February 2011 Inbox: Reader Feedback
Friday, February 04, 2011 | Comments
Following are comments we’ve received from readers about recent online and print news and articles. If you’d like to comment on an article, e-mail edit@RRMediaGroup.com.
An important concern voiced at the hearing, but not in the article, was that the requested federal budget may be insufficient to complete rural buildout.
Paraphrasing from the video:
• Minutes 63 – 64:30 — Joe Hanna ... difficult choice of coming back for billions of dollars of additional federal funding, or choosing where the network will be built, and where it won't be built.
• Minutes 77 – 80 -- Sen. Warner cited an estimate of $40 billion to fully complete a nationwide buildout ... how are we going to make sure ... we find the capital? ... We may build out New York, Northern Virginia, Las Vegas ... how do we make sure of the rural communities?
An archived webcast of the hearing is available here.
Robert Wilson
Cheyenne, Wyo.
Bill HR 607, which has to do with the D block 700 MHz spectrum, requires 420 – 440 MHz paired with 450 – 470 MHz to be auctioned. This is of great concern to me as an amateur radio operator.
420 – 440 MHz in not public-safety spectrum below Line A (Canadian border area). It is shared military (primary) and amateur radio (secondary) and heavily used by both. It should not be put up for spectrum auction.
Don Balsamo
Lead Communications Tech Support
Riverside County Information Technology (RCIT)
County of Riverside, Calif.
While the concepts of HR 607 are commendable, the portion of it where 20 megahertz of spectrum assigned to and used by amateur radio operators across the country, is to be auctioned off is a major flaw in the bill.
David Krauss

In response to “Spectrum Monitor” in the February 2011 issue
I just wanted to thank you for Don Speights' article, "VHF: The LMR Super Band for Voice.” This is extremely timely and important. LMR is going to be around for a long time to come, and the sentiments presented by the author hit home for nearly every public-safety agency in the country. Some of the biggest problems with broadband technology are the slowness (latency) of communications and the nearly universal failure of this mode of operation in widespread disaster because of system overload. Public-safety system operators are aware of these problems, and many will be hesitant to adopt broadband technology as their sole means of communications.
An example of this is our own agency. We operate between 5,000 and 6,000 mobile units on a VHF low-band system. Many of our 11,000 field employees have opted to use their cell phones for daily work, because they provide better portability and privacy than the radio system. But — and it never fails — when ice is on the roads, the radios come back into play. There is just no way the current iteration of broadband infrastructure can handle the traffic load generated when these types of conditions exist. Unless the prospective service providers overbuild their systems to handle peak loads, broadband will never be successful where communications is critical all the time, at any time. And it's hard to imagine commercial providers spending more than they normally would to cover a given area because these costs would significantly affect their profitability. I guess time will tell.
Again, thanks for the article. I hope this thinking gains ground sooner than later.
Steven E. Riddle
Communications Engineer
NCDOT Division of Highways
Asheboro, N.C.

In response to “Collision Data on the Horizon for 9-1-1 Centers” from Feb. 1
This is interesting information, because I have often wondered when this sort of thing would be developed. Even though my career is ending in the fire service, I plan on continuing my instruction and past experience in this area.
We are converting our dispatch to a combination of city and county services, and I need all information along these lines. There is a local General Motors plant in Kokomo, Ind., which could be helpful in this search for knowledge. If you have any direction I could turn to, please let me know.
Capt. Delvecchio
Kokomo, Ind.
I am an EMT in a rural area so I feel that advanced automatic collision notification (AACN) should be required in all vehicles that are on the road in as short a lead time as possible. In my area, the hospital is 30 – 90 minutes away, so the quicker that we are notified of a injury crash the better the outcome.
I am only aware of the OnStar system and am unaware if the information that we are given is from their call center or a passerby, because we are not given the origin when we are paged.
Robert Holloway

I believe that this type of technology has potential in disaster services, where in a situation where it can be cost effective and meets Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines. Also, 200 feet is the maximum height for amateur radio service, bearing in mind anything over 200 feet would have to have an approval by the FAA.
A separate FAA proposal for anything within FAA regulations should be proposed for a emergency authorization to operate a balloon for emergency communications from commencement to termination of said emergency. The FAA would need to transmit a temporary notice to airmen (NOTAM) in the area affected.
Mark A. Holman
ARRL life member

Click here for the January 2011 Inbox.
Click here for the December 2010 Inbox.
Click here for the November 2010 Inbox.

Post a comment
Name: *
Email: *
Title: *
Comment: *


No Comments Submitted Yet

Be the first by using the form above to submit a comment!

Magazines in Print

May 2019

1 - 2
Comms Connect
Auckland, New Zealand

5 - 10
APCO Western Regional Conference 2019
Scottsdale, Arizona

More Events >

Site Navigation