Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Pagers and Beepers
I had no idea how beepers worked, which added to their coolness. I recently read up on how they work, and some of this might be a bit technical for some of my readers, but I will do my best to explain it in nontechnical terms. Most pagers are one way systems, meaning they can only accept information; not send it. They, for the most part, ran on the 900 MHz band spectrum. Lots of other gadgets also use that band, including older cordless house phones. Some early pagers could only display digits, so the message was just the number of the caller. Most newer pagers could do both numbers and short strings of text. When a person wanted to send a message to the pager, they could use a computer terminal to send the message. You could dial a number and then record a message which is transcribed to a message for the pager.
If anyone has comments about their memories of pagers, please post them below.