The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 25, 2013

Police scanners could suffer outage Monday

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid, Garfield and Major County 911 Center will begin broadcasting radio traffic digitally Monday, and some listening in with scanners could briefly lose the signal during the transition.

The center will broadcast radio traffic in analog, but that will have to be simulcast alongside the digital signal. If any problems are encountered in the switch, scanners may not pick up signals for up to two or three days.

Enid Police Department Chief Brian O’Rourke previously said the department wanted to simulcast its radio traffic so the public could continue to monitor and listen to the its frequencies.

The department is required by FCC regulations to go to narrow-band transmission, such as digital, this year. The switch to digital broadcast was part of several upgrades made to the center in the past several months.