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Harris Stratex Networks announced that the Oregon’s Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission has selected Harris Constellation radios to support the state’s communications and public-safety backbone network. The solution includes hand-held radios, multiplexers, antennas, waveguides and turnkey services. Harris Stratex is the largest supplier of microwave systems in North America.

The new network will be used in the commission’s day-to-day operations, which include land and water patrols along 147 miles of the Columbia River in Oregon.

Trunking microwave operates from 5 to 11 GHz, providing long distance communications links typically up to 50 miles (80km) and beyond. Their Constellation backhaul supports capacity from a single 4xDS1 up to 4xDS3 or OC-3. The complete turnkey solution will include new radios, SONET multiplexers, antennas, waveguides and turn-key services.

Under the guidance of Don Pfohl, the Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network (OWIN) Section of the Oregon State Police has been tasked with delivering a new level of wireless communication, voice and data system management, engineering, operations, and maintenance to all state and user agencies.

The Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network would like to unite the separate and largely incompatible state-wide networks run by the state police, state forestry, corrections and state transportation department, into a single, integrated wireless network that provides better coverage with more interoperability.

DailyWireless notes that the FCC will auction 22 mhz of the 700 mhz band for shared public safety/commercial use in two months. Frontline Wireless, and others, have proposed to build a nation-wide, BROADBAND, wireless network using that band. At no cost to taxpayers. OWIN’s insular network is likely to cost north of $500 million and require (expensive) Project 25 radios.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

The need for broadband isn’t universally supported, reports MRT Magazine:


“The whole purpose of the 700 MHz spectrum, going back to the beginning, was for additional voice capability. We’ve lost that thrust,” Holycross said. “A police officer on the street at 3 a.m. who’s trying to take down an armed robber doesn’t have time to open up a data file. He needs a dispatcher who can tell him, on a clear voice channel, that the subject is armed and dangerous.”

The new 700MHz system is intended to just that, say supporters. It is expected to operate something like a Nextel push-to-talk phone. Maps, photos and video messaging are a bonus. The Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) is expected to be named soon as the public-safety licensee that will work with the winner of the 700 MHz D Block auction to build the network to public-safety specifications.

In related news, In Motion Technology today announced that its onBoard Mobile Gateway, did its job in a live trial in Washington, DC, switching seamlessly between cellular EVDO networks and a portion of the 700 MHz spectrum that will be auctioned off by the FCC this January.

In other fish and wildlife news, the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission completed annual work on the world’s largest long-term tagging project of a wild salmon stock. A total of 205,145 salmon were implanted with a laser-etched wire tag, 1.1 milimeters in length, between May 25th and June 4th. An ongoing Pacific Salmon Treaty coded wire tagging program has been conducted for the past 12 years during the first ten days of June. Information recovered from tagged salmon provides information on migration.

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