Local Coverage: includes Ada County, Nampa and Metro Caldwell
Wide Area Coverage: includes Glenns Ferry to Vale, OR. This also includes the Snake River Basin, Melba, Murphy, Homedale, Marsing, Emmett, Weiser, Payette, Fruitland, and Mountain Home.
Extended Coverage: Includes Twin Falls, Jerome, and Gooding. These are available on separate local area numbers.
See Coverage Area Map and Tower Locations Maps.
RPS has installed complete antenna systems in St. Luke’s Meridian, West Valley Medical Center, Caldwell, and Holy Rosary in Ontario, OR. A system exists in St Alphonsus and St. Luke’s, Boise, in their original structures.
Our business plan has always been to provide the best, most reliable service in our coverage area, i.e. efforts would concentrate on providing good coverage in Marsing, ID instead of “spot” coverage in Salt lake City, UT.
Many years ago, bell telephone conducted a variety of tests to determine the very best frequency to utilize when marketing their new paging service (Bell Boy Paging). These tests and research by others brought forth the VHF Spectrum as the very best frequency to provide reliability and coverage for Radio Paging Service.
Because of this research, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cleared a portion of the VHF Spectrum and came up with four “Guard Band” paging frequencies: T-1, 152.840; T-2, 158.10; P5, 152.240; P6, 158.70. Two of these channels, T-1 and T-2 were dedicated to wire line companies while P5 and P6 were to be used for radio common carries.
We are quite proud to have been one of the first in the United States to receive a license on this frequency (P5 – 152.240). Many things have transpired in the communications industry since our license was issued. One significant change has been the breakup of the Bell System. The newly created “Baby Bell” in Treasure Valley did not pursue paging.
Due to lack of utilization their T1 and T2 channels were offered for drawings by the FCC. Radio Paging Service was fortunate to win both frequencies and currently holds licenses on P, T1 and T2 in the Treasure Valley area. RPS also has several 900 MHz licenses that we use for linking and special paging applications.
It is our opinion that Bell and others chose the VHF Spectrum for paging because:
- Low band channels are subject to a “skip” phenomenon. This phenomenon shows that a distant transmission can skip into another area and wipe out local communications.
- Higher band transmissions have a tendency to bounce off certain objects creating what is called multi-path reception. Such reception can confuse portable receiving devices.