Back when NYS statewide wireless network was still a possibly, there were discussiions about new radios installed in trooper's car with new V-TAC interop frequencies. Does anyone know if this is still happening and if so are they being used at all?
here in CNY the TIMS cars only have the 7100s installed. I know any new purchases going forward are the 7100s, even though vehicle swaps are still taking the old Orions out and putting them in the new car. even just a couple of years ago the SP Radio Shop didn't even know what the word V-TAC was, let alone U-TAC, I-TAC, etc. so it's like fast forwarding 10 years in radio technology for them. The state knows they're behind the 8-ball on this one with the FCC deadline looming in the near distant future. to make matters worse, the state is broke so don't expect any movement on the radios anytime soon. I can see this now... all troop car radios will have to be replaced in a span of 6 months. good news for radio shops like the one Kevin works for, but it'll be a logistical nightmare (read: "tablet pilot program" for those of you familiar with same) to make it happen. the SP is an agency that likes to procrastinate to the bitter end.The State of New York has licensed mobile and portable use on the VTAC frequencies. The only issue is that a lot of troop cars are still running older GE Orion mobiles that A> cant do narrow band modulation, and B> cant do 7.5 kHz channel spacing. NYSP has been purchasing newer Harris M7100 mobiles (basically it's the same as an Orion, just more options available) which can do both.
Well the VTAC stuff on DEC sure is a sign of change..All of the Onondaga County Troop Cars have already been installed UHF radios with the U-TAC Channels in them. This was due to the part of the Onondaga County OCICS Project. In addition Onondaga County has installed U, V, and I-TAC Channels at numeorus sites. Oswego is also working on installing TAC sites at this time. As Madison and Oswego are also both heading to UHF P25 systems I imagine you will see UHF radios popping up in all NYSP cars in the CNY area.
I also know DEC has been adding the VTAC frequencies to all there equipment in Region 7 for both ENCON and NYSFR.