Lawrence County radio systems set to be switched to narrowband mode on September 18, 2012

posted Jun 21, 2012, 12:00 PM by Brian Melcer
As per the FCC narrowbanding mandate, all Lawrence County owned and maintained infrastructure will be programmed to narrowband mode on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.  It is the responsibility of each agency to ensure that their radios are transmitting on narrowband by this date. 
The attached letter was sent out to Lawrence County radio system users today via certified mail as well as email.  It is imperative to note that non narrowband radios will no longer work on Lawrence County Radio systems after Tuesday, September 18, 2012.  After January 1, 2013, it will be ille
Agencies should have the person /vendor who is going to reprogram their radios contact Jeff Parish at 724-656-4927 x3702 or
Below are some resources that have been compiled for you to double check your department's narrowbanding efforts so far:
  • A Practical Guide to Narrowbanding (PDF) – Developed by the OEC, this best-practice guide helps emergency responders in compliance with the FCC narrowbanding mandate. It includes a step-by-step approach for narrowbanding communications equipment and licenses and five case studies illustrating common narrowbanding challenges and solutions.
  • FCC Narrowbanding Website – This site includes a countdown clock, recent narrowbanding articles, links to helpful resources and FCC contact information.
  • National Public Safety Telecommunications Council Narrowbanding Website – This site provides a comprehensive list of narrowbanding resources, including technical briefs, articles about the narrowbanding process, the cost of narrowbanding and fact sheets about narrowbanding.
  • FCC Narrowbanding Mandate – A Public Safety Guide for Compliance (PDF) – This guide, published by the IAFC and International Municipal Signal Association, provides guidance to state and local public-safety entities on the requirements of the FCC Narrowbanding Mandate.
  • Wireless Radio Narrowbanding Website – This site provides information for FCC Part 90 Private Land Mobile Radio licensees, dispatch system managers, consultants, integrators, sales and service facilities, and end users facing the narrowbanding deadline.
Brian Melcer,
Jun 21, 2012, 12:00 PM