August 29, 2013

Announcing Warrenton

Ladies & Gentlemen.

The Warrenton site in Warren County is alive.

Now 202 sites in the VIPER active lineup.

Go team, go!

August 21, 2013

Gearing Up

New site Roxboro in Person County has frequencies application pending over at the FCC.

Great to see things moving along again.

In The Money

VIPER is at long last fully funded!

$14 million was approved in the NC state budget to build out remaining sites.

The funding will be allocated over the next two years.

August 20, 2013

Movin' On

Troop G Comm Center in Asheville was shut down and its duty taken over by F Troop in Newton on August 19th.

The week of August 26th Troop A will make a similar move to Raleigh C.

NCSHP seems to be doing what has to be done and taking it in stride.

August 11, 2013

Further Chatter

Reducing the number of VIPER telecommunication centers across NC brings up a crucial point.

Means more microwave hops have to be made for distant sites to link to dispatchers.

If something goes down what then happens.

Maybe the reason that VHF-P25 standalone repeaters are supposedly being considered for backup.

August 08, 2013

More Chatter

Seems the "secrecy" now of the VIPER project not releasing new site information is all about politics.

Guess if state legislators don't get a site built back home they get their panties in a wad.

Remaining site locations are even withheld from the techs.

So have been told.

August 05, 2013

Current Chatter

Budget shortfall is a common concern amongst inside sources. Heck, the latest VIPER newsletter even uses capital letters when it reports 27 sites UNFUNDED.

Could possibly take another three years to finish the project because of federal funding requirements. FCC time frames for site completion deadlines are hard to meet.

The now completed push to reband western sites was to beat old man winter.

August 02, 2013

VIPER Media Coverage

Charlotte's WSOC-TV did a piece on VIPER.

"Funding Will Help Complete Statewide Emergency Communications"

Gaston Go Ahead

VIPER got granted approval for tower construction for the Stanley site in Gaston County.

Environmental compliance needed for federal funding was finally processed.  Has been a real issue for new builds.  More about this in a future post.