The USAlert WatchDog is a 2-Tone Voice Pager operational in the VHF or UHF frequency bands. Ruggedly designed for use by first-responders and others in the public safety markets, the WatchDog is available in 1, 2, or 5 channel models. The pager features a 16 character true alphanumeric LCD for displaying the date and time an alert was received, programmed text identifying the alerting address, the number of the alert, and many operational changes configured from the front panel buttons. The WatchDog is IP66 certified, meaning it protects against any dust intrusion and powerful jets of water from any direction. The WatchDog Pager comes with a 2 year warranty and an option for 5 years. The WatchDog is built in the USA.
The Alphanumeric Pager Nylon Carrying Case is a soft but durable alternative to the alphanumeric holster that comes standard with every pager. The excellent abrasion resistance of the synthetic nylon material makes it an attractive accessory to any of the alphanumeric pagers while providing a high degree of protection during every day use. The nylon case has a top flap that when attached to the front of the case by a Velcro strip holds the pager securely in place. Detaching the Velcro allows the user to easily remove the pager from the case and view incoming or existing messages. A rear flap is designed to fit over a belt and be held in place by snapping together a pair of metal fasteners. The black nylon case comes in one size and is fully compatible with the complete line of Alphanumeric pagers.
The USAlert Rechargeable Batteries for the WatchDog Pager are included with each WatchDog Pager as the primary power source, but as with any battery type, they eventually do wear out and have reduced performance over time. Battery life may be affected after 12 - 18 months of use, so it is recommended that the batteries be replaced at regular intervals to maintain optimum pager performance. The WatchDog Pager uses three “AAA” sized NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride) rechargeable batteries, each rated at 1100 mA/hr. The NiMH rechargeable battery type is the preferred power source for small electronic devices that are used frequently and require high power. Replacement batteries are typically shipped in packs of three. Some alternate rechargeable batteries or batteries with a lower capacity rating have been found to create pager performance issues, so replacing your batteries with 1100 mA/hr capacity batteries is recommended.
The USAlert Rechargeable Batteries for the WatchDog LT Pager consist of three individual “AAA” NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride) cells and come standard with each WatchDog LT Pager. A rechargeable NiMH battery type is preferred for small electronic devices that require strong power and are used frequently. Although the NiMH batteries are rechargeable, their useful life decreases gradually over time. Battery performance may be reduced after 12-18 months of use, so replacing the batteries at regular intervals is strongly recommended. The WatchDog LT Rechargeable Batteries are rated at 1100 mA/hr and are typically shipped in packs of three. Lower capacity batteries or batteries of lesser quality have been found to create performance issues in the WatchDog LT Pager. Replacing the Rechargeable Batteries with new batteries of the same 1100 mA/hr capacity ensures continued pager operation at peak efficiency.
The USAlert Alpha 2 Pager Holster with integrated belt clip comes standard as part of the Alpha 2 Pager package, but individual replacement holsters are available if the original unit is ever damaged or lost. Made of rugged and durable polycarbonate material, the Alpha 2 Holster has a semi-transparent smoke-black color that makes an attractive combination with the black housing of the Alpha 2 Pager. Messages can be read through the transparent face of the holster or the pager can be easily removed from the holster if that method of reading messages is preferred. The holster is a common design and can be used interchangeably with the USAlert Alpha 2 and Alpha 4 pagers.
The USAlert Alpha 2 Pager uses a large 2-line LCD to display messages at 18 characters per line. The pager can handle up to 60 messages with each message capable of containing 500 characters. 7000 characters maximum can be stored in memory. The fully synthesized and ruggedly built Alpha 2 uses the POCSAG coding format and is available in VHF, UHF, Midband, or 900 MHz frequency bands. It has 6 capcode addresses and 24 sub-addresses, separate wideband and narrowband compliant receiver boards, and supports 8 languages.
The USAlert Alpha 2 Pager Programmer includes a programming fixture with the label “UB-25”, a standard USB cable, and Alpha 2 programming software. The programming software for the Alpha 2 is also used for programming the USAlert NP35 and NP40 numeric pagers. Pager selection in the programming software is determined by designations for the Alpha 2 (J25), NP35 (J8) and NP40 (J7) pagers.
The USAlert WatchDog Pager Belt Clip is a detachable part of the WatchDog Pager housing. Made of the same rugged polycarbonate material as the WatchDog Pager, the Belt Clip is designed for quick and easy removal of the pager from a belt when receiving or playing back messages. Individual replacement Belt Clips can be ordered if the original is ever damaged or lost. Since the Belt Clip is detachable, there is no need to send the entire pager back for repair.
The USAlert WatchDog Pager Battery Charger can charge two sets of three NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride) batteries at the same time. One set can be installed and charged in a WatchDog Pager and another set can be charged in the spare battery compartment at the rear of the Battery Charger. The WatchDog Battery Charger is both a smart charger that detects battery levels and adjusts the charging rate accordingly, as well as a rapid charger that gets a fully discharged set of batteries back to an operational level in a minimum amount of time. The typical battery recharge time is about 2 hours for a moderately discharged set of three. For completely discharged batteries, recharge time should be about 3-4 hours. If a set of batteries is being charged while installed in a WatchDog Pager and the pager is turned on, the pager will still draw a small amount of current and the charging time will be slightly increased. The WatchDog Battery Charger is compatible with both USAlert WatchDog and WatchDog LT pagers.
The USAlert WatchDog Charger with Antenna is designed to be used in situations where the WatchDog Pager is charging but may need additional signal strength to alert the pager. The WatchDog Charger with Antenna is the same device as a standard WatchDog Charger, but has a BNC connector built into the back of the housing for attaching a cable to an external antenna. The paging signal is then routed from the antenna to the charging WatchDog Pager. The Charger with Antenna is compatible with both USAlert WatchDog and WatchDog LT Pagers.
The USAlert WatchDog Pager Leather Carrying Case is a stylish yet rugged option for wearing a WatchDog pager. A flexible bungee-type cord with two metal fasteners can be looped over a belt and attached to the back of the case. The Leather Carrying Case has an open top design that allows easy user access to the WatchDog’s control knobs and monitor button while holding the pager securely in place. If incoming message information needs to be read or previous messages recalled, the WatchDog pager can also be easily removed from the Leather Carrying Case for those message handling situations. An array of holes on the front side of the case correspond to the speaker position of the pager and allows loud and clear audio to be heard without having to remove the pager from the case.
The USAlert WatchDog LT Pager Belt Clip is a standard piece of the LT pager. Made of the same durable polycarbonate material as the housing, the Belt Clip is designed to attach securely to a belt and also allow the pager to be quickly and easily removed from the belt when receiving a message. With the inherent twisting and pulling forces the Belt Clip must handle, it will sometimes become damaged and need to be replaced. The detachable Belt Clip can be removed from the pager and a replacement ordered, no need to send back the entire pager for repair.
The USAlert WatchDog LT Pager Battery Charger is built to recharge both a WatchDog LT Pager and a spare set of three NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride) batteries, either separately or together. The LT Battery Charger is both a rapid charger and a smart charger, being able to detect voltage levels and adjust the charging rate accordingly. Rapid charging from a completely discharged state should take about 3-4 hours. A typical recharge time for moderately discharged batteries is about 2 hours. If the WatchDog LT Pager remains in service and is powered on while charging, the recharge time will be slightly longer due to current being drawn by the pager. USAlert WatchDog and WatchDog LT Pagers are both compatible with the LT Battery Charger.
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