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Friday, September 27, 2019

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Completion

Train enthusiasts gather to see the world's largest steam engine. Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 is touring the Union Pacific system throughout 2019 to commemorate the transcontinental railroad's 150th anniversary.

The Big Boy’s return to the rails is the product of more than two years of meticulous restoration work by the Union Pacific Steam Team. No. 4014 is the world's only operating Big Boy locomotive.

Union Pacific 4014 engineer Ed Dickens During an Open House
For the final time this year, the Big Boy No. 4014 will ride the rails on the Union Pacific system, taking it through "The Great Race Across the Southwest".

Union Pacific steam locomotive specialist and Union Pacific 4014 engineer Ed Dickens describes the effort required to maintain Big Boy 4014 in running order.

Ed also confirmed that they intend to run 4014 through Colorado on the Moffat Line next year, traversing some of the most amazing scenery in the US as it winds its way through the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

If you thought running to Utah was special, wait until the world's photos travel to Colorado to catch 4014 navigating the 31 tunnels between Plainview and Winter park, including the 6.2 mile long Moffat Tunnel.

The canyon and river shots will be incredible as the Big Boy runs past the various Colorado cities such as Kremmling, Glenwood Springs, Granby and Frasier on its way over the Continental Divide.

It will certainly be a special run.

Mr. Dickens' job has to be one of the dream jobs of railroaders world-wide, shown in the image above using the AmpliVox S602M Mity-Meg Rechargeable Megaphone during an open house of their steam facility.

The 602M Mity-Meg is ideal for crowd control, announcements in noisy environments or emergency services.

It's power lets you reach even far away audiences, use Mity-Meg not only to talk, but sound emergency signals.

Mity-Meg Plus powered by either conventional batteries or rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that can be reused hundreds of times.

A battery strength indicator shows you when it is time to recharge or replace the batteries.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

AmpliVox Exhibiting at Stampede's Big Book of AV Tour 2019 - Chicago

Stampede's Big Book of AV Global Dealer Show is coming to Chicago on October 24th 2019, featuring an enhanced ProAV conference style technology showcase including leading industry manufacturers from every product category.

The daylong conference provides industry insights, technology updates and training forums presenting the latest technologies for audio and video.

This year presenters and speakers will cover topics of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), video walls and other digital signage and displays.

Drone/UAS Industry and Business Potential
Interactive Artificial Intelligence Digital Advertisement

At AmpliVox, we love visiting with our distributors at events. The Big Book of AV Tour gives us a great opportunity to interact with people and other companies in the audio/visual market.

Stampede distributes AmpliVox products across the country. We are thankful for our partnership with Stampede and were very happy to participate this year in Chicago.

AmpliVox is listed on Stampede's US Line Card as a manufacturer in several product categories:

Thursday, September 19, 2019

#PreparedNotScared: National Preparedness Month 2019

Ready.gov is a National public service designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters.

Their National Preparedness Month is recognized each September, with a 2019 "Prepared, Not Scared" theme to promote families and communities to teach the youth what to do when a crisis occurs, and how to take preparedness actions as a family.

Emergencies can strike at any time, make sure your business, organization, school, or community is prepared with a portable sound system.

In an emergency every second counts, shouting over the noise could waist precious seconds. You need to make sure you are heard, a lightweight portable sound system is a great way to make sure that everyone hears your message clearly and quickly.

Outdoor portable sound systems such as the Half-Mile Hailer can help your emergency planning responders effectively communicate during the first critical moments.

Override the noise, commotion, and sense of panic that can impair an organized emergency plan.

Long range weather proof sound systems are ideal for directing emergency crews and crowd control in larger areas.

For situations that require moving personnel from indoor facilities to an inclement outdoor environment, weatherproof sound systems can direct the crowd where the outdoor elements may add to the complexity of the emergency.

Many people think there's just one simple drill and that's the "Get out of Town" drill associated with fires but actually there are many different types of drills that need to take place in large facilities.

Often drills require evacuation from the building or relocating to a safer place, such as when there is a tornado. Other times it's important to get the word out that you need to lock down or shelter in place.

All emergencies require different procedures and different ways of handling it throughout your organization and all of them require clear communications to the people that are impacted.

Business: Emergency Preparedness Planning

There is much that a business leader can do to prepare his or her organization for the most likely hazards.
  • Natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes
  • Health hazards such as widespread and serious illnesses like the flu
  • Human-caused hazards including accidents and acts of violence
  • Technology-related hazards like power outages and equipment failure

Campus: Get Informed and Ready

In times of disasters, colleges and universities serve as key emergency management partners to federal, state, local, tribal, territory and private sector organizations.

Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education introduces new approaches to planning, that includes walking through different emergency scenarios to create a course of action for each objective the team is trying to accomplish.

Colleges and universities are encouraged to review, update and exercise their emergency plans several times per year.

In order to build disaster resistant and resilient communities a broad range of college students and professionals need courses that introduce them to hazards, risk, vulnerability, disasters, and what to do about them.

The Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education provides recommendations in the development of plans not only to respond to an emergency, but also outlines how Institutions of Higher Education can plan for preventing, protecting against, mitigating the impact of and recovering from these emergencies.

Seniors: Creating a Support Network

Creating a support network of family, friends and others who can assist seniors during an emergency, and share your disaster plans with them.

Practice your plan with them. Make sure they have an extra key to your home, know where you keep your emergency supplies and how to use lifesaving equipment or administer medicine.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Remembering Our Local Heroes: Honoring First Responders with Travis Hall on 9/11

Since learning about the September 11 terror attacks at the age of four, Travis Hall has been doing something remarkable: feeding first responders as a way of celebrating them and thanking them for their heroism.

Travis Hall is only 13 years old, so he wasn't even born when the 9/11 terror attacks happened. But after learning about the attacks from his dad as a 4-year-old, he wanted to honor those who work to protect their communities.

For the last nine years he's been feeding first responders on 9/11 as a way of thanking them for their service.

Travis Hall’s Hero's Dinner event honored those that lost their life on September 11th, 2001 by coordinating and hosting a dinner event that fed over 150+ retired and active first responders at the Leyden Fire Protection District.

With Travis’ vision of creating the dinner evolving into a full-blown feast for first responders, local businesses and restaurants have chipped in as well.

AmpliVox Donates AirVox Portable Sound System For 9/11 Dinner Events

To play music and make announcements at Travis's events, AmpliVox donated the AirVox Portable Sound System with wireless handheld microphone.

The AmpliVox AirVox PA System is the ideal battery powered, all-in-one wireless compact portable PA solution. Perfect for voice and music in an indoor or outdoor environment.

The wide dispersion speaker produces big sound and well-balanced audio suitable for any situation.

Built-in Bluetooth® module allows you to wirelessly stream sound from any Bluetooth® capable device.

The system includes an AC power-cord for continuous operation when connected to a standard AC wall-outlet, and facilitates charging the included internal sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries.

On a full charge, the system will operate up to ten hours on its SLA batteries' power.

During emergencies, the battery powered design sets up quickly and allows you to broadcast emergency information even during power outages.

Build your own custom system!
Add up to four modules. Choose any combination of the following:
Wireless Receiver
  • User selectable 16 Channel Wireless UHF Panel Mount Receiver
  • Frequencies 584 to 608 MHz
  • Up to 300' operating range
  • Choice of Wireless Microphones (Lapel, Headset, Handheld)
Wireless Speaker Transmitter
  • Built-in 16 CH UHF Wireless Speaker Transmitter for broadcasting to accessory speakers
  • Up to 300' operating range

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

AmpliVox Exhibiting at EDspaces 2019 - Booth #830

Join us at EDspaces Booth #830 and immerse yourself in the future of learning environments.

EDspaces is the premier event for the educational facilities marketplace exploring how the convergence of technology, space, and pedagogy impact learning.

Connecting key stakeholders who design, build, equip, and manage educational environments with the manufacturers, distributors, and service providers who offer them solutions, creates a unique knowledge community.

Today’s classrooms are all about collaboration, and when students collaborate they need the right kind of furniture.

AmpliVox Collaboration Huddle Table Has Today's Needs In Mind

This 80"x48" table accommodate up to 8 people and it features knees clearance so a wheel chair can easily access it.

AmpliVox has designed the Huddle Table to meet the ADA’s precise Standards for Accessible Design.

Moreover, the Huddle Table is now available with an optional Webcam that expands your collaboration capabilities.

With the webcam setup on your Huddle Table you can communicate with individuals at another location across town or around the world.

Rack Cabinets Store your Technology Components with Security and Style

These beautifully crafted cabinets provide a host of features stacking 12U or 21U components.

The Rack Cabinets have a built-in 6 outlet power strip with surge suppressor with UL-listed cooling fan draws air through bottom vents.

Includes four 3" swiveling casters (two locking), locking front wood frame door with black-tinted acrylic panel and a locking solid wood rear access door

The cabinets are built and are finished in either beautiful wood veneer or durable laminate with a choice of colors to blend with your room aesthetics.

Integrating Multimedia Lectern Presentations with Options and Accessories

Give powerful presentations using today's technology with AmpliVox multimedia options and accessories. Our multimedia lecterns come in many shapes, sizes and different finishes:

Multimedia Computer

Multimedia Presentation Podium

Multimedia Smart Podium






ADA Sit To Stand Lectern

Collaboration Huddle Table

Download Multimedia Lecterns Guide

Multiuse Portable Sound Systems for Classrooms Inside or Outside

Dual Audio Pal

Built-in dual channel VHF wireless microphone system featuring two person simultaneous usage.

One person can be using the wireless handheld microphone while another uses the headset or lapel microphone.

AirVox PA System

Our new portable system that combines a powerful central PA with supplementary wireless speakers for wide area coverage without cords or complicated set-up.

The AmpliVox AirVox Mobile PA System is the ideal battery powered, all-in-one wireless compact portable PA solution with Bluetooth® connectivity.

Digital Audio Travel Partner Plus

Our most complete, all-in-one PA system, with a 250 watt amplifier that will clearly and powerfully project your voice over an audience of up to 7500 people in a room size of up to 25,000 square feet.

You're in control with built-in Media Player allowing you to play your own recorded music using your SD card or Thumb Drive.