Originally Posted by nick223
Like Micky said Lasalle county is on Dmr and fall back to their old vhf freq.
As for other depts around like Ottawa they thought about going to SC21 but just went to a conventional digital system a few years ago and they would have to buy all new portables again and with motorola even buying back the radios they still wanted around a million for SC21 and their dispatch consoles arent SC21 compliant so they arent going that route anytime soon.
IVAR i really dont see them switching anytime soon since Oglesby and Spring Valley just got new repeater frequencies so IVAR could communicate with them.
As for the little depts like naplate, wallace, marseilles and grand ridge absolutely not and im sure that includes all the other little towns around the county.
The only department i know of going to SC21 is Seneca they just purchased all new radios and will probably switch over when Grundy county switches.
Isn't ValComm (IVAR) still waiting for state funds to build their physical building at IL Valley Community College (IVCC)? I doubt they would have the funds to move all of the member agencies to a completely different radio system.
Seneca was on StarCom for awhile but I think coverage was an issue... I'm sure their move to the 800 MHz analog channel was in order to keep their "new" equipment and will let them use it when Grundy moves and the new tower is built near them.
On a side note it's nice to see that ValComm has been dispatch 3 agencies on different frequencies (LaSalle FD, Peru FD and Utica FD) at the same time to structure fires in LaSalle. I'm sure that cuts down on phone calls and delays in response times.