January 2014 Inbox
Thursday, January 09, 2014 | 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, email edit@RRMediaGroup.com.

In response to “How Upcoming Auctions Affect the LMR Industry” from Jan. 22.


I don’t have a dog in this race, but work with dealers and public-safety agencies that do.

I don’t clearly see the logic you portray in your article. Congress (not the FCC) took 40 megahertz of T-band spectrum away from the some of the most congested areas, and in my view, really didn’t give much back. Public safety got some, but not much for push-to-talk (PTT) uses. From what I have read, commercial users (dealers) got nothing and have nowhere to “reband” their repeaters or repeater networks.

Larry Feige
Manager GSA and LMR
Los Angeles



In response to “FCC Requests Comment on Florida Petition on Travelers’ Information Stations” from Jan. 16


The waiver request, identified in the news brief, was withdrawn Jan. 16.

Roger Madden
Florida Department of Transportation



In response to “Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health Selects P25 System from Harris” from June 7, 2012


Although this is old news now, the main reason for the Ministry of Health (MOH) to go for Project 25 (P25) and Harris specifically is the spectrum issue. First, the regulator (CITC) requested MOH to implement a system in a non-standard frequency band (350 – 370 MHz). At the time, no vendor manufactured P25 in that band, although it became common in the Saudi market later that year. Second, the request for proposal (RFP) specs specified a 5-megahertz transmission (TX)/receive (RX) channel spacing, which TETRA doesn’t allow for at that base frequency (300 MHz).

Mohamed El Agha



In response to “Industry at Odds over Allowing VHF Channels for Vehicular Repeaters” from Jan. 7


Why can't the FCC open up the abandoned VHF television channels in areas that have transitioned to UHF for the digital TV broadcasts? There should be plenty of spectrum to use for VHF mobile repeater use especially since a proposal is to use some 173 MHz channels on a shared basis between industry/business (I/B) and public safety.

These channels could also be used strictly for public safety so that manufacturers would have a potential customer market. As an I/B user, I find it difficult to secure frequencies for my own operation and operation of my I/B customers since most of the VHF channels are now congested with fleets of school buses using a collection of digital radios and analog radios with virtually zero frequency coordination and actual field studies to identify interference. Having additional mobile repeaters, public safety and more school bus operations, just reduces the number of frequencies available for small business users.

Also, taking into account operations along the Canadian border, there just are not enough frequencies for VHF operations.

Gerald Marsh



In response to “Report Examines Definition of First Responder” from Dec. 31


The term “first responder” WAS a valid term in the EMS system up until roughly two years ago. It denoted the first tier in the EMS ladder, EMT-basic, then EMT-advanced, then EMT-paramedic. It was changed to “emergency medical responder.”

However, change comes slowly, at least here in Missouri. Emergency medical responders (EMRs) are still referred to as first responders by just about everyone.

J. Stanton
Chief (retired)
Eastern Douglas County (Mo.) Fire Rescue



In response to “Sen. Rockefeller Voices Opposition to In-Flight Mobile Cell Phone Use” from Dec. 23


Bad idea. From an aircraft, a cell phone can reach many cell-phone towers at the same time causing interference to earthbound users. The cell-phone sites are engineered to cover specific geographic areas to be able to reuse channels.

Spade Condry



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