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Friday — December 23, 2016 — Issue No. 737


Wishing a safe and happy weekend for all readers of The Wireless Messaging News.


Ira Wiesenfeld

Ira Wiesenfeld was elected to serve as Chairman of ETA® International for the 2017 and 2018 calendar years.

The 2016 ETA Technician of the Year award was presented to Jay Thompson.

Both of these gentlemen are friends and subscribers to this newsletter.

More details follow in the press release below.

Please don't miss the important video from Swissphone in the first article below.

Now on to more news and views.

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

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South Tyrol Opts For Separate Alerting And Voice Communication Networks

Not only do public safety organisations face new challenges but also a variety of new threats. This requires solutions that work reliably even in case of a major crisis. One precaution for a major crisis is to separate voice communication and alerting networks.

December 19, 2016

When is a communication system safe enough? What happens if a voice communication network reaches or even exceeds its capacity due to an unplanned event? How can you still alert your intervention forces; even if the connection to the control and monitoring systems are interrupted? Several incidents with dedicated voice communication networks being jammed during unplanned events in the last years illustrated how important these questions are.

Markus Rauch, Civil Protection Agency of South Tyrol, takes a stance. His experience: A network uniting both alerting and voice communication devices can suddenly fail during unplanned events. South Tyrol therefore decided to separate alerting networks from voice communication systems. Their solution offers several fallback modes and end-devices that are comparably inexpensive, compact, robust, with a long battery life and great indoor-reception.

Learn more in the video.


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  • Combines Radio Paging with Smartphone and E-mail Integration
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  • Smartphone Alert Notification Using Low-Latency Communication Protocols
  • TAP, COMP2, Scope, WaveWare, SNPP, PET and SIP Input Protocols
  • PIN Based Routing to Multiple Remote Paging Systems
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MARS (Mobile Alert Response System)

  • Combines Paging Protocol Monitoring and Wireless Sensor Monitoring (Inovonics and Bluetooth LE)
  • Improves Mobile Response Team Productivity using Smartphone App
  • Low-Latency Alerts using Pagers, Smartphones, Corridor Lights, Digital Displays and Annunciation Panels
  • Automated E-mail Based Alert Response and System Status Reports
  • Linux Based Embedded System with Ethernet and USB Ports
  • Browser Based Configuration

STG (SIP to TAP Gateway)

  • Monitors SIP protocol (engineered for Rauland Responder V nurse call)
  • Outputs TAP protocol to Ethernet and Serial Port Paging Systems
  • Linux Based Embedded System
  • Browser Based Configuration

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A Problem

The Motorola Nucleus II Paging Base Station is a great paging transmitter. The Nucleus I, however, had some problems.

One of the best features of this product was its modular construction. Most of the Nucleus' component parts were in plug-in modules that were field replaceable making maintenance much easier.

One issue was (and still is) that two of the modules had to always be kept together. They are called the “matched pair.”

Motorola used some tricks to keep people in the field from trying to match unmatched pairs, and force them to send SCM and Exciter modules back to the factory for calibrating them with precision laboratory equipment.

The serial numbers have to match in the Nucleus programing software or you can't transmit. Specifically the 4-level alignment ID parameter contained in the SCM has to match the Exciter ID parameter.

Even if someone could modify the programing software to “fudge” these parameters, that would not let them use unmatched modules effectively without recalibrating them to exact factory specifications.

So now that there is no longer a Motorola factory laboratory to send them to, what do we do?

I hope someone can help us resolve this serious problem for users of the Nucleus paging transmitter.

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LMCC Supports Priority Access to 800 MHz Spectrum

December 22, 2016 (Herndon, VA) — In Reply Comments filed today, the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) noted the broad support within the Private Land Mobile Radio (PLMR) community for the proposals made by the FCC in WP Docket 16-261, to improve access to PLMR spectrum. The only area of significant controversy in the industry involves the rules governing priority access to the 800 MHz Expansion Band (EB) and Guard Band (GB) spectrum. The LMCC urged the FCC to revisit its 800 MHz EB/GB proposal which is more restricted than the LMCC’s original proposal.

While not all members supported the proposal, particularly with respect to SMRs, the LMCC’s Reply Comments nevertheless recommended that all existing 800 MHz incumbents, whether Business/Industrial Land Transportation (B/ILT), Public Safety or Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) should be afforded time-limited priority access to available channels within the EB/GB. Other recommendations confirmed by the LMCC in its Reply Comments included:

  • The LMCC offers to work with the FCC in developing protocols that would support the efficient use of all the UHF spectrum under consideration in the NPRM. “UHF spectrum that can be assigned on an exclusive basis is simply too scarce to be sequestered, unused by any entity, if effective coordination procedures would permit its deployment,” the LMCC commented; and
  • The LMCC recommends adoption of the Central Station Alarm Association proposal, which represents a balance between the future spectrum needs of the central station alarm monitoring providers and those of other PLMR constituencies.

The LMCC Reply Comments may be viewed at

About LMCC

The Land Mobile Communications Council is a nonprofit association of organizations that represent the wireless communications interests of public safety, critical infrastructure, business, industrial, transportation, private and common carriers as well as manufacturers of wireless communications equipment. Learn more at

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ETA Selects Award Recipients and Elects New Board of Directors

ETA® International is proud to have the most respected industry leaders as members of the not-for-profit professional trade association who share the mission to foster excellence in electronics through certification. ETA recently selected the annual award winners who made outstanding contributions to the electronics industry during the past year and elected the board of directors to lead the association for the next two years.

Greencastle, December 21, 2016: ETA recently recognized the contributions of an outstanding technician, educator and local chapter, all dedicated to the highest standards of electronics excellence with ETA’s annual awards. Members also voted on the new ETA Board of Directors to promote the arts and sciences of electronics technology and to educate the members and the public in the advancement, improvement and uses of the services of trained and certified electronics technicians.

Those deserving recognition for their dedication and enthusiasm for the electronics industry and their willingness to volunteer at a moment’s notice to represent their association include:

Technician of the Year — For outstanding service to electronics technicians, this award is given in honor of the late Norris R. Browne, president of the National Electronic Association (NEA) and a service business owner who worked hard to assure that the professionalism of the independent technician be maintained and championed. This award is presented annually to an individual who is recognized as having similar passion and character. The 2016 ETA Technician of the Year award is presented to Jay Thompson, CETsr; San Diego CA; Senior Field Technician, IWATSI.

Educator of the Year — This prestigious award is named in honor of Wallace “Wally” Medeiros, PhD, CETma, a US Veteran and retired communications worker who spent his retirement working as in instructor at Honolulu Community College and the U.S. military at Barbers Point, HI teaching, inspiring and working on course development. For outstanding dedication and devotion in the education of those pursuing careers in electronics and related fields, this award goes to Clarence Owen Jackson, FOT; Martinez GA; Ordnance Electronics Maintenance Training Department, US Army.

Chapter of the Year — For active involvement in the world of electronics, this award recognizes registered student and local chapters of ETA International and also supports a continuance of dedication to both the association and the electronics field itself. Center Point High School, Birmingham AL, is this year’s ETA Chapter of the Year.

ETA members elected their fellow member technicians and educators to promote and guide the not-for-profit professional trade association. ETA Board of Directors includes professionals dedicated to the electronics industry willing to serve the association with the highest standards of excellence. The volunteers selected to serve ETA International for the 2017 and 2018 calendar years include:

Chairman — Ira Wiesenfeld, CETsr; Dallas TX; IWA Technical Services
Vice Chairman — John Baldwin, CETs; Faribault MN
Secretary — Christopher Miller, CETsr; Towanda IL; Heartland Community College
Treasurer — Tommy Bonner, Ph.D.; Townsend TN; Viavi Solutions
Communications Division Chair — Shane Morris, CETma; Buckley WA; Motorola Solutions
Communications Division Secretary/Treasurer — Richard Agard, CET; Philadelphia PA; Philadelphia Fiber Optic Training
Education Division Chair — Douglas Hubert, EdD; Norton OH; University of Akron
Education Division Secretary/Treasurer — James ‘Joe’ Goudy; CETsr; Fairfield, IA; Indian Hills Community College
Certified Technician Division Chair — Judy Hill, CETsr; Oak Harber WA; Green Lion Training Services; ICOM
Certified Technician Division Secretary Treasurer — John Zieliniski, CETma; Lackawanna, NY
Shop Division Chair — Kim Bozman, CSS; Salisbury MD; Teltronic Inc
Shop Division Secretary/Treasurer — Roderic Taylor, CET; Birmingham AL; Center Point High School
Cabling Division Chair — Paul Neukam, FOT-OSP; Huntingburg IN; SiteWise Systems
Cabling Division Secretary/Treasurer — Sean Sheedy, FOT-OSP; Meridian ID; Optical Resources
Renewable Energy Division Chair — Jay Warmke, PVI — Lv1, SMI — Lv1; Philo, OH; Blue Rock Station Director of International Relations — John Bakkeren, CETma; Brampton ON Canada; Peel Regional Police
Director of Student Chapter Relations — Sherrie Ferguson, EM1; Norfolk, VA
Board of Masters Chair — J. Shane Morris, CETma: Buckley, WA; Motorola Solutions

About ETA — Since 1978, ETA has delivered over 200,000 professional certifications plus nearly 40,000 FCC license exams. Widely recognized and frequently used in worker job selection, hiring processes, pay increases, and advancements, ETA certifications are often required as companies bid on contracts. ETA’s certifications are personal and portable worldwide, thus traveling with the individual, regardless of employment or status change. ETA certifications measure and validate competencies of persons, not products or vendors. All ETA certifications are accredited through the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC) and align with the ISO-17024 standard.


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A flight was late because someone named their Wi-Fi hotspot ‘Galaxy Note 7’

by Chris Welch Dec 22, 2016, 5:16pm EST

Photo by George Frey/Getty Images

Airlines aren’t taking the ban against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 lightly. A clever but highly irresponsible troll by a passenger aboard a Virgin America flight out of San Francisco nearly resulted in the plane being grounded and searched for the recalled smartphone. According to BBC News, someone switched the name of their portable Wi-Fi hotspot to “Galaxy Note 7_1097,” which gave other passengers (and the flight’s crew) the impression that Samsung’s device was somewhere on the plane — and actively being used.

This resulted in numerous urgent announcements from the crew demanding that the owner of the Note 7 speak up. The captain warned that the flight would need to be diverted and land in Wyoming (far from its Boston destination) for an emergency search if no one stepped forward.

Lucas Wojciechowski was on the disrupted flight and took a screenshot of the Note 7 SSID. I can’t speak for the accuracy of his transcriptions, but it certainly sounds like the crew wasn’t happy. “This isn't a joke,” someone reportedly announced to the everyone on board. “We're going to turn on the lights and search everyone's bag until we find it.”

Remember that the Galaxy Note 7 is a potential fire hazard and is officially barred from flight by the FAA. We’re talking a federal crime, here. So while the reaction might strike some as extreme, this is definitely how a crew should respond when they believe a potentially dangerous and banned anything is somewhere on their plane mid-flight. The culprit ultimately fessed up and explained the stubborn prank. iMore’s Serenity Caldwell was at the airport a few hours after the flight arrived in Boston — late.

Source: The Verge

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Disaster-Proven Paging for Public Safety

Paging system designs in the United States typically use a voice radio-style infrastructure. These systems are primarily designed for outdoor mobile coverage with modest indoor coverage. Before Narrowbanding, coverage wasn’t good, but what they have now is not acceptable! The high power, high tower approach also makes the system vulnerable. If one base station fails, a large area loses their paging service immediately!

Almost every technology went from analog to digital except fire paging. So it’s time to think about digital paging! The Disaster-Proven Paging Solution (DiCal) from Swissphone offers improved coverage, higher reliability and flexibility beyond anything that traditional analog or digital paging systems can provide. 

Swissphone is the No. 1 supplier for digital paging solutions worldwide. The Swiss company has built paging networks for public safety organizations all over the world. Swissphone has more than 1 million pagers in the field running for years and years due to their renowned high quality.

DiCal is the digital paging system developed and manufactured by Swissphone. It is designed to meet the specific needs of public safety organizations. Fire and EMS rely on these types of networks to improve incident response time. DiCal systems are designed and engineered to provide maximum indoor paging coverage across an entire county. In a disaster situation, when one or several connections in a simulcast solution are disrupted or interrupted, the radio network automatically switches to fall back operating mode. Full functionality is preserved at all times. This new system is the next level of what we know as “Simulcast Paging” here in the U.S.

Swissphone offers high-quality pagers, very robust and waterproof. Swissphone offers the best sensitivity in the industry, and battery autonomy of up to three months. First responder may choose between a smart s.QUAD pager, which is able to connect with a smartphone and the Hurricane DUO pager, the only digital pager who offers text-to-voice functionality.

Bluetooth technology makes it possible to connect the s.QUAD with a compatible smartphone, and ultimately with various s.ONE software solutions from Swissphone. Thanks to Bluetooth pairing, the s.QUAD combines the reliability of an independent paging system with the benefits of commercial cellular network. Dispatched team members can respond back to the call, directly from the pager. The alert message is sent to the pager via paging and cellular at the same time. This hybrid solution makes the alert faster and more secure. Paging ensures alerting even if the commercial network fails or is overloaded.

Swissphone sets new standards in paging:

Paging Network

  • It’s much faster to send individual and stacked pages digitally than with analog voice.
  • If you want better indoor coverage, you put sites closer together at lower heights.
  • A self-healing system that also remains reliable in various disaster situations.
  • Place base station where you need them, without the usage of an expensive backhaul network.
  • Protect victim confidentiality and prevent unauthorized use of public safety communications, with integrated encryption service.


  • Reliable message reception, thanks to the best sensitivity in the industry.
  • Ruggedized and waterproof, IP67 and 6 1/2-feet drop test-certified products.
  • Battery autonomy of up to three months, with a standard AA battery.
  • Bluetooth enables the new s.QUAD pager to respond back to the dispatch center or fire chief.


  • Two-way CAD interfaces will make dispatching much easier.
  • The new s.ONE solution enables the dispatcher or fire chiefs to view the availability of relief forces.
  • A graphical screen shows how many of the dispatched team members have responded to the call.

Swissphone provides a proven solution at an affordable cost. Do you want to learn more?
Visit: or call 800-596-1914.

BlackBerry to make a comeback at CES 2017 courtesy of TCL

The new BlackBerry-branded smartphones will debut at the CES 2017.

By Kul Bhushan | Published: December 23, 2016 5:09 PM

BlackBerry has already confirmed that it is not going to make smartphones anymore. But it certainly does not mean no new BlackBerry-branded smartphones will hit the market. Shortly after announcing that it won’t manufacture phones, BlackBerry tied up with TCL to allow the latter to sell BlackBerry-branded smartphones. Now, TCL has confirmed that it is going to launch new BlackBerry-branded devices at CES 2017, which will be held between January 5 and January 8 in Las Vegas.

“We’ll unveil more news at CES around our plans, showcasing the legacy of the BlackBerry smartphone brand, while also giving a glimpse into what new BlackBerry smartphones will offer as part of our bold new brand portfolio within TCT. These are just the building blocks of our new growth strategy, with additional announcements to come in 2017,” disclosed the company in a release .

It is worth pointing out here that TCL has semi-exclusive rights to build and distribute BlackBerry devices globally excluding key markets like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia. That said, TCL has already made BlackBerry’s last two smartphones, the DTEK 50 and DTEK 60, which are believed to be re-branded version of the Alcatel Idol 4 and Idol 4S.

TCL’s partnership with BlackBerry is very similar to the arrangement HMD Global and Nokia have. Moreover, Nokia-brand has already made a comeback in the mobile phone market with a feature phone and some new smartphones are expected to be launched early next year. Just like Nokia, BlackBerry too ruled the mobile phone market a few years ago with its unique offerings like physical QWERTY keyboard and popular instant messenger, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).

Both Nokia and BlackBerry failed to keep up with the evolution of the mobile phone market which was swayed away by the likes of Samsung and several other Android brands which offered better products and at much more affordable prices. Not that BlackBerry didn’t try to bounce back in the market with smartphone likes Priv, also its first full-fledged Android smartphone. But BlackBerry goofed up the pricing of the smartphone, which later the company admitted too. Its recent DTEK 60 and DTEK 50 , despite with competitive price tags, failed to prove themselves as the compelling products. ALSO READ: BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60 hands-on and first impressions: Too little, too late.

So far, TCL hasn’t hinted at what the new BlackBerry-branded smartphones will be like. But a new BlackBerry phone has leaked multiple times in the recent weeks. Dubbed as BlackBerry Mercury, the smartphone is also believed to be the final BlackBerry device. Interestingly, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has confirmed that the company is indeed working on its final in-house smartphone, which also features its iconic QWERTY keyboard. Based on rumors and leaks so far, the smartphone is expected to come with a 4.5-inch display and be powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor along with 3GB of RAM. Other expected features of the smartphone include 32GB inbuilt storage, 18-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera and fingerprint scanner.

Published: December 23, 2016 5:09 PM IST | Updated: December 23, 2016 5:09 PM IST

Source: BGR

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It’s still here — the tried and true Motorola Alphamate 250. Now owned, supported, and available from Leavitt Communications. Call us for new or reconditioned units, parts, manuals, and repairs.

We also offer refurbished Alphamate 250s, Alphamate IIs, the original Alphamate and new and refurbished pagers, pager repairs, pager parts and accessories. We are FULL SERVICE in Paging!

E-mail Phil Leavitt ( ) for pricing and delivery information or for a list of other available paging and two-way related equipment.

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Friday, December 23, 2016   Volume 4 | Issue 250

GOP FCC Commissioners to Review Net Neutrality ASAP

GOP Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly intend to revisit Net Neutrality regulation “as soon as possible.” The rules passed under the Tom Wheeler FCC prohibit Internet Service Providers, some of whom are wireless carriers, from “throttling” or slowing internet speeds based on payment size. The rules affect what providers like Verizon and AT&T can do concerning free data wireless plans powered by towers.

Rural ISPs especially oppose the rules while giants like Netflix and Google support them. GOP members of Congress have said they’d help the new FCC eliminate or at least relax the restrictions.

Pai, presumed to be named interim FCC Chairman, and O’Rielly, explained their plan this week in a letter to the Competitive Carriers Association, the Rural Broadband Association, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association and the American Cable Association. Noting the exemption relieving small broadband internet access service providers from the enhanced transparency rules under Net Neutrality expired December 15; they urged the agency to extend the exception, “affording at least a short-term and warranted economic relief to thousands” of providers.”

The associations told the FCC “to comply with enhanced network performance requirements, some small providers would have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to upgrade their network equipment or pay a third party to take granular network measurements.” Compliance includes paying more legal fees and consultant fees, they added.

There’s support from both sides of the aisle in Congress, according to the associations, noting the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act was passed unanimously by the House, twice, and out of committee in the Senate; both versions of the Act would protect broadband providers serving 250,000 subscribers or less.

The Republican Commissioners told the associations they wouldn’t support action against small business ISPs for “supposed non-compliance” with the disclosure rules.

Source: Inside Towers  

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USB Paging Encoder

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  • Connects to Linux computer via USB
  • Programmable timeouts and batch sizes
  • Supports 2-tone, 5/6-tone, POCSAG 512/1200/2400, GOLAY
  • Supports Tone Only, Voice, Numeric, and Alphanumeric
  • PURC or direct connect
  • Pictured version mounts in 5.25" drive bay
  • Other mounting options available
  • Available as a daughter board for our embedded Internet Paging Terminal (IPT)

Paging Data Receiver (PDR)


  • Frequency agile—only one receiver to stock
  • USB or RS-232 interface
  • Two contact closures
  • End-user programmable w/o requiring special hardware
  • 16 capcodes
  • Eight contact closure version also available
  • Product customization available

Other products

Please see our web site for other products including Internet Messaging Gateways, Unified Messaging Servers, test equipment, and Paging Terminals.

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New Pa. alert system to connect with stranded motorists

December 22, 2016 11:12 PM

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Buses at standstill on PA Turnpike Saturday morning, Jan.23.

By Ed Blazina / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When big rigs jackknifed on the westbound Pennsylvania Turnpike during a January snowstorm, more than 500 vehicles were stranded for over 24 hours with little information on when help would arrive or when they might start moving again.

The state can’t stop such emergencies from happening, Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday, but it can do a better job of communicating with those who are stranded. Mr. Wolf and other officials announced a new system — believed to be the first in the country — that will allow officials to communicate directly with groups that are stranded for more than two hours.

The system, known as 511PAConnect, will operate similarly to the Amber alert or weather alert systems by sending a message to all cell phones in a specific area when a standstill occurs on a limited-access highway.

The system, which will be enacted by emergency management personnel in consultation with police and road officials, will encourage motorists who are stranded to register with the emergency operations center with basic information about their vehicle and passengers as well as any information they might provide about the incident.

Once registered, motorists will receive updates every 15 minutes either through texts or prerecorded audio messages about the incident that led to the stoppage until traffic starts moving again. Anyone with an emergency still should call 911 to report their situation.

The key element, emergency management director Richard D. Flinn Jr. said, will be that emergency personnel will be able to use GPS to immediately locate any vehicle that is registered.

Once the incident is over, the state will scrub all of the contact information out of its computer system.

Mr. Wolf, who ordered improvements in communications after the January incident, called the system “a new tool” that would “solve a decades-old problem” of communicating with stranded motorists. In large part, he said, it will involve sharing information the state already has collected with stranded motorists, so there will be minimal cost.

“After two hours, people will know their government is working for them,” he said.

Leslie S. Richards, secretary of the Department of Transportation, said 511PAConnect will supplement other services such as 511PA that provides traffic information and the system that allows motorists to see where snowplows have cleared roads during the winter.

The new system will plug “a key gap” in emergency response by providing “direct communication with the folks involved,” said turnpike CEO Mark Compton. He said every post-event review of an incident that he has ever been involved in centered on the need for better communication.

In addition to the communication system announced Thursday, the turnpike commission has developed an extensive playbook to guide its actions in an emergency, is storing more food and other supplies at maintenance stations, and has revised its contract with AccuWeather to get better weather information more often.

“We’re better prepared today than we have ever been” to deal with emergencies, Mr. Compton said.

Ed Blazina: or 412-263-1470.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  

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BloostonLaw Telecom UpdateVol. 19, No. 46December 14, 2016

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“Is Paging Going Away?” by Jim Nelson

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From:Ing. Jimmy Acosta
Subject:Passing of his father
Date:December 17, 2016
To:Brad Dye

Hello Brad,

Thanks for your message. Attached is the obituary you asked for.


Con gran dolor queremos informarles que falleció nuestro querido padre
Le sobreviven sus hijos: Delma, Jimmy, Santiago y Luz María
Sus nietos: Shiraly, Sherezada y Shakira Acosta, Alison y Siena Acosta, Victoria y Matthew De La Paz
Sus biznietos: Kallen y Kaden Graham, Christian y Elizabeth Mattson

El velatorio se llevará acabo el sábado, 3 de diciembre desde
la 1 :00 p.m. en la Funeraria Borinquen Memorial en Caguas.
A las 6:00 p.m. habrá una misa por el eterno descanso de su alma.

With great pain we would like to inform you that our beloved father has passed away
Surviving are his children: Delma, Jimmy, Santiago and Luz María.
His grandchildren: Shiraly, Sherezada and Shakira Acosta,
Alison and Siena Acosta, Victoria and Matthew De La Paz.
His great-grandchildren: Kallen y Kaden Graham, Christian and Elizabeth Mattson.

The wake will take place on Saturday, December 3, from
1:00 p.m. at the Borinquen Memorial Funeral home in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
At 6:00 p.m. there will be a mass for the eternal rest of his soul.

Editor's note: Jimmy Acosta (father) was really a great guy and my good friend. He and his business partner Santos Mateo, were pioneers in the Paging and Two-Way Radio industries in Puerto Rico. I first met them in 1974 and count it a privilege to have known both of them and their families.

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Subject:NOEL 2016
Date:December 18, 2016
To:Brad Dye

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Subject:Happy Holidays from EWA!
Date:December 19, 2016
To:Brad Dye

Happy Holidays!

Thank you for a wonderful 2016.
Best wishes for this holiday season from the staff at the
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We wish you much joy and prosperity throughout the coming year.

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Date:December 16, 2016
To:Brad Dye
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Subject:Season's Greetings from Daviscomms UK Ltd.
Date:December 23, 2016
To:Brad Dye

Dear Brad,

The team at Daviscomms UK would like to wish you the best this holiday season.

Here's to your success in 2017.

Warm regards

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What is the true meaning of Christmas?

by Matt Slick

The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus who lived in Israel 2000 years ago and who died on the cross for our sins (1 Corinthians 15 1-4; 1 Peter 2:24 ). More specifically, when we use the word "meaning", we're talking about the purpose of his birth that Christmas is supposed to celebrate. His purpose was to enter into the world and become one of us, that he might deliver us from our sins. Jesus is not just any man. He is God in flesh ( John 1:1 , 14 ; Colossians 2:9 ). He is the second person of the Trinity who, by being born of the Virgin Mary, was made under the law ( Galatians 4:4 ) and subject to the same temptations and limitations that we are. Christmas is the celebration of the historical event of where God entered into our world so that he might display the perfection and holiness of God and that through his work of living perfectly and also dying on the cross for our sins, that all who trust in him would be saved from the righteous judgment of God.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him,” ( John 3:16-17 ).

So, Christmas is supposed to be the time of year where we celebrate the birth of Christ. But, unfortunately, it's become a commercial holiday rather than a religious one. Is mostly known as a time for businesses to make money, for people to give gifts, for children to be excited, for parties, etc. The “reason for the season” is supposed to be Jesus, not gifts, not parties, and not watching “the big game.” Of course, having celebrations, attending parties, and watching the big game or not wrong. It's just that the meaning of Christmas is supposed to a recognition of and appreciation of the birth of the one who loves us and died for us in our place.

Source: Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry  


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