http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060821/NEWS01/608210381&SearchID=73254460228178LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Tippecanoe County is taking part in a federal project to make the two-way radios used by police, fire and emergency responders safe from electronic interference from cellular phone frequencies.
The county was chosen for the government's $2.5 billion pilot project because it already has a superior communication system, said Mark Kirby, the county's emergency management director.
The project aims to change the frequencies for the two-way radios used by thousands of police, fire and other public agencies across the nation. Nextel has agreed to pay for the switch.
County agencies using two-way radios in the 800 megahertz range have spent the past few weeks temporarily turning over their equipment on a day-by-day basis to be inventoried.
"We're inventorying almost 2,000 radios," said Phil Lehman, who co-owns Lafayette-based RA-COMM, which is doing the work.
Nextel will fund the shipment of software for radios that can be reprogrammed and fund the shipment of new radios to replace ones that can't, said Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Capt. Charlie Williams, who's overseeing the project for the county.
I do remeber that conversation. Has it gotten any better over there?Go-24 said:Yep, we spoke about experiencing this process here ... http://www.radioreference.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45546
As for the statement by Mark Kirby that "it already has a superior communication system" I hate to see systems which are questionable because in my half a dozen or so months of listening to their system I have heard officers complain about communication related issues pretty much daily.
Was really hoping to have seen "digital" mentioned in one of those articles.
If you check the article - you'll see they are just rebanding their current system. They would not do that if they were going to drop the system and join Safe-T.bessiedawg said:Does Tippecanoe have plans of joining SAFE-T ?
Any mention of budget cuts?bessiedawg said:There was a feature article in the Lafayette paper shortly after ISP Dist 14 went digital. It explained the advantages of digital and mentioned that the rest of the county would be digital and be able to communicate with each other in "a few weeks". That was quite some time ago. How ever long ISP has been digital. It sounds like there was a major change in plans.
But it looks like it's going to be Re-banded and payed for by NEXTEL as a pilot program, per the J and C article.Go-24 said:Nah on the contrary, at least for west lafayette, our council just ok'd raises surely they arent cutting. hahaha