Originally Posted by BigEvil
yea, I tried the single division thing but the listeners much prefer more (that and Van Nuys can be slower than molasses at times.)
Like I said a few messages ago, " there's no way to make everybody happy." For the younger or newer listeners, close your eyes and imagine you're back in 1977, and with just one frequency, 159.03, you get to, no you have to
, listen to every single call, every single MESSAGE going out to every single car and motor unit in the entire Valley.
And not just the hottest 25 or 35% of calls that are broadcast today, but all the little business disputes, stolen property reports, loud parties, and every suspect and license plate that somebody anywhere from the Rock in Foothill to the gated streets in West Valley's hills wants checked. And make no mistake, things were every bit as busy then as they are today, the only big difference being that the percentage of truly violent crimes was probably a little less than today. But the 187 victims were just as dead and the "officer needs help" calls were just as hair-raising as they are in 2011.
Actually the radio was busier than today, and round about 1978 we started overheating the transmitter regularly and would drop off the air for several minutes until it could cool down. That led to the justly-maligned but probably necessary decision to take North Hollywood and West Valley off 159.03 and put those two divisions on their own separate one-frequency simplex channels for about 3 or 4 years. That was scary, but we got through it. We would have loved for Van Nuys to be slower than molasses for just a few hours now and then.