The PSERN Project will be exchanging radio equipment through the Radio Deployment beginning in the Fall 2021. Radio equipment has been validated through the Final Radio Inventory process and the Project is in the process of ordering the equipment, on behalf of agencies, through Motorola. Each current King County Emergency Radio Communications System (KCERCS) customer agency will receive their validated Final Radio Inventory.
Standard Features and Functions of PSERN Radios
The Radio Deployment will provide radios that are appropriate for the services provided by PSERN radio end-users (fire, hospitals, law enforcement, public works, etc.). In about 2012 and again in 2018, stakeholder groups of radio end-user subject matter experts advised the Project on the needed radio features/functions per service. Although agencies may not receive the same model radios or features that they currently have, the equipment will meet the needs identified in the radio end-user stakeholder requirements and PSERN Project Operations Board review. Some models will no-longer be supported by Motorola in the future, whereas the PSERN models will provide guaranteed support for at least 10 years from the first shipments.
Standard Radio Features and Functions: The PSERN levy paid for Standard Radio Features and Functions identified in the radio end-user stakeholder groups and therefore agencies will not be charged for these.
Non-Standard Features and Functions: The following are some example of non-standard radio features and functions that some agencies may have chosen to purchase:
- APX6000XE to APX8000XE multiband upgrade: $1,474 / radio
- APX4000 to APX6000 upgrade: $1,123 / radio (with Bluetooth $1,230)
- APX4500 O2 dash mount to APX6500 E5 dash mount upgrade: $1,320 / radio
- APX4500 O2 trunk mount to APX6500 O3 trunk mount upgrade: $1,165 (General Government)
- APX4500 O2 trunk mount to APX6500 O3 trunk mount upgrade: $1,105 (Public Safety)
Radio Purchase/Buy-Back Opportunity
Some agencies have expressed interest in retaining their APX model radios for training purposes and/or to retain usage of VHF. To accommodate that interest, agencies have the opportunity to purchase (e.g. “buy-back”) their current portable or mobile radios. If an agency chooses to purchase a current radio, they will still receive their new PSERN radio, but their current radio would only be deprogrammed, not turned in to the Project. Agencies should review the following costs and warranty considerations when determining if they want to pursue this option of retaining one or more radios:
- Radio Cost: For each retained radio (portable or mobile) the agency would be charged $350.00 ($250.00 for the radio and $100 for radio accessories).
- Programming Charge: The PSERN Project will be reusing radio IDs, so any retained radios will either need their current IDs removed or changed. If an agency wants to keep a radio they want to use on the PSERN system, it will need to be reprogrammed or, if they want to keep a radio for VHF capability, it would need to be deprogrammed. Additionally, radios that will be used on the PSERN system may need to be reflashed for compatibility with the new system. This work will need to be done by the agency’s local Radio Shop and will likely incur time and materials programming charges.
- Airtime: If an agency wants to utilize the retained radio on the PSERN system, they will need to pay airtime for that retained radio, in addition to paying airtime on their new PSERN radio. If an agency is retaining their radio for VHF purposes, this airtime charge would not apply.
- No Warranty: Retained radios would not be covered by the PSERN warranty, nor the Radio Service Agreement (RSA) extended warranty, and current radios may be past the end of their lifetime.
Details about the Radio Purchase/Buy Back Opportunity were directly sent to agencies with a request that agencies inform the Project of their decision to retain radios by June 4, 2021.