Sunday, August 12, 2012
Brevisfasciasyndroma reported at mountain top repeater sites!
Our regular readers know that brevisfasciasyndroma (or narrow band syndrome to our non Latin speaking friends) is a serious malady affecting 2-way radio users who have switched to narrow band. First reported by portable users and rural fire departments (Click here for details), the condition was later reported by Midwestern farmers (Click here for details). Fortunately, cures were found for both outbreaks. Now we have new reports from repeater users that they are experiencing brevisfasciasyndroma symptoms.
The first reported repeater case was by a county school bus radio transportation director who discovered that the repeater they were using could not be upgraded to narrow band. Replacement costs for narrow band capable repeaters ranged from several thousand dollars up to twenty thousand dollars plus service contracts ranging from a hundred dollars per month to nearly two hundred dollars a month. Fortunately, they checked with us before purchasing a new repeater with a service contract.
We've got a better idea. We call it the Service Lease Program. Here's how it works! We replace your old repeater with a new narrow band repeater. You have a choice of analog, DMR (Hytera and MotoTRBO), or NXDN (ICOM or Kenwood). All are nominally rated at 45/50 watts depending of whether VHF or UHF is applicable. The cost is just $100 per month, payable annually, then renewable on annual, semi-annual, quarterly, or monthly terms as you choose.