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Dear Friends of Wireless,

Well, here we are to the last issue of the year. I wish I could write some encouraging words about next year but from what I have been reading and hearing in the news, the economy doesn't look very good.

My parents, and many of your parents and grandparents, endured some very tough times. Just to name a few:

  • World War I (1914-1918)
    • 20 million people died
  • Prohibition (1920-1933)
  • The Great Depression (1929-1939)
  • World War II (1939-1945)
    • 70 million people died

Post War Economic Boom 1947-1973
A period of economic prosperity unknown prior to that time, followed World War II. Things didn't slow down until the oil crisis of 1973. In more recent history, the bursting of the "dot-com bubble, followed by the 9/11/01 tragic attack on the United States really increased the downward slide.

The worst part of our current woes, is that we can't blame them on "outside powers" or on events beyond our control. We can plainly see the perpetrators and they come from within. Crooked politicians and greedy CEOs — more concerned about personal gain than doing their jobs — are the guilty parties.

During the Great Depression, John D. Rockefeller said that “These are days when many are discouraged. In the 93 years of my life, depressions have come and gone. Prosperity has always returned and will again.” [source] Amen to that!

Please accept my best wishes for a happy new year. How can we be happy during terrible times? Well, my belief was summarized in my Christmas greeting again this year. In case you missed it, I have repeated it at the end of this issue in the THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK section.

Traditionally there isn't much news available about wireless communications in the second half of December. When everyone gets back to work in January, there is usually a flood of announcements — new products, new business initiatives — and this year — a new government. I think I can safely predict a very exciting year ahead of us.

Before I go on to this issue, let me sincerely thank all of our advertisers for their support of the newsletter. Of course, advertising and reader contributions make the newsletter possible. If you are interested in advertising here, please read this page which summarizes the various options available.

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This is my weekly newsletter about Wireless Messaging. You are receiving this because you have either communicated with me in the past about a wireless topic, or your address was included in another e-mail that I received on the same subject. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, or you are not interested in these topics, please click here, then click on "send" and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list.

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A new issue of The Wireless Messaging Newsletter gets posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the Internet. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

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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Motorola to Cut a Further 400 Jobs

Posted to the site on 31st December 2008

Motorola has announced plans to cut a further 400 jobs on top of the 1,500 cuts announced in October. The earlier termination of approximately 1,500 employees, primarily in the Mobile Devices segment, and will result in pre-tax charges of $104 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.

The company warned at the time that further job cuts might occur - and has announced in an SEC filing that it will terminate approximately additional 400 employees, resulting in additional pre-tax severance charges of approximately $25 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.

These additional actions also include other exit-related activities, including the termination of leases and other contractual commitments and asset impairments, resulting in additional pre-tax charges of approximately $60 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Together with the actions announced in the Company’s Form 10-Q filed on October 30, 2008, these additional actions bring the total pre-tax charges in the fourth quarter of 2008 related to previously announced cost-reduction initiatives to approximately $189 million. Cash payments associated with these actions have occurred in the fourth quarter of 2008 and will occur in 2009. All of the Company’s business segments, as well as various corporate functions, are impacted by these plans.

Source: Cellular News

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Advertiser Index

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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TCS Prepares for Record Breaking Text Messaging Volume on New Year's Eve

Text Being the New Talk, Company's Customers to Deliver Nearly 200 Billion Messages in 2008

Dec 23, 2008 08:00 ET

ANNAPOLIS, MD—(Marketwire—December 23, 2008)—TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of mission-critical wireless communications, today announced that the company expects its customers' platforms to deliver a record number of text messages this New Year's Eve across its globally deployed Short Message Service Centers (SMSCs). Based on previous years' statistics and the threefold increase in deployed platforms in 2008 compared to 2007, TCS anticipates peak text messaging volume on New Year's Eve to be more than 80 percent greater than any peak seen in 2008, and four times greater than last year's New Year's Eve spike. TCS technology has already delivered a record 130 billion text messages during the first three quarters of 2008 and is on track to deliver close to 200 billion messages for the year, more than doubling the volume of 2007. TCS technology was responsible for approximately 25 percent of the CTIA-reported total U.S. 363 billion messages sent in 2007.

To support peak messaging activity, such as New Year's Eve and popular televoting events, TCS' next generation smsExpress™ ( solution provides carriers with high capacity performance via an optimized first delivery attempt. TCS' smsExpress is a proven and cost-effective solution that provides intelligent SMS routing for traffic bursts that generate high text message volume over a short period of time. Operators count on the TCS next generation SMSC to reliably and flawlessly deliver these messages, and they do not have to compromise their needs for guaranteed message delivery with the "fire and forget" approach commonly associated with most televoting solutions.

"TCS looks forward to seamlessly supporting the explosive burst in messaging traffic this holiday season," said Drew Morin, TCS Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President. "Text messaging has become an important and cost-effective communications method, which can be reliably delivered even when a voice call would run into congestion. In 2009, we will continue to support wireless operators with additional innovative messaging services to strategically position their opportunity for growth in SMS revenues."

TCS customers typically see a 10-20 percent spike in messaging traffic on peak event days such as the Super Bowl, Mothers Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. TCS expects that the upcoming historical Presidential inauguration will similarly generate a significant spike in traffic, more so than any other in the past.

TCS is a leading provider of software to U.S. wireless carriers for text messaging. TCS Short Message Service systems include its Short Message Service Center (SMSC) platform and related Wireless Intelligent Gateway (WIG), which also has Location-Based services functions. The TCS Next Generation SMSC supports store and forward, first delivery attempt and voting capabilities over standard air interfaces as well as over mobile broadband. The WIG manages communication between wireless devices and Internet Protocol (IP) services, including email, content services, and other applications. TCS Alerts™ provides geographic targeted messaging compatible with the Commercial Mobile Alerts System (CMAS) used for emergency alerting via cell broadcast technology. The company's fully integrated, end-to-end messaging solutions support standard protocols and architectures including XML, SOAP, SSO, SIGTRAN, SS7, Diameter, SIP, and IMS.

About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) engineers and delivers highly reliable wireless communications technology. TCS is a leader in wireless text messaging and location-based technology, including E9-1-1 services and commercial applications like navigation that use the precise location of a wireless device, and secure satellite-based communications systems and services. Customers include leading wireless and VoIP carriers around the world, cable MSOs, automotive telematics vendors, and agencies of the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security. TCS is one of six primary vendors on a $5 billion Army Worldwide Satellite Systems Contract vehicle. For more information, visit

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements as defined within Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and are based upon TCS' current expectations and assumptions that if incorrect would cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Risks include without limitation those detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2008.

Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise.

Source: Marketwire

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PSST Pushes Emergency Spectrum Use

Wants a slice of emergency spectrum dedicated to emergency use as a part of economic stimulus plan.

By John Eggerton
Broadcasting & Cable
12/22/2008 10:42:00 AM

The Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) wants President-elect Barrack Obama to make a proposed shared interoperable emergency communications network part of his proposed economic stimulus plan, arguing it could create millions of jobs, upgrade emergency communications, and provide the broadband link to underserved communities nationwide that Obama is seeking.

The PSST was picked by the FCC to be the licensee of a 10 MHz swatch of spectrum the FCC set aside for emergency communications as part of its 700 MHz spectrum auction earlier this year. It was to have been paired with a 10 MHz block of commercial spectrum in a public-private partnership, but nobody bid the minimum price for the commercial block and the FCC is now trying to figure out how to attract a bidder when it re-auctions the spectrum next year. The proposal is that all the spectrum, including the 10 MHz allocated to PSST, would be used for commercial purposes, but all of it would be given over to emergency communications in times of natural or man-made disaster.

Improving emergency communications has been on the government agenda since 9/11.

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has pushed the partnership idea achieved through a spectrum auction, but also said that the better option would instead be for the government to step up and fund the network.

In a letter to Obama, Harline McEwen, chairman of the trust, suggested setting aside an "extremely modest" $15 billion from the stimulus package—which could approach a trillion dollars—to fund the commercial build-out of a national broadband network to 99.3 percent of the population. The commercial entity would then shoulder the ongoing costs of operating the network.

In outlining his stimulus package, Obama said that that ubiquitous broadband was one of the keys to economic recovery. The public/private partnership, with the public safety requirement of building out to over 99% of the population, could essentially achieve that goal McEwen suggested, while stimulating jobs in the process. "Building a nationwide wireless broadband network would provide economic and public safety benefits comparable to the economic and national defense benefits that building the Interstate Highway System brought to our country 50 years ago."

Citing Department of Commerce and Brookings Institute models, McEwen wrote: "[A] $5 billion increase in broadband investment directly creates 100,000 new jobs in telecom and IT in the year in which spending occurs and will result in 2.4 million jobs throughout the economy if targeted successfully to increase broadband penetration. Such job growth could significantly help you reach your goal of saving or creating 2.5 million jobs in the next two years."

"I support wholeheartedly the request made by the Chairman of the PSST that $15 billion of economic stimulus be made available to one or more private partners to construct a next-generation public safety broadband network, " said Morgan O'Brien, chairman of Cyren Call. "For years the lack of public funding has stymied the development of such a network."

That comes as no surprise, O'Brien's company is the one that proposed a public-private partnership.

Source: Broadcasting & Cable

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iPhone market share growing despite threat of BlackBerry Storm

Posted by David Zeiler on December 23, 2008 8:31 AM

Demand for Apple’s iPhone 3G rose rapidly over the past year and should remain steady heading into 2009, according to a survey by Rockville, Md.-based ChangeWave Research.

The survey of 3,803 ChangeWave “alliance members” was conducted Dec. 9-15 and looks at trends in the smart phone market, particularly regarding the iPhone and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Storm. Launched in November, the Storm is RIM’s first touchscreen smart phone.

So far it doesn't look like the Storm has harmed iPhone sales in any significant way.

The current market share chart (based on which phone respondents currently own) shows the iPhone climbing from 6 percent in January to 23 percent in December. And that’s up from 17 percent in the September survey.

Meanwhile the BlackBerry has been rock-steady. Its share in January was 43 percent; in December, 41 percent, down 1 point from September.

rim apple palm My take on the ChangeWave data is that Apple and RIM aren't so much cannibalizing each other as driving all the other smart phone players to the margins.

Look at Palm. In January 2008 it still had 18 percent of the smart phone market. By December it was down to 9 percent. In January 2007 (when the original iPhone was announced) Palm had 30 percent.

Motorola slid from 7 percent in January to 4 percent in December. Few cell phone makers have not surrendered share to the Apple/RIM duopoly.

I found more evidence elsewhere in the ChangeWave report. Current Apple customers were least likely to switch to RIM – only 6 percent said they were “likely” or “somewhat likely” to buy a Storm compared to 21 percent of Palm owners, 17 percent of Motorola owners and 16 percent of Samsung owners.

Of current Storm owners 31 percent already were BlackBerry users, but 29 percent switched from a Palm Treo and 21 percent from a Motorola phone. The iPhone did not appear in that data.

In a similar question directed to current iPhone owners, just 8 percent switched from a BlackBerry to the iPhone. But 34 percent said their previous phone was a Motorola; 13 percent Nokia; 11 percent Samsung; and 10 percent Palm.

rim apple However, among those planning to buy a smart phone in the next 90 days, RIM has the edge over Apple. The BlackBerry rose from 30 percent to 39 percent, while the iPhone fell from 34 percent to 30 percent.

ChangeWave attributed the reversal to waning enthusiasm for the iPhone 3G, which went on sale back in July, while RIM currently is engaged in a series of flashy product launches with the Storm, the Bold and the Pearl Flip.

Of course, this chart tends to be more volatile than the market share chart; the iPhone 3G launch caused Apple’s number in the June survey to spike to 56 percent!

cell satisfaction Though RIM’s products no doubt will prove popular in 2009, Apple has one clear trump card going forward: its customer satisfaction numbers remain much higher than those of its smart phone competitors.

Apple leads with 72 percent of customers reporting they are “very satisfied;” RIM is a remote second at 52 percent. Palm’s 24 percent hints at why its share has plummeted.

The Storm itself had some rocky reviews in the tech press, with many criticizing its un-BlackBerry lack of a physical keyboard and slow, quirky touch screen interface. Though many problems were fixed with a firmware update, the issues created a negative impression from which the Storm has not yet recovered.

The inclusion of a touch screen appealed to 49 percent of Storm owners in the ChangeWave survey, though 21 percent bemoaned the absent physical keyboard and 20 percent disliked the touch screen interface. Another 20 percent knocked the Storm as “difficult to use.”

Alas, the Storm would seem an improbable “iPhone killer.”

Other tidbits gleaned from the ChangeWave survey:

What bad economy? The percentage of respondents who said they planned to buy a smart phone of any kind in the next 90 days was actually up 0.3 percent from the September survey. In the current nightmarish economic climate, that’s amazing.

OS X vs. Windows Mobile RIM dominated in operating system market share among current smart phone owners, echoing its share in the hardware chart with 40 percent. Apple’s Mac OS X came in second with 22 percent, with Windows Mobile close behind at 20 percent.

But when asked which OS they’d prefer to have on their next smart phone, RIM’s lead over Apple shrunk to 10 points (32 percent to 22 percent). And only 11 percent wanted to see Windows Mobile on their next phone. (Google’s Android, available since late October, managed 4 percent.)

Source: Baltimore Sun

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Health center purchases ham radios for emergency communications

By Amber Christian
Boonville Daily News
Tue Dec 23, 2008, 02:05 PM CST

Boonville, Mo.
The Cooper County Public Health Center is aiming to strengthen the public health system with the purchase of two new stationary ham radios.

The use of ham radios will allow the health center to have uninterrupted contact with the Department of Health and Senior Services and with the local Emergency Operations Center.

CCPHC administrator Melanie Hein explained that having ham radios is a very important part of communicating during an emergency.

“Ham radios do not fail when regular cell phone towers and frequencies fail,” Hein explained. She said that after the disater in New Orleans, ham radios were the only way for emergency communications.

Hein said that while ham radios may seem like old technology, they are the “old tried and true.”

Purchasing the ham radios was the first step. The next step is obtaining an operators license. Hein said that training isn’t required, but the staff is required to pass a test. CCPHC staff will be trained in early 2009 and will be provided by local Ham radio operators.

The ham radios were purchased with Community Pandemic Preparation Planning funds.

Source: Boonville Daily News

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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.

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Texting? You're Paying Through The Nose!

Monday December 29, 2008

texting Do you text? Getting a good deal? Not so fast. Last May a professor at the University of Leicester calculated it costs four times as much to text as it does to get message from the Hubble Space Telescope. Meanwhile text messages actually cost your cell company approximately nothing! That's the revelation in Randall Strosses piece in Sunday's New York Times.

Text messages are different than other cell traffic individuals initiate. They are sent on the paging channel normally used to control your phone from the cell site. This is a necessary channel but totally underused. The channel is open whether there are text messages or not. It is a characteristic of the design that SMS text messages are firmly limited to 160 characters.

The Times quotes Srinivasan Keshav, a professor of computer science from the University of Waterloo in Ontario:

"Operating costs are relatively insensitive to volume," he said. "It doesn't cost the carrier much more to transmit a hundred million messages than a million."

Basically, what you're paying per message doesn't matter to your cell carrier as much as how much you're paying. Their costs are inconsequential. Your fee is nearly all profit.

This wouldn't be a big deal save the size of the market. Gartner estimates 3,300,000,000 text messages will be sent in 2009. With single message charges at 20¢ per and monthly plans costing as much as $20 it's a subject worth exploring.

Thanks to Ergo Martini for licensing the photo of the texter through Creative Commons.

Source: AppScout

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New Years brings traffic rule changes

By Linda Williams/TWN Staff Writer
Posted: 12/30/2008 11:27:58 AM PST

Several changes to California traffic laws go into effect in January. While some change some of the penalties and restrictions for drunk drivers, another closes the texting while driving loophole and yet another sets a specific location permissible for portable GPS devices to be located on a windshield.

  • A law prohibiting texting while driving goes into effect January 1, closing the loophole in the current law forbidding the use of cell phones while driving which had inexplicably not addressed text messaging by adults. There will be no change for drivers under 18 who are already banned from talking, texting or using a cell phones--including a hands free type phone or accessory, pager, laptop or any other electronic communication or mobile service device while driving.
  • GPS units may now be mounted on the windshield in two locations, a 7-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield on the passenger side of the vehicle, or in a 5-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield on the driver's side.
  • A new law deletes weight used to define motorcycles by deleting the weight limitation and eliminated the separate electric powered category. It also provides three-wheelers full access to the high occupancy vehicle lanes regardless of occupancy.
  • Increases penalties for misuse of 9-1-1 system.
  • Allows municipalities to allow vehicles with certain special license plates to park without charge in metered parking spots.
  • Allows year round vehicles to use tires with retractable metal studs as long as the studs do not protrude from May 1 to October 1.
  • Increased penalties for assault and battery committed against CalTrans workers while on the job.
  • Eases restrictions on straw or hay transportation to eliminate the penalties for loosely blowing straw or hay.
  • Increases penalties for forging or counterfeiting "Clean air stickers."
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"The overall safety of the motoring public is our primary concern," says CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "Not only will these new laws enhance a motorist's safety, many of them are a step toward ridding the roadways of drunk drivers and the tragedy they cause."

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BARC presents local teen with prestigious award

Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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A local member of the Bootheel Amateur Radio Club (BARC) was presented with the "Ham of the Year" award at the recent BARC Christmas party.

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Jill Niemeier, a freshman at Kennett High School and member of the Bootheel Amateur Radio Club (BARC), recently received the BARC "Ham of the Year" award for her excellence and improvement in community service. Photo provided

Following an open nomination, Jill Niemeier, a ninth-grade student at Kennett High School, was chosen by BARC club members to receive the 2008 Ham of the Year award for her excellence and improvement in community service, according to BARC President Larry Ford.

"She's a very impressive young lady," Ford said. "She's went to two science fairs and won awards in both of them. As a club, we're real proud of her."

The daughter of Robert and Donna Gill of Kennett, Niemeier recently passed the test for Amateur Extra in Amateur Radio, the highest class license available.

"She has already went through and obtained her extra class amateur radio license, which is, for someone of her age, sort of prestigious," Ford said. "Not often do they get it that young."

The community service Ford spoke of was Niemeier's continuing work towards developing an emergency radio for use during a major disaster.

In 2007, while in middle school, Niemeier placed first in the engineering category of the Junior High Division at the Regional Science Fair at Cape Girardeau, Mo., with her entry "Emergency Communications." She also won the Cape Girardeau Area Engineers Club Award, the Best Model Study Award, a Discovery Communications Award, and the Best Overall Junior Physical Science Award, which was given to the top project from the biochemistry, chemistry, earth and space sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer science and physics categories.

At the 2008 Regional Science Fair, Niemeier, again, took home several awards for her follow-up entry, "Emergency Communications II."

Those awards included First place in Engineering, the Cape Girardeau Area Engineers Club Award, the Best Model Award in the Junior Division, the Montgomery Bank Award, the National Society of Professional Engineers award for the most outstanding engineer project, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps award, the Overall Junior Physical Science award for the most outstanding project in the areas of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, and Physics categories, the SSP Middle School Program award, ant the Top Eighth Grade Student award.

Niemeier's project focuses on the fact that if the New Madrid Fault area ever experienced a major earthquake or other major disaster, all normal means of communication would be lost.

"Underground cables would be cut, and cellular telephone towers would fall, leaving many communities, like Kennett for example, without normal methods of communicating for help," Niemeier said. "Even satellite phones may or may not work due to propagation conditions or interruptions."

Niemeier has done extensive study in emergency communications and has used her findings to develop a portable amateur station. She has also gathered GPS data on all major bridges and businesses in Dunklin County.

Currently, Niemier is working on an emergency communications system for the medical staff of Kennett schools.

Source: The Daily Dunklin Democrat

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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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MCC to get security cameras

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CRYSTAL LAKE — McHenry County College soon will get a little safer.

Officials plan to install 21 security cameras in the parking lots as well as building entryways using a nearly $50,000 federal grant. The video then would be stored for at least seven days.

The money is part of a $350,000 federal earmark secured by U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Egan, for campus safety for the colleges in his district. The money was secured in April, shortly after a Feb. 14 shooting at Northern Illinois University left six students dead, including the shooter.

Courtney Brust, who will be a second-semester MCC freshman in January, said she’s glad the school will install the cameras.

“When I first arrived, I noticed that there were no security cameras, and ... it just kind of worried me,” she said. “With all the school shootings, I get paranoid ... [cameras] make you just feel safer whether something is going to happen or not.”

The cameras will be installed by Secure Integrations of Des Plaines. No additional personnel will be hired to monitor them, said Christina Haggerty, MCC spokeswoman.

She added that the measure is one of a number of things the campus is doing to create a safer environment.

Other efforts include: implementing a new emergency notification system that sends text messages and voice mails to employees and students when there’s a school closing or emergency; collaboration with the Crystal Lake Police department and a revised emergency communications plan.

Source: Northwest Herald

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From: Lilian Yen
Date: December 30, 2008 11:09:47 PM CST
To: Brad Dye
Subject: Information for 2009 Chinese New Year

Dear Mr Dye,

Have a nice day!

Please advised that the Chinese New year holiday will be coming from Jan 24th to Feb. 1st in Taiwan. Unication team in Taiwan (and CQ factory)will be out of office and have a limited access of e-mail. We will resume work on Feb. 2nd. In order to fulfill demands during the holiday, we have planned it ahead of time and will arrange shipments before the holiday to cover the demands. Please kindly let us know if you have any urgent request before the holiday ASAP. (Due to the Custom in China has not arrange the schedule of Chinese New Year) We will inform the last shipment in the end of Dec.

To provide the best service for our valuable customer, please be informed that Unication team in Taiwan will have an additional working day on Saturday Jan 17th. If you have any urgent case, we will be in the office.

Wish all of you will have nice coming 2009!

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Yours Truly,
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From: Barry Kanne
Subject: Breaking News Network
Date: December 27, 2008 11:54:57 AM CST
To: Brad Dye

Hi Brad:

I read, with interest, your article on the Breaking News Network. First, let me declare my surprise at their continued existence. I thought the charges of illegally intercepting paging traffic had closed the door on this venture.

But as surprising is the fact that they continue to violate the US Communications Act of 1934 (I think) in that they divulge to others, confidential information received over their bank of scanners and from “volunteers” who are doing the same thing. Not only are they divulging information, but they are doing it for compensation.

Maybe one of the legal community out there who are regular readers of your excellent newsletter can explain how this is allowed to continue.

A happy and safe new year to you and the entire paging community,

Barry Kanne
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Date: December 24, 2008 7:25:33 AM CST


I have some friends down in Brasil who are in the need of a Zetron Model 61 encoder. (a model 61F would work as well) Their present one has been repaired from a lightning strike but is no longer dependable. Things are very simple down there and they seek nothing new to replace what has worked for them for the past 10 years.

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From: Michael Candell
Subject: FEMA alerting system
Date: December 23, 2008 9:43:20 AM CST
To: Brad Dye


This is from a discussion board that is mainly concerned with monitoring public safety communications etc. (Police Scanners)

Unfortunately the link only describes the FEMA IPAWS system and does not detail methods for submitting comments.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a call for information from companies about the planned Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), intended to replace the patchwork of systems now used to provide public warnings of emergencies in the U.S. The IPAWS project sprang from the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks and was ordered by President Bush in 2006. FEMA is just now asking for, "information that will help the Agency define its future contracting approach for providing implementation support services for (IPAWS)." Read more about IPAWS here (Link to Story or Item).

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Magnetic Field Hole Could Cripple Communications

Friday, December 19, 2008
By Andrea Thompson

Scientists have found two large leaks in Earth's magnetosphere, the region around our planet that shields us from severe solar storms.

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A close-up of a solar flare as imaged by the TRACE space probe in September 2005.

The leaks are defying many of scientists' previous ideas on how the interaction between Earth's magnetosphere and solar wind occurs: The leaks are in an unexpected location, let in solar particles in faster than expected and the whole interaction works in a manner that is completely the opposite of what scientists had thought.

The findings have implications for how solar storms affect the our planet. Serious storms, which involved charged particles spewing from the sun, can disable satellites and even disrupt power grids on Earth.

The new observations "overturn the way that we understand how the sun's magnetic field interacts with the Earth's magnetic field," said David Sibeck of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., during a press conference today at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

The bottom line: When the next peak of solar activity comes, in about 4 years, electrical systems on Earth and satellites in space may be more vulnerable.

How it works

Earth's magnetic field carves out a cavity in the sun's onrushing field. The Earth's magnetosphere is thus "buffeted like a wind sock in gale force winds, fluttering back and forth in the" solar wind, Sibeck explained.

Both the sun's magnetic field and the Earth's magnetic field can be oriented northward or southward (Earth's magnetic field is often described as a giant bar magnet in space).

The sun's magnetic field shifts its orientation frequently, sometimes becoming aligned with the Earth, sometime becoming anti-aligned.

Scientists had thought that more solar particles entered Earth's magnetosphere when the sun's field was oriented southward (anti-aligned to the Earth's), but the opposite turned out to be the case, the new research shows.

The work was sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation and based on observations by NASA's THEMIS (Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms) satellite.

How many and where

Essentially, the Earth's magnetic shield is at its strongest when scientists had thought it would be at its weakest.

When the fields aren't aligned, "the shield is up and very few particles come in," said physicist Jimmy Raeder of the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Conversely, when the fields are aligned, it creates "a huge breach, and there's lots and lots of particles coming in," Raeder added, at the news conference.

As it orbited Earth, THEMIS's five spacecraft were able to estimate the thickness of the band of solar particles coming when the fields were aligned — it turned out to be about 20 times the number that got in when the fields were anti-aligned.

THEMIS was able to make these measurements as it moved through the band, with two spacecraft on different borders of the band; the band turned out to be one Earth radius thick, or about 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometers).

Measurements of the thickness taken later showed that the band was also rapidly growing.

"So this really changes our understanding of solar wind-magnetosphere coupling," said physicist Marit Oieroset of the University of California, Berkeley, also at the press conference.

And while the interaction of anti-aligned particles occurs at Earth's equator, those of aligned particles occur at higher latitudes both north and south of the equator.

The interaction is "appending blobs of plasma onto the Earth's magnetic field," which is an easy way to get the solar particles in, said Sibeck, a THEMIS project scientist.

Next solar cycle

This finding not only has implications for scientists' understanding of the interaction between the sun and Earth's magnetosphere, but for predicting the effects to Earth during the next peak in the solar cycle.

The Sun operates on an 11-year cycle, alternating between active and quiet periods. We are currently in a quiet period, with few sunspots on the sun's surface and fewer solar flares, though the next cycle of activity has begun.

It is expected to peak around 2012, bringing lots of sunspots, flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). CMEs can interact with the Earth's magnetosphere, causing problems for satellites, communications, and power grids.

This upcoming active period now looks like it will be more intense than the previous one, which peaked around 2006, some scientists think. The reason is the changes in the sun's alignment.

During the last peak, solar fields hitting the Earth were first anti-aligned then aligned. Anti-aligned fields can energize particles, but in this case, the energy came before the particles themselves, which doesn't create much of a fuss in terms of geomagnetic storms and disruptions.

But the next cycle will see aligned, then anti-aligned fields, in theory amplifying the effects of the storms as they hit.

Raeder likens the difference to igniting a gas stove one of two ways: In the first way, the gas is turned on and the stove is lit and you get a flame.

In the other way, you let the gas run for awhile, so that when you add the gas you get a much bigger boom.

"It should be that we're in for a tough time in the next 11 years," Sibeck said.

Source: Fox News

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As I pray for peace in the world, I realize the only answer for real and lasting peace is:

  • that peace within;
  • that it only comes from God;
  • and that it must begin with me.

I am going to continue to try to do my part in stopping bigotry, hatred, and prejudice, by practicing love and tolerance.

I may not be all that I should be, but then I am not what I once was, and with God's help, I am not what I shall become.

—Brad Dye, 2008

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