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Old 07-21-2014, 4:58 PM
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I just came across this photo on Flickr but there is no mobile radio...what gives? Do they possibly just use portables ONLY? A portable ONLY department? Has anyone ever heard of this?

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Old 07-21-2014, 5:36 PM
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All the unmarked cars/detectives/ordinance officers/dpw in my area is handheld only.
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Many public safety radio systems are built to provide good in-building radio coverage. This benefits using a hand held inside a car. Works just fine, as long as you never stray outside the coverage of the radio system, and never need to work longer range simplex/mutual aid channels.

While not public safety, our 800MHz system at work has good enough coverage that most users only have a hand held. They don't need dedicated mobiles in the vehicles.
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Old 07-21-2014, 7:34 PM
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Philadelphia Police are the same way no mobiles in any vehicles except special ops example swat marine and bomb squad not even highway units except the motorcycles have mobiles
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Philadelphia Police are the same way no mobiles in any vehicles except special ops example swat marine and bomb squad not even highway units except the motorcycles have mobiles
is this for cost saving I guess?
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is this for cost saving I guess?
Yes. A Motorola APX mobile will run several thousand dollars, depending on the exact set up. Figure a few hundred in labor/parts for install. Multiply that savings by a few hundred vehicles, and you get the idea.
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Depending on coverage areas terrain areas and what the car is used for nope, portable radio works well in most besides most officers forget to turn the portable radio back up when they get out of the car anyways.
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Old 07-22-2014, 1:11 AM
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Cincinnati and Hamilton County Ohio have been portable only since the 1980s.
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Portable only for dedicated detectives & investigators and the like would be ok. I always preferred mobile and portable radios together.

With the proper antenna and a good mobile you most generally can talk farther, and with less static and interference than a portable. Another benefit is that you can talk farther on simplex ( no repeater) with a mobile than you can a portable. Where I work our simplex conversations on our mobiles is much better than with our portables.

But in a mobile radio, I alway prefer and suggest a Vertex or Kenwood dual band radio.


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In Philly's case, when they first deployed the 800 MHz system, they quickly learned that the portable batteries only lasted half a shift. Officers had to call in via cellphone when their radio died. They now issue a spare battery with the radio if I recall.
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Some districts do that when they have enough good spares they also have vehicle chargers in most district cars and epw's. Hopefully if/when the new system comes things will change and cars etc will et mobiles.


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