Radio tower upgrade


Western Counties radio gets $1.82 million upgrade

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voted unanimously to accept $1.82 million from the Capital Area Council of Governments to upgrade the CAPCOG Western Counties Radio Interoperable Communications System used by Burnet, Blanco and Llano counties.

Commissioners also unanimously approved a contract with Motorola for upgrades to the 11 towers in the Western Counties system.

Burnet County Emergency Management Director Jim Barho told commissioners he, Marble Falls Police Chief Mark Whitacre, County Judge James Oakley and others have been working on trying to get this project complete for four years.

Upgrades to software used by the Greater Austin-Travis County Regional Radio System (GATRRS), which covers Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell and Lee counties, will go into effect at 2018 and the Western Counties would not be able to communicate with GATRRS without upgrading their towers.

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