- Nov 27, 2008
Pretty hard to imagine all those agencies that drank the "non-stadardized" radio platforms kool-aid, pitching their shiny new toys aside to again buy relatively expensive 700/800 radios. More likely there will be a boat load of bridges built to tie them all together, if even that. As you may or, may not, know they are building a statewide 700 system here in MS and there is no requirement, or mass movement to get every place in the state on it. Most agencies, especially EOC/EMA types, have state radios in storage that can, and will, be put in service if a situation calls for it. There is also a rather large cache of relatively low cost, "Type 1", radios held by the state that can be issued to an area affected by some type of "event".Is there a plan for every city in the county to go to this system? Right now it's a "diverse" collection of radio systems from VHF to UHF, analog, digital, and a variety of different types of trunking. Will all of that go away for one unified system?
When I was there last month, the Mobile City Motorola system was going strong and I hear no city traffic on the county trunk system. Then again, I spent more time listening to the radio traffic in Baldwin County.Curious to know if there is a P25 enabling/upgrade path for all the Mobile City Services radios they bought to put on the county EDACS system?
Put another way, was the eventual transition to P25 a part of the plan when moving the city from their M36 system to the county EDACS?
Seems like a lot of double (triple?) spending and work to do if not.
It would seem so, but I don't know how old any of those systems are. Fairhope is on LTR VHF, Daphpne LTR 800, most of the rest of the county on a mix of UHF and VHF conventional. Orange Beach is on a 700 Mhz P25 system, so they're probably in the best shape.Pretty hard to imagine all those agencies that drank the "non-stadardized" radio platforms kool-aid, pitching their shiny new toys aside to again buy relatively expensive 700/800 radios. More likely there will be a boat load of bridges built to tie them all together, if even that.
The only thing left on the city M36 is MPD and MFD. Both of which have several ProVoice radios they've also been "testing" on the county EDACS for over a year. Mobile Fire/Rescue's parade ops during Mardi Gras was entirely on the ProVoice "MFD SE" channel I IDed and submitted. Mobile Airport is also full time ProVoice it seems, and there are a still a handful of sporadically active PV TG's out there that have yet to be IDed. Pretty sure one is a second airport channel but never got enough good copy to be exactly sure of it's usage.
Yeah, pretty much what I would think about the radios. I'm not familiar with EDACS radios at all, and only vaguely familiar with some of Moto's stuff. Kinda why I was wondering about what the options are, if any.
I was thinking there was several recent TRBO and NEXEDGE converts over that way, but after actually LOOKING now, I see there isn't. Not sure what made me think that. LOL
Does this mean they are going to be part of the "Alabama Regional Communications System (ARCS)" TRS?The County currently has infrastructure in place throughout the County which is also connected to a like system in Northern Alabama.
Not really. At least if by interesting you're thinking you'll be hearing their comms on a regular basis. Which you won't be.It will be real interesting if it is.
This one has been returned for further clarifications The return letter also mentions the following "regular" application which doesn't include Orange Beach. (one of the points of clarification mentioned in the above STA application's return letter.)