In addition, there should be commission action early this spring on a petition for rulemaking filed by Pyramid Communications to identify VHF channels for use by vehicular repeaters. This will significantly aid police and fire personnel in their efforts to achieve reliable communications from inside a building to the outside. The FCC has begun to define its view of what VHF/UHF narrowbanding non-compliance means.

Now that the new year has come and gone, we are seeing some increased definition from the FCC as to their view of what VHF/UHF narrowbanding non-compliance means. After meeting with frequency coordinators, the following has been agreed to by the parties:

  1. Frequency advisory committees may consider non-compliant incumbent licensees during frequency research, selection and certification processes as if they are operating 11K3F3E analog systems.
  2. The FCC will release a further public notice regarding narrowbanding policy and enforcement matters on or before April 1, 2013. The possibility of affording the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) an opportunity to review and suggest editorial revisions prior to release was discussed as a possibility.
  3. The FCC enforcement bureau will identify a single point of contact for purposes of receiving notices of non-compliance for potential enforcement action.
  4. FCC bureaus will initiate procedures designed to expedite the deletion of license records from the Universal Licensing System (ULS) for either non-existent or non-operational systems, including those that are identified by frequency advisory committees during spectrum research activities.
  5. The FCC will audit licenses that report a wideband emission designator to determine compliance with the narrowbanding mandate. Inactive licenses will be terminated, consistent with item 4. Active but non-compliant licenses will be subject to enforcement actions, consistent with item 3.

While the FCC isn't sure yet what form the compliance audit will take, it is an important step forward in clearing the "deadwood" from the FCC database. The effectiveness of this effort will, in part, be determined by how quickly the commission can begin the effort. There are many current licensees and ready applicants looking to implement more sophisticated systems, and the database cleanup is a major stepping stone to uncovering spectrum possibilities.

At the same time, the FCC is poised early to initiate other efforts geared toward making the life of a VHF or UHF licensee easier. As discussed in this column recently, the FCC and frequency coordinators are working on standards for coordinating different types of digital radio systems into an existing analog environment. This includes integrating TETRA equipment into the ecosphere of land mobile radio.

In addition, there should be commission action early this spring on a petition for rulemaking filed by Pyramid Communications to identify VHF channels for use by vehicular repeaters. This will significantly aid police and fire personnel in their efforts to achieve reliable communications from inside a building to the outside. At the same time, more and more municipal codes are mandating the availability of in-building systems to enable similar communications.

These positive developments portend significant advances in moving new, more advanced technologies from the showroom floor to a system near you.

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Got Coverage? 

Now that the Narrowband Mandate has been met, we are receiving calls from Dealers across the country asking for solutions to newly discovered gaps in handheld radio coverage. If Narrowbanding has reduced coverage for your customers, we have the solution. 

Pyramid Vehicular Repeaters instantly give Handheld Radios the POWER of a Mobile Radio! 

The Pyramid Vehicular Repeater is wired directly to the mobile radio. When your handheld radio transmits a signal, the vehicular repeater receives the transmission and instantly re-broadcasts it through the mobile radio. The Pyramid Vehicular Repeater interfaces with virtually all mobile radios! 

Call Pyramid or your local rep for more information.













Pyramid Now Certified to Work with Command-Alkon Integra 

To better serve the Ready-Mix industry, Pyramid Communications has established a relationship with Command-Alkon Integra, a leading manufacturer of software and hardware solutions for producers of ready-mixed concrete, concrete products, aggregate, asphalt, and cement. Pyramid has been certified by Integra Signaling to pass data from our AVL maping software, Street Smarts to Integra Dispatch. This interface provides real time job status information feeds to the billing software for a completely automated invoicing cycle.

Read more about Command-Alkon Integra and the Pyramid 3012 MDT here.


Pyramid at a city near you!

Pyramid Communications is traveling the USA during the summer of 2012 training Pyramid’s nationwide network of Authorized Dealers with these annual product certification classes. It's a fun and informative 4-hour training program, designed for sales staff, system engineers and technicians. This is an extremely easy, fun, and valuable way for you and your team to increase your income. Please contact us to book your city:

  • September 11th Milwaukee, WI
  • September 12th Cincinnati, OH

You'll learn technical product knowledge and gain insight to increase your sales. And, you are automatically qualified for our Presidents Club program. Benefits include:

  • Awards for Certified Dealers who reach Bronze ($25,000), Silver ($50,000) or Gold Levels ($100,000) 
  • Gold Dealers will join us for an all-expense-paid Presidents Club Retreat in Alaska, with fly fishing via private floatplane, gourmet meals, stunning accommodations, and much more!
  • Each salesperson will receive a Pyramid Rewards Cash Card that fills with cash each time you make a sale!
  • Option to purchase a Dealer Training Kit (SVR or AVL) for only $199
  • Additional sales tools

So again, contact us to register for a training near you. We look forward to seeing you!


Narrowbanding Deadline Approaches

Are you ready for the FCC Narrowband requirement?

In 2004, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a mandate stating that ALL licensees currently using 25 kHz radio systems and repeaters must convert to narrowband (12.5 kHz) by January 1, 2013. As of today, this is only 300 days away! 

The time to narrowband is now!

Pyramid Communications is committed to helping you meet the FCC mandate. Our factory in Huntington Beach, CA has a dedicated team ready to upgrade all narrowbandable Pyramid Repeaters, or we have several new repeater models that can be instantly integrated into your system.

Please read our full post on narrowbanding here, or contact us via our website or at (714) 901-5462.


Why wireless spectrum matters

To most, the topic of radio spectrum can be a dull issue. However, if you're in a police or fire department and your team depends on proper radio contact, this can be a life or death issue. 

Senator Mark Warner offers an insightful editorial over at With the FCC's "narrowbanding requirement" coming at the end of this year, this is a hot topic for all of us at Pyramid Communications. If you'd like more information on the political battles that affect your radios, it's an interesting read.

Please feel free to contact Pyramid if you need any information or assistance in switching your Pyramid gear to be narrowband compliant