iDEN, WAS: Wimshurst Machine

Chip Fetrow chip at
Sun Oct 3 22:46:56 CDT 2010

WHY IN THE WORLD would anyone install a system that makes them  
exclusive to the Drunken Bat (Motorola), when they could go with  
something like APCO Project 25 and be able to use many vendors?

iDEN?  Someone had to get a huge kickback, or they were just lied to  
by a slick Drunken Bat sales person, and they have the slickest.


On Oct 3, 2010, at 1:00 PM, tacos-request at wrote:

> Message: 2
> Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2010 09:22:17 -0600
> From: Joseph Bento <joseph at>
> Subject: Re: Wimshurst Machine
> On Oct 3, 2010, at 8:47 AM, Mike O'Dell wrote:
>> so are you working for Sprint Wireless (ex Nextel)?
> I work for the Utah Transit Authority.  We are installing our own  
> private iDEN / Harmony system that will soon begin operation on Salt  
> Lake's light-rail system, and later be installed on the heavy-rail  
> commuter trains as well as the buses.
> We have designed our own radios around the Motorola IO270 modules to  
> incorporate touch screen and data communications, GPS tracking, and  
> PTT operations.  The mountaintop equipment is the standard iBTS from  
> Motorola running 70w diversity at 800mHz.  Three mountaintop systems  
> nicely cover the entire Salt Lake valley as well as a good portion  
> of Utah County.
> This system will replace the now 10-year old Tait MPT-1327 system  
> we've been running throughout UTA's fleet.
> I visited the Sears tower while on this trip.  Though I was  
> thoroughly impressed by this marvel some 25 years ago, this visit  
> was less spectacular.  The tower just doesn't compare with a 10,000  
> foot mountaintop repeater overlooking the valley.  One impressive  
> modification to the Sears tower was the new 'ledge.'  Immaculately  
> clean glass boxes that extend 5 feet or so out form the tower,  
> giving the appearance that you're stepping out 1,500 feet above  
> Chicago.
> Joe, N6DGY

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