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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
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    • Mexico Public Safety Department switches to narrowband

    • Mandated by the Federal Communications Commission, the Mexico Public Safety Department has made the switch to narrowband frequencies. A&W Communications, Inc., personnel was on site Monday, installing and reprogramming the department's existing radio equipment. According to Public Safety Director Susan Rockett, the project which replaced 19 mobile radio systems, 35 pagers, 1 hand-held radio and the reprogramming of 47 hand-held radios went very smoothly, with no disruptions in communications. She expects the project to be completed today. In 2004, the Federal Communications Commission ordered public safety agencies to upgrade their radio systems to 12.5 kHz technology, and gave them eight years to comply, with a Jan. 1, 2013 deadline. In December 2011, Audrain County Joint Communications announced it was prepared to make the switch and planned to have the new system implemented by Jan. 31 one year ahead of schedule. "As daunting as it seemed at the onset of this project, everything has gone smoothly. By doing this, we are now in (federal) compliance, which should make the system that much more seamless," Rockett said. "Joint Communications has done a great job in laying out the procedure for us and I credit Maj. (Brice) Mesko for getting the job completed, and all agencies for working together to make this as easy as it was. Cooperation is the key." 

      Posted Jan. 25, 2012