Can you hear me now? A fireground communications poll.
The Chronic Failures w/Motorola's Trunked Emergency Communications Radio System thread got me wondering about how often interior ops are relying on repeaters and/or digital systems for fireground communications.
As pointed out in that thread, analog simplex is the most reliable form of fireground radio communications. A repeater may mean the guy just the other side of the wall can't hear you transmit and digital is often works great or doesn't work at all - no catching every other word and filling in the blanks. Despite these limitations salesmen, elected officials, and some fire chiefs are championing and implementing systems that have no simplex capabilities - and then acting shocked when they have problems.
SO the question is, how many of us are using systems that rely on towers, encoders, or other things prone to failure in IDLH operations? Have you ever thought about it? Does it bother you?