Originally Posted by SEMTTP
This is music to my ears......from the sounds of things, it sounds like most of these departments are seeing the ERROR of their ways and realizing that they were and are dumping TOO MUCH MONEY into that broken M/A Com System. I hope it continues that way.....Can you imagine if they were to switch to the MPSCS system what kind of communications they would have? Dear god that would be the best Digital System in the state!!!
Maybe one day....maybe one day......
On the Oakland County web site the Open Sky Radio Committee has an excuse page about the Open Sky system. One line read something like.... we know other counties have switched to other systems (MPSCS) and are up already, but we are willing to take the extra time for this new technology (Open Sky). I have talked to a M/A-Com radio engineer and he claims the new Open Sky TDMA 4-slot format is excellent and all the horror stories of Open Sky are from the old TDMA 2-slot systems. What can he really say though? The Oakland County CLEMIS is a four time slot TDMA. Open Sky sounds like a cool technology, but I don't think it is any better than Motorola's new offerings. And yes, the number 1 reason I dislike Open Sky is that it cannot be monitored by hobbyists. At Least it is plagued with problems and we are still able to listen to most of our counties PD/FD to this date. Open Sky was supposed to be up by late 2003 I believe.