• To anyone looking to acquire commercial radio programming software:

    Please do not make requests for copies of radio programming software which is sold (or was sold) by the manufacturer for any monetary value. All requests will be deleted and a forum infraction issued. Making a request such as this is attempting to engage in software piracy and this forum cannot be involved or associated with this activity. The same goes for any private transaction via Private Message. Even if you attempt to engage in this activity in PM's we will still enforce the forum rules. Your PM's are not private and the administration has the right to read them if there's a hint to criminal activity.

    If you are having trouble legally obtaining software please state so. We do not want any hurt feelings when your vague post is mistaken for a free request. It is YOUR responsibility to properly word your request.

    To obtain Motorola software see the Sticky in the Motorola forum.

    The various other vendors often permit their dealers to sell the software online (i.e., Kenwood). Please use Google or some other search engine to find a dealer that sells the software. Typically each series or individual radio requires its own software package. Often the Kenwood software is less than $100 so don't be a cheapskate; just purchase it.

    For M/A Com/Harris/GE, etc: there are two software packages that program all current and past radios. One package is for conventional programming and the other for trunked programming. The trunked package is in upwards of $2,500. The conventional package is more reasonable though is still several hundred dollars. The benefit is you do not need multiple versions for each radio (unlike Motorola).

    This is a large and very visible forum. We cannot jeopardize the ability to provide the RadioReference services by allowing this activity to occur. Please respect this.

Employment Opportunity

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Dec 19, 2002
Job listings

King County is in search of two Electronics Communications Specialists (ECS) who will perform highly skilled technical work as an expert in land mobile radio systems and other electronic equipment, including the 800 MHz Regional Public Safety Communications System, digital microwave networks and supporting computer systems and networks. One position is Career Service and the other position is a Term-limited Temporary position with an anticipated end date of December 2016.

Reporting to the Infrastructure Supervisor, the ECS will be responsible for utilizing computer software and electronic test equipment perform system diagnostics, interpret results, and affect rapid repair of electronics equipment and support equipment for the WAN network which controls the trunked radio system, associated microwave network and other communication systems and equipment. The individual will use a combination of logic, analysis, experience and wisdom to make sound, timely decisions to solve problems determining required systems support and repair action needed on mobile, portable and base station radios, microwave and multiplex terminals, digital paging system equipment, legacy VHF and UHF radio system equipment, emergency power systems and RF site support equipment.

As an Electronics Communications Specialist, you will need to relate well to all kinds of people representing Radio Communications Services in building solid customer relationships with internal and external stakeholders, partners and governmental agencies. You will be comfortable working alone on tough assignments, using a variety of ways to get things done while acting with the customer in mind. Encouraging collaboration, you will be seen as a team player who is a direct, truthful individual and can be counted on to hold things together during tough times.

King County

Guided by a strategic vision created to provide and enhance needed services over the coming years, King County is progressive and proactive. We use technology and innovative business practices to keep ourselves on the leading edge. King County is the 14th most populous county in the nation and the second largest government in Washington State. Within King County, there are over 1.9 million people living within 2,134 square miles. The county’s core businesses include; law enforcement, prosecution, judicial administration, adult and juvenile detention, development and environmental services, natural resources and parks, community and human services, public health, transportation, employment and administrative services. The nine members of the Metropolitan King County Council serve as the legislative branch of King County Government. This Council adopts ordinances and motions, sets policy for the county, and holds approval authority for the county budget. Altogether, King County’s budget for 2011 is $5.1 billion. King County IT provides IT services to over 13,000 employees.

King County Information Technology (KCIT)

Formalized in King County’s code, the King County Information Technology Department is determined to take organizational change from multiple, functionally focused organizations (decentralized model) to one world class technology services provider. Providing county-wide information technology solutions tailored to meet the business needs of a diverse list of county agencies, as well as regional services ranging from GIS to Radio Services, this centralized approach will allow for a consistently high quality customer experience, strategic IT resource planning, and a comprehensive approach to IT investments.

Our strategies for accomplishing our vision focus on several audiences:

Customers are the focus of our E-government, Customer Service, and Regionalization strategies; aligning with one of our core principles to be a service focused organization.
King County employees are an additional focus area which is addressed through Collaboration, Mobility, and Unified Communications strategies. Providing enabling technologies is critical to the countywide efforts around process improvement and employee engagement.
Our final area of focus is internal and targets our new IT organization where we solidify and strengthen some of our foundational components. Strategies targeting this area include enterprise architecture, cloud computing, technology modernization, and Information Assurance.
Critical to success in all areas is a commitment to successful implementation and continuous process improvement. Recent and ongoing efforts to streamline and improve project execution and oversight as well as operational support will continue to improve our foundation. Even more important to our foundation is an increased priority and reliance on our workforce Our staff is our most valuable asset and we need to empower them by providing appropriate tools, management interaction including clear expectations and direct feedback, and appropriate training on technologies, processes, and soft skills.

By matching our strategies with our core values and driving principles of being a service focused organization, being committed to our customers and citizens, investing in and empowering our staff , and seeking to continually improve our processes, we solidify our commitment of becoming a world class technology services provider.

Find a personally rewarding career in Information Technology that allows you to maximize your potential and receive recognition for your own talents. Join our team and get the recognition you deserve! We value diversity in our work environment and know that employees treated with respect not only perform better, but further the mission and purpose of King County’s Strategic Plan. King County values the balance between work and life outside of work. We offer an outstanding benefits package, 10 paid holidays, life insurance, an Employee Assistance Program and much more. Please visit our website to learn about King County’s commitment to employee’s health and well-being: Focus on Employees.

WORK LOCATION: 855 192nd Street Suite 1000, SeaTac, WA 98148

WORK SCHEDULE: This position is overtime eligible, on a 40-hour workweek; Monday through Friday. 24x7 standby for duty call-out as assigned for one or two week periods.

REPORTS TO: This position is a member of the Radio Communications Division and reports to the Infrastructure Supervisor.

For information about the status of your application please contact Joni Shirer at (206) 263-78478062 or email joni.shirer@kingcounty.gov.

Job Duties:
Serve as technical expert for land mobile radio systems and other electronics equipment, including the 800 MHz Regional Public Safety Communications System, digital microwave network, digital paging system, dispatch console system and supporting computer systems and networks.
Utilize computer software to perform system diagnostics, interpret results, document changes in equipment layout and wiring schematics, give technical direction to staff to affect rapid repair of electronics equipment and provide support for the WAN network which controls the trunked radio system.
Represent Radio Communications Services in communications with other internal and external governmental agencies.
Work with customers, vendors, and the Radio Shop to determine required systems support and repair action needed on mobile, portable and base station radios, microwave and multiplex terminals, and emergency power systems.
Inspect, test and align communications equipment as part of a preventative maintenance program.
Work of technical staff; maintains accurate records concerning work hours, labor hours, equipment preventative maintenance and repair and modifications of equipment and facilities.
Provide 24 hour on-call, call-out technical repair and support services for the 800 MHz Regional Public Safety Communications System, console system and equipment, digital microwave network, digital paging system and supporting computer systems and networks, and customer agency equipment and systems.
Operate and/or monitor RF site support equipment including Emergency Generators, UPS systems, HVAC systems, SCADA equipment, Communication Tower Lighting systems and Fire Suppression systems.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:
Successful completion of an AA degree, Vocational training program in Electronics or equivalent Military Electronics training involving communications equipment, analog and digital circuitry, and test equipment usage.
Five years of demonstrated experience in two-way land/mobile radio repair and operation. Experience with Motorola SmartNet / SmartZone is preferred. Experience with Motorola ASTRO 7.x systems is desired.
Five years of demonstrated experience in digital microwave repair, configuration, and operation. Experience with Aviat Constellation and TruePoint series equipment is preferred.
Five years of demonstrated experience in the maintenance, configuration and repair of dispatch console systems. Experience with Motorola Gold Elite Console is preferred. Experience with Motorola MCC 7500 consoles desired.
Five years of demonstrated experience in trunked radio systems.
Ability to pursue tasks with energy and drive even when times are tough.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment gaining the trust and support of peers, encouraging collaboration, keeping confidences and admitting mistakes.
Ability to make solid decisions looking beyond the obvious solutions to a problem, approaching the work by making connections among unrelated notions.
Ability to concentrate on the more important priorities, using his/her time effectively.
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with customers, gaining their trust and respect and following through to ensure their needs are met.
Ability to remain cool under pressure and hear people out even if you disagree. Having a range of skills and interpersonal approaches and knowing when to use what with whom.
Ability communicate messages that have the desired effect and to write clear documentation.
Must be able to respond to work location, 855 192nd Street Suite 1000, SeaTac, WA 98148 within one hour of notification during normal driving conditions.

FCC License or commercial equivalent (NARTE, NABER, etc.) desired.
Experience in tower climbing up to 400 feet.
Experience designing portable and mobile radio subscriber templates for Motorola SmartNet / SmartZone systems.

Supplemental Information:

The candidate selected for this position will be required to pass a background investigation.

Applicants selected for this position are required to pass a physical examination prior to beginning employment.

Candidates must possess a valid Washington State driver’s license (or obtain one within 30 days of hire), have a good driving record, maintain driving eligibility and the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner in a variety of County vehicles.
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