GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Kent County voters approved an additional 70-cent surcharge on their telephone and internet connections that is aimed at funding improvements to the county's emergency dispatch service.
Half of the new money will be used to pay for a countywide fire dispatch services while the other half will be used to convert the county's outdated dispatching system to the Michigan Public Safety Communications System, a network currently used by most neighboring counties and the Michigan State Police, Stelma said.
There's also one listed in Grand Rapids (840 Fairview NE) although I can't confirm if it's on the air or not as I don't live there. So that would be three that would likely be upgraded to simulcast.There are currently 2 MPSCS towers in Kent County at 12781 Shaner Road (Cedar Spring) & 2707 Honey Creek Road NE (Ada-Cannonsburg). Both are C4FM modulation and would likely be upgraded to CQPSK modulation as part of a simulcast system.
There are currently 2 MPSCS towers in Kent County at 12781 Shaner Road (Cedar Spring) & 2707 Honey Creek Road NE (Ada-Cannonsburg). Both are C4FM modulation and would likely be upgraded to CQPSK modulation as part of a simulcast system.
KCSD dispatch channels will not be encrypted. It will be a 12 site simulcast system, 3 of which are existing; Cedar, Cannonsburg, and Downtown.
That I am not sure of. The simulcast systems all seem to use CQPSK which causes issues for scanner listeners as opposed to C4FM used by the single site towers. The newer scanners seem to handle the simulcast systems better. Let me add I am not an expert and have no insider info. Just seems in reading the forums and listening for the past several years its the conclusion I have come to.Thanks for the information, what do the different types of modulation mean for us as scanner listeners?
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