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Author Topic: Question about paging feature  (Read 361 times)
KE6WNH
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« on: September 27, 2009, 03:23:30 PM »

I'm not aware of any off-the-shelf rigs which do this, but suppose someone came out with a paging feature for handhelds? It would work like this: first you'd need to initialize the HT as belonging to you, so you enter K6ABC or whatever your call is. (This may come in handy if the HT is lost or stolen.) Then you enter the function mode, and choose "page mode" instead of "full off". Now let's say your buddy K6XYZ across town wants to QSO with you... he'd transmit "K6ABC DE K6XYZ" and this would be enough to wake your HT up, ready to talk.

The con is that the phone companies might object that HTs with a paging feature would cut into their business, but the pro is that you could only use it to contact other hams, and only then if they were in your geographic region. What do you think?
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WG8Z
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2009, 05:50:12 AM »

A lot of the older Yaesu's have this feature... ft-2200,
ft-51r,ft-530 to name a few....Used a sring of dtmf tones to unlock the RX,in addition the ft-2200 had an optional digital voice recorder option which allowed you to set up a voicemail box....Old idea,guess it never really took off.
73 Greg/wg8z
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KE4DRN
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2009, 06:06:51 PM »

hi,

my older Kenwood TH-78 has paging features,
I never use them.

73 james
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