Maintenance Update- RCS Radio Core Equipment

Submitted by edorame on Thu, 06/24/2021 - 16:11

System Requiring Maintenance:  RCS Radio Core Equipment

Location: PSC

Description: Installing Security Updates

Possible Impact: After loading security updates into Zone Controller 1 it will need to go off line and switch to Zone Controller 2. During the switch the radio system will go into site trunking for 3-5 minutes. Back-up Systems will be needed during the switch.

RCS Final Programming - Final Phase

Submitted by edorame on Thu, 07/02/2020 - 08:08

The final programming phase of the RCS Next Generation Network project is about to commence. This phase will restore a uniform approach to RCS user radio configuration. The uniform approach was disrupted by the combination of the 800 MHz Rebanding Project and the RCS NextGen infrastructure replacement project.

This programming phase will make the following changes to your radio(s).

  • Removes all old (legacy) system information from your radio
  • Restores correct functionality to your HOME button
  • Add any updates and requested changes to your fleet map
  • Add Zone 12, 8M2, 7M1 and 7M2 to all fire radios
  • Adds Zone 7M1 to all Law Enforcement radios
  • Returns the CARS channel designations from alpha (A, B, C) to numeric (1,2,3)
  • Removes all asterisks or stars (*) from the radio display
  • Installs important updates to the TRF system programming


These changes will not impact communications operations. We highly recommended that entire agencies be done at the same time to ensure conformity of the radio displays. Your agency Liaisons will be contacted to set up a time period for your agency to be programmed. This process will be otherwise similar to the past 3 programming phases. Thank you for participating in the Next Gen transition program!

For any questions please contact

Bob Erickson, Wireless Services Division   (858) 694-3278

Steve Carney, Motorola Solutions Inc.  (850) 745-0943

Next Generation Regional Communications System- User Migration

Submitted by edorame on Fri, 03/02/2018 - 11:12

                                                              (Current as of March, 2018)

The Next Generation ("NextGen") RCS Project will replace the now 21-year old proprietary RCS Network equipment with new equipment that operates using the APCO Project 25 open standard for public safety radio communications. Installation of the NextGen equipment at the 50 remote radio sites is underway.  Completion of the equipment and antenna installation is planned  for the June 2018 time frame. Once the installation is complete, then operational and acceptance testing of the new network will start and run through the end of 2018.  Upon completion of the acceptance testing, Project staff will start migrating users from the current network to the NextGen network in early 2019.  Planning for this transition process is underway and details will be released when they are available later this year.

Work is also underway to program the more than 20,000 user radios to operate on the new network.  This programming entails adding the new system information to the individual radio, so as to allow the radio to operate on the current network, or at the appropriate time, shift to the new network.

Radios that have been reprogrammed will have two 'sets' of Zones and Talkgroups programmed. A user can tell if the radio has been programmed for the new network by checking for an Asterisk (*) as the first character of the Talkgroup ID on the display (such as '*SDCoCALL'). If one of the new network Zones are selected, the radio will report that it is "Out Of Range"; in this case, the user should cycle through the Zones in the radio to locate the other set of Zones without the Asterisk as the first character of the Talkgroup ID.

The RCS has developed a detailed Advisory (2018-10) covering the programming process and timeline.  It should be referred to for additional information.