Evanston police have been down to one radio channel from their usual two since Saturday, but Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the department hopes to have the problem fixed by tomorrow.

Dugan says a new amplifier for the main radio channel is being shipped from the supplier, and it’s hoped that will solve the problem.

Meanwhile, officers have been using a backup channel — one that has some known coverage problem in the south end of town.

Dugan says service on the main channel didn’t fail completely, but it went in and out repeatedly, and it was easier to just switch all communication to the backup channel rather than trying to keep switching back and forth.

Officers this morning also were issued backup radios provided by Cook County, but Dugan says they’re not currently being used — and were just made available in case both Evanston channels were to go out.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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