I am Allan Angus, designer of what may be the best one-way and two-way paging system ever built. Well, I never claimed to be humble. OK, I had help; a lot of very high quality help. Credit also goes, in no special order, to Graham Jones, Selwyn Hill, John Davis, Vick Cox, Randy Jones, & Ross Buckenham. That system was rolled out by a company called PageMart, which became WebLink Wireless, which merged with Metrocall, which merged with PageNet and became USA Mobility, which is still around.

I got excused from the scene somewhere after Metrocall & before USA Mobility. Paging fell on hard times after 9/11/01. I could never quite understand that. Paging systems have traditionally stood up well under all kinds of disasters, including that one, but also Hurricane Andrew, floods in New Orleans, and on and on. Cellular systems failed near Ground Zero and paging systems, including two-way, kept on ticking.

Ten years later, paging systems seem to be relegated to the junk heap of techno-history. That’s a pity. I think most folks just don’t understand paging; I certainly didn’t when I started in paging back in 1996. I was a relative new-comer, having lately arrived from the busy world of cellular. Having worked by then in cellular and land-mobile radio since around 1983, and in cellular standards since 1988, I figured I walked on water as far as understanding radio communications was concerned.

How wrong I was! I went to work for PageMart and really began learning about radio, fast.

Meanwhile, I continue to blog about paging, wireless communications, and science in general. All things that fascinate me. Hope they interest you too.