We switched over to our new radios over a month ago. The county spent 36 MILLION dollars to upgrade us frmo our old VHF ( 155 mhz) band. The radios are MA/COM and to say that it has worked well is a joke.
We are now in the 500 mhz band ( 800 wasn't avail here) and after a years testing in which we were told we will have 95+ % coverage in the county...we are having a terrible time.
There are dropped transmissions , lost transmissions, GARBLED transmissions , digitized voices that make it hard to understand what is being said. It is truly pathetic how BAD these radios work compare to our old ones. It is common that a conversation is carried between dispatch and a car and the rest of us dont hear it. ( and we are in the same dept ) . We constantly have to call officers our our side channel ( just as bad) to try to see if they are aware that they are being called.
Fortunately, we had to keep our old radios because they have the siren and PA built into them. They still work GREAT ( with their known limitations) and are ultra reliable. We resort having to use them to make sure we can talk but only on the side channel.
They have been to our PD several times to re-program the radios. They have taken down one of the 22 towers ( antennas) that they added for this system. They have told us that the " best and the brightest" are working on this problem.
Finally they are claiming that the signal is trying to be grabbed by different towers at the same time causing the problems.
All I can say is if your agency has ANY plans to go to a trunked system , especially one designed by MA/COM...do some investiagtion on your own as to the problems that are out there with current systems , like ours.
This was done all in the name of interoperability.