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PEG Radio System & Licensing Overview

Step One

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)

Step Two

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.

Step Three

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.

Step Four

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.

Step Five

Your purchased radio testing equipment package(s) will be programmed then prepared and shipped to you. If you purchased a PEG Radio Analysis Service you'll received a KML coverage map overlay file along with other system support documents.

Step Six

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.

  1. First create a new folder to store all of your potential locations in by clicking on the "Add" menu and choosing "Folder".
  2. Name the folder accordingly.Use the Google Earth zoom slider (on right) to focus on each potential location site.

  3. Mark every site that the group has access to. To do this, click on the "Add Place Mark" button located in the Google Earth toolbar.

  4. Drag this marking pin directly over the location that the antenna will be installed. Choose an appropriate name for each location and add additional information to the "Description" tab as to what each location might be. Such as a base station, and/or infrastructure (repeater or remote node relay) station. etc.

  5. Save each location by clicking on the "OK" button. This should save this new location within the new folder you previous created. If not, drag each location (in the "Places" sidebar) into the folder you created for your project.

  6. When finished with location marking, right mouse click on the folder that contains all of your locations and choose "Save Places As". This will save the folder with it's contents as a KMZ file.

  7. Email this KMZ file to US Preparatory at licensing@uspreparatory.com.



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.

Coverage Mapping

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:

  • The general coverage of a single zone repeater (Category 1/2 system)
  • The coverage of a base station within a Simplex system
  • The general coverage of each zones Remote Node relay station
  • The regional coverage of an entire multi-zone Category 3 system
  • Potential obstruction areas to be aware of within the signal path

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:

  • Point to point signal quality between two fixed locations
  • The signal potential from a Remote Node link antenna to the main repeater
  • The signal of a repeater to each Remote Node relay station on a multi-zone system



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.

The Best of the Bunch...

Here's how it works:

  • We submits a request for a candidate frequency list for your radio system
  • We received this list of frequencies rated from best to worst in your area with other important data that helps us determine which is a "keeper" and which isn't
  • The best of the bunch is chosen and the rest are set aside
  • Each frequency is compared to the others in the group to determine which of them are better suited for a specific purpose (repeater, simplex, etc.)
  • We then assign the best candidate frequencies for each portion of your radio system



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.

Equipment Kits

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.

Radio Equipment:

  • We'll point you to the correct equipment packages for the system we are helping you build
  • This package(s) will allow the testing and confirmation of communications between different station types and key locations.
  • Besides the infrastructure equipment packages you may also want to purchase some personal radio gear for use in vehicles or base stations as all gear will be programmed and tested at one time and will aid you in the testing phase or your new PEG radio system.
  • It may be necessary to purchase additional equipment such as an antenna SWR tuning kit, other connectors or accessories in order to make your testing and/or installations easier on you.

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:

  • Program each radio and each channel for its assign usage (base station, repeater, remote node relay, etc.)
  • All programming is confirmed to function with the rest of the system
  • Equipment is packaged and shipped to you



Step Six: Testing and Licensing

Once you've received your radio equipment the next phase is testing the system to confirm communications between key locations and to make any adjustments if necessary. This portion of the the PEG system is the fun part.

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.

What's next:

  • We will provide you with a download link to the manual for your equipment test kit
  • These simple instructions will guide you in kit setup and the test procedure process
  • The testing process will vary depending the type of system we are helping you build
  • Category 1 system (single zone repeater based) testing will consists of confirm communications to the repeater from all base stations and mobile radio coverage in test area
  • Category 3 system (multi-zone repeater based) testing will involve confirming communications of each Remote Node relay station link to the repeater but also the area coverage in each zone from all base and mobile radios within the zone.

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:

  • We will point you to the license package that contains your system configuration
  • Once the license package is purchase you will be linked to the appropriate licensing forms for your new PEG radio system
  • The completed forms along with your payment will be submitted to our certified FCC coordinator team for processing with the FCC
  • The FCC has a processing time of less than 20 days from the date the forms and payment have been received
  • We will continue to keep you informed as we receive progress status updates of your PEG licensing process