Originally Posted by GM
Med Central in Middlesex County has also been having the same problems with the new Motorola XPR 6550 portable series radios (I believe) since narrowbanding a few months ago. In my opinion, I believe the FCC wants all agencies to go digital since narrower bandwidths (with digital mode) work just as well with little to no signal loss on the narrow bandwidth format (from what I have read). Again, just my opinion...
Now don't go spreading statements that the FCC wants all agencies to go digital. That just isn't true. They required the VHF, UHF and 700 to go narrow band. That doesn't mean digital. It is the radio vendors and radio shops that have been using the narrow banding mandate to their advantage and telling customers all sorts of half truth statements.
I have even heard about some customers that are on the low band being told they have to vacate those frequencies and go to a 800 trunking system. There is no such mandate and this is just a ploy to line the pockets of the sales force and radio vendors.
Please double check the facts before making a statement on the chat group here that is not true and it starts to spread around the Internet. There is plenty of bogus info on this site now and we don't need to add to it. Many of the members try hard to keep the info correct here. For the most part they do catch many of the untrue additions before it goes very far.