Utility supplies License-free portable Walkie Talkie


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two way radiosUtility tools: Ritron Inc. introduces the PT-150M, a professional-grade license-free portable Walkie Talkie. Operating in the VHF MURS frequency band, the PT-150M allows business-only users to operate license free at 2 watts, anywhere within the US. This saves customers the hassle and expense of licensing typical associated with “FCC Part 90 business band” radio frequencies, and provides out-of-the-box functionality and simplicity for utilities, retail locations, manufacturing environments, schools, hospitals, healthcare facilities, and more.

There are 5 MURS frequencies including two made popular by Ritron’s JOBCOM brand radio line and now are in wide spread use across the country – the “blue dot” (154.570) and “green dot” (154.600) frequencies.

The PT-150M features 8 channel capacity which allows maximum use of all 5 MURS frequencies plus reuse of 3 frequencies for additional work groups, etc. A 2 Watt transmitter, is adequate for up to 2 mile range, line-of-sight, no obstructions or 250,000 sq. ft. indoors range. A 1000mW speaker provides easy-to-hear clarity and volume for even noisy environments. A slim, lightweight design is ergonomic and easy-to-carry and use.

The 7 Character alphanumeric display provides easy-to-read icons showing battery status, channel scan On/Off, Keypad Lock On/Off, and more. Nine programmable function buttons allows access to backlit for keypad, accessing additional features in the radio , for example – scan On/Off, backlit for keypad, keypad lock/unlock, channel scroll up/down, send a Call Tone, and more. They allow access to advanced features and allow configuration of the radio. Rugged MIL STD 810F rating, IP65 resistance rating against dust and water and clamp-on audio accessory connector ensures long, trouble-free service.

Each PT radio comes complete with antenna, Lithium-Ion battery, spring-action belt clip, drop-in charging stand and AC adapter. Optional accessories include: a 6-unit gang charger, remote speaker microphone, lightweight ear set and nylon carry holster.

Basic radio parameters (e.g. tone signaling by channel) are field-configurable using buttons on the PT-150M radio – no tools are required. Free PC programming software (available from the Ritron web site) along with optional purchase of custom programming cable from Ritron, allows users full programming of all radio parameters, i.e. shuffling the 5 MURS frequencies to amongst the 8 possible channels and “tagging” channels on the radio (within 7 characters alphanumeric combo max) such as OPERAT or SECURTY.

The PT-150M is compatible with other VHF radios operating on MURS frequencies and will provide a range of 1 mile + line-of-sight range, no obstructions. Indoor range is approximately 250,000 sq. ft. Actual range is dependent on building structure and obstructions.

Best Satellite Radio Receivers


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Satellite RadioSatellite radios are quite popular and are becoming more affordable each year. Basically, the digital radio is broadcast by a communications satellite that covers a wide range of radio signals, so that you can get any basic music genre, talk radio, comedy stand ups, news, weather, sports, etc without commercials.
Satellite radios allow you to listen to the same radio no matter where you’re going. You could travel across the country, and still listen to the same station that you initially started with when you left.
You can purchase your subscription with Sirius, XM, or Worldspace, and be able to listen to anything that you want anywhere that you’re at.

When compared to regular AM/FM radios and digital television radios, satellite radios really do come on top. Even with the small monthly fee, that typically starts at about $12.50, you’ll receive better signal, a wide variety of stations, and in most cases few to no interruptions between songs. What’s cool is that these two Way Radios are portable, and of course minimal interruptions by commercials; a DJ may interrupt in between songs, but you won’t really come across many commercials since it’s a paid subscription. They just don’t need advertisers.
More recently, you’ll find that newer car models are coming equipped with satellite receivers, so all you need to do is purchase the subscription. Many of the newer cars by all of the major car manufacturers offer either XM or Sirius receivers. You’ll find that Volkswagen and Audi have an exclusive contract with Sirius until 2012; GM, Honda, and Suzuki are investors in XM. You’ll find that Bentley and Rolls-Royce vehicles are not only equipped with the satellite radio receiver but a lifetime subscription for Sirius. And, any Harley-Davidson motorcycle models will be equipped with XM satellite radio.

You will find that most vehicles that have satellite radio receivers pre-installed, will also be a little more expensive, so if you don’t want to pay that price (many don’t), they when you are ready for a satellite radio, you will want to check out the best satellite radio receivers so that you can get the best one for your dollar.
See all 4 photos Delphi SA10315-11B1 XpressRC Plug and Play XM Satellite Radio with Color DisplayAmazon Price: $149.99
List Price: $169.99Audiovox XMCK30PXM Xpress-RC ReceiverAmazon Price: $99.00
List Price: $169.99Delphi XpressRCThe XpressRC satellite radio features a full color, split screen display that you can adjust the brightness of in order to get the best clarity for your preferences. There’s an easy to use 5-way navigational control for rapid channel scrolling, as well. The Delphi satellite radio can be used in the car, at home, and with your audio system as long as you have the compatible accessories. You can set your top 10 favorite channels, but not only that you can enjoy the stock ticker and sports scores.

This device allows you to save your 10 favorite songs, and scan/locate FM frequencies using XM through your FM radio. The Delphi XpressRC has 60 minute pause and replay; tune select to find your favorite artists or songs *tracking up to 20); and GameSelect to find your favorite sports event or team and alert you when they’re playing (selecting up to 50 teams).

When you purchase the XpressRC Delphi satellite radio, you will receive a remote control, cassette adapter, car cradle, swivel mount, vent mount, car power adapter, XM car antenna, Swivel mount preparation kit.
There are two different models of the XpressRC- the SA10315-11B1 and the XMCK30PXM- both are pretty similar, so it will be your decision a to which one you’d prefer. Just keep in mind that both are plug in and play, meaning they’re not a wireless transmitters. And, for those of you with big fingers, you may have trouble pushing the power button, as it’s a little small, but those minor details are nothing when compared to the features and usability of the device.

See all 4 photos Pioneer GEX-INNO2BK Inno 2 Portable XM Satellite Radio with MP3 CapabilityAmazon Price: $299.00
List Price: $335.99Pioneer GEX-INNO2BKThe Pioneer satellite radio is small in size but it has big features. The INNO2BK is one of the first satellite radios that can play MP3s and WMAs, as well as search over 170 channels of live XM radio. It’s also one of the first portable satellite radios, that was released on the market, so you can get your XM radio in the car and on the go.
You can record your favorite XM channels at home or in your car without using a computer. All you have to do is click it and save it so you can listen to it again and share it with a friend.

You can manage your MP3s, WMAs, and XM tracks using the XM/Napster program that you’ll need to download to your computer. You can create and manage your own playlists with MP3s/WMAs that you ripped from your favorite CDs and the XM tracks that yo purchased from Napster. You don’t even need the internet or a computer to do it, as long as you have it on your radio.

The Pioneer INNO2BK can be docked and set up for use at home or you can clip it to your belt and keep it at your side where ever you go.

When you purchase the INNO2BK Pioneer satellite radio, you receive a home dock, home antenna, AC power adapter, travel adapter, RCA cable, USB cable, belt clip, ear buds, and a battery.
See all 4 photos SIRIUS ST4-TK1 Starmate 4 Plug-and-Play Satellite Radio Receiver with Car KitAmazon Price: $99.00
List Price: $149.99SIRIUS Starmate 4If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive satellite radio, the Starmat 4 is the one that you’ll want to look at first. It has a basic design that is pretty simple to use. Some find that there are a few flaws in the design such as the lack of an auxiliary input and antenna, power and auxiliary output from the car dock are on the back of the device versus the bottom or side. The overall device is pretty slim, which definitely increases your portability.
The Starmate 4 does have a pause and rewind feature with a 4 4minute playback function. It features a 5 line LCD wide screen, which is definitely a nice feature to have because you won’t have to squint to read the screen.
The Sirius Starmate 4 has a 30 channel preset, 30 song memory, and game alerts.

Some customers have also complained about the wireless connection being poor, but for the money, the overall usability of the device, and the lifespan, the Sirius Starmate 4 is still considered one of the better options to choose from.

See all 4 photos SIRIUS Stiletto 2 Portable Satellite Radio with MP3 PlayerAmazon Price: $799.99
List Price: $399.99Sirius SLH2 Home Install Kit for the Stiletto 2 Portable RadioAmazon Price: $34.95
List Price: $49.99Directed Electronics Sirius SLV2 Vehicle Install Kit for the Stiletto 2 Portable RadioAmazon Price: $179.99
List Price: $49.99Sirius Stiletto 2The Sirius Stiletto 2 is a portable satellite radio that you can use at home, in the car, or on the go. It has a slim and sleek design that is a little smaller than the video iPod, making it pretty easy to take with you, definitely increasing the portability option.
The Stiletto 2 features a built-in antenna that lets you get a signal without needing an external car or home docking station. This satellite radio can handle MP3 and WMA files, so you can mix your live radio with your personal collection. The Sirius Stiletto has up to 100 hours of internal storage of live satellite programs, and when using a car or home docking station, you can broadcast both Sirius radio and digital audio files over any FM stereo.

You can bookmark your favorite songs and tag them so that you can go back later and purchase them using any Windows-based online music service.
Another cool option is that you can use a removable microSD memory card so that you can expand your music collection by adding more memory to the device. You can manage your songs using the My Sirius Studio software that is included.

The Stiletto 2 even has WiFi capability that permits access to Sirius Internet Radio (additional subscription fee). The Sirius Internet Radio gives subscribers access to more than 80 additional channels of Sirius Satellite Radio to include 2 of Howard Stern’s channels, Martha Stewart Living Radio, Sirius OutQ, and more commercial free radio stations.

The 2.2 inch color display is easy to read, and the media dial with 6-way navigation lets you easily scroll through your music playlists. You can get game alerts, as well as the ability to pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live radio. Parents can even set up parental controls for their kids.

When you purchase the Stiletto 2 Sirius radio, you will receive a battery, AC power adapter, Altec Lansing headphones, ear buds, PC cable, and the My Sirius Studio software. Just remember that the home and car kit is not included with the purchase of the receiver; you will need to purchase them separately.

Delphi Roady XT For XM Car & Home Satellite Radio Receiver Current Bid: $9.99

Satellite Radio Online Store RapidSatellite com Reviewed


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walkie talkieRapid Satellite provides the best selection of Sirius Radio satellite equipment

RapidSatellite.com was one of the first web sites I found offering satellite radio satellite equipment. They only carry Sirius satellite radio products, but they have a good selection.

Right now RapidSatellite.com is having a great special programming offer. For $129 you can get a Sirius satellite radio system for both the home and car. Pay $179 now and get a $50 rebate from Sirius Radio. I bet they won’t be continuing that offer for long as they’ll get sold out overnight! That is one heck of a deal. I was pricing XM Radio for car and home and the prices were significantly higher on other websites. But for $129 getting satellite radio for car and home? That’s what I call a no brainer. Click the link here to see for yourself. What a deal. I still can’t believe it.

Almost forgot to mention that if you pay for a year’s service of Sirius satellite 2 Way Radio they’ll throw in three months free. That’s not a bad deal folks.

Ok now on to review what satellite equipment RapidSatellite.com has to offer for Sirius Radio buffs.
Audiovox Sirius Satellite Radio Receiver (requires Plug-n-Play Module)
Audiovox Sirius Satellite Radio Shuttle Portable Tuner. This package includes just the Sirius tuner & remote. Requires a Home Adapter Kit and/or Vehicle Adapter Kit. $99.99

Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Tuner (Requires Home or Car Module)
Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Here2Anywhere tuner. This package includes the Sirius Tuner and Remote. Requires a Vehicle Adapter Kit and/or Home Adapter Kit. $99.99

Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio System w/ Plug & Play Home Use Kit
Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Here2Anywhere tuner. This package includes the Sirius tuner, remote and home adapter kit. $149.99

Audiovox Sirius Satellite Radio System w/ Vehicle Plug & Play Kit
Audiovox Sirius Satellite Radio Shuttle Portable Tuner. This package includes the Sirius tuner, remote and Vehicle Adapter Kit. $149.99

Audiovox Sirius Satellite Radio System w/ Home Plug & Play Kit
Audiovox Sirius Satellite Radio Shuttle Portable Tuner. This package includes the Sirius tuner, remote and Home Adapter Kit. $149.99

Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio System w/ FM Wireless Vehicle Plug & Play Kit
Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Here2Anywhere tuner. This package includes the Sirius tuner, remote and FM Wireless Vehicle Adapter Kit. $149.99

Audiovox Sirius Satellite Radio System w/ Both Home & Vehicle Plug & Play Kit ($129.99 after $50 Sirius Rebate)
Audiovox Sirius Satellite Radio Shuttle Portable Tuner. This package includes the Sirius tuner, remote, Home Adapter Kit and Vehicle Adapter Kit. ($50 Sirius Rebate) $179.99

Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio System w/ Both Home & FM Wireless Vehicle Plug & Play Kits (149.99 After $50 Sirius Rebate)
Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Here2Anywhere tuner. This package includes the Sirius Tuner, Remote, FM Wireless Vehicle Adapter Kit & Home Adapter Kit. $199.99

As you can see I really like RapidSatellite.com for their package selections at reduced prices. They really know how to entice someone to buy!

RapidSatellite.com is a member of the Better Business Bureau Online and #1 in consumer satisfaction among cable and satellite TV suppliers as rated by J.D. Power and Associates. Basically, you can trust this company that when you order you’ll get what you ordered with no problems.

After you put the item in your shopping cart and decide to checkout you’ll need to create an account. Just the usual of name, address, username, password which speeds up the checkout process later and allows you to not type it all back in the next time you purchase from them. They cannot ship to P.O. boxes, so you’ll have to use a real address. The not shipping to P.O. Boxes is from credit card fraud. People steal credit cards and then get items shipped to P.O. Boxes. Cutting out shipping to P.O. Boxes cuts out that fraud.

After you enter your delivery address they’ll run it past the USPS to make sure there are no problems delivering your item. That’s a really nice feature that they double check your address. Shipping was only $9.99 for a receiver shipped to my zipcode in the middle of nowhere. They accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

Their toll free phone number that is staffed 24 hours 7 days a week is always visible at the upper left corner of every page. I don’t know about you but that inspires confidence in them for me.

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Railroad joins the digital communication


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All of invenstimento underbid in training of technicians and search for innovations in the global radio communications, has sutindo extremely favorable results.

Adding to that commitment in any advisory work, training, workshops and demo installation of digital communication networks, the company has been highlighted in the segment, being recognized as a company that dominates the subject.

It is precisely because of these differences underbid that begins in July 2011, to more challenging job of his 14 years of existence. An enterprise to be developed over a period of three years and will include supply, installation and development of specific applications for digital communication system via Walkie Talkies.

Since October 2010, the technical and enegenheiros underbid engaged almost without interruption, working alongside professionals in a large national digital radio communications that will contain a minimum of 1,000 mobile and portable radio (DGP4150, DGP6150 , and DGM4100 DGM6100) and 24 repeaters (DGR6175) to cover voice and data over one of the largest railroads in Brazil.
The final intention will be covered over 760 miles of railroad, using radios MOTOTRBO digital communication line, coupled with highest technology management software provided by SmartPTT distributed by underbid in Brazil.

The first stage of the radio network was started with the installation of four repeaters DGR6175 at the end of 2010. In July, will be given the initial steps for implementing the system in its entirety.

It is a very hard work, whose aim is to be the case of Brazil’s most successful software coupled with the MOTOTRBO SmartPTT.All of invenstimento underbid in training of technicians and search for innovations in the global radio communications, has sutindo extremely favorable results.the technical and enegenheiros underbid engaged almost without interruption, working alongside professionals in a large national digital radio communications that will contain a minimum of 1,000 mobile and portable radio (DGP4150, DGP6150 , and DGM4100 DGM6100) and 24 repeaters (DGR6175) to cover voice and data over one of the largest

Adding to that commitment in any advisory work, training, workshops and demo installation of digital communication networks, the company has been highlighted in the segment, being recognized as a company that dominates the subject.

New tower in southern end of county will enhance radio coverage when built


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2 way radio kansas cityA new tower soon will stand tall in the southern end of the county, providing a massive upgrade in radio coverage to agencies working in areas south of N.C. 152.

The county is working with Motorola on the project.

Pending any unforeseen hurdles, county telecommunications officials said the tower will be a reality in the coming months.

From first responders to law enforcement to DOT workers, a variety of different agencies operating both in the county and in the city will be able to take advantage of the new tower.

The latest in a series of upgrades to the countys telecommunications infrastructure, the coming tower is another result of funds from a quarter-cent sales tax approved by voters in a referendum in November 2009.

We told the commissioners what we needed, they listened and they made it happen for us, Rowan County E-911 and Telecommunications Director Rob Robinson said. With the construction of the tower at the South Rowan site, were actually going to have a four-site system in this county. It is a massive improvement.

The original, and largest, radio tower in the county is owned by the city and located at what Robinson called the Hill Street Tower site in Granite Quarry.

The county already has leased space on an existing tower at Youngs Mountain in the northwest part of the county and placed radio equipment there.

In the southeast, construction of another tower also is in the works, Robinson said.

We have worked with the state, and they are building a new (Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders) tower down at High Rock Lake, Robinson said.

While the county has to purchase the radio equipment to be placed on the VIPER tower, Robinson said using the space on the tower is free.

If we dont run into any hurdles, we should be finished with (both the South Rowan site tower and the VIPER tower) some time in the next 90 days, Robinson said.

With the addition of the tower, Robinson said the county will be solid in street coverage and drastically improved in building coverage.

It is dramatically improving the coverage of public safety officials in the county, Robinson said. Were not the only ones who use it. You have Salisbury utilities, DOT, Rowan Transit and all these different agencies that also use our system.

Robinson said the county worked out an agreement with the city to essentially share the towers.

By doing this, we have beefed up the entire Walkie Talkie system that we all can use, so it helps us to be able to work together and better cover all parts of the county, Robinson said.

Like a cell phone, a persons radio signal will be handed off from tower to tower while that person is moving, and no interruption should be experienced, Robinson said.

We have a voter comparator system on these four tower sites, so when you key up, the system constantly is evaluating which one has the strongest signal, and that is the one it lets you talk through, Robinson said.

In regard to construction of the new tower in the south, Robinson said the plans are to start pouring concrete by the end of the month.

Rowan County Board of Commissioners Vice-Chairman Craig Pierce said the county is looking at selling space on the new tower to help offset the costs of construction.

It is truly a long-term investment, but it will pay for itself, Pierce said.

Sharing access to the countys towers with the city also is important, Pierce said.

This (radio system) is benefiting everybody in the county, including Salisbury. We would be remiss to keep it for us, Pierce said. (People in the city) are county taxpayers and helping to pay for the system. They should benefit from it.

New Year Honours 13,500 woolly hats for troops earns BEM


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A woman who has sent more than 13,500 woolly hats to service personnel in Afghanistan has been given a British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours.

Tina Selby, 43, from Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, recruited a small army of knitters after hitting on the idea.
She said: “It does seem to make a difference – I’ve had loads of thank you letters and photos.”
Her honour is among nearly 50 given out to people who have contributed to their communities across Wales.

Tina Selby at first to planned to send out 500 hats but has gone on to post more than 13,500 Mrs Selby founded the voluntary organisation hats4heroes after realising there was a need to include a woolly hat in each of the welfare boxes she was already sending out to troops in Afghanistan.

She planned to send only 500 hats at first but within weeks the front room of her home was swamped with knitwear sent to her from around the UK.

This year was the first since 2010 that she and husband Brian have had enough room to put up a Christmas tree as Mrs Selby winds down the appeal ahead of the anticipated troop withdrawal.
In that time, her organisation has sent thousands of hand-made hats – each containing a chocolate bar – to Army, Navy and RAF personnel involved in the UK military deployment.
She said: “I could not have done it without everyone helping out. They are going to be quite touched.

“It’s a practical way of supporting the forces. They say they wear them all the time, when doing PE, in bed – anytime.
Stuart Nixon walked across London for nine days to raise MS Society cash “I’ve even had a member of the forces call in on his way to visit his mother-in-law in Barry to say thank you.”
Other people honoured for their work in the community include Stuart Nixon, 49, from Newport, who is vice-chair and a trustee of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

A clinical services co-ordinator for Aneurin Bevan Health Board, the father-of-three has had multiple sclerosis (MS) since the age of 18.
He has been a volunteer at the MS Society for 17 years. The disability advisory group he has set up at the local health board is seen as a model of best practice across Wales.
Despite only having mobility in one leg and having used a wheelchair for 15 years, in October he walked 60km (37 miles) around London over nine days using a bespoke walking frame to raise more than £60,000 to mark the MS Society’s 60th anniversary.

‘Gobsmacked’ Mr Nixon was nominated by MS Society’s former chief executive, Simon Gillespie, who said: “The range, extent and deep impact of Stuart’s contribution in his work life, and through volunteering for the MS Society at the highest level, has been exceptional and sustained, benefiting those who have MS and the wider community.”
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Margaret Williams said receiving the MBE was “bizarre”

Another person awarded an MBE is Margaret Williams, 64, from Flint, Flintshire, founder of the charity North Wales Superkids.
From its first year in 1999, it has grown from giving presents to 150 disadvantaged youngsters at Christmas to more than 1,400.
In 2002, Superkids was presented with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award and in 2008 Mrs Williams was awarded Citizen of the Year.
As well as Christmas gifts, the charity organises trips to the pantomime and craft clubs.

“We’re all volunteers and it keeps us out of mischief,” said Mrs Williams.
“I’m absolutely thrilled, gobsmacked and over the moon but I find it strange to think somebody thinks what I do is good, but I know the difference it makes.
“I had an email from a social worker this morning who said the difference it made to two children referred to us.”
James Lee, 64, of Holyhead, Anglesey, worked at the former Anglesey Aluminium site, which closed in February this year, for 25 years.

In 2003 he volunteered for the Communities First Partnership (CF) programme which seeks to improve the communities and life chances of people living in the most deprived communities in Wales.
Pigeon fancier Mr Lee quickly became the founding chair of Holyhead Town Ward CF and then Plas Cybi CF which won awards for its pioneering approach to community regeneration. He is appointed MBE.
Swansea-based Dr Gerald Lewis, chair of governors at Swansea Metropolitan University, is appointed MBE for his services to education.

His citation describes him as a “positive force” in the merger with the University of Wales and Trinity St David and a “valuable member” of the University of Wales Council’s Research, Enterprise and Innovation Committee.
Pigeon fancier David Hughes, 75, of Wrexham, has combined his love of the sport with raising cash for Hope House Children’s Hospice in Wrexham.
He received a BEM for raising more than £86,000 for the hospice in just over 12 years, including by regular pigeon auctions which attract pigeon fanciers from all over the UK.

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Motorola defends contracting practices


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Morola Solutions is rejecting as innuendo a series of articles in which McClatchy examined the companys decades-long dominance of the emergency communications market.

The stories described multiple ways that city, county and state officials have favored Motorola with noncompetitive contracts, including from at least nine of the nations 20 largest cities. The firm has reaped billions of dollars in annual revenue amid a nationwide push to avoid a repeat of the radio failures of 9-11.

In a statement, the company called it very disturbing that a news organization would cast suspicion of any Motorola contract with a government entity that did not fit a generic, competitive-bid model, and at the same time cast aspersions on the integrity of the government entities with which we do business.

Motorola issued the statement and sent a letter to The Sacramento Bee, a McClatchy newspaper, which published an editorial Sunday challenging policymakers to ask hard questions about how the company has preserved an estimated 80 percent share of the public safety two Way Radio market.

Motorola said various legally available contract vehicles that forgo competitive bids enable governments to procure in a manner that can achieve cost savings for taxpayers, and enable faster implementation, which can be an important consideration for equipment that can serve as a lifeline for first responders.

The company did not address concerns about its radio prices up to $7,500 apiece.

McClatchy also reported that foundations for Motorola and its former parent donated more than $25 million over six years to nonprofits with police- and firefighter-related missions, aiding a constituency that has backed its products.

The company called it very disturbing that a news organization would question a law-abiding companys community citizenship.

Motorolas employees and shareholders are deeply proud of the investments our Foundation makes to better the communities where we operate, it said, adding that the donations further the invaluable partnership we have with the public safety community.

In addition, the company defended former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who responded to radio outages from Hurricane Katrina by spearheading a push for a new statewide radio system and a separate high-speed broadband data-delivery network for first responders.

Motorola won both contracts, which could generate $300 million. Months after leaving office, Barbour registered as a Motorola lobbyist, McClatchy reported.

Barbour, a Republican, showed tremendous leadership throughout the rebuilding of the devastated areas of Mississippi, the company said.

Leaders like Governor Barbour personally understand how the public safety community relies on survivable, interoperable communications during disasters and crises, the company said. That kind of leadership and experience is invaluable to us and the first responders Motorola Solutions serves every day across the country. We are proud to have Governor Barbour on our team.

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