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Wes

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So I've recently started volunteering with an unnamed fire department in Bexar County. I've noticed a VERY interesting thing. Our department is on the San Antonio/Bexar County system and we use the Harris handheld radios and many of our trucks have the Harris radios. BUT.... some of our trucks have Motorola radios with the control heads showing the same radio talkgroups as the Harris/EDACS radios. (I know we also have the ability to patch the EDACS system to the LCRA P25 system.)

So, my question is this.... is the Harris/EDACS system being linked full-time to the LCRA P25 system, the San Antonio UASI system, or something else? Or is there an unlikely possibility that Motorola makes radios compatible with EDACS ProVoice?
 

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So I've recently started volunteering with an unnamed fire department in Bexar County. I've noticed a VERY interesting thing. Our department is on the San Antonio/Bexar County system and we use the Harris handheld radios and many of our trucks have the Harris radios. BUT.... some of our trucks have Motorola radios with the control heads showing the same radio talkgroups as the Harris/EDACS radios. (I know we also have the ability to patch the EDACS system to the LCRA P25 system.)

So, my question is this.... is the Harris/EDACS system being linked full-time to the LCRA P25 system, the San Antonio UASI system, or something else? Or is there an unlikely possibility that Motorola makes radios compatible with EDACS ProVoice?
Is your department in the northeast cities around Randolph or elsewhere in the county? Schertz, Cibolo, Live Oak, U City all use LCRA, but Converse and every other department in the county use EDACS. Could be that the Harris radios affiliate to the EDACS system and the Motos to the SA P25 Overlay, although that would not be a standard set up since they all use EDACS for primary. Is it one or the other in those trucks, or are the Motos second radios?
 

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North central end of Bexar County. The trucks have either an EDACS or a Motorola radio in each. Some also have a VHF radio as well.
 

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I think it is Bexar/Bulverde that uses Bex Fire on LCRA with calls out 281 towards Comal.. they would be closer to Smithson Valley for coverage up that way.
 
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The trucks have either an EDACS or a Motorola radio in each.
Again, just because the radio says HARRIS doesn't necessarily mean it's operating on EDACS. Everything from the M7100/P7100 on can operate on both EDACS/PV and P25 trunking systems, provided they have the features enabled.
 
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With P25 being active in Bexar county, many agencies are no longer held hostage to Harris equipment. The Feds, DPS, and some locals have been switching to the APX platform from Moto.
Moto wiped the floor with Harris during the equipment evaluation on the new system.
 

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With P25 being active in Bexar county, many agencies are no longer held hostage to Harris equipment. The Feds, DPS, and some locals have been switching to the APX platform from Moto.
Moto wiped the floor with Harris during the equipment evaluation on the new system.
But I thought setting off the emergency when the radio got wet was a feature??? :unsure:
 
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