KC8RYW wrote:The County Sheriff here wants to move to the MARCS system. Hmm.
Give up lowband simplex for 800 trunking.
Given the terrain in the area (hilly), it'd be better to stay with lowband simplex, but what do I know.
Yeah in your area it does make sense, but here is flat. The problem is OEMA and all of the other gubmint agencies are pushing for interoperable communications, which is a good idea. However there are other ways about doing that in times of need. There are the BSSA vehicles, these vehicles have interconnect boards which you can use to intergconnent any kind of radio to any other kind of radio.
Hell they could interconnect a FRS radio to 800 Mhs trunked system with that system on the BSSA trucks.
They have several of those trucks scattered about Ohio.
But back to the topic, OEMA is stuck on the MARCS system, so if counties want to use grant money from Ohio to buy/imptove communications systems, they are almost forced to start the MARCS integration. I spent a week writing a grant for this not too long ago for our county.