Maintaining Radios Improves Performance

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Type:  Best Practice

Publisher:  Z - Not used - Was Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( see Federal Agency U. S. DOE or under DOE Contractor LL National Security), Livermore, CA

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Emergency Management, Fire Protection, Safeguards and Security, Operations, Maintenance

The Emergency Preparedness Organization recently became aware that they had not implemented schedules and methods for performing preventive maintenance or checks of their radios. When they completed the preventive maintenance on all of their portable and mobile radios, they found that 33% needed adjustments and an additional 7% were found to have latent defects. All radios were adjusted or successfully repaired and restored to full functionality.

Lessons Learned: While it may seem counterintuitive, the performance (output) of a digital radio can drift from its settings (inputs). This means that a digital radios performance can become incompatible with that of its peers and result in weakened or non-existent communication links and, possibly, ineffective emergency response.

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