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NEW TOWERS: County to install new radio system

August 12, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — As part of a large grant, Whitley County’s fire departments are in the process of installing a new radio system.

In an effort to improve communications with dispatchers and between townships, six repeaters are being installed throughout the county in “dead spots” — where radio transmissions are frequently broken.

Repeaters take a weak signal and retransmit it at a higher capacity — helping communications reach a longer distance but maintain clarity.

“It will also eliminate radio reception problems due to proximity,” said Jeremy Hammel, Washington Township Fire Chief.

While many fire departments have their own repeaters on station, the new towers are expected to help with dead zones.

Grant money was awarded to pay for the repeaters, links, and other electronics needed to make the system work.

Sheriff Mark Hodges told Whitley County Commissioners in a June meeting that his department will also use the new system.

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