The footings and concrete have been dug and poured for the site in Metamora. Each leg of the tower will have a 36′ deep footing filled with concrete.
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.
This week the new 350′ tower rose from the ground. It will support new 800MHz digital voice and paging communications as well as point-to-point microwave links to our other tower sites. This site will support all of our public safety operations in the area surrounding the tower on the Michigan Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS).
Click here for more pictures of the site work at our Columbiaville paging site.
The shelter with generator was set in place yesterday at our Burnside Township site. Workers and truck drivers had their work cut out for them with the warm and rainy weather. Lot’s of rain mixed with a 2 inch frost that recently melted made the newly landscaped site very muddy. The trucks with the crane counterweights and shelter were unable to back up the long service drive with their loads. A giant dump truck from a nearby gravel pit was used to tow the trucks up the hill to the site. The truck with the shelter had a gross weight of over 100,000 pounds.
By the end of the day, the shelter was in place and all the trucks made it out of the site and the service drive graded again.
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.