08/27/08 53 W - + 15 - 10 Maybe Digital Radios Arenít the Problem

Found on the Carolinas Fire Page mailing list, here's an interesting article about digital radio communications on the fireground. The gist is that tests suggest that firefighters need better training on operating radios in high-noise environments. That is, before discounting the technology outright. Read the article.

It seems to me that requiring additional training just to be able to understand/interpret a digital radio is ridiculous. Like it or not, there is a deficiency in digital broadcasting any time the signal is less than perfect. Analog traffic may not be as compact to broadcast and receive, but you can usually figure out what the voice on the other end of the scratchy transmission is saying. With digital, especially in noisy environments, or where the signal is degraded, it’s nearly impossible to understand the bleeping bits coming out of the radio. By no means am I condemming the existing system, just stating the obvious. I find it funny that this artice is attempting to say that we’re just a few hours of training from being able to intrepret degraded digital transmissions…
Squirt - 08/27/08 - 23:30

Here’s additional interesting information, from the IAFC, and their efforts at resolving issues with digital radios and intelligibly: http://www.iafc.org/displaycommon.cfm?an..
Legeros - 08/28/08 - 05:28

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