Radio Facility Inspections and Maintenance

Radio and wireless communications network downtime significantly impacts daily operations and maintenance (O&M) costs and may endanger the safety of first responders who rely on the network in performance of their service to the public. Network downtime is often the result of inadequate maintenance and conditions at communications facilities.

  • Insufficient security of radio facilities leads to vandalism, theft, and places the public in harm’s way.
  • Lack of safety equipment and devices jeopardizes the health and welfare of maintenance personnel.
  • Improper installation or maintenance of on-site equipment creates an unsafe workplace environment.
  • Absence of adequate grounding, bonding, and surge protection systems may lead to significant damage to radio
  • facility infrastructure and communications equipment or place those who maintain the facilities at significant risk.
  • Inattentiveness to routine preventive maintenance and testing of on-site equipment may lead to decreased
  • coverage, reduced capacity, or unnoticed interference concerns.

Inspection & Maintenance of Successful Communications Facilities

Radio facility compliance audits provide an on-site evaluation of the condition of your communications facility to determine compliance with minimum industry design, installation, and maintenance standards. Organizations should perform regular inspections and preventive maintenance on wireless/radio facilities:

  • Twice per year in the spring and fall on remote mountaintop locations to winterize/de-winterize.
  • At least once a year to perform preventative maintenance on radio equipment, environmental control equipment,
  • and assess operating conditions at the facility.
  • At regular intervals prescribed in ANSI/TIA 222-G or after severe wind, icing or seismic events.
  • After new construction, remediation, addition of new equipment or facility infrastructure modifications.

Benefits to Network and Facility Managers

Radio facility compliance audits provide an on-site evaluation of the condition of your communications facility to determine compliance with minimum industry design, installation, and maintenance standards. Organizations should perform regular inspections and preventive maintenance on wireless/radio facilities:

  • Improve Situational Awareness: Baseline assessment of radio facility infrastructure conditions aids in emergency
  • management preparation for natural or man-made disasters and prioritization of preventive maintenance activity.
  • Enhance Security and Safety: Compliance to minimum industry standards increases safety for maintenance
  • personnel and the public while
  • Maximize system availability: Mitigating susceptibility to power surges, lightning activity, and interference
  • concerns facilitates the prevention of outages and increases network availability.
  • Reduce maintenance costs: Identification of root cause deficiencies coupled with remediation cost estimates
  • supports prioritization and budgeting for future repairs and preventive maintenance activity.