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.
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 the broadcast of critical instructions
and information regarding, for example...
Medical Emergencies (hospital surge, points of distribution
field information, quarantine isolation, decontamination).
HAZMAT and Traffic Information.
Critical Public Safety Instructions.
Road Construction/Infrastructure Failures.
Built for speed and portability, RadioSTAT electronics
are housed in high-impact, weather-resistant cases. The
quick-erect antenna system folds up, allowing the entire
station to be set up in 10 minutes by one person.
RadioSTAT is FCC-licensed. The signal is typically announced
to the public by FASTrack (pictured right) or other portable
signs, positioned at the periphery of the coverage area.
Motorists receive broadcasts on standard vehicle radios,
over 25-75 square miles.
The stations are priced affordably so multiple units can be
deployed simultaneously at different locations during an
emergency as required.
Portability becomes 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 key information, i.e.,
schedules, traffic, parking, safety and critical
instructions for patrons approaching or exiting.
Programming may be controlled using flash drives through a
USB port and may also be uploaded via Ethernet from a
network or a laptop computer. If you operate RadioSTAT at a
fixed location, when it is not required in the field, the
network capability makes this asset all the more valuable.
During non-emergency times, officials often operate from a
fixed location via the patented VP9000 Vertical Profile
Antenna (see Options below). This helps familiarize citizens
with the frequency. Regular FCC-allowed messages may be
broadcast during those times.
Third-party companies are not needed for continuing
service, carrier or activation fees, and, therefore, do
not need to be relied upon during emergencies.
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
Citizens do not need to purchase special devices to
receive RadioSTAT messages.
RadioSTAT stations allow public officials to speak
directly to drivers without distracting text messages on
Radio messages vastly supersede text services in the
sheer amount of information and level of detail that may
be delivered efficiently.
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.
RadioSTAT comes in an easy-to-go format but may be used
in a fixed location when not needed on the road.
Its low price makes it accessible, so communities can
afford more than one to cover their areas.
"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
"Recently we purchased one of the Information Station Specialists RadioSTAT Portable
Emergency Advisory Radio Stations. From the beginning of the transaction through the receipt
and setup of the product, Information Station Specialists has shown to be in a class by
themselves. You would be hard pressed to find a more dedicated customer
oriented team anywhere in any field. Their expertise and
care have gone well above any expectations I had. The
product itself mirrors that same professionalism and
Robert Cohen, Director
Maine Township Office of Emergency Management
Park Ridge, IL
"...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
"We are 'live' and operating here in Portola Valley, and the
reaction by the community is very positive. Our town manager
now does the updates on his own! Big success here."
Ray Rathrock, Chair
Emergency Committee - Portola Valley, CA
Who Uses RadioSTAT
RadioSTAT is increasingly a standard communication tool for
public health and safety agencies across the nation. A few
examples are listed below.
County Public Health: Public health
departments in 27 states, at this writing (2014), have RadioSTAT capability.
Los Angeles County has a roaming station, deployable
anywhere within this populous area on a moment's notice to
inform motorists queuing at vaccine distribution points.
Bucks County (PA), Williamson County (TX) and Worcester
County (MA )have multiple units. Comments Allen County (IN)
emergency preparedness director Brad Witte: "We will use the
RadioSTAT radio to provide the citizens of Allen County with
public health information in conjunction with field clinics
that we might need to set up in response to public health
emergencies, such as the recent pandemic. These instructions
will include directions to our field clinics, information on
how to proceed through the clinics and what to expect once
they arrive, as well as medical information about the public
health emergency and where to obtain further information."
Allen County used an H1N1 grant
to fund purchase of their equipment.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS): Various
hospitals such as Porter Health in Indiana and STRAC
(Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council) have RadioSTAT
units at the ready to communicate with the public in an
County Emergency Management: Many US
counties have a RadioSTAT unit that can be set up in an
emergency, and a number of counties such as Sweetwater
County (WY) have several. In Sweetwater County, an 11,000
square-mile district, there are three RadioSTAT units to get
emergency messages "to the public who miss receiving
information from other sources." States Sweetwater's
coordinator of emergency management Judy Valentine: "We will
provide updated information using these systems; and, in
addition, we will deploy them when we activate our mobile
command post or CERT animal rescue, shelter or other
volunteer teams. We also plan to use them for civic and
public health events, disaster exercises and a multitude of
other activities. We're fairly certain we will find more
uses for them than [first] imagined possible."
Sweetwater County funded their
RadioSTAT purchase through an Emergency Management
Performance Grant (EMPG) and County funds on a 50/50 split.
State Agencies: North Dakota Emergency Management
owns three RadioSTAT units that it can deploy anywhere in
the state on a moment’s notice, whenever public safety is at
risk. In other states, such as Indiana and West Virginia,
various county-owned RadioSTAT units are licensed with a
statewide operating territory with the intent of sharing the
resource with other counties in the state as required. In
West Virginia, counties comprising Homeland Security Region
4 employ 8 independent RadioSTAT systems. Each station has a
fixed antenna allowing it to operate at a specific site in
each county and a portable FCC license, so it can roam
anywhere in West Virginia. Says Marvin Hill of Randolph
County Emergency Management: " During emergency and or
disastrous situations, we will 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, [to inform and educate the public and
develop an on-air presence] we will provide information on
general conditions throughout the County [that might affect
travel in the areas served]."
Communities: such as Portola Valley (CA),
Mantoloking (NJ) and Burien (WA) operate RadioSTAT units
with a fixed antenna − with the expectation that it
might need to move out on a moment’s notice. The RadioSTAT
is unplugged from the fixed antenna and paired with its
portable antenna system when deployment in another location
is required or the system must be evacuated.
Fire Districts: Yosemite National Park and
the USDA use RadioSTAT for fire applications in Utah. Also,
when emergencies occur in communities surrounding Lake
Tahoe, motorists tend to line up end-to-end, sandwiched
between steep cliffs and the lakeshore, unable to turn
around or exit the line. The District keeps three RadioSTAT
stations on their Public Information Trailers for quick
deployment when and where needed. States Chris Stulik,
assistant to the Lake Tahoe District's public information
officer: “These [RadioSTAT] transmitters will broadcast
where the treatment centers are as well as our local
‘emergency number'.... The RadioSTATs are an excellent
source when coupled with the electronic changeable signs we
have, to let the public know where to receive vaccinations
in the event of an outbreak.”
Portable Power Source – a pure sine
wave/AC inverter plus high capacity charger with a
hefty battery pack, all packaged in a convenient
weather-resistant portable case. Charges at any
standard 120VAC power outlet.
Audio Management Software, Recording Headset
and Mic (recommended).
Extender for terrain
/ interference /
2X Signal BoosterTM
offers up to double the efficiency / range of the station’s antenna,
allowing the transmitter to run at less wattage or
allowing the signal to have twice the signal
intensity at a given distance. It functions with
upper-band (typ:1610-1700 kHz) antennas only and is
recommended for federal government agencies that do
not have a signal intensity limitation; also for any
operator in a challenging environment that requires
maximum signal intensity to cut through woods,
buildings and obstructions.
(Note: Local government
licensees must seek a waiver of the FCC rules to
allow a signal intensity above the standard 2.0 mV/m
IP-Based Audio Control–
network-based audio program control (with
flash-drive backup) and an audio management software
StreamCastsSM – network
audio interface and related components that allow
streaming of broadcasts directly on smartphones,
tablets, laptops and PCs. Listeners get to the
stream by scanning a QR tag or clicking a unique
link on your (and/or the HearMoreInfo) website.
Bill Baker (616.772.2300 x102) will
help you plan your station, select options and can provide a
formal quote. RadioSTAT stations may be
purchased “sole source,”
or specifications may be
provided for agency bid
Lease-to-own terms are
Inquire for details.
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.