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Why Are You Still Checking Radios the Old School Way?

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It’s your responsibility to maintain and repair two-way radios, antennas, communications equipment, mobile data computers, generators and tower site buildings, among other duties.  But you’re also expected to have an annual preventative maintenance plan for all of the two-way radios on your community’s communications system(s). That’s almost impossible if you’re still testing 1,000+ two-way radios by physically bringing them into the workbench to check the old school way. Often you find yourself waiting for a first responder to complain that their two-way radio is broken or failed in some way. By then, it could be too late and an officer was at risk of not being able to communicate.

So what’s the alternative?

Imagine having a radio waveform analyzer that verifies and analyzes the alignment and field performance of all the portable and mobile two-way radios, over-the-air, in real time, all the time.  LocusUSA’s DiagnostX does just that–a patented technology system that connects to a tall mounted antenna, such as the receive antenna at the multi-coupler, and it’s tuned to your network’s “inbound” control channel frequency and analyzes all transmissions from two-way radio subscribers on the system.

How does it work?

The DiagnostX analyzer makes radio alignment measurements and stores the calculated results in a database for later retrieval to determine radio conformance. The analyzer checks for frequency offset, low and high-level deviation, modulation fidelity and reports BER, RSSI and SNR for each transmission received. As the RF communications technician, you configure the DiagnostX thresholds to your specifications. As a result, the only time you need to bring in a two-way radio is when you decide to PROACTIVELY call it in for calibration. DiagnostX can help you do your job by constantly evaluating and reporting radio performance, ensuring minimal downtime and effectively helping to keep your two-way radios at peak operational readiness.

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