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FRIDAY - AUGUST 13, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 125

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

encrypted pagerThe developer of an AES Pager Encryption System, currently implemented in VHF POCSAG is willing to discuss the possibility of customizing this product for the US or other markets if there is sufficient interest. Please see the brief presentation on this very interesting product that follows, and let me know if you are interested. Operation on 900 MHz using the FLEX protocol is a possibility.

I received a fairly obscene message the other day. The first time— in all these years on the Internet—one directed to me as opposed to routine junk mail that we all receive. At first I thought it was one of my friends just trying to be funny, but now I am not so sure. I wasn't going to publish it, but have decided to do so anyway. Some of the more harsh language has been edited with "--" (dashes) but you can still tell what the original was. You can see it in the READER'S COMMENTS section below. I hope we don't have any very young readers, and I also hope this isn't from Al Qaeda. It has been reported to MSN Hotmail Security.

I just received notice that Doug Richardson, one of the pioneers of Paging in Canada, recently passed away. Doug was truly a nice guy and will be missed by his many friends. Here is his obituary from the Toronto Star, sent in by a reader:

RICHARDSON, Douglas—Passed peacefully to his rest on Tuesday, August 10, 2004, at age 83. Beloved husband of Ella, for 63 years. Loving father of Sharon, Alan and his wife Carol. Cherished Papa and Grandpa of Frank, Robert, Stephen, Jared and Kristelle. Beloved brother-in-law of Jack Beeston. Visitation will be held on Friday and Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Sunday, August 15, 2004 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Bradford, ON.

Please note the Metrocall Second Quarter 2004 Operating Results report, which follows. There is one bit of news on the pending merger: "Arch and Metrocall anticipate the merger to be completed in the late third or early fourth quarters of 2004."

Now on to the Wireless Messaging news and views.

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There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major paging and wireless data companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers, so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology.

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Research In Motion to double users in 2004

Expects 2 million BlackBerry owners

Earnings consistently exceed forecasts

Aug. 12, 2004. 01:00 AM

SINGAPORE—Research In Motion Ltd., which makes the popular BlackBerry hand-held organizer, said it expects to double its number of subscribers to 2 million by year end on robust demand from small businesses. Since late last year, Waterloo-based RIM has posted quarterly results that have consistently beat analyst expectations on strong demand for the flagship device, which offers secure wireless access to corporate e-mail, the Web and traditional digital diary functions.

"We had 500,000 subscribers in February, 2003, we crossed the 1-million mark in February this year, and we expect to reach 2 million by the end of December or early January," Patrick Spence, RIM's Asia Pacific vice president, told Reuters in an interview. Demand is being driven by employees of small- and medium-size businesses in the United States, Hong Kong and Australia who want to access their e-mail on the move, he said. Increased messaging and e-mail usage in Europe, as well as new applications for the BlackBerry in the healthcare and real estate sectors in North America, will also boost growth, he added.

RIM's new subscribers have been rising 27-28 per cent quarter-over-quarter, with Asia's growth rate "significantly" topping this number. RIM has been working with Asian mobile carriers such as Australia's Telstra Corp., which has sold more than 10,000 BlackBerry handhelds, and Hong Kong's Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., which has over 500 corporate customers. It also offers the service in the Philippines via Smart Communications Inc., the cellular unit of Philippine Long Distance Telephone, and with Singapore Telecommunications Ltd., Southeast Asia's largest phone company. Spence said Asia would contribute materially to RIM's earnings in 2005-2006 when it expands into China and India.

RIM reported a stronger-than-expected net income for the first quarter ended May 29, its fourth straight quarterly profit. Excluding a litigation provision of $15.6 million (U.S.) from a successful patent suit against it in 2002, which RIM has appealed, adjusted net income was $70.6 million, or 36 cents a share. Analysts had expected an adjusted profit of 32 cents a share, according to Reuters Estimates.

Source: Toronto Star

Aether reports loss, revenue dip

Aug. 06, 2004 1:12 PM EST

Aether Systems Inc. reported another financial loss with a dip in revenue for the quarter ended June 30, underscoring the company’s struggles.

In its second-quarter results, the company said it incurred a net loss of $49.8 million, or $1.14 per share, compared with a loss of $14.7 million, or 35 cents per share in the second quarter of 2003.

Its revenues also fell for the quarter to $12.4 million, as against $14.5 million in the year-ago period.

“Excluding the impairment charges, operating expenses remained significantly lower than they were last year and roughly flat as compared to last year,” said David Reymann, Aether’s chief financial officer. “The lack of revenue growth and the slight decline in gross margin that we saw in the second quarter in both business segments were understandable given the uncertainty that has surrounded these businesses as we have moved through the completion of our strategic activities.”

Last month, Aether said it would sell its transportation division to an affiliate of Platinum Equity for $24 million in cash and that it was in discussions with potential buyers to sell its remaining wireless division, the Mobile Government Division. The company said it plans to focus on mortgaged-backed securities with a $75 million financial commitment.

At one point, Aether was a wireless Internet darling, with stock trading at upward of $300.

Source: RCR Wireless News

Spectrum policy

"On the same wavelength"

Aug 12th 2004 | SAN FRANCISCO
From The Economist print edition

Recommended article about the regulation of spectrum allocations in the USA. Very well written and very interesting.


Metrocall Reports Second Quarter 2004 Operating Results

Company Reports Revenues of $87.1 Million, Progress with WebLink Integration and Continued Reduction in Operating Expenses


Alexandria, VA, Friday, August 6, 2004—Metrocall Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTOH), a leading provider of paging and wireless messaging services, today announced total revenues for the second quarter of 2004 of $87.1 million and net income of $7.2 million for the quarter compared to revenues of $90.7 million and net income of $7.5 million for the first quarter of 2004. On May 17, 2004 Metrocall redeemed the remaining $6.8 million aggregate liquidation balance of its series A preferred (series A) stock outstanding. As of June 30, 2004 Metrocall had cash and cash equivalents of $26.7 million, compared to $14.7 million on March 31, 2004.

Metrocall Wireless President & CEO Vince Kelly stated, “Metrocall’s free cash flow-based business strategy over the past year and a half enabled us to achieve another important milestone in the second quarter, the redemption of the balance of our series A preferred stock, satisfying a closing condition to our Arch merger transaction and marking the full retirement of all long-term debt and series A obligations well ahead of the schedule specified in our 2002 Plan of Reorganization. We continue to focus on our improving retention of our direct subscriber base, which lost fewer subscribers during the quarter as compared to the first quarter. The majority of our subscriber attrition was in the indirect channels, as opposed to our higher RPU direct base, the channel that generates the majority of the Company’s revenues.”

Metrocall reported 3,003,391 ending subscribers for the quarter ended June 30, 2004, representing a reduction of 222,031 as compared to March 31, 2004. This reduction was comprised of 205,961 traditional units and 16,070 advanced messaging (two-way) units. Average revenue per unit in service was $7.42 for traditional and $18.17 for advanced messaging, representing an increase of $0.18 and a decrease of $0.52 per unit, respectively from the three months ended March 31, 2004.

Metrocall’s direct base (which includes both one-way paging and two-way paging) was reduced by 72,442 subscribers during the second quarter, as opposed to the 90,871 direct subscribers lost during the first quarter. Metrocall’s indirect base (which also includes both one-way paging and two-way paging) was reduced by 149,589 subscribers during the second quarter, compared to 148,651 subscribers during the first quarter. Of the subscriber unit reduction between the first and second quarters of 2004, approximately 67.4% and 32.6% were from the indirect and direct channels respectively, compared to 62.1% and 37.9% between the fourth quarter of 2003 and the first quarter of 2004. RPU for the direct channel was $11.19 in the second quarter vs. $11.44 in the first quarter. RPU for the indirect channel was $2.84 in the second quarter vs. $2.28 in the first quarter.

Overall, compared to first quarter results, the second quarter 2004 total revenue loss was $3.6 million or 4%.

Operating expenses including, cost of products sold, service, rent and maintenance, selling and marketing and general and administrative expenses (but excluding stock-based, depreciation and amortization expenses) for the second quarter of 2004 totaled approximately $62.6 million compared to $64.4 million reported for the first quarter. Operating expenses however included approximately $3.0 million in the second quarter and $1.1 million for the first quarter in general and administrative expenses related to legal and other expenses associated with the proposed merger between Metrocall and Arch Wireless, Inc.

Overall operating expenses, independent of costs incurred for the Metrocall/Arch merger preparation, were reduced by approximately $3.7 million or 5.8%, and capital expenditures of $3.9 million were 18% lower.

Kelly further stated, “Metrocall’s integration of the former assets of WebLink Wireless, acquired in November 2003, influenced second quarter operating results and further cost containment targets are expected to be achieved as the integration nears completion in the months ahead. Metrocall paid $2.4 million in income tax estimates during the quarter and expects to pay in a range of $9.0 million to $11.0 million for 2004. During the quarter we also continued to make significant progress on planning for the integration of Metrocall and Arch.”

The Company reported basic and diluted earnings per share of $1.30 and $1.24 respectively compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $1.38 and $1.31, respectively for the quarter ended March 31, 2004.

On March 29, 2004, Metrocall announced the execution of a definitive merger agreement with Arch Wireless, Inc. A new holding company, USA Mobility, Inc., has been formed to own both Arch and Metrocall. Under terms of the agreement, Arch and Metrocall shareholders will own approximately 72.5% and 27.5% of USA Mobility, Inc., respectively and Metrocall shareholders will also receive $150 million in cash for 2 million shares of Metrocall common stock. The merger is subject to shareholder and various regulatory approvals. Arch and Metrocall have made various applications for these approvals and have developed a joint proxy/registration statement to obtain shareholder approvals. An amendment to the joint proxy/registration statement was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 23, 2004 by USA Mobility, Inc., formerly Wizards-Patriots Holdings, Inc. Arch and Metrocall anticipate the merger to be completed in the late third or early fourth quarters of 2004.

About Metrocall Wireless, Inc.
Metrocall Wireless, Inc., headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a leading provider of paging products and other wireless services to the business, government and healthcare communities. In addition to its reliable, nationwide one-way networks, Metrocall’s two-way network has the largest high-powered terrestrial ReFLEX footprint in the United States with roaming partners in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Metrocall Wireless is the preferred ReFLEX wireless data network provider for many of the largest telecommunication companies in the United States that source network services and resell under their own brand names. In addition to traditional numeric, one-way text and two-way paging, Metrocall also offers wireless e-mail solutions, as well as mobile voice and data services through AT&T Wireless and Nextel. Also, Metrocall offers Integrated Resource Management Systems with wireless connectivity solutions for medical, business, government and other campus environments. Metrocall focuses on the business-to-business marketplace and supports organizations of all sizes. For more information on Metrocall please visit our Web site and online store at or call 800-800-2337.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
This press release includes "forward-looking statements," within the meaning of the federal securities laws that involve uncertainties and risks. These include statements regarding events or developments that Metrocall Holdings expects or anticipates will occur in the future. A number of risks and uncertainties could cause actual results, events, and developments to differ from expectations. Please refer to Metrocall's most recent annual report on Form 10-K, and any subsequently filed reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K, as well as its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, for a complete discussion of these and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected by these forward-looking statements.

Source: Metrocall Press Release

Glenayre Announces Second Quarter 2004 Results

  • Loss from continuing operations significantly reduced from first quarter 2004
  • Revenue increased by 20% over first quarter 2004
  • Settlement reached on Vancouver facility litigation and Company recovered cash subsequent to June 30, 2004

Atlanta, GA—August 3, 2004—Glenayre Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEMS), today reported today reported revenue of $12.2 million for the second quarter of 2004 compared to $10.2 million for the first quarter of 2004 and $14.6 million for the second quarter of 2003. The Company attributed the increase in revenue over the first quarter of 2004 primarily to product sales to new and existing international customers and to an increased volume of services. The decrease in revenue from the second quarter of 2003 was due to reduced capital spending by the Company’s customers for the Company’s products. Revenue for the second quarter of 2004 was less than anticipated due to customers moving the delivery dates beyond June 30, 2004 for a few significant orders that the Company received during the second quarter.

The Company has remaining liabilities of $4.7 million related to the discontinued paging operations at June 30, 2004. These liabilities consist of lease commitments, foreign business tax provisions and other estimated costs associated with exiting the paging business. The Company anticipates that approximately $1.0 million of the $4.7 million of liabilities related to the discontinued operations will be disbursed in the second half of 2004 and the remainder in 2005 and beyond.

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MetroPCS revises first-quarter results upward

2:00 PM CDT Tuesday

MetroPCS Inc., a Dallas-based wireless-phone company says that it understated its revenue and profit for the first quarter, in its first-quarter financial report, earlier this year. The disclosure came a week after the company announced that it was delaying an initial public offering, saying that it was reviewing its accounting and expected to restate the results.

The company previously reported $173 million in revenue and $10.8 million in net income, but the revenue figure was $845,000 less than should have been reported, and the profit was understated by $503,000, the company now says. In March, after almost four years in bankruptcy, MetroPCS announced that it was topping off its comeback with one of Dallas-Fort Worth's biggest initial public offerings.

Analysts predicted that the deal would be worth about $250 million, putting it among the top five or six local IPOs of the last few years, and predicted the fast-growing company would use the funds to boost its cash position and make acquisitions. The company did not say if or when it will reschedule the stock sale.

Formed in 1996 by two former executives [Roger Linquist] of the Dallas paging company PageMart [later WebLink], the company, then operating under the name General Wireless, obtained 14 licenses in a federal auction to provide wireless phone service. Since then, the troubled company has experienced a number of financial difficulties, including the downgrading its outstanding debt to "junk" status by Moody's Investor Service, last December. MetroPCS launched a comeback plan this year and its results so far have been better than expected, analysts say.

Source: Dallas Business Journal


From: Curtis Rock
Subject: Paging Common Carrier Further Analysis
Date: August 6, 2004 12:05:45 PM EDT


In the ongoing discussion of paging industry status, I would like to add a few nuggets.

For years, WaveWare has been providing value add solutions, using paging carrier services where it made sense. We have been a Weblink Wireless reseller for many years. When various specialized wireless data delivery jobs arise, we consider one way or two way paging services as an option. We have consistently found that delivering data via common carrier paging has been too expensive to be able to support the business model. Only a few instances in our company's history has common carrier paging been successfully used as an ongoing specialized wireless data delivery service.

In the late 90's the paging common carriers changed names and spouted how they were going to help get value add services created as new revenue streams. I attempted to help that vision happen, but I found the paging common carriers did not have the flexibility to allow timely experimentation and collaboration on making some of these ideas work.

Example 1: CELLULAR DATA DELIVERY COSTS LESS—I recently had a potential customer that wanted to deliver SMS messages to LED message boards in sports bars. We looked at paging, which costs me, before markups, approximately 25 cents per 80 characters, for one way paging. The customer already uses GSM modems in initiating SMS message output from his server. He says he can deliver an SMS message for 5 cents per message. We have found that GSM modem modules are available at cost effective pricing. Not only is the message delivery cost lower, but it is validated data delivery.

Example 2: INTERNET DATA DELIVERY COSTS LESS—I recently worked with some former paging company executives who had the neat idea of delivering news content to LED message boards wirelessly. They confidently developed the web site infrastructure and sign control systems to allow customers to receive both broadcast information as well as their custom defined messages. When it came to negotiate with their former employers to deliver the data via the REFLEX paging infrastructure, sticker shock set in, blowing the business model. They responded by routing the data over the internet, and making a short wireless hop within the customer's facility using 802.11g wireless adapters, allowing the business model to work. As a further example of the leverage of the internet, I am currently working with a Fortune 500 company to create their own low cost regional paging system infrastructure by controlling multiple paging encoder/transmitters over their WAN, all operating on the same RF channel, with no overlaps.

Example 3: SERVICE IS DECLINING—I am finding that many medical facilities around the U.S. have been relying on paging common carriers for all of their paging needs, because they could get regional paging coverage in addition to their primary in-building coverage. Thus, they were willing to pay the paging carriers $7 per month per pager, plus overage, to keep the system running. The paging carriers were able to get some of these customers by ensuring low latency on message delivery times, allowing both code alert messaging in addition to business messaging. The consolidation of the paging carriers is causing them to lose sight of what got them into the hospitals in the first place (service and coverage). One hospital customer I recently spoke to says that they had great service and low message delivery latency on a VHF channel. Due to consolidation in the industry, and standardization onto nationwide 900 band channels, the customer is seeing high message delivery latency, and poorly refurbished Motorola pagers being provided during the VHF to 900 band changeover. I am confident that further degradation of the paging common carrier business will occur when hospitals again get properly serviced with either their own paging infrastructure or someone that steps in to compete with the carriers by providing city level paging services with priority delivery for the hospital code alarm messaging. When a typical hospital uses up to 1,000 or more pagers, it doesn't take long to conclude that this is gravy for the carriers, and that they run a high risk of losing these long time customers. When you find that 80% of the paging users in a medical facility only need in-building coverage range, there is a high incentive to replace those common carrier pagers with a customer owned paging system solution.

The paging companies are sitting with poorly used data delivery infrastructure, and are not adjusting their pricing to allow creative value add business models to be developed, while competing with the alternative delivery solutions. In addition, I am sure that a poll of customers would indicate that service levels are declining, causing an acceleration in the decline of the industry.


Curtis Rock
VP Engineering
WaveWare Technologies, Inc.

More thoughts on the RIM/ReFLEX comparison

Hi Brad,

I was very interested in Jim Page’s comments on the ReFLEX/RIM relative levels of success. It is certainly good to hear from Jim again, one of the real Gurus of the wireless messaging industry and a friend for more than 25 years. I hope and trust that all is well with him!

I believe that ongoing discussion of this our history is important, not so that we can correct the past, we can’t, but because those who refuse to study their history are doomed to repeat it.

With regard to Jim’s analysis of the RIM success, I agree that avoiding the “Paging” label was a wise move. But many in the FLEX/ReFLEX industry also attempted to change or shift emphasis away from “Paging”. PageMart, for example, became WebLink Wireless. At that time, the WEB and everything associated with it was booming and so, from a labeling alone point of view, WebLink would appear to have been on the right track. But it takes more than clever labeling to produce success.

Secondly, with regard to the views of the “financial world”, in a service providing industry, such as public paging, it is axiomatic that substantial capital investment, covering both infrastructure and subscriber device purchases, is initially required with the promise that:

1) The subscriber base will grow over time (the paging industry once enjoyed 20% annual growth);
2) Subscribers will remain in service and continue to pay monthly service fees;
3) Eventually, the initial costs will be recovered with the continuing service fee revenue falling directly to the “bottom line” producing profit.

For a number of earlier years the paging industry did enjoy good support from the investment bankers. (Consider the numerous large networks that were established and the many investment bankers who participated therein). In too many cases, however, the promised profits never materialized and, somewhat predictably, over time the bankers became disenchanted. While it is tempting to criticize the investment community, I think we need to understand their rules. They invest to earn profits. And we didn't’t produce profits according to their accepted schedule.

A major contributor to this elusive profitability, I believe, was unrestrained (or at least under-restrained) technological change. Just as service providers approached the point when initial investment was paid down and profits might begin, a new technology was introduced requiring still more investment and thus deferring profitability! Most seriously, many of the costly changes were not truly driven by subscriber demand for improved functionality.

Consider the shift from POCSAG-512/1200/2400 to FLEX (not to mention GOLAY), 150 MHz to 900 MHz etc. Each of these migrations were costly, but in many senses they were invisible to subscribers, they offered little in the way of feature enhancement and they sometimes even undermined pager performance. Then consider the introduction of InFLEXion & ReFLEX. While these migrations certainly offered new functionality, in many cases they did not respond to certifiable user preferences and demands. For example, our ReFLEX systems never supported wireless e-mail in a manner acceptable to large numbers of subscribers. RIM did, and, in fact, I believe that RIM’s e-mail capabilities are a major reason for the popularity of the RIM service.

Also, Jim has expressed concern with regard to the impact of regulatory decisions regarding deregulation that, he states, is attractive politically but is “not the most efficient use of radio spectrum”. Although I agree that the emergence of competition from wideband technologies was a major contributor to the decline of paging, I find it hard to argue with the efficiency of spectrum management philosophies, which has resulted in the creation of systems, which today serve approximately 176 million cellular subscribers.

With regard to product development, timing is most important. Consider InFLEXion technology. InFLEXion did offer a somewhat unique ability to send complete messages from any telephone, which were then the most universally used communications devices and, had we been able to deliver InFLEXion in the early 90’s, before the Internet simplified the sending of text as a complete message alternative, I believe it could have been much more successful.

Equally, in the early 90’s cellular had not become ubiquitous and cellular service was still quite expensive. But by the time we were able to deliver InFLEXion, cellular was booming allowing the populace not only to receive voice messages from any telephone, but also to reply immediately and to originate messages. And all of this with better voice quality than InFLEXion could ever provide. Classically, as its subscriber base grew, cellular prices fell and InFLEXion was doomed. Consider also the impact that the time, money, and human resources devoted to InFLEXion had on the development of ReFLEX.

Additionally, although I share the respect for RIM and the fact that they remain profitable expressed by Jim and others, I believe that the RIM “success” is being overstated. Consider the following:

1) RIM had been operating for a number of years prior to the introduction of
ReFLEX (at least 5 or 6);
2) The RIM product is highly regarded by the subscriber base;
3) At least earlier in its history, RIM did some effective advertising;
4) RIM supports wireless email which does appear to be popular;
5) RIM is and has long been profitable.

And yet, the most recently released figures indicate that approximately 1.3 million RIM devices are in service today (after at least 6 or 7 years). Compared to Verizon’s recently released figures, which indicate 1.5 million new cellular subscribers additions in the last quarter [2Q]. One quarter—one carrier—1.5 million new subscribers!

So, even if the various misadventures alluded to above, as well as issues pointed out by others, had been avoided, I don’t believe that paging would have succeeded indefinitely. In time, the nearly universal appeal of cellular telephone would have prevailed pushing paging into decline. But the slide could have been more graceful and less painful.

And finally, what about the future? Is there indeed a future for paging? I for one think that there is although I think it will be a smaller, less glamorous, more routine future than that to which we once aspired. In order to have any future at all, however, I am convinced that industry technical people need to:

1) Research the subscriber base to determine specific subscriber needs before committing to further development.
2) Develop ONLY the functions, features and operating modes which satisfy the subscriber needs as indicated by the research. Consider the work now ongoing to find or develop an encryption technique for 1-Way paging to satisfy the HIPAA requirements in the hospital community. Do we know what hospitals want, what they will pay for?
3) Also consider the efforts already extended upgrading to ReFLEX 2.7 in the interest of satisfying Campus opportunities and inter-carrier roaming. Is there a campus opportunity? How large is it? What do we need too address the campus opportunity? Are there regulatory or other issues there that we cannot address? And what ever became of inter-carrier roaming now that we have ReFLEX 2.7?
4) Commit no effort to redesign simply because it is “cool,” neat, or appears to enhance the product in ways which end-users cannot see.
5) Do commit effort, if a function is proven to be desired by numbers of users, even if we are less than enthusiastic about it (e.g. wireless e-mail).
6) Direct more efforts toward the needs of smaller, 1-Way Carriers.

I recognize that all of the above suggestions are currently being attempted, but I believe that we need to maintain our focus with extraordinary vigil. Also, the above is not intended to reduce discussion, because good ideas do ensue from discussion, but simply to limit expenditures of money and resource until market potentials are fully appraised.

Ron Mercer

From: Alexandre Mongeon-Lambert <>
Date: August 10, 2004 9:38:11 PM EDT

hi. my name is joe.
i got one of your sh---y pagers a year ago. its a ctf175.  my friends and family try to page me all day long but your piece of s--t has no reception.  is that possible?

i aint sure if thats the real problem but i would like you to tell me right away.
i cant beleive i paid 200 for this piece of junk.
you f--kers probably wont even write back.
and if thats the case...

ill f--kn sew your ass.

thank you.  dont make me wait too long b--ch... or ill f--k you up.

Date: August 10, 2004 9:49:11 PM EDT

Dear Alexandre,

I only wish I could publish this delightful message in my newsletter. This is the best laugh I have had all day. Since I don't believe that anyone is this ignorant, I guess this is a joke from one of my friends. Thanks a lot. Oh, by the way what is a ctf175?

Best regards,

Brad Dye

From: Alexandre Mongeon-Lambert <>
Date: August 11, 2004 11:47:13 AM EDT

dear brad. the ctf 175 is a f--king pager. and it doesnt work

dont think im ur friend causei aint and call me ignoant once again and ull see ur house infront of a fire squad 


It's time to firm up the details for the next PTC meeting.  At the last AAPC meeting, it was suggested that we have the PTC coincide with the next AAPC meeting in Phoenix area.  The AAPC will be having a meeting/show Nov 3-5 at a resort with some vendor table top displays and some education tracks.  The proposed date for the PTC meeting would be November 2-3.  I think we could have afternoon of the 2nd for subcommittee meetings and morning of the 3rd (thru lunch) for the the regular committee meeting (and to finish up/review sub meetings, if necessary).  There is an AAPC reception on the evening of the 3rd.  I need to set the date very soon so AAPC can help get us meeting rooms.

We still need a sponsor for refreshments.


Stephen M. Oshinsky
Director, Systems Engineering
(601) 460-3449
oshinsky address

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Multitone Electronics plc, a subsidiary of the Champion Technology Group, is one of the world's leading designers, developers, and manufacturers of wireless communications solutions. Founded in 1931 Multitone is headquartered in Basingstoke, Hampshire in the United Kingdom and has sales and service facilities throughout the world, including North America, Europe, South America, Australia, and the Far East.

With 70 years of experience delivering tailored paging solutions, globally Multitone has scored a number of firsts in its innovative approach to paging: inventors of the world's first wireless paging system, produced the world's first digital paging solution, and developed one of the world's first voice and encrypted pagers.

multitone graphic 2 Multitone Electronics plc
6135 Barfield Road
Suite 119
Atlanta, GA 30328 USA
Tel: 404-255-8399
Fax: 770-234-5790

Multitone Electronics develops, suppliers, and supports high performance wireless networks that lives depend on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Featuring PowerPage™ the world's most advanced private paging system, and FuturePhone™ a new wireless telephone system.

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Building on its long success story in 1-way paging, Advantra International has become the expert in designing and manufacturing the most advanced and lowest cost ReFLEX™ radio modems for 2-way data-communication. The company also focuses on offering total telemetry solutions.

Advantra thanks its solid reputation to its world-renowned development team, state-of-the-art manufacturing, excellent customer service and its proven track-record.

Sales and Marketing Contacts
Advantra International
Bootweg 4
8940 Wervik, Belgium
Tel: +32 56 239411
Fax: +32 56 239400
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Sales Representative USA
Wireless Innovations, Inc.
102A West Main Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Tel: +1 717 591 2630
Fax: +1 717 591 1838
Tammy Decker
President & CEO
Lance Decker
Executive Vice President
Sales Representative Canada
Dacosta Page
300 Bloor Street E. Suite 1701
Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3Y2
Tel: +1 416 207 4316
Fax: +1 416 920 8682
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AAPC represents our interests in this fast changing industry:

  • Narrowbanding—AAPC first flagged for the paging industry the FCC’s order for shared channels to go to 12.5 KHz. This would be disastrous for carriers in 150 and 400 MHz.
  • Reverse Billing Numbers —AAPC initiated negotiations with the companies to reinstate LATA-wide numbers.
  • FCC Fees—AAPC and others fought against increased fees and was successful in keeping them at the 2002 level.


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Motorola Introduces Two New Pagers Ideal for Health Care, Hospitality, Manufacturing, and Utilities Markets

Motorola's newest one-way pagers—the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager—are ideal for users in demanding business environments who need a convenient and cost effective way to stay in touch.

Both the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager were developed for use in hospitals and medical facilities, manufacturing environments, utilities, hospitality applications, campus settings, and for businesses that own and operate their own paging systems.

advisor 2 The Advisor II pager's alphanumeric four-line display and expanded functionality incorporate many of the most advanced paging features available. A major advantage of the Advisor II pager is that it is synthesized which enables the user to program the pager to a specific frequency in the field. Other features of the Advisor II pager include:

  • Displays up to four lines of text and 80 characters per line
  • Zooms in on two lines for larger view
  • Optimax® EL Electra Light for optimum readability
  • 52 message slots for storing multiple pages
  • Two notebook areas, including a personal notebook and a mail drop notebook

ls355 The LS355 numeric pager enables users to receive a "call-back" number that can be returned at the user's convenience. This pager has a one-button design for ease of use. Features of the new LS355 pager include:

  • 16 message slots for storing multiple pages
  • Six individual addresses to allow the user to receive individual or group pages
  • 4 icons including Message Preview, Unread Message Indication, Alert Mode, and Out of Range Indication
  • Saves messages when off or when the battery is being changed and offers the time and date when on standby
  • RS232 programmable to allow for programming changes in the field

Both the Advisor II pager and the LS355 pager are available in POCSAG, UHF or VHF models and ship with a one-year standard warranty. As part of the continued support of these pagers, Motorola offers a two-year Express Service Plus program. This feature provides hardware repair coverage for two years beyond the standard one-year warranty for a total of three years of pager repair coverage. Both pagers are available through Motorola Authorized Resellers.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © Motorola, Inc. 2003.

Complete Technical Services For The
Communications and Electronics Industries
Design • Installation • Maintenance • Training

Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E.
Consulting Engineer
Registered Professional Engineer

Tel/Fax: 972-960-9336
Cell: 214-707-7711
7711 Scotia Dr.
Dallas, TX 75248-3112


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I have a Zetron 2100 paging terminal complete. The original price was 25,000.00 it is for sale for 9,500.00 with full warranty. It is less than 5 years old. This package includes the following:

2000 subscriber with a 1000 subscriber expansion. Additional options that shipped with this terminal:

  • Standard CPU/RAM
  • System Hard Disk Card
  • 3 Dual Telco Card
  • 3 Dual Alpha Messaging Input Modem
  • Radio Station Card PURC Control (non addressing)
  • Voice Controller (4 channels)
  • Extra (4) Voice Channels
  • 6 Hour Pager Saver
  • Memory Expansion Card

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  • Reliable operation
  • Flexible programming
  • Weather resistant
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A fast and reliable alarming system is an indisputable prerequisite for emergency fire and rescue services to respond successfully and efficiently. State-of-the-art paging enables groups as well as individuals to be alerted.

The Quattrino Voice and Memo two-tone pagers are suitable for everyone, even for those working in an emergency during severe weather conditions. Continual further development of previous popular models has resulted in a practical, reliable and user-friendly device, innovatively housed with ergonomic operating controls. Design elements include a very long standby function, and weather proofing to the European IP54 specifications.

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Analog & Digital One-Way Paging Systems
ReFLEX Two-Way Paging/Data Messaging Systems
Technical Services support for existing paging systems
call (217) 221-9500 or e-mail
301 Oak St., Suite 2-46A, Quincy, IL 62301


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900 MHz PageThru™

From Antenna Specialists/Andrew or equivalent model from another company. Please e-mail Brad Dye if you have one for sale. I have a customer who needs one ASAP.

The Electronic Entities Group

Remember that old word “Residuals”?

The EE Group is actively seeking Dealers with sales/ service/installation capabilities to promote the latest wireless AVL, SCADA and data products from Telegauge Systems, Inc. This innovative program requires NO inventory and NO billing by your facility; you just sell it and sign up the end user to collect the commissions.

Now the real reason to choose the EE Group and Telegauge over the host of others; we pay you permanent residual income every month on your airtime sales forever.

Airtime commissions range up to 12% per month based on prior sales and you buy all equipment direct from the factory at 2-tiered wholesale prices as well for great margins. 

Telegauge builds fully 2-way overt and covert (hidden) GPS based Automatic Vehicle Location, SCADA, remote management, telemetry and data systems routed via cellular and satellite that are delivered to the end user via the Internet or direct to the desktop. Applications are both ‘canned’ and custom depending upon the customers needs. We even have full dispatch systems including credit card swipe and billing if needed.

Finally, the prices on the product are guaranteed to be the LOWEST in the industry at under $600 retail for the equipment and from $6 to $30 on the monthly airtime with most customers in the $15 range. Note too that the price is the same for cellular OR satellite world wide coverage and no one else has this exclusive capability.

Telegauge provides the product, software, airtime, billing and final information from a single source and you can be a BIG part of it. You stock NOTHING, just collect the checks.

We are paid by the manufacturer to support YOU and unlike other factories; we never bid against you, restrict you or take your deal. We help you with demo equipment, brochures, information, sales assistance, web advertising and user name/passwords for the website so that you don’t even need to buy anything to start up fast.

Contact us for a no-obligation CD of all the presentation and training material, price spreadsheets and information at: or for fast action call for a link to the Dealers Only page: 310-534-4456 and mention that you found out about it via Brad Dye’s Newsletter. You have nothing to lose and some great residual income to gain. Call or e-mail NOW.

Wireless Telemetry

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Data Communications Level 1 A basic ReFLEX transceiver, sending and receiving serial RS-232 ASCII data.
Telemetry Remote Monitoring and Control Level 2 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, monitoring alarms from a remote site, and sending commands to the remote site.
Asset or Fleet Tracking Level 3 An enhanced ReFLEX transceiver, with the addition of a GPS module for the reporting of accurate locations to enable tracking.
Field Force Automation Level 4 An 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.
We 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 about it. ()

Thank you to all of Brad's readers who provided equipment and leads for my last want list. I continue to search out and recreate early wireless e-mail systems from the 80s and 90s and am looking to acquire the following:

  • CE Software's QuickMail Server from, or prior to 1995 on any OS c/w documentation.
  • MobileVision server plug-in for QuickMail server c/w documentation.
  • Working MOTOROLA MARCO with MobileVision client c/w user guide documentation.
  • Motorola AirMobile software. Both client and server apps.
  • Working NEC D4 or D7 alphas on any band. RS232/Printer interface. Any user manuals or brochures.
  • Early Motorola ADVISOR PrintPals c/w Version 1.0 PC software and documentation for reading the Advisor.
  • Complete IBM KDT based DCS terminals, documentation, user manuals, anything associated with the IBM KDT based DCS system.
  • MOTOROLA PAGER CARD the PCMCIA pager card from Motorola on any frequency. Also looking for any documentation and software for the pager card.

If you have any of the above or a lead on same please contact us.

Cassel & Associates
Phone: 519-634-5139

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AAPC Mission Statement

To represent paging carriers throughout the United States to ensure the success of our industry by:

  • 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 we will perish individually.

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Zetron Simulcast System

High-speed simulcast paging with protocols such as POCSAG and FLEX™ requires microsecond accuracy to synchronize the transmission of digital paging signals.

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Zetron's Simulcast System uses GPS timing information to ensure that the broadcasted transmissions between the nodes of the Simulcast System and associated transmitters are synchronized to very tight tolerances.

This system is ideal for public or private paging system operators that use multiple transmitters and wish to create new paging systems or to build out existing systems into new regions. For more information about Zetron's High Speed Simulcast Paging System, the Model 600 and Model 620, go to: left arrow CLICK HERE

Zetron, Inc.
P.O. Box 97004
Redmond, WA 98073-9704 USA
Tel: 425-820-6363
Fax: 425-820-7031
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Prism Message Gateway Systems
Modular and Configurable

Your Choice of Options

  • Radio Paging Terminals
  • Voicemail Systems
  • Email and Network Text Messaging Systems
  • Digital Trunk Switching Systems
  • Digital Trunk and Voicemail Concentrators
  • Remote Network Encoders
  • TNPP Network Routers

Popular Choice for Domestic and International

  • Commercial Paging Carriers
  • Private Paging Systems
  • Hospitals
  • Public Safety
  • Federal, State and Local Government
  • Industrial Paging
  • Energy Companies – Load Management

Logical Choice

  • Replace Outdated, UNLICENSED Paging Terminals
  • Eliminate Outrageously High Support Costs
  • Add New Paging System with ALL THE FEATURES
  • Provide Your Customers With Features They Want
  • Designed and Supported by Industry Experts

Go ahead… be choosy… choose Prism Systems International

Prism Systems International, Inc.
300 Colonial Center Parkway,
Suite 100
Roswell, Georgia 30076 USA
Telephone: 678-353-3366
commtech wireless

It's like a Motorola PeopleFinder™ on Steroids!

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Commtech Wireless introduces MAXPage, a desktop paging terminal packed with features.

Alpha, Numeric, Tone, & Voice
MAXPage, from Commtech Wireless, is the ideal replacement for the Motorola PeopleFinder™. With its advanced features, it can be used with Alphanumeric, Numeric, Tone only, Coaster pagers as well as 2-tone voice pagers in countless applications.

Serial Interface
With the inclusion of a serial interface, MAXPage can interface with Comp, TAP, Scope™, Waveware & Tekk systems as well as Commtech's Wireless Callpoints.

Telephone Interface
Anyone can be given easy access to the MAXPage system through its telephone interface. Once the system is connected to a telephone port, anyone can pick up a telephone, dial the MAXPage unit and use the keypad on their phone to send messages to pagers. The telephone can also be used to transmit voice messages to 2-tone voice pagers.

Alarm Inputs
A powerful feature of MAXPage is its onboard alarms. The four, dry contact closure, onboard alarm inputs will automatically dispatch messages to pagers or groups when activated. Alarms not cleared within a configured time frame can activate a repeat message (escalation) to either the same pager/group or to an alternative pager/group.


  • 1000 Pager capacity
  • Selectable 2 or 4 watt transmitter
  • Reminder messages
  • Dual mode function keys - one touch messaging
  • 2-tone voice paging - from on-board mic or telephone
  • 4 alarm inputs
  • Voice prompted telephone paging
  • QWERTY keyboard interface (PS2)
  • Windows® interface for advanced features
  • Serial interface for Comp/TAP/Scope™/Waveware/Tekk
  • Coaster paging management system

*Some of the features listed are optional and are not supplied as standard

For more information, simply fill out the feedback form or contact us on the details below.

Mr. Zane Lewis
Commtech Wireless USA
6900 Philips Highway, Suite #26-27
Jacksonville, FL, 32216
Phone: 904-281-0073
Fax: 904-281-0074

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Protect your Internet-enabled Paging System!

The Hark SAFe is a hardware firewall with SPAM and virus blocking designed to protect email servers, corporate intranets, and unified messaging systems like the Hark Omega Messaging and IPT products. System includes a Linux based operating system with Web-based configuration (no keyboard and monitor needed!). Price is $995.00 including hardware!

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Firewall protects your Internet enabled paging system:

  • Provides a firewall to protect your paging system and internal network.
  • Protect company workstations by giving them internal IP addresses.
  • Can redirect external IP addresses and ports to specific internal computers.

SPAM blocker eliminates un-wanted email:

  • Uses the latest techniques to identify and block SPAM
  • Supports new techniques as they become available

Virus blocker:

  • Prevents emails with viruses from being accepted.
  • Automatically downloads virus signature updates each night.

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Hark Systems, Inc.
2675 Lake Park Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29406
Tel: +1 800-367-4275
or 843-764-1560 ext. 8104
Fax: +1 843-764-3692
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  • ISO 9001 - 2000 certified manufacturing facility.
  • THE High-Quality RF design and Contract Manufacturer of choice.
  • Do you have a product or product component that you would like to have manufactured?
  • Would you like to have us design and manufacture a product just for you?
  • Would you like to know firsthand that your contract manufacturer is one of the leading providers of service with the highest degree of quality in mind?

Daviscomms USA Inc. is your direct connection to Daviscomms (S) Pte Ltd., the leading pager manufacturer in the world with many years experience in Engineering, Design, and Manufacturing of highly-reliable, premium-quality FLEX and POCSAG Alphanumeric and Numeric pagers. Daviscomms offers unparalleled quality, features and functions. We perform our own stringent quality testing as well as certification by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to meet all of their standards. All of our paging products meet FCC and IC Standards for use in the USA and Canada.

Our manufacturing facility, located in Malaysia, is a 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility. Customers, globally, choose Daviscomms for our QUALITY, RELIABILITY, ON-TIME DELIVERY, COMPETITIVE PRICING and our TOTAL COMMITMENT to providing the best value for their needs.

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OEM Telemetry
We offer full product support (ODM/OEM) for our worldwide customers, including a complete design center, research facilities, proto-typing, field services, contract manufacturing, commodity sourcing, and distribution.
In addition to both Numeric and Alphanumeric pagers, we have designed, engineered and manufactured 1-way Telemetry devices, paging receivers, 2-way paging (ReFLEX) telemetry devices, DECT phones/devices and PDA accessories. bravo 800 pager
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At Daviscomms, we are proud to provide our customers with end-to-end manufacturing solutions while delivering superior quality and support. Daviscomms is at the forefront of the industry with its commitment to leading-edge technology, cost-effective manufacturing and the highest degree of customer service.

Daviscomms delivers low cost, high volume manufacturing solutions to our customers. We help maximize time-to-market objectives while minimizing procurement, materials management, and manufacturing costs.

For information about our contract manufacturing services or our Bravo-branded line of numeric and alphanumeric pagers, please call Bob Popow, our Director of Operations for the Americas, 480-515-2344. (Scottsdale, Arizona) or visit our website

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Concepts, Inc.

Since 1979

RTS Wireless ADVX System
Support and Enhancements

Programming Concepts, Inc. provides authorized RTS ADVX Wireless Gateway Support & Enhancements. Our RTS lab includes source code control, development tools, and test beds for all deployed RTS systems. Call now to sign-up for our first class support of your aging RTS system. More info ...

PCI ( has been in business for 24 years providing custom application programming for medium to large businesses. PCI's primary business segments include web enabled application development, financial industry systems, telephony (IVR, CTI, and Wireless), Secure Enterprise Instant Messaging System, Microsoft Customer Relationship Management (MS-CRM) Applications, and a wide variety of commercial applications.

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DX Radio Systems

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DX Radio Systems, Inc. manufactures high quality, high specification type communications products. The following is a list of products that DX Radio Systems, Inc. manufactures or supplies as a single supplied product and can be included as part of a turnkey system:

  • Repeaters
  • Repeater Systems
  • Paging Transmitters
  • Paging Systems
  • LTR & MPT1327 Trunking Systems
  • MPT1327 Trunking Repeaters
  • SmarTrunk II Trunking Repeaters
  • Complete Trunking Systems
  • Airport Ground to Air Base Radios
  • Airport Ground to Air Systems
  • Rural Radiotelephone Link Systems
  • Antenna Systems
  • Combining Systems
  • Complete Turnkey Systems
  • Engineering & Installation of All Systems

Performance that is tough to find anywhere at a price you can afford.

DX Radio Systems, Inc.
10941 Pendleton Street
Sun Valley, California 91352-1522 USA
Telephone: 818-252-6700
Fax: 818-252-6711
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128/256-bit AES

Key Management System

  • Key information (per pager)
    • Primary Keys
    • Standby Keys
    • Key expiration date
  • Group Call
    • N-1 Group key updates (in case of pager loss)
  • OTA commands
    • Key update
    • Pager disable

Encryption Co Processor

  • MS-Win platform
  • API interface to paging system
    • Execution server, no database (more than one can be used per system)
    • Input = message data and encryption KEY
    • Output = encrypted message


  • 4/8 line Alphanumeric pager
  • VHF 13x-17x MHz
  • 6 capcodes
  • AAA Battery
  • 128-bit encryption for OTA and Messages
  • 256-bit encryption for special OTA setup commands
  • Small and stylish
  • Large screen
  • Friendly to use
  • Strong blue LED back light

Special PAGING related issues addressed

  • NIST AES has excellent performance with 8-bit—32-bit processors (battery life time & decryption turnaround time)
  • Reducing susceptibility of breaking a code with known dummy message sent to pager.
  • Key management: distribution, suspension, renewal.
  • Maximized secured OTA commands to minimize end use interaction/wired programming.
  • Given POCSAG BER level of 10-5 or 10-6, one extra error in channel may scramble the whole decrypted message. A special overlay protocol is implemented to reduce total message corruption.
  • Very low encryption overhead in alphanumeric messages.
  • Random OTA disable commands to overcome stolen/lost pager intentional shut off.

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What do you think? Is there market potential for this product? How about HIPAA?


SBC Foundation Gives $1 Million Grant To Amber Alert Network To Improve Technology To Find Missing Children

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison And SBC Chairman And Ceo Ed Whitacre Announce SBC Excelerator Grant For State Law Enforcement To Enhance Amber Alerts

San Antonio, Texas, August 2, 2004

SBC Communications Inc. is answering the call of the national AMBER Alert Plan with a $1 million grant in technology funding to support law enforcement officers in protecting families throughout the SBC 13-state region. The national SBC Excelerator AMBER Alert grant program is provided through the SBC Foundation—the philanthropic arm of SBC Communications—to help law enforcement agencies enhance the management and dissemination of their AMBER Alerts.

The AMBER Alert program was created in 1996 when Dallas/Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find 9-year old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then murdered. On Sept. 3, 2002, Sen. Hutchison, co-introduced legislation to establish a nationwide communications-warning network in child abduction cases. Her proposal was signed into law by President George W. Bush on April 20, 2003 as part of the PROTECT Act.

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New, never installed, complete with hardware.
Please call or e-mail with questions.

Central TowerGT-942Newburgh, ING350703$17,500 
Central TowerGT-952Newburgh, ING380704$25,800 
Commstructures20155Pensacola, FLM65/100703$6,800Platform at 65'
Commstructures20156Pensacola, FLM80/100703$7,900Platform at 80'
Commstructures99054Pensacola, FLM100702$6,600Direct Imbed. Found.
EEI7675Belle Chase, LAM-tree1601104$160,000 
EEI10560Belle Chase, LAM-tree140/160755$97,500 
FibrebondCRC0942Minden, LAG375704$24,0001 Set of Sector mnts.
FWT21136000El Paso, TXM65/80754$3,8001 Top Platform
Summit11858Mercer, PAM100853$11,8001 Top Platform
Summit 14263Mercer, PAM75/95905$9,0002 platforms, brown paint finish
Telestructures Pensacola, FLM-flag160704$35,900 
Valmont 14185-01El Paso, TXM-flag65/75802$5,500Antenna Canisters
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TGA Technologies, Inc.
100 Pinnacle Way, Suite 140
Norcross, Georgia 30071 USA
Tel: +1 770-441-2100
Fax: +1 770-449-7740
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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: left arrow Their latest newsletter is: "Business Development in Mobile Data" left arrow

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CTI SF65's, up to 10 of them, $400.00
each range, set up for POCSAG 512.

SF65's were store and forward units.

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GTES Corporate
Russ Allen
2736 Stein Hill Lane
Custer, WA 98240
Tel: 360-366-3888
Cel: 360-820-3888
GTES Sales
Brooks Marsden
340 Bethany Bend
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Tel: 770-754-1666
Cell: 404-518-6632
Your Professional Services Partner

GTES is the only Glenayre authorized software support provider to the paging industry.

The GTES team consists of highly qualified and seasoned associates who were formerly a part of Glenayre's paging infrastructure support and engineering operations. We are poised and ready to "Partner" with you to ensure the viability of your network, reduce your long-term cost of ownership, and to provide future solutions for profitability. GTES will offer product sales, maintenance services, software development and product development to the wireless industry.


GTES Partner Program
Software and/or Hardware Support Programs

Product Sales
Software and Hardware Sales

On-Site Services
Upgrades, Relocations, Repairs, Consolidations

Software Development
New features, application development

Product Training
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Intelligent Paging & Mobile Data Hardware & Software

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Selective is a developer and manufacturer of highly innovative paging receiver/decoders and mobile data equipment. The PDT2000 Paging Data Terminal is THE MOST INTELLIGENT PAGING RECEIVER IN THE MARKET. The PDT2000 is a large display pager designed for desktop or in-vehicle mounting and is widely used by emergency services and in onsite paging systems for forklift dispatch etc. All of the following capabilities are standard features of the PDT2000 and of our other paging data receivers:

  • FLEX and POCSAG decoding
  • POCSAG encoding and transmitter control
  • Parallel printer output
  • Serial inputs & outputs
  • Relay control (1-256 or more)
  • PC interfacing and message management
  • Message interception & logging
  • Remote control
  • Cross band repeating & paging coverage infill
  • LED sign control
  • Remote printing etc.

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Our mobile data equipment includes a range of Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) which may be interfaced to a variety of wireless networks including trunked and conventional radio, GPRS & CDMA cellular, Mobitex etc. Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and GPS solutions, Dispatch & Messaging software.   We offer mobile communications dealers and systems integrators a "fast to market" job dispatch and job management capability.

Specialised local area paging systems, paging interception and message reprocessing software, field force automation and mobile dispatch solutions. We export worldwide.

Selective Communications Group
PO Box 8798
Symonds St.
Auckland, New Zealand
3/2 Haultain St.
Eden Tce
Auckland, New Zealand
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Paging Training Course

Specially designed course for sales, marketing, and administration personnel. Engineers will only be admitted with a note signed by their mothers, promising that they will just listen and not disrupt the class. (This is supposed to be funny!)

This is a one-day training course on paging that can be conducted at your place of business. Please take a look at the course outline to see if you think this might be beneficial in your employees: Paging training course outline. I would be happy to customize the content to meet your specific requirements.

Although it touches on several "technical" topics, it is definitely not a technical course. I used to teach the sales and marketing people at Motorola Paging and they appreciated an atmosphere where they could ask technical questions without being made to feel like a dummy and without getting a long convoluted overly-technical answer that left them more confused than before. A good learning environment is one that is non-threatening.

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Mark Hood

Telephone: 757-588-0537

Paging Field Engineer/Electronic technician in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area.

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Group to propose new high-speed wireless format

The proposed 802.11n Wi-Fi standard could offer speeds of up to 540MB/sec.

AUGUST 12, 2004 (REUTERS)—A group of technology companies, including Texas Instruments Inc., STMicroelectronics and Broadcom Corp., today said it will propose a new wireless networking standard that offers up to 10 times the speed of the current generation. The group says it is submitting a plan for a new standard for the popular Wi-Fi technology -- which is being increasingly used in airports, hotels and coffee shops to offer Internet access.

The group, calling itself WWiSE, said its version of an 802.11n standard would be compatible with the technology currently in use, known by various code names such as 802.11b and 802.11g. Their technology could operate at speeds of up to 540 Mbit/sec. The group said it planned to submit its proposal to the task force at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers charged with developing an 802.11n standard.

The group's proposed version would peak at a speed of 540Mbit/sec., requiring the use of a larger communications channel for the signal than most jurisdictions allow. Using the more standard channel size, the 802.11n proposal would peak at 135Mbit/sec. They also said they would license the patents necessary to implement their version of 802.11n on a royalty-free basis. Other companies taking part in the WWiSE group are Airgo Networks Inc., Bermai Inc. and Conexant Systems Inc.

Source: Computerworld


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