Lake County, Ill., Gets Radio Network

Lake County, Ill., Gets Radio Network

Nineteen public service agencies of Lake County, Ill., are joined in a county-wide radio network to facilitate their fire and police communications.

Police stations in 12 towns of the area and volunteer fire departments in seven of the towns are linked to a master transmitter and receiver located near Libertyville, Ill. Selective coded controls enable the station to “cut in” or “cut out” all towns not concerned with specific messages.

The hub of the network is a modern, one-story building housing the equipment, which was jointly designed by Harry Quandt, World War I Navy radioman, who is in charge of the system, and Motorola, Inc.

Anticipating every imaginary emergency, Quandt foresaw the breakdown of equipment in event of a serious fire, flood or other acts of nature. He arranged to install stand-by power in the form of a 10-kw Kohler electric plant, powered by gasoline, which automatically swings into action if public power fails.

Fifteen years ago Quandt and the late Sheriff, T. F. Kennedy, donated $200 for setting tip a county radio equipment fund. Until then a 50-watt transmitter was all the department had. But Mr. Quandt was so interested that he rode a traffic motorcycle by night and studied police communications in Chicago by day.

After convincing the county authorities that a county wide system was desirable, and several communities had agreed to join the network, one stymie remained. The law permitted no such inter-city cooperation. So the Illinois legislature obliged by changing the statute. Now, all the towns pay a service maintenance charge and their fire and police activities benefit greatly from the modern communications available to them.

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