January 30, 2013

Brunswick Gets Good News

Brunswick County has received some much-needed radio ID's for VIPER.

"Brunswick Fire Departments Finally Hooking Into VIPER Radio Network"

January 29, 2013

Mount Noble

In Swain County, Mt. Noble has been activated.

Located on Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians land just west of Cherokee.

Zone 4' s site #44.

January 24, 2013

Sylva Airport

New VIPER site activation at the Jackson County Airport in Sylva.

868.8875 Primary Control
868.1500 Alternate Control
FCC Callsign  WQMD999

Zone 4 assignment of #42.

January 21, 2013

Bits & Pieces

It's an ongoing transition to the initial stage of the P25 conversion.  Starting in the central part of the state and heading west.

Pick up bits and pieces, now and then.

A couple more pieces are that Rockingham and Randolph County subscribers to VIPER have their radios ready to go.

January 20, 2013

Reach Out And Touch Someone

A sampling of how some NCSHP radios have been programmed with talkgroups.

Troopers have quick access to quite a few systems, both trunked and non-trunked, outside of VIPER.

Interoperability has sure come a long way.

January 18, 2013

Chunky Gal Gap

Latest addition to the growing VIPER family is Chunky Gal Gap.

Located in the Nantahala National Forest in Clay County.

Don't have any other info other than it's assigned site #32 of Zone 4. 

Really curious what the alias name for this location is!  "CHUNKY"?  Or "SMOOTH"?

               "How Chunky Gal Mountain Got Its Name" 

Jumping Through The Hoops


Freshwater mussels, historic properties, Indians, bird collisions, and archeological artifacts.

Nothing seemingly related.  Yet all have to be considered when building a new tower with federal money.

This preliminary environmental impact study for the proposed Warrenton site is a lot of reading. 

Just skimming through it, though, gives a rather fascinating overview of a complex process.

Reason why the VIPER project can get bogged down.  There are deadlines that have to be met to receive the funding grants, too.

Just can't simply slap up some metal if you want to use Uncle Sam's cash

January 14, 2013

Planning Revision

The total number of sites planned for the project has been revised on the VIPER website.

Increased from 240 to 241.

January 11, 2013

Mitchell Makes Do

Mitchell County finds itself in the same fix as some other counties across the state.  New radios that can't be used because the current VIPER system is maxed out.

                    "New Radios, No Radio IDs From State"
                        (posted over at "RadioReference")

The news item mentions the state legislature expanding the number of available radio IDs.  NC lawmakers have to fund a newer technology P25 solution.

Once upgrading sites to P25 9600 starts, RID's of users that switch will be "harvested" and available again on the existing network (where Mitchell remains until its transition is completed).

January 09, 2013

Cranking Them Out

Macon County now has Scaley Mtn. as a site.

VIPER is making up for lost time.

January 08, 2013

Frye In Swain

Frye Mtn. site in Swain County is active now.

Zone 4, Site # 46.

Have not been able to find the FCC licenses for this or the last site put on the air.

January 04, 2013

Wauchecha Bald

Wauchecha Bald, Graham County is now on the air.

It is the 195th site of the network, Site 40 in Zone 4

January 03, 2013

New Year Rings In New

The VIPER project was granted FCC approval for a new tower on a site off Catfish Road in Rowan County.