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FRIDAY - MARCH 11, 2005 - ISSUE NO. 155

Dear friends of Wireless Messaging and Paging,

First an apology. I really try to stick to my topics of Wireless Messaging, Radio Paging, Telemetry over Paging, and all the new Wi-Fi, WiMax, and Internet access-over-wireless-broadband technologies. But—sometimes an article pops up that is just too good to pass by. I received an e-mail from a fellow barbecue lover about Texas barbecue. Barbecue is right up there near the top of the list of my favorite things. So skip it if you must, but the article following called "Texas Eat 'Em" reprinted from The Washington Post, tells how the Texans have perfected that wonderful American food, barbecue.

By the way, I am trying to locate a Ramsey ABS 3000 LCD bonder for Jim Kisellus at Future Communications. If you have one, or know where I can find one, please let me know. Ramsey no longer sells this device, but they do support it.

There was a typo in Multitone USA's advertisement. Their correct telephone number is: 202-973-2827.

Please note the new vendor benefits packages being announced this week in the AAPC advertisement. Expect lots of new developments at the AAPC this year under the able leadership of their presidents, Ted McNaught, and Bruce Deer—and their new executive director of the association's activities—Linda Hoover. This is the only group representing the interests of all the US Paging companies. If you are not a member, I suggest that you get involved and "become part of the solution." I keep telling everyone that their real competitors are not other paging companies, they are other technologies. The AAPC slogan is: "Our industry must move forward together or we will perish individually." Watch for something special in next week's newsletter.

Please check out the new Advantra ad and note that Bert Devos from their factory and headquarters in Belgium, has an office in the Atlanta area now. He is the COO of Advantra International.

Welcome to another new advertiser, Ayrewave Corp. in Quincy, Illinois. I am happy to see that some more of that incredible talent in Quincy is not going to waste. As you may know, Quincy was the home of Quintron, who was famous for making highly reliable paging transmitters and for pioneering early simulcasting techniques. Quintron was later acquired by Glenayre, and much of the world's Paging infrastructure was manufactured in Quincy.

In the Wi-Fi, WiMax, and VoIP News section this week, there is an important news release from the FCC about a waver they ordered yesterday in the existing measurement procedure of emissions from UWB transmitters. This will be good news for the manufacturers and users of UWB devices.

Now on to more News and Views.

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WIRELESS NEWS

Motorola Continues To Tease Over The iTunes Phone

Contributed by Mike Masnick on Thursday, March 10 2005 @ 2:08am

Something doesn't seem right. Motorola continues to tease the public concerning their iTunes phone. First it was showing off a phone at 3GSM that had iTunes on it—but which wasn't actually the iTunes phone, and then came the "leak" that they were going to unveil it officially at CeBIT. Well, with CeBIT underway, they're now saying that the phone has been delayed due to discussions with operators. Say what? They can still unveil the basic offering. It sounds like they're having bigger problems, but don't want to admit it just yet.

Source: Techdirt Wireless


Editor's comments:

Well, as long as we are guessing, here are my guesses:

1. If they plan to download music on the air, then it may be a patent issue.

Do you remember ReadyCom and their "ReadyTalk" product? The following old news article may help your memory:

From the August 23, 1996 issue of the Triangle Business Journal:
ReadyCom Inc. of Chapel Hill has introduced ReadyTalk, a service integrating components of paging, cellular and voice mail technology. The service is being test-marketed in the Triangle and will be made available nationally in 1997. It's the first system of its kind in the industry. Through ReadyTalk, users receive and store voice messages in a handset similar to a cellular phone. Users listen to and respond to messages with the handset.

They claimed to have a patent on downloading music to wireless devices. I wonder if trouble is brewing with Apple and Motorola or if something has already been worked out? I tried to talk ReadyCom into making a wireless MP3 player about six or seven years ago but they wouldn't do it.

2. If it's not a patent issue, then someone probably figured out how much it would cost to download a song "on-the-air" (a lot more than buying it on the web using iTunes) and the traffic engineers also figured out what the impact to their system loading would be if lot of people started doing this—both show stoppers. With enough compression and maybe a special rate for downloads, it still might fly.


Another virus attacks mobile phones

Author: IT Observer Staff
Tuesday, 08 March 2005, 14:01 GMT

According to F-Secure, a UK security company, says it has spotted the first mobile phone virus that replicates via Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS).

The virus, named CommWarrior, attacks handsets running Symbian Series 60 and spreads with multimedia messages, which include audio, video or images.

"Phone viruses so far have been spreading over Bluetooth, so they only affect phones that are within a few meters. An MMS virus can potentially go global in minutes, just like an e-mail worm," F-Secure's said on its Web site.

As previously reported by IT Observer, the Symbian OS, which is used by about 20 million cell phones, has been hit several times by viruses including Cabir and Gavno.

Source: IT Observer


 Mobile TV on the cards for cellphone users

March 08 2005 at 12:58PM

Helsinki—Nokia on Tuesday launched a pilot project enabling cellphone users to watch television broadcasts on their handsets in the Helsinki region.

In the first venture of its kind in Finland, Nokia is working with the country's largest broadcaster, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, YLE, and leading commercial TV channels and major mobile service providers, including TeliaSonera and Elisa, the world's largest cellphone maker said.

nokia 7710Besides Finnish TV programming, 500 test users in the capital region can also watch international television broadcasts, such as BBC World and CNN, and tune into radio programs.

Nokia tested the system in 2004 before launching Tuesday's pilot project, scheduled to continue until June, the Finnish company said.

The company's research found people like to watch mobile TV in cars and public places, such as cafes. Watching mobile TV at home and in workplaces was also common.

Test users were most interested in news, weather, sports, current affairs and entertainment, according to the research.

Nokia, based in Espoo just outside the Finnish capital, has sales in 130 countries with about 55 500 employees.

The Nordic region's largest telecommunications operator, TeliaSonera, has almost 3 million mobile customers in Finland, while Elisa has 1,4 million Finnish mobile subscriptions.

YLE TV is watched daily by about two-thirds of the Finnish population of 5,2 million. —Sapa-AP

Source: Independent Online


Tower companies postpone earnings releases for second time

Mar 10, 2005

NEW YORK-Once again, the tower operators are postponing their earnings releases for the fourth quarter. The major players, American Tower Corp., Crown Castle International and Global Signal Inc., said they are still reviewing their accounts.

Others like SBA Communications and SpectraSite have not released their financial results either.

Most major tower players had announced at different times in February that they were reviewing their accounting methods following a letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission asking them to adjust to a new set of leasing rules. The letter was issued to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

"In the light of these recent developments, the company is working with its independent auditors to review its accounting for leases and related long-lived assets and believes that changes are required with respect to certain of its towers on leased land," said Global Signal when it postponed its earnings release in February.

The tower operators had set March 10 as the date to release their earnings, but this week put the releases off again to later in March. Most expect to unveil their results by March 31.

All the companies said the accounting changes will not have any impact on their cash positions.

"We believe this matter has few fundamental implications for the tower stocks, but note that some investors focused on EV/EBITDA multiples have concern," commented Jonathan Atkin of RBC Capital Markets.

He remarked that the delay still will not affect their cash profiles, but the companies are trying to ensure error-free accounting.

He said the rules do not affect tower operators alone, but also other businesses with significant lease transactions like restaurants and retailers. He explained that their stocks also have not been affected by the change in accounting rules.

The firms are not just reviewing their accounts for the fourth quarter, but are looking as far back as the three-year period ended Dec.31, 2003, and the first three quarters of 2004.

Source: RCR Wireless News


Editor's comments:

Do you suppose this is why we haven't seen USA Mobility's 2004 Q4 consolidated financial report yet?


Backpacks, Lunch Boxes and Cells?...Nearly Half of US Teens and Tweens Have Cell Phones, According to NOP World mKids Study

NEW YORK, March 9, 2005—NOP World Technology today announced results of its mKids Study, revealing that cell phone ownership has topped 16 million among teens and tweens nationwide, with almost half (44%) of 10-18 year olds in the US owning a cell phone.

In its fifth wave of tracking teen cell ownership and use in the top 25 US markets, the study found that cell phones are the newest school accessory, with ownership among 12-14 year olds increasing from 13% in February 2002 to 40% in December 2004. In addition, the majority (73%) of 18 year olds own cell phones as well, a 15% increase from 2002, and three-quarters (75%) of 15-17 year olds also carry cell phones, up from 42% in 2002.

Teens and Tweens Offer Lesson in Commitment
Nationwide, 10-18 year old mKids are loyal at heart, as few are willing to change cell phone providers. Over three-quarters (77%) are still using their first provider, and only 11% are planning to switch in the next six months (even though 74% are aware they can take their number with them). In fact, plans to upgrade an existing cell phone are actually more common than switching providers (26% vs. 11%).

Among the small percentage who switched cell phone providers, top reasons were seeking "better reception" (20%), "lower costs" (19%) or "persuasion from parents" to switch providers (13%).

Can You Hear Me Now?...
Verizon leads the cell phone provider pack with 46% of US teens and tweens aware of the brand, closely followed by Cingular at 42%.

Total awareness of cell phone providers among teens and tweens is as follows:

   Verizon46%
 Cingular42%
 Sprint23%
 AT&T20%
 T Mobile14%
 Nextel11%
 Virgin8%
 Cellular One7%
 Cricket2%

"With its acquisition of AT&T Wireless, Cingular has a clear opportunity to catapult ahead of Verizon when it comes to brand recognition among teens and tweens," explains Ben Rogers, Vice President, NOP World Technology. "It will be interesting to see how effectively 'The New Cingular' converts existing awareness of AT&T wireless to benefit its brand."

Cell Phones Not Just for Emergencies
The majority of mKids are most interested in multi-functioning cell phones, as 71% seek wireless phones that convert into mp3 players, and 70% of teens and tweens are interested in cells that transform into digital cameras.

"Teens and tweens are on the cutting edge of cell phone technology and are no longer excited by typical single-function cell phones," adds Rogers. "Since kids tend to stick with the same provider, it is crucial for carriers to offer affordable multi-function phones, as this may sway selection even more than the service itself."

For media inquiries, please contact Sara Preschel at 212-752-8338 or spreschel@psbpr.com. For business inquiries, please contact Ben Rogers, Vice President, NOP World Technology, at benrogers@nopworld.com or 415-690-0209.

About mKids...
mKids US is a syndicated research program conducted by NOP World on cell telephone ownership and usage, brand affinities, entertainment habits and media consumption among American youth. 1,000 telephone interviews were conducted in each of five waves of interviewing. Wave 1-4 included 12-19 year olds in the top 25 DMAs, Wave 5 was expanded to include 10-18 year olds across the continental United States. Wave-to-wave trends include only those respondents with consistent base definitions.

Source: NOP World


What one wireless solution provider was ranked in the Top 3 for both voice and data services in the NOP World Business Mobility Study?

BlackBerry was ranked in the Top 3 for both voice and data services, according to the NOP World Business Mobility Study.

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For more information, please contact Sara Preschel at 212-752-8338 or spreschel@psbpr.com.

Source: NOP World

READERS COMMENTS

Letter to the Editor

March 9th 2005

Subject—Keep your freedom of choice…

Dear Sir,

The FCC has recently posted a Notice of Proposed Rule-making (NPRM) which could deny a freedom of choice for users of wideband data in the 700 MHz band. The notice can be found at:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-9A1.pdf

Recommended by the NCC, this rule change would force all wideband radios to incorporate Motorola’s proprietary SAM modulation and protocol. This won’t be cheap as SAM requires expensive linear power amplifiers.

SAM (also known as TIA 902 is very similar to a 50 KHz version of iDEN as used by Nextel. I can’t explain how the interests of Public Safety would be upheld by mandating a technology suspiciously close to that which creates severe interference in the 800 MHz band.

Interoperability is certainly desirable for voice systems. There is no demonstrated need of it for wideband data. The only justification the NCC could come up with was a “chat mode” allowing officers to type short messages to each other. How much is this worth to you? Is it priceless? Unless you act now, it just might be.

How could someone propose to mandate a standard when:

  • The standard itself is highly suspect because it uses modulation very similar to that deployed by Nextel at 800 MHz.
  • Equipment meeting the “standard” is not available nor is pricing known.
  • Forcing a proprietary standard on all radios will give Motorola a virtual monopoly to the detriment of competitive pricing.
  • The SAM technology proposed as the “standard” may not be suitable nor affordable for smaller jurisdictions.
  • Public Safety Officials would be denied their right to choose what serves their needs best.
  • What Public Safety really needs is the ability to share video. This is easily done at 4.9 GHz band using cost effective WI-Fi devices in a mesh network.

Looking at the NPRM, you’ll notice a number of other suspicious recommendations. The limits on Adjacent Channel Power will be eased. If anything, the FCC should be doing to opposite, insisting on equipment which affords the maximum protection to the adjacent channels. System design guidelines would also be modified to admit to the possibility of harmful interference. This is starting to sound like 800 MHz all over again. What the heck is going on here?

The only way to prevent this from happening is to file a comment with the FCC. They have been led to believe that the NCC speaks for Public Safety. Do you agree? If you want to keep the right to choose what’s best for you, send your comments to:

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, DC 20554
Concerning WT Docket No. 96-86

To make the process easier, send a copy by email to Ms. Liz Sachs, an FCC lawyer we have retained for this purpose. Her email is lsachs@fcclaw.com

Regards,

Andy Middlebrooks
Dataradio Corp.
amiddlebrooks@dataradio.com

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Payment Guardian requires absolutely no customer interaction and integrated seamlessly into the vehicles electrical system and is not visible to the customer, decreasing the possibility of tampering. Unlike other similar products on the market, Payment Guardian™ requires no keypads or input devices, eliminating the hassle of having to generate codes and giving those codes to the customer each and every payment cycle. With Payment Guardian?, lenders no longer have to rely on customers to enter codes into a keypad correctly.With Payment Guardian, only non paying customers require use of the system. Once the system has been activated in the customer’s vehicle—each time the ignition is turned to the OFF position, Payment Guardian reminds the customer that payment has not yet been received or insurance is not current and provides them with specific instructions to contact the leinholder immediately. If the reminder is ignored, you can simply activate Payment Guardian’s Starter Interrupt feature allowing no one to start the vehicle until the system is reset.

Payment Guardian’s system control center has been designed to meet the different need of individual lenders and dealers that want a total customized solution to manage their systems, providing you with 3 different ways to use the systems features. This enables you to instantly activate system features, schedule activations to occur at a preset time or completely automate the systems features, allow you to just manage your systems with just a click of the mouse.

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Payment Guardian is designed to meet most states right to cure laws. Each time the ignition is turned to the OFF position, Payment Guardian reminds the customer that payment has not yet been received or insurance is not current and provides them with specific instructions to contact the leinholder immediately. As an option, we can also provide you with a customized message, in any language or gender, to fit your specific needs.

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If the customer ignores the voice warning and chooses not to respond, you can simply activate Payment Guardian’s Starter Interrupt feature allowing no one to start the vehicle until the system is reset.

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Payment Guardian’s override feature enables the customer to start the vehicle for an additional 2 days in cases of emergency, eliminating potential liability.

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Payment Guardian can also be interfaced into the vehicle’s horn, allowing the customer or repossession agent to easily locate the vehicle if needed. This feature also may aid local police in the recovery of the vehicle if stolen. Once this feature has been triggered, the horn will sound for 30 minutes, or until turned off.

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Payment Guardian gives you the optional ability to connect the system to vehicles with power door locks which enables you to remotely unlock the doors if ever needed. This provides a tremendous advantage in the event of customers locking themselves out of the vehicle as well as aiding in repossession.

For more information, please contact Brad Dye.

Or visit the Payment Guardian web site.


Paging Company For Sale

I have built two web pages about Mountain Communications in Mountain Home, Arkansas—a regional paging company that the owner wants to sell. The first page has several photos and some links to background information on the company. Please click here for that page. If you like what you see and want to read all the financial details, please send me an e-mail and I will send you the unpublished address of the second page. This is an outstanding opportunity for someone to acquire a paging company in a beautiful resort area of the Arkansas mountains where there are several large lakes and rivers. They tell me the fishing and boating are great in that area. By the way, this business also includes some wireless broadband, a trunking radio system, and a two-way radio dealership.


Equipment Needed—Want to Buy the following

  • QT-7795 transmitters
  • C2000 simulcast controllers
  • C2100 simulcast controllers
  • C2200 simulcast controllers
  • The 450 RF board in the QT-7795 exciters

Please contact Brad Dye if you have any of this equipment to sell. Equipment located outside of the USA is OK.


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AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers  Multitone Electronics
Advantra International  Northeast Paging
Ayrewave Corporation  NotePage Inc.
CONTEL Costa Rica   Outr.net
CPR Technology  Ira Wiesenfeld
Daniels Electronics  Payment Guardian
Daviscomms USA   Preferred Wireless
Electronic Entities Group   Prism Systems International
Global Fax Network Services   Ron Mercer
GTES LLC   Selective Communications
HMCE, Inc.  TGA Technologies
Hark Systems   UCOM Paging
Minilec Service, Inc.   Zetron Inc.

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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’s current product mix of own products includes the ReFLEX™ radio modules Barran, Karli and Wirlki and the new, highly successful and very low cost location device, the Kepler.

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E-mail: Bert.Devos@punchnetservices.net
Mob: 404-200-5497
Tel: 770-801-5775
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  • $4.50 labor for numeric or alphanumeric pagers
  • $6.50 labor for 2-way pagers
  • $9.50 labor for cellular phones

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2300 M Street NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20037
Tel: (202) 973-2827
Fax: (202) 293-3083

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TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services is looking for partners on 152.480 MHz. Our association currently uses Echostar, formerly Spacecom, for distribution of our data and a large percentage of our members use the satellite to key their TXs. We have a CommOneSystems Gateway at the uplink in Chicago with a back-up running 24/7. Our data is live on two different satellites at all times in case of a failure of one of them and covers the North American Continent. Our paging coverage area on 152.480 MHz currently encompasses Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Kansas. The TAPS paging coverage is available to members of our Network on 152.480 MHz for $.005 a transmitter (per capcode, per month) broken down by state or regions of states and members receive a credit towards their bill for each transmitter which they provide to our coverage.

Members are able to use the satellite for their own use, for their own frequencies, by paying only for the data which they transmit, we track the data on a per bit basis and what ever percentage of the total data sent by each user is billed back to them as a percentage of the total satellite bill, (ex: if 6% of the data is the members', the member is billed for 6% of the cost of the sat plus 10% for overhead.) If you are on 152.480 MHz or just need a satellite for keying your own TXs on your frequency we have the solution for you. TAPS will provide the gateways in Chicago, with Internet backbone and bandwidth on our satellite channel for $500.00 to $1,500.00 a month (depending on the amount of traffic).

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Selective is a developer and manufacturer of highly innovative paging receiver/decoders and mobile data equipment including the PDT2000 Paging Data Terminal, 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 or 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
  • Message printing etc.

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Our mobile data equipment includes a range of intelligent Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) which may be interfaced to a variety of wireless networks including GPRS & CDMA cellular. 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 with the inbuilt job processing system which may be interfaced to a variety of CAD & JMS

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

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100 Pinnacle Way, Suite 140
Norcross, Georgia 30071 USA
Tel: +1 770-441-2100
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By Jim Shahin
Sunday, March 6, 2005
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The skies are not cloudy all day? Yeah? Not this day. This day, they're nothing but cloudy. Rainy, too. The windshield wipers slapping back and forth make it tough to spot all the 'cue joints. And out here, there are a zillion of them.

I am journeying into the heart of Texas barbecue country, driving west out of Austin on serpentine Texas Highway 71 toward the small town of Llano, about an hour away.

In other barbecue hot spots, like Memphis and North Carolina, barbecue is pork. A person will find pork—and chicken and mutton and even cabrito (baby goat)—on Texas pits. But what defines Texas barbecue is beef. And the king of the plate is smoked brisket—usually unsauced. That's a characteristic specific to central Texas barbecue -- its aversion to sauce. They'll serve it (usually). But invariably on the side. Sauce, the pitman will tell you, is just used to cover up inferior barbecue.

A Texas barbecue excursion, though, isn't solely about food. It's also about history and, oddly for that most primitive of foods, change.

As I head toward Llano, I think about history and change, but mainly I think about how full I am. Since arriving two days ago, pretty much all I've done is eat barbecue.

My first stop was a Tex-Mex restaurant in Austin called El Azteca—for barbacoa, or Mexican barbecue. The heaping mound of shredded and chunked beef was sinfully rich. I ate it with pico de gallo in a flour tortilla and loved every bite. There was just one problem: It's not barbecue.

Traditionally, barbacoa is prepared by wrapping a cow's head in leaves and burying it with smoldering coals overnight. Like almost every other eatery in the state these days, El Azteca steams the head.

No smoke, no barbecue. Simple as that. But the meat was delicious, and a taste of nostalgia is, I suppose, better than no taste at all.

The following day for lunch, I drove into a predominately African American neighborhood of Austin and pulled up to a dilapidated house on the crest of a hill. I pushed open a metal door patched with wood, tin and duct tape. Thumbtacked photos of family and friends blanketed the yellow walls.

This is the venerated Sam's BBQ.

The hole in the wall is so beloved that when it burned down in February 1992, the community raised money to help rebuild it. Stevie Ray Vaughan had its ribs shipped to New York when he played Carnegie Hall.

Sam's is best after 2 in the morning (it is open till 4 a.m. on weekends) when the bars close. But it's fine at this hour of the day, too, Sunday lunch.

Decked-out churchgoers approach the counter in a steady stream as I sit with friends, eating from paper plates with plastic forks and cheap white sandwich bread. "Which is the mutton?" asks one friend.

"This, here," I reply.

She tries a bite.

"Mmmmm," she says, in surprised delight.

Not only does Sam's still offer mutton, which you don't find much anymore, but it also serves meltingly soft brisket. Central Texas barbecue is known more for its meat-market-style brisket, which is firm and dense. And if you say yes when offered (and nearly everybody does), Sam's will douse its 'cue in a peppery, thick, velvety-smooth red sauce. A lot of area barbecue purists eschew sauce; when offered at all, it is usually thin, vinegar-based and served on the side. The differences distinguish Sam's as a classic example of Texas African American-style barbecue, with roots in the Deep South.

'Cowboy Style'

A couple of miles and a world away from Sam's is Ruby's BBQ, whose style might be called College 'Cue. Housed in a wide wood edifice that calls to mind an Old West saloon, Ruby's is on the University of Texas campus. Ristras of red chiles hang from broad windows. Cow skulls decorate the faux-weathered walls.

Ruby's offers nouveau old-time barbecue. Which is to say, it slowly cooks its meat in the indirect, smoldering wood tradition. But its brisket is hormone-free, and its side dishes include vegetarian jambalaya, Mediterranean salad with feta cheese and a dinner salad with ginger soy dressing. But the homemade sweet potato pie takes you home to your Southern roots even if you never stepped foot in the South. And the spicy chopped beef sandwich is the best in town.

After my weekend barbecue debauch, here I am on Monday morning, nursing a barbecue hangover while heading toward Llano, home of Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, one of President Bush's favorite barbecue places .The rain makes the scraggly green of cedar, juniper, live oak trees and prickly pear cactuses seem somehow lush. With verdant, if bristly, hills overlapping one another to the distant horizon, the land strikes me as a sort of Lone Star Tuscany. A Texas flag snaps in the breeze in the front yard of a sprawling rock house. But mostly, there is nothing but road, land and sky. Occasionally a hawk glides overhead.

As I travel west, the land becomes more hardscrabble, fertile ground for the scrawny mesquite, which doesn't require much water or rich soil. Mesquite wood, then, is what Cooper's and a lot of other places west of Llano use. But mesquite tends to be bitter. So the pitmen typically burn it down to embers, then shovel the coals into a pit, roughly two feet directly beneath the meat. The method is called "cowboy style."

With its population of around 3,300 people, its wide, raised sidewalks under wood overhangs supported by skinny wood posts, and its old-timey stores such as Acme Dry Goods and Fort Llano Mercantile, the town seems content to remain in the '90s—the 1890s.

Driving through town, I come to a barbecue objet d'art. On a cement slab under a corrugated tin roof are about a dozen smoke-darkened brick pits. Above them is a web of pulley wires that weight the pits' metal lids. If barbecue were the Louvre, this scene at Cooper's would be its Mona Lisa. I walk up to the pit closest to the entrance, where customers choose what they want.

The pitman opens the lid. "Whattaya like?" he says.

On the grate are brisket, sausage, chicken, pork ribs, beef ribs, cabrito and giant pork chops. With each choice, the pitman asks if I want the meat dunked into a pot of the thin, dark red, smoke-flavored sauce sitting on the pit. Some I do, some I don't.

Inside, I sit down at one of the long communal picnic tables under the baleful eye of mounted bobcat, javelina and deer heads, and dig in. The pork ribs are crusty, sharp with salt and wonderfully chewy. The beef rib is Fred Flintstonian enormous and perfectly cooked, its exterior blacked crisp, its interior succulent. The brisket had been sitting too long. It is leathery. But the flavor is deeply meaty. The sausage is fine, if a bit bland. The gargantuan pork chop is just plain flat-out amazing. Reddish bronze on the outside, it oozes clear juice when I slice into it.

On my way out, I order another slice of brisket just to see if it is any better than the one I had. It is. In fact, lusciously textured and powerfully flavorsome, it is among the best slices of brisket I have ever eaten.

Bite of Brisket

To traverse deep into the heart of central Texas barbecue country, I turn east on State Road 29 toward Taylor. The land changes as I travel east—less granite and limestone, more dark soil and farmland squares. In Taylor, a '50s movie-set kind of town 40 miles northeast of Austin, I park in front of a red-brick building with a rusted tin overhang. Its faded red, white and blue sign says Louie Mueller Barbeque.

The weathered black screen door slams behind me as I enter the spacious, high-ceilinged former basketball gym. Its nominally green walls are smoke-bronzed, the business cards tacked along one wall russet-colored and flaky.

In 1946, Mueller's opened as a meat market and grocery store, as so many central Texas barbecue joints did, and three years later began selling barbecue from an alley behind the store. The Czechs and Germans who settled the area brought their knowledge of smoked meats from the Old Country and adapted it to their new environs. They smoked the meat over indirect heat, placing logs of the mild and locally plentiful post oak at one end of the pit and the meat at the other. The smoke wafts across the pit and, over time, tenderizes meats until, if done right, they come out impossibly juicy. Shunning the baby-food softness of fall-off-the-bone tenderness, that overrated measurement of quality prized by chain barbecue restaurants, Texas barbecue is firmly textured, prizing a modest chewiness that practically requires one's palate to savor each bite.

When Louie Mueller retired in 1976, his son, Bobby, took over. He runs Mueller's to this day.

I order at the chest-high dark-wood counter. The pitman pulls the meats from the vault and slices off a bite-size chunk of brisket as a sort of Texas amuse-bouche. I eat it, as is custom, standing at the counter. The meal is served on white butcher paper atop a plastic tray, which I carry to one of the blocky tables.

One bite of the brisket and I am transported to barbecue heaven. Charred on the outside and smoky throughout, it explodes with a beefy flavor so deep and so primal that it makes steak seem like tofu. The pork ribs are equally exquisite, a little chewy and reddish-tan and freckled with black pepper. The coarse-ground beef sausage squirts when I cut into it, the spicy, well-balanced flavor the state of the Texas barbecuer's art. Although it isn't needed, I occasionally dip a bite of meat in the runny cup of peppery jus, flecked with tomatoes and onion, that is served in a foam cup.

Luxuriating in an afterglow, I reluctantly get myself up and leave. I want to hit one more barbecue place before the day is out. Fortunately, the eatery is just down the street.

Situated hard by the railroad tracks, it's a divey little joint with a low ceiling that, in its way, could still exist in the '40s, when owner Vencil Mares opened it. A thick cloud of cigarette smoke hangs in the air, almost defiantly against modern times. There are deer heads on the wall. A display of spurs on a slab of wood is suspended above the beer cooler.

The place is a throwback in other ways, too. The Taylor Cafe, as it is called, has two separate doors, one used by blacks, the other by whites. Two long Formica-topped counters run parallel nearly the length of the establishment. The evening I visited, blacks sat on one side, drinking beer mostly, whites on the other, drinking beer mostly.

No one is required to use a certain door or sit on a specific side of the room. "They just want to stay with their people," is the way Mares puts it.

To some ears, his words may sound racist. They're anything but. When Mares, who is 81 years old, opened the Taylor Cafe in 1948, his decision to allow blacks and whites under the same roof was nothing short of subversive. In the small Southern town of Taylor, segregationist laws prohibited the races from mingling. It wouldn't be until the 1970s that the public schools were desegregated statewide. The railroad tracks divided white from black. Mares opened right next to those tracks, skirting the border between the races, and he let them all inside.

He paid for it, too. The Taylor Cafe, Mares will tell you, witnessed lots of knife fights. But Mares kept the place going.

One of the last surviving original Texas pitmen, Mares is proud that he is keeping current, developing not long ago a turkey sausage. "People like something a little lighter sometimes," he says. "Especially the ladies."

I try some. It is flavorful and moist, more so than I anticipated. I take a last look around at the anthropological set piece, then leave. I don't know by which door.

Hold the Sauce

The next day, the skies are still cloudy all day. Not as rainy, though, I'll allow. In a persistent mist, I drive south from Taylor on sloping, winding, two-lane Farm Road 963 through undulating black-soil fields veined by creeks and dotted by cows. Around Austin, I turn onto U.S. Highway 183. On the outskirts of town, continuing south, I pass a helter-skelter of machine shops, discount tire stores and XXX video places. After a while, the landscape yields to gently rolling farmland, till I get to Lockhart.

I pull into the parking lot of an enormous red-tin, wood and brick building that is part barnlike and part hangarlike: Kreuz Market. Established in 1900 as a meat market and grocery store, Kreuz (pronounced Krites) was sold in 1948 to Edgar "Smitty" Schmidt. A falling-out between Schmidt's daughter, Nina Sells, who owned the building, and his son, Rick Schmidt, who owned the business, resulted in Rick Schmidt leaving the original premises in 1999 and reopening Kreuz's in this new building down the street.

Since then, a lot of things have changed. Kreuz Market was famous for its almost obstinate refusal to bend to the culinary wind. It didn't sell side dishes, didn't offer forks (the meat was served with crackers, white sandwich bread and plastic knives) and didn't provide sauce, not even on the side.

Nowadays, Kreuz Market offers three sides—pinto beans, sauerkraut and German potatoes. It also provides (plastic) forks. Scandalously, it even has a convection oven to cook the sausage.

The oven is a touchy subject in these parts, where wood smoking, it is understood, is the only way to make authentic barbecue. Owner Rick Schmidt defends the oven, saying its electricity turns off when the thermostat hits 200 degrees and that wood in a smoking chamber cooks the meat—aided, he allows, by electric fans for the convection. The oven can cook 1,200 rings of sausage in the same amount of time it takes a pit to cook 225. The efficiency argument worries barbecue purists. With its long hours of careful firetending, barbecue is the antithesis of efficient. What's next? Liquid smoke?

I approach the counter. Behind it are brick pits where, except for the sausage, Kreuz indirectly smokes its meat using smoldering post-oak logs. A pitman slices my order on a big butcher block and places it on reddish butcher paper. I saunter into the dining room, which is spacious, sparkling clean and utterly without smoke aroma. It doesn't feel like a barbecue joint.

With some trepidation, I dig in. The first bite is, to put it indelicately, orgasmic. The thick hunk of tender brisket is almost sweet with salt, downright ominous with black pepper and shot through with smoke. The prime rib (yes, prime rib) is crusty on the outside and burly with flavor on the inside. The ribs have a nice tug and a good flavor of smoke and dry rib. And the beef sausage, deliciously piquant, cooked in that convection oven? Well, it exudes a pleasant smokiness. Truth is, if I didn't know, I wouldn't know. Don't know if I like that.

One thing hasn't changed. Kreuz Market still doesn't serve sauce.

Jim Shahin is a freelance writer in Silver Spring.

Austin Barbecue Trail

Call it barbecue, barbeque or BBQ, but whatever you do, call ahead for hours of operation. It's best to arrive around noon, when the meat is just coming off the pit. Plus, in Texas, barbecue joints sell what they have till they run out of it, so you might miss out on the brisket or the ribs if you arrive mid-afternoon or later.

Ordering by the pound, most meats cost around $10. A "mixed plate" of three meats and two sides runs between $7 and $12.

THE BARBECUE JOINTS:

  • El Azteca, 2600 E. Seventh St., Austin, 512-477-4701. Even if it is steamed, not smoked, the barbacoa is delicious. The cabrito (baby goat) is, too, although it isn't smoked either (as is traditional), but baked, then fried.
  • Sam's BBQ, 2000 E. 12th St., Austin, 512-478-0378. The mixed plate of brisket, sausage and pork ribs is phenomenal. Get it sauced. Oh, and a quarter-pound of mutton, too.
  • Ruby's BBQ, 512 W. 29th St., Austin, 512-477-1651. The spicy chopped beef sandwich is sensational. Save room for sweet potato pie.
  • Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 505 W. Dallas St., Llano, 325-247-5713. When the brisket is on, it's unbeatable. Try the cabrito—it's smoked.
  • Louie Mueller Barbeque, 206 W. Second St., Taylor, 512-352-6206. Brisket, ribs, sausage, you name it, all of it is state of the barbecuer's art.
  • Taylor Cafe, 101 N. Main St., 512-352-2828. Go for the anthropological experience, stay for the turkey sausage.
  • Kreuz Market, 619 N. Colorado St., Lockhart, 512-398- 2361. Overlook the convection oven. This is Texas 'cue at its best.

STILL HUNGRY?

  • Smitty's Market, 208 S. Commerce St., Lockhart, 512- 398-9344. The barbecue rivals (some say surpasses, but not I) the fabled fare served at the other side of the family's place up the street.
  • Southside Market and BBQ, 1212 U.S. Hwy. 290 E., Elgin, 512-285-3407. Famous for its "hot guts," or spicy all-beef sausage. Not as fiery since they reduced the pepper back in the '70s. Still delicious, though.
  • Crosstown Bar-B-Q, 202 S. Avenue C, Elgin, 512-281-5594. Funky and down-home, with brisket that can be heavenly or greasy, usually both.
  • Cooper's Pit Bar-B-Q, Hwy. 87 South, Mason, 325-347-6897. Started in 1953, it is the original outlet for Cooper's, predating the one in Llano (established by the founder's son). Some say it is better than the Llano Cooper's, and maybe the best in the state.
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ZigBee Alliance Announces Adopter Class Membership to Dramatically Expand ZigBee Community and Spur ZigBee Product Development

Alliance Members Demonstrate ZigBee-ready Products at San Francisco Open House Event

San Francisco—March 2, 2005—The ZigBee™ Alliance, an association of companies working together to enable wirelessly networked monitoring and control products based on an open global standard, today announced a new level of membership, the Adopter Class, designed for companies looking to quickly and cost-effectively bring ZigBee-based products to market. The formalization of the Adopter Class membership follows the ratification of the final ZigBee specification in December 2004 and will enable many more companies to take advantage of this standard in their product development efforts.

Adopter Class membership provides companies access to all final, approved ZigBee specifications. As these members develop, deliver and receive certification for their ZigBee products, they can use the ZigBee logo and marketing collateral to promote them. In addition, Adopter Class members will be able to attend interoperability events and ZigBee Alliance sponsored workshops and developer conferences.

“The ZigBee technology is picking up incredible market momentum with many of our member companies already delivering ZigBee-ready products to the market,” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “The Alliance is proud of our global membership base of more than 130 companies involved in the development and deployment of the ZigBee specification, and we expect that this number will rise substantially as a result of this new membership class. We are pleased to be able to offer a new membership class for companies interested in bringing ZigBee products to market.”

The ZigBee Alliance is introducing the new Adopter level of membership at its quarterly Open House and member meeting at San Francisco’s Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Illustrating the Alliance’s momentum, more than 27 companies will be demonstrating 802.15.4 and ZigBee-ready products. These Promoter and Participant level companies include: Airbee, Atmel, Cirronet, Chipcon, Crossbow, CompXs, Daintree Networks, Dust Networks, Ember, EnOcean, Figure 8 Wireless, Freescale, Frontline Test Equipment, Helicomm, Integration Associates, Jennic Inc., Korwin, Luxoft, Microchip, Nanotron, OKI, Renesas, Sensicast, Silicon Laboratories, Software Technologies Group, UBEC, and ZMD.

ZigBee is the only standards-based technology designed to address the unique needs of low-cost, low-power, wireless sensor networks for remote monitoring, home control, and building automation network applications in the industrial and consumer markets. Companies who want to have input on developing the ZigBee specification, or who are interested in developing ZigBee products, can join by visiting http://www.zigbee.org/en/join/.

ZigBee: Wireless Control That Simply Works
The ZigBee™ Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance is a rapidly growing, non-profit industry consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers, technology providers, OEMs, and end-users worldwide. Membership is open to all. Additional information can be found at www.zigbee.org.

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Wireless USB Set To Kill Off Bluetooth

03/03/05 7:57 AM PT

Key to the uptake of the new technology is ease of use. Bluetooth has turned off many users due to compatibility problems, but USB is well understood and some analysts rate it as the most successful interface in the world.

Wireless USB products will be in the shops by Christmas, and the widespread adoption of the technology will rapidly kill off Bluetooth , Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) has claimed at its Developer Forum in San Francisco.

The wireless USB protocol will be completed by the end of March, and the access controller specification should be approved by the end of the year. Wireless USB is designed to be used at ranges of less than 10 meters and will allow peak data speeds of 480 mbps.

"In the next 12 months we will see wireless USB products in the retail sector," said Kevin Kahn, senior fellow at Intel.

"Many companies are ready to adopt this stuff and start shipping it. Multiple silicon builders are around to provide a healthy competitive market as well."

Kahn demonstrated a USB dongle that fits into a standard USB 2 port and would make any machine with a USB port capable of using the device. Over 200 companies are due to bring out wireless USB devices.

Key to the uptake of the new technology is ease of use. Bluetooth has turned off many users due to compatibility problems, but USB is well understood and some analysts rate it as the most successful interface in the world.

"The general consumer doesn't have a clue," said Jeff Ravencroft, technology strategist at Intel. "Thirty percent of returns to technology retailers are because of set-up problems. If it isn't easy to set up this isn't going to happen."

Source: LinuxInsider


Intel hangs mesh hopes on 802.11s

Rupert Goodwins in San Francisco
ZDNet UK
March 03, 2005, 16:25 GMT

IDF: A new networking standard promises easy configuration, higher bandwidth and more flexibility for home and office wireless networks

Intel has unveiled its first proposals for 802.11s, a new mesh wireless networking standard.

Mesh networks are self-configuring systems where each node can relay messages on behalf of others, thus increasing the range and available bandwidth. W. Steven Conner, wireless network architect at Intel and technical editor of the IEEE's 802.11s task group, told engineers at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Wednesday that at present there are no standards for this.

Although mesh networks are already in use for very large deployments in cities such as Taipei, and in some industry sectors, none of the systems interoperate or are suitable for domestic or office environments, Conner claimed. The 802.11s group, which met for the first time in July 2004, has just issued its first call for proposals, and Intel is keen for the new standard to cover domestic and small business environments.

Intel's proposals build on top of existing standards, such as 802.11a/b/g wireless transmission protocols and 802.11i security, and is compatible with them. It adds extra functions to allow wireless nodes to discover each other, authenticate and establish connections, and to work out the most efficient route for a particular task. This includes the concept of quality of service, so a broadband video stream might take a different route across a home environment than a Web connection, to achieve higher bandwidth. This level of self-configuration and environmental awareness not only creates efficient wireless networks, Conner said, but automates the entire process of installation and reconfiguration.

The company is also introducing the idea of Mesh Portals—devices that know how to connect complete mesh networks to other, potentially non-mesh systems such as classic 802.11 networks, new standards such as 802.11n, broadband access points or different wireless technologies such as Ultrawideband and mobile data sources.

Although some recent wireless standardisation efforts have had problems due to entrenched opposing views, Intel thinks there is little risk of this with 802.11s.

The standardisation process is expected to produce a firm proposal towards the end of 2006 or the beginning of 2007, with ratification following a year later. Conner told ZDNet UK that his initial soundings among the 802.11s members indicate that a consensus may be on the cards.

Intel is hoping to promote the idea of a core set of standards that work with small meshes of up to around 25 or so reasonably static nodes in close proximity, but in the context of an extensible framework that allows many different mesh models to be implemented. Intel says this should mean anyone with different ideas will be free to implement them, but always in a way that interoperates cleanly with the core protocols.

By limiting the initial core functions, the company says, the additional amount of processing required in the network nodes will be easily managed by the existing class of network adaptors and consumer electronic devices, and as no changes need to be made to existing hardware 802.11s-compatible equipment should reach the market quickly.

Source: ZD Net UK


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FCC ADOPTS WAIVER OF ITS EMISSION MEASUREMENT PROCEDURES FOR ULTRA-WIDEBAND TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) adopted an Order in ET Docket No. 04-352 permitting radiated emissions from ultra-wideband (UWB) transmitters to be measured while the transmitter is in its normal operating mode. This waiver responds to the petition filed by the Multi-band OFDM Alliance Special Interest Group. The waiver provides greater flexibility and innovation in designing UWB devices.

The Commission previously established regulations permitting the marketing and operation of products incorporating UWB technology. Because UWB devices operate on the same frequency bands used by licensed stations, the Commission established a conservative procedure to measure the levels of radio frequency emissions generated by these devices. UWB transmitters that employ frequency hopping techniques must be measured with the hop stopped and the transmitter operating in a continuous mode; UWB transmitters that gate the emissions on and off must be measured with the emissions gated on. These procedures can result in measured emission levels that are greater than the UWB signal levels under actual operation.

In today’s Order, the Commission is providing a waiver of the existing measurement procedure, permitting emissions from UWB transmitters to be determined with the transmitter operating normally. The Commission concluded that this would not result in increased harmful interference to licensed radio operations. This waiver applies only to indoor or handheld UWB devices. Further, UWB devices utilizing this waiver may not operate within the 5030-5650 MHz band used for aircraft landing systems and for weather radars. A decision to permit this waiver to apply to UWB devices that operate within the 5030-5650 MHz band will be made upon the completion of the interference investigation being performed by the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences. The waiver is effective until the Commission finalizes a rule making proceeding dealing with these measurement issues.

Action by the Commission March 10, 2005, by Order in ET 04-352 (FCC 05-58). Chairman Powell, Commissioners Abernathy, Copps, Martin, and Adelstein.

OET Contact: John Reed, Telephone: (202) 418-2455, E-mail: john.reed@fcc.gov

ET Docket No. 04-352

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