Monroe County, PA P25 Phase 1 system coming

smorris

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On June 24, 2019, the Monroe County Control Center announced that they have begun to install components of a P25 Phase 1 system. The new system will be UHF and have at least 7 sites. The new system will utilize current UHF frequencies. EMS, which is currently operating on VHF will be moved over to UHF as soon as Phase 1 comes fully online. While the Phase 1 system is being built up, EMS will need to purchase dual band radios to continue operating on VHF, then switch over when the time comes.

The MCCC currently has a UHF P25 conv multi-site channel on 460.2750MHz NAC 2C3. (P25 Inter-Op). That frequency was formerly used as the "Ave C"/"PD Tac". Not sure if they are doing away with Ave C. That channel is operating at 7 sites. The MCCC also has set up a VHF P25 conv single site channel on Camelback at 155.9550MHz with an unknown NAC. These two channels are to let field units get accustomed to using P25. There is also a third Phase 1 frequency listed in the ULS, however I'm not sure what that will be used for.

The new system will initially be Phase 1, however, the MCCC has a plan for a "slow grow" process to make it a Phase 2 system sometime in the future. It is my opinion that Monroe County can get along with a Phase 1 system and a Phase 2 system is a bit of an overkill. We'll have to see what happens. The largest hurdle with this project, will fall on financially strapped agencies and their need to purchase Phase 2 compatible radios. Police agencies will most likely be among the first, then EMS and finally fire and other misc agencies. Untill agencies get new equipment, the above mentioned channels will remain quiet, for now. Below are some links to documents the MCCC has published.



 

countywacker

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Just to correct some of your above statements, EMS is NOT moving to UHF P25 phase 1 for operations. No where in the above documents does it say that.

What you called "Ave C" Which was actually called "Ave B" But most recently called"Tac Foxtown". It was never called Ave C.

The current Phase 1 system in place is for testings purposes only and will be integrated into the Phase 2 trunking system countywide. Once Phase 2, then system users will be aloud on it for use.
 

smorris

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Just to correct some of your above statements, EMS is NOT moving to UHF P25 phase 1 for operations. No where in the above documents does it say that.

What you called "Ave C" Which was actually called "Ave B" But most recently called"Tac Foxtown". It was never called Ave C.

The current Phase 1 system in place is for testings purposes only and will be integrated into the Phase 2 trunking system countywide. Once Phase 2, then system users will be aloud on it for use.
"Emergency Medical Services will need to procure“Dual Band” VHF & UHF mobiles or mobiles and portables. This is requiredto be compatible with our current VHF EMS radio network, and the new UHF P25 Network which EMS is included in. While equipment purchased later, after the transition, will no longer need to include VHF, it is strongly suggested you still purchase VHF capable dual band radios in order to remain compatible with the other County radio networks withinand outside oftheEastern PA EMS Region."
 

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I dont understand why you copied and past that. Again it says nothing about EMS transition to UHF Phase 1 for communications. There will be NO Phase 1 for routine communications. The current Phase 1 simulcast system is in place for TESTING purposes only.
 
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