Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Still thinking about P25 for fire department use?
Guess who recently said THIS? I think the answer will surprise you!
Statement # 1: P25 does NOT address any operational or interoperability needs. P25 also does not provide a fire department with interoperability unless it is planned for. A lone agency on P25 is no more interoperable than being on a UHF system trying to interoperate with a department on VHF.
Statement #2: The P25 vocoder was NOT designed to operate in the high-background-noise environments encountered on the fireground..
That's a bit of a surprise, isn't it?
The GOOD news is that we can provide P25 compatibility with any P25 system, conventional or trunked, any brand, technology, or model, with the best operating range from fireground to dispatch, the best in-building coverage, the best paging range, the best interoperability with VHF and/or UHF radios users, the lowest purchase cost, the best backup capability in the event of network failure on 700/800 MHz trunked radio systems, the fastest correction of maintenance issues, and the lowest operating costs of anybody, anywhere, offering any brand, at any price - GUARANTEED!
Want to know how we do it and where you can get the answer to the questions above? Give me a call at 205.854.2611 or drop me an email by clicking here.
Burch FalknerAt your service!
Thursday, June 2, 2016
On a random check of manufacturers in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, we found many were using two-way radios as part of their operations and plant safety program. That’s the good news. The not so good news is that many were mostly unaware of FCC Rules and Regulations. That can be a very costly mistake!
The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona was fined by the FCC after a complaint from a General Mobile Radio Service licensee that a business was operating a repeater on a frequency allocated for use within the Family Radio Service.
After a little research by the FCC, the Westin acknowledged that they were operating on unlicensed frequencies. The Commission issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) in the amount $16,000 for the four repeater pairs that were not licensed and not allocated for commercial use. It could have been MUCH worse! FCC rules are very clear on the use of GMRS and FRS frequencies. Additional information is available on the FCC web site at fcc.gov/general/general-mobile-radio-service-gmrs.
If you are a manufacturer, we also have information and products to keep you straight with the FCC, OSHA and other government regulatory agencies. A free copy can be downloaded on line at info4u.us/Plant-Safety-Products.pdf.
And an additional final point - If you have purchased radios on the Internet, from an electronics store, or even a local 2-way radio dealer, and been told the radios were pre-programmed and could be used out of the box without a license, think again! Read the instructions that come with the radios (such as the Motorola RDU2080d for example). There are radios available for commercial use that do not require a license (See mursradios.com for more information). However, there are limitations that generally do not make them the best choice for commercial use. We will be glad to discuss your individual needs on request.
In the meantime, you should be aware of a recent announcement by the FCC that they will be cracking down on sales and use of non-type accepted equipment illegally sold by outlaw Chinese manufacturers as well as USERS of this equipment. In addition, the FCC has already begun a program known as Operation Dragnet to address illegal operation by commercial users with fines amount to the tens or even hundreds of THOUSANDS of dollars! And, they are ENCOURAGING the filing of complaints. Most of our readers will know what this means!
If you think you may not be operating your 2-way radio system in compliance with applicable FCC rules, give us a call at 205.854.2611. We'll give you the straight story at no cost or obligation.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Some special news just for firefighters.......
Some of our firefighter friends have been asking what we are doing that is new and helpful, especially to smaller and volunteer departments. So, we have responded with a new mini catalog that is easily viewed on smart phones and tablets. Lots of new products and ideas available to you at by clicking here. Let us know how you like the new format by dropping us an email. Thanks!
From all of us at Falcon Wireless
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
I was honored to be in the presence of people mostly forgotten by the rest of the world. The community is mostly minority, and far below the poverty level. One of the attendees, who spoke at the time reserved for complaints, was a local resident who sleeps in her truck to be more vigilant against those who would burglarize her home. She is well educated, articulate, and a survivor of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, AL back in 1963. Some would judge her as being a bit eccentric, but given the freedom to be herself by a community that neither judges nor envies others.
The City of Brighton was in the news recently. A call came in and the police department couldn't respond. The reason? None of the police cars would run. The County Commissioner representing the Brighton district appeared before the council to inform them that she had reached out to others and found a donor to provide four new police vehicles. When she made the announcement, there wasn't a dry eye in the room, including mine.
My reason for being there was to help the city find a way to implement a new program called No Time for Crime. Falcon Community Services developed the program to combine the resources of business institutional, and governmental participants in working together to make cities and counties better places to live, work, and play. Part of the program involved getting new communications equipment for the city along with an interoperability solution for better communications with neighboring communities as well as improved community service.
It was a good evening. It's good to have a job that can help others. It's WONDERFUL to see and work with people at their best! Better yet, by listening to the needs of the City of Brighton, we were able to develop a brand new program that might be of benefit in YOUR city, county, or regional metro area. It is called (you guessed it), The Brighton Plan! If you would like to know more about The Brighton Plan, give us a call, anytime, at 205.854.2611.