When teams are deploying to disaster sites or engaging in routine operations, safety is paramount. Communications equipment must work without fail and without the threat of interference or disruption. In modern communication systems, radio frequency issues can and do occur for a myriad of reasons. Whether the reason is due to malicious intent, user error, or equipment misalignment, RF interference can threaten the safety, security, and effectiveness of field operatives and support staff, as well as public and private stakeholders.
Radio frequency error or RF drift is a common issue that occurs when a two-way radio falls out of alignment and off-channel. When this happens, affected subscribers lose the ability to transmit and receive vital information. Equipment users and operations staff may be unaware that signal interference is occurring until after a critical transmission is missed or the communication link is terminated. Because frequency drift often replicates network coverage issues, it is easily misdiagnosed or brushed off as a one-time event.