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FRIDAY - DECEMBER 28, 2007 - ISSUE NO. 291

Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas. Mine certainly was. We are having the usual December weather here in Illinois. Rain, snow, and fog.

I have published the remainder of last week's news as promised. Traditionally, at the start of the new year, there is a lot of news about new company plans and products. People get back from the holidays and start cleaning off their desks — after goofing off for most of December. ( It takes one to know one. )

Does anyone know of a Wi-Fi Pager? I keep getting inquiries and don't know of any in production. Wi-Fi paging has been—and is being— discussed due to the proliferation of Wi-Fi hot spots in many public areas.

I hope one of your New Year's Resolutions is to write an article for the newsletter. If that is not your thing, how about helping to sign-up a couple of new subscribers?

I also hope that the several companies who are considering an ad in the newsletter, go ahead and do it. To see how click here. left arrow

Please accept my sincere wishes for a Happy New Year.

A special THANK YOU to all those who have helped to keep the newsletter going through advertising and donations.

Now on to more news and views . . .

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No Stopping SMS Growth

By Wireless Week Staff

SMS continues its phenomenal growth. Gartner is out with a new report that forecasts 2.3 trillion mobile messages will be sent worldwide in 2008, a 19.6% increase from the 2007 total of 1.9 trillion messages.

The analyst report also says SMS revenue across major markets will grow 15.7% in 2008 to $60.2 billion, up from $52 billion in 2007. Gartner notes, however, that operator margins on messaging are getting thinner because of market saturation and competition.

"In many markets, there has been strong pressure on operator margins for text messaging services and this has been driven by often intense competition between carriers," says Gartner Analyst Nick Ingelbrecht. "At the same time, consumers have grown accustomed to large or unlimited bundles of inclusive SMS as part of their basic cellular service package. Carriers should plan for a future of much reduced margins on messaging services. They should develop messaging platforms, services portfolios and pricing plans that support the broader objectives of customer acquisition and retention, rather than short-term margin enhancements."

Asia/Pacific and Japan are the biggest consumers of mobile messaging with an estimated 1.5 trillion messages sent in 2007, Gartner says, and that's expect to increase to 1.7 trillion in 2008. Gartner also estimated there were 189 billion mobile messages sent in 2007 in North America, with a forecast to reach 301 billion in 2008.

"The market is being driven by increased penetration of users, more frequent usage of peer-to-peer messaging, and unlimited and bucketed messaging plans," says Tole Hart, research director at Gartner. "There has also been some uptake of mobile e-mail via POP3 mailboxes and mobile IM service, but it's very small compared with the uptake of SMS."

Source: WirelessWEEK


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This year, AAPC achieved the following major regulatory accomplishments:

  • Appointment of an AAPC representative to the Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee established pursuant to Section 603(d)(3) of the Warning Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act (2006).
  • Appointment of another AAPC representative to the Joint Advisory Committee on Communications Capabilities of Emergency Medical and Public Health Care Facilities established pursuant to Section 2201(c) of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act (2007).
  • Participating with the FCC on EB Docket No. 06-119, in which the FCC is implementing the recommendations of the Katrina Panel regarding ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability, and communications among first responders during emergencies, and on CC Docket No. 95-115, in which the FCC is tightening its regulation of Customer Proprietary Network Information that is collected and retained by telecommunications carriers.
  • In November, AAPC members became affiliated members of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) and now receive their newsletters and Enterprise Wireless™ magazine, and are invited to join their bi-weekly conference calls on regulatory updates.
  • The Paging Technical Committee (PTC) has continued to have a successful year assisting with developing device standards and fostering the development of handheld and telemetry applications that add value to the paging community.
  • New in 2008, our annual Wireless Forum conference will be a combined event with the regular EWA trade show. Our members will receive a registration discount, our vendors will be participating and several sessions will be dedicated to pertinent topics within our industry. Mark your calendars now to attend this premier event, November 4 – 7, 2008, at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Paging technologies are recognized as a “must have” component in all emergency situations. AAPC is on the front lines advocating for your business and our industry. Thank you for a productive 2007 and we look forward to your continued participation and advocating for you in 2008.

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The service, available on all U.S. wireless and landline phones, is supported by advertising.

By W. David Gardner
December 17, 2007 02:28 PM

In the latest rush to provide free directory assistance services, AT&T (NYSE: T) announced that its free directory service — 1-800-935-5697 — is now available from coast to coast across the United States.

Callers can dial the number above (marketed as 1-800-YellowPages) to reach the service, which is available on all U.S. wireline and mobile phones.

Previously, AT&T had been gradually rolling out free directory services piecemeal in nine Southeastern states.

The AT&T service is supported by advertising; when callers dial into the service, they're asked what category of business they want. A query for flowers, for instance, generates numbers for nearby florists. "People want information in a variety of ways, and making 1-800-YellowPages available nationally is an important step in providing to not only advertisers but also consumers, a wide range of choices for finding that they need," said David S. Huntley, senior VP at AT&T customer information services, in a statement.

Local and national advertisers are given various options to reach consumers through the service, AT&T said, noting that it publishes more than 1,250 Yellow Pages directories annually. The company added that more than 1 billion local searches were recorded by its network in 2006.

Free directory calling services are rapidly replacing paid directory assistance offerings, which sometimes charge $3 and up for a single query.

The services run the gamut from startup efforts like 1-800-FREE-411 to a more complex play from Tellme Networks that features different ways for callers to obtain phone numbers. By calling 1-800-555-TELL, or texting TELLM, callers can obtain phone numbers.

Source: InformationWeek

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NPRM FCC 07-214

Following are comments from Wayne Markis of Handy Page about the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning the establishment of a Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS). Wayne has put a lot of effort into this and I am sure he would appreciate anyone's constructive comments. The FCC's PS Docket No.07-287 is 140 pages long and can be downloaded as a "pdf" file here.

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RE: Comments on NPRM FCC 07-214, Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS)


1. We are an “Extreme Small business” CMRS Paging Carrier which is hoping to be able to be part of the CMAS to transmit alerts over our Paging system. Our system covers a large area of rural Arizona territory, some of which is currently not covered by other CMRS systems.
  The topography of this area ranges between low lying deserts to high mountainous terrain, providing us with situations involving instantaneous summer Monsoon floods, massive forest wildfires, and unpredictable winter snow storms.
  We look at the CMAS as a “public service” to the communities we serve and to our subscribers. Providing that the adopted CMAS does not get beyond our economical or technical means to implement or maintain the system, we expect to offer this service for “no fee”, to any person that has equipment capable of receiving the Alerts.

Federal Government’s Role:

2. We concur that a Federal Government entity would be the best pick for controlling, and maintaining a National Alerting system, at least for “Presidential or National Alerts”. Problems start occurring when you put in the need by State, County, and Local Government or Public Safety entities to also send alerts to the general public.
  a. If the Federal Entity is the sole “Alert Aggregator” of the system, then they will be besieged with calls from every Government entity across the entire country that needs to send an alert. They will then need to keep and maintain a constant database on every entity, for obvious security reasons, and have the staff, telephone lines and time to input these alerts into the proper CAP format for sending. (See Example 1)
  b. If the Federal Entity is to be the sole entry point for the entire Alert System, an easier way might be to have each State be “Sub Alert Aggregators” (State Aggregators), and then require the Counties and Local entities to contact this State entity to send out an Alert. The State entity would have the sufficient security information about these Local entities that is needed and then would compile the message into the proper CAP format and send it to the “National Alert Aggregator” to put on the alert system. The “National Alert Aggregator” would then only have to deal with 50 State entities, and other Federal Agencies which are allowed to send an alert. (See Example 2)
  c. This would also help eliminate duplicate alerts that might be sent by the National entities and the State or Local entities for the same alerting situations, by having some of the filtering done by the “State Aggregators”.
  d. In an emergency situation where the “National Aggregator” is incapacitated, the “State Aggregator’s” could be allowed to directly input into the “National Alert Gateway”, thereby providing a redundancy.


3. An alternative would be for the “National Aggregator” to be responsible for ONLY the Presidential and National alerts, and the “National Gateway” would then send everything down to the State levels. Each State entity would have a “State Gateway” which would send out to the “CMSP Gateways” within that State. (see Example 3)
  a. A “State Aggregator” would compile and send any State or Local alerts directly to a “State Gateway” for transmission to the “CMSP Gateways” within that State. If the “State Aggregator” received an alert which required National priority, it would then submit that alert directly to the “National Aggregator”
  b. An alert from the “National Gateway” would process directly, transparently, and with higher priority through each “State Gateway”, to all “CMSP Gateway’s” within that State.
  c. This would help eliminate “duplicate” alerts for the same situation from different entities as the States would see the National Alerts and would be inputting all the Local alerts into the alert system.
  d. Since the majority of all Alert traffic will be geographically defined within a State, County, or Local area, Alert traffic from different States would be using the CMAS network time in “Parallel” on separate State networks, rather than compiling it and sending it on a “Serial” basis in a single “National” network.
  e. This would allow “Redundancy” on the entire National Alert network. If the “National Aggregator or Gateway” is incapacitated, then the “State Aggregator’s and Gateways” can still function and send out alerts. If any one “State Aggregator or Gateway” is incapacitated, then the “National” network is not effected as a whole.
  f. All “CMSP Gateway’s” could have a “backup” receive only input on them, to allow for direct reception from the “National Gateway” in case their “State Gateway” is incapacitated. A “Special” control message sent down this feed could tell the CMSP Gateway to take all it’s messages from the “Backup” input, thereby “Bypassing” an incapacitated State Gateway.
  g. The Federal Government should also be the entity responsible for supplying and maintaining the entire CMAS until it arrives at the “C” point between the “Alert Gateway(s)” and the “CMSP’s Gateway”. This will make sure that the correct priorities and standards are maintained for the entire system.

Common Alerting Protocol:

4. We have just minor problems with accepting the CMSAAC’s recommendation of using the CAP/CMAC protocol for formatting the Alert messages on the CMAS.
  a. The main key ingredient to making the CMAS work is to have the correct software available on the “CMSP Gateway” to decipher, filter, and then send forward to the CMSP’s internal “Switch” the proper information so the alert message gets to the destination that is required to alert the End User.
  b. For a Paging Carrier’s needs:
   The “CMSP Gateway” software will need to take the CMAC format and using a translation database, translate the “CMAC” entries (CMACe) to control entries that the “Paging Switch” (PAGe) understands. These “PAGe” entries need to be entered by the CMSP into the “Gateway” for their particular type of Paging switch or terminal.


CMAC entry (CMACe)

Paging Switch (PAGe)




Capcode or Pager number

1234567, 928-601-1234



Capcode or Pager number

1234567, 123-1234

Special handling:


Priority – (Highest)

4, Next out, Break thru


CAE or others


3, 4



Network location, or

New York, Main, Two

channel number, or zone

1, 5A, 2-1, 0110


  c. Interfaces - Some sort of interface from the CMSP Gateway to the CMSP’s Paging switch will need to be used. Several protocols currently being used are:
          i. Direct Serial connection – using TAP (Telocator Alphanumeric Protocol)
    ii. TAP Dial up- Modem using TAP (Telocator Alphanumeric Protocol)
    iii, SNPP – (Simple Network Paging Protocol), using Internet or an Internal IP network.
    iv. TNPP – (Telocator Network Paging Protocol), using Internet or an Internal IP network.
    v. WTCP – (Wireless Transmission Control Protocol), using Internet or an Internal IP network.
        d. The information will need to be translated from the CMAC format into one of these formats BEFORE a Paging Switch or Terminal will accept it.
       i. Geocodes - The easiest way to help define where to send these messages for a Paging Carrier is to use “Zip Codes”. This is also the easiest understandable geographic area designation that would be used by a subscriber. Especially if you are asking a Subscriber to enter their location into a pager type device. Next understandable location designations would be “City”, followed by “County”.
    ii. Message Length – The 90 character length recommended by CMSAAC will work, but most older or smaller Alpha-Numeric pagers can take up to 120 characters with the larger and newer pagers taking up to 248 characters per message. Even longer character lengths are being used by some of the newer pager units, and the software used with many paging systems will automatically break up the message and send a second or third page to the same device if the message goes over the device “Maximum” character limit.
    iii. Expiration of messages and re-transmission – We foresee a problem with the described way a message would be re-transmitted until the expiration time is reached. Even if a “duplicate” message is received in a pager unit, in most cases, it still “alerts” the user that a message was received again. If the message is Urgent, like a Tornado sighting, then it probably needs to be resent often until the expiration time is up or a cancellation is received. A problem occurs when there is something like a “wind warning” by the NOAA, and it expires 8 hours later. If this message is sent every 15 minutes to the subscriber, by the time the 2nd or 3rd hour goes by the subscriber will have turned off their pager unit because they feel the message is harassing them rather than informing them. There needs to be a better formula for re-transmitting a message based on the CMAC “Severity”, “Urgency”, “Certainty”, and “Response type” codes of the message. We do not want to over send messages and turn subscribers off to using the system.
    iv. Opt-Out - In order for a subscriber to Opt Out of receiving certain messages on a pager unit, you would need to have the “CMSP Gateway” output different “Pager ID Codes” that would need to be selected by the CMAC codes of “Severity”, “Urgency”, and “Certainty”. These Pager ID Codes would translate into Group Cap codes in the CMSP’s switch, which would then be “Programmed” into the subscriber’s pager unit. Currently there are no pager units available that would allow the Subscriber to Opt Out by simply entering anything into their pager unit. The Subscriber would have to make the Opt Out choice when their pager unit is programmed for use on the CMSP’s system. Any change would require re-programming the pager unit. As new pagers are built this option could be incorporated into those newer units.

CMSP Gateway

5. We have several thoughts on the actual CMSP Gateway unit. We would assume that this unit is going to be a computer type device that interfaces with the “Alert Gateway” somehow, uses a software program to receive the alert messages and then translates them using internal databases into working messages for the particular type of CMSP. It then “outputs” them using the proper connection and format to the CMSP’s switch.
  a. Looking at the several different types of computer operating systems that are readily available, I suggest that the “Linux version” operating system be used. These are readily available, are used by many web server units across the country, are very stable operating systems, multi-task very well, and for the most cases are covered by “open source” copyrights. Most of the operating system server software available includes “Firewalls”, “VPN server”, “Database server”, and “File server” software. They will also run multiple network cards and serial ports.
  b. Per the CMSAAC’s recommendation, the CMSP Gateway unit would connect to the Alert Gateway by means of an IP address, with 2-way capability, to be able to handshake and give status back to the Alert Gateway. This would mean using either a High Speed Internet connection of some sort, or using a dedicated direct modem line between the CMSP Gateway and the Alert Gateway. Either way, all those connections would come into the “Alert Gateway”. Even if using a single IP address for each one, there would be some delay between when a message is sent to the first IP address to when it is finally sent to the last IP Address, since it would be sent out in a “serial” type of output. That delay would multiply by the total number of connections from all CMSP’s at the National Alert Gateway. This would be another reason to use State Alert Gateway’s in the system, as that would reduce the number of connections at the National level, and there would also be less overall total connections at the State level.
  c. Use of the Internet would be easy and less expensive to implement, but would not have the 99.999 % reliability recommended by the CMSAAC. Wirelines can be damaged during a disaster, delays between Internet servers can be caused by Hackers, viruses, or outages along the route. Wireless Internet is susceptible to radio interference.
  d. The ONLY 99.999 % reliable way would be to send the Alerts via satellite link connections. Although, connecting each CMSP Gateway with a 2 way satellite link would be expensive, connecting each CMSP Gateway with a 1 way satellite, receive only link would be inexpensive. ALL Alerts could be sent out as a single “Broadcast” message to all the CMSP Gateways. This would be extremely fast, and ALL gateways would get the message at the same time, in essence the message is being sent out in “parallel” to all users. The only delay would be from the Alert Gateway location, to the satellite, and back to the CMSP’s Gateway. (see Examples 4 & 5)
  e. The Internet connection at the CMSP Gateway could then be used for sending error messages and other handshakes back to the Alerting Gateway, where a delay is not as critical as getting the Alert message through. If the CMSP’s Gateway should quit receiving it’s keep alive signal transmitted by the Alert Gateway over the satellite link, the CMSP’s Gateway would then advise the Alerting Gateway via the Internet connection and switch over to receiving all the Alert messages using the Internet connection. If the Internet connection to the CMSP’s gateway was incapacitated, the CMSP’s Gateway could still continue to receive the Alert messages via the satellite connection.
  f. Test messages could easily be sent by the Alert Gateway to test the entire system to an end user device, by setting up a “Dummy” subscriber unit. When a “Test message” is received by the CMSP’s Gateway it would route the message to either a “Test Capcode” for Paging, or a “Test Cell Phone” for Cellular. This would provide the capabilities of testing the system from “Origination to End User” and not bother any user on the CMSP’s system. In the case of Paging, a Paging receiver unit with a serial output port could be connected to the CMSP’s Gateway to would allow the logging of the actual reception of any test message.
  g. Logging of all events at the CMSP’s Gateway should be done, which should include actual “End to End” tests of the system. The CMSP should be able to print out a log at any time, and use such for configuration, testing and maintenance of the Gateway unit.
  h. Several connection ports to and from the CMSP Gateway unit are needed. A serial port to receive satellite data into the Gateway unit. A second serial port going to the CMSP’s switch, to pass the Alert messages to the CMSP’s system, allowing logic handshakes and error status back to the Gateway unit. A parallel printer connection to print out any logs. A network connection to go to an external “high speed Internet Connection”, for connecting with the “Alert Gateways”. A second network connection (Internal) to allow maintenance and configuration of the gateway from another remote computer unit within the CMSP’s facility. (see Example 6)
  i. A way to back the “database” up on the gateway unit by using either a floppy disk drive, a CD or DVD recorder drive, or an external tape drive.
  j. One additional item that would go a long way to maintaining the CMSP Gateway and making sure everything is working, would be a program in the software to send “system and error messages” to a pager unit or cellular phone. This would allow the CMSP to get notifications from any Gateway unit that there may be a problem or the unit needs maintenance. This “tech” information could either be sent by way of the Gateway’s connection to the CMSP’s switch, over the Internet network connection, or by way of a serial modem port.


6. Although I can’t impress enough, that a critical point getting CMSP’s to volunteer to join the CMAS and send alerts over their systems, will hinge on the CMSP Gateway unit and it’s associated equipment. In most cases, the Federal Government should be the one to provide and update the software needed to run the CMSP gateways. There should only be a few versions of these gateways needed, one for Paging and one for Cellular. Although there might be some CMSP’s that would require special programming needs. This would help standardize the gateways, and any updates needed by the software, could be provided from the Alert Gateways, over the Internet connections. Since the Federal Government then owned the software, they would also have the right to quarry the CMSP’s gateway to get stats and other test data, which would be needed to help maintain and improve the system. If the cost of providing the CMSP Gateway software is borne totally on the CMSP, many smaller businesses will not be able to afford to provide it nor offer the Alerting service. I would also not restrict any CMSP that wanted to provide their own Gateway and software as long as it performed up to the standards set for the Gateway systems. In the very least, I would suggest giving “Federal grants” to those extremely small business carriers, (as defined by the SBA), that wanted to install the CMAS on their systems, so they could purchase the needed equipment.

Subscriber Units

7. As a Paging carrier, we expect many types of older pager units to be used for receiving the CMAS alerts. Many of these only have limited logic and storage capabilities inside their units, and they will not be capable of doing all the Alerting Features or the Opt Out’s that the CMSAAC has recommended. Since these older units are readily available and inexpensive, I suggest that they be allowed to be used and programmed onto the Alerting system, so as to allow as many persons as possible to be able to get the use and benefits from the system. As time goes by, the manufacturers of the pager units will add the recommended features of the Alerting system to their products, and people will slowly upgrade to those newer units. As the technology progresses, I expect that we will at some point have a pager unit that will receive an alert text message and then be able to speak it as a voice message to the end user.


8. One manufacturer, Commtech Wireless, (see Exhibit 7-8), currently offers a wall mounted pager unit, which features visual message display, vibrate, tone alert, “emergency” LED, and has a plug in to activate a remote alerting device for disabled users. This unit is battery operated, (AC plug in available), and can easily be removed from the wall hanger and taken with the user in case of the need to evacuate that location. This unit can be ordered for any of the current U.S. paging frequency bands and is easily programmed. It is equipment like this that will help facilitate the use of the CMAS Alerting system for the general public.


Paging versus Cellular for Alerting

  a. Because of the technology involved, Paging is already setup to provide direct messages to many persons, all at once. This is because Paging already uses “Simulcast” technology, whereby multiple high power transmitters, in multiple geographic locations can send the same message at once. By using a single (group) Capcode ID programmed into any multitude of pager units, they will all receive the same message at the same time. This technology has been used for decades, is thoroughly tested and very reliable. Paging systems currently cover a large area of the country. These systems are already installed and providing the service needed to do Alert paging. All that IS required, is that they be connected to the Alert Gateway to receive the alerts.
  b. Cellular on the other hand, is using separate cell sites, at separate locations, connecting to separate cellphone Ids. Even for SMS texting it can only connect to one unit at a time and send it a message. A cell phone can also not receive a message when it is being used for a voice call. To try to provide the needed Alerting technology to send messages to multiple subscribers at once, Cellular is trying to re-invent their systems to do “Simulcast”. Essentially, they are trying to install a “Paging” system on top of their “Cellular” system. The Federal Government should not be the one to have to fund the research, development, and implementation of this “duplicate Paging” system for the Cellular industry.
  c. Cellular could more easily be configured to use the existing 900 mhz. Paging infrastructure with their Cellular systems. Since 900 mhz. Paging is very close to the Cellular band, most handsets should easily be able to handle the frequency. This would require a connection between the Cellular “Control” computer, and the Paging CMSP “gateway/switch” to advise the handset units of the need to switch to the proper “Paging channel” to receive an alert message, just as the Cellular “Control” computer advises a handset to switch to a “talk” channel. Additional handset software may be needed, but could be incorporated in newer handset models or software upgrades.


Use of NCE and PBS facilities

10. The use of Non-Commercial and Public Broadcasting System facilities to connect with CMSP’s Gateways should not be MANDATED. Having these facilities for “redundancy” use to provide alert message to other EAS users is fine, but requiring that CMSP’s use them as the main means of getting the Alert messages from the Alert Gateway(s) would not be a good decision by the Commission. The NCE and PBS facilities also are susceptible to outages caused by disasters, and would in turn compound the use of additional routes, and delays in getting the messages to the CMSP’s Gateways.

In Conclusion

11. The CMSP should provide the transmission of the Alerts at NO COST to the Government or to the End User, providing that the End User already has equipment that is technically capable of receiving the CMSP’s system.


12. The Federal Government should either provide the proper software and the satellite reception equipment for the CMSP’s Gateway or provide grants to do so. The CMSP will be responsible for configuring and maintaining the Gateway with the assistance of the Federal Government. Without any assistance, many Small Business CMSP would not be able to afford to install the proper equipment and offer the Alerting service to the general public. A lot of these Small Business Paging carriers cover rural areas of the country and are the only carrier serving their geographic area.

Wayne Markis

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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.

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


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2 Glenayre QT4201, 25W Midband Link TX
1 Glenayre Hot Standby Panels
3 Motorola 10W, 900 MHz Link TX (C35JZB6106)
2 Motorola 30W, Midband Link TX (C42JZB6106AC)
VHF Paging Transmitters
8 QT-100C, 100W VHF, TCC, RL70XC
17 Glenayre GL-T8411, 225W, w/I20
3 Motorola PURC 5000, 350W, ACB or TRC
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Cramerton to get alert system


Cramerton town commissioners recently approved a message-sending system that can reach residents and businesses with contact information on file with the town.

Messages relating to everything from emergencies to water leaks can be sent to thousands of people within minutes by way of email, pager, cellphone, text messages or household phone lines.

The system is web-based and doesn't involve hardware, software or additional phone lines, according to Town Manager Michael Peoples.

Council approved a one-year contract with the NIT Group, Inc. for $3,900. Residents will be asked to inform the town how they want to receive the messages. There will be no charge. Information about the new system will be in the town's January newsletter.

Source: The Charlotte Observer

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The Paging Industry expects quality, reliable, and high performance paging products.

We at Unication have listened and delivered.


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  • A Taiwan company founded in 1992 with extensive experience designing and manufacturing paging and broadband products.
  • An ODM to major telecommunications companies.
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  • ISO 9001 and 14001 Certified
  • Fully licensed by Motorola for product design technology and the FLEX Family of Protocols.
  • Sales and Engineering support office in Arlington, Texas.
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  1901 E. Lamar Blvd.
  Arlington, TX 76006
  (817) 926-6771

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  • Includes 4 Serial Ports for Multiplexing Traffic
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  • Inexpensive method of automating your paging monitoring
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  • Available in 152-158 POCSAG or 929 FLEX (call for others)
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Please see our web site for even more products designed specifically for Personal Messaging carriers. For example, the Omega Messaging Gateway and Email Throttling Gateway (anti-spam).
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BloostonLaw Private Users Update

Published by the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP

[Selected portions reproduced here with the firm's permission.]

   Vol. 7, No. . 12 December 2007   

FCC Grants ViaSat Blanket Authority To Operate Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft

The FCC has granted ViaSat, Inc., blanket authority for domestic operation of up to 1,000 technically identical transmit/receive earth stations aboard commercial aircraft. These earth stations will provide Aeronautical Mobile Satellite Service (AMSS), using the standard Ku-band frequency ranges 14.0-14.5 GHz (Earth-to-space) and 11.7-12.2 GHz (space-to-Earth), to link with leased transponders aboard the AMC-6 satellite operating at the 72º West Longitude orbital location. The ViaSat aircraft earth stations will provide two-way broadband communications for passengers and aircrew members aboard commercial airliners and private business jets, with access to email, the Internet, and corporate virtual networks.

ViaSat’s planned AMSS system, which the applicant refers to by the trade name “Arclight,” is designed to provide two-way broadband data communications via satellite radio links between aircraft earth stations (AES’s or AES terminals) and a Ground Earth Station (GES) and Network Operations Center (NOC). ViaSat proposes to use a previously-licensed GES located in Carlsbad, California, for this purpose, which ViaSat currently operates to support ARINC’s “SkyLink” AMSS system. The Arclight AMSS NOC would be co-located with the GES.

Arclight AES terminals, which have been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), are comprised of three major sub-assemblies: an Airborne Integrated Transceiver Router (AITR), an Antenna Control Unit (ACU) and a Tail-Mount Antenna Subsystem (TMASS). The AITR performs multiple functions, which include packet routing at the local area network interface, IP data encapsulation and recovery, downlink demodulation and decoding, uplink encoding and burst modulation, implementation of power and frequency control algorithms, network communications with the NOC, and control of the TMASS via the ACU. The main component of the TMASS is a steerable 0.2921 meter (11.5 inch) parabolic reflector antenna, which can rotate in 3 axes and can receive in the 11.7-12.2 GHz band while simultaneously transmitting in the 14.0-14.5 GHz band. The ACU uses data received from the aircraft inertial navigation system to continuously control the AES antenna so that it points at the target satellite as the aircraft executes flight maneuvers, with total root mean square pointing error of less than 0.1° in normal operation. Any aircraft maneuver or navigational failure that prevents the antenna from properly pointing to the target satellite will disrupt the received signal, with resultant shut down of the AES transmitter within one second by on-board fault management controls designed to stop transmission in the event of AES hardware failure or out-of-tolerance operation.

To establish a connection, an Arclight AES must initiate a login sequence after processing a periodically transmitted configuration message from the NOC via the assigned satellite transponder. After processing the configuration message, the AES transmits a login burst lasting approximately 16 milliseconds at a low power level. If no response is received from the NOC, the AES transmits successive login bursts at 10-second intervals, incrementally increasing power in 1-decibel steps up to a pre-configured maximum. If no response is received after attempting login at the maximum power level, the AES continues login attempts in a different frequency channel, starting at the lowest power level again. Arclight AES terminals that are logged in transmit data in bursts at random time intervals, using a Code Division Multiple Access “Aloha” contention access protocol and Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum modulation with forward error control. The power of the data transmissions from a logged-in AES terminal is dynamically controlled by the NOC, using a closed-loop algorithm that takes into account the Eb/No ratio (energy per bit divided by noise density) of data transmissions received by the GES and the aircraft’s location in relation to the gain/noise-temperature contour of the satellite antenna. The NOC also controls AES transmitter duty cycles and data-transmission rates, which can vary from 32 kbps to 512 kbps, and corrects frequency errors in AES transmissions.

ViaSat has filed a copy of a coordination letter signed by SES Americom, the licensed operator of the AMC-6 satellite. In the letter, SES states its understanding that ViaSat will operate the Arclight AMSS system in such a way that aggregate off-axis e.i.r.p. from Arclight AES terminals will “always [be] equal to or less than that of routinely authorized VSAT [Very Small Aperture Terminal]” remote stations. In other words, the aggregate off-axis e.i.r.p. will always be within the routine-licensing off-axis radiation envelope.

Further, AES operations would be consistent with coordination agreements between SES and operators of adjacent satellites. The off-axis radiation limits that ViaSat proposes are acceptable to PanAmSat, the operator of the only co-frequency satellite within six degrees of the AMC-6 satellite. The FCC concluded that it would serve the public interest to authorize Arclight operation within those limits, subject to certain conditions and any additional requirements imposed in the pending Ku-Band AMSS rulemaking.

In the event another co-frequency FSS satellite commences operation at a location within six degrees of the target satellite, ViaSat shall confine aggregate off-axis radiation to a level one dB below the routine-processing limits, pending coordination with the operator of the new satellite. Both previous recipients of license authority for Ku-band AMSS operation voluntarily proposed to keep off-axis radiation from single terminals within a one-dB margin below the routine-processing limits and to keep aggregate off-axis radiation within that margin for all but a small fraction of the time.

In view of the fact that ViaSat is proposing to operate with random-access protocols that would allow simultaneous operation by multiple terminals, we think it is reasonable to require ViaSat to meet a similar restriction during any period of time when its AMSS operation has not been coordinated with respect to an operational co-frequency satellite within six degrees of the target satellite. The FCC believes this requirement will minimize the possibility of unacceptable interference to other licensed operations.

In addition to proposing off-axis e.i.r.p. limits for Ku-band AMSS systems, the Commission proposed several other technical requirements in the Ku-Band AMSS NPRM based on recommendations in ITU-R M.1643 to minimize risk of harmful interference with co-channel FSS systems. Specifically, the Commission proposed to adopt the following requirements pertaining to operation of Ku-band AES terminals: maintaining pointing accuracy within 0.2 degrees; use of tracking algorithms that are resistant to capturing signals from adjacent satellites; immediate cessation of transmission upon detection of unintended satellite tracking; operational control by an NOC located in the United States that can detect AES malfunctions and send “enable transmission” and “disable transmission” commands to the AES terminals; automatic cessation of AES transmission upon receipt of a parameter-change command pending receipt of an enable-transmission signal from the NOC; and on-board fault detection with automatic shutdown upon detection of a fault that could result in harmful interference. Based on review of the subject application, the FCC concluded that operation of the Arclight AMSS system would satisfy these proposed requirements.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Gene Maliszewskyj.

FCC Partially Grants Placer County Construction Waiver

The FCC has partially granted the County of Placer, California’s Request for Extension of Time to Construct 10 Paging Licenses. Placer had requested a waiver of the construction requirements for 10 geographic-based Part 22 paging licenses until July 30, 2012. The Commission, however, extended the July 30, 2007, construction deadline for the subject licenses to December 31, 2009.

Placer acquired the 10 licenses (where each license is a channel pair) for the Sacramento – Yolo, California Economic Area (EA) in May 2005 via an assignment of licenses from Cook Telecom, Inc. As part of the assignment application, Placer requested a waiver of the Commission’s rules to operate the Part 22 paging channels for a countywide public safety network. Placer stated that it operates a countywide communications system that serves the Placer County Sheriff (Office of Emergency Services, Fire Dispatch), as well as other departments, and that it is deploying a new system using its Part 22 paging frequencies. Placer stated that it has developed a three-phase approach to construct its new system, and that it is currently in the third phase. In the first phase, Placer developed a strategy for deploying a new system, acquired the necessary spectrum, conducted detailed engineering studies, and upgraded tower sites. In the second phase, Placer obtained federal and state funding, upgraded Sheriffs’ dispatch centers, and expanded radio infrastructure and towers. Placer stated that the third phase consists of constructing and testing its new system, implementing new technology at the local agency level, and managing and maintaining the new network. Placer stated that it expects to complete construction of its countywide system by the end of 2009. Placer, however, requested an extension of time to construct until the end of its license term, which is July 30, 2012, out of an abundance of caution.

The FCC said it believes that the public interest would be served by extending the construction deadline for the 10 licenses until December 31, 2009 (the time in which Placer states that it will complete its construction). While such lengthy extensions are not routine, the FCC said it is justified in this instance, given the challenges in constructing a countywide public safety network and Placer’s diligence in taking steps to use its Part 22 paging licenses. Placer plans to deploy a new countywide public safety system utilizing the spectrum associated with its Part 22 paging licenses, which it acquired in the secondary market two years ago.

Although Placer has held the licenses for only two years, it has made progress towards completing construction of its countywide public safety system, the FCC said. The Commission added that it expects that such a system will provide critical communications to first responders and other public safety users and, accordingly, will benefit the public with an enhanced public safety communications system. “Placer’s commitment to construct such a system, including its efforts in obtaining both state and federal funding leads us to conclude the public interest would be served by an extension of the construction requirements in this instance,” the FCC said. “However, because Placer states that it will conclude its construction by the end of 2009, an extension until the end of its license term is not necessary. We, therefore, grant an extension of time to construct until December 31, 2009.”

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky, John Prendergast, and Richard Rubino.

FCC Adopts Low Power FM Radio Rules, NPRM

The FCC, at its November open meeting, adopted a wide-ranging series of ownership, eligibility and technical rules and sought comment on additional technical matters in the Low Power FM Third Report and Order and Second Noticed of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). In the Order, the Commission adopted a number of rules and policies designed to foster and protect LPFM radio service which creates opportunities for new voices on the airwaves and to allow local groups, including schools, churches, and other community-based organizations, to provide programming responsive to local community needs and interests. The Commission’s action includes changes to strengthen and promote the long-term viability of the LPFM service, and the localism and diversity goals that this service is intended to advance. The Order:

  • Allows the transfer of LFPM licenses subject to significant limitations.
  • Reinstates the Commission’s rule that all LPFM authorization holders be local to the community and limits ownership to one station per licensee.
  • Clarifies that repetitious, automated programming does not meet the local origination requirement.
  • Encourages voluntary time-sharing agreements between applicants.
  • Imposes an application cap on 2003 FM translator window filers.
  • Limits the responsibility of LPFM stations to resolve interference caused to subsequently authorized full-service stations.
  • Establishes a procedural framework for considering short-spacing waivers and a going-forward displacement policy for LPFM stations.

In the Second NPRM, the Commission seeks comment on technical rules that could potentially expand LPFM licensing opportunities. The FCC tentatively concludes that full service stations must provide technical and financial assistance to LPFM stations when implementation of a full service station facility proposal would cause interference to an LPFM station. It also tentatively concludes that it should adopt a contour-based protection methodology to expand LPFM licensing opportunities. And it intends to address the issues in the NPRM within six months, and indicates that the next filing window for a non-tabled aural licensed service will be for LPFM. Finally, the Commission will recommend to Congress that it remove the requirement that LPFM stations protect full-power stations operating on third adjacent channels.

Comments in this MM Docket No. 99-25 proceeding will be due 30 days after publication of the item in the Federal Register, and replies will be due 15 days thereafter.

BloostonLaw contacts: Hal Mordkofsky and John Prendergast.

Source: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy and Prendergast, LLP

For additional information, contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or


The European Mobile Messaging Association

A Global Wireless Messaging Association

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December 21, 2007

Dear Friends and Colleagues

Please find attached the preliminary program and registration form for the next EMMA conference and Round Table meeting to be held in Crete, Greece on April 23 - 25, 2008.

Crete is the largest island of the Greek Archipelago, with over 4,000 years of history, and the birth place of the European Civilization. We have arranged with the Blue Palace Hotel and Resort, a member of the Starwood Luxury Collection family, a very special price for the season of 180 Euros per night to include the room, breakfast and taxes. The hotel features a 2000-sqm spa, nautical sports and Thalassotherapy resort. Attached you will find the brochure of the hotel. The hotel registration form will be circulated separately.

The theme for the Conference is Critical Messaging, a return to the core capabilities of Paging. As the mobile technology evolves at rapid pace, it is increasingly leaning towards one-for-all applications devices, but seems to be neglecting the primary needs of mobile communications users: urgency and instant notification. Both the business and public sectors still have unfulfilled expectations in these areas. How can paging fill the gaps? And, are the emerging hybrid telecommunications technologies complementary or antagonistic to us?

Although Crete suffered in the second millennium BC the first Tsunami on record, the Conference will not limit itself to disaster alert. The business community is equally keen to be given dependable solutions for instant messaging on truly portable devices. Can the Paging industry seize this opportunity?

This theme is a natural follow-up on the Cork Conference, which dealt with Innovation. Specialists among manufacturers, operators and application developers will share with the delegates their experience and knowledge.

We look forward to seeing you in Crete next April.

Meanwhile, we take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Kind Regards

Jacques and Derek


Program Summary

Blue Palace Brochure

Registration Form

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Ofcom to release spectrum for mobile broadband and advanced wireless services

12.19.07, 6:18 AM ET

LONDON (Thomson Financial) - The UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) said it plans to release more spectrum suitable for new services such as mobile broadband and advanced wireless services, in order to offer the maximum flexibility in the way that the bands can be used.

The 2010-2025 MHz and 2500-2690 MHz bands (known as 2.6 GHz) will be released on a technology and service neutral basis.

The auction is part of a wider programme to release around 400 MHz of spectrum at prime spectrum to the market over the next few years.

'This process will see the UK's largest single release of spectrum suitable for a range of new wireless services including WiMAX,' chief executive of Ofcom Ed Richards said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Ofcom said it plans to auction radio spectrum suitable for a range of services, including mobile television and satellite radio, in the spring of 2008.

Source: Forbes

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Nighthawk Systems Inc. manufactures low cost and reliable remote control products for fire house alerting, volunteer alerting, activation of warning signs and sirens, and a number of applications for public safety. The Company manufactures the EA1 and the FAS-8 which have been designed specifically for these applications. Both products are paging based and will work with any public or private paging network. They are available in all VHF, UHF, and 900 MHz paging frequencies. The products can serve as the primary notification system or an excellent, low-cost backup to existing systems.

Public Emergency Notification & Volunteer Alerting

The EA1 is the solution for remotely activating public warning signage. Examples include tornado sirens, flash flood warnings, fire danger, Amber Alert, icy roads, etc. The EA1 can also send text messages to scrolling signs. This can occur in conjunction with the activation of audible alarms and visual strobes. This is ideal for public notification in buildings, schools, hotels, factories, etc. The group call feature allows for any number of signs or flashing lights to be activated at the same time over a wide geographic area. In addition, the EA1 Emergency Alert is the perfect solution for low cost yet highly effective alerting of volunteer fire fighters in their home. When activated the EA1 will emit an audible alarm and activate the power outlet on the units faceplate. A common setup is to simply place the EA1 on a table and plug a lamp into the faceplate. When paged from dispatch or any touch tone phone the EA1 will awaken the fire fighter to a lit room. As an option the EA1 can be ordered with a serial cable, allowing for attachment of a serial printer. When paged the alphanumeric message will be printed out at the same time the alarm sounds and the outlet is activated. The EA1 is an ideal complement to alphanumeric belt pagers common to volunteers.

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The FAS-8 is designed for activating one or more relays in a firehouse and if desired, printing the alphanumeric message to a serial printer. For this application the FAS-8 is set to activate upon receiving the proper paging cap code sent from 911 dispatch. Up to eight different devices can be activated all with individual time functions. The most common devices to turn on include the PA amplifier, audible wake up alarm, and house lights. The most common device turned off is the stove. The FAS-8 can accept up to 8 different cap codes and have separate relay and time functions per cap code. This allows for different alerting to be accomplished at the same physical location depending upon which cap code is sent. This can be very helpful when fire crews and medical crews are housed in the same building.



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From: Art Gill
Subject: letter to the editor
Date: December 21, 2007 3:49:41 PM CST
To: Brad Dye

Does anyone have programming information for a "GoComm" Minitext pager. Model # st-901. They are labeled to be on our frequency, but no indication of the capcode. We found these new on our shelf. Any information would be appreciated. Art email: Art(at)


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