No, sir. There are three national itinerant (station class MOI) public safety channel pairs and 9 RPC controlled channel pairs that are low power analog-eligible, meaning it's the licensee's option to use P25 phase 1 or narrowband analog FM on them. These may be used in 11K2F3E analog mode. Many fire service agencies who have migrated to 700 MHz (and some that are on 800 MHz and have 7/800 capable equipment) use them for fireground or "scene of action" operations.Any 700 MHz frequency is required to be digital only, as per the FCC.
Pretty good, actually.Ah, I did not know about those. I tried running those 4 new channels through the FCC search, and I don't see any of the counties in NJ have them in their block assignment.
Any possibility they are either Essex County or NJ State assigned?
Maybe and the statement about reports of one being better than the other not necessarily true, at least not with certain types of late model equipment (they are not all the same, so the buyer has to do some homework to make sure they are buying something updated, not the old technology). There have been quite a few advancements in DSP and vocoding algorithms. And, a lot of it has been tested in conjunction with the fire service (read: they were a little more inclusive the second time around and a lot more people researched the problems and participated in the solutions).So, the possibility exists that NFD's fire ground 700 Mhz channels are analogue narrow band? Which as we all know from many reports is desired over digital for fire ground use.