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Old 08-23-2014, 8:03 PM
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Does anyone know exactly what this means: "The Butler Regional Interoperbility Communications System (BRICS) will connect it's zone controller to the statewide MARCS-IP system. It is expected to become Zone 4 within the MARCS-IP network. Butler County will be a Tier 5 Partner and surrounding counties Clermont, Hamilton and Warren may tie in the Zone 4 controller. This change will take place in the coming weeks. Please keep a close watch on this system for the changes."

I just need someone to explain in simple words and terms. Thanks
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Yes, I wrote it. It means that BRICS as it's own system will be absorbed into the statewide MARCS-IP system. It will become a part of MARCS-IP as it's own Zone just like Lake and Jefferson counties in Northeastern Ohio are now. Butler County is keeping their own system controller and will link it into MARCS-IP. Eventually Clermont, and possibly Hamilton and Warren counties will tie into that controller so all the local counties in Southwestern Ohio will be a part of Zone 4 of MARCS-IP. Think of it like this. The system covers the entire state, but is split into regions, these regions fall under a "zone" within the system. Butler County should be fully integrated into MARCS-IP sometime in the next 30 days or so.

Here is a link to the wiki article explaining MARCS local partnerships
http://wiki.radioreference.com/index...l_Partnerships


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So then we will see the Butler County channels on the MARCS-IP system and no longer on the current stand-alone system?

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That is correct.

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Alright. I appreciate it!

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So then we will see the Butler County channels on the MARCS-IP system and no longer on the current stand-alone system?

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The Butler system will utilize the same frequencies as it does today. The connection to MARCS IP allows talkgroups to roam between the Butler and MARCS systems.
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hey guys just so every one know the cut over is slated to start next week
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How did you get this information?
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How did you get this information?
It's been well known for quite some time by the local radio hobbyists, especially the local MONIX scanning group. If you want it from the official source, here's a link:

http://brics.butlersheriff.org/categ...-announcement/


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Great. Thanks!!

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Has anybody listened to Butler County on the new system yet? Does it sound good?
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Has anybody listened to Butler County on the new system yet? Does it sound good?
Shouldn't sound any different than it did before. Still a Motorola P25 system, same transmitters, same towers. They've just connected to MARCS-IP as a system controller instead of continuing to pay maintenance on a separate controller.
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Okay. To me, P25 systems all sound different a little different. Thats all
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I monitored it most of the day and it sounds fine, no difference at all.

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