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Grand Canyon National Park

Project Management Team Narrow Band Radio conversion

In 2009, the park completed the core of a new Narrow Band Radio system. The work allows for conversion from a conventional, wide-band system to digital narrow-band technology. With no additional funds available for the project, Grand Canyon paid for it with park funds. The first phase includes the system’s four main towers. It is expected to improve communication down into the canyon.

New dispatch center

The park’s existing public-safety dispatch center was not large enough to accommodate the new Narrow Band Radio equipment. So a new center was built next to the Emergency Services building. The project was designed and construction contracts were awarded in FY 2009. Construction was finished in the spring of 2010. The park’s emergency 911 system also is being upgraded in the move to the new center.

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2009/2010 Accomplishment Report

In April 2010, park staff moved its regional communications center from headquarters to the park's emergency services complex and began to use the first phase of a narrowband digital radio system.

The planning, construction and implementation for both projects were many years in the making. These projects required a $3.2 million contract with Motorola and a $1.6 million contract with Whiteriver Construction of Lakeside, AZ. The state of Arizona supplied $180,000 in 911 equipment upgrades.

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