Chris from Milwaukee wrote:I am an avid scanner listener. My scanner lives right next to my bed and I listen to it almost every night. Recently, the Milwaukee Police Department stopped broadcasting on the good old UHF frequencies and started transmitting on this Open Sky thing. From what I have been been able to dig up on this system it is a rather flawed communications system that Harris just bought from MA/COM. It has lots of issues... They have been trying to implement this system since 2005. It fails to work inside of buildings, the consoles have serious issues and will be antiquated by 2012 and will need to be replaced, and worst of all the general scanning public as well as other law enforcement agencies cannot monitor the transmisssions. The MPD has spent over $17.5 million on this worthless thing and now they need to "borrow" another million to "try and get it to work properly". And for the record, after 2012, Harris will no longer support the system.
My questions are: Isn't all digital broadcasting similar? They calim that the Open Sky system is a propriatary digital system. Since digital to me is 1-0 kind of deal, can someone expalin this propriatary concept to me?
And finally, there is lots of chatter on the scanner boards that the FCC has mandated public service bands to go narrowband. Some people are saying that this is the case while others are saying that it's a recommondation rather than a mandate. I have been surfing the FCC website but have been unable to find anything just yet (it's a pretty big site). Anyone here have any insight into this or could post a link as to where I should be reading?
NECRAT wrote: Rhode Island is implementing a statewide system and several towns have decided to go to 100% encrypted. The plan is to have the whole state encrypted when moved to this system.
NECRAT wrote:For the VHF system, yes, they did. (A couple of voting receive sites and one transmit site)
However the 800 system seems to cover a whole 3 miles from the tower, so they have multiple sites up.
(And all ready the system is way over taxed, several reports of users with busy tones, etc on it...)
great job Rhode Island... really... good job. I mean it. (Sorry to blow up your sarcasim meter with that one Kent).
VXO wrote:the whole New York State OpenSky system just about ruin M/A-COM? They didn't get it working up to standard in time, and the state used their option to cash out what they spent on the whole Charlie Foxtrot.
New York State was going to switch the whole state over to this system but after testing it in a few Western Counties, as well as two up in the Adirondacks, the system failed every test the state of New York required them to pass to impliment the system. The system failed, the state has backed out of the system.
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