Homeland security in Leav.?

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monitorman

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From yesterdays Leav. Times. Anyone know what homeland security frequency they are talking about?

The third sole-source contract of up to $55,000 was awarded to Midwest Mobile Radio Services for the purchase and installation of new communications equipment for the Leavenworth Police Department.

According to Police Chief Pat Kitchens, “emergency authority” to spend the funds was requested in order to resolve a public safety communication issue.

Kitchens said the department started experiencing a “significant” disruption of its primary communications channel on May 2.

“Over the course of the last 30 days, we have continued to experience sporadic disruption of our primary radio channel,” Kitchens wrote in his request.

Kitchens said the problem is being caused by the department’s use of a wide-band frequency communication system. He said the Federal Communication Commission issued a license on May 1 to the state for a homeland security radio frequency that is next to the city’s frequency.

In addition, Kitchens said a second “unknown” entity is operating near the city’s frequency and is also causing interference.

Although the FCC announced that public safety agencies would be required to move from a wide-band to a narrow-band communications system by Jan. 1, 2013, Kitchens said the city can no longer continue updating equipment annually to meet the new requirements.

“Quite frankly, we thought we had five more years to complete the communications upgrade and are about half way through,” Kitchens wrote in his report. “However, now that the FCC is issuing these licenses next to our frequency, we are forced to enhance our system immediately.”

Kitchens said the purchase of new equipment will be paid for through the state forfeiture fund, which has a current balance of $129,292.
 

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State Homeland Security, not Federal

453.2125 is now licensed http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/license.jsp?licKey=2867056
being adjacent to 453.2000 Mhz

Sounds like the MID AMERICA REGIONAL COUNCIL actually licensed for the Interop Channels
in UHF [See this link http://www.npstc.org/documents/NIFOG v1.2 4-14-2008.pdf ]

Unless they are using the channel Full-Time, there should be No interference until placed in use.

Sounds like the Chief wanted to justify to the powers the need to purchase narrowband equipment.
Not a bad price :)

From yesterdays Leav. Times. Anyone know what homeland security frequency they are talking about?

The third sole-source contract of up to $55,000 was awarded to Midwest Mobile Radio Services for the purchase and installation of new communications equipment for the Leavenworth Police Department.

According to Police Chief Pat Kitchens, “emergency authority” to spend the funds was requested in order to resolve a public safety communication issue.

Kitchens said the department started experiencing a “significant” disruption of its primary communications channel on May 2.

“Over the course of the last 30 days, we have continued to experience sporadic disruption of our primary radio channel,” Kitchens wrote in his request.

Kitchens said the problem is being caused by the department’s use of a wide-band frequency communication system. He said the Federal Communication Commission issued a license on May 1 to the state for a homeland security radio frequency that is next to the city’s frequency.

In addition, Kitchens said a second “unknown” entity is operating near the city’s frequency and is also causing interference.

Although the FCC announced that public safety agencies would be required to move from a wide-band to a narrow-band communications system by Jan. 1, 2013, Kitchens said the city can no longer continue updating equipment annually to meet the new requirements.

“Quite frankly, we thought we had five more years to complete the communications upgrade and are about half way through,” Kitchens wrote in his report. “However, now that the FCC is issuing these licenses next to our frequency, we are forced to enhance our system immediately.”

Kitchens said the purchase of new equipment will be paid for through the state forfeiture fund, which has a current balance of $129,292.
 

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453.2125 has been undergoing extensive testing with tone modulation and voice checks by radio techs for about a week. This freq. will be linked to the State digital system along with 453.4625 and 453.7125 both of which have also been testing for the past several days. Once the system is successfully installed, it probably will see very little use. They have transmitters on the Easton tower and the Tonganoxie tower and probably in the city of Leavenworth too.

Bob
 

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Aren't they in the midst of switching all Leavenworth Co / Leavenworth City over to a KSICS subsystem? Seems like a waste to spend the $55,000 on narrowbanding a UHF channel- maybe they are jumping to an interim 800 conventional repeater? All their new P-25 mobile and portable radios are in- the last I saw crates of them were sitting in a KDOT warehouse in Topeka - this was several months ago!
 
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Leavenworth City tends to do "their own thing" - the County KSICS upgrade generly only appiles to the agencies that are currently on the county 800 channels.
 

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Leavenworth City tends to do "their own thing" - the County KSICS upgrade generly only appiles to the agencies that are currently on the county 800 channels.
Ahh- one of those places. Thanks Sm0ke
 

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Dang! I must be an old fart! I had just started on Leavenworth PD when they upgraded from 39 mHz to 453 mHz. We still had low-band radios in the cars for Sheriff and chit-chat.... until we found out the Chief had a speaker beside his bed tied into the dispatch console somehow by permanent phone line. Oh well, I probably deserved that day off......

The cool thing was, one of the low-band channels was also a New Orleans PD frequency. The mid 70's was the top of the sunspot cycle and we would get frequent band openings where we could hear them all day long.....
 
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