Not always. I remember several places in town where no police transmissions could get in or out. Some of these areas really, really needed radio service. This was a 4-channel VHF repeater system.The analog VHF systems were great. They were easy to understand and they went a long way. You could get Vegas Metro PD all the way to the Baker grade. You could get Riverside Sheriff in Altadena. No distortions or fade outs, much better for big areas. I think Inyo County still runs everything on VHF.