Discuss the radio coverage needs and property assets of all involved in the project. Each property can potentially be used as a system asset. Determine each potential sites usage: Home Base Station (HBS) or HBS and Infrastructure (repeater /Remote Node relay station)
Mark each sites location and indicate possible usage using Google Earth . Save the locations as a single KMZ file and send it to US Preparatory for evaluation. We look over your potential site list to get a feel for the group's needs. We will contact you to discuss a plan of action.
An optional but highly recommended step! PEG Radio Analysis Services show the potential of each available site with Signal Mapping and Signal Path Analysis. This service can save weeks of time and effort during the testing phase of your system.
Once you're satisfied with the plan US Preparatory submits a request for a candidate frequency list from our FCC Coordination Team. We study the available frequencies list, assigning the best candidate frequencies for each portion of your radio system.
With our guidance, radio coverage testing is conducted by the group. When the group is satisfied with coverage tests the license can be purchased and forms submitted to our FCC Coordination team for processing. Licensing is typically completed in less than 20 days.
Step Two: Getting Started with Google Earth
To speed things along, install Google Earth on your computer.
Step Three: PEG Radio Analysis Services
This optional service will save lots of time, targeting sites that are best suited for a particular roll in your radio system. We'll give you a projected radio coverage forecast showing the potential for your radio system. We analyze the sites with the most potential to confirm which sites are the most beneficial for infrastructure (a repeater and/or relay stations) and or base stations. Both Coverage Mapping AND Signal Path Analysis services are included in all PEG Radio Analysis packages and each package has been designed for a limited amount of fixed stations which is determined by the coverage area required and the available sites that the group has access to.
Signal Mapping can be a tremendous time saver when developing and testing your new radio system, avoiding a long testing phases. After a potential site(s) has been mapped out you'll clearly see which sites have the most potential to be part of the system's core components and which do not.
Signal Mapping is use to forecast:
Signal Path Analysis
The Signal Path Analysis revels any obstructions encountered between two fixed points. Although this analysis is calculated at ground level, it will clearly indicate the potential for a "loud and clear" signal which helps to confirm if a potential site is adequate for use as a repeater, Remote Node station or base station without wasting time testing sites that may not deliver.
Signal Path Analysis is used to forecast:
Step Four: Candidate Frequencies
Since the PEG radio license offers your group essentially their own frequencies/channel(s), frequency coordination is necessary to ensure there's no interference from other users. This list of candidate frequencies is a unique feature of the PEG licensing agreement we have with our FCC frequency coordination team that allows us to obtain a list of available frequencies BEFORE the license is purchased. This offers the benefits of pre-programming radio equipment with these frequencies that are very likely to be legally licensed to the group, allowing for testing and evaluation of each frequency/channel prior to commitment.
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Here's how it works:
Step Five: Equipment Packages & Preparation
The next step is to purchase the necessary equipment to begin testing the proposed site locations and confirm communications between key locations of your system. Once the equipment has been purchased we can then begin to prepare the equipment for programming and package it up for shipment. * The testing of PEG simplex systems (no repeater) are limited to vehicle and base stations only due the absents of infrastructure stations within this type of system.
You'll need some equipment to test your system with. We have arranged infrastructure equipment packages for this purpose that should make it simple to test the different segments of your system. All testing equipment will be used in the final system, so there is no "wasted purchases" of radio gear.
Prep & Program
At this point we know what frequencies (channels) are available to you and can now begin to prepare the equipment for use with these new frequencies.
Once the equipment packages have been selected and purchased we:
Testing your PEG System
Testing your system is a key part of installation and will of course, determine if any adjustment needs to be made in terms of locations, antenna placement, etc. Another reason why the testing is done BEFORE the license is purchased.
Submit for Licensing
The final step is to purchase the license package for your group. Now that all the ground work has been completed the license phase ends up being the easiest. At this point we know exactly the system you need, it's been tested by the group and are now you're ready to purchase the license and complete the forms necessary to license your PEG radio system.
The final few step: