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Below are things to consider in setting up RadioSTAT station in your area. Feel free to email us for personal planning assistance (or call Bill Baker at 616.772.2300 Ext 102). We have a network of representatives across the country. And, after initial brainstorming, we can put you in touch with one in your area who can visit your site(s), help test frequencies and find the best antenna location(s) — even install the system — whatever is needed.
Step 1 — Order a frequency search.
Contact us to order a Frequency Planning Package. The package includes a listing of frequencies that the FCC will assign to your area, as well as a Signal Monitoring Radio Receiver to assist you in determining which frequency is best. We work with you every step of the way in selecting the operating frequency for your station.
Step 2 — Survey onsite listening.
Survey (with an automobile digital AM radio tuned to your candidate frequencies) the streets, roads and highways where listening is required. Monitor all of the candidate frequencies throughout the listening areas at least once during daylight hours and at least once after dark. Report your results to us on this linked form.
Step 3 — Choose an operating location for coverage.

Use a map to select a portable operating location for RadioSTAT such that a 3-mile-radius circle fully encompasses the highways requiring coverage. The signal will usually carry 3-5 miles and be heard much farther away on some radios; but the strongest part of the signal will always be within this radius. If a specific highway or intersection is critically important to cover, consider locations immediately adjacent to the roadway. Mark the map to show the area within which the antenna should be located to meet your coverage goals. Consider where signs will be placed to announce to motorists entering the area that the signal is available.

Step 4 — Choose a specific location for you station.

For the best coverage, the immediate location should be free of tall objects that will crowd or overshadow the antenna. This includes tall buildings, trees, terrain features, lighting, power and communication poles and towers, overpasses and highway signs. Make certain that there is a 20'-by-20' area of open ground to set up the station's antenna and deploy the portable groundplane.

NOTE: Steps 3 and 4 herein apply also to planning a fixed, semi-permanent location for operation of the RadioSTAT station during non-emergency times.

An optional VP9000TM Vertical Profile Antenna System (VP9000) is available if you'd like the station to be in a fixed location all or part of the time. Only one square foot of open-ground area is needed for installation. All wiring is inside the pole. The VP9000 is aesthetically pleasing, highly secure, and is the only antenna solution that meets hurricane wind standards in all parts of the United States. It can be installed near a building or in isolation. Requirements: There should be no underground obstacles or structures taller than 25 feet in the immediate vicinity of the antenna. 120 volts of AC power and telephone service or, if remote control via a network is desired, make certain that network service is also available. (NOTE: although RadioSTAT stations can operate via Ethernet connection, it may also be programmed locally through its USB port. In that case, no network lines would be required at the site.)

The optional 2X Signal BoosterTM offers up to double the efficiency/range of the station’s antenna, allowing the transmitter to run at less wattage or allowing the signal to have twice the signal intensity at a given distance. It functions with upper-band (typically 1610-1700 kHz) antennas only and is recommended for federal government agencies that do not have a signal intensity limitation; also for any operator in a challenging environment that requires maximum signal intensity to cut through woods, buildings and obstructions. (NOTE: local government licensees must seek a waiver of the FCC rules to allow a signal intensity above the standard 2.0 mV/m limitation.)

Step 5 — Fill out the FCC License Application Questionnaire.
Request assistance from us via this linked form, which conveys information needed to prepare and submit your 10-year FCC license application. (See pricing for FCC licensing on this webpage.) On the questionnaire, you are asked to provide information on your antenna operating territory and any fixed locations, your frequency choice and required names and addresses. The FCC typically takes 3 to 6 months to process it and grant authorization. While waiting for the license to be granted, you may procure the equipment, if you wish.
 
 IMPORTANT: You must have a FCC license in hand to operate. Special Temporary Licenses might also be available from the FCC, if immediate operation is required. We will assist you in requesting it. The FCC grants these licenses as secondary to standard AM broadcast stations.
Step 6 — Consider equipment, options and services you might need.

See the Technical Specs webpage for details. If you have questions or would like a formal quote, email Bill Baker. Be sure to let him which product you're interested as well as your contact info. Download here a complete, printable RadioSTAT overview with specs, planning steps and options.

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