Going digital question

usmiladim

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Good Afternoon

is there any quick way to find out when our local police department will go digital and how to go about telling it?
Thanks Kindly
Milan
 

nd5y

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Does your city currently operate its own system or do they use a county/regional/state system?
If the city operates under its own FCC license(s) you can search FCC applications for any new licenses or modifications to existing licenses, but there is no guarantee that they would do anything with the FCC if no new frequencies or transmitter locations were required.

Do you know any city employees or elected/appointed officials? Ask them if they know when it will happen.

You can search your city council agendas and minutes for equipment purchases or contracts. That might give you an idea of when it will happen.

If they are currently analog all you need to do is keep listening in analog mode without PL/DCS decode, PL/DCS search or auto-detecting digital modes. If they keep the same frequencies you will know when they switch to digital if you start hearing noise instead of normal audio.
 

usmiladim

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Macedonia Ohio
Does your city currently operate its own system or do they use a county/regional/state system?
If the city operates under its own FCC license(s) you can search FCC applications for any new licenses or modifications to existing licenses, but there is no guarantee that they would do anything with the FCC if no new frequencies or transmitter locations were required.

Do you know any city employees or elected/appointed officials? Ask them if they know when it will happen.

You can search your city council agendas and minutes for equipment purchases or contracts. That might give you an idea of when it will happen.

If they are currently analog all you need to do is keep listening in analog mode without PL/DCS decode, PL/DCS search or auto-detecting digital modes. If they keep the same frequencies you will know when they switch to digital if you start hearing noise instead of normal audio.
Thanks so much for the information. I will listen for the analog to go digital sound.
Milan
 

rk911

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read your posted city, township and/or county meeting minutes. check posted agendas as well. in most political jurisdictions the only items that can be discussed in closed sessions are personnel issues and details of contracts.
 

GlobalNorth

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Since RFP/RFQ/Purchase orders of radio system and their components are quite often capital expenditures... look for bond issuances or large expenditures. That can tip you off a year or more ahead.
 
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