The land mobile bands VHF and UHF are highly congested.
There is often not enough spectrum available to existing licensees to expand or implement new systems. Even the cell carriers run into spectrum issues, which is why they keep upping your data costs and lowering how much you get for your money.
To promote more efficient use of radio frequency bands, mandatory narowbanding is being implemented as of January 1, 2013. As the conversion to narrow channel bandwidth occurs, new channels become available. The hope is that this will spur development of new technology. Technologies that will promote more efficiencies, greater clarity and capabilities.
The down side
You definitely don’t want to be the last one on the block to make the conversion. As others begin to convert to the narrowband technology you may see an increase in interference on your channel.
The trap is that you may not need to actually replace your radios. Some of them can be reprogrammed, which is a lot less expensive.
Public Safety Czar can help you with the process for inventorying your communications equipment and testing it against narrowbanding requirements. And, we offer free programs to help in this process.
Give us a call today at 800-344-8140 for your free consultation on how to stay out of the narrowbanding trap.