|FRIDAY - DECEMBER 29, 2006 - ISSUE NO. 242|
Dear friends of Wireless Messaging,
I mentioned, a couple of weeks ago, that I had been interviewed by a reporter at The New York Times who was working on an article about Paging. He seemed like a nice fellow so I helped him with some industry statistics. I also took the opportunity to point out many of the things that we are doing to encourage the use of paging technology for critical messaging such as mass emergency alerting for natural disasters and terrorism.
Well . . . the article was published on Wednesday and I was very disappointed. Although well written, it essentially says that paging's days are numbered, and it wont be long until it's all over. Most of us certainly do not agree with this assessment. I expect that several of our readers will be sending in opposing viewpoints for next week's newsletter. The complete article has been reproduced below. Please let me know what you think. I am happy to report all viewpoints here—pro and con.
Best wishes to everyone for a Happy New Year.
Now on to more news and views.
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AAPC Places Representative on FCC Communications Panel
The American Association of Paging Carriers greatly appreciates your participation and support. This has been a very productive year and AAPC has generated a tremendous amount of momentum in advancing the paging industry. With your participation, AAPC has provided a united front before the FCC to increase their knowledge of the reliability of paging communications during a crisis situation.
After the 9/11 attacks and the failure of communications systems immediately following Hurricane Katrina and Rita, the FCC created an independent panel focused on improving communications. AAPC President, Bruce Deer, and USA Mobility’s president, Vince Kelly testified about the dependability of paging before this panel. The panel made several comments in its recommendations that included paging as a solution.
In addition, as a result of the WARN Act, the FCC has established the Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee. This committee’s purpose is to develop and recommend technical standards, and protocols to facilitate the voluntary transmission of emergency alerts by the Commercial Mobile Service (CMS) providers.
AAPC is pleased to announce that Stephen Oshinsky, an AAPC board member, has been appointed to represent the interests of the paging industry on this panel.
For those of you who do not know Stephen, he is Director of System Architecture for SkyTel Inc., a nationwide paging and narrowband personal communications service provider licensed under Parts 22 and 90 of the Commission’s rules. He also serves as Chairman of the Paging Technical Committee (PTC), a national engineering group dedicated to serving the technical needs of the paging industry.
With Stephen’s appointment our industry will be represented at the national level as the committee works to develop an emergency alerting communications systems. This will hopefully prove to benefit all of us in this industry as well as the public at large.
We will continue to keep our up-to-date on the committee’s activities as well as any other pertinent regulatory activities.
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By JAMES BARRON
The patient was a pager.
Remember pagers? They were the razzle-dazzle innovation that kept doctors tethered to patients, drug dealers tethered to customers, government officials tethered to underlings, reporters tethered to editors. In the 1980s and early 1990s, everybody carried them. They beeped. They chirped. Or, in what their manufacturers called their “silent” mode, they vibrated in pockets and purses, or clipped to belts.
Now try to find someone who has one. Beepers have become technological fossils, on the way to extinction in the world’s rush to cellphones and all-in-one devices that can handle e-mail messages and browse the Web. Beepers are a leftover from the days when a cellphone was a novelty the size of a brick with a battery that lasted minutes, not days. Cellphones were geeky, not glamorous.
Mr. Shats, 52, rode the wave of pager technology up, and now he is riding it down. He has spent the last 19 years in a cluttered room with a meat-locker door and shiny metal walls that are covered in takeout menus and schematic circuit diagrams. His job is to repair pagers, to bring these relics of the early digital age back to life for the few who cling to them.
He works for a company in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, called CPR Technology. The three letters once stood for Certified Pager Repair. Now the pager business is all but on life support, and the company makes more money retailing accessories for Nextel phones online and importing equipment that manufacturers can use to test electronics products before shipping them from the factory.
But CPR Technology still repairs pagers, one of only a few companies in the New York metropolitan region to still do so.
“There are a lot of people who will be using this until the end of time,” said the president of CPR Technology, Charlie Tepper, 46.
Still, the numbers show that the end of time may not be far off. About 45 million pagers were in use nationwide in 1999.
Now, the total is 7.4 million, down from 8.2 million a year ago, according to Brad Dye, a wireless messaging consultant who is editor and publisher of three newsletters including The Paging Information Resource.
He says the average monthly paging bill is about $9, while CTIA — the Wireless Association, a trade group that represents cellular companies, says the comparable figure for a cellphone is $49.30. CTIA says there are 219.4 million cellphone subscribers.
“It isn't that people didn’t like pagers,” Mr. Dye said. “It’s just that it was hard for the paging industry to compete with cellphones.”
Once, pagers were a status symbol that demanded attention, their little screens displaying strings of numerals (although some pagers could also transmit letters). Was that a telephone number, or the primitive slang from the days before text messaging? Only the recipient knew whether a message was the code for “I love you” from a girlfriend or “the cops are coming” from a drug dealer’s lookout.
Now pagers are a punch line on the NBC sitcom “30 Rock,” which featured a character who described himself as the “beeper king” after working his way to the top of a pager business. Another character said he could not give up his beeper because he was expecting a call from 1985.
It is enough to make real-life beeper kings wince. But Robert G. Daigle, a vice president of Evalueserve, a research company that tracks communications trends, has a word for what has happened to pagers.
“They’ve been disintermediated,” he said. “It’s a big fancy business term you use to talk about people who are no longer needed in business.”
Nowadays the nation’s largest pager company is USA Mobility, which was born in 2004 in the merger of two smaller companies that had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2001. A spokesman said USA Mobility now provides service to 4.2 million pagers nationwide.
Hospitals continue to use pagers, in part because, unlike cellphones, pager signals reach into buildings without causing concern about interfering with medical equipment. Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, for example, provides more than 3,000 pagers to doctors, residents and interns. But Mount Sinai knows it will have to come up with an alternative before too long.
“I think they will be a thing of the past in a couple of years,” said Eunice Davis, assistant director of telecommunications for Mount Sinai. “Not many companies make pagers.”
Motorola, which dominated the market for pagers in its heyday, stopped making them in 2001. But that created opportunities for technicians like Mr. Shats and engineering entrepreneurs like Mr. Tepper.
As Mr. Dye of The Paging Information Resource said: “The 40 million pagers that people quit using, they didn’t throw them all in the trash. A lot of those have been refurbished.”
Which is what happens inside Mr. Shats’s little room, where patterns dance across his oscilloscope as he connects probes to troubleshoot an ailing pager. The metal walls keep out electronic interference, including pager signals, Mr. Shats explained.
How old was the patient he was working on? His boss, Mr. Tepper, reached into a file and pulled out the manual for that model. “Copyright 1989,” he read.
Some of the repair equipment Mr. Shats uses is older than that. Just outside the room is a row of computers that can be used to reconfigure the electronic code that gives a pager its identity. The computers are so old that they run MS-DOS, not Windows. Mr. Tepper talked about the days when he ran a company, MetroPage, which marketed Nynex paging equipment through retail stores.
“The main clients were doctors, drug dealers and businessmen,” Mr. Tepper said. “We were behind a thick piece of plexiglass and had two dogs, a Rottweiler and a German shepherd.”
There were threats, which Mr. Tepper remembers as “if my pager isn't on by the end of today, something’s going to happen.”
Since then, he has diversified.
“We would not be able to survive if we were only repairing pagers,” Mr. Tepper said. “Wouldn't be possible. In our heyday, we had around eight or nine people working on double shifts,” Mr. Tepper said. “At one point, we had three delivery cars, drivers with two-way radios. We’d be running around, picking up pagers to be repaired and connected. We’d be here till midnight, making sure these things were fixed and out the door the next day.”
In the ’90s, Mr. Tepper and Mr. Shats took pagers apart and “reverse-engineered” their liquid-crystal displays, the windows that display the messages, so they could produce their own. Then Mr. Tepper found a factory in China to manufacture them.
For several years, CPR Technology sold 300,000 to 400,000 such displays to other pager repairers, Mr. Tepper said. That branch of his business has fallen by 90 percent in the last couple of years, he said. But he became an importer for a South Korean company that makes equipment used to test newfangled devices like Treo 650 cellphones.
These days he mostly leaves the repairs to Mr. Shats, who is not living the lonely life of a Maytag repairman. But things are not as exciting as, say, the time he opened a pager and discovered that it had become home to dozens of cockroaches.
“I closed very fast,” he said, “and put tape around it to keep them from getting out.”
Source: The New York Times
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The two companies currently have no customers in common and market their products in largely different geographies and networks. "Our products are well aligned. Together we'll deliver unparalleled value for any carrier investing in converged wireless/wireline services," added Bruce Bales, President of the Glenayre Messaging Division. "Convergence and IMS are about delivering uniform services regardless of networks and devices. The new company will deliver advanced services to our customers' legacy PSTN, next generation and 2G/3G wireless networks."
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As a teenager, Richard Lee Plessinger developed a two-way radio system, which he broadcast out of his parents' home in Oxford.
He went on to develop a paging system and ran several businesses that offered car phone service before cellular technology was developed.
He also bought several radio stations in Greater Cincinnati.
But Mr. Plessinger always dreamed of building and operating his own station, according to his son, Gary Plessinger of Hamilton. He did that after moving to St. George Island, Fla., about 18 years ago. He founded Oyster Radio in Eastpoint, Fla., which operates two stations - WOYS-FM (100.5) and WOYC-FM (106.5). He operated them until his death Dec. 19 of cancer at Hospice of Hamilton. He was 72.
The Plessinger Radio Group owned the old WCVG-AM (1320) in Covington, which was the country's first and only all-Elvis station. It was sold this year to Davidson Media Group for $1.9 million.
Mr. Plessinger also owned WAXZ-FM (97.7) and WAOL-FM (99.5), both in Brown County, and the old WJOJ-FM (107.1) in Milford, which is now KISS-FM. All of those stations were sold before his death.
Born in Union County, Ind., he spent most of his life in Hanover Township, just north of Hamilton.
He worked as an engineer at WMOH-AM (1450) in Hamilton for a number of years before starting a business that serviced two-way radios in Butler County. He developed a paging system in the early 1970s and installed and serviced car phones.
Mr. Plessinger owned Kentucky Communications, a paging and mobile phone service provider in Covington, Miami Valley Radio Telephone in Hamilton, and Beep Alert in Richmond, Ind.
In addition to his son, Gary, survivors include his wife, Clair; two other sons, Rick of East Point, Fla., and Scott of Hamilton; a daughter, Kim Reffitt of Oxford; a sister, Wilma Burgess of Dunnellon, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Services have been held. Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park in Hamilton.
Memorials: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206, or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597.
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Federal agency removes longtime Morse Code condition
10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, December 26, 2006
By MICHAEL FISHER
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|Bob Wade, president-elect of the Riverside County Amateur Radio Club, says he prefers using Morse Code but admits the federal decision eliminating a basic knowledge of Morse Code for amateur radio users could stimulate interest among younger people.|
In Morse Code, it means SOS, and it's an appropriate message for the archaic communication system that is fading into the electronic haze 170 years after its creation.
Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission eliminated a requirement that amateur radio users show a basic understanding of Morse Code before they are issued an FCC license. The decision, expected to take effect in early 2007, has rankled some longtime home amateur radio enthusiasts, and left the future fuzzy for the venerable Morse Code, already abandoned by the military.
Invented by Samuel Morse in 1836, Morse Code uses a combination of dots and dashes to represent letters and numbers. The code can be transmitted as electrical pulses zapped along a telegraph wire, as long and short audio tones on a radio or with flashing lights.
"A lot of old timers cut their eyeteeth on Morse Code and hate to see it go away," said Bob Wade, president-elect of the Riverside County Amateur Radio Club. "It's outdated and a lot of the new people wanting to get into amateur radio claim that it's a real hurdle for them."
FCC officials said the change will make it easier for some would-be enthusiasts to get involved in amateur radio, also known as ham radio, to communicate with others across the nation or the world. There are about 680,000 ham-radio operators in the United States, mostly in California, Texas, Florida, New York and Ohio. Ken Nelson, with the Coachella Valley Amateur Radio Club, applauds the move.
"It's pretty much a dying thing," the Whitewater retiree said, adding that the world has "just kind of gotten away from Morse Code."
"A lot of old timers cut their eyeteeth on Morse Code and hate to see it go away," says Bob Wade, of the Riverside County Amateur Radio Club.
Wade, who prefers tapping out Morse Code instead of talking when prowling the airwaves, said he hopes the FCC decision will increase interest in the hobby.
"I guess it's progress," Wade said. "If this makes amateur radio more desirable to younger people, then so be it. A lot of ham radio operators are getting old, and if we don't get a lot of new people coming in, the whole hobby is going to die off."
The death knell for Morse Code began chiming more loudly in 1999, when improvements in radio and global positioning satellite systems led the U.S. Coast Guard to stop monitoring the Morse Code maritime distress frequency, enthusiasts said. The Coast Guard later dropped the requirement for Morse Code proficiency on its ships.
Amateur radio provided a last venue for Morse Code use, and that world now looks to be shrinking given the FCC decision, explained Roger Reinke, secretary-treasurer for the Morse Telegraph Club Inc., whose 1,600 members hail from across the United States and Canada.
The Virginia man said, demographically, it's mostly older men and women who are versed in Morse Code, from ham radio operators to retired railroad company and telegraph workers.
"In a sense, it's the beginning of the end," Reinke said. "In another 15 or 20 years, I'm not sure how many people will be proficient with, or comfortable with, or interested in using (Morse) code."
Reinke described a bit of sadness among telegraph aficionados with the slow passing of Morse Code, as did Wade.
"I suspect there are going to be some hams that even if they don't know Morse Code, they will want to learn it just to learn it. But, I'm sure the numbers will decline as the old ham radio operators die off," Wade said.
While considered a hobby, amateur radio is often relied upon for emergency communications when conventional communication systems are damaged or fail during national disasters or a crisis. Ham radio volunteers helped coordinate disaster relief after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and during Hurricane Katrina last year.
Wade, a station manager for the Riverside County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, said the county's Emergency Operations Center does not have Morse Code capabilities.
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Dec 5, 2006 05:53 AM
How many times have you parked at a meter and didn't have enough change? Well, that could soon be a thing of the past. The City of Lansing is testing out a new hi-tech device that would allow drivers to leave their change in the car.
It's a common sight near parking meters- drivers searching their cars, their pockets, anywhere for loose change.
Russ Sanders, parks downtown: "You never have change when you need it."
Todd Callaway, parks downtown: "It can be a real pain in the neck. I'm constantly getting tickets just because I never have enough change on me."
But instead of saving all their loose change, drivers may now have the option of paying for their meter with their cell phone. Drivers buy a pager and leave it on their dashboard. They get meter time by calling a toll-free number and using their credit card, and the pager records the purchase.
Andrew Kilpatrick, City of Lansing Transportation Engineer: "For people with cell phones, this will be easy to pull up, call this number, pay for their parking. If they're late in a meeting, they can call back and add time right from wherever they are."
The city is looking for feedback from volunteers who will test the device for the next three months.
Andrew Kilpatrick: "We wanna get as broad a cross section of users downtown as possible."
If enough of them like it, the city will make it available to the general public, helping drivers get an edge in the race against time.
Source: WLNS News Lansing, Michigan
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Subject: Radio Operator for Sixty Years
Date: December 22, 2006 5:18:07 PM CST
BTW, BRAD, I was licensed by DOT, (Dept. of Transport) in 1946. The examiner and issuer of document was GEORGE PICARD, now deceased, who was the radio operator on the CALIFORNIAN who went to the aid of the TITANIC. AT that time RADIO was an "ad-on" and was not monitored 24 hrs a day. But "SPARKS" as he was known here, always played around with the radio on cw, and heard the "CQD" and begged the captain to change direction which they did but after 2 hours the CAPTAIN decided to resume his trip!!! SPARKS was a wonderful man who examined me and gave me my license 60 years ago!!
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