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Zetron Case Study: Mutual Backup at the Click of a Mouse
Silke's Design and Build of Skagit 911 and I-COM 911 Dispatch Gets a Write-Up

...“We chose Zetron and Silke for a combination of reasons,” says I-COM assistant director, Alice Johnson. “Silke has many years of experience and a great reputation. And we’ve been very pleased with the performance and reliability of our previous Zetron systems. MAX Dispatch was also the solution that best addressed our specs. It is IP-based, flexible, and easy to use and configure. Plus, Zetron’s technical support is fabulous, and they can log into the system remotely to view and troubleshoot any issues we can’t resolve ourselves.”... <more>
Enhanced Coverage: West Linn, Lake Oswego, Oregon City
Customers who travel OR-205 between I-5 and Clackamas are benefitting from a new communications site in the hills of West Linn. The new site boosts signal strength and coverage, expanding the coverage between Silke’s Mt. Scott and KGW facilities. See our coverage map. ... <more>
Silke Adds California to Service Territory
Silke Communications announced today that it has acquired Monterey County’s Peninsula Communications.... The Peninsula purchase includes what was formally known as the Monterey-Carmel Communications Corporation, its operations in Salinas, Monterey and Santa Cruz, a communications facility, two managed communications facilities and three leased tower sites.... <more>
Now Open: Bend Office & Shop
When the City of Bend Fire Department hired Silke Communications for a full range of communications services, from radio system equipment and support, network deployment and beyond, it gave Silke just the excuse it needed to expand eastward. Its new Bend office opened November 14 and is located at 490 NE Butler Market Road, Suite 180, and its phone number is 541-550-7500.... <more>
A New Tool that Gets Your Smartphone to Act Like Push-to-Talk (PTT) Radio
Every so often, we’re approached by a customer who is using cellular technology but wishes it came with radio’s push-to-talk capabilities. Recently, AT&T launched a solution that we anticipate will address this request. The AT&T push-to-talk solution utilizes an app that transforms your one-to-one cell service and smartphone to a one-to-many device.... <more>
24/7 Service, New RELM Offerings Helping the Northwest’s Firefighting Efforts
With approximately a dozen large wildfires burning in Washington and Oregon, Silke Communications is seeing a sudden spike in the need for radio equipment. From new handsets to replace those lost or damaged in the field, to support with repairs, the team is on stand-by to assist fire agencies in any way possible. Phone calls and support requests are being taken 24/7; customers should use the 855-GO-SILKE phone number after hours to be routed to a technician. ... <more>
By Popular Demand: Silke is Now Offering RELM Wireless Products
Silke is proud to announce its new status as a RELM Wireless dealer. Customers are sure to appreciate the trademarks of the RELM offerings: interoperability, quality and responsiveness. RELM Wireless has a wide range of offerings that are relevant for many Silke customers.... <more>
Silke Communications Acquires Salem's Slater Communications
Silke Communications is boosting its central Willamette Valley presence through the acquisition of Salem-based Slater Communications. Slater customers received notice of the change last week and it is effective immediately, although the transition should be seamless for customers.... <more>
Silke’s New Network Bridge to Allow Expansion of Seamless Push-To-Talk Coverage from “Canada to Mexico”
Silke has deployed a system network bridge that will enable push-to-talk radio users access to its proprietary FleetNet™ Digital network from “Canada to Mexico.” The bridge will allow FleetNet™ Digital customers to access partner systems – allowing for communication over large geographical areas, including the 10 major western metro areas. ... <more>
Silke Adds Significant Push-To-Talk Radio Coverage and Capacity to Corvallis, Roseburg And Hwy 126 Springfield-Hwy 20 Corridor
Rapid customer growth and load on Silke Communications’ push-to-talk digital radio network has intersected with the company’s aggressive growth plans, prompting major significant equipment additions to three major western Oregon communications sites. This week’s enhancements have multiplied the coverage and capacity of the NXDN-based technology behind Silke’s FleetNet Digital network.... <more>
Silke Expansion Plans Will Offer Customers Access to Largest Single-Entity-Owned Digital Footprint
Silke has charted a major expansion to its push-to-talk and digital radio coverage area. The build-out signals the company’s intention to establish “the nation’s largest single-entity-owned digital footprint" for its customers.

Silke already offers push-to-talk and radio network coverage across western and central Oregon and into the Vancouver area, but it is planning for its proprietary FleetNet™ Digital network build to offer robust coverage as far north as Seattle, east to Boise and south to Yreka. Work is underway and will be completed in stages over the next 18 months.
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New Mt. Hood Radio And Push-To-Talk Communications System Fills “Dead Spots” Along Dangerous Hwy 26 Corridor
A new radio communications facility near Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood is a welcome addition for first responders and search and rescue teams working the terrain of one of the state’s most dangerous regions.

Until this week, two-way radio and push-to-talk service has been extremely limited along the accident-prone corridor that weaves its way from Sandy to the summit of Hwy 26 near Government Camp, and down the eastern flank of Mt. Hood to Hwy 97. First responders and search and rescue teams have long coped with the inability to predictably communicate in an emergency.
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Winter Weather Means Silke Crews Standing by to Ensure Record Reliability, Push-to-Talk Service
Think the weather down here is cold? Imagine working in wind, ice and snow -- from atop a communications tower! Maintaining the 99.99 and better reliability Silke strives to deliver takes a tremendous amount of work -- especially in the winter.
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Silke's Push-to-Talk Network Growing Quickly:
FleetNet Digital Network Popular Choice for Push-to-Talk Users

Industry pundits and reporters have been watching the push-to-talk scene closely lately, as Sprint/Nextel makes changes to its push-to-talk systems and fees. A fall announcement that it will begin to charge push-to-talk users for unit rentals has been characterized as a move to encourage push-to-talk customers to migrate from the legacy Nextel iDEN network, which the company says it plans to shut down on June 30, 2013 in order to re-assign spectrum to its send-to-end (mobile) network users." Silke says.... <more>
Silke Hires Staff, Opens Roseburg Office to Serve Roseburg and Southern Oregon Radio Communications Customers
Silke Communications has formalized its presence in the southern Oregon market with the opening of a new Roseburg service and sales hub at 842 NW Highland Street in Roseburg as well as the addition of two client services representatives who will focus on existing and prospective Silke customers.... <more>
Another Major FleetNet Expansion Completed: This Time Bend/Redmond Area to Benefit
Silke Communications has significantly expanded its FleetNet™ Digital wide area dispatch network to include the Bend/Redmond, Oregon area. The expansion to the digital voice and data two-way radio network greatly enhances clarity, signal strength and performance. Additionally, Silke has enhanced capacity for FleetNet™ Classic customers in the Bend/Redmond coverage area.... <more>
Albany Schools-Silke Contract Delivers New Radio System and Equipment at Significant Savings
When Albany School District went shopping for a replacement to its long-time radio dispatch system, it assumed it would see increased costs and decreased services. But a rigorous purchasing process delivered a contract that will save 550% over the life of the contract. It also expanded its coverage and services – an important factor for this growing district of 85 vehicles.... <more>
Major Extension of Silke Communications’ Digital Radio and Data Network to Benefit Southwestern Oregon
Eugene, OR -- Silke Communications has significantly expanded its FleetNet™ Digital wide area dispatch network to include the Grants Pass, Medford and Ashland, Oregon area. The expansion to the digital voice and data two-way radio network greatly enhances the clarity, signal strength and radio communications performance available in southwestern Oregon. Silke has also enhanced capacity for FleetNet™ Classic customers in that region.... <more>
Silke General Manager Andy Kittel Promoted to Vice President of National Business Development
Three years from his first day as Silke Communication’s General Manager, Andy Kittel is headed east to pursue and secure national opportunities that emerge for the Oregon and Washington-based company.... <more>
Management of Livingston Mt. Communications Facilities Assigned to Silke
Silke Communications has assumed the management and marketing of a communications tower and facilities located at the base of the Columbia Gorge. The site is eight miles east of Vancouver, WA, north of Gresham, OR and the arterial I-84 leading toward the Rockies. ... <more>
Silke Relocates Washington Office to Vancouver
Silke Communications opened the doors to its new offices in Vancouver, Washington today. The new location is the Washington headquarters for the company; the Oregon headquarters remains in Eugene. The new location is 14407 NE 13th Avenue, Vancouver. The phone number is 360-835-3772. Sales and service staff working in the Washougal and Portland areas are now in Vancouver. ... <more>
Silke Communications to Manage McCully Mountain Communications Facilities on North Santiam
Silke Communications has agreed to provide Stayton Cooperative Telephone Company with management, maintenance and operations of the McCully Mountain communications site near Lyons, Oregon, at the foothills of the Santiam Pass area. The communications site includes three towers and related support facilities.... <more>
From The Register-Guard, Sept. 24, 2011

Eugene wireless company expands West Coast presence: Silke Communications buys a Washington firm as part of its aggressive expansion strategy

By Ilene Aleshire

Eugene-based Silke Communications has bought a Washington state company, County Communications, as part of its long-range plan to become a national wireless communications company. Terms of the deal, which was self-­financed, were not disclosed.

Silke has been on an aggressive growth path since Jim Silke Jr. took over as president in 2009. His father, Jim Silke Sr., founded the company in 1964 and is still actively involved in it.... <more>
New Digital Radio Network Enhances Coverage, Clarity, Signal Strength and Performance
Silke Communications has completed an extensive expansion to its network of more than 30 western Oregon communications facilities and has unveiled the FleetNet Digital™ wide area dispatch network -- a digital voice and data two-way radio network that supports crisp voice communication as well as GPS, AVL, text messaging, data transfer and many other custom digital functions.... <more>
Silke Communications Purchases Washington-Based County Communications
Signaling its aggressive expansion trend, Silke Communications has purchased another wireless communications company. The Eugene, OR-based, family-owned company acquired Washougal, WA-based County Communications, officially entering the multi-state market.... <more>
Silke to Manage Communications Tower on Cooper Mountain in Beaverton
Silke Communications has agreed to provide KMST Television, Inc. with management, maintenance and operations of a Beaverton-Hillsboro, Oregon communications site that includes a 60-foot tower and related facilities. The site is located at 45-27-28/45.457778 latitude and 122-52-09/122.869167 longitude at a ground elevation of 236.4 meters/776 feet.... <more>
New Communications Facility Near Newport, Oregon to Allow for Improved Cellular, Radio and Microwave Services to Central Coast
Silke Communications has completed the siting, design, engineering and construction of a new, state-of-the-art, full-scale communications facility located at Cape Foulweather near Otter Crest, Oregon – close to the busy fishing port and picturesque tourism hub of Newport, Oregon. ... <more>
Grueling Three Months of Winter Weather No Match for Silke Operations Team
The Silke Communications team considers the months of December, January and February its “grueling operations quarter” for good cause: Ice, snow, wind and rain hammer the communications towers it owns and maintains across western Oregon. As a welcome spring debuts, the operations team is breathing a sigh of relief, and also celebrating a successful season marked by remarkably few outages.
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Silke and Harris Corporation Partner for Public Safety, OWIN
Silke Communications has been selected as a services partner in Harris Corporation’s winning proposal to design and build the radio system that will form the backbone of the State of Oregon’s new interoperable communications system, known as Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network (OWIN).... <more>
Access to Mountaintop Sites Now Easier with Snowcat Rentals from Silke Communications
With 30 communications towers to operate and maintain, Silke Communications knows first-hand how difficult it can be to access mountaintops during Oregon’s snowy winter months. To those ends, the company is now offering snowcat rentals--provided with an operator--to those needing to scale the peaks of western Oregon’s Coast and Cascade ranges. ... <more>
Silke Communications Now Offering 24/7 Service, Customer Support
Within the Silke Communications ranks, there has long been the expectation that customers with emergencies receive the attention they need regardless of the time of day or day of week, but effective immediately, the communications company has formalized its sales and service hours to 24 hours a day/7 days a week. ... <more>
Silke Communications a Proud Sponsor of OPTA - Oregon Pupil Transportation Association
Silke Communications, a leading western Oregon provider of wireless radio solutions and communication tower services and spectrum, is proud to announce its sponsorship of Oregon Pupil Transportation Association (OPTA). “Our first commitment to OPTA centered on the School Bus Safety Exercises, and we were so impressed by what the organization offered its members that we decided to step up our support,” says President Jim Silke. ... <more>
Silke Communications Acquires Key Strategic Communications Facilities West of Salem, Oregon
Silke Communications has acquired a full-service, fully developed communications site that includes a 200-foot communications tower and related facilities near Eagle Crest, west of Salem, Oregon. Like Silke’s other facilities, Bald Hill at Eagle Crest is secured and features power, power back-up, broadband and telco. ... <more>
Silke Communications Proudly Sponsors Pappel Racing Team
Eugene -- Silke Communications, a Eugene-based, family-owned company, is proud to sponsor The Pappel Racing Team, a racing family that’s also from Eugene. The sponsorship is a natural extension of support for Silke, which has been pleased to provide Pappel with all its wireless radio communications needs. ... <more>
Kenwood’s “Edge” Newsletter Features Interview with Jim Silke, Jr.
We caught up with… Silke Communications, to get their thoughts on how they compete--and thrive--in today's competitive economy… we think there are some insights and strategies you can take away and use in your market.... <more>
Andrew Kittel Promoted to General Manager of Silke Communications
Eugene -- Silke Communications, a leading western Oregon provider of wireless radio solutions and communication tower services and spectrum, has promoted Andrew Kittel to General Manager. ... <more>
Silke Communications Completes High-Speed Broadband Microwave Network Expansion to the Top of Willamette Pass Resort
Silke Communications has completed the first phase of its aggressive network expansion to the north, south, east and west of its existing network. This phase represents the culmination of its eastern “to the top” run, which extends to the summit of Eagle Peak located at the Willamette Pass Ski Resort on Highway 58.... <more>
Silke Communications Announces Partnership with State of Oregon for Major Communications Infrastructure Upgrade
Silke Communications and Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network (OWIN) have signed an agreement to co-locate wireless communications equipment and infrastructure in an effort to modernize the communications capabilities of the Oregon State Police, Department of Transportation, Department of Corrections, Department of Forestry, and other public safety agencies.... <more>
Silke Communications Acquires Strategic Communications Facilities on Buck Mountain
Silke Communications, a western Oregon provider of wireless radio solutions and communication tower services and spectrum, has acquired a full-service, developed communications facility that includes a 140-foot communications tower on Buck Mountain, near Mt. Tom. Like Silke’s other facilities, Buck Mountain is secured and features power, power back-up and telco.... <more>
Silke Communications Now Offering On-Site Service, Pick-Up and Delivery
When Silke Communications purchased Springfield Radio this fall, the company assessed how best to serve Springfield customers from its Eugene headquarters just west of downtown Eugene. The aging building that had housed Springfield Radio for decades could be purchased as part of the deal. But President Jim Silke made a deliberate decision to let it go. ... <more>
Silke Communications Welcomes Wireless Industry Veteran
Silke Communications, a western Oregon provider of wireless radio solutions and communication tower services and spectrum, welcomes Andrew Kittel as Business Development Director... <more>
Buy expands communication company’s reach - Register Guard article
Silke Communications in Eugene has purchased the assets of Springfield Radio, another local, long-standing, family-owned radio sales and service company... <more>
Silke Communications Announces Purchase of Springfield Radio
On the cusp of its 45th anniversary, Silke Communications is continuing its legacy of growth, in this case with the announcement of Springfield Radio... <more>
Listing of Silke towers now available Click here for a downloable PDF or view our map.
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