Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Some of our readers are familiar with REACT, a kind of a citizens emergency communications network. Along with amateur radio operators, Red Cross Communications, and FEMA, these folks are mostly volunteers who are available to help in times of distress. They do some good work and it may be of interest to you.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Exceeding power limit authorized by license
Exceeding authorized antenna height
Using unauthorized frequency
Operation at unauthorized location
Use of unauthorized equipment
As most everyone knows, the content on our web site is totally unique. However, finding what is needed has sometimes been difficult, especially for first time visitors. We decided it was time to do something about this - not by copying everyone else, using flashy graphics, or hiring a web page designer who knows nothing about what we do. So, as usual, we did it ourselves!
Those who remember us as Falcon Wireless, the name we used prior to 2000, can use the web address of www.falconwireless.net. Or, you can use our regular www.falcondirect.com web address. Either way, you'll land on our new web page which we hope you'll like. This web page is made for easy searches on topics of interest.
You can do a quick search at the top using the Google page search. Even though we don't have fixed monitor receivers listed (very popular for fire stations), you can quickly find our offerings by just typing in the words "fixed monitor". You can also use the Site Map directory at the top of the page, call us, or email us by using the Contact Information provided. If you've ever wondered what makes us different from everyone else, just click on the About Us tab at the top of the page.
The most frequently searched topics have been arranged to make it easy for you to search by manufacturer, user groups, special user information, or our most popular product groups. We hope you like the new format. We'll be tweaking things up before the first of the year to add topics such as narrow banding, FCC information, technical standards, and funding alternatives, plus any other topic that may be of interest to YOU! Just drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know what additional information you would like to have included on our web page.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Falcon Direct of Birmingham, AL today announced the introduction of a complete line of communications antennas known as the SuperTenna. These antennas and the associated mount/cable kits have been demonstrated to provide up to 25% more efficiency than conventional antennas and mount kits.
Not only do the SuperTennas offer enhanced performance, they are also covered by an unprecedented 10 year warranty! If any SuperTenna ever fails from any cause other than abuse within the warranty period, it will be instantly replaced at no charge to the user. This warranty applies to base station, mobile, and portable antennas for the VHF, UHF, 700/900 MHz bands as well as GPS. Additional information is available at www.info4u.us/super.pdf or by calling 800.489.2611.
If you wish to check your own license, you can do so by going to www.fcc.gov, then scrolling down and selecting Wireless Telecommunications on the right side of the FCC Home page. Then click on License Search and enter your FCC Call Sign (If you don’t have one, that’s a whole other issue….).
Friday, December 5, 2008
Lord, give me the heart of a fireman…….
The place could be anywhere across the USA in thousands of small rural communities. The names of the people are not well known. They are just ordinary folks who get up and go to work every day, some to more than one job and all who volunteer for one or more community activities. They are called volunteer firemen, or in many cases, fire and rescue personnel. I think our Creator calls them special. I know that I do!
It was 24 degrees when I recently visited one such group. It was the night of their weekly meeting. All were there except one younger member who was in training, on his own time, with no pay, to learn how to be a better volunteer fire and rescue worker. There were a lot of the “over fifty” crowd and perhaps some beyond that. 24 degrees is pretty cold for Alabama, but every member was ready to serve their community night or day as duty called.
I had not been to this department for over eight years, yet several members recalled my last visit, and the Chief still had my business card. These guys place their values in people, not things! Many are employed in the manufactured housing industry, an industry that is suffering greatly from the deeds of financial manipulators and greedy politicians whose acts have resulted in loss of jobs, extended layoffs, and an average loss in their retirement funds of over 40%. Yet, even though there was a brief discussion on the subject, not a single member blamed their woes on someone else, applied for welfare, or even complained. All they wanted was the opportunity to continue working to support their family and community. I think our American car makers and government leaders could use a little guidance from these folks.
Like all meetings of this type, there is an agenda that includes a review of old business. One of the topics of the evening involved a medical response to a member of the community. It seems the response time was a little longer than usual. There were no excuses. Some explanations were reviewed to determine what was wrong that could be corrected without focusing on the blame or excuse game. A two point plan evolved. The first was to extend a sincere apology to the person with the medical problem and second, to initiate a plan and a purpose to never let such a thing happen again. They didn’t even require a board meeting. They simply identified the problem and took the necessary action.
For what it’s worth, many of the members were at a local high school basketball game the night that the previous incident occurred. Support of school programs and participation in church activities is just a small part in the life of volunteer fire and rescue personnel. These are not the captains of industry and you’ll probably never see their names in the media, but I think I know one place where you’ll see their names. It’s called the Book of Life and it is maintained by the big Scorekeeper in the sky. That makes at least two of us that appreciate what you do!
Lastly, for all you whimpering atheistic left wing rabble rousers, I have only one thing to say to you and all your kind……
Burch H. Falkner
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Relm Wireless has a long tradition of innovation, starting with the introduction of the first transistor radio in 1948 by Regency Electronics, now known as Relm Wireless. They have been instrumental in the popularity of scanners, pioneer developer of low cost business radios, and a leader in the production of user programmable radios.
Many of our readers will remember the RH256 programmable mobile radio and the WHS150 programmable portable radio as well as the more recent RP99 series. The RP99 portable is now being phased out for the introduction of two new programmable radios. The new RP6500 series portable and the RM800 series mobile are both user programmable with no PC or special tools required!
We are offering special Alabama Contract pricing to our public safety users with prices beginning UNDER $200 for a MIL-SPEC rated 5 watt 128 channel radio with LCD display and all the features you would expect in radios costing hundreds of dollars more. You can get all the details at www.info4u.us/UProgrammables.pdf. Check them out - you'll be glad you did!