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Old 04-21-2017, 8:24 PM
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Default POCSAG VHF pagers

My department is looking to get away from their swissphone pagers. We have to send them in for repair so often that they finally have had enough. I carry a cheap hand programmable unication text pager but Im wondering what everyone recommends for text pagers currently. VHF 1200 baud rate.
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What swissphone pagers are you using? And what are your feelings on the Unication pagers?
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Old 04-22-2017, 6:38 PM
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What about Apollo pagers?
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Old 04-22-2017, 8:07 PM
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We started using Swiss pagers when the Minitor V's came out had 2 die 1 from a large fall and 1 that drowned.
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Have a look at Brad Dye's Paging site -- Pretty much anything you might want to look at here -

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What about Apollo pagers?
spend more time fixing them, than using them.

screens degrade VERY quickly, a year or less of lite to moderate use and the buttons are wearing thru...battery life is pretty dismal...they go deaf rather quickly, programmer is finicky with windows versions...
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Old 04-25-2017, 2:04 PM
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Sorry for not getting back to my own thread I didn't see that I had any replies. I guess in my opinion Swissphone probably makes the best pager even though they aren't that rugged. Battery life is great and bright screen with many user options available on the front of the pager. I'll keep looking.
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spend more time fixing them, than using them.

screens degrade VERY quickly, a year or less of lite to moderate use and the buttons are wearing thru...battery life is pretty dismal...they go deaf rather quickly, programmer is finicky with windows versions...
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Apollos are the worst.
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Old 04-26-2017, 8:45 AM
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Apollos are the worst.
Yes, Unications will take a lickin', and keep on tickin!
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How about normal Cellphones?
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How about normal Cellphones?
I don't remeber if it is a NFPA requirement but in the US some jurisdictions require primaries to be pagers. Secondaries can be cellular or two-way portables but primaries must be pagers.

I had one of the Swissphone S.Quad's for a little while. Awesome pager until Swissphone recalled it for issues due to water ingression. Haven't tried one of the other pagers since.
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How about normal Cellphones?
I think that your right.. cell phones have replaced paging for the most part. BUT for emergency services I do believe that a standalone pager is needed still... when the grid gets overloaded I still want to receive the page.
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BUT for emergency services I do believe that a standalone pager is needed still... when the grid gets overloaded I still want to receive the page.
I believe the use Radios?
Normal Tetra Radios could also receive Text Messages.

Here in Austria run a Pager System for Hospital Transport.
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More advanced technology isn't always the answer. After the bombs went off here in Boston in 2013, cell phones were useless in the active incident area. The department radio was non-stop. The only way that some information was able to be disseminated was via our proprietary POCSAG paging system.
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The department radio was non-stop.
So there is the bottleneck.
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The only way that some information was able to be disseminated was via our proprietary POCSAG paging system.
Where does the infos come from?
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So there is the bottleneck.
I wouldn't say bottleneck, just that important but non critical information was deferred to keep the channels as clear as possible.

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Where does the infos come from?
The Dispatch Operations Center.
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I believe the use Radios?
Normal Tetra Radios could also receive Text Messages.

Here in Austria run a Pager System for Hospital Transport.
Tetra is not approved for Public Safety use in the US
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For the OP, we're using Unication Alpha Legend+ pagers since Motorola stopped making the Advisor II and have had good luck with them.
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Tetra is not approved for Public Safety use in the US
I belive P25 Radios support Text Message System to?
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I belive P25 Radios support Text Message System to?
Ours do not. Contrary to popular belief, funding for infrastructure is not endless.
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