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County to split cost with WPFD for new repeater

December 6, 2013

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

Clay County will soon be operating on a different frequency.
The Clay County Board of Supervisors passed a motion Thursday per West Point Fire Chief Johnny Littlefield’s request to relieve the county’s coffer by an amount of $2,503.57 for a new repeater.
The request was based off a mandate issued by the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC), which states that all licensees adopt new narrow band compatible equipment. Currently, the main repeater located at the North Water Treatment Plant runs off a 25 kHz frequency. The mandate issued by the FCC dictates the conversion to technology that is compatible with bandwidths of, or below, 12.5 kHz. Littlefield said to the board his department “let (the deadline) run up (them) pretty close” (the deadline being Jan. 1), but that it was “no big deal” so long as the board agreed to match the cost.
“It has to be updated or it’s not going to work after Jan. 1,” said Littlefield.

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