It took Kent County 6+ months after receiving licensing. This will also co-inside with the renovations going on at Muskegon County Central Dispatch building. I would guess traffic going live starting August 2021.
After reading through the meeting minutes from the link above I've found that this will be a 7 site simulcast including two existing towers Wolf Lake and Blue Lake with 12 frequency channels. 1,300 portable and mobile radios and 425 Pagers for fire/EMS. All of the towers are constructed with some fiber work being done. A news article from the White Lake Beacon states the target go live is spring 2021. Radio templates have been in the works for a few weeks now so it probably wont be long before this system is online so as long as coverage testing is good.
Noticed a new "neighbor" on the Kent County Simulcast System today. Site ID lines up near others in Muskegon County; however, frequencies are not from the call signs listed above.
CHANNEL:0-409 DOWNLINK:853562500 UPLINK:808562500
It will be awhile yet. The addition going onto Central Dispatch isn’t any where near completion. The last I looked they have the floor going up on the addition and nothing started yet on the enclosure to its sides. There is going to be a tower out near Casnovia that will co locate and share resources with Kent county. Muskegon’s equipment to face West and Kent County to the East/South East with the sharing of the same computer equipment in the same building. I am a RACES volunteer with Muskegon County Emergency Communications Services and we toured Central Dispatch a year ago before things got started hot and heavy with Covid. Things got behind as they said last January the addition should have been completed by last Fall. I hadn’t realized the towers were ready to go until I read this post.
I was looking through the RR database for calls on Kent county talkgroups and decided to look at Muskegon. I noticed there has been testing on 61P911, 61F911, 61SPEV1, and 61EMD. The radio IDs consisted of 361xxxx, 961xxxx, and 1061xxxx. When searching a few radio IDs I found that the Kent county simulcast is what the radios connected to the most.
However, there is a 12254 site ID that I could not find what it belonged to, so it has me thinking the simulcast might be partially active or maybe was for a day for testing?
An update that is from some compiled information I have been able to find. The Towers are all constructed and wired up except the Central Fire Tower. Radio Training was starting and the 800 Pagers have been programmed and will be rolled out soon. Looks like they are still doing some radio testing every Thursday with yesterday having some tests from different road locations in Muskegon and Ottawa Counties. I have also found the following talkgroups with the audio of "test" for each:
Construction on the new dispatch center is complete and being turned over for occupancy. Central Fire Tower appeared to have antennas installed; however, cable was in spools on ground. Believe equipment is being housed in building and installation will commence now that construction is completed.
Well nevermind, I was able to get my G4 to connect to site 3/50 with a control channel of 853.9875. I am hearing all regular MPSCS traffic so maybe the simulcast is on for good. One of the old sites 3/26 I am no longer able to connect to.
The new multicast system is partially up and running; frequencies are in the database. The existing towers and frequencies are still operational as they were. I would expect MPSCS to issue a downtime bulletin about the towers being converted. For the time being I would program in the new system with the old. It still could be a few months before everything is fully operational.