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Narrowbanding and Hand-held Radios

The deadline to comply with the new FCC regulations for narrowbanding was January 1, 2013. And that date has now come and gone. Are you sure that you are in compliance? Here are a few important things you should know about the new narrowbanding mandates.

All radios in a system have to be either reprogrammed to operate in the narrowband mode or they must be replaced. The good news here is that most equipment can be reprogrammed unless you are operating outdated equipment. The other really good news is that you don’t have to move to digital. We’ve posted before about the debate between replacing now with digital equipment versus waiting. It all comes down to economics like most things do.

Do you know the status of your two-way radio system? Have you had all of your equipment checked for compliance?

If you answered “no” or “I’m not sure” to either of these questions it’s past time to get your equipment checked. It is possible that you’re operating with out any problems currently, but don’t expect that to continue. As even more narrowband systems are introduced, you will experience interference with your system if you are still operating in a wideband system. And that may not be the only interference, the FCC can shut you down if you are not in compliance.this way 300x202 Narrowbanding and Hand held Radios

The important thing to remember here is that you need to get your equipment checked and brought into compliance. Narrowbanding is not optional and all dual mode equipment must be operated in the 12.5 KHz narrowband mode. if you are running your system outside of the correct parameters you do run the risk of a monetary fine or worse, having your system shut down. It’s their way or the highway!

It is quite possible that you merely need reprogramming at this point and nothing more. Give the folks at Public Safety Czar a call for a free inspection of your system. 800-344-8140

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