Digital radio change

jim_ru
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Digital radio change

Postby jim_ru » Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:07 pm

Hello, we are looking at changing our radio system from analog to digital in order to permit us using a system similar to nexedge or other brands. But we have a problem as the Motorola mintors that we use can not be used as pagers with this system. Have any other departments made a change to digital and found a pager that works with digital?
Thank you

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hmckay91
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Postby hmckay91 » Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:45 am

Jim

First, if you truly want to move to digital then your chosen manufacturer should have a complete solution for your communication and notification needs.

Second, all the major P25 radio manufacturers have "promised" bridge units to go between existing analogue systems and digital. This of course means maintaining both radio systems with the associated costs.

Thirdly, ensure your moving to digital for the right reasons. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of both systems with respect to your operations and expectations so as to not get into a "flavour of the month" cycle.

Check out

http://www.officer.com/article/10727526 ... s-benefits

http://www.elert.com/the-difference-bet ... o-systems/

https://blog.tcomeng.com/index.php/2007 ... nd-analog/
There's never time to do it right but always time to do it over.

jim_ru
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Postby jim_ru » Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:50 pm

Thanks for the reply.
The reason we are going digital is due to our distance between stations and repeaters.
I have stations that are 70 miles apart and in order to bring together the communication we are going to link the repeaters via ip links.

We have been looking at three different systems and all three have no paging available with no short term plan to have it. The reply from most is that cost comparison between pagers and portables is so small they suggest that the guys carry radios instead, but I want to give my fireman the option of only listening in on there hall calls or if they choose to listen to all that is fine as well.

It is kind of ironic that they tell us digital can do it all just by programming and the basic tool for the fire department is paging and it seams to be a bit of a black hole

Thanks for your input

Jim


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