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Trunking reverting to simplex on signal loss

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8Call/8Tac 7Fire/7Med are American terms for American interop channels.
And Canada as well, at least for the 700 MHz frequencies which are the same in the US; Canada still uses the pre-rebanding 866-868 frequencies for interop however, although that's got to complicate things along the border.

To the OP: I concur with other commenters; I've been in this line of work for nearly 35 years, and you really need to discuss and plan a proper template which includes conventional interop channels, and which suits your needs. Don't just let some drone tell you what you need; you can solicit their input, but discuss it with your neighboring agencies first as well as within your own agency.
 

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And Canada as well, at least for the 700 MHz frequencies which are the same in the US; Canada still uses the pre-rebanding 866-868 frequencies for interop however, although that's got to complicate things along the border.
Canada doesn't have a nationalized suite of interop channels, except for 149.0800MHz.

In places like the lower mainland of BC, where agencies on both sides of the border are using 800MHz, there may be use of 8Call/8Tac channels, it is not universal through out Canada. Same on VHF.

As I said, I would really like to know what the source material is, that was used to create that interop list that was linked in this thread.
 

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So a Tech was in from Bell and programmed our radios with our new talkgroups. He did confirm the XTS/XTL 1500's were indeed capable of simplex.

Unfortunately, the other features we also wanted to be added (including the simplex) were not added to the work order in time so they could not be done this trip. Not that big of a deal right now as the radios will be re-programmed once the new radios arrive and we will only be making the transition once everything is complete. They gave an ETA of roughly 4-6 months.

Thank you everyone for the advice. It has been really helpful. :)
 

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What are you using for fireground comms?
Simplex or the trunking system?
 

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What are you using for fireground comms?
Simplex or the trunking system?
Currently we operate on an analog simplex system. We are moving all operations over to our provincial trunked system and will have simplex as backup there as well.
 

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Currently we operate on an analog simplex system. We are moving all operations over to our provincial trunked system and will have simplex as backup there as well.
I would be wary or running fireground interior comms on a trunking system.
 

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I would be wary or running fireground interior comms on a trunking system.
Thanks for the concern, that is why we'll also have simplex as backup.

Fortunately we have a site right here in town so we have excellent coverage in our district. We've done extensive testing on a few interiors in our district including our hockey rink which has thick concrete and steel. No issues communicating in or out through the trunked system.
 
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