WESTCOMM - Chicopee & Longmeadow Dispatch Center

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Re: WESTCOMM - Chicopee & Longmeadow Dispatch Center

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I noted today that WESTCOMM is using Station 66 when dispatching Ware Fire/EMS on their VHF repeater frequency. HOWEVER, there's no simucast on the UHF trunking system as is occurring for Monson.
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Re: WESTCOMM - Chicopee & Longmeadow Dispatch Center

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With the frequency licensing issues WestComm is currently having, why don't they license T-Band frequencies. Would the reversal of the T-Band auction allow them to do that?
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i don’t think there’s any T BAND FREQS open right now

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aleckrohto wrote:
05 Dec 2021 19:24
With the frequency licensing issues WestComm is currently having, why don't they license T-Band frequencies. Would the reversal of the T-Band auction allow them to do that?
I think they'd have to be within a certain distance from a large city that has those frequencies available. I don't think the WESTCOMM area is close enough to Boston or NYC to have T-band frequencies available to them.
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schwab wrote:
05 Dec 2021 21:11
I think they'd have to be within a certain distance from a large city that has those frequencies available. I don't think the WESTCOMM area is close enough to Boston or NYC to have T-band frequencies available to them.
Correct. FCC Rule 90.311 states that they can be used in their respective "Urbanized Areas". The Boston Urbanized Area includes Providence up to the New Hampshire line.

Springfield is not part of that area.

WestComm could easily expand their channel capacity by switching from FDMA to TDMA.
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i know there viking vp6000 radios are capable of it.not sure if they got that feature in there radios or just got the basic package in them.

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update on (Longmeadow, Town of) - new FCC public safety application:

12/13/2021 Application Granted
12/13/2021 License Issued
12/14/2021 Authorization Printed

Special Conditions:
Waiver of 90.35 granted 12/10/2021 to operate on business frequencies 464.0750, 461.6500, 462.2000, 463.6875, 463.8125 and 462.475 MHz.

FCC call sign: WROU858

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wow crazy only what u all know behind the scenes i have heard.

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Awful disappointing they were granted a waiver when they couldn't follow basic rules like everyone else.

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I noticed that Chicopee FD test was not simulcast on 154.1600 from the UHF trunk system however the Fire-Med channel still was. I will have to try to monitor for a fire call involving mutual aid and see if they are going to turn it on if there is a need for mutual aid into the city.

I suppose all the users on the trunk system might give up their old FCC issued licenses as they were stating other municipalities on trunk systems not giving up channels as being one reason they couldn't find regular Public Safety frequencies for their TRS.

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CG wrote:
20 Jan 2022 18:29

I suppose all the users on the trunk system might give up their old FCC issued licenses as they were stating other municipalities on trunk systems not giving up channels as being one reason they couldn't find regular Public Safety frequencies for their TRS.

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I assume you're being sarcastic, and I agree Chris.. For those unaware,
Many towns/ cities use an outside company to renew their FCC licenses, often times located in different states. . When a license is up for renewal, I doubt the company calls the city and questions if they are using xxx.xxx frequencies. Towns around me, including my own, are still licensed for low band, the old county 33.46/33.52.. but we haven't used it it probably 15 years. However, it still gets renewed every time.

I have noticed a few times that consoles or systems have had to reboot to start functioning again. So I imagine the member towns will keep their legacy systems as backup.

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Actually I was confusing them with Ludlow who is trying to get frequencies for their upcoming UHF trunk system.

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i think ludlow already has a few frequencies already i’ve seen.

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xplorer417 wrote:
21 Jan 2022 18:27
i think ludlow already has a few frequencies already i’ve seen.
Ludlow added 460.2125 with a P25 Emissions designator and added that emissions designator to their existing 453.2500 as well.
I did mention this in another thread. viewtopic.php?f=32&t=42708
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