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Posted: Sun Mar 28 2021, 09:13pm

Posted by: GTR8000Posts: 176
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In a nutshell, after the NYSWN OpenSky project was scrapped in early 2009 (thankfully), the state decided against building out a massive statewide system/network, and instead focused on convincing counties and regions to build out system that could be linked, preferably on the P25 platform.

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That's when the idea of the forming the various NYS Regional Interoperability Communications Consortiums was hatched.

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As usual, it hasn't gone exactly to plan. The most cohesive implementation of the grand vision is in CNY, where you have the CNYICC ASTRO 25 system that consists of six counties sharing a core. Five of the cells are UHF, one is VHF, however as they are all part of a single system, talkgroups can roam across RF bands with no problem. There are other smaller examples such as Monroe/Ontario and Genesee/Orleans, however even those two systems encompassing four neighboring counties was never fully linked as was intended (they all share the same WACN).

Closer to home you have the state's Metro-25 system, which started out life as the Metro-21 EDACS system before Harris converted it to P25, and now the MTA's Harris system, aka the MRRS, which is integrated with the Metro-25 system.

Although the P25 ISSI standard makes it relatively straightforward to interconnect P25 systems, there hasn't been much of that to speak of, even amongst neighboring counties. The link between Suffolk's ASTRO 25 system and East Hampton's ASTRO 25 system is one example of them actually getting it right.

In any event, all of the various P25 systems on different bands throughout the state has caused some state agencies to purchase multi-band radios, and to request a block of IDs on as many systems as reasonably possible within their operational areas. No surprise that in many cases, Harris has been the manufacturer of choice (in particular for the portables), as NYS is historically a GE state (and the many subsequent companies that followed GE up to present day L3Harris). The State Police have started to install EFJ/Kenwood Viking VM7000 multi-band mobiles in most troops.

The amount of IDs the agencies have been allocated on each system varies, of course. Smaller agencies might need only 20 or so, while larger agencies like the NYSP have hundreds of IDs on many systems. Agencies like the Park Police (technically now part of the NYSP although so far still operated as a separate agency) and DEC are somewhere in the middle.
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Posted: Tue Sep 14 2021, 01:44pm
Posted by: Dave3825usPosts: 1082
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Just caught traffic advising Troop L troopers that state trooper towers in zone 2 will be down and advised troopers to use the "Suffolk County " on their portables for communications..
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