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Plan radio communications now for in-person events this year

In March, we marked one year since COVID-19 forced a shutdown of U.S. businesses and industry. With the vaccination rate now climbing and COVID hospitalizations declining, it appears we are turning a corner. While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still recommends people avoid large gatherings where social distancing is not an option, there are […]

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What is In-Building Wireless? And why is it an important safety feature?

Have you ever had problems with your cell phone or radio inside a building? It is likely caused by interference and the materials around you such as Low E Glass. Now imagine that there is a fire or another emergency. Your cell phone won’t work and the firefighters who are trying to save you and […]

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Four Employees Achieve Service Awards in 2020

Sixty years of experience working for General Communications. That is the combined years of service that four employees achieved with our company in 2020. We take great pride and pleasure in recognizing team members each year at our employee appreciation dinner in December. While that event was cancelled last year because of COVID, we are […]

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General Communications Acquires Radicom

Deal Unites Midwest Leaders in the Sale and Service of Public Safety, In-Building Wireless and Two-Way Radio Systems MADISON, Wis. (February 1, 2021)—Madison, Wisconsin-based General Communications, Inc.—one of the leading providers of public safety systems, in-building wireless systems, two-way radios and vehicle upfitting in the Midwest—acquired Radicom, Inc. on February 1, 2021. The McHenry, Illinois-based […]

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A Look Ahead: What 2021 will look like for General Communications

January is often a time of reflection and resolutions. We recently sat down with Greg and Jenni Vlack, the owners of General Communications, and asked them a few questions. Here’s what they had to say: With needs evolving and technology constantly changing, how does General Communications appeal to those looking for two-way radios, public safety […]

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New digital radio system benefits a growing school district

With 8,500 students plus staff to serve throughout Dane County, it’s Kevin Sukow’s job as Director of Facilities and Grounds for the Sun Prairie School District to ensure all building communications are working well now and in the future. “We have more than 500 radios in our school system,” says Sukow. “Our original analog system […]

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Honoring our military veterans who step forward every day

As we approach the annual recognition of Veterans Day on November 11, we are reminded of the brave men and women who serve and protect. We are proud to recognize our General Communications employee veterans: Army – David Owen Navy – Jason Harry, Gene Langsdorf Air Force – Brian Bierman, Gary Pelletier, Philip Preston, Mark […]

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Our Friends at L3 Harris Technologies Team Develops DIY Ventilator Design to Support COVID-19 Patients

MELBOURNE, FLA. Apr 24, 2020 Highlights: Team designed Innovative Inspiratory Ideas (i3) Breather in three weeks Ventilator can be constructed with easily producible and widely-available parts i3 Breather developed in response to government’s “impossible challenge” A team led by L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) engineers has designed a low-cost, ventilation support system to help patients combatting COVID-19. […]

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Hytera America Donates Radios to Hatzalah Emergency Services to Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic in New York

Irvine, CA, April 6, 2020 – Hytera America, in partnership with Abest Communications, has donated X1pi DMR radios to Chevra Hatzalah to help their volunteers communicate and save lives in New York City, the national epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hatzalah is the largest volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) in the world with operations in […]

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A Message to our Customers About COVID-19

In these uncertain and ever-changing times, we want you to know that General Communications is committed to the safety of our employees and customers. We continue to monitor the news closely and are being proactive in our practices and procedures as a company. During this time, we will remain open as we are an essential […]

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