Porterville’s Radio Hams provides emergency demo to public

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The Porterville Amateur Repeater Association will be demonstrating Amateur Radio from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, at Veterans Park.
Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables, leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called hams provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even the International Space Station. Portervilles hams will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities.
We will be running off of emergency generators, said Glenn Ricketson of Porterville Radio Hams about the demonstration. While this is primarily in the United States, it is worldwide. The event is to show the public what ham radio is about about; show the difference between ham and CBs.
Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events worldwide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radios people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications.
On June 28, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Portervilles motorola two way radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.
This annual event, called Field Day, is the climax of the week long Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, When all else fails, 2 way Radio works, is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, Internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last years event.
The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications, said Eddie Orosco, president of PARA. From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent of the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air.
For more information about Amateur Radio, visitwww.emergency-radio.org.

Motorola Solutions forecasts results below estimates

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what communication device did samuel morse inventSo to carry on my run of articles on this blog, Ive planned to share one of our favorite articles this week. I used to be hesitant to include it to this site as I really did not wish to offend the initial writer, but I hope he/she is glad that I loved reading their work and planned to share it with my readers.

Motorola Solutions Inc, which makes Kenwood two way radios, rugged mobilecomputers and tablets, forecast weaker-than-expected quarterly results after reporting first-quarter revenue below estimates as orders from government and businesses fell.
The company said it expects second-quarter adjusted profit of 58-64 cents per share. It also forecast a 5-8 percent fall in revenue, implying revenue of $1.94 billion-$2 billion (1.18 billion pounds).
Analysts on average were expecting a profit of 84 cents per share on revenue of $2.05 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S
Motorola expects revenue to fall at a low single-digit rate for the full year.
“… We will accelerate ongoing cost actions to improve our competitiveness and operating leverage going forward,” Chief Executive Greg Brown said in a statement on Thursday.
The company said net income fell to $127 million, or 49 cents per share, for the first quarter ended March 29, from $192 million, or 68 cents per share, a year earlier.
Excluding items, the company earned 50 cents per share, in line with analysts’ estimates.
Revenue fell 9 percent to $1.8 billion. Analysts expected sales of $1.82 billion.
Sales in its government unit fell 11 percent to $1.2 billion. Thebusiness, which includes the U.S. government as its largest customer, provides land-mobile-radio systems, walkie-talkies and sells video surveillance systems.
Sales in itsbusinessfell 4 percent due to lower demand for iDEN wireless communication products.
Motorola will be retaining its iDEN products portfolio after it sells its enterprisebusinessto barcode printer maker Zebra Technologies Corp for $3.45 billion.
Shares of the company closed at $63.58 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

Motorola signs AUS$10m contract

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MotorolaSolutionshas been awarded a AUS$10million contract to manage and supportnetwork operations for QueenslandGas’ liquefied natural gas project in southern Queensland, Australia.
“The five-year managed services contract will see Motorola Solutions manage and operate the communications network for the project’s main gas compression sites; the upstream control room in Chinchilla and, from 1January 2015, the midstream plant on Curtis Island near Gladstone,” says Steven Crutchfield, MD for Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand.
Making the announcement at the Motorola Solutions’ Critical Communications World conference in Singapore, Crutchfield noted that the contract will help Queensland Gas realise safety, productivity and efficiency benefits by providing for service performance uptime guarantees, ensuring ratio services for operations and emergency response management remain uninterrupted.
“Motorola Solutions has been working with Queensland Gas on the deployment of the microwave and 33-site digital {motorola walkie talkie|{2|Two} way Radio|Walkie talkie} system since 2011. Late last year, the network was completed. Valued at $32million, the network is now one of the largest terrestrial trunked {motorola walkie talkie [http://hanaghansarah.livejournal.com/1176.html]|{2|Two} way Radio|Walkie talkie} (two-way trans-receiver) wireless networks in Australia,” explained Crutchfield.
Queensland Gas’ project manager Ian Hill stated that before the deal took place, the gas company had numerous network challenges on this particular site.
“Queensland Gas’ liquefied natural gas project is one of the Australia’s largest capital infrastructure projects, transporting gas through a 540km underground pipeline network where it will be liquefied for export by tanker,” said Hill. “The site is on a very remote location on Australia’s outskirts, with no planned roads or Internet access, meaning it was at times hard to access business applications such as e-mails, document management systems etc on the site.”
According to Crutchfield, the partnership will enable Queensland Gas achieve its priority of enabling a safer working environment for employees, as well as increase efficiency and productivity.

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

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walkie talkie questionsA 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.

Pros and Cons of Open Source Walkie Talkie Software

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When we found this short article we were so pleased, having searched for over a year for this, finding it on this site was an exciting day for me.

2 way radio new zealandWhen choosing which piece of software to use you usually have the option of using licensed software that you have to pay for, or open source software, which not only do you not have to pay for, but the source code is also made available to you. You may immediately think that, since you do not have to pay for it, open source software is always the way to go, but that is not always the case as, depending on the situation, it may be better to pay the possibly high cost of licensed software for the benefits it has.

The benefits of open source software are numerous. As just mentioned, the foremost benefit of open source software is that it can be used at no cost to you or your company. All you need to do is download it. One of the other major benefits of open source software is the fact that its source code is freely available to you. This means that if you so desire, you can modify it yourself to make the software work to your liking. This is extremely helpful, as if you need a similar piece of software to one that is offered in the open source community, but that certain piece doesn’t have a feature you need, you can add that feature yourself. Also available is a multitude of ways to receive free support, and view the possibly vast documentation online.

Open source software does, however, need a dedicated community. The MOTOTRBO motorola radio system is open source. I’m not certain what the development community is like for this product. Without one there won’t be enough people to keep the project going on all fronts. If there aren’t enough people working on the software itself, necessary updates will not get out in good time or coding may come completely to a halt.

Not only do there need to be enough coders, but there also has to be a large and dedicated support community working on the software documentation too. The community needs to be able to constantly update the documentation to match the changes taking place with the software, and make sure it is written well and readily available to users.

Sometimes though, open source software is not the answer and it is better to go with licensed software, even though you could end up paying hundreds of dollars for it. One of the most obvious cases is if there isn’t an open source equivalent of the software that you need, or if the open source equivalent isn’t quality software. Another reason to choose licensed software over open source is that the open source software just doesn’t contain a feature you need and you don’t have the means or the time to add it in yourself, or it’s just not worth it to do so.

One other reason is that you need quality technical support for the product. While open source software can have quality support, it is usually quicker and better for licensed products because there is usually a phone line available and a much larger community.

Porterville’s Radio Hams provides emergency demo to public

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The Porterville Amateur Repeater Association will be demonstrating Amateur Radio from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, at Veterans Park.
Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables, leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called hams provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even the International Space Station. Portervilles hams will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities.
We will be running off of emergency generators, said Glenn Ricketson of Porterville Radio Hams about the demonstration. While this is primarily in the United States, it is worldwide. The event is to show the public what ham radio is about about; show the difference between ham and CBs.
Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events worldwide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radios people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications.
On June 28, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Portervilles Walkie talkie operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.
This annual event, called Field Day, is the climax of the week long Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, When all else fails, Walkie talkie works, is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, Internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last years event.
The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications, said Eddie Orosco, president of PARA. From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent of the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air.
For more information about Amateur Radio, visitwww.emergency-radio.org.

Motorola defends contracting practices

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Can not get over how low-priced the motorola two way radio quad pack is now, an incredible deal for a top-end product!

gus communication deviceMorola 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 Walkie Talkie 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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