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- In the past to put mobile
frequencies on base stations, there must have been pre-approval. Are you
saying that it is okay to put these frequencies into the base stations?
If we have multiple agencies involved, it is imperative that RCC can
monitor especially SWCC. It would be instrumental that base stations have
- No, frequencies are for
immediate on scene simplex use for limited amounts of time.
- Your slide should read
State Fire, not State Wide Fire?
- Yes, we will modify the
- In a meeting about ten
days ago, preparing for a drill of seven hospitals, there was a discussion
about tower access on Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN) towers.
What is the situation with MPBN and the overlap between the State and
States access to the MPBN assets?
- MPBN is not a State
entity, three or four entities have contacted us, and we have not turned
anyone away at this time. We are continuing to consider all options.
- Do you know of any
counties going to MPBN with “no charge” to the counties?
- We do not know of any
specific agreement, we do know that they (MPBN) are willing to cooperate.
- Penobscot County is on Almanac Tower, this is MPBN. We
have two antennas and a repeater on the tower. We pay to cover our
- We intend to participate
with those interested. It comes down to need, cost and does it work for
- All hospitals have new
base stations, is there a link (frequency) available for inter-hospital
communication across the State?
- At this time there is
not, Joe Grimmig is researching this. He is beginning by going back to a
document that was created in the1969 report to the Maine Hospital
Association titled An Emergency Medical Communications System for the
State of Maine.
- For schools on NOA, are we
close to seeing all schools on NOA?
- We have not been engaged
in the NOA school issue.
- A Cingular (207) customer
calls the 800 number for MEMA. They were refused service. I thought the
State should know about this.
- OIT had no knowledge of
this prior to the Bangor meeting. We have tested the 800 number and
found that there is a problem with calling 800-452-8735 from a Cingular
line. We are working with the cellular provider and the local telephone
exchange to resolve this issue.
- Perhaps the Public Safety
RCC will need to make the call for us because something will need to be
- We are aware that there
may be times when a request for C”ONOPS activation may have to go via
radio to your local dispatch. It would be expected that your local
dispatch call the 800 number with the required information and request a
- In the timeline are you indicating
that this project will be complete in 2007?
- No, the RFP and contract
has been committed for early 2007 and for whoever receives the contract
to begin. There currently is not a fixed timeline to complete the
- Since narrow banding is
the way things will have to be done, it will interfere with wide band frequency.
You are going to have a wicked impact. Remember what happened in New Hampshire. In Penobscot County eighty hospitals had to co-ordinate so there would be
little acrimony. It would seem that the co-ordination seems to be the key
to success. Thirty five years ago going from low band to highband, the
FCC said it would license and straighten out as it goes, well it is much
more complicated this time and it will take a substantial amount of money.
- The State has already
obtained a significant portion of their licenses as narrowband. We are
beginning to obtain the rest of our frequencies as narrowband. Entities
that narrowband will be better off. If you do not have narrowband
radios, you may have issues.
- Should public safety
entities be narrow banding today?
- Narrowband your
frequencies as quickly as you possibly can and use them.
- If we don’t own towers,
the rental space is pricey. It would be cheaper to jump on a State owned
tower. However, coverage will be an issue and until you get closer to the
end result it will be hard for communities to commit. There is a lot
- We are not asking for commitment
at this time, however we are trying to inform any potential partners of
our process and timeline. It will be more difficult for those that are
already involved in a commitment to move on to a State tower. So, our
first adopters may be those who haven’t made the commitment.
- Are the VTAC channels
going to be incorporated with CONOPS channels?
- As the VTAC channels
clear up, we envision incorporating them, this will probably not happen
until the 2013 deadline.
- What do we do to install
the CONOPS frequencies?
- Mobil and portable radios
can have the CONOPS channels put in now. These are not to be installed in
base radios without a formal letter of approval from the Maine State
- Is there something in the
works RCC to RCC channel?
- Not at this time.
- Is there a way for RCC to
talk to RCC?
- There are licenses out
there for county base stations to speak to each other. This was
contemplated during the LEAA days.
- Does it make sense to
share our frequency inventory?
- It makes sense for
communities to work together to share frequencies if it is within the
scope of the existing license.
- Sometime a while back we
participated in a dispatch/PSAP survey. Has this been put together as a
- The survey had
disappointing participation. This was in spite of a lot of effort to
obtain full participation of approximately sixty surveyed. We sent out
letters and ultimately made personal phone calls. The reports for
distribution were developed, but without the full database the results
are of nominal significance. On the bright side, Kennebec County worked hard to get all the entities in Kennebec County to participate in the survey and
the Board has used their results for some efforts.
- Will you be looking at
standardization of EMS equipment?
- We are not looking at
this, however we understand that there is an effort by MEMA and Sandy
Parker from MHA this is primarily an EMS issue
- Will the six designated
ConOps frequencies become narrow-banded in the future? If so, would it make
sense to, when licenses are received; add these to the list of available
ConOps frequencies? Maybe designating the narrow-band versions as NWCC –
NS and SF – NS, etc….
- Yes, All frequencies will
be required to go to narrowband. As this happens the state will go
narrowband and remain backward compatible until 2013. All frequencies
will keep the same frequency number. We do not want to create two names
for any one frequency.
- It looks like Motorola Minitor
V is capable of wide or narrow band channels, and single or dual channel
configurations with scan. Does the State of Maine plan to obtain a
statewide contract that would include counties and municipalities?
- At this time there is no
contract with the State of Maine for Minitor pagers. Future state
contracts for radio equipment will be offered statewide, to all
Bangor Attendee’s in Highlight
- Are you familiar with
IMC’s cross agency concept?
- Yes, the interface server
currently resides on the state’s network.
- Does level 3 include the
top 3 and level 6 include the top 6?
- Yes, that is correct.
- How do we integrate our
Federal partners with what we’re playing with? Customs and Border, Marine
- When they are in the
State they can use our frequencies. The Federal Partners had a seat at
the table and signed the Memorandum of Agreement. The state is not
authorized to use the federal frequencies.
- Is this something that
should be placed in affect immediately?
- ConOps is already in
- What is ERP?
- Effective Radiated Power
- What is PL?
- Private Line
- Sanford is a territorial community; they work with the
Secret Service. They have their network and we have ours. Is there any
mechanism that will give us interoperability?
- This is the same as with
Department of Defense. They can use local ConOps frequencies if they
choose to program them into their radios. There is a legal issue with
outside agencies using federal frequencies.
- Is reciprocal happening
with federal partners? Will we go to theirs or they to ours?
- They will shift to our
- Some of us are halfway
through the budget for 2007. When will the rate structure be available?
- It will be several weeks
before we have the rate structure. This would not impact 2007 because we
will not have the rates in time. It will be available for 2008 budget
- We have been holding back
our decisions in order to partner with the State on microwave in York and several sites that we own. Who do we contact?
- Lavana Snyder (email: Lavana.firstname.lastname@example.org
Lewiston Attendee’s in Highlight