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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.


There was barely a hitch in the communications because the Twin Cities area had already converted to digital frequencies.

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