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 Portable Emergency Advisory Radio Station

 FCC-Licensed Travelers' Information Station / Highway Advisory Radio
 AEL/SEL Category 04AP-09-ALRT
Customer Reviews
 "People are very reliant on our AM station. We knew this would be the case, but wow." 
Ray Rothrock
Chair, Emergency Planning Committee

Portola Valley, CA 
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 "Deployment went quickly and was completed in about 20 minutes. The coverage was phenomenal and absolutely unbelievable that a 10-watt station could be heard nearly 6 miles away in an urban environment with many tall buildings. Overall, the system was an excellent investment." 
John Black
Wireless Communications Manager
City of Long Beach, CA 
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"We are using our info radio station [RadioSTAT] on 1640 kHz for the second year to broadcast information during the National High School Rodeo Finals (NHSRF). We use it with wonderful success to broadcast traffic information, emergency information and daily event schedules."
David Johnson
Emergency Manager
Sweetwater County | Rock Springs, WY
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"We use RadioSTAT to provide the citizens with public health information in conjunction with field clinics ... in response to public health emergencies, such as the recent pandemic. These instructions include directions, ... how to proceed ... and what to expect once they arrive, ... [also] medical information about the public health emergency and where to obtain further information."  
Brad Witte
Emergency Preparedness Director

Allen County, IN
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"During emergency and or disastrous situations, we provide information on the event and safety rules to follow to protect the lives and property of our residents and/or visitors. During non-life threatening events, we provide information on general conditions throughout the County." 
Marvin Hill
Emergency Management Director
Randolph County, WV
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Download a RadioSTAT brochure pdf.
Capabilities . . .
During public health and safety emergencies, take a RadioSTAT Portable Emergency Advisory Radio Station into critical areas and speak directly to citizens via standard radio receivers. RadioSTAT can be a lifesaver, allowing broadcasts of critical instructions and information, for example...
  • Evacuations (wildfires, floods, hurricanes).
  • Medical emergencies (hospital surges, points of dispensing, quarantines, decontamination).
  • Terrorist incidents.
  • HAZMAT situations.
  • Critical public safety messaging.
  • Road construction and infrastructure failures.
  • AMBER alerts.

Built for speed and portability, RadioSTAT electronics are housed in high-impact, weather-resistant cases. A fold-out antenna system allows a station to be set up in 10 minutes by one person. Portability is an instant asset during emergencies, allowing re-establishment of the signal from a new location quickly. (Portability also makes RadioSTAT especially useful at large public gatherings for broadcasting schedules, traffic, parking, safety and critical instructions for patrons approaching or exiting.)

Programming may be controlled using flash drives (the USB Edition) or across a network or via SD card / USB adapter (the IP Edition). The USB Edition is most commonly utilized for totally portable applications; while the IP Edition is for systems that generally operate from a fixed position but need to be ready to deploy. Both include a program mixer that allows live broadcasting, paging over a repeating program and the inclusion of outside audio sources.

RadioSTAT is FCC-licensed. The signal is typically announced to the public by quick-erect FASTrack portable signs, positioned at the periphery of the coverage area. Motorists receive broadcasts on standard vehicle radios, over 25-75 square miles.

During non-emergency times, officials often operate from fixed locations via a Vertical Profile Antenna. This helps familiarize citizens with the frequency. Regular FCC-allowed messages may be broadcast during those times.

The stations are priced affordably so that multiple units can be purchased and deployed simultaneously at different locations during emergencies. See ways to purchase here.

Information Station Specialists is the sole provider of RadioSTAT in the United States and offers 24/7 remote technical support for the life of the product.

Two Editions from which to Choose . . .
IP Edition USB Edition
Manage the broadcast program via an network or locally using the station’s front-panel controls. In an emergency, message files can be loaded physically via SD card with a USB adapter. The RadioSTAT IP affords full 5000 Hz audio quality plus the convenience of a network-accessible message library. Update the broadcast program from a simple flash drive through the station’s USB port. The USB Edition of the RadioSTAT combines high quality 5000 Hz bandwidth with the convenience and flexibility of flash drive control. The length of the program is only limited by the flash drive size, so virtually any length and number of messages is feasible.
For both editions, audio creation software is provided to allow you to create, edit and process natural voice messages for broadcast. Archive the messages on the PC, laptop or device of your choice for quick call-up. Both editions can transmit from a fixed location with a permanently installed antenna and also be ready to roll out on a moment's notice with a portable antenna, as well. FCC licensing provided with RadioSTAT systems accommodates both fixed and territorial licenses for the service.
Key Advantages . . .
  1. Third-party companies are not needed for continuing service, carrier or activation fees, and therefore do not need to be relied upon during emergencies.
  2. When the AC grid goes down, RadioSTAT still works if operated on a generator or battery pack; and receivers are in vehicles. AM radio methodology has been active for 80 years and is not likely to be supplanted anytime soon.
  3. Citizens do not need to purchase special devices to receive RadioSTAT messages.
  4. RadioSTAT stations allow public officials to speak directly to motorists without distracting text messages on portable devices.
  5. Radio messages supersede text services in amount of information and level of detail that can be delivered efficiently.
  1. This aural medium also allows officials to speak to the public in a natural, person-to-person way that might be calming during an emergency.
  2. RadioSTAT comes in an easy-to-go format but may be used in a fixed location when not needed on the road.
  3. Its low price makes RadioSTAT accessible, so communities can afford more than one station to coverRadioSTAT> being ported their jurisdictions.
Basic Equipment Package . . . Options . . .
  • Transmitter and digital message player in portable case, containing broadcast control electronics.
  • Multichannel mixer and microphone for live broadcasting, paging over a repeating program and/or the inclusion of outside sources.
  • Portable antenna system and stand with coaxial cable and stabilizing sandbags.
  • Two  flash drives in carrying case.
  • Equipment pouches and stowing bags for mics, cables and antennas.
  • Set-up tools.
  • Illustrated Instructions.
  • An array of services that includes system planning, engineering and 24/7 remote technical support for the life of the station.
RadioSTAT cases

See Technical Specifications for details.
  • Recording headset and mic for PC / laptop.
  • Hybrid option for both USB and network-based audio control.
  • Antenna height extender for terrain / interference / obstruction-challenged areas (a 10' black, anodized pole extension to existing antenna system that increases signal strength 70%).
  • Signal Measurement Radio Receiver that allows you to measure signal intensity and verify FCC compliance.
  • Options for fixed antenna location(s) in addition to the portable RadioSTAT antenna. Fixed antennas can be installed on flat-roof buildings (click thumbnail, right to see photo) or in a yard adjacent to a host building:

  • (1) Fixed Vertical Profile Antenna Support and Grounding System.

    (2) HPR.0990 Antenna System for expanded signal coverage.
Who Uses RadioSTAT? . . .      
RadioSTAT is increasingly a standard communication tool for public health and safety agencies across the nation (see a examples listed on the righthand side of this page) as well as for community events, military bases, highway departments. Let us know if you'd like customer contact info for reference.
Planning & Pricing . . .
We provide a full menu of technical services to help you put and keep your RadioSTAT station(s) on the air. We will help plan and implement your station, including frequency and site selection, FCC licensing, installation, staff training and the FCC-required field survey and documentation. Even professionally recorded audio messages are available, so your broadcast is ready to put on the air as soon as the station is turned on. Best of all, each system comes with remote technical support for the life of the station.

See
Typical Planning Steps. Bill Baker can answer questions, help you go through plan a setup for your particular application and offer pricing based on your application needs. Email or call Bill Baker (616.772.2300 x102) for assistance.

There are several ways to purchase RadioSTAT stations, including HGACBuy. If you are a government agency anywhere in the US, you are eligible to join the HGACBuy cooperative, eliminating the need to go to bid. Membership is free. See also our other purchasing options.

For added station capability, see the VoiceStar trailer-mounted system or the ALERT AM fixed system. For
extended range emergency advisory broadcasts on a fixed system, see our RadioSAFE Wide Area Emergency Broadcast Radio Systems, which offer coverage areas in a 5 to 20+ mile radius.
 Customer Installations
 
RadioSTAT's portable antenna and groundplane installed at a temporary COVID "vaccination station" at California State University in Los Angeles, installed by Caltrans / Office of Emergency Services. 
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PIO Dave Zaski (left) & Thomas Cravener at North Tahoe, CA, Fire Protection District train personnel. The District’s 3 units are used to allay fear and route residents safely away from terrifying wildfire danger.
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Emergency / Fire / Health
AZ Maricopa County & the State Emergency Department
CA 12 Cities & Fire Districts plus Los Angeles & Ventura Counties
CT City of Westbrook
FL State Health Department
IA Clarke, Keokuk & Wapello Counties
IL Maine Township
IN Marion & 10 Other Counties plus Porter Health Hospital
KS Sedgwick County
MA Worcester County & the State Emergency Agency
MI Allegan, Newaygo & Ottawa Counties; City of VanBuren
MN Hennepin County (Minneapolis Area)
MO City of Independence
MS City of Oxford
ND State Emergency Services & Health Department
NE Douglas County & South Sioux City Police
NJ Mantoloking Borough, Union Township & City of Vineland
NH Town of Pittsfield
NM Albuquerque & Bernalillo County
OH Cities of Ashtabula & Findlay plus Athens & Delaware Counties
OR Cities of Happy Valley & Sandy
PA Bucks County
SD Douglas County
TN State Health Dept; South Central Region; Shelby County
TX Coastal Bend & SW Regions; Pharr; Williamson County
UT Cedar Mountain Fire District; Iron & Millard Countie
WV 8 Counties plus the Cities of Alpine, Bridgeport & Wardensville
WA City of Burien plus the Makah Tribe Government
WI Chippewa County
WY Alpine; Sublette & Sweetwater Counties
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Community Events

Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, CA


Military

United States Marine Corps, NC



Traffic Safety

Florida Department of Transportation
Maryland State Highway Administration
Ohio Department of Transportation
New York Verrazzano Narrows Bridge


Visitor Info

Bureau of Land Management & USDA, AZ & UT.
Ironwood National Monument, AZ
Yosemite National Park, CA
   
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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, wateter, 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