Construction began in Metamora with improvements to the road (old railroad) and clearing of the area leading to the site. The road improvements are necessary so that the heavy construction equipment can get to the site.
Our new IP-based paging system was staged at Motorola Solutions campus in Schaumburg, IL last week. Representatives from Lapeer County Central Dispatch and Blumerich Communications were on hand to review the system and put it through testing.
Motorola will be shipping it this week to Lapeer.
This is a video of the cable guide and one of the microwave dishes being hoisted onto the tower. This particular dish is for the hop to the Burnside tower.[youtube http://youtu.be/24Z4dQk5UTE]
This week Motorola/ERS will be putting up new microwave dishes on the Lapeer and Imlay City towers for the new system. These dish’s will be dual system capable, meaning they will be able to operate our analog and forthcoming digital system simultaneously. Preparation work began this morning and early Friday will be the dish cut-over.
We are also in the midst of developing our frequency plan and control channel frequencies for the new system, but nothing is finalized yet. Most of our FCC licenses are in for the 800MHz, 150MHz and microwave systems.
Subscriber programming will be coming up soon and templates are being prepared now.
We are also still waiting on some state and federal studies to conclude before we can begin construction on the new tower in Metamora and we’re working with local officials in North Branch for our much smaller paging tower to be built there.
At this time, we’re anticipating a full system cut-over sometime in September and will realize a new system with 6 voice sites and 8 paging sites to provide excellent county-wide coverage for first responders.
On Thursday March 29th, the new shelter was set into place at the Imlay City Tower site. This shelter with generator inside, weighed in at 81,000 pounds and was carefully picked up by a crane and gently set into place.
Click here for more pictures of the site work at our Columbiaville paging site.
White Motorola’s Schaumburg, IL headquarters in October, we put the 800MHz portion of our radio system through a 30-page test to ensure it works properly and does what is expected of it.
Today we got the shelter and generator put into place on its foundation at the Almont water tower. The shelter houses two rooms: one for the radio equipment and the other for the generator. The whole unit weighs 77,000 pounds.
Site acquisition is still ongoing in some areas and near completion in others. We hope to finish getting all the sites secured in the next few months.
We do have something that can actually been seen as work being done, physically speaking. The expansion of the radio equipment room in the basement of the dispatch center is just about complete. You can see photos of it here. All that is left to do is clean and seal the concrete floor and then new equipment can start coming in.
This week at the Imlay City site a power amplifier and it’s power supply had failed which runs a channel bank for the 800MHz voice system. Users in the area were unaffected and did not notice because the system still has excess capacity for daily operations. A spare for each have been put in and brought the site back up to full capacity less the other channel bank that failed a few months back.
Fortunately, these power amplifiers and their power supplies are still covered under our maintenance contract and news ones are being shipped out today.