More Narrowbanding Information

By , April 19, 2011

There is much narrowbanding information available on the internet.  The following sources are good places to start learning more.  Also check out the NTI Narrowbanding Courses!

  • A Practical Guide to Narrowbanding — released by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), this guide is to assist public safety and government officials in meeting the narrowband mandate.  It provides best practices and recommendations for overcoming the most common challenges  when transitioning to narrowband. It includes 1) Step-by-step guidance, 2) Case studies, and 3) A customizable letter template to assist States in raising awareness of the narrowband transition.
  • Broadcast of FCC’s UHF/VHF Narrowbanding Workshop — recorded in January 26, 2011, this workshop provides information on the narrowbanding transition path, and includes input from federal agencies, equipment manufacturers, and public safety organizations to help ensure timely compliance with the deadline.  The Joint Council on Transit Wireless Communications, represented by Barry Einsig, is one of panel participants.  
  • FCC’s Narrowbanding Website — this site has been developed by the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to provide answers to common technical and policy questions, contact information for FCC officials and public-safety frequency coordinators, links to grant programs that can be used to help find funding, an e-mail address for further information.
  • Narrowbanding Executive Summary— this is a one-page summary for those who don’t want much detail (developed as part of Transportation Research Board, TCRP C-18).
  • NPSTC Narrowbanding Webpage — a good site for learning more about narrowbanding, sponsored by the National Public Telecommunications Council (NPSTC).
  • IMSA/IAFC Narrowbanding Guide — An excellent guide to narrowbanding issued by The International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).
  • DOJ Narrowbanding Website — the Department of Justice website provides good basic information on narrowbanding.
  • FCC Uniform Licensing System (ULS) — Current wideband license holders can use this website to add narrowband emissions, reduce power, and/or reduce the height of an antenna as long as the type of emissions (transmissions) stays the same.  Previously, this had to be done by a frequency coordinator, but as of May, 2010, license holders can do this themselves (see the FCC order as published in the Federal Register, May 27, 2010).
  • List of Frequency Coordinators — For adding digital emissions, changing from analog to digital, or any other change in a technical parameter, you must work through an FCC-certified frequency coordinator.
  • Some Narrowbanding Issues — an August 2009 article from TR Daily on a teleconference between Department of Homeland Securilty (DHS), Office of Emergency Communications (OEC)  officials and transit agency representatives.
  • Narrowbanding Video –  This video (on YouTube) was produced for State of Virginia Public Safety entities, but the procedures described apply to all UHF/VHF radio users.  Be aware that this video was made prior to the June 2010 FCC Order that eliminated the interim deadline to cease manufacture of wideband equipment.
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