Icom Inc Celebrates 50 Years of Two way radio and Wireless Communication Solutions

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2 way radio consoleIcom Incorporated parent company of Icom America Inc., enters its 50th year in the wireless communications industry in April 2014. The company is a respected manufacturer and industry leader of two Way Radio. Icom’s current product line serves amateur (ham radio), avionics, marine and land mobile markets. The company spearheads digital technology such as D-STAR and the Icom Advanced Digital System known as IDAS™.

“In Japan, it is often said that the average company life is 30 years. Both Icom and Icom America have exceeded this average,” says Icom Founder and Chairman Tokuzo Inoue. Icom maintains its longevity by adapting to changing markets and developing technology that’s embraced by the industries it serves. “We have done this by working together to bring innovation to the market with hard work, cooperation and creativity,” adds Inoue.

Icom was founded in 1954 by Tokuzo Inoue and was officially incorporated in 1964. Although the company has an international presence in over 80 countries, the company’s head office and factory facilities are located exclusively in Japan. Icom’s design and manufacturing processes are ISO9001/ISO9002 and ISO14001 certified, and Icom radios meet MIL-STD 810 specifications. Icom is the first Japanese company to supply radios to the United States Department of Defense and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Icom established its U.S. subsidiary, Icom America, in 1979 to serve North American and Latin American markets. Icom America, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, has led the migration of 6.25 kHz digital technology for land mobile radio industry users. The company will help promote Icom Inc.’s newest endeavor, an IP Advanced Radio System. This scalable solution is capable of full duplex communication over a wireless LAN and IP networks. System equipment includes Icom’s new IP100H license-free radio, an IP controller and remote communicator. “It will be a new key product category for Icom,” says Inoue.

Visit Icom America’s website for a complete product listing: http://www.icomamerica.com.

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Caribbean holiday Tobago – the home of booty-shaking – makes skinny Miley Cyrus look positively.

There is a passionate debate on a Caribbean radio station as our taxi makes its way around the winding roads deep in the heart of Tobago’s forest.

“It’s an outrage,” a voice stirs with emotion.
“An absolute affront to the Caribbean people and everything we hold dear.”
And the subject at the centre of this impassioned phone-in?
Er, Miley Cyrus and her ever-twerking backside.
You see, while the UK has been transfixed by the starlet’s alarmingly unsexy bottom jerking, we’ve been uninformed about the origin of this worldwide dance phenomenon.

“Twerking has been in the Caribbean for many years,” the radio presenter affirms.
“It is a dance done by big-bottomed ladies loving life at the carnival – it is part of our dance heritage.”
And during my stay at Tobago’s magnificent Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort, I get to see how real women twerk at an evening’s entertainment from a troupe of fantastic local dancers.
Eat your heart out, Miley!

So incredible, passionate, vivid and frenzied is their dancing that their joy and spirit intoxicates the guests.
And dressed in their tribal robes, there’s not a bare cheek in sight (thank goodness!).
It is that same infectious abandon that the sun-drenched island of Tobago fills its many visitors with every year.
You cannot help but be charmed by the laid-back lifestyle of the fun-loving locals. It is the ultimate holiday destination for relaxing and unwinding.

Big fish: One of the locals Michael Melford
In fact, chilling out is such an integral part of everyday life that they even have a word for it – “liming”.
This essentially means sitting down and hanging out with your pals, with an obligatory beer in hand.
Liming can happen anywhere. Even, as I discovered to my delight, in the middle of the ocean.
While tranquilly floating on one of Tobago’s most beautiful untapped tourist points – the idyllic lagoon Nylon Pools – our glass-bottomed boat encountered some local revellers on their own vessel.

As the dulcet tones of Shaggy (who else?) blared out from their craft, it only took a matter of minutes before a barbecue was lit and beers were being passed across the waters.
The visit to Nylon Pools truly was one of the trip highlights.
The crystal-clear water is shallow enough to stand in yet you are floating in the middle of the sea with land barely visible.
Fans of snorkelling will be thrilled to know this is an ideal place to do some exploring with a variety of fish and even turtles zipping through the waves beneath you.

There was also a stunning ocean view from the balcony of our room at the Magdalena Grand.
The impressive building, right in the middle of a 750-acre plantation, is a stone’s throw away from the twinkling blue sea… and a sandy beach which is famous for being a nesting place for turtles.
With such a breathtaking view, plus a number of outstanding restaurants, bars, a spa, gym, tennis courts and even a practice diving pool, you could happily top up your tan without leaving the grounds.

But the island has a surprising amount to offer so you must venture out to experience the incredible food and magnificent scenery.
One place I would not have expected to wind up was inside the lush green of the Tobagan rainforest (yes, it does in fact rain in Tobago, albeit rarely).
The wild beauty of the forest was amazing.
Tumbling waterfalls, massive trees and, of course, the animal inhabitants were all there to greet us.

Our guide was particularly keen to introduce us to some of the less pleasant creatures. Let’s just say I was more a fan of the exotic birds than the spiders!
Heaven: A waterfall in Tobago Debra Wiseberg
I returned from this adventure muddy, soaked and exhausted but thrilled to have experienced something truly amazing.
Another great experience (especially in the Caribbean sunshine) is the chance to paddleboard at charming beach retreat Pigeon Point.

At first it’s tricky trying to balance on the board, but I quickly got the hang of it and had an hour paddling over the calm water. And enjoyed a cocktail under a palm tree afterwards, of course.
For foodies a trip to the famous Tobago Cocoa Estate allows you to see the incredible process that creates bar after bar of delicious chocolate. And, yes, you are allowed to taste some.
With neighbouring Trinidad just a short plane hop away, we popped over to experience their cultural delights.

Again, twerking was a central feature with locals keen to boast about their world-famous carnival which grips the nation for a wild week every February.
I was lucky enough to be see inside the costume storage unit for a peek at the dazzling array of outlandish bikini creations the brave women wear at the carnival.
No matter what shape or size, nothing stops the Caribbean women from taking part, shedding their inhibitions, along with their clothes.

As it was a few months away from carnival, I didn’t quite feel up to stripping down to my underwear but was allowed to try on the incredibly heavy feathered headpieces that women wear for the celebrations.
After watching footage of the amazing parades, I certainly understood what that radio presenter had been getting so worked up over Miley’s appropriation of the twerk.
And let’s just say Beyonce was underselling it when she coined the phrase “bootylicious”.

These women were seriously proud to be shaking and shimmying their fabulous figures around as they revelled in the happiest dance you’ll ever see.
It made skinny Miley look positively second-rate in comparison.
I’m hopeful for a return visit during carnival time to get a twerking lesson from the country where it all began.
Travel fileWhen to go: The island enjoys tropical weather all year round, averaging around 30C.

High season is January to March when accommodation prices soar, especially in February for the annual Carnival.
Off-peak months are April to June and October to December.
Do try: Stand-up paddleboarding – the latest watersports craze is fun and easy to learn. From $60 (Ł37) for a one-hour lesson at Pigeon Point. standuppaddletobago.com.
Good to know: Water temperatures at a constant mid-20C means Tobago is perfect for snorkelling and diving to explore the rich sealife.

Book it: BA Holidays offers seven nights at the four-star Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort from Ł737pp based on two sharing a Deluxe Ocean Front room, including breakfast and flights departing Gatwick on selected dates in May and June, via St Lucia to Tobago.
ba.com/magdalena, 0844 493 0787
More info: Check out the hotel at magdalenagrand.co.uk. For more on the islands go to gotrinidadandtobago.com.

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2 way radio Sets Are the Natural Way to Stay Connected

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When camping or hiking, you are typically in a remote area with no cellular signal. This can pose a danger for those that might get lost or injured on the trail. Walkie talkie sets are the perfect solution, keeping everyone in touch and aware of what’s going on.

When packing for a camping trip, everyone goes through the list of what’s needed to be as safe and as comfortable as possible while in the great outdoors. Although you’re trying to get back to nature, you need some modern conveniences to insure your health and well being. 2 way radios are one such necessity. When camping or hiking, many vacationers quickly lose track of where they are and how far they’ve gone. This can have serious consequences. Whether it be protection from bad weather or wild animals, most recreational campers are not equipped to stick it out over night in the woods.

With two Way Radio sets they can communicate with others in their party so that they can safely make their way back to camp. Some of the more sophisticated models include a GPS system allowing you to mark your coordinates. Some even have a weather radio feature to keep you informed of what might be headed your way. This information is invaluable when out in the elements and are designed to help you stay ahead of potential disaster.

Understandably, most campers won’t want to carry a radio in their hand, so like a cell phone, it can be conveniently hooked to your belt with a headset so you can stay in touch while keeping your hands free. Some two way communication devices even come in the form of a watch that you wear on your wrist. Thankfully, many walkie talkie sets today have been transformed into a sophisticated means of instant communication.

Obviously, an FRS walkie talkie that covers a larger range are ideal for campers. Although you might not travel that far, it’s good to know that you can stay in touch should you wander further than expected.

You might be convinced that you would never travel more than a certain distance from base camp, but it’s better to have that greater range and not need it, than to need it and not have it. In addition to distance, you also need to consider things that could interfere or lesson the range of the walkie talkies. Trees, mountains, rocks and hills can all play a part in how much range you can get with your walkie talkie set.

Before your next camping trip, make a walkie talkie set part of your gear. Compact and easy to use, the walkie talkie is a must have for anyone that is considering being away from other modern methods of communication. Many have paid the price by not being prepared for the unexpected when a relatively small investment would have made the difference between a negative and positive outcome. Next time you get lost, you will be prepared and be back at camp in no time.

Digital Walkie Talkie Improvement Is Loud And Clear

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Reliable radio service is critical for emergency services to operate effectively. When disaster strikes, police, fire, medical, and other departments must be able to communicate with each other in order to
coordinate services. However, many county and city agencies have difficulty managing their communications systems because these departments use disparate radio systems that are not interoperable. Christian
County, KY, recently deployed a multisite, multidepartment digital radio system that solved its radio interoperability issues and provided reliable communications for its emergency services providers.
Previously, the county’s various departments had been using a variety of radio equipment, none of which was interoperable. That made it difficult for different divisions to communicate with each other over the existing radios.
“Before, if we wanted to talk to someone in the fire department or police department, we’d go through the dispatcher,” says Randy Graham, emergency management director for Christian County and radio project
coordinator. “They would call the other dispatcher and relay our messages, which created a lot of wasted time and lost information.” Officials from Christian County and the city of Hopkinsville formed a
committee consisting of the city fire chief, the sheriff, emergency management, dispatchers, and other officials to investigate purchasing a new radio system. The county engaged a consultant from Georgia Tech to assist
them with their RFP process. “Most of us on the radio committee were end users, so we didn’t have a lot of radio expertise,” Graham says. “The consultant helped us develop the RFP and then evaluate the proposals
that came in.”

The county had three chief criteria for choosing the new system: interoperability across departments, network capacity, and radio coverage. After a three-month selection process, the committee deployed the
NEXEDGE digital radio solution from Kenwood. The city and county have since deployed three towers and nearly 700 radio units across 35 departments, including the entire emergency management infrastructure.

Teamwork Aids
In Large Radio Deployment The scope of the radio project took both the county and Kenwood into new territory. The NEXEDGE solution debuted in 2008, and Christian County marked one of the earliest and largest deployments of
the technology. “Because this was a multisite public safety system, I don’t think we knew quite what we were getting into,” Graham says. “There were a lot of unexpected issues that stalled the
process, but Kenwood helped us to put a system in place that has really surpassed our expectations.”

Christian County deployed approximately 350 NX-300 portable (handheld) radios and an equal number of NX-800 vehicle-mounted mobile units. According to Graham, the project team initially rolled out a small test group
of portable units in each department to get some of the end users trained on the devices and to work out the kinks in the computercontrolled communications system. According to Graham, end user training was
key to the success of the implementation. “Kenwood warned us before we put the system in that if we were going to have problems, it was going to come down to training, and they were one hundred percent right,” he
says. “The biggest thing was getting people used to the difference between frequencybased

radios and trunking.”
Trunking Solves
Capacity Problems

The system is a trunked radio solution, which is a computer-controlled system that establishes talk groups on a few channels to provide greater efficiency. “We have 17 frequency pairs, but we’ve got 50 talk
groups,” Graham says. “You can only talk to one person in the group at once, but you can have 10 different talk groups talking at You.

How To Choose Your 2 way radio

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We all created home-made walkie talkie radios when we were young, out of plastic cups and string. Pretending to communicate to each other via the power of fibre led to endless hours of fun and laughter. Luckily, as we got older and discovered a little of the science behind telecommunications, we realise it takes a little more than string to converse with others in other locations. We realise that the grown up version of the Walkie Talkie is in fact a highly beneficial tool used throughout all society, from businesses, to military and also day to day consumers.

As opposed to the broken cups we used to shout in to, communication via the walkie talkie radio involves speaking into the mouthpiece of a small hand-held radio that can fit in the palm of your hand. By holding down a small button while speaking, the words are instantly transmitted to the receiver via their walkie talkie radio. Release the button when you’ve finished speaking and hear the received response transmitted back to you.

You can buy two different types of walkie talkie radio; licensed and unlicensed. Licensed walkie talkies have a specific radio frequency in which the communications are transmitted across. The frequency is isolated and will only be used by one set users at one time. In contrast, unlicensed varieties are what you would normally purchase in most electronic stores. While these are a more cost effective option, unlicensed walkie talkie radios do not have a designated frequency and as a result, can suffer with cross communication from other users.

Depending on how you plan on using your walkie talkie radio will determine the type you will need to purchase. If your communication is just for leisure purposes, such as hiking or skiing, you could consider investing in an unlicensed version. The main purposes of walkie talkie radios on a ski holiday for example, are to help you keep in touch with others and to protect your safety, should you have an accident on the mountain. For these purposes, an unlicensed model would be more than sufficient, especially considering you will only be using it for a few weeks while on holiday.

If however, you need your walkie talkie radio for a more prolonged period for business purposes, you would probably want to consider a licensed model. Security guards and taxi drivers for example would need to function on their own frequency; it wouldn’t be appropriate (or safe for security guards) to be sharing a frequency with others. There are options to use a voice scrambler if you are looking to keep conversations private or sub channels that allow for private communications, within an existing network.

Aside from being licensed or unlicensed, the coverage available with walkie talkie radios is likely to be another contributing factor when choosing your model. Most radios will cover an area of around about two miles radius however if you require distance in excess of five miles, you should definitely be looking to invest in a licensed radio.

Also, if you plan on having a number of different operators using the walkie talkie radios, you will also need to ensure that a compatibility system is available. This allows communication to take place between different users without any interference.

While the boom of the mobile phone has certainly taken the consumer market by storm in terms of communication, there are many situations where the phone simply doesn’t even compare to the walkie talkie radio in terms of its capabilities. Not only do walkie talkie radios not go out of signal range like mobile phones, you also don’t have to worry about running out of credit at a crucial moment or paying for calls. Communication is instant and in situations concerning safety and security, these features could be lifesaving.

A Look Back At Air’s ‘Talkie Walkie’ Ten Years Later (Recap)

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On Tuesday A Look Back At Air’s ‘Talkie Walkie’ Ten Years Later was a top story. Here is the recap: (Radio.com) Radio.com takes a special look back at Air’s 2004 full-length Talkie Walkie which turned 10 this month, and will be the focus of a special anniversary reissue package due later this year.
When the band Air emerged from Versailles, France, in 1998 with their debut album Moon Safari, the group’s dreamy sound swept over the music world like a cool summer breeze. From the opening instrumental, “La Femme d’Argent,” to the album’s appropriately cheeky left field hit, “Sexy Boy,” the duo’s mélange of lounge-intensive ’60s sounds with the whimsy of fellow countryman Serge Gainsbourg was an immediate hit in hip, dimly-lit bedrooms around the world.

Following Moon Safari, Air released the highly successful film score for Sofia Coppola’s gauzy 1999 movie, The Virgin Suicides. The duo’s upward trajectory stalled a bit with the release of the experimental 10,000 Hz Legend (2001). Heavy with Daft Punk-like vocoder and a dizzying variety of sounds, the relatively muted response to the record gave the duo a renewed sense of purpose when approaching its’ follow-up full-length.

“We were kind of pretentious going into 10,000 Hz Legend,” admitted Air’s Nicolas Godin during a recent phone call from France to discuss Walkie Talkie, now 10 years old (it was released on Jan. 27, 2004). “We were kind of full of ourselves after Moon Safari, so there was a lot of ambition on [10,000 Hz Legend]. I think we tried too hard with it. So for Talkie Walkie, we didn’t have any expectations or particular ambitions. It was just JB and I, no collaborators,” he said in regards to the band’s other half, Jean-Benoit Dunckel. “We just wanted to make something simple.”

Over the course of two interviews, both Godin and Dunckel looked back on Talkie Walkie with palpable fondness, placing it high in their personal rankings of the band’s discography. They answered questions honestly and frankly, particularly Dunckel, whose personal recollections of the time bordered on the TMI (more on that later).

Both members agree that Air is taking 2014 off to work on individual projects, including the first solo release from Godin (“all I can say is that it sounds nothing at all like anything I’ve ever done”) and Dunckel releasing the second album by Tomorrow’s World, a collaboration with vocalist Lou Hayter) but plan to reconvene for a new Air album and tour in 2015. In the meantime, they’re sifting through outtakes and live tracks from the era for a special 10th anniversary Talkie Walkie reissue.

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When To Use A Walkie Talkie

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Surely by now most of us have outgrown our childhood days of running around our neighborhood playing tag with our friends, but using walkie-talkies still have some great real-world applications for adults.

For those who enjoy role playing during our recreational time, the headset handsfree walkie-talkies are great options. They allow us to continue to track our target and team without having to worry about keying the mic every time we want to talk.

Smaller wristwatch walkie talkies for kids and adults allow moms and dads to give a very portable unit to their child and attach it to their wrists. Some of these are even long distance walkie talkies and can transmit for many miles. This alleviates having to worry about whether the child will inadvertently set the walkie-talkie radio down someplace.

Walkie-Talkies use wireless signals that communicate with another Walkie Talkie devices like walkie talkie headsets and other accessories over a limited range. It becomes extremely important in patrols, drills, office issues and it is a fun thing to indulge in, during outdoor picnics or treks.
Manufacturers like Motorola offer a more serious packaging however, still other models like Freetalker offer 2-way radios in the form of wristwatches and these somehow become very important when jumpy teenagers are taken to crowded public areas. This brand also customizes the frequency range and channels based on customer requests.
Unless something is blocking the radio signal like some kind of metal walkie talkies will work where other kinds of communication will typically not. Even satellite communications can fail when the sky is clouded or stormy. This is, not the case with the two-way radios, as they will even work on the cloudy days because the radio waves bounce around under the clouds.

The walkie-talkie radio is an cheap and efficient way of having good dependable communication with others when other types of communication will not work at all.

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