JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Sheriff's Department is donating some of its obsolete radio equipment to a local club and museum.
Undersheriff Kevin Lenahan reported on the equipment at the Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee meeting last week at the County Office Building.
Lenahan said the sheriff's department on Route 29 has two Motorola base station radios and cabinets that have been in the basement radio room for years. He said there's no inventory tags due to the equipment being in storage for decades.
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Fulton County Undersheriff Kevin Lenahan discusses obsolete radios at the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee meeting last week at the County Office Building in Johnstown.
"Motorola tells us we've used all the useable equipment," Lenahan stated.
The undersheriff said one radio cabinet and components have been "parted out" to help fix other radio equipment and the only thing useful is the cabinet and power supply. He said the Tryon Amateur Radio Club has expressed an interest is using the rest of the components and cabinet for ham radio emergency communications.
Lenahan said the second radio is a vintage, civil defense-era unit and hasn't been used in more than 30-years. He said the old tube-type radio was being kept in the department's basement radio room for "nostalgia purposes."
"We believe it is from the 1950s," Lenahan said.
He said the sheriff's department would like to donate that base station radio to the public safety display area of the Fulton County Museum in Gloversville. Otherwise, Lenahan said the equipment would have to be scrapped and removed by the county Highways and Facilities Department at a cost. He said the sheriff's department can make arrangements for the transfer.
The committee approved a proposed resolution to donate obsolete radio equipment from the sheriff's department. The full board will consider final approval at its next meeting at 1 p.m., Oct. 9, at the County Office Building.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.