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FRIDAY - APRIL 28, 2006 - ISSUE NO. 210

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


April 21, 2006
Contact: Joe Farren

Celebrate Earth Day…Recycle your Wireless Devices

WASHINGTON, DC – In recognition of Earth Day 2006, which is taking place on Saturday, April 22nd, Steve Largent, President & CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association®, is encouraging all wireless consumers to recycle their used wireless products.

"Not only are you helping the environment when you recycle a wireless device, charger or accessory, but you can also help numerous charitable causes," said Largent. "These programs can put the value of retired wireless products to work for a good cause, and help you with your spring cleaning."

Many wireless carriers have take-back programs to recover retired wireless products, and all of them will accept wireless products from all wireless networks, not just their own. Additionally, manufacturers include prepaid mailing envelopes in the box of their new phones, giving consumers an easy and free way to recycle the wireless device they just replaced, and web-based retailers of wireless phones offer similar programs. Even organizations not usually involved with wireless, such as The Body Shop and Liz Claiborne stores, have conducted wireless phone collection campaigns in support of organizations working to end family violence.

The first nationwide wireless recycling program was The Wireless Foundation's CALL TO PROTECT®, launched in September of 1999 to collect retired wireless products to help in the campaign to end family violence. The CALL TO PROTECT® program has collected over 2.5 million phones, provided over $3 million in funding for domestic violence agencies, supplied over 36,000 wireless phones and airtime to domestic violence survivors and kept over 200 tons of retired electronics out of landfills.

"Today, every major wireless carrier retail store across the country will collect and recycle all makes and models of wireless phones, accessories and chargers. This is an incredibly simple and consumer-friendly process, and we want every wireless consumer in America to take part in it," continued Largent.

The wireless industry began its nationwide recycling campaign called "Wireless…The New Recyclable," in 2003. The public outreach and awareness campaign provides wireless consumers with information about the importance and ease of recycling wireless devices. You can learn more about this program by visiting

"Maintaining a successful, consumer-friendly recycling program continues to be a top priority of the wireless industry. So please recognize Earth Day 2006 by taking your used wireless products out of the sock drawer and bringing them to the wireless carrier store near you to be recycled," said Largent.

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CTIA is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry,
representing carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet providers.

Source: Virtual Press Office


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

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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

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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.

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Automated Phone System Will Call Residents In Emergency

POSTED: 1:36 pm PDT April 24, 2006

AUBURN, Wash.—The city of Auburn is asking residents to register their phone numbers, including cell phones, to make sure they're in an emergency system.

In the event of an emergency, such as a mudflow of Mount Rainier, the system would call all the residents with a warning.

The system—run by the Emergency Communication Network company of Florida—can make 1,0000 [sic] calls a minute.

The city already has 30,000 phone numbers in the "Code Red" system.

Auburn residents can add their phone numbers at the city's Web site,

Source: KIRO

EDITOR: Wow! What will they think of next? In case you are wondering how many "1,0000" calls are, they really meant to say "1,000" calls a minute. People must be mathematically challenged out there in Auburn, Washington. With 30,000 people already signed up, anyone signing up now will get notified in only thirty minutes. Add another 30,000 citizens and the poor ones at the end of the list will get warned in only one hour!

Good grief, a simple radio paging system could warn everyone in the whole state in about one minute. Am I missing something here?

Here is another one in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Some U.S. States Not Ready for Hurricanes, Group Says (Update2)

April 24 (Bloomberg)—Many emergency response crews in eight hurricane-prone U.S. states still can't talk to each other outside jurisdictional lines, according to a report by a non- profit group that seeks government funding for the workers.

Efforts to establish statewide communications networks in the eight states on the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts have been sluggish, the Washington-based First Response Coalition said.

The report comes 38 days before the start of the hurricane season. After last year's record 15 hurricanes, including Katrina, which killed more than 1,300 people in Louisiana and Mississippi, emergency workers complained that they didn't have radios that allowed them to talk seamlessly with other officers across the state.

“Once again, interoperability has received national attention following a disaster, but as we enter another potentially deadly hurricane season, first responders still can't talk to one another,” coalition executive director Steven Jones said in a statement.

Colorado State University scientists this month predicted another above-average hurricane season, estimating nine will hit the U.S. from June through November, up from an average of six.

The report covered emergency communications preparations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.


Mississippi has had 13 meetings to discuss how to merge its 40 radio systems and hasn't yet implemented a plan, the report said. Georgia has just begun to deploy an $8 million voice-over- Internet protocol network, and a planned 800-megahertz communication system in North Carolina won't be finished until 2010, the report said.

There's no way of knowing much money the federal government allocated for upgrades has actually been spent, the report said.

The report also criticized the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for not yet completing a survey of all states' communications systems that will help point out weaknesses and direct funding to places that need it most. Work began on the survey in January 2005, the report said.

The survey is almost complete, Homeland Security spokesman Larry Orluskie said in an interview. “It's about to roll out any day now,” he said.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Major Woody Sandy, who heads the state's efforts to upgrade its communications system, called the coalition report misleading. North Carolina, he said, already has a system capable of tying together the networks of public safety agencies statewide in major incidents.

The planned system, he said, would allow emergency personnel in separate jurisdictions to talk to each other in more routine events.

“Nobody's ever 100 percent, but we're well on our way,” said Sandy, noting that the state needs $189 million to complete its system and has about $63 million now.

Buzz Weiss, a spokesman for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

No one answered the main phone number at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety listed on the state's Web site, or a listing for spokesman Warren Strain. There was no voice mail for either number.


Chertoff Promises Reporters Improved Communications During Emergencies

April 28, 2006

Homeland Security Secretary
Michael Chertoff

Speaking to broadcast journalists at the RTNDA@NAB closing luncheon on Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the Department of Homeland Security would begin an "embedded" reporter program during crises such as hurricanes. He said such a plan would give reporters first-hand information about the government response to the crisis, and would help in the flow of information to the public.

Chertoff told journalists gathered at the Las Vegas Hilton, “We’re not in a battleground, so we’re not going to be censoring information. What we don’t want is interference with our physical operations. On a day-to-day basis, it often looks like the media and government are squabbling with each other. But at the end of the day, we’re all on the same team.”

“You cannot expect that help is going to get there immediately. It could be 24, 48 or 72 hours,” Chertoff said, while urging journalists to help the department communicate the message that anyone able to prepare for their own survival in case of emergency should do so.

The luncheon recognized the work of the Radio & Television News Directors’ Foundation, which supports the education of students interested in careers in News.

Source: Radio Ink Magazine

FEMA Scapegoat: A Nation Still Unprepared With Communications

Author: Steve Sabludowsky

Stephen Sabludowsky, J.D.
Publisher of Bayoubuzz

How incredible timing that the main players in the entire Katrina mess were doing a pow wow and photo opts and discussing policy when the Senate released the report, "A Nation Still Unprepared," The major players were President George Bush, Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana. The only person not at the party was Michael Brown, the FEMA Katrina scapegoat or hero depending upon your perspective..

The debate is whether FEMA should be dismantled, dissolved, moved, given higher or even cabinet position. From a national perspective this issue will make an interesting discussion during off year elections and a compelling discourse should a hurricane hit big.

But, more than anything else, what is a total necessary item is the interoperable communications cited in the report or the lack of it.

There are no real signs that victims of disasters will be able to communicate with one another, or first responders will be able to help the victims any more than before.

This is a lesson not learned.

Louisiana, the federal government, the cities, the regions are not doing enough, fast enough.

In the middle of the chaos is the problem that private communications vendors want their technologies to be used exclusive to others in the name of competition or make sure the governments don’t compete against them with newer and better technologies.

Now, as a country, we are one month and change away from hurricane season and we really are no better off in communicating than we were when Katrina first hit.

Yes, we are a nation still unprepared. And, we will be until leaders on every level make communications the highest priority in this digital world that is crashing against the winds and waters of unfathomable destruction.



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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.

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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 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.

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445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
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DA 06-925
April 26, 2006


Washington, D.C.: By this Public Notice the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended, announces that the FCC’s Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks (“Independent Panel” or “Panel”) will hold its next meeting on May 12, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in the FCC’s Commission Meeting Room which is located at 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-C305, Washington, DC.

The Panel will discuss proposed issues, findings and recommendations to be included in its Final Report to the FCC which is due by June 15, 2006. The report will address the impact of Hurricane Katrina on communications infrastructure, including public safety communications, and recommendations for improving disaster preparedness, network reliability and communications among first responders. The Panel may take action on any of the issues raised during the meeting.

Members of the general public may attend the meeting. The FCC will attempt to accommodate as many people as possible. Admittance, however, will be limited to the seating availability. Real Audio access to the meeting will be available at Open captioning will be provided for this event. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. To request accommodations, send an e-mail to or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY). Include a description of the accommodation you will need with as much detail as possible. Also include a way we can contact you if we need more information. Please allow at least five days advance notice; last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill.

The public may submit written comments before the meeting to: Lisa M. Fowlkes, the FCC’s Designated Federal Officer for the Independent Panel, at or by U.S. Postal Mail (Lisa M. Fowlkes, Designated Federal Officer, Hurricane Katrina Independent Panel, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, Room 7-C737, Washington DC 20554).

Further information regarding the Independent Panel, including publicly available documents, may be found on the Panel’s website at In addition, publicly available documents related to the Panel are available for inspection and copying at the FCC’s Public Reference Information Center, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-A257, Washington, D.C.

Enforcement Bureau Contacts: Lisa M. Fowlkes, Designated Federal Officer (202) 418-7452 or Jean Ann Collins, Alternate Designated Federal Officer (202) 418-2792.

News Media Contact: Janice Wise (202) 418-8165.


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