Founded in 1983, Information Station Specialists is the USA's best
known source for Information Radio Stations (TIS/HAR), advisory
the specialized services required to
transmit spoken messages to citizens − the only such source
providing products entirely made in America.
We offer an array of
information radio systems (TIS/HAR), associated products and
technical services, most for reaching motorists with locally
relevant information. All our radio stations operate
according to Federal Communications Commission guidelines to
achieve maximum signal level and coverage.
Our fundamental business strategy is to build products and
relationships of value that endure.
Since our founding in
1983, we have worked hard to earn the title "The
Nation's Best Known Provider of Advisory Radio
Stations." It's our claim to fame. This strategy has
yielded thousands of customers across the country.
They tend to fall into these categories:
Federal, State & Local Agencies
National Parks & Reserves
Border Protection Entry Points
Visitor Bureaus & Chambers
Airports & Parking
Highway Traffic Control
Port Entry Points
We are the sole source for universally adaptable
information radio systems.
We have an emergency management
When used for emergency management applications, our
products endure, even after power is out and other systems
fail. Our ALERT AM
Emergency Advisory Radio System includes National Weather Service 'All Hazard'
Receivers that react automatically (and locally) to all
Emergency Alert System codes. They may be programmed to
target up to 5 counties, automatically broadcasting
critical, locally relevant information. This receiver is the
only one on the market that can be field programmed for
updates to the latest official EAS codes and new protocols,
as they emerge. Additionally, along with our portable
emergency advisory systems (VoiceStar,
which is trailer mounted, and RadioSTAT, which is
hand totable), ALERT AM can come stocked with prerecorded messages, tailored
to your local emergency management scenarios.
Our antenna/groundplane systems
are flexible & durable.
Our FCC-licensed radio systems include flexible, durable
antenna/groundplane systems that come in several
installation styles. Some fit into very tight spaces, barely
disturbing the landscape. Our patented
VP9000 System, for
example, is designed to withstand hurricane wind speeds
encountered on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. It also
discourages vandals. We also have
patented our PowerPlane groundplane and assemble it right at
the factory for customers and contractors who wish to
install their own systems.
Our transmitters & audio
systems are as distinctive & advanced.
Our TR6000 HQ5.0 Transmitter is the only one of
its kind in the marketplace featuring a slim-line 1RU form
factor and synthesized frequency operation, so frequency
changes don't require “surgery.” The TR6000 HQ5.0 Transmitter
operates in conjunction with advanced digital voice systems
that allow natural voice recording and repetition by a
variety of methods: network/browser, USB, telephone,
remote-live or local mic. Text-to-speech capability and
emergency message initiation in conjunction with an
Emergency Notification System may also be optioned. Modern
voice modules such as the
IP76 Digital Message Player
feature an onboard server for simple browser-style program
control via LAN/WAN. The NX8R
Digital Message Player features an apex of quality,
flexibility and capacity in a voice-prompter based module.
NX8R allows programming via telephone or local, a capacity
of 1,000 messages, high quality 16-bit recording capability,
external feed integration, automatic station identification
and many more features. Our audio systems store messages
exclusively in nonvolatile memory to prevent vulnerability
to power loss. In addition, we offer
broadcast recording support at no cost for general
fixed & portable signs and
flash controllersare also unique in the
marketplace. Some feature exclusive embedded LEDs to grab
attention, and may be triggered remotely. Often they are
announce radio station signals to motorists, when situations are
urgent. But our signs may also be used apart from our
radio systems to convey other types of messages. Some of the
signs are light-weight and portable. Others are fixed. They
are priced to be affordable.
Creative, portable systems are
our claim to fame.
Back in the early 1980s, we created the first portable advisory radio system
for Caltrans; and portable systems are
still our claim to fame. We offer custom portable systems
for utility trailers and vans as well as for mobile command
We offer uncommon temporary solutions.
You may rent our exclusive
Temporary Station for fairs, festivals, sporting events and
conventions to broadcast parking directions and event
schedules − or use it to test having a station in your
makes all the difference.
As evidence, we can provide customer
reviews from your geographic area or profession to vouch for
the performance of our products and our staff. We promise .
Lifetime Support We supply remote technical assistance for every system we
sell 24/7, for the life of the product and still support
systems sold at the beginning in the 1980s, when we were
founded. See details.
In today's world, stability is important. Information
Station Specialists has been under the same ownership,
company name and management throughout its history and has
been at the same contact address and telephone number
continuously for more than 25 years.
We are fast. After 9/11, one city near New York
licensed, purchased and installed a complete emergency
advisory radio system in fewer than 15 days. We
can provide licensing and equipment for emergencies within
hours. Regular lead time averages 30-45 days for large
Universality Our systems and components are not proprietary but instead
are based on conventional, open-market designs, wiring and
mounting. This makes future upgrades and service simple.
Specialization We tailor our products and services to many applications, providing both
licensed and unlicensed (low power), fixed and portable information
radio stations for a variety of needs. Our offerings
include not only the radio stations themselves but also the signs to announce
them and the services to support them.
We provide a true "turnkey" solution. Installation quotes,
unless otherwise noted, are priced with all hardware
(including support poles) and services (including
installation of electrical and telephone services).
We help with projects from beginning to end and beyond.
And offer a complete array of services:
FCC field studies.
Live remote assistance over the Internet.
Parts & repairs.
Professional message recording.
System integration and customization.
support...way over and above with your help...all
systems are go."
Bob Strickland, Mount Baldy, CA
To find what
you need, see a drop-down menu of services atop each
US Patents: PowerPlane Flex Factory-Assembled Groundplane (5,495,261),
Vertical Profile Antenna System (7,027,008).
Trademarks: 2XTM Signal
Booster, ALERT AMTM
Emergency Advisory Radio System, AP55TM
Digital Message Player, ENcastTM
Emergency Notification Broadcast System, FAS6000TM
Flashing Beacons & Controller, FASTrackTM
Quick-Erect Sign, Flashing ALERTTM
Sign System, HearMoreInfoSM
Internet Broadcasts, Information Station Specialists, InfoRadioTM
Format, Information Station ClassicTM,
Information Station IPTM,
Radio Station, IP8TM Digital
Message Player, IP76TM
Digital Message Player, ITS6000TM
Highway Advisory Radio Network, LIGHTNINGTM
LED Portable Changeable Message Sign, NX8RTM
Digital Message Player, OP2200TM
On-Premise Radio Broadcast System, Potential Interference Notification
ServicesTM (PINS), Power
Loss Notification ModuleTM,
Factory-Assembled Groundplane, PowerSTATTM
Portable Power Source, EventCASTSM
Portable Information Radio Service, RadioSTATTM
Portable Emergency Advisory Radio Station, RoadRunnR®
Portable Highway Advisory Radio Station, Signal Measurement RadioTM
Internet Broadcast Service, StealthTM
Sign, StreamCastSM Internet
Broadcast Service, Stylized ISS LogoTM,
SX200TM Wattmeter, TR6000
Vertical Profile Antenna System, VoiceStarTM
Portable Highway Advisory Radio Station (with our without Changeable
Message Sign), Wireless Audio LinkTM.
Information Radio Stations is a generic term synonymous with Travelers
Information Stations (TIS), Highway Advisory Radio Stations (HAR) /
Highway Information Systems & Low Power Radio Stations (LPR). Operation
of the stations is governed by FCC Part 90.242 Rules. A FCC license is
required. Information Radio Stations may be fixed or portable.
Subcomponents may include transmitter, antenna and ground system,
digital voice player, wattmeter, cabinet with conventional or Corbin
locks, lightning arrestors for RF, power and telephone lines, coaxial
cable. Most stations employ black maximized antennas to discourage ice
accumulation and security measures to prevent unauthorized program
access. Options include synchronization, battery backup, solar power,
remote programming by local, network or telco, multi-station audio
distribution via RF or LAN / WAN or wireless network.