Hawai’i County Receives 21-Month Narrowbanding Extension (8/23/12)
The FCC granted the county of Hawai’i, Hawaii, a request for a waiver of the Jan. 1, 2013, VHF narrowbanding deadline until Sept. 30, 2014.
The county operates a VHF band conventional radio system, consisting of about 1,593 subscriber devices and 13 transceiver sites. The county said that only 347 radios are Project 25 (P25) compatible, and of those, most are not upgradeable to P25 Phase 2.
The county is in phase two of a three-phase plan to upgrade to a P25-based digital trunked system using current VHF spectrum. The Hawai’i County Council approved funding for the project May 4, and the county expects to be narrowband compliant by Sept. 30, 2014.
The county said that because of its “unique geographical location” few neighbors
would be affected by its request, and that “few public-safety agencies are in the region competing for the same limited VHF spectrum.”
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