Hard to bellieve that system is over 20 years old now...went online 1997 or 1998, I believe?To my knowledge, a lot of the old Norcom repeaters aren't capable of narrowband. Still on old equipment. Have to remember, this was right around the time that South and West had been narrowbanded, and they had just built the East system a year or so prior. Budget was likely pretty thin.
Looks like it was indeed 1998.....NORTH HILLS EMERGENCY SERVICESFrom the equipment I saw in a lot of the trucks, I'd believe it. Lots of Motorola MT2000 portables and Spectra dual head W9 mobiles. Lots of MCS2000 mobiles in squads, too. There were a lot of original equipment still in use back in 2012.
Station 145!Not really.
Congress exempted the T-Band from narrowbanding at the eleventh hour. I remember scrambling to get our agency into narrowband capable radios, then to have it not really matter.
Lawrence just reallocated their existing VHF frequencies for a Phase 2 trunk. All new equipment, all new architecture. Lawrence also covered the cost of the subscriber units.
To be fair, narrowbanding had been coming down the road since at least 1992. In true business fashion, a whole lot of agencies put it off until about 6 months out. They only had 20 years to prepare. The MT2000s and Spectras that all the former NORCOM agencies were using were 2 decades old, or approaching it, by the time the narrowbanding edict came down.
Its been about 2yrs now. I do miss working there. If I had unlimited cash flow Id love to buy the place and restart the service. I have worked west cost and east coast. EMS is way better on the east.Oh, wow!
145 Ceased to exist, last year or maybe the year before.