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FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 24, 2006 - ISSUE NO. 201

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Wireless Messaging Newsletter
  • VoIP
  • Wi-Fi
  • Paging
  • Wi-MAX
  • Telemetry
  • Location Services
  • Wireless Messaging
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A Global Wireless Messaging Association

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On October 19, 2005, in Helsinki, Finland, a new paging association was formed. Successor to WMA (Wireless Messaging Association UK) and EMMA (European Mobile Messaging Association), the new association retained EMMA as its name. Derek Banner, former chairman of WMA was elected chairman of the new EMMA.

You can contact Mr. Banner by calling him on +44 1895 473 551 or e-mailing him at:  left arrow CLICK HERE



Advertiser Index

AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers  Minilec Service, Inc.
Advanced RF Communications   Multitone Electronics
Advantra International   Northeast Paging
Aquis Communications, Inc.   NotePage Inc.
Ayrewave Corporation
Bay Star Communications   Ira Wiesenfeld
CONTEL Costa Rica   Preferred Wireless
CPR Technology  Prism Paging
CVC Paging   Product Support Services
Daniels Electronics   Ron Mercer
Daviscomms USA   
EMMA—European Mobile Messaging Association   Sun Telecom International
eRF Wireless   Texas Association of Paging Services
Global Fax Network Services  TH Communications
Hark Systems   Unication USA
Heartland Communications   USA Mobility, Systems Application Division
HMCE, Inc. WiPath Communications
InfoRad, Inc.   Zetron Inc.


A nice number for iTunes: one billion

Michigan user tallies Apple's milestone download with Coldplay's "Speed of Sound."

February 24, 2006: 7:20 AM EST

NEW YORK (—The number of songs downloaded from Apple's online music store iTunes sped past one billion Thursday as a customer in Bloomfield, Mich., purchased Coldplay's "Speed of Sound" as part of the band's X&Y album.

Apple, which was watching for the one billionth download, will give Alex Ostrovsky, the lucky downloader, a 20-inch iMac computer, 10 iPods and a $10,000 gift certificate to iTunes.

"Over one billion songs have now been legally purchased and downloaded around the globe, representing a major force against music piracy and the future of music distribution as we move from CDs to the Internet," Apple's Steve Jobs said in a press release.

In addition to the prizes Ostrovsky will take home, Apple will also establish a scholarship in his name to New York's Juilliard School of Music.

Source: CNNMoney

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Daviscomms—Product Examples

For information about our Contract Manufacturing services or our Pager or Telemetry line, please call Bob Popow at 480-515-2344, or visit our web site

Daviscomms USA

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outrnet custom apps If you see someone in the field (like salespeople, technicians, and delivery people) using paper forms, their company could probably save a pile of money, and get much better timeliness, accuracy and efficiency, by using converting to Outr.Net's Wireless Forms. Custom applications for as little as $995, delivered in just a few days.Outr.Net has a web page on Wireless Forms for Timeports at: left arrow Their latest newsletter is: "Business Development in Mobile Data" left arrow

Please call me so we can discuss your need or your idea. Or contact me by e-mail for more information left arrow

Zetron Simulcast System

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

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

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

Zetron, Inc.
P.O. Box 97004
Redmond, WA 98073-9704 USA
Tel: 425-820-6363
Fax: 425-820-7031
E-mail:   left arrow CLICK HERE
Zetron Inc.

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We do the clever stuff in Paging & Wireless Data

PDT2000 Paging Data Terminal

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  • FLEX & POCSAG, (ReFLEX avail Q3) Inbuilt POCSAG encoder
  • Huge capcode capacity
  • Parallel and 2 serial ports, 4 relays
  • Message & System monitoring

LED Moving Message—LED Displays

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  • Variety of sizes
  • Integrated paging receiver

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Paging Data Receivers

  • Highly programmable, intelligent PDRs
  • Desktop and OEM versions
  • Multiple I/O combinations and capabilities

Specialized Paging Solutions
  • Remote switching and control (4-256 relays)
  • PC interfacing and message management
  • Message interception, filtering, redirection, printing & logging
  • Cross band repeating, paging coverage infill, store and forward
  • Alarm interfaces, satellite linking, IP transmitters
  • Paging software

Mobile Data Terminals & Solutions

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Mobile Data Terminal

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Mobile Data Terminal
  • Fleet tracking, messaging, job processing and field service management.
  • Automatic vehicle location (AVL), GPS.
  • ReFLEX, CDMA, GPRS, Conventional and trunked radio interfaces.

WiPath Communications LLC
4467 Terracemeadow Ct.
Moorpark, CA 93021
4467 Terracemeadow Ct.
Moorpark, CA 93021
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E-mail: left arrow CLICK
Phone: 1-805-532-9964
WiPath Communications

I am an authorized Manufacturer Representative for WiPath Communications. Please contact me directly for any additional information. left arrow CLICK

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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.

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

Location Devices & ReFLEX Modems

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Sales and Marketing Contacts

Advantra International
Bootweg 4
8940 Wervik, Belgium
Tel: +32 56 239411
Fax: +32 56 239400
General information:
Questions regarding our tracking solutions:
Sales Representative USA
Advantra International
322 Woodridge Drive
Atlanta, GA 30339 USA
Bert Devos
Mob: 404-200-5497
Tel: 770-801-5775
Fax: 770-801-5623
Jim Carlson
1911 S. Calhoun Street
Griffith, IN 46319
Jim Carlson
Tel: 219-864-1347
Fax: 219-864-1237
Sales Representative Canada
Ian Page
Tel: 416-920-8820
Advantra International


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Report: Network Operability Biggest Katrina Issue

By Mark Rockwell
February 24, 2006

WASHINGTON—Interoperability of emergency radio, wireless and wireline networks in the wake of Hurricane Katrina took a back seat to simple network operability immediately after the storm, according to a White House report that analyzed the response to the crisis.

The report, released yesterday, says "basic operability" was the primary communications challenge after the storm hit the Gulf Coast. "The complete devastation of the communications infrastructure left emergency responders and citizens without a reliable network across which they could coordinate," the 228-page report says.

Wireless network towers and backhaul facilities were hard hit by the storm, as were wireline facilities. It was those connections closest to customers that the report singled out as critical. Although "telephone call centers and electricity generation capabilities were functioning, the connections to customers were broken," it says.

Federal, state and local agencies' emergency communications plans and assets weren't up to the storm, either. Communications assets that could have been used weren't, the report says, noting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture - with the largest civilian cache of radios in the country - "had additional radios that weren't used" by emergency responders or emergency coordinators.

The report calls on the Department of Homeland Security to review "our current laws, policies, plans and strategies relevant to communications" by April 30. After that, the Homeland Security Council, supported by the White House's office of science and technology policy, should develop a national communications strategy that supports communications operability and interoperability, the report says.

Source: Wireless Week


Paging Seminar

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 Seminar 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.

Let me know if you would like to receive a quotation, or if you would like to have any additional information. left arrow CLICK HERE

Serving the Paging
Industry Since 1987
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Complete Technical Services For The
Communications and Electronics Industries
Design • Installation • Maintenance • Training

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Consulting Engineer
Registered Professional Engineer

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


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$500.00 FLAT RATE

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 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 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 (for your system) a month.

Contact Ted Gaetjen @ 1-800-460-7243 or left arrow CLICK TO E-MAIL


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  • Glenayre/Quintron Transmitters, Receivers and Controllers
  • Experienced former Glenayre/Quintron Technicians and Engineers

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Communications: FEMA—Trouble on 'Mt. Weather'

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Command Post: Bird’s-eye view of the government’s bunker


Feb. 27, 2006 issue - One of the more disquieting questions to surface during congressional investigations into Hurricane Katrina concerns Mt. Weather, a huge government bunker under the Blue Ridge Mountains west of Washington, D.C. Originally built as a nuclear-war refuge for top federal officials—reportedly including the president—Mt. Weather, run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is supposed to be one of the government's key communications centers in a crisis. According to historical accounts, the hollowed-out mountain contains office buildings, private apartments and dormitories, hospitals, cafeterias and even a small lake fed by freshwater springs. Known to government officials for many years as FEMA's "classified location," after the cold war ended Mt. Weather went semipublic, even hosting emergency-management seminars. But it also has remained a critical command post; in government jargon, Mt. Weather staffers are on duty 24/7/365.

But according to an e-mail sent by former FEMA chief Michael Brown last Aug. 30, some Mt. Weather personnel were not exactly on the ball on the day after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. "I am ready [sic] to blow up IT support at the mountain," Brown told aides Brooks Altshuler and Patrick Rhode. "They can't seem to get me connected ... or even care about getting me connected." Brown told NEWSWEEK that he was indeed complaining about his treatment by personnel at Mt. Weather, though his complaint related to people who worked in an unclassified computer office rather than on sensitive emergency communications systems that he says he can't talk about because they are still classified. Russ Knocke, a Homeland Security Department spokesman, insisted that all Brown's e-mail is talking about is a "trivial" computer issue, in which the FEMA director was having trouble downloading e-mail files to his BlackBerry from his laptop. Knocke said that by the day after Katrina—the same morning Brown sent his e-mail—a FEMA truck carrying some of the government's most sophisticated telecom gear had arrived in Louisiana to give Brown ample means to keep in touch. Homeland officials declined to discuss Mt. Weather and FEMA officials did not respond to NEWSWEEK messages requesting comment.

James Lee Witt, FEMA director under President Bill Clinton (and a post-Katrina adviser to Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco), said Mt. Weather personnel are "some of the best people I've ever worked with. They were very, very good ... The most responsible people I've ever worked with." Witt said the bunker remains a "very important" center for government communications in a crisis. Brown said he had no complaint about the Katrina performance of people who work on Mt. Weather's classified operations, who he said did provide him with gear that kept him in touch with the rest of the government.

Source: Newsweek

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