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FRIDAY - AUGUST 27, 2004 - ISSUE NO. 127

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

We are privileged to have an exclusive guest opinion article by Vic Jackson this week about the "Intercarrier Compensation Forum" and issues affecting how much Wireless Carriers have to pay for interconnection to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). He also sent in a copy of an FCC Public Notice concerning an audit of paging licenses. The FCC is auditing the operational status of site-by-site stations licensed on the Part 22 "CD" and Part 90 929 MHz exclusive-use "GS" paging channels. A response from all Paging Carriers is mandatory. Both of these are timely and very important for all Paging Carriers to read.

I took a trip out of state for a few days so I am a little behind on my correspondence. I had over 500 e-mails waiting for me when I returned. After deleting all the offers for refinancing the home that I don't have—and other junk—many valid messages remained to be answered. By the way, if you ever send me a message by e-mail and don't receive a response within a couple of days, please send me a reminder. Sometimes my junk-mail filter grabs good messages and throws them away, and sometimes I forget. Either way, I won't be offended if you remind me. It is my general policy to answer all messages within one day of their receipt.

Blending technology and education, the University of Maryland's business school will arm its MBA students with Nextel BlackBerry 7510s. [source]

I hope someone teaches them how to park their bicycles in a straight line.

Paging Lucille
There is a person who works in the customer service call center of a national pager company. He deals with the usual complaints regarding poor pager operation, as well as the occasional crank caller demanding to be paged less often, more often, or by more interesting people.

The best call came from a man who repeatedly complained that he keeps being paged by "Lucille." He was instructed that he would have to call her and tell her to stop paging him.

"She don't never leave no number, so I can't call her back," he said.

After three such calls, someone thought to ask how he knew it was Lucille if she didn't leave a number.

"She leaves her name," was the reply.

After establishing that the customer had a numeric-only pager, the light bulb came on. "How does she spell her name?" the service rep asked.

"L-O-W C-E-L-L."

Now on to the Wireless Messaging news and views.

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WIRELESS NEWS

MetroPCS Delays 2Q Release

August 23, 2004

First, MetroPCS delayed plans for an initial public offering. Now it says it will delay its second-quarter 2004 earnings release and filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended June 30.

The carrier says the MetroPCS Audit Committee is conducting an independent investigation into an understatement of revenue and net income for the quarter ended March 31 and has retained independent counsel to assist in the investigation. MetroPCS said it will delay its second-quarter 2004 earnings release and the filing of its second-quarter 2004 10-Q until after completion of the investigation. It is not known when the investigation will be completed.

In a statement last month, company executives said they were postponing an IPO pending their review of certain accounting issues that came to their attention.

Source: Wireless Week


Wherify Adds WYNIT to National Sales Distribution Strategy; WYNIT to Distribute Wherify GPS Location Products to Consumer Electronics' Retailers Nationwide

August 23, 2004

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. —(Business Wire)— Aug. 23, 2004—Wherify Wireless, Inc., the world's leading developer of wireless location products and services based on the company's pioneering back-end location service platform, announced today that it has signed WYNIT, Inc., to a national product distribution agreement. WYNIT, Inc. is a leading national distributor of computer peripherals and consumer electronics' products with retail customers coast-to-coast. Under the terms of the agreement with Wherify, which has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger with IQ Biometrix, Inc. (OTCBB:IQBM) of Fremont, Calif., WYNIT, Inc. will distribute Wherify's line of Aided-GPS Location products and services to consumer electronics' retailers within their nationwide sales channel.

"As a leading nationwide distributor of GPS products, WYNIT is a welcome addition to our national product distribution strategy," said Timothy Neher, President and CEO of Wherify Wireless. "Their GPS and consumer electronics' category expertise, combined with their extensive network of retail customers, puts us in a position to thoroughly and rapidly reach our core customer base with our innovative GPS Location products."

Neher added that Wherify's next-generation Aided-GPS (A-GPS) Locator Phone would be the first in a line of pioneering Wherify A-GPS Location products that WYNIT plans to distribute to its extensive base of retail customers. Wherify is also developing global A-GPS Location products for children, adults, pets, valuable assets, cargo, and vehicles.

"We are excited that Wherify has selected WYNIT as one of its primary national distributors," said Pete Richichi, Vice President Sales and Marketing of WYNIT. "This is a unique opportunity for our retailers to offer their customers a compelling new technology product that will deliver industry leading location- and voice-based services to families and businesses nationwide. We have high expectations that Wherify's products will sell well into WYNIT's consumer electronics, outdoor and security/ID sales operations."

Wherify A-GPS Locator Phone is geared towards consumers, businesses and governmental organizations looking for a unique personal safety and security device that can be used to identify the location of people, within feet, through the Internet or any phone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Wherify A-GPS Locator Phone incorporates such features as a voice speakerphone, one-touch programmable buttons with direct dial to a family member, co-worker, or other important contact, and 911 in the event of an emergency. The voice speakerphone adds an extra layer of safety and security for the person carrying the Wherify A-GPS Locator Phone and will become a standard feature in future Wherify personal location devices.

Wherify's A-GPS Locator Phone is the latest product in a family of next-generation Wherify A-GPS Locators coming to market that are smaller and lighter than their predecessor, the Wherify GPS Locator for Kids, and will come in a variety of form-factors from handheld devices with unique designs, to GPS Locators about the size of a matchbox.

About WYNIT, Inc.
WYNIT, Inc. a 17-year old company, is a leading national distributor of computer peripheral and consumer electronics for personal and professional use that are sold to resellers throughout the United States. In addition, WYNIT also distributes outdoor electronic products, and security and photo ID products. WYNIT is known for competitive pricing, dedicated sales reps, no minimum-order requirements, same-day shipping, expert technical support and an integrated product mix that provides the reseller success. For more information, call WYNIT at 1-800-GO-WYNIT or visit www.wynit.com, e-mail marketing@wynit.com or fax 315-437-0432.

About Wherify Wireless
Wherify Wireless, Inc. is a privately-held developer of patented wireless location products and services for child safety, parental supervision, personal protection, Alzheimer and memory loss, supervision, law enforcement, animal identification, and property asset tracking. The company's proprietary integration of the U.S. government's global positioning system (GPS), Wherify patented back-end location service engine, and wireless communication technologies will enable customers to obtain real-time location information on individuals and property directly through the Internet or any phone. Founded in March 1998, Wherify Wireless is located in Redwood Shores, Calif. For more information, or to purchase Wherify products, visit the company's website at www.wherify.com.

About IQ Biometrix
IQ Biometrix, Inc. provides law enforcement and security technology solutions to law enforcement and other government agencies and to private industry. IQ Biometrix, an innovative California-based company is a provider of FACES(TM), facial composite technology for law enforcement agencies in North America. Additional information about IQ Biometrix, Inc. can be found at www.iqbiometrix.com.

Source: TMCnet.com


Newest hospitals display new thinking

Thursday, August 26, 2004

VINELAND, N.J.—Greeters direct new arrivals at the elevators. Wireless telephone systems and Internet access are available. And every guest room is private, cheerful and with a fold-out chairbed. Hospital or hotel?

It's a hospital, and the patient-comfort and high-tech features at the just-opened South Jersey Regional Medical Center in Vineland define the dramatically different design of 21st-century hospitals. "We've used light, space (and) single rooms to really create a conducive environment to treating patients," said Chet Kaletkowski, chief executive officer of South Jersey Healthcare.

The system consolidated three older hospitals into a new one, located about 30 miles southeast of Philadelphia, with specialized care areas such as surgery, cancer and heart treatment. Many of the other hospitals opening around the country are also designed to promote faster healing, prevent medical errors, increase efficiency and meet the rising demand and expectations of aging baby boomers.

Rick Wade, a senior vice president at the American Hospital Association, said that during the prosperous mid-1990s, when financing was readily available, hospitals started planning the current projects. Besides replacing outdated buildings that can't be wired for new technology, he said, hospitals also are trying to comply with stricter federal privacy laws, creating private rooms and placing emergency room beds in between walls instead of curtains.

Thanks to suggestions from staff and others, standardized layouts and equipment in each room at South Jersey Regional Medical Center mean patients rarely will be moved as they heal or get sicker. Wireless phones for staff have eliminated overhead paging systems. Laptop computers stationed just outside each patient room save nurses and doctors time as they check on lab tests or entering vital signs after examining patients. Pneumatic tubes zip blood and urine samples to labs for testing.

Source: Gazette-Times


FCC Holds Some Satellite Operators Outage-Accountable

August 26, 2004

Some satellite-services operators now will be held to similar outage-accountability rules as other communications carriers here on Earth, and they won’t be able to plead ignorance.

The FCC has just released an order modifying the reporting requirements for satellite outages, but the rules apply only to voice and paging communications offered by satellite operators and satellite communications providers.

Under the order, these operators will be required to report any outages lasting more than 30 minutes and involving the following key system elements: satellite transponders, satellite beams, inter-satellite links or the entire satellite. Operators running mobile satellite services also will be required to report any outage of more than 30 minutes in duration at any gateway earth station.

Satellite communications providers also will be required to report outages that involve more than 900,000 user minutes. In its order, the FCC said it recognizes that a fixed satellite service (FSS) operator "may not know that an outage is even occurring when it involved the failure in a service provider's network that communicates with the FSS satellite. However, the satellite communications provider should know when such an outage occurs and should be responsible for reporting that outage just as other non-satellite communications providers are required to do."

Source: TELECOMWEB


Consumer 'Advocates' Set Sights on Wireless

August 26, 2004

With AT&T retreating from the wireline resale market in favor of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), consumer advocacy groups are now setting their crosshairs on the proposed merger of Cingular and AT&T Wireless. Ironically, all through the network elements (UNE-P) debate, consumer groups seemed unable to recognize wireless service as a legitimate competitor on the local telecommunications scene. Now they fear a union between Cingular and AT&T Wireless will reduce competition.

Anyone with a cell phone knows that, in the wireless market, individuals can choose from many different packages, prices, gadgets, and so on. Some 78 percent of Americans have a choice among five or more wireless companies. Consumer groups say we should worry because Cingular and AT&T Wireless are the country’s second and third largest carriers. Yet a closer look at the numbers shows the combined company would have 28 percent market share, compared with current leader Verizon’s 24 percent. This strong competition for Verizon should help speed up innovation and reduce the infamous dead zones that frustrate wireless users everywhere.

Consumers Union spokesperson Chris Murray argued the merger would lead to higher prices for wireless customers. “We can expect to see fewer deals and higher prices,” he said. But combining the two companies is likely to provide $1 billion in savings by 2006 and more than twice that starting in 2007. It’s not rocket science; it’s Econ 101. When a company saves money, it will pass that savings along to the customer in a competitive market. And to all but the willfully blind, telecommunications is a competitive market.

Next-Gen Wireless
The proposed merger between Cingular and AT&T Wireless is the first big step toward delivering a new generation of technology and services. A larger player with greater resources will be able to roll out services more quickly and less expensively.
Current wireless email, for example, does not allow for the attachment of documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, and so on. In other words, the wireless Internet’s killer app isn't quite so killer yet. The next generation of wireless will correct this.

It will also, courtesy of geopostioning satellite (GPS) systems, allow more advanced automated mapping coupled with directory and search services, access to greater amounts of information, and greater numbers of services generally, all enhanced by 3D imaging, streaming, full-motion video, and high-speed access. It is in the public interest to see these advanced services rolled out more quickly.

And then there’s the spectrum issue
Anyone who’s been following the spectrum debates knows this valuable resource is at a premium. The Cingular-AT&T Wireless merger will give the new company spectrum in 49 states and on-network coverage in 97 of the 100 top markets. What does this mean for consumers? An improved spectrum position will improve call quality and lay the foundation for a quicker rollout of next-generation wireless data services than either company could accomplish on a stand-alone basis. This will directly benefit customers.

Whether these advances happen at all depends on whether the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and U.S. Department of Justice approve the merger. President Bush recently said he wants to see ubiquitous broadband rollout in America by 2007. The only way the industry is going to provide that is if regulators get out of the way and allow the market to work. Consumer groups can help by focusing their energies on harmful regulations, rather than those that produce helpful new technologies.

Source: Heartland Institute


AT&T, AT&T Wireless end dispute, change brand pact

Posted 8/24/2004 1:03 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters)—AT&T Wireless and AT&T Corp. have resolved a dispute over branding and reached a new agreement ahead of Cingular Wireless' planned purchase of AT&T Wireless, the three companies said Monday. AT&T Wireless, which Cingular is set to buy later this year, also promised to buy $100 million of network services from its former parent after the takeover, the companies said.

Cingular, a joint venture of regional operators SBC Communications and BellSouth, said the new deal gives it certain rights to the AT&T Wireless brand for six months after closing its $41 billion takeover. Cingular, which plans to offer services for the combined company under its own brand after six months, said the deal would help minimize confusion for AT&T Wireless customers.

AT&T Corp., which plans to sell its own wireless services to business customers, said recently it planned to take back the wireless brand after the Cingular deal closes. Spokesman Andy Backover said AT&T Corp. is already discussing wireless with business clients and that the new deal still lets it sell mobile services under the AT&T brand.

AT&T Wireless, which began licensing its brand after it was spun off in 2001, said the deal also resolves a brand violation dispute with AT&T Corp. It said recently it might have broken its licensing deal by failing to respond quickly enough to customer-service calls. The latest deal also changes an existing network services agreement between AT&T Wireless and AT&T Corp. and extends it for up to 17 months, Cingular said. AT&T Corp. will provide international and private line services to the combined company, it said.

Source: USA TODAY

READER'S COMMENTS

Intercarrier Compensation Forum

Paging Carriers Beware! New Fees being proposed will apply to paging carriers.

News and Comment by Vic Jackson, Interconnection Services, Inc.

August 27, 2004

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Has the Intercarrier Compensation Forum developed a solution to a problem that doesn't exist? Judge for yourself.

The Intercarrier Compensation Forum (ICF), as described in their August 16, 2004 executive summary, “consists of representatives from incumbent local exchange carriers, competitive local exchange carriers, interexchange carriers, next-generation network providers, rural telephone companies, and wireless service providers.” The ICF was formed partly in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) April 27, 2001 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation Regime (CC Docket 01-92). The ICF thus says that “Members of the ICF have worked diligently for over one year to craft a balanced, detailed, operational Plan to reform today’s broken network interconnection, intercarrier compensation, and universal service regulations.” However, not everyone agrees that the current system is “broken” and to date the ICF has not produced the “detailed plan” it has promised. From all appearances, only the incumbent landline telephone carriers are demanding change to the current system of FCC mandated compensation rules.

In a nutshell, the ICF carriers have been trying to formulate a plan to increase the wholly unjustified charge they make to all telephone subscribers and that satisfies some perceived compensation issues between carriers. The proposal also addresses, what appears to be, an expensive and totally unnecessary Universal Service program. Based on the “executive summary,” of their plan, (A copy of the ICF plan Executive Summary can be downloaded here) the ICF has proposed a bizarre and confusing scheme to pay incumbent landline local exchange carriers large cash subsidies by requiring all telecommunications consumers to pay substantially higher Federal Subscriber Line Charges and Universal Service charges on all phone and broadband service bills. The ICF plan also proposes a charge, to all carriers, including broadband and Internet connections, for each working telephone number and/or connection to the Internet. The proposed charge is not specified in the ICF proposal. Of course, wireless carriers, broadband users and Internet telephone providers would not be eligible for any cash subsidies paid out by the plan. This is a great plan for the landline carriers involved and a bad plan for all telecommunications consumers and wireless carriers including paging carriers.

On August 16, 2004, the ICF published an executive summary of “. . . a consensus proposal for reforming intercarrier compensation and universal service issues in a manner that will facilitate efficient competition, promote the deployment of new technologies, preserve and enhance universal service, and advance consumer interests.” The problem is that, out of some 25 carriers that initially participated in the group, only 9 carriers actually agreed to the proposal; AT&T Corporation, General Communication, Inc., Global Crossing North America Inc., Iowa Telecom, Level 3 Communications, LLC, MCI, Inc., SBC Telecommunications Inc., Sprint Corporation, and Valor Telecommunications, Inc. Also notice that only one wireless carrier, which is also a large landline carrier, agreed to the ICF proposal and no paging carriers whatsoever participated in the Forum. Virtually all telecommunications subscribers were excluded from participating but, unfortunately, will be the entities that pay the fees to cover virtually all of the proposal’s substantial cash subsidies to the carriers.

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 created a framework for competition in the local telephone exchange. However, the incumbent local exchange carriers, especially rural carriers, have managed to retain most of their monopoly status and subsidies by maintaining their lobbying hold on legislative and regulatory agencies, both state and federal. But, in a stunning development in recent years, new technologies, including Wireless, cable Broadband, the Internet and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) have outstripped the LEC lobbying efforts to stymie meaningful competition and have brought the beginnings of true competition to the traditional landline telephone markets. In response to the free market pressures, the ICF has been meeting for over a year to formulate a plan that would keep everybody in the existing telecommunications world happy and allow the FCC to rubber stamp an “industry consensus” agreement. It sounds like an impossible task and it apparently is. The ICF “consensus” plan does nothing to alleviate the bloated, outmoded regulations that stymie beneficial telecommunications competition and the outrageous fees paid by consumers to support an unnecessary, wired, monopoly telephone system.

The existing and proposed Subscriber Line Charge (SLC) is plain and simple an unjustified, no cost, profit center for the landline carriers. This charge is actually a “non-optional, non-service” that goes directly to the billing carrier’s bottom line. On top of that it is normally double and triple taxed. The subscriber line charge is basically an unjustified and unnecessary landline telephone company slush fund. No wonder the Forum decided increasing the SLC was the best way to solve the intercarrier compensation “crisis”.

The existing and proposed Universal Service fund is a regulatory dinosaur created long ago, when stringing expensive wires to remote rural areas was the only means of communication. The reality is that today, wireless telephony reaches virtually every nook and cranny of the USA at competitive rates. Between cellular and satellite telephones, anyone, anywhere who needs a telephone or Internet access can obtain the service at a relatively reasonable cost. The rural independent telephone carriers who receive substantial subsidies from the Universal Service fund are increasingly having a hard time justifying their demands for funds to serve rural areas with landline telephones, in the face of much more efficient and useful new technologies. The rural carriers definitely do not want to share any of the Universal Service Fund largesse with wireless carriers of any ilk and they, along with some long distance carriers, are desperately trying to keep broadband cable, broadband wireless and DSL carriers from using voice over Internet protocol technology to compete with their existing, but outmoded services. The reality is that wireless cellular systems can serve rural areas much more efficiently than landline telephone companies and new wireless broadband technology using voice over Internet protocol is rapidly looming as an even better technology to deliver diverse and competitive telecommunications to rural America. The fact is that the existing landline telephone technology is over a hundred years old and has remained a very profitable business only because of lucrative government mandated subscriber charges and special fees created as a result of intense legislative/regulatory lobbying.

Based on a through reading, the ICF proposal appears to promote just the opposite of its stated purposes. The ICF says their plan “. . . will facilitate efficient competition, promote the deployment of new technologies, preserve and enhance universal service, and advance consumer interests.” But, the ICF plan appears to stymie competition, discourage the deployment of new technologies, increase the payments made to rural landline carriers for an inefficient universal service system and is definitely not in the best interests of consumers. The ICF plan has been promoted as a great new idea that can be floated at the FCC. From this perspective, the ICF plan appears to be about as airworthy as the proverbial lead balloon. The paging industry, which stands to gain nothing and possible lose a lot, should be raising some red flags on this before it’s too late. Now, back to my original question. Has the Intercarrier Compensation Forum developed a solution to a problem that doesn't exist?


From: Vic Jackson
Subject: FCC Paging License Audit
Date: August 24, 2004 7:35:25 PM EDT
To: brad@braddye.com

Brad:

If you are not aware of this, FYI, the FCC is auditing all paging licenses and has issued a letter notice today as attached. I assume all paging carriers will be interested in this FCC notice!!

Vic

Vic Jackson
Interconnection Services, Inc.
2377 Seminole Dr.
Okemos MI 48864
Tel: 517 381 0744
Fax: 805 980 5887
E-mail:
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NOTE: A copy of this important FCC Public Notice follows below under MORE WIRELESS NEWS.

AAPC 2004 Fall Conference

AAPC 2004 Fall Conference
Answering the Challenges of Today & Tomorrow

The American Association of Paging Carriers (AAPC) Fall Conference is quickly approaching!  The conference will be held November 3-5 at the beautiful Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.  This event is the perfect opportunity to learn about exciting changes in the field and network with other professionals in the paging industry. 

AAPC's Fall Conference promises to be a rewarding event with speakers and panel discussions presenting on a wide variety of topics surrounding this year’s theme—Answering the Challenges of Today & Tomorrow.  There will also be a golf tournament and ample opportunities to take advantage of other Pointe South Mountain amenities such as tennis, horseback riding, and hiking on the 200-acre property.

For more information about this event, contact AAPC at 651-203-7243.  Reservations at the hotel must be made before Sunday, October 10 by calling 1-877-800-4888 ext. 2.

A full conference brochure will be mailed in September and additional information will be sent via email and will be available on the website.

Source: AAPC

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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  • 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

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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:

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Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D. C. 20554

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
Internet: http://www.fcc.gov
TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 04-2596
August 24, 2004

WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU ANNOUNCES AN AUDIT OF THE OPERATIONAL STATUS OF STATIONS AUTHORIZED IN THE PAGING AND RADIOTELEPHONE SERVICE (PART 22) AND STATIONS AUTHORIZED ON 929-930 MHz PRIVATE CARRIER PAGING EXCLUSIVE CHANNELS (PART 90)

Licensees are Encouraged to Verify the Mailing Address for Each License Held and to Register with the Commission Registration System (CORES)

The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) will be conducting a license audit of the operational status of all site-specific licenses operating under Part 22, Paging and Radiotelephone Service, Subpart E, with a “CD” radio service code and all site-specific licenses operating in the 929-930 MHz band on the exclusive channels with a “GS” radio service code. 1 The purpose of the audit is to promote intensive use of the radio spectrum by updating and increasing the accuracy of the Commission’s licensing database for the following services:

  • “CD” – Part 22, Paging and Radiotelephone Service, Subpart E
  • “GS” – Part 90, Paging Operations, Subpart P, exclusive channels

Note: This audit does not affect geographic-area licenses granted following an FCC auction or licenses authorized on the 929 MHz private carrier paging shared channels under Section 90.494. 2

Every licensee in the “CD” radio service and every licensee on exclusive channels in the “GS” radio service must respond and certify that its authorized station(s) has not permanently discontinued operations from the date of initial construction and operation. 3 As detailed below, the Bureau urges these licensees, prior to the start of this audit, to verify the mailing address on record, in ULS, for each authorization held and ensure they have registered with the Commission Registration System (CORES).

Preparing for the Audit

To prepare for the audit, the Bureau strongly encourages licensees in the “CD” and “GS” (exclusive channels) radio services to verify the mailing address and other contact information in ULS for each license held. Licensees can verify the accuracy of the Commission’s information by accessing the ULS internet site at http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls and using the License Search function. If the information is incorrect, the licensee should use ULS to electronically file an application to update the incorrect information.

Another important step a licensee should take to prepare for the audit is to ensure that it has registered in CORES and received a FCC Registration Number (FRN). If a licensee has not already registered in CORES to receive its FRN, and has not associated the FRN with its licenses, the Bureau strongly encourages the licensee to do so by September 25, 2004. To register in CORES and associate its call signs with its FRN, a licensee should take the following steps:

  • Access the ULS internet site at https://wireless.fcc.gov/uls
  • Select Register, CORES/Call Sign
  • Click on Register Now
  • Provide all the information requested by CORES and print the page containing the 10-digit FRN for future reference
  • Click on FCC Universal Licensing System which takes the licensee back to ULS to register the licensee’s call signs to its FRN
  • Select Call Sign/ASR Number Registration
  • Enter the FRN and password
  • Follow the instructions to associate the call signs with the new FRN

The licensee should also verify that the FRN associated with each call sign is accurate. Once the audit begins, and until the audit is completed, licensees will not be able to change the FRN associated with their call signs.

The Audit Process

During the week commencing September 27, 2004, the Bureau will send letters to all licensees operating in the “CD” and “GS” (exclusive channels) radio services inquiring about the operational status of each license held. Each letter will include the call signs of the licensee’s authorizations involved in this audit and will be directed to each licensee at its address of record in ULS. If the licensee has, by September 25, 2004, verified the address is listed correctly in ULS, obtained its FRN, and associated its call signs with the FRN, it will receive only one audit letter for all of its authorizations. However, if the licensee has not ensured the address is correct in ULS, not obtained its FRN and has not associated its calls signs with the FRN by September 25, 2004, the Bureau will attempt to include all of a licensee’s call signs subject to this audit in one letter, but may issue more than one letter for an entity due to slight variations in licensee name or address in the Commission’s records. 4 If that is the case, the licensee must respond to each letter sent by the Commission in order to account for all of its call signs that are part of the audit. If a licensee holds an authorization(s) in the “CD” or “GS” (exclusive channels) radio service and does not receive an audit letter, the licensee must still respond to the audit. After the audit letters have been mailed (scheduled for the week of September 27, 2004), licensees can use the Audit Search at http://wireless.fcc.gov/licensing/audits to determine if a particular license is part of the audit. If the Audit Search shows an audit letter was mailed, the licensee is required to respond to the audit even though the audit letter was not received. For instructions on how to proceed in this instance, call the Commission at 717-338-2888 or 888-CALLFCC (888-225-5322) and select option #2.

A response to the audit letter is mandatory. The Bureau’s process for responding to the audit letter, via the internet, is intended to be quick, easy, and convenient for licensees. Specific instructions for responding to the audit, including the internet site, will be included in the audit letter. Each licensee will be required to electronically submit its response(s) within forty-five (45) calendar days] of the date on the audit letter. Failure to provide a timely response may result in the Commission presuming that the station(s) has permanently discontinued operations as described under 22.317, and thus the license may be presumed to have automatically cancelled. Failure to provide a timely response may also result in enforcement action, including monetary forfeiture, pursuant to Section 503(b)(1)(B) of the Communications Act and Section 1.80(a)(2) of the Commission’s Rules. 5

For assistance in registering with CORES and associating your call sign with the FRN, call 717-338-2888 or 888-CALLFCC (888-225-5322) and select option 2. For additional information on this license audit contact Denise Walter of the Bureau’s Mobility Division at 202-418-0620 or denise.walter@fcc.gov.


1 This spectrum audit will be the third audit conducted by the Bureau. See Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Announces Commencement of an Audit of the Construction and Operational Status of Private Land Mobile Radio Stations, Public Notice, DA 01-1575, 16 FCC Rcd 14264 (2001) and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Announces an Audit of the Operational Status of Certain 220-222 MHz Band Licenses, Public Notice, DA 03-1089 (April 9, 2003).
2 The shared channels are 929.0375 MHz, 929.0625 MHz, 929.0875 MHz, 929.1625 MHz, and 929.2625 MHz. See 47 C.F.R. § 90.494.
3 Section 22.317 of the Commission’s rules provides that: “any station that has not provided service to subscribers for 90 continuous days is considered to have been permanently discontinued, unless the applicant notified the FCC otherwise prior to the end of the 90 day period and provided a date on which operation will resume, which date must not be in excess of 30 additional days.” See 47 C.F.R. § 22.317.
4 In this case, each letter will have a unique audit reference number and will list the call signs associated with that exact licensee name and address.
5 See 47 U.S.C. § 503(b)(1)(b); 47 C.F.R. § 1.80(a)(2).

Source: FCC Public Notice (pdf)

 
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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.

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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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PAGING TECHNICIAN

Mark Hood mehood@cox.net

Telephone: 757-588-0537

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

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WI-FI NEWS

Intel's Centrino connects with all Wi-Fi standards

August 26, 2004, 11:15 AM PT

Intel announced on Thursday a component that's compatible with all Wi-Fi standards, which will let the chipmaker reach the full audience of individuals seeking to be wirelessly connected. As previously reported, Intel has been shipping the chip component in sample quantities to manufacturers since July. The part, code-named Calexico 2 and officially called the Intel Pro/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection, is for client devices such as notebooks and can connect to wireless networks using any of the three standards used in Wi-Fi technology: 802.11a, 802.11b or 802.11g. It will be available in notebooks this quarter and will be part of the next-generation Centrino bundle of chips, code-named Sonoma, which is expected in early 2005.

The previous Intel wireless networking chip connected to 802.11g and 802.11b networks. The b standard allows for the wireless transfer of data at speeds of up to 11 megabits per second, while the g and a standards enable rates of up to 54mbps. Actual connections are about half that. The 802.11g is compatible with 802.11b, but 802.11a is not compatible with the b and g standards.

Though the market for 802.11a-based products is relatively small, it's growing, and Intel expects large businesses will use the new part to future-proof their computers, according to Jim Johnson, Intel vice president and general manager of the company's wireless networking group. Johnson added that 802.11a may have a place in the consumer market because companies are developing multimedia applications that are better supported in 802.11a networks.

The component will include new software, called ProSet/Wireless Software version 9.0, that will cost $27 per chip when purchased in 10,000-unit quantities, about $5 more than the earlier generation of Intel's Wi-Fi connector. ProSet/Wireless version 9.0 will consist of tools designed to make network configuration, troubleshooting and security easier. "It isn't very cool to talk about," said Johnson, referring to the unsexy nature of improvements in the areas of usability and security, "but (those issues) do prohibit people from entering the market." "It's easy to talk about performance," he added, "but users are really looking for features other than performance." Competitors such as Atheros already have combination 802.11a/b/g chips.

The demand for 802.11b parts is dropping, and there has been a rapid move to 802.11g parts. Johnson doesn't expect there to be an influx of requests for 802.11a technology, since there aren't as many networks using the standard. Intel's new component includes software that makes it compatible with networking equipment from Cisco Systems. Intel and Linksys, a Cisco division, have developed software to enable devices that use Intel's chip to automatically go through a quick setup process for getting on the network. The Intel component is also compatible with the 802.11i Wi-Fi security standard.

The chipmaker has also been pursuing other wireless networking and broadband technologies. Broadband service provider Speakeasy announced on Thursday that it has received an undisclosed strategic investment from Intel's Communications Fund to expand wireless broadband services based on the wireless broadband technology referred to as WiMax. Intel has also been promoting a proposal for the next-generation Wi-Fi standard, called 802.11n.

Source: CNET News.com


Wireless Broadband Available In Jacksonville

POSTED: 5:10 pm EDT August 26, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—On Friday, some northeast Florida residents can sign up for a new option for broadband Internet access, and this one is wireless. Clearwire Inc., founded by cellular pioneer Craig McCaw, is offering broadband wireless services in portions of Duval and Clay counties, with plans to expand the service throughout the metropolitan area.

Jacksonville is one of the first cities in the country to have such service. "We're a society that embraces wireless and embraces technology, and now it's time for broadband to be delivered through wireless applications," ClearWire General Manager Darren Nicholas said.

The service, called WiMax by those who follow computer trends, allows wireless Internet access up to 30 miles from the transmit/receive towers at speeds comparable with DSL and cable modems. A premium Clearwire connection offers download speeds of up to 1.5 megabytes per second for $35.99 a month. A less expensive feature offers 512 Mbps download speed for $24.99 per month. Both require a minimum one-year contract and a external modem which costs an extra $3 month. A $50 activation fee is waved if the customer agrees to a two-year contract.

Unlike WiFi, which offers wireless connections in homes and at "hot spots" such as the Jacksonville Landing, coffee shops and other businesses, this is designed as a user's only connection to the Internet. The service is initially available to approximately 100,000 people in an area from downtown Jacksonville south through San Marco, Lakewood, Baymeadows and Mandarin north of Julington Creek. It is also available in the Flemming Island area of Clay County. This fall, the company plans to extend the service east through Arlington to the beaches and Ponte Vedra. Service in the Westside, Orange Park and Julington Creek is planned in the future.

Source: News4Jax.com

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I had a great time in Greenville, South Carolina this past weekend. I was given a tour of Radio Station WMUU (AM & FM) by their chief engineer Joe Norris, who is a very good friend, and who I attended Navy Radio School with 43 years ago. He introduced me to the really great folks there who operate the radio station. Nice people all—management and staff.

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