Change over is still a few years off, and funds are not allocated for 2nd phase. I can't imagine where the local PD/FD's are going to get the money, but a lot of counties in central region have gone that way. Exactly how does switching eliminate most of those poor reception areas.
From the Times Leader article: "For starters, most of the county’s radio transmitters and receivers, which allow police and emergency responders to exchange messages, will become obsolete in 2020, he said.
“As of 2020, you’ll be on your own,” he said, referring to support assistance and the availability of replacement parts. “Things have really changed over the last 20 years.”
"Obsolete" according to whom? What is to happen in 2020?
All companies making analog radios are going to stop making them? No radios that do both analog and digital?
"The new digital system is designed to provide 95 percent portable radio coverage, both outside and inside structures, he said."
So is it going to be 450 mhz, 700 mhz, or 800 mhz?
If it is going to be 450, it isn't going to work too well in the Mohegan Sun casino. The Mohegan Sun has a 450 dual mode analog NXDN trunked system that bleeds on 150 and 450 for a mile radius around it.
"“Luzerne County does not have a countywide radio system,” he said. “It has a quilt work of systems cobbled together to make up the present system.”"
What does he mean by that? Is Hazleton still being dispatched seperately? Who is not being dispatched through the county comms center?
What about the state changing their system in a couple years, has there been any consideration as to integrating with that?
What about interops with other state agencies and neighboring counties?
"One county police department must regularly get off its emergency radio channel because it picks up interference from a department in another county, he said."
Cant 450, 700, and 800 still have long range propagation when the weather allows for it?
Did any of the powers that be think of possibly joining the new PA P25 system instead of building out their own? They would likely save a good amount of taxpayer dollars by joining the new StarNET system with their own simulcast site much like is done in other states.