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FRIDAY - JUNE 14, 2002

Dear Friends and wireless professionals,

I have some interesting news for you this week, but first my regular disclaimer:

This is my weekly newsletter about Wireless Data and Radio Paging. You are receiving this message because you have either communicated with me in the past about a wireless topic, or your address was included in another e-mail that I received. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, and you are not interested in these topics, please click here, then click on "send" and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone else who might be interested. Any e-mail addresses sent to me, to add to my list, would be sincerely appreciated. Please let me know as if you hear something about paging that is newsworthy.

WIRELESS NEWS

Momentum Builds for Newly Formed American Association of Paging Carriers
[June 10] Ted McNaught, the newly elected president of the American Association of Paging Carriers (AAPC), said momentum is building in the newly formed organization.  The AAPC, which was formed in April, made its first formal pitch for new members at the Southeastern Communications Association (SCA) Annual Meeting and Convention in late May.

McNaught said the association was well received at the conference and attendees expressed support for its objectives and substantial interest in participating. The membership drive at the meeting exceeded expectations.  In addition to a number of state and regional carriers, the association was joined by several leading suppliers and at least one national carrier—SkyTel. The addition of SkyTel is significant because with its membership the chair (Stephen Oshinsky) and co-chair (Barry Kanne of TGA) of the influential "Paging Technical Committee" (PTC) are now both members of the AAPC.  The PTC is the committee that worked with the PCIA to develop many of the technical standards and practices now widely in use by the paging industry.  The AAPC has invited the PTC to affiliate with the AAPC.

The organization will hold a strategy session in Chicago, June 24-25, 2002, at which it will chart an aggressive plan to lead the paging industry and improve the business climate for all carriers—large and small.

AAPC created board seats for four regional organizations, the SCA, Southernet, TAPS and Allied. At the SCA conference in late May, Jim McLochlin, Stratus Communications; Tim Jones, MPW Paging; and Bill Cole, BayStar Communications, were named to seats representing the first three organizations. Board members of AAPC are from diverse areas of the country including Florida, Texas, West Virginia, Vermont, Missouri, Georgia and Maine,

McNaught said that AAPC had already hired two veteran organizations to support the activities of the AAPC. Kenneth E. Hardman, a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Moir & Hardman, who is a widely recognized expert in wireless telecommunications law has been retained to represent the AAPC in legal and regulatory affairs. Hardman has already been busy on behalf of the industry filing comments regarding the FCC proposal to restructure contributions to the Universal Service Fund and other pressing issues. Hardman has represented numerous clients and organizations in communications issues and is the former general counsel for Telocator Network of America.

David Ewald, a certified association executive (CAE) with more than 16 years experience leading regional and national associations, has been hired as executive director of the association. Ewald is CEO of Ewald Consulting of Minneapolis-St. Paul, an association management firm whose staff will provide support for the new association. Ewald was recently elected president of the 900-member Midwest Society of Association Executives. Stephen Suker, vice president of AAPC and head of the search team that hired Ewald, said, "by hiring a management firm the association gained an immediate head start by having access to the lobbyists, event planners and communications specialists employed by the firm."

McNaught and Suker said that even though the organization is new it brings a lot of experience to the table. The hiring of Hardman and Ewald, along with the addition of a number of industry stalwarts as members, bodes well for the success of the organization, they said.

AAPC CONTACTS
Ted McNaught 207-856-1276 ext. 201
Ken Hardman 202-223-3772
David Ewald 651-290-6276
AAPC web site http://www.pagingcarriers.org

RCR Wireless News reported that the Strategis Group, a telecommunications research and analyst firm, ceased operations on Wednesday.


Also from RCR Wireless News:
HONG KONG—Per-packet pricing for wireless data services will never work, two keynote speakers told attendees at the opening day of the seventh annual 3G World Congress here.

Carriers must price data services for success, said Ron Glasser, chief executive officer of RealNetworks, which offers streaming video and audio technology. Prices set according to the amount of packets used will stifle network growth, Glasser argued. Flat-fee pricing for Internet access in the United States has driven penetration rates approaching 60 percent, compared with lower take-up rates in Europe and Japan, where users are charged each time they access the network. Similarly, flat-rate pricing for broadband services in Korea has also led to high adoption rates.


There is a very interesting report in Yahoo Finance about a major communications system that was supplied to the National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Operations Office by Motorola and WebLink Wireless. Thanks to Roberto Reyes in Mexico City for sending me this news release.

SPECIAL SALE

adv signal logo

To all SP Series (SIGNALpro) customers,

Advanced Signal is liquidating its SP Series inventory and product line. If you have any interest in buying the product line please let me know as soon as possible. We are offering any SP Series units, or individual boards at 50% off list pricing. I have attached a price list for your reference. We can provide a quote for any individual items not shown on the price list. Terms of payment will be payment with order. Please forward this e-mail to anyone within, or outside of, your organization that may have an interest.

Sincerely,

Steve Sandercock
President
Advanced Signal

SP Series Price List For 2001

ITEM DESCRIPTION PART #
SP1 SP2

signal pro photo
(typical)

The basic configuration contains the SP1 or SP2 chassis. The SP2 contains an Ethernet port. Please select from the DSP and GPS options listed below. A PC-based Graphical User Interface (GUI), operating in conjunction with Windows 3.1X or Windows 95/98, is included to provide the user with a Point-n-Click menu interface for manipulating display windows, file storage, and parameter changes. Includes:

Cigarette lighter adapter, 6’ PC Cable, User’s Guide

Lifetime Console SW Warranty & 5 Year HW Warranty

SPX- A- B- C

 
DSP Input Card (A)

Up to four DSP Input Cards can be factory installed to provide simultaneous decoding of up to four paging channels. Each additional DSP Input Card provides decoding of one paging channel. (Replace "A" with 1 for one DSP, 2 = two DSPs, 3 = three DSPs, and 4 = four DSPs). You must select at least one DSP.

 
GPS Receiver (B)

A GPS Receiver can be factory installed to provide precise location information and a 1 pulse per second timing reference. This option is mainly used to allow technicians to conduct Simulcast Performance Mapping. (Replace "B" with 0 for no GPS option or 1 to ad the GPS option). Includes:

GPS Receiver

Active Magnetic Mount Antenna

18’ Cable

 
AC Input Cord

Please specify what type of AC input cord is required.

 

1 = North America

4 = United Kingdom

7 = Australia

2 = Japan

5= Italy

8 = N. American Jumper

3 = Continental Europe

6 = Switzerland

9 = International Jumper

 

MODELS

SP1-1-0-1 SP1, 1ch

6,540.00

SP2-1-0-1 SP2, 1ch

6,840.00

SP1-1-1-1 SP1, 1ch w/GPS

7,500.00

SP2-1-1-1 SP2, 1ch w/GPS

7,800.00

SP1-2-0-1 SP1, 2ch

7,140.00

SP2-2-0-1 SP2, 2ch

7,440.00

SP1-2-1-1 SP1, 2ch w/GPS

8,100.00

SP2-2-1-1 SP2, 2ch w/GPS

8,400.00

SP1-3-0-1 SP1, 3ch

7,740.00

SP2-3-0-1 SP2, 3ch

8,040.00

SP1-3-1-1 SP1, 3ch w/GPS

8,700.00

SP2-3-1-1 SP2, 3ch w/GPS

9,000.00

SP1-4-0-1 SP1, 4ch

8,340.00

SP2-4-0-1 SP2, 4ch

8,640.00

SP1-4-1-1 SP1, 4ch w/GPS

9,300.00

SP2-4-1-1 SP2, 4ch w/GPS

9,600.00

OPTIONS

ITEM DESCRIPTION
PART #
PRICE

Internal Receivers

Internal wide band receivers have a 15 kHz IF. Up to four may be ordered per SP1. Receivers mount to DSP Input Cards.

 
 

151-159 MHz

SP-151RX-WB

800.00

 

444-448 MHz

SP-444RX-WB

800.00

 

448-452 MHz

SP-448RX-WB

800.00

 

452-456 MHz

SP-452RX-WB

800.00

 

456-460 MHz

SP-456RX-WB

800.00

 

464-468 MHz

SP-464RX-WB

800.00

 

917-950 MHz

SP-917RX-WB

800.00

 

Internal narrow band receivers have a 7.5 kHz IF

SP-917RX-NB

800.00

 

890-915 MHz (-120 dBm sensitivity EIA)

SP-890RX-NB

900.00

 

889-915 MHz (-110 dBm sensitivity EIA)

SP-889RX-NB

600.00

 

917-950 MHz

SP-917RX-NB

800.00

DSP Upgrade

Upgrade old DSP Input Card to DSP2, or add a new DSP2 input Card

SP-DSP2

600.00

Host2 Upgrade

Upgrade old Host CPU Card to Host2

SP-Host2-X

750.00

 

X = the number of DSP input cards contained in the unit

 

Carrying Case

Softside Carrying Case for SP Series units

SP-CASE

56.00

Shipping Case

Hardside Shipping Case - will fit under seat in airplane

SP-HCASE

395.00

Shipping Case

Hardside Shipping Case — includes handle and wheels, must be checked if traveling by plane

SP-TCASE

495.00

Closed Loop System Test Program

The Closed Loop System Test program is a TNPP load generation and reconciliation program. A TAP feature is also included to generate test pages. A 486/66 mHz PC with two serial ports and a 16550 UART is required.

SP-CLOOP

750.00

SP-C2K

C2000 interface Cable designed to interface with an off-line Glenayre C2000 transmitter controller

SP-C2K

190.00

SP-NIU

NIU interface Cable designed to interface with Motorola’s external NIU transmitter controller

SP-NIU

160.00

Advanced Signal
P.O. Box 713
301 Oak Street, Suite 5-0

Quincy, IL 62306-0713 USA

Telephone
Voice 217-224-2387
Fax 217-224-2075

You can learn more about this very useful test equipment on their web site.

To send the Advanced Signal sales department an e-mail just click here.


WANT TO BUY WANT TO SELL
Motorola Golay Numeric-Display KeyNote pagers, any frequency band. New Motorola Datalink II Plus POCSAG units, model no. J39DNW0050, all in factory bulk-pack boxes, with one set of programming software. No cables (cables can be made). $75.00 each if you take all 292 units. These are ASCII data receivers.
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eTouch pager

Check out the eTouch pager. A great product at a great price! Click on the pager for more information.


ADIÓS AMIGOS
Well, that is all I have for this week. Paging is still a viable business and it is up to you and me to keep it that way.

OTHER SITES TO VISIT ON THE INTERNET
http://braddye.com/promos.html Copies of all my previous paging newsletters
http://braddye.com/new_job.html My job search page
http://braddye.com The Paging Information Resource home page

 

GOOD-BYE UNTIL NEXT WEEK

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Best regards to all, and have a great weekend,

Brad Dye

Wireless Data Consultant
Dallas, Texas USA
Telephone: 214-219-9112
Cell phone: 972-523-8258
http://braddye.com/

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