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FRIDAY - DECEMBER 20, 2002 - ISSUE NO. 44

Dear Friends and Industry Colleagues,

I wanted to send out some sort of holiday greeting but it is so difficult in today's world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. I met with my attorney today, and on his advice I want to say to all of you:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2003, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only America in the western hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual preference of the wishee.

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 on the same subject. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, or you are not interested in these topics, please click here, then click on “send” and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list. My apologies.

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

So. . . Best Wishes for the Holiday Season!

Actually I borrowed this humorous greeting from Fred Pakosta. Thanks Fred!

WIRELESS NEWS

I am repeating the following announcement to remind everyone who might consider joining and attending the AAPC / PTC meeting in Tampa. I have decided to attend the meeting and I hope to meet some of you there.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PAGING CARRIERS
The Paging Technical Committee PTC of the American Association of Paging Carriers AAPC is seeking input from paging operators regarding technical issues of general concern to the paging industry. If you have a technical topic you believe has general interest to the paging community please contact Stephen Oshinsky at: E-MAIL ADDRESS REMOVED to have it included in the upcoming PTC meeting. The next meeting will be held in Tampa, Florida at the Crowne Plaza hotel on January 22. These meetings are generally attended by lead technical personnel of paging operators in the US.

We would like to invite you to attend and participate. Members of AAPC are automatically included as voting members of PTC. For AAPC information see: www.pagingcarriers.org.


Wireless messaging gets positive reviews

Dec. 17, 2002 1:54 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO—Two new reports peg wireless messaging as an important and growing application, one that could contribute significant revenues to the wireless market.

According to a new study from Telephia Inc. and Harris Interactive, the holiday season could drive greatly increased messaging among young adult users. The study found that young adults have doubled their text messaging usage in the past year—from 22 percent to 45 percent—and that 38 percent of these users describe themselves as frequent text messagers. Further, the study found that 41 percent of young adults plan to upgrade their handsets in the coming year, which would likely further drive text messaging usage.

Indeed, a separate study from Telecom Trends International found that multimedia messaging—which adds pictures and sounds to text messages—will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 220 percent over the next six years. The firm predicts MMS messages will increase from 646 million this year to 697 billion by 2008. Mobile instant messaging will follow a similar growth pattern, growing at a rate of 170 percent.

Source: RCR Wireless News


Nextel Awarded Government-Wide Contract
Nextel Communications announced the signing of a contract award from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for a two-year base contract period with three one-year option periods. The estimated value of the contract is $200 million per year. The contract will enable Nextel to provide nationwide Enhanced Specialized Mobile Radio (ESMR) services to all federal agencies, as well as state and local agencies with federal funding, and will offer unique interoperability advantages for emergency preparedness and response.

Source: Wireless 3.0 Newsletter


Young Adults to Drive Usage of Messaging Apps in New Year
The marketing of new next-generation mobile handsets this holiday season is likely to drive increased adoption and usage of mobile messaging services, such as SMS, according to a new study by Telephia. Young adult subscribers, who have doubled their text messaging usage in the past year, are positioned to lead the way in handset upgrades and will continue to drive usage in an area that is becoming a crucial new revenue source for the industry.

Source: Wireless 3.0 Newsletter

SPACE DATA CORPORATION 

I have just received an information package from Jerry Knoblach, Chairman of Space Data Corporation. Space Data is developing an innovative system to provide wireless communications coverage in un-served suburban and rural areas. The system consists of a network of wireless repeaters operating at approximately 20 miles above the earth's surface. Their system will enable users of wireless devices to communicate from areas that are not economical to cover with antenna towers. Towers can only cost effectively serve 80% of the U.S. Population. However, Space Data's network of wireless repeaters operating at 100,000 feet will:

The system combines low-cost, commercial electronics with the wide field of view previously available only from satellites. Our vision is to attach communication electronics to small, expendable weather balloons, the communication platform we call a SkySite™, which will float to 20 miles above the earth's surface, provide communications services for approximately 12 to 24 hours, and then be replenished with a new "constellation" of ballooncraft. Each ballooncraft, or SkySite™, will operate in a layer of the earth's atmosphere known as the stratosphere. These small expendable balloons are ideal launch vehicles for several reasons:

 Source: Space Data Corporation

HELP OUT A COLLEAGUE

Hi Brad,

Greetings from Perth Australia. I am back in my Australian office (and home for Christmas.)

My R&D guys here are looking for a used Zetron Model 33 and Model 66. I would be grateful if you could put that in your "Equipment Wanted" section of your next newsletter.

Have a safe and merry Christmas,

Zane Lewis
President
Commtech Wireless
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Hi Brad,

Do you have any info on a modem that would be suitable for use in a point-to multipoint config? Example; using an FM transmitter (GL-T4201 - 72 MHz) and receivers (RL-70XC – the old GE-MVP mobile receiver setup – basically a non-de-emphasized audio output)???

Thank you,

Fred Pakosta
Advanced RF Communications, Inc.
301 Oak Street, Suite 2-28
Quincy, IL 62301
voice & fax 217.221.9500
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VYTEK WIRELESS

PL-900 FLEX RECEIVER

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The PL-900 is manufactured by Daviscomms in Singapore and distributed by Vytek Wireless Products. CreataLink is a trademark of SmartSynch Communications Corp. It was formerly owned by Motorola Inc.

Vytek Wireless has expanded their Paging Telemetry Product line to include the PL-900 (PageLink™ 900 MHz) FLEX™ Paging Data Receiver.  The PL-900 provides a solution for customers looking for a CREATALINK™ (one-way) receiver application replacement.

PL-900 FLEX Module
The PL-900 is ideal for providing remote control and one-way telemetry utilizing either the existing 900 MHz or VHF FLEX/POCSAG paging infrastructure or on-premises paging equipment.

The PL-900 receivers are synthesized and operate in the 929-932 MHz frequency range, have eight addressable high/low output lines or serial output and are capable of receiving data for up to 16 programmable capcodes for flexible group and sub-group addressing.

To download the product brochure, please click here. left arrow

The Vytek PageLink is a high-performance paging data receiver board which is ideal for providing remote control and one-way telemetry utilizing either the existing 900 or 150 MHz FLEX™ paging infrastructure or on-premises paging equipment.

The PageLink 900 unit provides eight addressable high/low output lines as well as a serial output. These receivers are the ideal choice for remote control and one-way telemetry applications such as traffic signal control, irrigation control, remote signboard programming, and load control.

These receivers are synthesized and operate in the 929-932 MHz or 135-175 MHz frequency range. The PL-900 is also capable of receiving data for up to 16 programmable capcodes for flexible group and sub-group addressing.

The PL-900 comes with either an on-board antenna or a connection for an external long-range antenna.

PL-900 cases

Features

  • Serial Interface (RS-232 or TTL)
  • 8 discreet output control ports
  • Uses existing nationwide or on-site paging infrastructure
  • High performance and reliability
  • Building block for wireless one-way telemetry and control applications
  • Numeric/alphanumeric message reception (Language transparent)
  • Synthesized receiver allows you to program the receiver to operate on the necessary frequency
  • Multiple Addressing - 16 programmable capcode addresses
  • Message source ID control
  • Message header control
  • Message trailer control
  • Over-the-air programming
  • LED and digital signal out of range indicator
  • Message alert (w/ ON/OFF control)
  • Message error indication
  • Message length indication
  • Flow control
  • Wide operating temperature range
  • FLEX™ protocol
  • Low Cost
 To request pricing and delivery information for the PL-900, please click here. left arrow
HELP SUPPORT THE NEWSLETTER 

If you have any wireless equipment that you would like to buy or sell, please let me know. Everything that is offered for sale in this newsletter is on the honor system. There is no charge for the listing, but if a sale is made, I ask the seller to send me a 10% commission, much the same as the voluntary payments that are requested on the Internet for shareware.

I work as a consultant on wireless projects. If you have a requirement for my services, related to paging technology, telemetry, or wireless messaging, please send me an e-mail with a description of your needs.


happy hollidays Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
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Brad Dye
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CreataLink is a trademark of SmartSynch Communications Corp.

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