Meeting Minutes

New England Region 19 700 MHz

Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

 

Massachusetts Dept. of Fire Services

                  1 State Road

Stow, MA  01775

 

Mr. Jerry Zarwanski of CT chaired the meeting.  The meeting was opened at 10:05 AM.  An agenda and minutes to the previous meeting in Concord, NH was emailed to all committee members prior to the meeting and copies were also available for those attending the meeting.

 

A Quorum of nine committee members from at least three states was present for this meeting. Members are allowed to call in to the meeting via a telephone conference bridge. Attendees participating by Conference Bridge:

 

Scott Wright - CT

Lee Savary – NH DOT

Dave Chase – NH DOT

Steve Mallory - ME

Steve Brown – CT

BiIl Hackett – CT

 

 

Agenda Item 1:  Approval of Minutes

 

Motion raised to approve the minutes of December 11th meeting by Brian Glancy, Seconded by Steve Verbil. The minutes were approved by unanimous voice vote of members present.

 

 

Agenda Item 2: State Updates

 

Connecticut: DESPP Public Safety Data Network (PSDN), NG911, and DESPP

 

      The Next Gen 911: Not much change since last report. All PSAPs installed with NG911 equipment. & Text-to-911 feature operating statewide. Next step will be installation of entire new AT&T network core. All carriers will be changing out legacy CO (Central Office) lines to PoP (Point of Presence) terminations.

      The CTS P25 700/800 Radio System transitioned to Division of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications (DSET). Rolling out additional infrastructure, implementing CSSI and ISSI, more subscribers, etc. Increasing state partnerships with localities in Connecticut. Expecting to complete P25 build-out early Spring/Summer.

 

 

Massachusetts:  MA State Police (MASP) Statewide Public Safety Radio System

 

      John R. The MASP 700 MHz P25 core infrastructure upgrades moving forward. All gold elite consoles removed. Motorola Console software version upgrade completed last month.

      Completed new microwave updates in Southeast region of MA. Contract was awarded to MCP consultant firm to design P25 system upgrade.

      MA aware of deadline for 700 MHz state frequency use and is having waiver created since unable to complete 2/3 coverage requirement by June of this year.

      Matt B.  MA 911 experienced a 36 hr outage by a major carrier that affected wireless calls nationwide. MA system okay, calls into MA affected, investigation and solutions under review.

      Text to 911 operational in November 2018, 200 plus PSAPs participating in wireless direct call systems. Continuing issues related to transferring text information.

 

New Hampshire:  Statewide P25 VHF system by Jim Kowalik.

      Jim K. NH SafeNet IP core microwave network infrastructure operational for a number of years and continues to support multiple state and local stakeholders

      Tim M. NH DESC working with contractors to install P25 radio system infrastructure upgrades and changing out legacy VHF Quantar radio repeaters with IP GTR8000 repeaters at remote mountain top communications sites. Existing Embassy switch changed out successfully with new M IP core. One installed in Concord and one in Laconia. NH techs attended Motorola radio system classes in Illinois. Gold Elite consoles replaced with IP 7500 consoles, and changing out remaining legacy equipment. Initial tests of new system prior to cutover will be performed at Troop A in early Summer.

      Jim K. Update reference on 700 MHz state frequencies. NH has filed compliance documents but may not meet final goal. Most likely, NH will request waiver for more time while additional equipment is purchased and installed.

      Dave C. Spoke briefly of AASHTO survey reference 5.8 GHz Intelligent Transportation Services band microwave current and potential future shared use. FCC potentially allowing shared use of the band with ISP providers for car to car intelligent vehicle systems.

 

Rhode Island:  No Report at this time.

 

Maine:  Steve Mallory advised attendees of Franklin County, Sugarloaf Mountain tower collapse this Winter. The site is off the air and state is using work-arounds to communicate in that area.

 

Vermont:  No Report. Chairman Zarwanski will reach out to VT for update. Our next quarterly meeting is in Putney, VT in June 2019.

 

Agenda Item 3: FCC Update

 

  1. FCC 14-172 700 MHz T-Band/Reserve Replacement (24) Channels

      Region 19 has not opened a window for T-Band reserve 700 MHz frequencies applications. Region 19 is waiting for FCC guidance in moving existing T-Band users onto 700 MHZ reserve channels. Also, If Adjacent Regions 8 and/or 30 make notification of an open window for T-Band reserve frequencies, Region 19 will follow suit to allow fair competition to take place.

      To date, there have been no requests for the reserve frequencies. Further Region 19 discussion on the issue to be held at future meetings.

 

  1. FIRSTNET.  Region 1 FIRSTNET Field Coordinator Mike Varney unavailable for this meeting.

      Chairman Zarwanski: AT&T FirstNet continuing the build-out of Band 14 sites in CT. Based on recent SIEC meetings, FirstNet CT rep Dan Stebbens. reported that AT&T has approximately 17,000 subscribers.  57 sites in CT utilizing new Band 14 and placing additional sites on the band throughout CT.

      Jim K. AT&T working directly with NH SWIC and NH SIEC working groups and leadership. AT&T reporting 300 plus site with 50 utilizing Band 14. Additional entities users being added and AT&T will continue to build out in NH during 2019.

      Dave C. Corrected AT&T numbers to indicate only 14 sites have Band 14 actual operational sites and 700 users signed on to the AT&T FirstNet core system. NH DOT has become an AT&T FirstNet partner with a few NHDOT divisions already using the system.

 

Agenda Item 4: Application Engineering

 

  1. Common Engineering Spreadsheet Format:

 

      Chairman Zarwanski re-iterated that Region19, Regions 8 and 30 have agreed on all applications to be submitted and exchanged via CAPRADAP. Each region will supply an ATDI Spectrum E type .csv spreadsheet parameters for 700 and 800 MHz application engineering review to allow for timely concurrences.

      Continued discussion reference the FreqEasy and Radio Compass platforms with G. Carbonell, D. Chase, and J. Ruggiero regarding file format compatibility testing of the various .csv excel spreadsheets.

      Region 19 will continue to review and approve CAPRAD applications to ensure agreed upon regional frequency specifications are followed. The parameters and coverage engineering will be done by committee volunteers in Regions 8, 30 and 19. 

 

 

  1. Technical Subcommittee:

 

      The technical subcommittee still holds monthly conference calls on the first Thursday of each month at 8 AM.

      New and pending applications from Region 19 as well as Adjacent Regions 8 & 30 concurrences are reviewed and voted for acceptance by members within a 30 day period if possible.

      The technical committee continues to look for new members to assist with application engineering review.

 

  1. SIEC/SWIC Approval of 700 MHz frequencies.

 

      Chairman Zarwanski recounted historical facts regarding the allocation process for 700 MHz general use frequencies as allocated by the FCC in the early days of the 700 MHz band. Issues related to the fact that general use 700 MHz frequency requests must get their State SIEC or SWIC approval letter prior to the application being accepted for review by Region 19. Current plans indicate such requests must comply with the State SCIP Plan. Further discussion held regarding this subject, but any changes to the existing process outlined in the approved Regional Plan must be brought forth as an amendment to the Plan.

 

Agenda Item 5: Region 19 Applications

 

A.   MASS State Police:

 

      The MASP application filed on the CAPRADAP system program is on hold pending results of new MASP consultant evaluation of the proposal.

 

B.    CT DESPP:

 

      Application for secondary use of nationwide deployable frequencies needs additional modifications regarding Region 8 requested special condition wording be added to the application approval.

 

Agenda Item 6: Region 8 and 30 700 MHz Concurrence Applications

 

Chairman Zarwanski noted there are no current applications for 700 MHz concurrences from Region 8 or 30.

 

Agenda Item 7: National Regional Planning Committee (NRPC)

 

A.   CAPRAD / CAPRADAP Updated Systems.

      Chairman Zarwanski provided update regarding the recent proposal from NRPC to consolidate the two systems into one user friendly login to applications and the planning side. More information to follow once the new system is released to users.

       

B.    Proposed Eastern District Application and Engineering-Common Practices; Discussion associated with standardizing the engineering common practice to all Regions within the NRPC Eastern District. Discussion related to the continuing effort to have all Eastern District regional users utilize similar approved engineering software. Goal is for all to use ATDI Spectrum E. As previously discussed, the NRPC will grant temporary access to ATDI for committee members. A request letter to the Regional Chairman for access is needed along with NRPC approvals.

 

Agenda Item 9: 4.9 GHz

 

      Continuing updates related to FCC 4.9GHz 6th NPRM Report and Order 07-100: New FCC requirement for coordination of 4.9GHz frequencies.

       

      APCO and FCC held meetings to discuss pending FCC Rules and Regulations which would set standards on new coordination requirements and engineering methods for the shared use of the 4.9GHz frequency band.

       

      Specific engineering parameter requirements for Regional Committees and Local Frequency Advisors to consider will be put forth by the FCC for comment. Very little progress has been made and additional discussions between FCC and Coordinating bodies to be held. A Report and Notice may be put forth coming at anytime.

 

      Chairman Zarwanski once again emphasized users of 4.9 GHz who hold 4.9 GHz licenses must ensure they have the proper license on file.

 

Agenda Item 10: New Business

 

A.   Next Meeting Date and Location:

 

The next meeting will be held June 11, 2019 at the VT Putney Fire Department. Directions will be found on the Region 19 web site. (www.ner700Mhz.org)

 

  1. Tribute for Morty Leiffer by Region 8 RPC.

 

Chairman Zarwanski thanked David Stern from Region 8 for the tribute to Morty Leiffer provided at their most recent quarterly meeting. Morty Leiffer of NY was a long time member of multiple committees and working groups and his in-depth technical analysis and contributions to the planning process were recognized.

 

Seeing no further comments or new business, Chairman Zarwanski asked for a motion to adjourn. Motion to adjourn by S. Verbil and seconded by B. Glancy All members voted unanimously to adjourn at 11:15 AM.

 

Submitted - Jim Kowalik – Secretary