NY doesn't have a statewide trunked system.
PA is/was using unproven technology at the time - also started going live before a proper buildout was done
NWIN right now is not a true portable coverage system as of yet.
Really with things mentioned, we are not comparing apples to apples for these systems.
You properly fund the system as it should be designed, no issue.
As for as IL - the folks I know on the job and two guys who actually help maintain the system haven't reported any major coverage issues. Just like your cell carriers - your not going to put millions of dollars into a site that sees very little traffic as its not cost/benefit effective and you weigh the risk.
I am not going to comment on the benefits/risk assment in this thread but the powers that be that make those assesments are the ones that need to answer. State goverments do not have the resources or grant money they we once had to just pour money like you use to do.
Then again, look at the users in MA, CT, NJ, OH, IL, NC (where built), AK, WY, UT (where built), NV, etc etc and have excellent coverage for mobile and portable where needed and you find very few complaints.
Its all in the funding.
Originally Posted by jeatock
Nebraska state troopers say radio problems too risky - Omaha.com
Ask any downstate Illinois SP officer off the record what they think about Starcom. Or the non-metro counties and municipalities who have bailed and gone back to stupid old analog, citing high costs and spotty coverage.
Or NY State.
Or PA state.
Or... Or... Or...
Then look at radio vendor political contributions.
A PHD in Rocket Science is not required.
Our local folks have just regained direct interoperability with ISP after many years of ISP Starcom-only ops. The fix? ISP put a $400 VHF analog radio back in downstate cars. Duh.