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Firefighters have chosen to purchase the ARMER 800 megahertz radio system. Although the system is much more expensive than a conversion to digital VHF radios, one advantage is that fire trucks could be equipped with repeaters, which will boost signal strength up to one mile. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Statewide radio cost is below original estimates

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The perceived astronomical costs of a statewide emergency radio conversion came down to real dollars and cents for Hubbard County last week, and the end result was stunning.


The county may be able to install either the VHF digital or 800 megahertz (MHz) radio systems for $500,000 to $780,000, well below the ballpark figures of $1 million to $2 million that have been tossed around. That is according to sales representatives that attend regional radio users' monthly meetings.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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