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November 6, 2019     West Seattle Herald
New Puget Sound Emergency Services tower installed near Myrtle Reservoir
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New Puget Sound Emergency Services tower installed near Myrtle Reservoir | Westside Seattle Skip to main content Secondary links Subscribe Advertise Contact Us Search Westside Seattle if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } NewsBallardHighlineWest SeattleFeaturesBallardHighlineWest SeattleSportsBallardHighlineWest SeattleOpinionCalendarBallardHighlineWest SeattleArts & EntertainmentBallardHighlineWest SeattleObitsBallardHighlineWest SeattleEatBallardHighlineWest SeattleTrafficBallardWest SeattleMoneyPrint Edition if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } New Puget Sound Emergency Services tower installed near Myrtle Reservoir New Puget Sound Emergency Services tower installed near Myrtle Reservoir Part of the Puget Sound Emergency Services Network the tower is larger and able to accommodate more equipment for a new digital network upgrade if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } A crew from Snell Cranes and other workers installed a new Public Emergency Services Network communications towet near Myrtle Reservoir Park on Nov. 6. The new tower replaces an existing tower and will help accommodate an upgraded network.  Photo by Patrick Robinson   Wed, 11/06/2019 If you have driven up 35th Ave SW in West Seattle you've come to the highest point in the City of Seattle, Highpoint, some 510 feet above sea level. It's the logical place to install a communications tower and more than 20 years ago a tower was installed there. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, following some weeks of preparation a new, much larger tower was installed as part of an upgrade to the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network or PSERN. PSERN has established one radio system that will drastically improve its coverage, capacity, capability, and connectivity to provide King County with reliable emergency radio functionality. The new system will provide several new and improved features such as better reliability, improved interoperability, increased capacity to keep up with King County’s growing population, additional radio sites to provide improved coverage to help make sure responders maintain communication during emergencies. In addition, the aging 20-year old analog system will be replaced with state-of-the-art digital technology. The new network will have a life of at least 20 years after project completion. The antennas you see on the tower are not for cellular phone communication but instead for line of sight microwave transmission and the Fire Department paging system. There are some repeaters for the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club on site as well. An 800 Mhz radio system and a receiver for the Tolt Dam Warning System near Carnation. The tower is some 20 feet lower than the nearby water towers in compliance with FAA regulations. The existing tower will remain up for another 30 days or so to permit the new tower to be properly outfitted with new coax and potentially new microwave dishes (though some might remain).  A new building to house additional gear is also in place, some of which are Lightning Arrestor Blocks. There will be likely less than half an hour disruption in service when the new system goes online in a few weeks. The improvements in the new network are because it's P25 digital. Not only will the signal be clearer but P25 radios are a direct replacement for analog UHF (example FM) radios and add the ability to transfer data as well as voice, allowing for a more natural implementation of encryption or messaging.  To install the new tower the sections were lifted by the crane and then dropped in an interlocking sleeve fashion.  Robinson Papers West Seattle Herald Add new comment Your name Comment About text formats CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. 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