Originally Posted by cifn2
I haven't heard them on Starcom before, but I know Low band has been unreliable if the supervisor is out in the truck in an area they are unreachable, and miss the call for their road reports. Did you happen to catch whether or not radio traffic was being handled through Effingham or was it some where else?
I do know the supervisors have IREACH, because I have heard conversations on IREACH with the local supervisors normally a single digit number such as 1, advising a law enforcement agency of accidents, or IDOT taking care of something.
There has been traffic between several units (snow plows & Supervisors) plus with Effingham DOT taking condition reports. The traffic is similar to what you used to hear on low band. Other than poor coverage areas the SC 21 really works better in inclement weather. Lightening in thunderstorms and skip used to really hamper operations on VHF hi and low band.
The thing that bothers me the most about SC 21 is that there are well known coverage problems throughout the state. Some of the problems could be remedied by properly aiming directional antennas. If the State owned the system the ISP Tech's would've ironed out the problems. Since Motorola owns the system and is getting paid its a non issue. They probably are meeting the 95% coverage but that 5% loss of coverage areas maybe some where you spend a lot of time and need service. Just like everything else there are pros and cons to any system. I just don't like spending that much money and having so little say.