Anyone have infor the LONG term plan for DPS. They are currently simulcasting on YRCS. Is the plan for conventional 700, or a mix of piggy back arangements with regional systems?
Or maybe just staying on UHF conventional.
Oh yeah any plans for encryption in the future.......
Arizona DPS Carries, GE MRK's Model 2 and 3, Kenwood TK390's. In The vehicles they Typically have GE Orion, and Kenwood 890's. They use Motorola and Kenwood throughout the state, however most equipment is GE.
The DPS UHF system is comprised of Voted repeaters with transmitter steering as well as simulcast in overlap areas (On Mobile stations) However the system is not a true simulcast system.
There are plans to utilize the 700 Mhz spectrum in the next few years, however the state budget is not capable of supporting the transition in the near future. DPS does use encrypted radios on specific special details statewide such as Narcotics and covert surveillance, DES and DES-XL. Some of the Drug Task Forces use P25 equipment with DES-OFB and AES256 encryption, these task forces operate in conjunction with the HIDTA project.
The system works well enough, and has for decades. Arizona is basically beyond broke, and laying off cops, so spending what would be a huge amount of money going to a cutting edge system state wide would be insane from a budget standpoint. The one issue I do see on the current system is that car to car is done by using the repeater output frequency and that means that an officer could miss calls / info from dispatch. DPS has proved that the decades old systems can still work just fine, while most agencies have thrown so much money away on systems they didn't really even as bad as they could use the cash today.
Since DPS uses GE/Ericsson and ken wood, Do they then use PL or DCS? If I have a Motorola (for monitoring only) will I get a better signal if I use DCS Codes?
If so, where would I find those codes, all I see are PL. Is there a conversion?