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Arkansas Highway Patrol Converts Fleet to Icom F5061

(Bellevue, WA) When Arkansas Highway Patrol awarded a one-year contract to Dallas-based BearCom in 2008, neither party had any idea its initial order of Icom F5061 mobile radios would eventually bloom into a long-term relationship and full conversion of the agency's radio fleet to the F5061 VHF transceiver.

Based in Little Rock, AR, the Arkansas Highway Patrol operates as a division of the Arkansas State Police. The agency relies on two-way radio for dispatch as well as day-to-day and emergency communications statewide.

"The Arkansas State Patrol converted to the Icom mobile three years ago," explains Fred Oliver, National Accounts Sales Manager at BearCom. "They were so pleased with the F5061 they renewed the contract for another three years. They are extremely happy with the Icom F5061 – it is a getting rave reviews from the troopers in the field."

Since 2008, the Arkansas Highway Patrol placed orders for approximately 600 new F5061 mobiles. The most recent order for 150 mobiles came in January 2011.

The decision to switch to Icom was based in part on the agency's dissatisfaction with its previous radios from a competing manufacture as well as the desire to better utilize departmental resources with the high-quality, high-value product offered by Icom America.

Ideal for public safety, transportation and delivery service users, the F5061 supports advanced multi-mode operation, improved scanning and flexible installation options. The radio's rugged die-cast chassis and polycarbonate front panel is resistant to shock and vibration, and its front-mounted speaker provides clear and loud audio.

Part of Icom's IDAS product line, the F5061 mobile radio is available in conventional/LTR, digital and digital trunking versions. The Arkansas Highway Patrol currently operates in narrowband conventional mode.

"Troopers report that the F5061 mobile is sturdy and reliable. They like its ease of use and excellent audio clarity," Oliver says. "Coverage can be difficult in Arkansas due to the state's wooded, hilly terrain, but I haven't heard a single complaint about the radio's performance."

Icom America's parent company, Icom Inc., was founded in Osaka Japan. Icom is a publicly held Japanese corporation; its stock is traded on the Tokyo and Osaka Stock Exchange. Icom began as an engineering and manufacturing company, making advanced, compact solid-state radio equipment for use by amateur radio enthusiasts. Icom has since grown to become an industry leader using the D-STAR standard, with a product line that includes other state-of-the-art digital communications equipment for land and marine use as well as avionics. Icom America's headquarters are in Bellevue, Washington. www.icomamerica.com