Yes, it's in the early build stage. Storycomm is still looking for additional tower sites, but the Wallace Hall control channel was on the air when I went through there. In my short time monitoring, I didn't hear any traffic on the Wallace or Ames SARA sites.
Also when this new system was announced the press mentioned a 4 or 5 site system at buildout. The towns of Gilbert, Cambridge and maybe Zearing were mentioned? I'm just curious if anyone detects sites besides the Wallace Tower are active because signal strength north of Ames is particularly strong. If this is all coming from the single new site, its already more powerful than the old Story County or Ames Electronic Engineering systems in the rural area north of Ames.
CyRide being heard today. Buses on 58557 and Supervisors/Admin on 58558. Not hearing them on the old system but with the holiday I don't know if this is just a test of the new radios or full transition.
Ames Fire Department Channel 1 is 58560 used for both Dispatching and Fire Ops.
As of today, Mary Greeley Ambulances have not left the old system yet. There is testing on talk group 58561 but can not confirm yet who will be assigned that group. Suspect it will be either EMS/Ambulances or a Fire Tac group.