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Erie County Making Progress on Sheriff’s Radio Upgrades–Below Budget

February 18, 2014

I reported to you some time ago that the Erie County (PA) Sheriff’s Office is looking into upgrading their radio system. This is due to the fact that areas of broken or nonexisting coverage exist in the county. One of the most concerning of these is apparently some dead zones within the county courthouse, where sheriff’s deputies have little to no radio reception. This could certainly become a safety problem for a lot of people.

Now, according to a recent article in the Erie Times-News and on, these upgrades are moving forward. A company out of Jamestown, Eagle Radio Technologies, is willing to install new repeaters for the department, as well as obtain new mobile equipment for the sheriff cars, for 35,906 dollars. Another company from Meadville, Mobilcom, is contributing some installation needs and also is contributing 13 portable radios. In the end, all these costs add up to a total that is about 19,500 dollars less than the original target amount. The article stated that the final cost is currently being placed at 49,094 dollars.

Erie county sheriff John Loomis thinks that these upgrades will greatly enhance the radio reception. According to him, everything worked very well during testing of new equipment some months ago.

The full article can be accessed here:


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  1. Tom Pamin permalink

    I assume they will keep their same frequency?

    • I would assume so also, although I haven’t seen anything official. I did some research and couldn’t find anything more specific about specific system types, freqs, etc. I’ll keep an eye out and see if I hear anything further about it.

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