Tower sites are the backbone of any wireless communications service. Wireless
antennas need to be mounted high above ground level to provide a clear line
of sight to the wireless customer.
In 1991, MIDCOM Service began the preliminary work to build our own tower
site to serve Muskegon County. Constructed at Vine & Barlow in Muskegon
Township in 1992, a 320 foot PiRod tower was pressed into service. We soon moved
all of our Muskegon based UHF Community repeaters to the new facility.
Our goal in design of this site was to offer not only two-way radio systems
an excellent, centrally located tower, but a facility that could be utilized
by a wide variety of wireless systems. Public safety, local government,
state-wide paging, and RAM Mobile Data (the first mobile computer data system
in Muskegon) all began providing service from MIDCOM's new tower facility.
Soon to follow were MIDCOM's 800 MHz and UHF narrowband LTR trunking systems,
the first of their kind in Muskegon County.
In 1995, a second tower site was constructed on M-104 in Spring Lake, providing
Ottawa County with all of the same wireless systems. From our new 280 foot
PiRod tower, two-way radio services in Ottawa County have expanded greatly
with the addition of paging, data, 800 MHz and UHF narrowband LTR trunking
for the Tri-Cities areas.