Good move
June 29, 2014 | 08:46 PM

This is a great step forward for improving public safety radio communications in North Fulton.

The existing analog 800MHz Smartnet system was built in 1991. It lacks portable coverage, is unreliable, and support for it is long over by it's vendor. It has served the county and cities well, but it long time for a replacement.

While some who are not versed in land mobile radio may feel a 400 foot tower is excessive, considering the terrain of the area and the needed coverage, it is actually modest.

Land mobile radio systems use fewer tower sites than cellular systems, and require larger ones for wide area and penetrating coverage. Public safety tower sites are also hardened for physical security reasons and are built to withstand the rigors of extreme weather. Remember that public safety radio systems are VITAL and MUST WORK when consumer cellular based networks are unavailable, as often happens in the wake of disasters such as tornadoes, floods and other events.

Erik Bagby
Smyrna, GA