all necessary spares and tools with them – returning to
base to pick up forgotten items is costly.
Back up power – generators and UPSs – are often
overlooked. Maintain UPS and DC-bank batteries to
manufacturer recommendations and exercise backup
generators periodically so they start easily, and have
sufficient fuel for extended emergencies.
As digital radios become more reliable, routine tune-ups
become less common. Instead, radios should be tested
whenever they come in for reprogramming or repair.
Ideally this will be supplemented by remote monitoring.
Every radio needs to return to base regularly, especially
your portable radio fleet, which are subject to physical
damage as well as malfunction. Check portables whenever they are in the shop, and update your records. Asset
management software makes this task simple and quick.
It is more difficult to check on your mobile fleet – a
wide area system might only see mobiles every seven
or ten years. You can implement a program of radio
maintenance alongside the vehicle maintenance
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