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A Journal Entry from a Communications Specialist

Posted by John Wright on February 19, 2021

Communications for Unique Situations

I have worked with rescue and military units around the world, and I am always looking for simplified radio communications. Our company has several types of radio, from Motorola and EJ Johnson to BaoFeng’s, and more. But as of late, I have found a great 10-watt with an integrated GPS and a repeater radio: the Abbree AR-889g radio.

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Topics: radio communication, Communications equipment

The Importance of Skill & Equipment Redundancy

Posted by David Daly on October 21, 2020

Almost all military, public safety, and search & rescue professionals have had difficulty with communications gear. Common challenges can arise from relying on a single piece of equipment that unexpectantly fails or a lack of trained personnel to utilize available alternative equipment.

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Topics: Communications equipment, redundancy, equipment redundancy, cross-training

The Best Approach for Integrating New Communications Equipment

Posted by David Daly on September 9, 2020

The addition of new communications equipment can drastically improve the capabilities of a unit or organization. Effective military and public service communications demand rapidly deployable solutions that are both durable and reliable. Good teams need the best equipment to accomplish the mission.

Acquiring new communications equipment, even tactical communication equipment, is typically not the tricky part of the improvement process. The real challenge comes with the integration of new gear once it is purchased.

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Topics: Communications equipment, integrating equipment, new equipment, military communications

Five Reasons To Test Coalition Communication In Your Next Exercise

Posted by Base Camp Connect on November 14, 2019

Military exercises are an excellent means to test tactics and provide training opportunities for troops. You are probably already training your tactics, weapons, and strategy. However, you will miss your goals if there is weak battlefield communication with your allies. Here are five reasons why you should test coalition communications.

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Topics: emergency communications, Tactical Communications, Interagency communications, critical communications, Communications equipment, communication tool, coalition communications, communication exercise, testing communication capabilities

Troubles on the Front Lines with the P25 upgrade

Posted by Dakota Duncan on February 26, 2018

When we address communications on the technical side, we have to be honest in knowing that 90% of emergency management and public safety professionals don’t have an extensive base of knowledge on how the systems work or what happens in between the time we key up the radio and end our transmission. We do however; expect that our radios will work 99.9% of the time and that someone will be able to hear and respond to our call for help. Many states across the United States have to rebuild or upgrade their existing radio communication systems due to outdated systems or exceeding the limits of the current system as our towns and agencies grow.

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Topics: Interagency communications, Communications equipment, radio upgrade, p25 radio system, 800 mhz system

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