Narrowbanding of State of Maine Repeaters for Public Safety Land Mobile Radios

About the FCC Narrowbanding Mandate. The State of Maine is required to comply with new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) narrowband requirement not later than January 1, 2013. This applies to all levels of public safety – municipal, county, state, tribal, and federal agencies. http://transition.fcc.gov/pshs/public-safety-spectrum/narrowbanding.html

Interagency Coordination.  The narrowbanding mandate necessitates coordination among municipal, county, state, tribal, and federal partners to ensure continued interoperability.  All FCC Part 90 Private Land Mobile Radio Licensees operating in VHF (150-174) and UHF (421-512) are impacted by the FCC mandate.  Municipal, county, state, tribal and federal agencies must complete their administrative licensing and programming of radios in compliance with this mandate before the FCC deadline.

State Government’s MSCommNet Project.  The Executive Branch of Maine State Government (SOM) is also unifying and modernizing its public safety radio communications system in a project known as the Maine State Communications Network “MSCommNet”.  The date for completion of the State’s MSCommNet project is 2013, which coincides with the year of the FCC narrowbanding mandate.

State Narrowbanding plans for 2012.  The State plans to conduct a two-phased implementation of its new system.  The first phase is in June through September 2012, during which the State will issue new narrowband mobile and portable radios to State users, and also switch existing repeaters to narrowband operation.  The general plan is published on the MEMA website.

Narrowbanding of SOM/MEMA repeaters.  The State will switch existing repeaters to operate in narrowband mode in 2012, working from north to south, generally by State Police Zones (4,3,2,1).

Schedule of State Repeaters being switched to narrowband mode: as of November 30, 2012

                                                                   Scheduled for switch   Completed on date

  • State Police Zone 4/ Houlton
    • Repeaters@ #9 Mountain                now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ Patten                         now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ Musquash Mtn             now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ Cyr Mtn                       now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ New Sweden                now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ St Francis                    now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ Houlton                        now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@Ashland                        now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@Clear Lake                    now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@Priestly                         now operating in narrowband
  • State Police Zone 3/Orono
    • Repeaters @ Cadillac                       now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters @ Cooper                        now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters @ Harris                          now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters @ Passadumkeag            now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters @ Spencer                       now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters @ Tunk                            now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters @ Old Town                     now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters @ Orono                          now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters @ Big Moose                   now operating in narrowband
  • State Police Zone 2/Augusta
    • Repeater @ Huntoon                         now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ Union                            now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ Eaton                            now operating in narrowband 
    • Repeaters@ Blynn                            now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ Sugarloaf                       now operating in narrowband              
    • Repeaters@ Hatchet                         now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ Augusta                        now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ Bolton Hill                     now operating in narrowband
    • Repeater@ Mt Blue                           now operating in narrowband
    • Repeater@ West Kennebago             now operating in narrowband                                 
  • State Police Zone 1/Gray
    • Repeaters@ Ossipee                         now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ Spruce                           now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ Gray                              now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ Winn Mtn                       now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ Pleasant Mtn                  now operating in narrowband
    • Repeaters@ York                               now operating in narrowband

Notes:

FCC Narrowbanding link:  http://transition.fcc.gov/pshs/public-safety-spectrum/narrowbanding.html

MEMA link:  The general plan is published on the MEMA website:  http://www.maine.gov/mema/programs/icomm/SOM%20Narrowband%20Planning%20Intentions%20FINAL%2010%20April.pdf

 


Page last modified: November 30, 2012