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Radios for Haiti Contact Information:
Project Engineer: Ferdinand de la Cruz, P.E.
Project Coordinator/President Haiti Engineering:
Herby Lissade, P.E.
As a brief overview, the United States Federal Communications Commission is requiring all land mobile radios in the United States operating between 150 MHz and 512 MHz to reduce the amount of occupied spectrum from 25 kHz per channel to 12.5 kHz per channel. This mandate to reduce occupied bandwidth has been in place for more than 10 years with a date certain for compliance of December 31, 2012. After this date, with few exceptions, operation of a land mobile radio transmitter using a bandwidth of 25 kHz will no longer be in compliance with Commission rules. As a partial mitigation to this mandated change, the Commission has required all land mobile radios accepted since February 14, 1997, be capable of operating in either a 25 kHz or 12.5 kHz bandwidth mode. Fully functional systems that are not capable of the narrower band emissions will have to be replaced with units meeting the 12.5 kHz requirement even though they are still fully functional.
Our proposal is to work with the government of Haiti to identify and allocate sufficient radio spectrum for operation of the wireless communications infrastructure, perform the radio frequency engineering studies to determine optimal antenna location, assist Haitian citizens with any required site preparation, install required electrical service to power the communications infrastructure and, install and test the equipment prior to release to the Haitian government. Along with this effort, we will train Haitian citizens to install, operate, and maintain the installed equipment, thus allowing the creation of technical employment and self-sufficiency for continued operations.
This project is in line with the disaster preparedness objectives of the Haitian government.
The Radios and supporting hardware infrastructure will be delivered free; the installation and maintenance of the emergency radio infrastructure will have to be supported by the Government of Haiti, or other donors that support the project.
AASHTO, a not-for-profit trade association organized in 1914, will provide the administrative and financial accounting support for this project. Haiti Engineering, Inc., on behalf of all parties involved, uploaded the “Radios for Haiti” concept paper onto IHRC Webs site and will provide the technical assistance.