Fw: Pagers- the future!

Subject: Fw: Pagers- the future!
From: M RODGERS <>
Date: Sun, 1 Nov 2009 09:31:46 +0000 (GMT)
(Thank you for information on Lord Howe Is. from my earlier posting.)  I see 
birding pagers are up for discussion; if only it was a simple matter!

Anyone interested could take a look at 'the best system we have' not that I'm a 
biased user! (No commercial interest to me). We have three companies I think, 
but Rare Bird Alert complete with very good website (just search for RBA) with 
all the pager messages viewable to subscibers was the orginal one, set up 
twenty years ago by one of our top birders, in an attempt to be an alternative 
to the costly phone call bird line.  

The pagers can be set up for your particular region and have various levels of 
interest from local, to national and the 'mega'!  Most of us have the 'mega' 
linked to your mobile to make sure you get the mega-alert as texts always get 
through eventually whereas pager messages don't if you are in a no reception 

Be warned the UK still has a lot of area not covered -much of Scotland for 
instance so the thought of pager/mobile coverage in Australia is surely a major 
issue- maybe a satellite backed system is the answer?
A second warning- beware the pager will rule your life, it will be attached to 
you 24hrs a day 365 days a year, in the office, while your driving, even when 
taking a bath -just in case that mega comes through-- Your partner will curse 
the thing --you've been warned!!  

Best regards
Matthew Rodgers- UK birder/regular Australia visitor.

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