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TUESDAY - APRIL 22, 2003 - ISSUE NO. 63

Dear Friends and Industry Colleagues,

This week's newsletter is coming out a few days early because I will be traveling out of state for the rest of this week.

  • Good news about the growth of the AAPC
  • The quick-deployment paging system for Iraq attracts attention
  • More New Wireless Data devices
  • Wireless successes and wireless failures
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 with my apologies.

President Bush Appoints AMD CEO Hector Ruiz To Serve As Member Of The Advisory Committee For Trade Policy And Negotiations

SUNNYVALE, CA—April 14, 2003—AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that Hector Ruiz, president and chief executive officer, has been appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN).

The ACTPN provides the U.S. Trade Representative, America’s chief trade negotiator and the principal trade policy advisor to the President, with policy advice on trade issues including objectives and bargaining positions before entering into a trade agreement, the operation of any trade agreement once entered into, and other matters arising in connection with the trade policy of the United States. The ACTPN comprises representatives of non-federal governments and labor, industry, agriculture, small business, service industries, retailer and consumer interests. The committee includes the heads of several leading companies, including IBM Corporation, eBay, Inc., and Sony Music Entertainment.

Ruiz commented that trade policy is an increasingly important issue for the semiconductor and technology industries, where product and technology developments occur at a furious pace.

"It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve my country, and to work with such an esteemed group of industry leaders," said Ruiz. "In addition, this is a tremendous opportunity to provide a voice for the technology community and our customers on critical trade policy issues."

About AMD
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. The company was founded in 1969 and is based in Sunnyvale, California (NYSE: AMD)

Source: AMD Press Release

Attention On Deck!
Dr. Hector Ruiz was "the captain of the ship" at Motorola paging while I worked there. I thought he was a nice guy in the few meetings that I had with him, but there were some incredibly bad decisions made while he had the helm. I never knew for sure if he was the one directly responsible, or if the orders came from higher up (an Admiral maybe?), but things definitely started to go wrong on his watch. Several of my colleagues in paging think he was the guilty party. In fact some of them are saying: "The guy who killed the paging industry leads again!" in e-mails circulating around the web this week. I could add several names to the list of people that I think made big contributions to the sinking of the ship, but I have no intention of turning this newsletter into the wireless data version of the National Enquirer, however tempting it may be.

Virgin Mobile signs up 500K since last July

April 21, 2003 1:15 PM EST

WARREN, N.J.—Virgin Mobile USA L.L.C. said it has signed up 500,000 net subscribers since it launched service on Sprint PCS’ network last July.

The youth-oriented mobile virtual network operator added that its customers have sent nearly 50 million total text messages and that on average each customer sends and receives 25 text messages per month. In addition, Virgin Mobile USA claims its customers have downloaded more than 700,000 ringtones.

"This is more evidence that we’re offering our target market a wireless option that is both new and relevant to their lives," said Dan Schulman, president and chief executive officer of Virgin Mobile USA. "We remain optimistic about continued growth for the balance of 2003."

Source: RCR Wireless News

Hop-On CEO Proves Disposable After Indictment

April 21, 2003

news@2 direct Days after being indicted on fraud allegations involving an unrelated venture, the president/CEO of disposable wireless phone maker Hop-On has resigned from those posts.

The sudden departure of Peter Michaels—described as the company's 'technology visionary' in a brief bio on Hop-On's Web site—comes less than two years after the company announced its first handset, a $29.95 disposable phone bundled with 60 minutes of talk time.

Since then Hop-On has had numerous marketing successes as well as the embarrassing media revelation that an early model branded as Hop-On actually contained Nokia-branded parts. Hop-On announced April 14 that it had a 2 million-phone order from India's Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., for the company's first GSM model. Those phones are to begin shipping in June.

A federal indictment disclosed Thursday that accuses Michaels and others of raising $12 million to $18 million for his now-defunct World Wide Web Casinos venture by lying to investors. One allegation specifies that Michaels and others allegedly 'cosmetically' modified an existing casino software program so it appeared that World Wide Web Casinos had developed its own program.

Michaels also has been accused of improperly using shareholder money to pay personal credit card bills and spend $131,000 on a yacht, according to the indictment. The casino venture also allegedly signed a $500,000 contract with another company that allegedly was controlled secretly by Michaels.

Source: Wireless Week

aapc logo Good News—the AAPC is growing!

On Tuesday April 15th, the members of TAPS (Texas Association of Paging Services) agreed to join AAPC (American Association of Paging Carriers). This is wonderful news. Congratulations and welcome to Ted Gaetjen their president and to all the association members in the great state of Texas.

At its annual business meeting, earlier in the spring of this year, the Southern Net Association of Paging also agreed to join AAPC as a group. SouthernNet has 26 members serving the Southeastern USA.

We have been saying that our industry must move forward together or perish individually. So now the AAPC is picking up momentum. Let's all support this great association as they move toward becoming nationwide in scope in in representing the majority of the radio paging carriers.

The 2003 Annual Meeting of the AAPC will from at 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, June 5, 2003 in Myrtle Beach, SC at the Crown Reef at South Beach Resort. The meeting will be held during the SCA Wireless Forum which will be held June 4-6 at the same location.

To register for the SCA Wireless Forum and for information on room reservations go to (sorry dead link).   You do not need to register for the SCA Wireless Forum to participate in the AAPC Annual Meeting, however you must register for the Forum if you plan on attending any part of it other than the AAPC Annual Meeting.  If you would like to join the AAPC, please click here.

Garmin iQue 3600 PDA/GPS Handheld System with Americas Detailed Street Mapping

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Amazon is already taking orders for this PDA with GPS localization and street maps:

  • ARM processor powered by Palm OS 5
  • Integrated Que technology, with GARMIN GPS and mapping software
  • Speaker for voice-guidance commands, MP3 player, and message playback
  • Voice recorder for making memos, quick notes, and messages on the fly
  • Built-in 32 MB of memory and SD expansion slot for flexible memory storage and additional software


Iraq Paging Project Attracts Interest

After last week's announcement about the quick-deployment paging system that is being planned for Iraq, five manufacturers of paging equipment have expressed interest in the project. Two of them can supply the Arabic-text-display pagers and the others make the main components of the infrastructure. So, we now have companies in Asia, Europe, Canada, and the USA ready, willing, and able to work with us.

A friend in my hometown in Southern Illinois has been giving me some pointers on how to configure another wireless system (not related to paging) that we would like to deploy as well.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in an exciting business venture and to help supply much needed wireless communications. The system will be an Arabic system primarily for the Iraqis but will also offer one-way paging service in other languages (Latin based ASCII text) to the thousands of people who will be going to Iraq from other countries over the next few years to work in re-building the damage done by the war. The first new wireless system will have a big advantage. For example, anyone will be able to receive an e-mail from their home country directly on their pager. Later we can upgrade to a two-way ReFLEX system and use wireless PDAs with the ability to directly enter Arabic text using handwriting recognition technology (now that I have invented this product, someone has to build it). All we need is: $ or £ or ¥ or €.

I also received a message telling me what a dumb idea this is and that it is doomed to failure. What do you think?

ATT Latin America Files For Bankruptcy

Apr 22, 2003

AT&T Latin America [OTC: ATTL.OB] on Monday voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 protection, one week after creditor and investment firm Matlin Patterson moved to force the company into involuntary reorganization. AT&T Latin America said at that time it planned to convert to a voluntary reorganization to restructure debt while it looked for a buyer.

The company is expecting 2003 first-quarter revenues of about $39 million. AT&T Latin America suffered a cash crunch this past year after AT&T, its largest shareholder and creditor, declined to provide it with additional funding.

Source: TelecomWeb




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Specifications and Features

User's Manual

To request pricing and delivery information for the PTX-150, please click here. left arrow

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I am a manufacturer representative (MR) for Vytek Wireless Products. (Formerly Sonik.) Please look at their web site to see what they have to offer to the Paging and Wireless Messaging industry.

To download the product brochure for the PL-900 Paging Data Receiver, please click here. left arrow left arrow CLICK FOR MORE INFO

To let me know if you would like to receive a price quotation on any Vytek product, click on the link above.

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AAPC’s Mission Statement Defines Purpose

  • Identifying issues of common concern to its members
  • Providing an effective forum for the discussion and progression of issues relating to the industry
  • Monitoring and addressing regulatory and legal matters as a unified organization
  • Providing research into and development of our industry and its current and prospective markets
  • Providing education and resources to address the challenges and trends affecting our operating environments
  • Encouraging and maintaining high standards of ethics and services
  • Championing the industry and representing paging carriers with a positive voice

Our industry must move forward together or perish individually. If you want to get involved, please click here. Come and join us!

Can You Help?

news stream imageAs we all know, Wireless Messaging is less than 20 years old yet it is almost impossible to find evidence of our early experiments and successes.  Many of us experimented with wireless delivery of e-mail using the Teknow solution from the late 80s and others wrote simple scripts to parse and send SMTP messages to our pagers.  However how many of us documented these experiments?

Before what is left goes to the landfill, or is lost as us old timers start to die off, I would request help in archiving the following into a Museum of Early Messaging.  It appears that support to house this museum may be forthcoming from a pioneering company in Wireless Messaging but nothing is firm at this point.

  • Articles or papers on early 90s use of a browser on a two-way wireless device (Newton etc.)
  • Description of Anterior Technologies / RadioMail (pre Motorola) messaging Gateway and PDA/paging solutions.  Any magazine articles or early brochures on RadioMail would be very helpful.
  • Documentation and HP95LX software for the Motorola NewsStream module. Any articles on examples of uses would be great.
  • Any documentation magazine articles on the use of delivery of e-mail to a wireless device.
  • Back issues of Telocator Magazine from 1990-1995 time frame.
  • Motorola PCMCIA PagerCard with documentation and PC or PDA software.  Any articles depicting early use of the card also helpful.
  • Comprehensive Guide to Paging that was printed in early 90s.

If you think you can help with any of the above I am prepared to cover all hard costs as well as compensate fairly for any old hardware offered to the cause.  

Can you help? Give me a call or e-mail.

Paul Cassel
Telephone: 519-634-5139

Legacy Technology Solutions LLC

Paging infrastructure repair with warranty. Please ask for Virgil Jarrard, President, and tell him Brad sent you. Toll-free voice: 1-877-436-8044 or voice: 972-436-8044, fax: 972-436-8944. They are located in the Dallas suburbs, and they occasionally have some good deals on reconditioned paging equipment as well. Check with them for current product availability. You can send Virgil an e-mail by clicking here. left arrowCLICK

Don't forget to tell him who sent you.

PDR photoFLEX™ Telemetry device

A reader has 190 surplus Tellus one-way PDR's (paging data receivers), model no. TSPM9FXSB, tuned to 929.0125 MHz, re-tunable 929-932 MHz (synthesized), with RJ-11 out. All are in original bubble wrap/individual cardboard box packaging.

For general info on the product click here. For technical specs click here.

These are a steal at $49 each—(FOB source USA)—if you take the whole batch. If you want to buy them, please contact me by e-mail or telephone at: .

Recommended Paging Equipment Broker

Pat Merkel

Telephone: 770-638-1006 left arrow CLICK TO MAIL

I have known Pat for many years. We worked together at BBL Industries in Atlanta about 20 years ago. She is a friend—you can trust her. If you are hunting for some paging infrastructure equipment, Pat can help you find it.

The PTX-150 VHF Direct Digital Paging Transmitter is designed to meet the paging industry’s latest standards for high-speed FLEX and simulcast operation. It operates with a wide range of standard network interfaces, and is ideal for both new systems as well as upgrading of existing paging networks.

This Direct Digital Paging Transmitter is designed to generate all modern paging formats including POCSAG, FLEX and ERMES. Standard output power is 100 watts continuous (adjustable 25-100 Watts). Optional amplifiers are available with 250 and 500 Watts output. Up to sixteen channels can be preset for multichannel operation over the 138-174 MHz frequency range.

For simulcast operation the standard internal 1 ppm TCXO may be supplemented by either a built-in 0.05 ppm high stability option or an external reference oscillator. Precision control over carrier offset and delay equalization is also provided.

The PTX-150 incorporates a wide variety of network interface and remote diagnostic capabilities. The standard unit includes an interface for conventional POCSAG controllers and paging terminals. It also includes an interface for C2000 and C-Net controllers. A separate data port provides comprehensive local or remote programming, real time diagnostics, and alarms for all key operational parameters. A WINDOWS®-based software package is available to provide a convenient and easy-to-use remote monitoring capability.

The PTX-150 is ultra-efficient in operation and incorporates a built-in universal 115/230 VAC power supply (auto select) 50/60 Hz. It is supplied in a compact 4 RU high rack mounted case and includes internal front to back cooling optimized to maintain low PA junction temperatures. The unit is rated for 100% continuous duty at up to 60° C ambient temperature.

NEW Ask me about the availability of 450 and 900 MHz paging transmitters—they are coming.

VYTEK's PL-900 Paging Data Receiver

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Wireless Data—breathing new life into the paging industry. The Daviscomms TMR (Telemetry Messaging Receiver) is a one-way FLEX™ telemetry device and is being manufactured by Daviscomms in Singapore. It is being stocked and distributed in the Americas by Vytek Wireless Products as the PageLink™ PDR (Paging Data Receiver). The PL-900 provides a solution for customers looking for a CreataLink™ one-way receiver replacement. THIS IS A HOT PRODUCT.

Do you have a product or service that you would like to promote in this newsletter?

If you have any wireless equipment that you would like to buy or sell, please let me know. I don't charge individuals for listing something for sale. If a sale is made through this newsletter, 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. There is no cost to the buyer.

There is a small charge for companies wanting to put their products in the newsletter and on my web site. There is no obligation for payment of a commission for this kind of basic advertising. I would be very pleased, however, to get involved in the sales process as a manufacturer representative—for quality wireless products and reputable companies. left arrow CLICK FOR MORE INFO

Wireless Messaging Software

InfoRad® Wireless Office (Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP) is designed for the professional who needs full-featured wireless messaging capabilities. Features include enhanced user interface,  message log with search function, scheduled paging,  group and individual message addresses, TAPI Smart™, multiple protocol SMS communication compatibility. AlphaCare™ support services available. With a 32-bit architecture, InfoRad Wireless Office is designed for compatibility with Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP. For more information on InfoRad Wireless Messaging software, and a free demo, please click on the logo.

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outrnet custom apps

If you see someone in the field (like salespeople, technicians, and delivery people) using paper forms, their company could probably save a pile of money, and get much better timeliness, accuracy and efficiency, by using converting to Outr.Net's Wireless Forms. Custom applications for as little as $995, delivered in just a few days.

Outr.Net has a web page on Wireless Forms for Timeports at:

Their latest newsletter also discusses Wireless Forms:

Please call me so we can discuss your need or your idea.

Wireless Automation

Check out the following four categories of two-way wireless data communications. We have the ability to customize solutions to meet your (or your customer's) needs.

Data CommunicationsLevel 1A basic ReFLEX transceiver, sending and receiving serial RS-232 ASCII data.
Telemetry (Alarm and Control)Level 2An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, monitoring alarms from a remote site, and sending commands to the remote site.
Asset or Fleet TrackingLevel 3An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module for the reporting of accurate locations to enable tracking.
Field Force AutomationLevel 4An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module and a handheld computer terminal for full automation of field service activities all the way from the customer's location back to the service company's back office.
AMTEL Wireless can generally turn a specification into a prototype in two to four weeks. If you have an interesting application in mind, please give me a call so we can talk.

Equipment Available in Colombia

We have the following PAGING equipment for sale:
1-Transmiter MOTOROLA PURC 5000. 110 watts, UHF (403-475) MHz, excellent condition. Only 15 days in operation. With simulcast control. USD $3000.
2-Zetron 16...............USD $800.
3-Zetron 66...............USD $800.
We are an engineering and telecommunications company in the city of Pereira, Colombia. The simulcast control is the ASC (advanced simulcast controller). Tel. 3357070/4070.
Sincerely, Cesar Giraldo left arrowCLICK HERE TO INQUIRE


Comments and contributions to this newsletter are always welcome—positive or negative. Have a great week!

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With best regards,

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Brad Dye

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