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Marriott City Center choses Two Way Radio of Carolina

CHARLOTTE NC, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016   Marriott City Center Charlotte, Charlotte\'s newest luxury hotel, has chosen Motorola and Two Way Radio of Carolina for their communications solution.

With superb, industry-leading audio, the Motorola solution Marriott chose features Intelligent Audio to deliver superb communications when the lobby is quiet or when it is full of guests. Compact and lightweight, the XPR3000 is built for day-in, day-out reliable performance.

The Charlotte Marriott City Center is dedicated to exceeding guest expectations, and Two Way Radio of Carolina\'s communications solutions helps to deliver the rapid response needed to keep guest requests filled quickly.

Two Way Radio Expands Carolina Connect Coverage

CHARLOTTE NC, AUGUST 1, 2016   Two Way Radio of Carolina's "Carolina Connect" System is growing again!!! Two Way Radio just expanded their North Carolina Radio System to provide radio coverage beyond Asheville, NC to the West, and Burlington, NC to the East along the Interstate 40 corridor making it one of the largest Motorola Mototrbo Connect Plus systems in the United States!

The Motorola Connect Plus multi-site digital trunking enables you to accommodate the high volume, wide area communications your business requires. Whether you need coverage at a single site or across multiple site, it can be scaled to meet your communication needs.

Your work teams can not only talk to one another or the main facility, they can also use data applications to make their jobs more efficient and safe, including text messaging, location tracking and dispatch capability. All the while, you gain the added benefits of instant Push-to-Talk TDMA digital technology, such as increased capacity and clear audio. With enhanced communication between employees, you'll see increased productivity and efficiency across your enterprise organization.

VA Chooses Two Way Radio for New Kernersville and Charlotte Health Care Centers

CHARLOTTE NC, July 4, 2016   The Veterans Administration has chosen Two Way Radio of Carolina to implement a New Motorola Mototrbo Digital Communications Connect Plus System.  The new Motorola Communications solution connects doctors, hospital staff, and medical facilities into one cohesive system.  The Motorola Mototrbo system is the latest in advanced digital technology integrating new advanced emergency features, encryption, voice quality, and data capabilities. 

The new VA Health Care Centers in Kernersville and Charlotte are beautiful, brand-new facilities with state-of-the-art amenities including green roof top areas to serve our Veteran heroes.

Two Way Radio of Carolina, Inc. was chosen as the vendor of choice to complete the upgrade. 

About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. Through leading-edge innovation and communications technology, it is a global leader that enables its customers to be their best in the moments that matter. Motorola Solutions trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “MSI.” To learn more, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom or subscribe to our news feed.

Wells Fargo Chooses Two Way Radio of Carolina

CHARLOTTE, NC 2015 -- Two Way Radio of Carolina, Inc., a leading wireless solution provider for Public-Safety and commercial industries, today announced the Company has completed the redesign and upgrade of Wells Fargo Bank Emergency Communications System to support all daily operations as well as any Homeland Security Emergency Event. 

Wells Fargo chose a Motorola solution.

About Two Way Radio of Carolina                                                                                                                                         Two Way Radio of Carolina, Inc., has been a leading wireless solution provider for Public-Safety and commercial industries since incorporating in 1956.  They represent the top three Public-Safety Communications Manufacturer's in the United States; Motorola, Harris, and EF Johnson.  For more information on Two Way Radio of Carolina, Inc., visit: or call 704-372-3444.

Statesville Chooses Two Way Radio of Carolina

STATESVILLE NC,  JULY 2014   The City of Statesville, NC recently chose Two Way Radio of Carolina for their Phase II upgrade of their P25 radio communications system.  The Phase II P25 is an expansion of the current EF Johnson Trunked IP25 800 Mhz system and will add additional capacity as well a relocation to two new City-owned sites.

About EF Johnsnon
With over 90 year's experience in  public safety communications, EFJohnson is focused on delivering the highest quality, cost effective P25 solutions that are smarter and simpler,  Because when the mission is critical and every secont counts, no one has time for complexities. Our award-winning P25 solutions are used throughout the world by military, police, fire, paramedics and homeland security personnnel.

VA Medical Center - Salisbury Chooses Motorola MotoTrbo Solution

CHARLOTTE NC, May 20, 2014  W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC recently completed an upgrade of their outdated radio communications system to a new Motorola Mototrbo Digital Communications system.  The new Motorola Communications solution connects doctors, hospital staff, and medical facilities into one cohesive system.  The Motorola Mototrbo system is the latest in advanced digital technology integrating new advanced emergency features, encryption, voice quality, and data capabilities. 

Two Way Radio of Carolina, Inc. was chosen as the vendor of choice to complete the upgrade. 

About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. Through leading-edge innovation and communications technology, it is a global leader that enables its customers to be their best in the moments that matter. Motorola Solutions trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “MSI.” To learn more, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom or subscribe to our news feed.

Motorola Solutions, 3M™ Peltor™ to Offer Technology That Protects Workers’ Hearing, Improves Communication

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – May 20, 2014 - Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI) announced today the joint collaboration between 3M and Motorola on the 3M Peltor Heavy-Duty Headset Portfolio. Motorola is now the sole distributor of the MT7H79 Direct Radio Connect Headsets, optimized and certified to meet Motorola’s performance standards for APX and MOTOTRBO™ two-way radios. The initial launch will include 15 new headset products from the Peltor HT, MT and Tactical Pro Series which serve as complementary accessories to Motorola’s digital two-way radios. Ideal for noisy work environments, this portfolio will help customers meet hearing conservation program requirements. Hearing conservation programs are mandated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to protect workers with significant exposure to occupational noise from hearing impairment.

Since 2004, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported that nearly 125,000 workers have suffered significant, permanent hearing loss. Hearing loss is the most commonly recorded occupational illness in manufacturing. These protective communication products provide hearing protection for noise levels above 82 decibels (db) while allowing users to hear their surrounding environment and communicate. The portfolio of solutions is ideal for manufacturing, public safety, public works and utility workers.

Two Way Radio of Carolina acquires new "Monroe Division."

CHARLOTTE NC, January 5, 2014.  Two Way Radio of Carolina has acquired and opened their newest location in Monroe, NC.  Two Way Radio of Carolina - Monroe Division (formerly Carolina Communications) has put its mark on the wireless business in the surrounding Monroe area.

"If a product has a signal that travels through the air, chances are we sell it!" Mark Fowler, Vice President and Co-Owner of TWRC - Monroe Division.

In 1986, Hoyte and Mark Fowler opened Carolina Communications selling only two-way radios.  Shortly after the store opened, cellular phones hit the marketplace, the Fowlers quickly adapted them and business mushroomed.

Today,  TWRC welcomes our newest Divison of deeply experienced staff under the Two Way Radio of Carolina name!    

Two Way Radio Launches The 2nd Largest Mototrbo System In North America

CHARLOTTE, NC - Two Way Radio of Carolina sucessfully launched the 2nd largest Mototrbo system in North America for the start of the school year 2012!

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Transportation is ranked the 10th largest student transportation in the nation, and last year; they shared their radio system with the Charlotte Police, Fire, and Medic.

Charlotte Mecklenburg School system is so large, they have their own Police force.  The Chief of CMS Police, Bud Cesena expained: "Last year the system (Charlotte Mecklenburg owned)  went down around the 1st day of school, - 2nd day of school a couple of times.  The board decided they did not want that to happen again this year especially given that the DNC was here in town."

So, CMS chose Two Way Radio of Carolina as the vendor of choice, and Motorola Mototrbo Digital Radios as the technology of choice to move to their own radio system!  Motorola's Mototrbo Digital Radio system represents the very latest in cutting edge digital radio technology.

Chief Cesena told WBTV news; " It just makes talking to each other so much easier."

WBTV news reporter Dedrick Russell reported; " CMS says that having it's own system will better protect students and staff while at school."  He went on to say; " CMS says the new radio system will save the district about a half million dollars a year.  The district no longer has to pay radio fees."

What is more astounding is that Two Way Radio of Carolina had to implement this massive system with 6 sites and over 1700+ Mototrbo radios in less than 60 days.  All of the bus dry runs gave us a sample insight of what was ahead the next week,  but there was no way to fully understand how the system would fare until all of the 1100+ buses, plus all the staff, plus the dispatchers, and plus all the service fleet were fully operating together. The staff of Two Way Radio was in place at 4 am to watch the system and react if any changes were needed. 

The first day the system handled more than 95,000 calls!!!  The last child was safely delivered at 7:43 pm.


Two Way Radio Launches 6th Largest Connect Plus system in North America!

CHARLOTTE, NC - Two Way Radio of Carolina sucessfully launched the 6th largest Connect Plus Mototrbo system in North America!
In an effort to respond to customers that have recently been displaced from the decommissioning of the Nextel Network by Sprint,  Two Way Radio of Carolina has launched Motorola's Elite Mototrbo system called Connect Plus.

Connect Plus it the most advanced multi-site Mototrbo Digital Trunking Motorola has available!  Whether you need coverage at a single site or across multiple sites, Connect Plus can provide the communications you need for your work teams with the most advance features available of any radio system.

Connect Plus also delivers advanced data applications to make their job more efficient and safe, including text messaging,  GPS location tracking, and advanced service order software can keep your crews more responsive.  All the while, you gain the added benefits of TDMA digital technology like increased capacity and crystal clear audio.

In these days and times, your crews safety is more important then ever!  With the advanced emergency features embedded in the radio along with GPS capabilities; precious minutes can be saved in handling a crisis.  Features like: Unit ID on every radio quickly identifies who is calling,  an emergency button on every radio can alert others of the situation - even if the crew member can not speak, and GPS embedded on every radio can let you quickly locate and send help.

Automatic Channel Access, High System Availability, Fast access for those who need it most, No need to change channels, High security, and Encrypted conversations are only a few reasons why Two Way Radio of Carolina chose Motorola's most advanced system available, and we are rapidly expanding our coverage even more!!!

Click this link to see our coverage today! Call us if you have an area that you need us to expand to, and we will look into putting it into our plans.
Contact:  704-372-3444 or 800-372-DIGITAL

Motorola Awards Highest Level of Achievement Award to Two Way Radio of Carolina

CHARLOTTE, November 29, 2012 -- Two Way Radio of Carolina, Inc., a leading wireless solution provider for Public-Safety and commercial industries, today announced the Company has been awarded the highest level of achievement for Mobile Solutions in Motorola's recently unveiled "PartnerEmpower" partner initiative.

Motorola officially kicked off the program, which features new, more stringent partner requirements and maintenance levels, in 2011; and has designated Two Way Radio of Carolina as an Elite Specialist partner.  Motorola's PartnerEmpower is a global, unified partner program that delivers new and improved ways for partners to go to market with Motorola to drive new opportunities, greater market penetration and growth.

Two Way Radio of Carolina, which first began its relationship with Motorola in 1991, was selected to the Elite Specialist status level in PartnerEmpower based on the Company's commitment to rigorous technical certification requirements, in addition to its successful sales record for Motorola's mobile offerings. Two Way Radio of Carolina has long been recognized by leading hardware manufacturers for its retail expertise and the ability to observe, analyze and advise customers on achieving a customized solution that is suited to their specific needs.

"Motorola is a valued partner of Two Way Radio of Carolina and exemplifies a long-term relationship that continues to yield opportunities and growth for both parties.

About Two Way Radio of Carolina

Two Way Radio of Carolina, Inc., has been a leading wireless solution provider for Public-Safety and commercial industries since incorporating in 1956.  They represent the top three Public-Safety Communications Manufacturer's in the United States; Motorola, Harris, and EF Johnson.  For more information on Two Way Radio of Carolina, Inc., visit: or call 704-372-3444.


On August 22, 2012, the FCC ENFORCEMENT BUREAU sent out another warning to remind everyone of the mandatory January 1, 2013 deadline for transitioning all radios to narrowband technology.  These are some excerpts from their announcement:

What are the penalties for failure to comply with the January 1, 2013 deadline? 

The Enforcement Bureau is committed to aggressively enforcing the narrowbanding transition deadline and violators may be subject to enforcement action.  Penalties for non-compliance may include license revocation, and/or monetary forfeitures of up to $16,000 for each such violation or each day of a continuing violation, and up to $112,500 for any single act or failure to act.  

Need More Information? 

Detailed information and references concerning narrowbanding are available at   For further information, licensees and frequency coordinators may contact Mr. Melvin Spann of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Mobility Division, (202) 418-1333,, or Mr. Roberto Mussenden of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Policy Division, (202) 418-1428, or  Equipment manufacturers may contact Mr. Andy Leimer of the Office of Engineering and Technology, (301) 362-3049,  For more information regarding enforcement of the narrowbanding rules, contact the Enforcement Bureau at (202) 418-7450.  Media inquiries should be directed to Mr. William Davenport,, (202) 418-1034.
To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an email to or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).  You may also contact the Enforcement Bureau on its TTY line at 202-418-1148 for further information about this Enforcement Advisory, or the FCC on its TTY line at 1-888-Tell-FCC (1-888-835-5322).

Issued by:  Chief, Enforcement Bureau

Two Way Radio Wireless Communications Solutions

Two Way Radio of Carolina, Inc.'s Wireless Communications Solutions include the following brands: Motorola

Two Way Radio of Carolina, Inc. consistantly beats our competitors with better pricing!!!            (704) 372-3444  (800) 372-3444

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        • XPR4350 Mobiles
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        • PR400
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      • Minitor V Fire Pagers
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Charlotte, NC - June 2012 -    EF Johnson Technologies, Inc., one of the nation’s leading developers and manufacturers of communications technology for emergency responders awarded Two Way Radio of Carolina, Inc. their top partnership level in recognition of their outstanding sales and service performance. Two Way Radio of Carolina, Inc is now a "Platinum Partner" with EF Johnson Technologies.

Two Way Radio of Carolina was identified as one of an elite class of "Platinum Partnerships"  within EF Johnson Corporation.  EF Johnson supplies Public-Safety / Emergency First Responder equipment which includes Project 25-compliant, digital two-way portable and mobile radios, base stations and software. EFJohnson also supplies equipment complementing the communications system infrastructure, such as dispatch consoles and mobile radio control stations.

About EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.

Headquartered in Irving, Texas, EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. focuses on innovating, developing and marketing the highest quality secure communications solutions to organizations whose mission is to protect and save lives. The Company’s customers include first responders in public safety and public service, the federal government, and industrial organizations. The Company’s products are marketed under the EFJohnson name and many of them are designed and manufactured in America. For more information, visit


City of Statesville approves P25 upgrade

STATESVILLE, NC -  The City of Stateville unanimously approved the appropriation of funds in the Police Department budget for the purchase of a multi-site repeater for the Emergency Services 800 MHz radio system and ten (10) mobile radios for patrol vehicles. Chief Anderson stated the City of Statesville was previously donated an 800 MHz radio system from EF Johnson and installation with a value of $359,665. The City has also been awarded a $76,707.25 grant to purchase hand held mobile radios for the Police Department. Studies concluded in June and July 2011 has revealed areas of the city that are not allowing for full coverage due to structural and topographical issues. In order for the system to be used in operations, additional equipment is needed to allow for full area coverage for officer safety. The city has also found that it cannot rely on its backup radio system, the State’s 800 MHz Viper system since it also has similar voids in signal strength. In order to correct the voids in signal strength as well as future expansion for other City Departments a repeater is needed at a cost of $80,000. For maximum vehicle field coverage, the police and fire departments are requesting ten (10) 800 MHz mobile vehicle units be purchased.  This will allow for proper vehicle to headquarters coverage. Additional mobile units will be purchased in upcoming budget years. The Police and Fire Departments must have full operational use of this system prior to January 2013 according to federally mandated system change-over requirements. In January of 2013 the City’s current analog system will be rendered obsolete and the Water and Sewer, Electric and Public Works Departments will need to switch over to the 800 MHz system. The improvements made through the donation, grants and expenditures to date will permit them to switch systems with only the upgrade of either hand held or mobile radios. Council member M. Johnson asked if the City should start searching for donation sites for a VIPER tower at this time. Chief Anderson replied that was true. Council member Steele made a motion to approve the appropriation of funds in the Police Department budget for the purchase of a multi-site repeater for the Emergency Services 800 MHz radio system, ten (10) mobile radios for patrol vehicles and approve Budget Amendment #05, seconded by Council member Eisele. The motion carried

Statesville to Upgrade Emergency Radio Equipment

STATESVILLE - Statesville officials have authorized spending $106,000 to buy emergency radio equipment that will eliminate dead spots in coverage and allow the police and fire departments to talk to each other on the same radio system.

In a report delivered to the City Council in August, Police Chief Tom Anderson said the improvements would correct gaps in the signal strength of the current system and provide for future expansion.

“We’ve never had cross-capability of radio communication between the police and fire departments in the city,” said Anderson. “This system will do that while also filling in the gaps in our current set-up.”


FCC Sends 32,000 Letters Reminding on Narrowbanding

The FCC sent letters to 32,000 VHF and UHF public-safety licensees whose records contain wideband emission designators in the FCC database, reminding them of the upcoming narrowbanding deadline. An FCC official said more than one-third of public-safety licenses have been updated to narrowband operation.

“While such wideband operation is currently permissible, this is a reminder that the deadline for converting to ‘narrowband’ operation is quickly approaching,” said the letter signed by James Barnett Jr., chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB). “You must bring these facilities into compliance with the commission’s narrowbanding rules by Jan. 1, 2013, either by migration to 12.5-kilohertz (or narrower) channel bandwidth or by utilization of technology that achieves equivalent efficiency.”

The letter reminds licensees that the FCC began implementing the narrowbanding rules more than 10 years ago. The letter warns that unauthorized wideband operation after this date is in violation of the commission’s rules and may subject licensees to enforcement action, including monetary forfeitures or license revocation.

“If newly authorized facilities receive harmful interference from unauthorized wideband operations, the commission may require the noncompliant wideband operator to promptly remedy the interference, which may include cessation of operations, if necessary,” the letter said.

A letter recipient may have narrowband-capable equipment but a license that still designates wideband operation. To be in compliance, the licensee must update its license to reflect narrowband operations.

The letters were sent based on FCC registration numbers (FRNs), not call signs, so a licensee would receive one letter for all its call signs. When licensees update to narrowband operations, it’s a good opportunity to update contact and other information associated with their license, said an FCC official.

Click here for more Narrowbanding information!

“If you have not done so already, we urge you to take the necessary steps as soon as possible to ensure timely compliance with the Jan. 1, 2013, deadline,” the letter said. “Timely completion of narrowbanding is important because it will ensure more efficient use of the spectrum, relieve congestion and result in increased channel availability for LMR systems. In addition, after the Jan. 1, 2013, deadline, the commission’s rules will no longer protect unauthorized wideband operations from harmful interference, availability of wideband equipment will diminish or cease, and the commission may license new narrowband facilities that overlap pre-2013 wideband channels.”

VHF and UHF licensees in the business/industrial pool fall under the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB), and that bureau would be responsible for similar letters to those licensees.

Are you ready for your migration to Narrowband?

We are here to guide you through the Narrowband transition. Click here for more information!

City of Statesville upgrades to EF Johnson P25 800 Mhz Radio System

Statesville, NC - The City of Statesville, NC accepted a proposal by EF Johnson Technologies, based in Dallas, Texas, for the donation of an 800 Megahertz P25 (Project 25)  trunked radio system for the city.  The new EF Johnson P25 system will be installed at a tower where the company has a no-cost lease. P25 refers to a FCC mandated standard for digital radio communications for use by federal, state/ and local public safety agencies to provided interoperability between other agencies and mutual aid response teams in emergencies. 

Brunswick Co., NC to upgrade their emergency radio system

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Commissioners in Brunswick County voted Tuesday in favor of spending about $2 million to upgrade their emergency radio system.

Emergency responders say they can't trust the county's system and it's putting them in danger.

Soon, they'll switch to the "viper" system which is run by the state.  They will also make improvements to Bolivia's radio tower, which has been the source of many complaints.

The current system is about six-years-old and also costs millions of dollars.

Motorola, Harris make ISSI connection in Dallas
As Reported By Donny Jackson in Urgent Communications Magazine, Aug 17, 2010 5:10 PM, From its beginning two decades ago, the Project 25 suite of standards has offered the promise of interoperability. To date, most of this has been achieved via common air interface that allow P25 radios from different manufacturers to communicate with each other directly. Just as anticipated has been the P25 Inter Subsystem Interface (ISSI) standard, which is designed to let users on disparate LMR networks communicate. While the capabilities of ISSI gateways have been discussed at length and demonstrated numerous times, only recently has the technology been used to provide a link between active mission-critical LMR networks built by different vendors. The first such ISSI link is located in Dallas, connecting the city’s Motorola network and DFW Airport’s Harris network, according to Mrinalini Lakshminarayanan, senior product manager for Motorola. “It has been tested by the customer and validated last month,” Lakshminarayanan said. “It shows the capability of connecting multiple-vendor systems together using ISSI.” Using ISSI between networks is not new, as networks from the same vendor have used ISSI to interoperate in the past. But the Dallas-DFW Airport scenario provides the industry demonstrates that ISSI can provide connectivity between networks from disparate vendors, Tim Grabacki of Motorola said. “The message is that ISSI is real,” Grabacki said. Indeed, major vendors have had commercially available ISSI solutions available for months. And, as more P25 systems are deployed with ISSI gateways, similar stories hopefully will become commonplace throughout the nation, marking another step in public safety’s quest for interoperability. Meanwhile, a next logical step will be interoperability between LMR networks and the broadband LTE networks that many public-safety agencies hope to deploy during the next year. Grabacki said the LMR-LTE link via ISSI could be at least 18 months away. Regardless how long it takes, such a development that delivers connectivity between the two primary networks for first-responder communications for the next couple of decades promises to be welcomed with open arms by the public-safety community.


Washington, D.C. -- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week took action to
eliminate certain interim narrowbanding deadlines for public safety and commercial licensees in the
150-174 MHz and 421-512 MHz Bands (VHF/UHF Bands). This action will ease the transition for
licensees in these bands who are required to migrate their land mobile radio systems from 25 kHz
bandwidth channels to 12.5 kHz bandwidth channels by January 1, 2013 in order to help reduce
congestion, improve communications, and increase user access to the spectrum.
The Order partially grants a petition filed by the National Public Safety Telecommunications
Council (NPSTC) seeking relief from interim narrowbanding requirements that otherwise take
effect on January 1, 2011. Specifically, the order gives flexibility to VHF/UHF Band licensees to
continue to obtain 25 kHz-capable equipment for their existing systems until January 1, 2013,
which previously would have been prohibited as of January 1, 2011. This will make it easier for
licensees to manage the transition of their existing systems to 12.5 kHz capability. In granting this
relief, however, the Commission reaffirmed its commitment to timely completion of the migration
to 12.5 kHz technology by the January 1, 2013 deadline.
Jamie Barnett, Chief of the FCC‘s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, stated,
“The transition to 12.5 kHz narrowband will result in more spectrum capacity for public safety
agencies and commercial users in the VHF and UHF bands by increasing the efficiency of spectrum
use. But as today's order indicates, the Commission also appreciates the concerns that NPSTC and
others have raised regarding the need for flexibility in the transition. We look forward to continuing
to work with NPSTC and the public safety community to support each licensee’s efforts to meet the
2013 compliance deadline.”
Ruth Milkman, Chief of the FCC‘s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, said, “Although the
Commission took action to eliminate certain interim compliance deadlines related to the use of
antiquated radios and other equipment in these lower bands, it is essential for all band-users to
continue forward with this transition so that they can maximize the use of their narrowband
communications. We envision that voice network capacity could eventually quadruple, enabling
users, including public safety agencies in particular, to take full advantage of the capabilities of
existing technologies to provide high-quality narrowband voice communications in these lower
spectrum bands.”
The Commission took the following additional actions in the Order:
· Extended the deadline for requiring equipment to be 6.25 kHz-capable until 2013.
· Denied the request to allow new or expanded 25 kHz operations beyond January 1, 2011.
The Commission remains committed to working with public safety and commercial licensees to
meet the January 1, 2013 deadline for completing migration to 12.5 kHz channel bandwidth. The
Commission will also continue to work with its Federal partners, such as the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications, to make public safety agencies aware
of opportunities for public funding to meet this requirement.
Action by the Commission, June 29, 2010, by Order (FCC 10-119). Chairman Genachowski and
Commissioners Copps, McDowell, Clyburn and Baker. WT Docket No. 99-87.
For additional information about the Order, please contact Roberto Mussenden, Policy Division,
Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, at 202-418-1428 or, or
Melvin Spann, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, at 202-418-1333 or
more news and information about the Federal Communications Commission
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Apr 6, 2010 5:54 PM, by Glenn Bischoff

Despite important advancements, digital communications aren’t right for every

Technology is beginning to make the problems associated
with using digital radios in very noisy environments go
away. This is particularly important for firefighters, who
often have found that such communications are
unintelligible when they are on the fireground, because
previous versions of the vocoder found in digital radios
were unable to differentiate human voice from the sounds
made by chain saws, apparatus engines, breathing gear
and personal alert systems. As result, transmissions often
were garbled, if they were received at all.

Today, however, a new digital vocoder has been developed
that already has found its way into one vendor’s radios
(EF Johnson) — with others soon to follow — that
represents a significant and noticeable improvement over
previous vocoders. And noise-cancelling technology has
been developed that suppresses unwanted audio.

However, experts speaking last month at the annual
International Wireless Communications Exposition (IWCE 2010) in Las Vegas advised that such
technologies won’t be effective unless firefighters are properly trained on their use — and
sometimes they’re not effective at all. It’s crucial then to know when to use digital
communications, when to avoid them and to have a plan for making such determinations,
according to the speakers.

D.J. Atkinson, lead electronics engineer for Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) — a
joint effort of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Institute of
Telecommunications Services (ITS) — demonstrated the session the effectiveness of noisecancelling
technology, which was discernible. But he cautioned that the impact of noise
cancellation — using a primary microphone to capture the user’s voice and a secondary
microphone that captures ambient noise — can be far less when it’s improperly used.

“The noise source is directional, so the second microphone has to be oriented towards the noise
source to get the maximum benefit,” Atkinson said. “A noise-cancelling microphone, when
properly used, can make a huge difference. But when it isn’t used to its full benefit, it might not
make any difference at all.”

Atkinson demonstrated that even when using an analog radio, how the microphone is used in
relation to the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) mask is vital in terms of generating
intelligible transmissions. “Putting the microphone right up to the voice port of the SCBA mask
makes a big difference,” he said.

But no amount of training or best practices will make digital communications effective for every
circumstance, said Capt. Kevin Nida, radio officer for the city of Los Angeles Fire Department and
president of the California State Firefighters’ Association. Just as firefighters have several
types of nozzles available to them to direct water at the proper volume, in the proper pattern and
in the proper velocity, based on the circumstances they encounter, Nida said that different types
of radios and frequency bands are needed, based on whether the fire is in a forest, a high-rise
building, a large warehouse or a residential structure.

Also, digital radios have limitations in certain situations that analog radios don’t experience, Nida
said. For example, simultaneous transmissions on the same digital channel have less chance of
getting through compared with analog, he said. Also, digital signals drop off suddenly at the edge
of the coverage area and they experience greater loss when the radio is in a horizontal rather
than vertical position — a common scenario, because firefighters regularly need to crawl through
structures for myriad reasons.

“We’re not against P25, and we’re not against trunking,” Nida said. “But like any tool in the
toolbox, it has to be used appropriately. And just like aircraft, which is still using AM because it
works, we still need to maintain a little VHF and UHF operating in analog mode, because that’s
what works for us in many different scenarios.”

“So, an analog network and simplex channels are very important to have,” Nida said.

Also important is having a plan for transitioning to simplex communications when firefighters lose
contact with the radio network.

“You have to switch to a pre-determined channel that’s off the network before you enter an area
— whether it’s wildland or a building — where such situational issues exist,” Nida said. “It’s a
simple solution.”

To illustrate his point, Nida told the story of a 24-year-old firefighter who was killed after falling
into a basement while searching for victims of a residential fire.

“Sometimes a firefighter is so deep inside a building that he’s not hitting the repeater. When a
firefighter is on the first floor, and he’s suddenly out of network, [we wonder], ‘Did he fall
through the floor?’” Nida said. “That’s exactly what happened to this firefighter. … We have no
idea whether he tried to get a call out. What we do know is that when he fell into the basement,
he went from in network to out of network, so he had no chance of surviving.”

The CSFA has identified 18 “watch out” situations—those that have caused a firefighter death
and cannot be ignored. Number seven on the list is, “No communications link between crew
members and supervisors.”

“When we lose radio communications with the command post, that’s the time to pull out,” Nida

Motorola Announces Industry Leading Capabilities for MOTOTRBO(TM) Professional Digital Two-way Radio System

March 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Enterprise Mobility Solutions business of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced industry-first enhancements for its innovative MOTOTRBO™ Professional Digital Two-way Radio System at the International Wireless Communications Expo.

Motorola continues to build upon MOTOTRBO with the launch of the industry's first Transmit Interrupt Suite as well as new 800/900 MHz frequency band portable and mobile radios; a new 800 MHz frequency band repeater; a 900 MHz frequency band repeater; and a new UHF 100-watt, high-power base station/repeater.

The new Transmit Interrupt Suite allows MOTOTRBO users to interrupt conversations during an emergency or to deliver business-critical communications exactly when and where it's needed via the voice interrupt, remote voice dekey and emergency voice interrupt features. Transmit Interrupt is an ideal solution for public works agencies, utilities, private security and manufacturing, to help them increase employee safety and efficiency.

Another example of MOTOTRBO's industry leading innovation is the launch of 800/900 MHz capable radios. The XPR® 6580 display portable, XPR 6380 non-display portable, XPR 4580 display mobile and XPR 4380 numeric display mobile radios are currently available with all the great features of MOTOTRBO and operate in the 800 and 900 MHz frequency bands.

New repeaters are also being added to the growing MOTOTRBO system lineup, including the XPR 8380, an 800 MHz frequency band repeater. This repeater provides continuous duty at 40W/UHF, 45W/VHF and 35W/800 MHz. It operates in analog and digital mode and supports two simultaneous voice or data paths in Time-Division Multiple-Access (TDMA) digital mode.  A 900 MHz frequency band repeater is scheduled to ship for MOTOTRBO systems later this year.

"Motorola is a company of firsts with a rich heritage of continuous innovation," said Paul Cizek, Motorola director of North America Professional/Commercial Radios. "We are continuing this innovation with the MOTOTRBO system by offering industry-first features for professional digital radios with the Transmit Interrupt Suite and 800/900 MHz frequency band capabilities."

The new UHF 100-watt MTR3000 base station/repeater delivers high-power capability, which helps to improve coverage for users such as schools, public works, and transportation companies operating across a wide area or within large building structures including hospitals, shopping malls or casinos. The MTR3000 also features convenient access to station ports, shortening installation and maintenance time. With 16-channel capability, it operates in analog or digital mode and supports two simultaneous voice or data paths in TDMA digital. An upgrade kit is available for MTR2000 users, allowing them to migrate to the MTR3000 without a total repeater replacement.

Michael Saia, vice president of radio dealer Saia Communications, Inc. in Buffalo, N.Y., said his customers are looking for the flexibility of the high-power MTR3000 repeater which can operate in analog or digital mode allowing them to migrate to digital at their own pace.

"We have many customers who need a high power repeater to meet the communication needs of their business and the MOTOTRBO system with a MTR3000 repeater is the ideal solution," Saia said. "And with the MTR2000 upgrade process; we are able to easily migrate existing users to the advantages of digital technology at a significantly lower cost than if they had to do a complete replacement of their existing equipment."

MOTOTRBO meets the 12.5 kHz capability requirement mandate for narrowbanding, ensuring professional users compliance with FCC regulations. With its TDMA digital technology, MOTOTRBO provides additional benefits over alternate digital technologies including lower infrastructure costs, longer battery life and advanced features.

"These benefits make TDMA the digital choice of the future for professional two-way radio communications," said Cizek. "Delivering advanced features and more system capacity while being able to leverage existing spectrum resources at a significant cost savings, make it a clear choice over Frequency-Division Multiple-Access (FDMA) digital solutions."

Two Way Radio Receives 2009 Best of Charlotte Award

WASHINGTON D.C., June 8, 2009 -- Two Way Radio has been selected for the 2009 Best of Charlotte Award in the Communication Equipment Repair category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

U.S. Commerce Association



WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The SDR Forum announced today the winners of their annual Achievement Awards during SDR’09 Technical Conference and Product Exposition, the premier event for the reconfigurable radio community, December 1 to December 4 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Bruce Fette of DARPA won the President’s Award, The Harris Unity™ XG-100 earned Technology of the Year and Eric Nicollet of Thales took home the International Achievement Award. A special award was also given to Dr. John Glossner for chairing the conference as well. Winners were announced during the event’s Technology Showcase and Welcome Event on December 1.

A new award this year, The Technology of the Year, is presented to an individual or organization for a breakthrough product or technology in the field of Software Defined or Cognitive Radio as selected by the members. For 2009 this award goes to the Harris Unity™ XG-100 Full-Spectrum Multiband Radio which provides federal, state and local agencies with the first portable “One-for-All” solution that delivers true interoperability with first responders and public safety professionals. Supporting both digital APCO P25 secure and analog FM communications across the VHF, UHF, 700 MHz and 800 MHz public safety bands in a single portable radio, responders can now communicate with multiple jurisdictions and agencies operating on many different frequencies and systems. Built-in advanced capabilities include two-microphone noise suppression and clear audio for operation in high-noise environments, GPS receiver for position tracking and rapid response for emergencies, and secure Bluetooth® technology for wireless audio accessories and wireless data support. The XG-100 is built to the military standard for ruggedness and submersibility, designed to be intrinsically safe, and features a true software defined radio architecture that allows flexibility for future growth, including a software-only upgrade to the APCO P25 phase 2 TDMA standards. User-friendly radio controls include a transflective front color display with intuitive user interface, configurable OLED top display for holster operation, front panel programming, and easy-grip radio controls.

About the SDR Forum™
Established in 1996, The SDR Forum™ is a non-profit international industry association with a 100+ strong membership comprised of world-class technical, business and government organizations from EMEA, Asia and the Americas who are passionate about creating a revolution in wireless communications based on reconfigurable radio. The SDR Forum is the only organization in the world dedicated to serving the industry's needs through advocacy, opportunity development, commercialization and education. For more information, please visit

City of Wilson, NC chooses EF Johnson Technologies

Irving, TX – September 24, 2009 – EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: EFJI) today announced that it has been awarded a contract valued at $2.5 million from the City of Wilson, North Carolina to provide the City with its innovative Trunked IP25™ Project 25 compliant infrastructure system.

“Our Trunked IP25 infrastructure system provides interoperability and exceptional coverage for first responders,” said Michael Jalbert, president and chief executive officer of EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. “The system is based on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) enabling the system to be installed and expanded with unprecedented speed and reliability. Its switchless end-to-end digital architecture has fewer network components to own or maintain than competitive offerings, which reduces capital and operating expenses. Our award-winning ES Series of Project 25 compliant radios with the Enhanced (AMBE+2) P25 Vocoder will be used by the City of Wilson police, fire, and utilities departments. We are pleased to provide the City of Wilson with the most advanced and flexible P25 trunked system on the market.”


About EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.

Headquartered in Irving, Texas, EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. focuses on innovating, developing and marketing the highest quality secure communications solutions to organizations whose mission is to protect and save lives. The Company’s customers include first responders in public safety and public service, the federal government, and industrial organizations. The Company’s products are marketed under the EFJohnson, 3e Technologies International, and Transcrypt International names. For more information, visit