2-way radio users in a non-repeater system must rely on direct line of site to talk to other users. Mountains, buildings and other obstacles often get in the way. A repeater is an automated relay station that enables 2-way radio users to talk greater distances by rebroadcasting their signal from higher elevations. Our repeaters are located on the highest points in Vermont to give you the best coverage possible.
In a standard repeater system, 2-way radio users must share one repeater channel. Users often have to wait for another conversation to finish before they can talk. Trunking solves this problem by using multiple repeaters that automatically assign the radio user a free channel. In the event that all channels are busy the user is notified with a busy signal. Unlike a standard repeater system, the users do not hear each other’s conversations.
FleetWave® supports analog trunked repeater service at most of our sites however our primary focus is to help fleet owner migrate from older analog technologies to our new wide area digital trunking network to comply with future FCC mandates and improve their ability to communicate with their teams.
In 2012, the FCC mandated that all two-way radio systems must be migrated to “Narrowband” operation. An undetermined FCC mandate to migrate to “very narrowband” digital technologies will follow in approximately 10 years. The majority of fleet businesses have inadequate radio coverage and aging systems. Managing FCC Licenses for radio systems is a burden for the small business owner.
In January, 2013, all public safety and business industrial land mobile radio systems operating in the 150-512 MHz radio bands must cease operating using 25 kHz efficiency technology, and begin operating using at least 12.5 kHz efficiency technology.