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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.

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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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