Why register? ...To Enhance Your Experience
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 27
  1. #1
    Forum Member GrovFire25's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    79

    Question All members issued two-ways

    Our department has recently issued these to all members


    We are a 40 member paid-on-call department and have switched to these after being toned for years on Minitor IIs. We are now operating on our own narrow-band frequency.
    They are able to be used like a pager where you can keep it in alert or monitor as well as scan the other frequencies that are programmed in for mutual aid surrounding communities and our fireground. They are very versatile in their programability.
    Our Chief has issued them with the feeling that by every FF having a portable on the fireground will be in contact during an emergency(trapped/down FF) He is also interested in using them as a text pager for non-emergency messaging.
    We are still working the bugs out and am interested to see if any other departments are using these and what advantages or disadvantages you've found using them.
    One of the few disadvantages that I've found using one recently at a mutual aid call to a house-fire was that they are small and tough to get at in our chest radio pocket. A wired mic would solve this but then you have to carry it around all the time with the mic cord flopping around. It did take quite a beating at that job getting dropped by me a couple times and getting soaked with water and ceiling material.


  2. #2
    MembersZone Subscriber fallujahff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Afcrapistan
    Posts
    337

    Default

    Radio discipline will be your biggest problem--everyone will be steppin' on each other. We see it at every call and we only have 19 radios.
    "When you are safe at home, you wish you were having an adventure-when you're having an adventure, you wish you were safe at home"

    --Thornton Wilder

  3. #3
    Permanently Removed Kvfcjr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    604

    Default

    so everyone carries those around instead of M II's?

  4. #4
    Forum Member GrovFire25's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    79

    Default

    Originally posted by jatkins7011
    Radio discipline will be your biggest problem--everyone will be steppin' on each other. We see it at every call and we only have 19 radios.
    Yeah, we've seen a little of that so far but it seems OK with only each truck's officer really using them to communicate with command.

    Kvfcjr-Yep

  5. #5
    MembersZone Subscriber mcaldwell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Panorama, British Columbia, Canada
    Posts
    3,022

    Default

    We also issue radios to everyone, but we go with a higher powered unit that unfortunately does not have the pager option on them. We all try to carry cheaper Motorola Keynote pagers to maximize battery life on our radios.

    There are also two distinct disadvantages that I see to your type of radios.

    1. Low transmission power. They tend to work poorly in concrete buildings. You should test them at your first opportunity.

    2. If a call comes in late in the day or the evening, many of your crew will respond with almost dead batteries. The heavy radio traffic at the fire will kill them off quickly.

    But don't write them off. You will have to try them and see how it works for you.
    Never argue with an Idiot. They drag you down to their level, and then beat you with experience!

    IACOJ

  6. #6
    District Chief distchief60b's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    6,413

    Default

    Everyone on our department is issued a Motorola MTS 2000 radio. We have a spare that is there for a reserve when the part time firefighters are working.
    09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
    ------------------------------
    IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
    "Purple Hydrant" Recipient (3 Times)
    BMI Investigator
    ------------------------------
    The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

  7. #7
    Permanently Removed Kvfcjr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    604

    Default

    What about you Juniors/explorers, if u have any, what do they get?

  8. #8
    Forum Member GrovFire25's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    79

    Default Good points

    mcaldwell those are some good points. We'll have to check their reception in those type of buildings within our response area. I hadn't thought about the battery issue late in the day. Hmmmmm, the chargers are fast at about 45 min to an hour to charge a dead battery but if we need them at say 2200 before someone drops it in the charger we're screwed 'cause the trucks have no backup portables and no one has spare batteries.

    Kvfcjr-we don't have an Explorer program. The probies get issued a portable as a alert device but are discouraged from using them except in a an emergency.

    It seems that peer pressure has kept excessive talking to a minimum

  9. #9
    Sr. Information Officer NJFFSA16's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    25 NW of the GW
    Posts
    8,434

    Default

    GrovFire25
    My apologies....but I can't make out what type of radio you have. Could you tell me the make, model and features of the radio?

    Did they buy these radios outright...or lease a system? Hi band, low band, UHF?

    Radios/chargers/batteries/spares runs into big $$$...doesn't it?
    Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
    Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
    On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

  10. #10
    MembersZone Subscriber ff7134's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    1,093

    Default

    All our people are issued Kenwoods. They work like a pager and a radio. We also have "man-down" buttons. By pressing and holding this it alerts all our radios and County 911 with the persons name and unit number. As for battey life we don't have a problem. I take mine out of the charger around 6:30am and it is on w/o charging until around 9:30pm everyday.
    AKA: Mr. Whoo-Whoo

    IAFF Local 3900

    IACOJ-The Crusty Glow Worm

    ENGINE 302 - The Fire Rats

    F.A.N.T.A.M FOOLS FTM-PTB

  11. #11
    Forum Member GrovFire25's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    79

    Default

    The radio is a TK-2140.
    We're on 154.8675 which is a what? UHF narrow band? I can't keep those straight

    We have purchased the radios as well as new mobiles in the trucks. Both the portables and mobiles have an ID feature so whenever a transmission is made it shows who or what truck made it on the screen. It is very versatile in programming as FF7134 mentioned, the orange button can be used as a man-down button. We use it as the alert reset button. We also purchased a new computer controlled dispatch board that ties it all together. I don't know anything about that though.
    As far as battery life, now that I think of it if I start the day with a afully charged battery by the end of that day it's only about half discharged.
    I couldn't tell you the exact price but the whole system with the portables, mobiles and new console was part of a capital improvement budget item, It was not part of the FD budget. It's a big nut but we needed to do something because we were sharing a frequency with 3 other local departments, one of which is a busy career department that was running on a closed PL so they'd walk all over you and not even know it. Now we have our own frq. but still are licesnced on the old one and can use it for M/A. Matter of fact we still dispatch simulcast on it.

  12. #12
    MembersZone Subscriber mcaldwell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Panorama, British Columbia, Canada
    Posts
    3,022

    Default

    As far as the battery issue is concerned, spare chargers are usually less than $50 each, so we issue multiple chargers to a few people so they can charge them at home and work. The real convenience of those quick chargers is that only ten minutes in the charger gives you a couple of hours of additonal power.

    I find I can't get more than 14 hours without the low battery indicator beeping on my radio, but it transmits at a slightly higher power and therfore burns power faster than the smaller version. We use Motorola MTS 2000's for the officers ($2000+), and MTX 1000's for the main crew ($1200+). Some of the rookie crew still use old P1225's which are pretty marginal ($800+).

    Let us know how you like them after working with them for a couple of weeks.
    Never argue with an Idiot. They drag you down to their level, and then beat you with experience!

    IACOJ

  13. #13
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    9

    Default

    I have had a chance to test out one of those HT's, but for our department, we simply issue tk-380s to Officers/Coordinators and Minitor III's to firefighters and cadets. The cost is alittle high to have everyone carrying them around, plus our firefighters are alittle key-up happy. Otherwise the radio is a great transceiver and I would recommend it for anyone in the fire service that can afford them.

    Cypress Creek VFD - www.cypresscreekvfd.com
    Comm. Coordinator
    Daniel
    www.Arson10-24.com

  14. #14
    Forum Member nmfire's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Maryland (DC Suburb)
    Posts
    5,738

    Default

    The power output of the little radio is no different than the MTS-2000. 5 watts is 5 watts.

    http://www.kenwood.net/indexKenwood....dID=70&Group=2

    I actually have a plan in place for the same thing, with a few minor differenes. We are awaiting a grant to build a UHF repeater system and part of that is paging. I was going to go with Vertex VX-180 portables. They are basicly the same as the Kenwood except without the text messaging and the display was a little smaller. I didn't even know this Kenwood 3140 existed until now and I like it. I like the idea of messaging with it and the bigger display.

    We already have Kenwood 90-Series portables on all the apparatus to use for operations. I'm not worried about members not having enough battery to TX with. My main goal was this...

    The system will have the repeater and 2 simplex fireground channels. With a normal Minitor pager, you couldn't monitor all of them (only 2). Plus, the surrounding towns are going UHF as well and they will have their own channels. Using these miniture portables radios as a pager allows:

    Multi-Channel monitoring for fireground
    Ability to scan other towns & agencies
    Tone paging just like the minitors
    They are cheaper than a Motorola Minitor IV!

    You can put a lockout on channels you don't want the general membership having TX ability on (ie- police).
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Webster NY
    Posts
    306

    Default

    What about you Juniors/explorers, if u have any, what do they get?
    after taking tests on 2 trucks air packs and hydrants we get a M II. as for 2 way radios we dont get any but i would like to have some smaller kind that arent fire radios so i can talk to the other explorers at drills and at the fire ground.

  16. #16
    Permanently Removed Kvfcjr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    604

    Default

    Hey Quigger,
    We get M II's, and a few of got m 3's, we dont get radios, but we can tlka on the truck ones.

    Go get some of those 2mile range famly cmaping radios, ya know the ones that are everywere, like the Motorala talkabouts. Those are just simple UHF freq's and wil probly not interfear witrh the fire radios. Get a few and give them to the top Juniors so you can keep in touch at calls, me (V Pres) and the pres of the Jr's each have one.

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Webster NY
    Posts
    306

    Default

    yea i was thinking about getting some of those. only problem is im the only explorer that really goes to calls out of the 6-7 we have that can go to calls.

  18. #18
    Permanently Removed Kvfcjr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    604

    Default

    well then why are you looking for a radio in the first place?, lol

  19. #19
    Forum Member Weruj1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 1999
    Location
    NW Ohio
    Posts
    7,857

    Default

    We have a Motorola hodge podge of radios..... ......All Officers are issued portables and there is at least 2 on every truck. We have some OLD Ht90's, MT600's, HT's , and MT2000's. We are looking to get a couple of new radios soon ....... It would be nice for every FF on the sceneto have a radio ....I think there would be ALOT of extra chatter.
    IACOJ both divisions and PROUD OF IT !
    Pardon me sir.. .....but I believe we are all over here !
    ATTENTION ALL SHOPPERS: Will the dead horse please report to the forums.(thanks Motown)
    RAY WAS HERE 08/28/05
    LETHA' FOREVA' ! 010607
    I'm sorry, I haven't been paying much attention for the last 3 hours.....what were we discussing?
    "but I guarentee you I will FF your arse off" from>
    http://www.firehouse.com/forums/show...60#post1137060post 115

  20. #20
    Forum Member RyanEMVFD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 1999
    Location
    Why? It's not like you're going to visit me! But I'm near Waco, Texas
    Posts
    2,386

    Default

    the 154 is VHF range.

    if you're talking, you ain't listening.
    NREMT-P\ Reserve Volunteer Firefighter\Reserve Police Officer
    IACOJ Attack

    Experts built the Titanic, amateurs built the Ark.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts