Well it is 2:30 am and for some reason I am up. Second day of SWAT school starts in 5 hours and I guess I need the extra time to get the gel in my hair JUST right (JK!). Anyways I was wondering if anybody's department has recently switched to a new radio system, in order to get compliant with federal standards? As of the weekend my department turned on their new radio system...and ALL hell broke loose. The new system was tested, and the new system FAILED big time. Officers couldn't hear dispatch and vice versa. A buddy of mine was out with an armed subject and dispatch couldn't copy his traffic. Everybody's voices on the radio sounded different, and to make matters worse when you do hear them it sounds like they have a loud of crap in their mouth. This is a complete officer safety issue!! To make matters worse, I received an e-mail stating our scan feature was being taken away. As of now, I can no longer scan our deputies and other municipal agencies radio traffic. When I asked how this was going to be solved...I of course received no reply. The idea of joint communication has somewhere been lost. I feel as if we have taken 10 steps backwards, when everybody else is moving forward. And the best part of this all, our new Motorola system isn't even designed for Public Safety. It was purchased because it was CHEAP. I would definitely like to hear some of your nightmare radio stories. Oh and btw...I just spoke to one of our dispatchers who advised the new system has been taken down, and our officers are now back on the old (until they can fix it).