvania Statewide Radio Network (PA-STARNet).

  • Draft:
  • There are currently no 'Draft' radio technology bulletins.
  • Common Documents


    This section is for Common Documents (CDs), both those in final form and those in development. CDs can be associated with one or more Radio Technology Bulletins (RTBs), and contain common content such as a general glossary of terms.

    Published:
  • GEN001 - Glossary 
    Definitions of common and technical terms in PA-STARNet infrastructure, technology, and operations, including commonly used terms in fleet mapping for Harris Corporation’s OpenSky® trunked radio system architecture.
  • GEN002 - Intercommunication Types 
    General information about classifying the types of two-way radio intercommunication: a standard classification intended for clarity and precision in discussions of interoperability.
  • GEN003 - Categories of Using Organization 
    General information about the categories of organizations authorized to use the Pennsylvania Statewide Radio Network (PA-STARNet).


  • Draft:
  • There are currently no 'Draft' common documents.