Vehicle repeaters and bidirectional antennas (BDA’s) can be obtained if improved
coverage is required in specific buildings and remote areas of the county.
Occasionally, portable radios are misplaced or stolen. In the wrong hands,
portable radio transmissions can interrupt and jam the radio frequency. To control the
illegal use of portable radios, a device to disable the radio by the dispatch center would
provide the proper protection.
What are the major issues associated with transitioning to an 800 MHz radio
One of the biggest issues associated with a change to an 800 MHz radio system is
the cost. The commitment of $21 million dollars is one that must be justified to the
taxpayers. This is a high profile project that has been under development for more than
five (5) years.
Resistance to change is another major issue that will have to be overcome in order
to successfully implement the new 800 MHz radio system. Any change in operating
procedures must be managed properly. The fire service has typically been somewhat
traditional and slow in implementing change. An 800 MHz radio system will
undoubtedly have different characteristics than the current 154 MHz system. Ten years
ago, the department implemented its first generation of Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)
system which necessitated computer terminals in all of the fire and rescue stations. Many
of our personnel were not very computer literate and were literally afraid of touching the
computer. Some initially refused to accept the fact that the department was transitioning
into the age of advanced technology. Planning, training and support on the part of the