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FRIDAY - DECEMBER 19, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 340

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Dear Friends of Wireless,


Motorola freezes pension plans

Cell phone maker announces pension freeze and suspends matching contributions to 401(k)s; execs take a pay cut.

NEW YORK ( — Motorola, Inc. said on Wednesday that it is freezing employee pension plans and no longer matching 401(k) contributions as a result of the economic crisis.

Motorola (MOT, Fortune 500), a maker of cell phones and other communications devices based in the Chicago-area town of Schaumburg, Ill., said it will "permanently freeze" all U.S. pension plans by March 1, 2009.

Motorola said it will continue to invest cash into its pension plan, as required. But individual pensions will not reflect any employee salary increases after March 1, effectively capping Motorola's contributions. The company stopped admitting new members to its pension plan in January, 2005.

"The plan is not going away—it is being frozen," said Motorola spokeswoman Jennifer Weyrauch-Erickson.

In addition, the company said it will no longer match employees' 401(k) contributions, as of Jan. 1, 2009.

Pay cuts at the top
Motorola will also freeze salaries for many of its employees throughout 2009.

The company's co-CEOs, John Brown and Sanjay Jha, are voluntarily taking 25% cuts to their 2009 salaries, Motorola said. Brown will not accept a cash bonus for 2008, the company said, while Jha's "guaranteed" bonus for that year will be "voluntarily reduced."

"The sustained downturn in the global economy requires that we take these difficult but necessary steps," Brown and Jha said in a joint press release. [source]

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Background (old news):

Before counting stock options and awards, Brown will be making no less than about $10 million in 2008 comprising from his Base Salary, Annual Bonus, 2008 Special Bonus and long-term incentive plan.

Brown gets other perks, like a minimum of four weeks vacation and access to the company’s airplane for “security purposes for business and personal travel,” however, the package is unlikely to surpass the compensation of Motorola’s other Co-CEO Sanjay Jha, who is the recently hired head of the company’s struggling handset division. Jha is estimated to have a package worth as much as $94 million, including restricted stock, options, base pay and a special payment. [source]

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What wonderful, kindhearted people these Motorola Co-CEOs are! Imagine, taking a 25% cut in pay for “the good of the company.” I hope they don't have to go hungry. They really didn't need to take a pay reduction—they could have just fired a few thousand more workers and told them to eat cake for Christmas.

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Merry Christmas
I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday.


Now on to more news and views.

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There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Data companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers — so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology. I regularly get readers' comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Data communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

Editorial Policy: The opinions expressed here are my own and DO NOT reflect the opinions or policies of any of the advertisers, supporters, contributors, the AAPC (American Association of Paging Carriers, or the EWA (Enterprise Wireless Alliance). As a general rule, I publish opposing opinions, even when I have to substitute "----" for some of the off-color words. This is a public forum for the topics covered, and all views are welcome (so far). Clips of news that I find on the Internet always include a link to the source and just because I report on a given topic or opinion doesn't mean that I agree with it.

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Save the Date!

June 17 – 19, 2009

Montreal, Canada

Plan now to join the American Association of Paging Carriers (AAPC) and the European Mobile Messaging Association (EMMA) for the first annual Global Paging Convention.

If your work involves paging then you cannot afford to miss this event. You will learn new marketing strategies (that work), new services that are selling, new vertical markets that have been successfully opened, and cost reductions that will improve your bottom line.

This premier event will draw an international crowd of paging industry representatives and make a significant contribution to the global success of the paging industry. Carriers, manufacturers, suppliers, and resellers from all over the world will be together for two days to display their products and services and learn from educational sessions and network with one another.

Montreal is a worldwide destination of choice with an international flavor. It is Quebec's largest city, located only hours away from New York, but dining on the busy French-influenced streets, listening to a mangle of Quebecois French, English, and other languages, you'll soon realize you've come as close to Europe as you can without taking a transatlantic flight.

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The Latest News in New York, Now Breaking at a Small Strip Mall in New Jersey

The New York Times
Published: December 16, 2008

A giant crane topples on the East Side of Manhattan and seven people are killed. A steam pipe explodes near Grand Central Terminal, leaving one passer-by dead, injuring dozens of others and forcing a number of businesses to close. A fire rips through a home in the Bronx, killing 10 members of two immigrant families from West Africa.

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Robert Stolarik for The New York Times

Daniel Meyers monitoring scanners for the Breaking News Network, a subscription-based service used mainly by news outlets.

Most people got news of these major New York stories from television, radio, the newspaper or, more and more, the Web.

But some of the first hints that something big was happening came from a series of transmissions from outside the five boroughs. Those messages came from a strip mall in New Jersey and were sent to pagers and computers in newsrooms in New York City and beyond.

The mall is home to a company called the Breaking News Network, started in the early 1990s by twin brothers who were working as electronics salesmen and who believed that journalists eager for a scoop would pay for a pager service that transmitted fragments of conversation culled from radio frequencies used by emergency responders, including police officers and firefighters.

The pager messages are terse, typically containing little more than a street address and a two- or three-word description of what is thought to be happening there. One recent alert was about an apparent car crash in Brooklyn: “Car Vs Bldg | 225a Wyckoff St Brooklyn, NY | 12/3/2008 8:52 a.m.”

Scant as they may be, those bits of information allow reporters and photographers to quickly start heading to the scene, giving them perhaps an advantage over their rivals or maybe allowing them to arrive in time to witness events firsthand.

Inside a sparsely furnished third-floor suite in the strip mall, in Fort Lee, a handful of employees work 24 hours a day, tapping out pager messages surrounded by the raspy crackle and chatter of scanners.

“It’s never a boring job,” one of the company’s founders, Steven Gessman, 49, said in the office where he works with his brother, Robert. “Just sitting here you'll hear about a bank robbery in Manhattan or a fire in Brooklyn.”

The company, which does not disclose its rates, has subscribers beyond journalists, including public safety officials, insurance adjusters, utility workers, tow truck operators. Many assignment editors at television stations and daily papers consider the pagers a necessity, if only because they know the competition subscribes.

“We don’t have the staff to dedicate one person to just listen to scanners,” said Shannon Troetel, the assignment manager at New York 1, a 24-hour cable news channel based in Manhattan. “We depend on them to be our ears.”

Though the pagers often provide useful clues, they have also been known to send reporters on a wild goose chase — a seemingly horrific traffic accident with many seriously injured turns out to be a fender-bender with no one hurt.

“We do raw news,” said Robert Gessman. “On occasion there’s a report that turns out to be inaccurate, in most cases because the person on the scene gives an inaccurate report on the radio.”

The service relies on hundreds of volunteers and news buffs who listen to scanners at home and call the Fort Lee headquarters when they hear something they think is noteworthy. Among them is Tom Graff, 55, a retired electrician in Gravesend, Brooklyn, who said he often listened to his scanners when he cannot sleep.

“It’s soothing in a way, therapeutic, and it keeps you in tune with what’s going on,” he said “But sometimes you'll hear eerie things, frightening things.”

Mr. Graff said he still vividly remembered the chilling series of transmissions he listened to in 2000, when the police were investigating the execution-style shootings of seven bound-and-gagged workers at a Wendy’s restaurant in Queens.

Though there is nothing illegal about listening to emergency scanners, Breaking News Network did end up in court in 1997, when the Gessmans and others were accused of unlawfully intercepting pager messages sent between New York City officials. The men said that the charges were baseless but that they eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanors to bring the case to an end.

The service monitors more than a dozen scanners tuned to channels used by police officers, firefighters and ambulance operators in New York and New Jersey. Descriptions of robberies and automobile accidents are common. So are reports of emotionally disturbed people barricaded behind doors and suspicious packages left in public places.

Only a small percentage of those transmissions yield something newsworthy. Workers for the service learn to listen for signals that something out of the ordinary is happening, then enter information into a computer that transmits it to thousands of pagers and computers.

The task of separating the significant from the prosaic is complicated by the fact that police and fire dispatchers often communicate using numerical codes that vary from town to town or county to county.

“You just start hearing different voice inflections,” Steven Gessman said. “All of a sudden they start sounding a little bit excited and you lock in on certain words.”

During a recent visit the scanner desk was helmed by Daniel Meyers, a 20-year-old from South Beach, Staten Island. He sat in front a computer facing square metal speakers connected to 14 scanners marked with labels including “FDNY,” “EMS” and “Alerts.”

There were reports of a possible heart attack victim near the Rockaways in Queens, a fire in a building in Jersey City and a bank robbery on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Mr. Meyers occasionally turned up the volume to listen more closely. He looked up locations on maps and spoke on the phone to people calling in tips.

Robert Gessman leaned against the desk, listening to the hum of the voices emanating from the scanners. “We joke about how little people actually know about what’s going on every day,” he said. “Then when you listen to the scanners you start to realize.”

Source: The New York Times

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AAPC—American Association of Paging Carriers Paging & Wireless Network Planners LLC
CRS—Critical Response Systems Preferred Wireless
CVC Paging Prism Paging
Daviscomms USA Raven Systems
Easy Solutions 
GTES—Global Technical Engineering Solutions Ron Mercer
Hark Systems Sun Telecom
HMCE, Inc. Swissphone
InfoRad, Inc.    TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services
Ira Wiesenfeld UCOM Paging
Minilec Service, Inc. Unication USA
Nighthawk Systems, Inc. United Communications Corp.
Northeast Paging WiPath Communications
NOTIFYall Zetron Inc.  

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Siemens pays big fine in bribery probe

By Matt Andrejczak
Last update: 4:00 p.m. EST Dec. 15, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Siemens AG agreed Monday to pay more than $1.6 billion to settle charges that it showered bribes around the world for lucrative business contracts.

Siemens was accused by U.S. and German prosecutors of paying more than $1.4 billion in bribes to various governments, including those in Iraq, Venezuela, Argentina and Bangladesh.

WSJ Europe editorial writer Daniel Schwammenthal says that despite international sanctions, German trade with Iran is increasing.

Some of the projects included work on metro transit lines in Venezuela, national identity cards in Argentina, and sales of power stations and equipment to Iraq under the United Nations oil-for-food Program.

The payments, which sometimes involved large cash amounts carried in suitcases across international borders, were facilitated through a network of business consultants and other intermediaries, according to enforcement officials. The bribes date to September 1998.

Siemens settled charges brought by the U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission with a total value of $800 million.

The German industrial giant and three of its subsidiaries pleaded guilty to violating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Siemens was accused of shoddy bookkeeping and other criminal violations. It is largest fine ever paid under the act.

Also Monday, Siemens resolved an investigation brought by the Munich public prosecutor's office in Germany. Charges there totaled $856 million, including a previous settlement in 2007.

The terms of its plea deal with the U.S. government call for Siemens to retain an independent compliance monitor and assist Justice Department enforcement with ongoing investigations of corrupt payments by company employees and agents.

Three ex-Siemens managers who were involved in the situation were given suspended prison terms by German courts this year, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Prosecutors in Germany may indict others in the scandal, people familiar with the case reportedly told the Journal.

Source: MarketWatch

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December 19th, 2008

A brief history of BlackBerry

Pop quiz: when was the last time you saw a pinstriped person on the train who didn’t have his BlackBerry out? We’re prepared to put money down that you can’t remember.

Ever wondered how BlackBerry came to dominate the mobile email market? Find out in our brief history inside!

Established: 1984

How BlackBerry started out
The company behind BlackBerry, Research In Motion (RIM), was founded in Canada in 1984. Specializing in two-way pager software into the mid-90s, it released the first BlackBerry two-way in 1999, but it wasn't until 2002 that the first fruit with mobile, SMS and push email capabilities was unleashed on the world, the 5810. Businesses soon saw the power of the QWERTY keypad handsets as an office tool, and haven’t looked back since, with the first colour models in 2003 and first packing Wi-Fi in 2004.

What it does now
Today, BlackBerry has the business market nailed, with the likes of Palm failing to make a dent. RIM concentrates on several different business ranges including the more traditional Curve and Bold models, as well as the slimmer Pearl line for those less concerned with how fast it takes to tap out an email. It’s trying to break into the consumer market too though with the touchscreen BlackBerry Storm.

Key Innovations

Push it real good - Nobody yet bettered RIM’s push email software - instant delivery wherever you are.

Company kit - RIM’s concentration on the business sector with its integrating Enterprise software has bagged it a lucrative income that even Nokia hasn't fully tapped into.

Multimedia mobile - The latest BlackBerries pack as much portable media prowess an an iPhone to let the suits wind down on the commute.

Milestone handsets

BlackBerry 6230
Release date: 2002
The most memorable full phone ‘Berry in its first year has all the core features still included in RIM’s mobiles today.

BlackBerry 8700
Release date: 2005
RIM’s first phones to seriously target private consumers still packed in all its business bonus features to get the best of both worlds.

BlackBerry Pearl 8110
Release date: 2006
The first Pearl, slimming down the QWERTY keypad, followed in the fashionable 8700’s steps attracting customers outside of companies.

BlackBerry Bold
Release date: August 2008
An unashamedly big powerhouse for business users, with 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS all included.

BlackBerry Storm
Release date: November 2008
The very first touchscreen BlackBerry is a serious iPhone rival and the first to offer a tactile panel you push down to click.

See all BlackBerry phones available on The Link >>

Source: The Link

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News Release

December 19, 2008
Contact: Joe Farren

CTIA – The Wireless Association® Announces Enhanced Messaging Product Features Including Group Messaging and Presence

WASHINGTON, DC—CTIA—The Wireless Association®, on behalf of its Wireless Internet Caucus (WIC) Enhanced Messaging Action Team (EM Team), today released its Final Set of Uses Cases and Call Flows for the development of Enhanced Messaging solutions.  Agreed to by all of the major US carriers, the Use Cases and Call Flows document provides carrier partners with a complete set of the tools and information they will need to move forward with the development of inter-operable Enhanced Messaging products, enabling both Group Messaging and Presence functionality. 

Enhanced Messaging (EM) is a presence-enabled mobile messaging service that allows for richer real-time text messaging and communications than traditional mobile messaging, such as SMS.  The Group Messaging feature enables multiple users to interact with text based communication on their mobile devices, as well as support multi-media files in group communications.  Cross-carrier support for the Use Case and Call Flow specifications will ensure inter-operability of Enhanced Messaging products and services. 

"Enhanced Messaging communication has the potential to revolutionize mobile data communications," said Steve Largent, President and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association.  "Text messaging has long been a huge growth opportunity in mobile data communication, and we fully expect Enhanced Messaging to take it to the next level.  The newly released Final Set of Use Cases and Call Flows give prospective carrier partners the tools and information they need to move forward with the development of Enhanced Messaging solutions." 

The EM product is currently expected to be launched in the US as early as third quarter 2009.  The details of the Enhanced Messaging feature functionality and customer experience are contained in the Final Set of Use Cases and Call Flows, which outlines the baseline of standard protocol for the implementation of Enhanced Messaging (EM) products.  The document is the result of the EM Team's detailed Response Review of the RFI it issued in June, which generated more than a dozen submissions by industry providers.  

Copies of the newly released Final Set of Enhanced Messaging Use Cases and Call Flows and more information about the Enhanced Messaging Action Team are now available.  All this and more can be accessed on the "Mobile Enhanced Messaging" page at, or by contacting contact Kate Kingberger at, 202-736-3892. 


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

Source: CTIA

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Navy Can Text Stealthy Submarines 24/7

Month 2009
By Stew Magnuson

navy paging SAN DIEGO — For years, the Navy has wanted to communicate with its submarines as they travel underwater at great depths.

On some missions, a commander can be ordered to run silent and deep for months without any way to send or receive messages.

Communicating with a command center often means rising to shallow depths where a periscope with an antenna can be raised above water.

That makes the ship vulnerable and can expose its presence to the enemy.

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center and Raytheon recently tested a new system that will allow a submarine to “send a page” to surface ships or command and control centers or vice versa without having to surface or stop its engines.

Raytheon Co.’s Deep Siren tactical paging system is part of the Navy’s communications at speed and depth program. The contractor and SPAWAR conducted a series of tests this year that uses a buoy ejected from the submarine’s trash chute to establish a communications link to the outside world.

“Employing this technology enables the submarine fleet to be connected to the network while actively participating in military operations,” said Jerry Powlen, Raytheon vice president of network centric system’s integrated communications system division.

After the buoy is ejected from the trash chute, it hovers at a predetermined depth as the submarine continues its journey, explained Barry Murphy, director of undersea networked communications at Raytheon.

When the submarine is far enough away, the buoy ascends to the surface, deploys floatation devices and sends a message to a command and control center through an Iridium satellite.

Once a link between the buoy and the command center is established, it then lowers an antenna deep into the water.

A transducer takes messages, translates them into acoustic energy and sends a pulse out through the water in an area greater than 50 nautical square miles.

How many miles and how deep the transmitter operates are classified, Murphy said.

Sending these pulses through ocean waters that have different thermal layers, with different consistencies was one of the challenges.

“Adjustments on the fly are the tricky part,” he said.

The transmitter sends out multiple signals to overcome this problem, he added.

After a predetermined number of days, the buoy either self-scuttles, and drops to the ocean floor, or the surface command center sends a message to the buoy ordering it to cease operations and allow itself to sink.

Before that, the submarine and command center can send hundreds of text messages if needed.

Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems and RRK Technologies Ltd. are partnering with Raytheon.

In April, an initial test demonstrated that a ship could deploy the buoy. The system works both ways. If a submarine has orders not to surface, but a command center wants to contact it, the buoy can be dropped from an aircraft or tossed over the side of a ship.

Once the transmitter is deployed, it can send out the pulse so the submarine can establish a communications link.

In June, a Navy submarine deployed 12 buoys at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center’s deep water range in the Bahamas, according to Raytheon. The buoy established a link between the submarine and a command center in Norfolk, Va.

A military utility assessment was conducted in August, and results from that test were expected in December.

“We would like to see it migrating from Iridium into other communications bands and other communications satellites,” Murphy added.

“It is a desirable capability and it’s the first capability for communications at speed or depth,” Murphy said.

It will be up to the Navy to fund the system and move the program forward, Murphy said.

Source: National Defense Magazine

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  • Fully redundant design features RAID-1-mirrored, hot-removable disk drives.
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  • Supports E1 trunks, T1 trunks, analog trunks, and dial-up modems.
  • Includes extensive voice-messaging features.
  • Provides Ethernet interface for e-mail and paging over the Internet.
  • Provides an ideal replacement for Unipage or Glenayre™ systems.
  • When used with the Model 600/620 Wireless Data Manager, a simulcast network can be connected to the Model 2700 over Ethernet links.

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$500.00 FLAT RATE

TAPS—Texas Association of Paging Services is looking for partners on 152.480 MHz. Our association currently uses Echostar, formerly Spacecom, for distribution of our data and a large percentage of our members use the satellite to key their TXs. We have a CommOneSystems Gateway at the uplink in Chicago with a back-up running 24/7. Our paging coverage area on 152.480 MHz currently encompasses Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Kansas. The TAPS paging coverage is available to members of our Network on 152.480 MHz for $.005 a transmitter (per capcode per month), broken down by state or regions of states and members receive a credit towards their bill for each transmitter which they provide to our coverage. Members are able to use the satellite for their own use If you are on 152.480 MHz or just need a satellite for keying your own TXs on your frequency we have the solution for you.

TAPS will provide the gateways in Chicago, with Internet backbone and bandwidth on our satellite channel for $ 500.00 (for your system) a month.

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

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New tax rate takes effect for communication services

Published: Friday, Dec. 12, 2008

Starting today, a new tax rate on communication services kicks in for Sacramento residents.

City voters passed Measure O, the "Utility User Tax Reduction and Fairness Measure," in November. The measure lowers the overall tax rate on communication services, from 7.5 percent to 7 percent. But it expands the tax base to include new technologies such as text messaging and broadband phone services that were not taxed under the old system.

Under Measure O, a 7 percent tax will be applied to several services, including directory assistance and voicemail service; paging services; and custom calling features such as call waiting and caller identification.

Exempt are Internet access and digital downloads such as e-mail or digital books, music, ringtones or games.

Russ Fehr, city treasurer, said the amount someone is taxed will vary depending on what types of services he or she has.

– Bee staff

Source: The Sacramento Bee

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House bill allows some analog messages after DTV switch

Posted by Stephanie Condon
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December 11, 2008 7:00 AM PST

The House of Representatives on Wednesday night unanimously passed a bill allowing television stations to broadcast emergency and informational messages in analog format in the days following the digital TV transition.

The Short-term Analog Flash and Emergency Readiness Act was approved by the Senate last month and now awaits the president's signature. It requires the Federal Communications Commission by January 15 to implement a plan to encourage broadcasters to provide analog messages with public safety information or information about the digital transition for 30 days following the nationwide switch to digital broadcasting on February 17.

The legislation has been endorsed by the National Association of Broadcasters.

"Coupled with our billion dollar campaign to educate Americans on the digital TV transition, this timely legislation will give broadcasters one final resource to ensure that no TV viewer is left behind due to insufficient information," NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton said.

However, not all broadcasters will be able to continue sending messages over analog, because new spectrum holders will have access to those airwaves after the switch, according to Graham Jones, the director of communications engineering for the NAB science and technology department.

Source: Cnet News

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FCC Will Revise Backup Power Rules For Cell Towers

The FCC has notified the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that it will not challenge an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) decision to reject the Commission’s recently adopted requirement that cell towers have a source of back up power. Instead, the FCC will hold a rule making to formally revise its backup power rules for wireless carriers, allowing public comment as required by OMB. The back up power requirement can be useful to companies that rely on cellular service for internal communications. Such communications can currently be disrupted by power outages caused by hurricanes, floods, etc., and the backup power rule is designed to keep wireless services on the air during commercial power outages. However, wireless carriers have objected to onerous reporting requirements adopted by the FCC as part of the rule.

Last July 8, the D.C. Circuit held consolidated challenges to the FCC’s backup power rule in abeyance pending action by OMB on the Commission’s application to OMB for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of the information collection contained in that rule. OMB disapproved the Commission’s PRA application on November 28, 2008.

OMB rejected the proposed changes by the FCC that would require all U.S. cell phone towers to have at least eight hours of backup power. OMB said that the FCC failed to get public comment before passing the regulations last year and didn't show that the information required from wireless companies would actually be useful. It also said the FCC hadn't demonstrated that it had enough staff to analyze the hundreds of thousands of pages of documents that the wireless industry said its members would likely have to produce as part of the regulations.

Although the Commission has authority under the PRA to override OMB’s disapproval of the backup power rule’s information collection, the FCC said in its letter to the Court last week that it will not seek to override OMB’s disapproval in this case. “Rather, in light of OMB’s disapproval, the Commission intends to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with the goal of adopting revised backup power rules that will ensure that reliable communications are available to public safety during, and in the aftermath, of natural disasters and other catastrophic events while at the same time attempting to address concerns that were raised regarding the prior rules,” the FCC said.

Source: BloostonLaw Private Users Update, Vol. 9, No. 12, December 2008

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Teletouch Announces Preliminary 2008 Fiscal Year Results: Operating Income Increases to $1.1 Million in 2008 from $5.3 Million Operating Loss in 2007

Company Targeting January 2009 for Filing Audited 2008 Annual Report on Form 10-K

Last update: 8:10 a.m. EST Dec. 17, 2008

teletouch FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec 17, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Teletouch Communications, Inc. (TLLE: 0.34, -0.08, -19.0%) , a leading U.S. cellular services provider and mobile electronics retailer, today announced preliminary consolidated results for its 2008 fiscal year. Having recently completed the audits and filing of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2007, the Company is releasing preliminary summary financial results for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2008. While the following financial information disclosures are also dated, they are current within the regulatory reporting cycle through the first two quarters, ending August 31 and November 30, 2008, respectively, of the Company's 2009 fiscal year. Investors are cautioned that this information has not been fully reviewed or audited, and that there may be changes to such information, possibly material in nature, after the audit is completed.

For the year ended May 31, 2008, the Company announced the following preliminary summary financial information (2008 E - "Estimated"):

Summary Results of Operations:
(dollars, in millions)                                   Year Ended May 31,
                                                         2008 E      2007        Change
Operating revenues:
Service, rent and maintenance revenue                     $28.9       $27.5       $1.4
Products sales revenue                                     25.6        28.7       (3.1)
Total operating revenues                                   54.5        56.2       (1.7)
Total operating expenses                                   53.4        61.5       (8.1)
Operating income (loss)                                     1.1        (5.3)       6.4
EBITDA from continuing operations                           2.6        (3.4)       6.0
Reconciliation to net loss from continuing operations:
Depreciation and amortization                               1.5         1.9       (0.4)
Interest expense                                            3.9         3.7        0.2
Income tax expense                                          0.2         0.1        0.1
Net loss from continuing operations                       $(3.0)      $(9.1)      $6.1
Selected Balance Sheet Data:
(dollars, in millions)                                    May 31,
                                                          2008 E      2007        Change
Cash                                                        4.7         7.8       (3.1)
Total Current Assets                                       20.0        22.4       (2.4)
Total Assets                                               28.7        32.3       (3.6)
Total Current Liabilities                                  29.9        46.5      (16.6)
Total Liabilities                                          37.3        49.7      (12.4)

The Company cautions shareholders and potential investors in the Company's securities that BDO Seidman, LLP, the Company's Independent Public Accountants, have not audited or reviewed these amounts and that such financial information is subject to further analysis and independent review. These results are preliminary and are subject to change, possibly material in nature, following completion of the audit for the year ended May 31, 2008.

T. A. "Kip" Hyde, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer stated, "Based on our current review of the 2008 fiscal year's numbers, we are pleased to report that we made substantial progress in turning the Company's previous financial situation and businesses around. Significant management actions taken during fiscal year 2008, certain of which are further disclosed and detailed in our recently filed 2007 10-K 'Subsequent Events' Notes, include: our settlement of a significant contract dispute with ATT (T:28.07, +0.35, +1.3%) , our primary cellular carrier provider; increasing our overall operating credit facilities to $20 million; paying down certain long-term debt obligations to external warrant holders thereby retiring 6 million potentially dilutive shares; and effectively executing our integration and internal corporate restructuring plan, lowering SG&A and improving our operating margins, all of which are now reflected by the improvement in our financial results during the period. Following our acquisition of Progressive Concepts, Inc. in August of 2006, the transformation of Teletouch from a primarily paging company to a leading U.S. cellular services provider continues, but we have passed the tipping point on our goal of achieving positive consolidated EBITDA and Operating Earnings."

Teletouch's Annual Report on Form 10-K for its year ended May 31, 2008 was due to be filed on August 29, 2008 but was delayed pending the completion of its 2007 Annual Report. The 2007 Annual Report was significantly delayed following the Company's acquisition of Progressive Concepts, Inc. ("PCI") in August 2006 due to previously announced accounting and audit issues encountered at PCI. Following the filing of the 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K on November 26, 2008, the Company has made substantial progress toward the completion of the 2008 Annual Report. In its November 2008 announcement of the filing of the fiscal 2007 Annual Report, Teletouch reported that a significant amount of the audit work for fiscal 2008 had been completed at that time. The fiscal 2008 audit work continues to progress while Teletouch finishes drafting its 2008 Annual Report. Considering personnel and audit work scheduling during the upcoming holidays, Teletouch is targeting January 2009 for the completion of its 2008 Annual Report.

Investors should be advised that the Company will not be current with its financial reporting requirements until it has completed its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for all periods following the acquisition of PCI, up to and including the current fiscal year 2009 quarterly periods, and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2008. The Company expects that the Quarterly Reports can be completed more efficiently upon the completion of the fiscal year 2008 Annual Report.

Disclosure of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We report our financial results in accordance in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). However, management believes the presentation of certain non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to the Company's financial condition and results of operations, and that when GAAP financial measures are viewed in conjunction with the non-GAAP financial measures, investors are provided with a more meaningful understanding of the Company's ongoing operating performance. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures are among the primary indicators management uses as a basis for evaluating performance. For all non-GAAP financial measures in this release, we have provided corresponding GAAP financial measures for comparative purposes.

We refer to the term "EBITDA from continuing operations" in various places of our financial discussion. EBITDA from continuing operations is defined by us as net income from continuing operations before interest expense, income tax expense, and depreciation and amortization expense. EBITDA from continuing operations is not a measure of operating performance under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation nor construed as an alternative to operating profit, net income (loss) or cash flows from operating, investing or financing activities, each as determined in accordance with GAAP. You should also not consider EBITDA from continuing operations as a measure of liquidity. Moreover, since EBITDA from continuing operations are not measures determined in accordance with GAAP and thus are susceptible to varying interpretations and calculations, EBITDA from continuing operations, as presented, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.

About Teletouch Communications
For more than 40 years, Teletouch has offered a comprehensive suite of telecommunications products and services including cellular, two-way radio, GPS-telemetry, wireless messaging and public safety/emergency response vehicle products and services throughout the U.S. Teletouch's wholly-owned subsidiary, Progressive Concepts, Inc. (PCI), is a leading provider of ATT Mobility(R) services (voice, data and entertainment), as well as other mobile, portable and personal electronics products and services to individuals, businesses and government agencies. PCI operates a chain of retail stores and sells under the "Hawk Electronics" brand; through Hawk-branded sub-agents; using its own direct sales force and through the Internet at various sites including: and, among others. PCI also operates a national wholesale distribution business, known as PCI Wholesale, which serves smaller cellular and automotive retailers, car dealers and rural cellular carriers throughout the country; Dealers and Retailers see Additional information on Teletouch's Emergency Vehicle Products group can be found at Teletouch's common stock is traded Over-The-Counter under stock symbol: TLLE. Additional information about Teletouch can be found at

All statements from Teletouch Communications, Inc. in this news release that are not based on historical fact are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the PSLRA of 1995 and the provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. While the Company's management has based any forward-looking statements contained herein on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to materially differ from such statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, but are not necessarily limited to, those set forth under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent Form 10-K and 10-Q filings, and amendments thereto, as well as other public filings with the SEC since such date. The Company operates in a rapidly changing and competitive environment, and new risks may arise. Accordingly, investors should not place any reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. The Company disclaims any intention to, and undertakes no obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statement.

SOURCE: Teletouch Communications, Inc.

Teletouch Communications, Inc.
Investor Relations
Amy Gossett, 800-232-3888

Source: MarketWatch

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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.

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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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Hams Respond to Calls for Assistance as Ice Storms Pummel New England

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This car in Montgomery, Massachusetts, definitely felt the effects of the ice storm! [Ray Weber, KA1JJM, Photo]


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Many roads were blocked by downed trees in Worcester, Massachusetts after the ice storm. [Photo courtesy of Rob Macedo, KD1CY]


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Homes in Worcester, Massachusetts were also affected by the ice storm. [Photo courtesy of Rob Macedo, KD1CY]


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Many trees were bent or broken due to the large amounts of ice that froze on them. [Photo courtesy of Rob Macedo, KD1CY]


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The 15 and 80 meter towers at KC1XX suffered severe damage in the ice storm. [Matt Strelow, KC1XX, Photo]


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As a major ice storm — accompanied by freezing rains, flooding and strong winds — severely impacted New England on Thursday evening into Friday morning, ARES®, RACES, SKYWARN and MARS operators worked together to respond to calls for assistance from served agencies and to participate in the recovery phase of the storm. As the storm progressed into the weekend, ice accumulations up to 1.5 inches were common throughout a very large area of Western, Central and Northeast Massachusetts, as well as parts of New Hampshire and Maine.

"After this summer's severe weather with its unusually historic number of events, we now face the worst ice storm we've seen in recent memory in portions of Southern New England," said Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY. "It became clear that we were dealing with a rapidly deteriorating situation by early Friday morning. SKYWARN weather spotters relayed data that clearly to the NWS, saying whole towns and cities were losing electricity." Macedo also serves as SKYWARN Coordinator for the Taunton office of the National Weather Service (NWS).

Macedo said that information gleaned from weather spotters was fed not only to the National Weather Service office but also to Emergency Management officials in the area. "This provided the situational awareness and disaster intelligence required to rapidly upgrade the response efforts," he said. According to Macedo, SKYWARN weather spotters relayed more than 220 reports of icing damage and power outages.

At the height of the storm, almost 400,000 customers in Massachusetts lost power. Phone service, particularly landline service, was disrupted in some areas. New Hampshire was "also very hard hit by the storm," Macedo said. "That state reported even more power outages than Massachusetts." As of late Sunday evening, almost 140,000 were without power in Massachusetts with over double that number in New Hampshire. Southern New England received 2-4 inches of rainfall; isolated higher amounts caused river, stream and urban flooding. Strong winds in the region resulted in tree and wire damage, as well as coastal flooding along the shoreline.

Macedo said: "This ice storm was severe, but we also had to deal with these other impacts. Those Amateur Radio operators involved did remarkably well to service all of the needs in the response phase of this storm. As we moved into the recovery phase, hams assisted in shelter communications and EOC operations in several communities across the two ARRL Sections in Massachusetts and other Sections in New England."

Eastern and Western Massachusetts

Macedo said that together with Western Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator John Ruggerio, N2YHK, he has worked on supplying the various served agencies with Amateur Radio operators when situations — like the ice storm — happen. Massachusetts State RACES Radio Officer Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, has also sought support for State EOC staffing needs. "We have worked together as one team and like we were all in one Section," Macedo said. "This is the worst incident John and I have faced as Section Emergency Coordinators."

"The Eastern Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts Sections — led by their Section Emergency Coordinators in this response — worked as one," said ARRL Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager Dennis Dura, K2DCD. "There were no boundaries — it was a seamless mission they continue to react to. Even though the conditions were very difficult and the icing was widespread, individual hams impacted with the power outages responded to the calls for assistance. Creative thinking was the name of the game when repeaters went down. Simplex reigned, and other repeaters on the fringes of their coverage areas were utilized."

In Western Massachusetts, SEC John Ruggerio, N2YHK, said the Worcester Emergency Communications Team (WECT) and the Worcester EOC were activated at 2 AM Friday "to serve as a hub for communications in Central Massachusetts. Our ARES group went to great lengths to accomplish this activation." WECT continues to be active supporting their EOC, as well as shelter communications within Worcester, Macedo said. "WECT needed additional help, so an ARES unit in Eastern Massachusetts sent in a ham to assist late Sunday evening."

Macedo said the town of Gardner, Massachusetts requested ARES assistance for shelter communications and health and welfare traffic to offload overworked phones and public safety frequencies: "As Western Massachusetts ARES ran out of needs, we formed an ARESMAT (Amateur Radio Emergency Services Mutual Aid Team) to handle the need for Gardner EMA Director and ARES Emergency Coordinator Paul Topolski, W1SEX.

"Amateur Radio operators from the North and South Shore of Eastern Massachusetts assisted with operations for Western Massachusetts, fulfilling needs from Saturday night into Monday morning," Ruggerio recounted. "ARES units in the Western Massachusetts Section will provide support during the day on Monday in Franklin County, Massachusetts. The need there could last through Tuesday, and we will continue to utilize resources between our Sections for support." Ruggerio said. The ARES unit in Franklin County ARES has also been supporting operations at the EOC in the town of Heath, as well as shelters in that area.

Macedo said there is a possibility that the Massachusetts State EOC operations may need to be staffed through Wednesday; staffing needs have currently been met through midnight on Tuesday. "We will continue to provide support for as long as requested to support the state EOC," Kinahan said.

Dave Robbins, K1TTT, in Peru, Massachusetts, reported that the ice storm caused severe damage to his antenna farm. "Around 1 AM on Friday," Robbins said, "all antennas were still intact except the 160 meter inverted-Ls — their pulley broke — and the Beverages. The Beverages had pulled so hard that they broke the shack end of the 6×6 post at ground level. This jerked off the F connectors on the coax for the transformers. About midday on Friday, the wind came up and broke the elements off the top 40 meter beam — all four of them on one side so it tipped over the other way into the guy wires. This also started breaking elements on the 20 and 15 meter Yagis, bending them like horseshoes."

He continued: "There was more wind on Friday night, and it switched around to come from the west. Saturday morning revealed that the bottom 40 meter boom brace had failed on one end, breaking the boom. It is now leaning badly and most likely has damaged the ring rotor due to the unbalanced load. Later on, one of the booms on the European 20 meter antenna broke, too."

Macedo said that as of Monday, tree and utility crews are still dealing with areas that are completely cut off from other cities and towns. They are currently working from central locations and working outward to restore power and services.

New Hampshire and Maine

New Hampshire Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator David Colter, WA1ZCN, said that ARES units in New Hampshire ARES were active, supporting SKYWARN and ARES efforts in the region. "The National Weather Service offices in Gray, Maine and Taunton, Massachusetts were both active on the air and via EchoLink, actively gathering reports. Gray has been on Mt Washington, Gilford and Gunstock repeaters, while Taunton was on the Hollis repeater. I encourage members in the affected areas to forward reports to the NWS offices, as well as the State EOC," he said.

Early Friday morning, Colter said that Hillsborough County was fully activated, providing communications between the EOC in Amherst and the State EOC. "That town lost most of its phone communications, but EOCs in Lydeborough, Washington, Kensington and Hampton were open. The Western Rockingham County New Hampshire ARES provided support to the EOC in Derry, and by 9 that evening, operations were secured and phones were once again operational."

John Kaufmann, W1FV, said that Matt Strelow, KC1XX, in Mason, New Hampshire, reported that he had "major antenna damage with ice up to 1.5 inches thick — by far the worst he's ever seen at his place, which gets more than its share of winter weather. Two of three 40 meter Yagis have been destroyed, and antennas on all bands — 160-10 meters — have been damaged or completely lost. So far, all of the towers are still standing, but there is some concern about trees coming down on guy wires."

Jerry Hume, K1WTX, SKYWARN Coordinator at the NWS office in Gray, stated that Amateur Radio operations began there around 3 PM on Thursday, going through Friday morning: "More than 100 reports were brought in via Amateur Radio alone, and Tom Berman, N1KTA — one of the forecasters at NWS Gray — was active with the ham station at the Gray office using call sign WX1GYX." David Lowe, WE1U, also forwarded several reports to the National Weather Service office located in Caribou, Maine.

"It was our largest volume of radio traffic that we have handled in our two years of SKYWARN operations," Hume said. "Response from the ham community was much heavier than we usually see, with many new spotters joining in. I want to believe that this resulted from our efforts promoting SKYWARN in the weekly Nets, as well as the help and collaboration by all in improving the program."


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From: "Ron ADVCOM" <>
Date: December 12, 2008 11:57:24 AM CST
To: Brad Dye
Subject: U. device disables driver's cell phone while car is running


I thought this was interesting.

Ron Mayes
Advantage Communications

U. device disables driver's cell phone while car is running

Key2SafeDriving blocks calls, texting by teenage motorists

By Lynn Wilde II
Deseret News
Published: Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 12:18 a.m. MST

Want to text or talk on a cell phone while driving? Forget about it.

A new device, developed by University of Utah researchers, prevents the use of cell phones while the car is running.

The rectangular device, called Key2SafeDriving, has an automobile key embedded in it. When the driver slides the key out, the device connects to the driver's phone via Bluetooth or radio-frequency identification technology. It sends a signal to the phone that places it in "driving mode" and displays a stop sign on the phone's screen, rendering it inoperable. Anyone who places a call or text to the phone while in driving mode will get a message that says, "I am driving now. I will call you later when I arrive at the destination safely."

The inventors hope to have it on the market in about six months, with the technology licensed to cell phone providers to offer in service plans.

One of the inventors, U. alumnus Wally Curry, now a urologist in Hays, Kan., got the idea because the hospital where he works calls him on his cell phone frequently, often while he's driving. And one day as he was driving, he saw a teenage girl texting behind the wheel.

"I thought, 'This is crazy, there has got to be something to stop this, because not only is she putting people at risk, but so was I,'" Curry said. "It struck me pretty hard that something should be done."

A study conducted at the U. shows younger drivers who are on the phone have the reaction time of an elderly person and are more than five times as likely to get in a wreck.

"I've seen the devastation of car accidents," Curry said.

As a father of two daughters who will soon drive, he is worried about their safety. Regardless of parental instruction and laws forbidding talking on a cell phone while driving, teenagers will still use their phones, thinking nothing will happen to them or that they won't cause any harm.

"Everybody thinks they're invincible," Curry said.

So to ensure teenagers and others don't talk or text while driving, Curry came up with an idea to use GPS to disable a cell phone in the car. Someone beat him to the punch and developed a similar system, but it couldn't distinguish between actually driving the car, being a passenger or riding on a train or bus.

Curry contacted U. assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering Xuesong Zhou. Together they came up with the idea of Key2SafeDriving.

According to Zhou, using the Bluetooth device with an imbedded key is the most practical and cost effective solution. After the key is cut for a certain vehicle, the user can go to the company's Web site and configure the device to disable the phone, allow "permission phone numbers" such as parents or permit a hands-free device. Emergency 911 is always enabled.

The Web-based setup is password protected so only those with the password can make changes. Zhou said it is difficult to override and "trick" it into not working.  

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Enterprise Wireless Alliance

December 19, 2008

mark crosby Best Wishes . . .

Mark E. Crosby
President and CEO, EWA

What a year 2008 has been for EWA. Not unlike any other business today, we have had both highs and lows. But we have much for which to be thankful. We have staunch membership support, a truly outstanding and productive staff, dedicated professional advisors, and a Board of Directors that consistently evidences passion for EWA and its mission to serve the wireless industry.

It seems we have accomplished a lot, but there is always so much more to do, at least in my mind. For this last commentary in 2008, I'd just as soon save the summary of membership activities, ongoing challenges, advocacy expectations under a new FCC administration and strategic objectives for 2009 to forthcoming issues of Insider and Enterprise Wireless magazine. I hope you understand. No rant this issue.

Suffice it to say that we have enjoyed working for you this past year, and on behalf of the Mclean and Gettysburg staffs, we wish you all the best this Holiday Season and best wishes for a prosperous New Year.

Source: Enterprise Wireless INSIDER, December 19, 2008 Volume 2, Issue 15

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How "Merry Christmas" is said . . .

Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees
Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees
African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats
Albanian: Gezur Krislinjden
Arabic: Milad Majid
Argentine: Feliz Navidad
Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal
Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha
Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce
Bosnian: (BOSANSKI) Cestit Bozic i Sretna Nova godina
Brazilian: Feliz Natal
Breton: Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Catalan: Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!
Chile: Feliz Navidad
Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun
Chinese: (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Choctaw: Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
Colombia: Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo
Cornish: Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Corsian: Pace e salute
Crazanian: Rot Yikji Dol La Roo
Cree: Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Croatian: Sretan Bozic
Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish: Glædelig Jul
Duri: Christmas-e-Shoma Mobarak
Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast
English: Merry Christmas
Eskimo: (inupik) Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!
Esperanto: Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian: Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi
Ethiopian: (Amharic) Melkin Yelidet Beaal
Faeroese: Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt nyggjar!
Farsi: Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish: Hyvaa joulua
Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
French: Joyeux Noel
Frisian: Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
Galician: Bo Nada
Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!
German: Fröhliche Weihnachten
Greek: Kala Christouyenna!
Haiti: (Creole) Jwaye Nowel or to Jesus Edo Bri'cho o Rish D'Shato Brichto
Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew: Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi: Shub Naya Baras (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
Hawaian: Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
Hungarian: Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Icelandic: Gledileg Jol
Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat
Iroquois: Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut. Ojenyunyat osrasay.
Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Jiberish: Mithag Crithagsigathmithags
Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Lao: souksan van Christmas
Latin: Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!
Latvian: Prieci'gus Ziemsve'tkus un Laimi'gu Jauno Gadu!
Lausitzian: Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto
Lettish: Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu
Low Saxon: Heughliche Winachten un 'n moi Nijaar
Macedonian: Sreken Bozhik
Maltese: IL-Milied It-tajjeb
Manx: Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori: Meri Kirihimete
Marathi: Shub Naya Varsh (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Navajo: Merry Keshmish
Norwegian: God Jul, or Gledelig Jul
Occitan: Pulit nadal e bona annado
Papiamento: Bon Pasco
Papua New Guinea: Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu
Pennsylvania German: En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
Peru: Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo
Philipines: Maligayan Pasko!
Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie
Portuguese: Feliz Natal
Pushto: Christmas Aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha
Rapa-Nui (Easter Island):
Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Rhetian: Bellas festas da nadal e bun onn
Romanche: (sursilvan dialect): Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal e bien niev onn!
Rumanian: Sarbatori vesele or Craciun fericit
Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Sami: Buorrit Juovllat
Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Sardinian: Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou
Serbian: Hristos se rodi
Slovakian: Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
Sami: Buorrit Juovllat
Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Scots Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil huibh
Serbian: Hristos se rodi.
Singhalese: Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene: Vesele Bozicne Praznike Srecno Novo Leto or Vesel Bozic in srecno Novo leto
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År
Tagalog: Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tamil: (Tamizh) Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Trukeese: (Micronesian) Neekiriisimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!
Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai or souksan wan Christmas
Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym or Z RIZDVOM HRYSTOVYM
Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Vietnamese: Chuc Mung Giang Sinh
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
Yoruba: E ku odun, e ku iye'dun!


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