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CIAN News

May 2021

GeMcom becomes the Civil Incident Advisory Network program

After a "meeting of the minds" with UCESA administrators and with the best interests of its members in mind we have retired the GeMcom name as an independent radio system.  Since it's merger with the RIPEG radio network in April of 2021 has been renamed and merged with the Rhode Island RIPEG radio network.  The Civil Incident Advisory Network or CIAN (pronounced Seye-Ann) program will now be conducted utilizing the RIPEG radio network rather than the previous independent GeMcom radio system.  We felt the change was necessary to reduce confusion in providing a more accurate description of the new program, but also to simplify and better define the programs intended purpose.

April 2021

GeMcom Providence UHF system Merges with the RIPEG radio network system.

 After long discussions regarding the UHF metro based radio system being independent from the RIPEG radio network, it has been decided and confirmed that both the UHF systems and RIPEG VHF low band radio network will be merged into a single wide area, multi-band radio network called REPEG.  By merging the two radio systems it will drastically reduce infrastructure and the sites to support the infrastructure. This will keep costs down since there is simply less equipment to maintain.

 

May 4 2020

GeMcom Providence gets a major upgrade.

Thanks to our new members of the Rhode Island GeMcom civil radio system the Providence Metro node receives two major upgrades.

  • Upgrade one is a replacement antenna second to none.  The new commercial grade 8 bay, 16 element folded dipole array increases coverage by about 20 percent while offering much better reception and noise free operation.  Tests confirm with a 40 watt mobile coverage out to the Taunton/Norton line in MA.  Portable radio overage so far is into Cumberland RI.  This high performance antenna features a 9.5 dB gain which replaced a 15 year old fiberglass 5db gain model.  
  • The second upgrade was to the repeater itself.  The conventional repeater has been replaced with a US Preparatory MSX-100 Storford (store & forward) repeater system.  This type of repeater is much less expensive than the conventional repeater it replaces but also offers far more features for the money. One of feature is users will hear themselves on the system confirming that each messages gets through loud and clear.  Also this special repeater offers multiple zones throughout the state for more reliable coverage. Multiple zones means users can receive and transmit to and from the nearest node rather than all the way back to the Providence repeater.  

GeMcom Antenna and Repeater Upgrades

Dec 18 2020

GeMcom Leaves the GMRS Radio Service

This move has been planned for well over a year mostly due to the lack of control and consistency in the GMRS radio service.   As expected, the GeMcom system has began to experience harmful interference from other GMRS systems on the same channel which has caused reliability issues.  GMRS radio users although aren't required to record, track or register repeaters they are required to contact other repeater owners out of courtesy prior to installing another repeater within range of an existing system. However, in the last 4 months there has been an increase in interference from other GMRS repeater owners without this courtesy.  GeMcom has been moved to the Land Mobile Radio service under the Preparatory Emergency Groups (PEG) licensing program for more a reliable and consistent radio system.