A Look at Radio—Its Use and Abuse

Issue 3 and Volume 123.

A Look at Radio—Its Use and Abuse Wilmington Morning News photo by Bill Snead More than hardware is involved in improving communications; better operating methods can ease overcrowding of frequencies Staff Correspondent Review of the state of the art in fire service communications today discloses the same problems that have always been there: allocation of radio frequency channels and the cost of equipment. But it’s equally clear that even where these problems have been overcome, and despite improvements in technology, there is much more involved in success than just the proper hardware. The subtleties of communication between human beings, only beginning to be explored in the fire service, need far more attention. What are today’s greatest needs in fire communications? According to one field engineer for a leading equipment supplier, the biggest difficulty remains “what it was in the beginning—frequency allocation.” But Chief Wilfrid Parsons, chairman of the IAFC Communications…

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