ALEA Troopers portables

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I have been working with Birmingham Fire for about 9 years. I have NEVER seen an ALEA Trooper with a portable radio once. I realize they have MDT's that take up most of the workload, but what about foot chases, vehicle chases, interoperability? What's the deal and why aren't they with the program yet? Don't get me wrong? I enjoy them on VHF-hi for as long as it lasts!
 

mike36507

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That's a good question. I see troopers all the time when they bring someone in the jail I work at and I can't say I've ever notice a radio on them. I know years ago they did have portables and repeaters in their cars. But unsure now.
 

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Do they have a Bluetooth mic/speaker that connects back to their car? I looked at a DMR system with that feature for the power company for which I work and thought that would be great for linemen when up in the bucket; convenience of a portable but the power of a mobile.
 

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The last handhelds I saw Troopers carry were 800 MHz MA-COM/Harris P7100s, which operated off of Pyramid vehicle repeaters installed in some of the cars. Over the last 10 years I've seen fewer and fewer Troopers with the vehicle repeater/handheld combo, to the point that now I can't remember the last time I saw one.

They are now mainly using PTT-over-Cellular, either AT&T Enhanced PTT or SouthernLinc, for handheld communication. Some, but not all of the ALEA repeaters have gateways in place to bridge the PTToC talkgroup into the LMR system.
 

RadioJonD

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I still hear extender traffic on 854.6875 MHz when a trooper is near. Of course being in a state office with a state gas pump nearby helps. So does siting close to a major intersection.

My contacts at ALEA are dwindling but the latest Motor Carrier trooper assigned to NW Alabama was getting to, then, DPS as I was leaving. I'll ask him about the portables next time I see him. He occasionally comes into our office with the AL-DOT Weight Crew.
 

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FWIW, I saw one of the newer trooper cars last night. It had the 5/8 wave VHF whip on top, but I did not see a black Phantom style 800 MHz antenna.

I'm not out on the roads as much as I used to be, but its been a while since I heard traffic on the mobile extender frequency.
 

KV4PM

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A trooper brought me a customer in to our jail tonight.
I hope to never be one of your customers ;). But truth be known, I usually lock out the AIRS TG for this agency, 28111. The audio sounds strange on the dispatch side. But I also can hear them on the Mobile County system (MCCD) on 2007. Guess there is some sort of patch?
 

mike36507

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You are so right about their audio. On VHF it sounds fine, but I think they need to do some work on the digital patch.
 

weaverra

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Yes, they have portables now. The ones I have seen look like cell phones. Many troopers also have portables programmed to other local agencies.
 

SmithRJ

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I think I can clarify some of this. All ALEA road troopers have Sonim XP8 LTE devices running the SouthernLINC MCPTT app currently. This is their primary portable as it's tied to their current repeater network. If they're carrying a Motorola, Harris, or Kenwood, it's because they were issued one by the sheriff or entity that controls the radio system in the county that they're assigned to. For example: Mobile County Troopers have Harris portables on the Mobile system. Baldwin Troopers have Motorola portables on their system. It's really more for mutual aid than anything.

Also, the Morotola system in Baldwin and the Harris system in Mobile are linked via an ISSI bridge connection so there's some interoperability built in between the existing VHF system, the trunked systems in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, and SouthernLINC.
 

Julian1

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So far, I’ve only heard Jacksonville patched over to this TG. No B’ham dispatch heard yet.

Since it’s analog patched over, it sounds like analog.
Also heard a trooper in Oxford advise Jacksonville post that he had a radio and was monitoring Oxford PD traffic regarding a suspect Active BOLO search.

ALEA now on 800 Simulcast of JEFFCO
TG 40400 BHAM
TG 40401 JACKSONVILLE
I entered 40402 and 40403 just to see if I get a hit.
 
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