Motorola and 3M Peltor Headset Demonstrations at Magnum Electronics on 6/18 4-6pm

Motorola BatwingsMotorola Solutions and their partner supplier, 3M Peltor, recently introduced new radio headsets for high-noise environments.

Peltor LogoCome meet their senior management and corporate specialists at the Magnum Electronics Technology Center on Wednesday, 6/18 from 4-6pm. There will be hands-on demonstrations using APX and MOTOTRBO radios.

#1 Injury Worldwide is Hearing Loss

Harmful Noise Chart dB Examples

If your organization has a hearing conservation program and you use two-way radios, this is a rare opportunity to meet experts in a casual setting who understand current OSHA standards.

Headband headset for APX, XPRThere will be numerous solutions on-hand with different noise-reduction ratings (NRR). Electronic headsets with ambient listening designed for military and SWAT teams, hardhat style, and 3.5mm receive-only for shoulder microphones will be displayed.

New “direct-connect” over-the-head RMN5137, behind-the-head RMN5138, and hardhat mount RMN5139 headsets for APX and XPR 7000/6000 series do not require an adapter.

Location and Details

Our technology “Happy Hour” style event starts at 4:00pm. Refreshments from our neighbor, Fordham and Old Dominion Brewing, will be provided. Fire Chief Buffy Madden from Marydel and owner of First Due BBQ will supply the food.

We look forward to seeing you.

Address: 927 Horsepond Road, Dover, Delaware 302-734-9250

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Vertex Standard 2-Way Radio Channel Announcement Feature and Demonstration

VX-450Channel announcement is a 2-way radio feature that provides the user a safe way to select the correct frequency without looking at the knob or display. This is helpful for lifeguards, security personnel, search teams, and machine operators who must keep their eyes focused on their job. This option was only available on high tier public-safety radios until Vertex included it with their VX-450 and VX-4500/4600 series.

Channel Announcement Available with eVerge Digital DMR Series

Vertex Standard also includes the channel announcement feature with the EVX-EVX-5300 digital base mobile 2-way531, 534, and 539 digital portables and the EVX-5300, 5400 DMR mobiles. The option must be enabled using a computer and programming cable. It can be muted by the radio user when inconvenient by pressing one of the programmable radio buttons.

Vertex Standard VX-450 Channel Announcement Video Demonstration

How to Clone Vertex VX-820/920 and VX-P820/P920 Radios

Cloning the Vertex Standard VX-820/920 radio platform requires CPS programming software and a PC to enable the feature. CE-59 is used for the analog VX-820 and VX-920 series, while CE-76 is required for digital P25 VX-P820 and VX-P920 models. Vertex Standard programming software can be obtained from any authorized dealer.Models must match and have a display

Cloning is only possible with display radios and you must match identical models with the same sub-band.

Check the full model number under the battery to be sure (For example VX-824-G7-5).

Follow These Steps for Cloning the VX-820/920 Radio PlatformRadio-radio cloning feature in CPS

Step 1. Upload the radio’s programming data using the appropriate programming software and enable the Radio-to-Radio Clone feature. This feature is found under the Common Menu tab in the Miscellaneous section as shown in the graphic.

Step 2. Download the programming changes to the radio. This step must be done to all radios that you will be cloning.

Step 3.  Put both radios into clone mode by pressing and holding the PTT and Monitor (the side button directly beneath the PTT button) buttons while powering the radio on. “CLONE” will be shown in the display as shown below:

See CLONE in radio display

Step 4. Attach a CT-116 cloning cable to each radio’s accessory connector. The accessory connector is located on the right side of the radio, as viewed from the front of the radio.

Step 5. Press the Monitor button (the side button directly below the PTT button) on the target or destination radio (this is the radio you want to transfer data to) and “LOADING…” will show in the display as shown below:

See LOADING in display

Step 6.  Press the PTT button on the source radio (this is the radio data you want to transfer to another radio) and “SENDING…” will show in the radio’s display as shown below:

See SENDING in Disply

Step 7.  The cloning process is complete when the display on both radios shows “CLONE” as seen in Step 3 above. The process will take approximately 30 seconds, depending upon the amount of data to be transferred. If the clone process was not successful, “Error 1” will show in the display of the source radio as shown below:

See ERROR in the displayStep 8.  If cloning was successful, turn off both radios and remove the CT-116 cloning cable. If cloning was not successful, verify Step 1 and 2 were done and repeat Steps 3 through 7.

Rules for Ordering Mobile Computer Docks; Do I need RF Pass-Thru?

Determine If your Computer Has Any RF Antenna Connectors

Most rugged mobile computers can be ordered with 0, 1, or 2 external RF connectors. A single connector is used for cellular WAN such as Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint and the second is used for WLAN (WiFi) external antennas. The first step is to determine how many antenna ports (if any) are on your computer.

The photos below show a Panasonic CF-18 with one and two RF connectors:

Computers with RF Pass-Thru

If your computer does not have RF connectors, it will only work in a docking station that has no RF pass-through capability.

If Computer Has RF Pass-Thru Follow These Rules For Dock Purchases

Docks with Single and Dual RF Pass Thru

If your computer has RF capabilities you can use a docking station that has:

a) has no RF pass-through or

b) you must match the RF capabilities (Single or Dual) with the RF pass-through on the docking station (Single or Dual).

For example:

  • If you have a single RF computer, you can order a docking station with single RF pass-through or non-RF pass-through
  • If you have a dual RF computer, you can order a docking station with dual RF pass-through or non-RF pass-through

For more information on Panasonic, Gamber Johnson, or Havis docks call our office at 302-734-9250 M-F 8-5:00pm EST or use the form below.

Light Indicators and How to Pair a Firecom Wireless Headset

Firecom Wireless Headset LED Indicator and Audio Beep MeaningsFirecom Wireless Indicator Lights

Firecom wireless headsets have one green and and one red LED indicator light on the top left ear dome (microphone side). The lights and audio beeps provide the user a quick indication if the headset is connected and the battery is charged.

Indicator Lights When Connected to Charger Cable

When the charger is plugged into the powered OFF headset it will show RED when charging and GREEN when fully charged. Charging takes 2 hours and will provide about 10 hours of normal operation.

When powered ON and charging, the light meanings are:

  • GREEN ON, RED ON: Charging, headset linked to base
  • GREEN ON, RED OFF: Charge complete, headset linked to base
  • GREEN Flashing, RED ON: Charging, headset not linked
  • GREEN Flashing, Red OFF: Charge complete, headset not linked

Indicator Lights When Charging Cable is Unplugged

Below is a chart that shows what the light and beeps mean when the headset is powered ON and the charger disconnected:

Wireless Headset Indicator Light  ChartFirecom Wireless Headset Pairing Procedure & Video

Firecom Wireless BasePress and hold the pairing button on the base for approximately 6 seconds until the yellow LED(s) on the base station start flashing, indicating pairing mode. When placed in pairing mode, you have about 15 seconds to place the headset in pairing mode.

Firecom Wireless UHW-51 Press and hold the PTT button, turn on power to the headset. After approximately 5 seconds, the green and red LEDs on the outside of the left ear dome will start flashing in a relatively fast alternating pattern. Release the PTT button.

Monitor the headset lights. After about 6 seconds, the flashing pattern ends, the green LED will flash for two seconds and then the green and red LEDs will indicate the headset is paired and linked to the base. The LINK LED on the base will illuminate steadily after flashing rapidly for two seconds to indicate that a link to the headset has been established.

Tips To Minimize Driver Resistance When Deploying GPS Fleet Tracking

Magnum AVL Logo Truck and MapAs fuel prices rise, more business owners and managers with smaller fleets are looking at GPS tracking. It is difficult to compete in today’s economy without the productivity gains of GPS fleet management.

Some small business owners are concerned that installing GPS fleet tracking will cause a morale problem with their employees and possibly affect their “family” corporate culture. The tips below have been used by Magnum AVL commercial and government fleet owners who have successfully installed GPS fleet and asset tracking.

Focus on Driver Benefits and Recognize Good Behavior

  • Your good employees won’t mind being tracked. They carry the load when weaker or new employees pull down the team.
  • GPS tracking provides “command & control” so work is spread evenly
  • If you use cell phones to communicate, GPS eliminates the “where are you” calls while driving.
  • You will know when they are delayed due to traffic conditions. Dispatchers can also help drivers get back on track should they become lost.
  • Proof your drivers were at the correct locations for “No Shows”.
  • Backup for invoice disputes or complaints involving your vehicles.
  • Recognize the drivers with the least amount of monthly idling time who save fuel.
  • GPS reports can eliminate driver logs and provide time card info.

Install GPS in ALL Vehicles in ALL Departments To Avoid Favoritism

Installing GPS tracking in some vehicles (but not all) can be viewed as favoritism and can be perceived negatively by the drivers who are tracked. If you can’t afford to do the entire fleet, look at a leasing or renting the equipment.

Start Saving Fuel With Magnum AVL GPS Fleet ManagementMagnum AVL Logo

Magnum AVL uses state-of-the art equipment with a 3 year warranty, a Google mapping interface, and no long term contract. We have customers from Delaware to California. Contact us using the form below to discuss your requirements or call us at 302-734-9250.

Firefighter Training Video – “Say It Loud and Clear”

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Best Practices Developed by Motorola and the IAFC

Motorola BatwingsMotorola and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) developed a 15 minute training video to review best practices when using mission-critical 2-way radios for fireground operations. The training applies to all radio brands and models.

IAFC SealThe video shows typical scenarios how a firefighter can minimize background noise and maximize voice communications intelligibility. Whether you use analog, digital, 800 MHz, or VHF/UHF – the tips to improve audio quality all apply.

Firefighter Training Video Demonstrates Proper Radio Operation

Motorola and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) produced a training video, “Loud & Clear”, demonstrating the best practices of 2-way radio operation. The 15 minute video compares both analog and digital radio transmissions in typical firefighter environments.

You will learn how to maximize the clarity of your voice transmissions and minimize background noise. Recommended for anyone using professional mission-critical 2-way communications.