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December 15, 2016

New 6.25kHz Kenwood Digital Multi-site Trunking System now in operation

MIDCOM Service has completed the third phase of construction of our new Kenwood NEXEDGE Digital two-way radio trunking system. Our Hart tower is now fully operational. Our NEXEDGE Digital system is the first of its kind in our area operating entirely on the new 6.25kHz very narrow radio channels. These new channels are 1/2 the size of the current narrowband channels now in use. Our NEXEDGE system links our towers together to form a wide area, multi-site digital trunking radio system. Digital radio operation improves range and privacy. In addition, our Kenwood NEXEDGE system offers choices in multi-site (wide area) or single site (local) configurations which will allow us to provide solutions that meet specific customer requirements. Our existing UHF LTR trunking systems remain in full operation. Only MIDCOM Service will offer multiple trunking system choices. The new Kenwood NEXEDGE radio models, which include the NX-800 series mobile and NX-320 series portable, will fully support operation on our older UHF LTR trunking systems. The newer Kenwood radios will allow you to continue to use the older UHF LTR system until you are ready to switch to Digital. This allows our customers to migrate to our NEXEDGE Digital radio system by upgrading one radio at a time.

We are in full operation serving customers on our new Kenwood NEXEDGE Digital system!

NEXEDGE mobiles Download the NX-800 Digital mobile brochure in pdf format.
NEXEDGE portables Download the NX-320 Digital portable brochure in pdf format.
NEXEDGE Brochure Download the NEXEDGE-Ability brochure in pdf format.

Narrowband is still required
Believe it !

It is necessary to become narrowband compliant and the deadline has passed. After January 1, 2013 all two way radios in use by any MIDCOM account (except Low band and 800 MHz) must operate in the narrowband mode. Just so there are no misunderstandings, that means all of the older wideband EF Johnson and Standard two-way radios are now illegal to operate. We know they still work fine (I have been told many times) but they still must be retired.

Those of you who have chosen to ignore the narrowband compliance deadline (and you know who you are) should be aware that the FCC Narrowband Enforcement Advisory now applies to you. Clearly, it is far lower cost to comply with the narrowband mandates than to ignore everything and face these penalties. A complete guide to narrowband compliance has just been released by the FCC, read all about it....... Download FCC Narrowband Guidance on Narrowband Compliance Advisory DA-13-376A1.pdf, March 14, 2013.

MIDCOM's standard FCC license renewal procedures (we started in August, 2012) already included removal of the wideband emission designator when Steve renewed your FCC license. Removal of wideband from your existing license prior to renewal is necessary to be sure you are fully compliant with the new FCC requirements.

News ! MIDCOM Service is now an authorized service facility for ICOM two-way radio products. Local repair and service support is provided. Please contact us if you have questions on ICOM two-way radio products.

FCC license renewals in 2017. Newer FCC requirements now affect your renewal filings

Always....Call MIDCOM if you receive anything in the mail concerning your FCC license!

You will receive an offical FCC notice in the mail when it is time to renew your FCC license, but you are instructed to do so via the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS). That means use your computer and the Internet. You would like to think the FCC made it easy. In reality, it can be tricky and more than a little painful. In addition, renewal time is the best time to do the required updates to your license that remove the older wideband emission designators. MIDCOM will help you with your FCC license renewals and updates. Remember, your FCC license term is 10 years. Do not ignore or forget to renew your FCC license! Call MIDCOM every time you receive anything in the mail concerning renewal or changes to your FCC license. We will help you determine what is required and what needs to be done to take care of it.

RF Exposure Compliance

RF exposure and safety guidelines are now well established by the FCC. Read how these new guidelines affect you and your two-way radio system on our RF Exposure and Safety page.

MIDCOM's two-way radio models for 2017 ! !

JVC Kenwood has aquired the E. F. Johnson Company. E.F. Johnson has updated their complete line of Project 25 800 MHz trunking products to fully support P25 Phase II. The new P25 portables are the Johnson Viking VP600 and the VP900 multi-band portable which allows operation on 700/800 MHz and VHF. The VM600 is the new mobile.

Take a look at the EFJ Viking VP600, VP900 and VM600 units

EF Johnson VP600 portable brochure
EF Johnson VP900 portable brochure
EF Johnson VM600 mobile brochure

You have a choice in P25 radio products as 911 systems in our area upgrade in the future. Call MIDCOM if you have questions.

New Kenwood models !

New Digital two-way radios

Kenwood is pleased to introduce NEXEDGEȘ conventional and trunking technology featuring 6.25 kHz digital narrowband operation. NEXEDGEȘ was designed to provide advanced communication solutions that meet the needs of private enterprise and public sectors today and in the future. NEXEDGEȘ includes features such as FM Analog @ 25 and 12.5 kHz channels, NXDNȘ digital @ 12.5 and 6.25 kHz channels, compliance with current frequency assignments, and NEXEDGEȘ will easily convert to very narrow bandwidths in the future.

The NX200/ 300 and NX220/320 series portables and NX700/ 800 series mobiles will provide ample choices as you upgrade your communications systems to digital operation in the future. New NXR-710 and NXR-810 repeater models have been added to the NEXEDGE product line as well.

NEXEDGE Digital Repeaters Download the NXR-810 Digital Repeater brochure pdf.

The Kenwood NX-5000 series mobiles and portables provide cost effective solutions to Public Safety communications needs. NX-5000 NEXEDGE/P25 Digital Mobiles /Portables Download the NX-5000 Digital Mobiles/Portables Catalog pdf.

Kenwood updates our conventional products too!

Kenwood enhances the TK-2360/ 3360 series and introduces the new TK-2400/3400 portable series . Ultra-compact design, up to 16 channels, scan, and all with higher capacity Li-Ion batteries. Call us ! You will want to see just how compact a modern narrowband portable can be!

The TK-7180H series public safety mobiles have been updated to include MDC-1200 PTT ID.

We are adding new Kenwood radio models to our trunking system selections. The NX-800 and NX-320 NEXEDGE Digital mobile and portable now compliment our UHF LTR TK-8180 mobile and TK-3173 portable models. The Kenwood TK-8360 mobile is our most affordable UHF LTR trunking mobile radio. Let us show you!

Of course, all of the new Kenwood radio products are fully narrowband compliant.

Call us ! Find out about MIDCOM's UHF LTR and NEXEDGE Digital multi-site trunking systems.

UHF LTR / NEXEDGE Digital Multi-site Trunking News !

Our narrowband UHF LTR systems continue to set the standard for tower based two-way radio services in the Muskegon area. Our newer Kenwood NEXEDGE Digital multi-site trunking system will raise the bar. No one has more genuine UHF narrowband LTR/Digital trunking channels to serve your needs now and into the future in Muskegon, Ottawa, and Oceana counties than MIDCOM Service.

MIDCOM is your single source for two-way radio support !

Of course, actual two-way radio repair service is provided by our local Muskegon facility. No need to ship radios out of town (and out of the USA) for expensive flat rate repairs. Our shop is easy to find and open to serve you. No appointment is required. MIDCOM offers experienced, FCC licensed, two-way radio technicians spending 100% of their efforts taking care of your two-way radio equipment and protecting your investment.

Imagine that!

Join Us! Let MIDCOM Service take care of your two-way radio systems!


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