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Narrowbanding Deadline of January 1, 2013 Looms Ever Closer

Rob Dickerson, NATOA’s representative to the SAFECOM Emergency Response Council, has asked us to post the following article entitled “Narrowbanding 101” by Robert Symons, Wyoming’s Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, and Alan Komenski, Washington’s Statewide Interoperability Coordinator.  Rob has asked NATOA and each of you to help get the word out to the appropriate elected officials, public safety officials and radio personnel, to ensure clear and uninterrupted communications on affected systems without the need for fines or revocation of licenses.  Please forward this article to the appropriate personnel in your locality.  The following article has some excellent information and references, however, if you have any questions please contact Rob at

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Narrowbanding Resources Available

Here is another reminder that the FCC requires all non-Federal public safety licensees operating 25 kHz (wideband) radio systems in the VHF and UHF bands to migrate to 12.5 kHz (narrowband) emissions on or before January 1, 2013.  The following article entitled “Narrowbanding Resources” provides references to a number of excellent resources, including “A Practical Guide to Narrowbanding” to help affected systems meet their rebanding goals.  Please forward this article to the appropriate personnel in your locality.