Originally Posted by The_B_Chief
I agree that many of the items in the database do not reflect how things actually operate in the field. We laugh when we see the Alpha tags in lowercase and using parenthesis. I've never used a radio that the display was in lowercase or that had parenthesis. I'm sure there are some but in my 30 some years I haven't come across any.
Here's the relevant section of the Database Admin Handbook on Alpha Tags:
- Alpha tags are limited to 12 characters to ensure compatibility with older scanners that support only a 12-character alpha tag.
- Alpha tags shall be made as clear as possible given the space provided. Alpha tags shall generally indicate the agency and the channel number or usage to the extent that the information is known and can reasonably fit in 12 characters.
- Alpha tags shall use a mix of lower and upper case letters (the use of all capital letters shall be avoided).
- Alpha tags shall not necessarily be the alpha tag as shown on a radio transceiver
As you can see, your perception that the Alpha Tags in the database need to match the actual radio display is wrong. That's not what the Alpha Tag was ever meant for.
As far as parenthesis and lower case on commercial radios, I think you need to use something newer. Most newer radios support very large character sets and lowercase.
BTW, your post really had nothing to do with discussion that ended back in April. If you wish to continue this discussion, please use the Report Post icon in the upper right of your post and ask that it be moved to the Database Discussion forum. Thanks.