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Deputy Jarod Andersen uses his portable radio to communicate with the dispatch center at an accident scene Friday. At a recent meeting of emergency radio users, deputies, firefighters and emergency responders spoke of their difficulties communicating with each other and their bases from remote areas of the county. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Radio conversion will go into effect by 2013

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When legions of emergency workers descended on the I-35 bridge collapse scene Aug. 1, 2007, they came equipped with more than 300 mobile and portable radios, all talking at once, to each other and their dispatch centers.

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