Wisconsin County Requests Waiver to Use Paging Channel for Repeater Voice
Monday, October 22, 2018 | Comments

The FCC is seeking comment on two applications filed by the county of St. Croix, Wisconsin. The applicant seeks a waiver of the FCC’s Part 90 rules to use paging-only channel 157.450 MHz for repeater output voice communication.

The St. Croix applications proposed adding a repeater output channel to the base stations comprising its VHF simulcast private LMR system licensed under call signs WQZN231 and WQZH562.2 St. Croix said that its simulcast system provides public-safety dispatching service for fire, EMS, rescue and law enforcement agencies within the county and that it needs additional capacity to meet the communications needs of its users.

St. Croix asserted that frequency 157.450 MHz is the “best choice” for deploying a new repeater output channel at each of the base stations in its countywide simulcast system. It contends that frequency 157.450 MHz is an underutilized channel in and around the county. For example, it states it found no other licensee operating on channel 157.450 MHz within 100 miles of the county border. By contrast, St Croix said that all other channels considered in its frequency search reflected heavier usage.

Comments are due Nov. 21, and reply comments are due Dec. 6. The full notice is here.

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