Digital radio issues

Joseph Bento joseph at
Tue Apr 1 20:57:42 CDT 2008

I used to service these digital trunked radios when I worked in two- 
way radio.  Give me analog any day!  Any radio that requires  
"training" for the operator to wait a couple seconds before speaking  
in order for the connection to sync does not belong in public safety.   
When seconds are critical, one does not patiently wait for their radio  
to be ready.

The public is being fed a bunch of bull with EVERYTHING going  
digital.  Digital does not make everything better.  I can watch a  
somewhat snowy picture on the TV.  With digital, you may not see the  
picture at all.

I have a HD Radio that was given to me for a gift.  If you receive the  
station full quieting on the analog channel, the digital sounds  
great.  If the reception is mediocre, the digital channel generally  
will not lock.  So what happens when congress in all their wisdom  
eventually turns off the analog signal?

The fact that broadcast radio and television is going digital should  
have meant we'd work on world compatibility standards.  'Fraid not.   
Some big corporate dollars padded somebody's pockets.

Joe, N6DGY
Pleasant Grove, Utah

On Apr 1, 2008, at 1:01 PM, Michael Chisena wrote:

>    All, This is not new. Many of the digital trunked systems have  
> issues, and had them for years. Now it's killing people. Someones  
> good idea no doubt.   Mike

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