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Monday, February 18, 2019

Please Help Support Research and Treatment of Ocular Melanoma


In Memory of Nancy Roth – a Personal Story
By Don Roth, CEO AmpliVox

On September 4, 2018, my wife Nancy Roth lost her six-year battle with ocular melanoma.

This rare disease, which occurs in 2,000 adults each year, currently has no cure in its metastatic form.

There are two excellent organizations working diligently to help fight this disease -- the Ocular Melanoma Foundation, and the Eye Tumor Research Foundation.




But let me tell you more of Nancy’s story, and of her courageous battle that she ultimately lost.


Nancy’s life

Don & Nancy c.1968

Nancy was born on August 23, 1942, and grew up in Lincoln Park, MI. She attended Lincoln Park High School and the University of Michigan, graduating in 1964 with a degree in nursing.

She was a nurse at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL, when she and I met. We married on July 2, 1966.

She became a dedicated flight attendant at United Airlines, flying for decades, bringing enthusiasm and quick wit to passengers around the globe. She traveled the world many times over and as a patriotic and proud American, she especially loved the U.S. troop transports. Nancy never met a stranger.

Nancy and I were blessed with three children – Donald Jr., Eric, and Carolyn – and multiple grandchildren, with whom Nancy had a very close and loving relationship.



Her struggle

Nancy with granddaughter Juliana

Six years ago, our local ophthalmologist, Dr. Ira Garron diagnosed Nancy’s condition, and referred us to the world-renowned Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. There, we spent many days and hours under the care of Drs. Jerry and Carol Shields and their great team.

Over a two-year period, Nancy’s eye responded to treatment; only a remnant of the tumor remained. However, we came to understand that there was a 50% chance that the tumor would metastasize, which happened at the three-year mark.

We continued the battle at the Perlmutter Cancer Center operated by New York University Langone Health. Their sophisticated treatment included drug mixes created only in Australia and then flown in for immediate patient application. Nancy battled gallantly, but I could tell her belief in a cure was being put to the test.

Treatment continued with regular chemotherapy and radiation at Highland Park Hospital, as the cancer spread to other areas of Nancy’s body.

Despite our fight, we finally realized that Nancy was slipping away.


My hope for her
I never stopped believing that the Holy Spirit would cleanse Nancy and we would resume our joyful morning and evening review of current events of our kids and grandkids. For 32 years, I drove her to the airport and picked her up from her trips around the world as a flight attendant. I loved shopping, getting her what she needed. Nancy was my conscience and my guide, and I miss her greatly. Yet I’m filled with love and gratitude for her and our many years together.


My hope for others
If your contributions can help even one person win the battle that Nancy lost, my sharing this story with you will have been well worth it. Thank you for helping me remember my wife Nancy, and for your thoughts and prayers for anyone struggling with this disease.



Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Woodstock Farmer's Market - Homegrown and Handmade




The Woodstock Farmer's Market operates as a year-round "producers-only" market, allowing only products that are grown, produced, or made by the local Farmer or Artisan.


Farmers Markets are a great place to buy local products directly from farmers.

Food purchased at a local Farmers Market comes with outstanding freshness, quality, flavor, and variety.

You know exactly where your food comes from and how it was grown.

Additionally, you support a sustainable regional food system that helps small family farms stay in business, protects land from development, and provides fresh, local food.

Shop for fresh produce and local products all summer and winter long.


The Winter Market is held on the first and third Saturdays of the month, 9A-1P, November thru April, at the McHenry County Fairgrounds, 12015 Country Club Road, Woodstock, IL 60098.





The market is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the producers. The Board establishes the rules, assigns spaces and fees, and develops publicity strategies.

Board members also inspect each vendor’s facility to ensure that all products are grown or produced by that vendor. That means you will find only the freshest, tastiest, in-season produce and healthy, locally-grown plants.


The Woodstock Summer Farmers Market has approximately 40 Saturday Vendors and 30 Tuesday vendors.

Discover organic and homegrown produce and fruits in season, delectable baked goods and delicious cheeses.

Other products such as beef, eggs, pork, honey, and wine are all grown or produced locally.

In addition to all of these wonderful goodies you’ll find woolen products and fleece; delightful soaps and body products; knife sharpening, and even some crafts.

Plus beautiful perennials; bedding, heirloom, and ornamental plants; hanging baskets, fresh cut flowers.


Keith Johnson, Market Manager, is shown in the video clip, using AmpliVox SB602R Megaphone, to thank all of the vendors and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.






AmpliVox’s Mity-Meg Rechargeable Megaphones provide a reliable, powerful sound amplification for market vendors, improving crowd control and communication between team members during their outdoor summer months and indoor winter market.


The SB602R Mity-Meg is a lightweight, weather-resistant design unit, delivering sound coverage of up to a mile with talk, whistle, and siren modes.

An integrated lithium-ion rechargeable battery and AmpliVox-exclusive power indicator light keeps the unit running for up to eight hours of typical use.

Weighing just two pounds, the Mity-Meg carries easily with the included wrist strap and comfortable pistol grip.



Thursday, February 07, 2019

New AmpliVox Karaoke Player Takes the Party Anywhere




Nothing says instant party like karaoke, and the AmpliVox Party Pro Karaoke System lets you really blast out the sound to amplify your fun.

The basic system, SK765, has what you need to play music and sing the lyrics including two microphones.

You can play karaoke music from either a CD, USB stick, SD card or via your Bluetooth device.

The built-in 7" color LCD screen lets your easily select your song and then simply follow the lyrics.

The Party Pro system includes a full set of controls:
  • Power and Function Mode
  • Headphone Jack
  • USB port
  • SD card slot
  • Master Volume
  • Mic 1 Volume
  • Tone Control
  • Echo Effect
  • Music/Voice Balance
  • and Mic 2 Volume








You also get:
  • Video input and output
  • Audio input and output
  • DC power input
  • USB Charger input



Karaoke enthusiasts will enjoy using the AmpliVox system for its user-friendly design features. A Bluetooth-equipped speaker pairs with included wireless microphones, allowing for complete freedom of movement during performances.

The seven-inch TFT digital color screen displays sharp text that can be read from a distance. Vocal performances can be customized using onboard controls for microphone volume, analog echo, and balance, and can be recorded directly to an SD card. Connect the player to gaming consoles, big-screen televisions or home entertainment centers for even more dramatic effects.

The unit includes a universal cradle for external devices with a built-in USB charger, two wireless microphones with dedicated storage, audio and video input/output ports with RCA cables, an AC power adapter for the player, and a battery-operated remote control.

But if you really want to crank up the sound, use the Audio Outputs to hook up a powerful AmpliVox 800 or 925 PA system.




B8004K Karaoke Party Pro Bundle:
  • Karaoke Party Pro System
  • 800 Titan Wireless Portable PA system and Companion Speaker to reach audience up to 2500
  • Choice of two wireless mics
  • Professional wired handheld mic
  • S1073 Mic Stand
  • Two S1080 Heavy Duty Tripods
  • Protective cover
B9254K Karaoke Party Pro Bundle:
  • Karaoke Party Pro System
  • SW925 Digital Audio Travel Partner and Companion Speaker to reach audience up to 7500
  • Choice of two wireless mics
  • Professional wired handheld mic
  • S1073 Mic Stand
  • Two S1080 Heavy Duty Tripods

Using either of the bundled systems you can have as many as seven people singing with microphones simultaneously.

Amp up your choral group practice and party fun with the AmpliVox Party Pro System and Bundles.


"Karaoke continues to be a fun event activity that appeals to all ages, and our Party Pro system makes top-quality sound available to every kind of user," notes Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO.

"Professional singers can use the system to accompany them during performances, restaurants and clubs can bring in customers for karaoke events, and casual fans will enjoy sharing the experience with family and friends.

This system is adaptable to a wide variety of settings, at an extremely affordable price point."

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Join AmpliVox at the 39th National Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)




For nearly 40 years, the Future of Education Technology Conference has gathered the most dynamic and creative education professionals from around the world for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration of new technologies, best practices and pressing issues.

Its impact has been felt by thousands of districts, schools, educators — and ultimately students.


Each year, FETC is tailored to the needs of an increasingly technology-driven education community — and 2019 will be no exception.

The 39th National Future of Education Technology Conference features industry experts and unrivaled agenda content, an Expo Hall filled with the latest and greatest solutions, and a community of thousands eager to network with like-minded peers.

School and district administrators, classroom teachers and IT professionals attend FETC year after year to find the professional learning and technology solutions to transform learning in and out of the classroom.


AmpliVox Sound Systems has what you need for evolving educational technology. AmpliVox’s state of the art portable sound systems and multimedia lecterns provide powerful audio visual support for educational environments.





We even offer collaboration furniture to promote group interaction. It’s part of AmpliVox’s long commitment to the education market with steady development of innovative products.





Our Dual Audio Pal packs 50 watts of power into a 6 lbs. package, reach up to 300 people with crystal clear sound.

Plus you can have 3 simultaneous presenters: two with included wireless mics and the third with an optional wired mic.


Staying ahead of the technology curve also means state of the art multimedia lecterns like the Oracle Podium. It accommodates all the latest presentation technology and has a viewport window for a computer monitor.

This model of the Oracle provides rack rails for mounting components inside.



Schools must be mindful ADA requirements and that’s why products like the AmpliVox ADA Sit To Stand Lectern are great. It can be used in a seated position or raised to full standing height with a push of a button. Built with durable construction, it offers you the option of adding a PA system.




Or select the more economically Contemporary ADA Lectern, it too raises from sitting to standing position with a motorized lift.



Another ADA compliant product is the Collaboration Huddle Table, it can accommodate up to six people and has built in Ethernet port, two USB charging ports, and two AC outlets. It is available with an optional flat panel monitor bracket.





Want to reach 7500 hundred people with clear, rich sound?



Get the AmpliVox Digital Audio Travel Partner Plus.

This 250 watt portable system has all the power you need for any venue.

It’s loaded with features such as battery powered operation, built-in media player, Bluetooth connectivity, 16 channel wireless receiver, wireless and wired mics.

To expand the capabilities of this product, consider one of the SW925 bundles.

You can add such components as Companion speaker, mic stand, and Tripods for the main unit and companion speaker.



Educational presentations can be enhanced with the beauty of an AmpliVox Acrylic Lectern.



The SN3075 Series can be easily assembled or disassembled in minutes for easy setup and transport.

It can be shipped in a sturdy carry case that meets the standards of the Air Transport Association.

We can even put your logo on your AmpliVox lectern.


Stop by and visit AmpliVox at Booth #1542 where will be showcasing:



Executive Column Lectern


The Executive Sound Column Lectern fits well in any decor with its modern styling and easily glides from room to room on 4 easy-glide casters.

Optional Sound System Fills the room with rich sound making sure your message is heard loud and clear.




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.




Titan Wireless Portable PA System


Equipped with a powerful 100 watt amplifier, wired handheld mic with your choice of wireless microphone, and a luggage handle with wheels.

You can also play your music with the built-in CD player, USB Flash Drive input, or through the SD slot.




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.



Wireless Portable Media Player PA System

The AmpliVox SW725 is a powerful all-in-one PA system that puts you in command of your presentation for voice or music with all types of supporting media. It can play audio files stored on any USB flash thumb drive or SD card or stream music from a Bluetooth® enabled device such as a smartphone or computer.

The SW725 six inch full range speaker and 36 watt amp projects crystal clear sound to audiences of up to 500 people in rooms as large as 2,500 square feet.




2.4 GHz Digital BeltBlaster


Small, compact speaker fits insIde the included belt carrying case with 2.4 GHz Wireless Microphone Headset.

Built-in Mini SD/USB/Aux Ports allow you to play music, recorded presentations or other media directly from unit.



Mega Hailer Made in USA

A new addition to the popular AmpliVox Half Mile Hailer product line, featuring an upgraded appearance for indoor or outdoor use with an attractive weatherproof enclosed housing and greatly enhanced sound fidelity and coverage.

The AmpliVox Mega Hailer Mobile PA System is a 50-watt, totally wireless, highly intelligible, lightweight battery powered loudspeaker system for general PA applications in areas that are not equipped with a PA.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

AmpliVox Exhibiting at IAPD / IPRA Soaring To New Heights 2019



As the premier state conference for parks and recreation, forest preserves and conservation agencies in Illinois, the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights conference brings together more than 4,200 professionals and elected officials for three exciting days of quality educational programming, networking and professional development.

Featuring over 160 educational sessions and workshops, and an exhibit hall where more than 300 exhibitors showcase their latest and greatest products and services.





Visit AmpliVox at Booth #624 where will be showcasing our outdoor portable pa systems:


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.




ProMarine Waterproof Megaphone
Made in USA

Protection for marine and outdoor environments from high impact polycarbonate material and waterproof components.

When you need a reliable means of communication under harsh weather conditions you can count on the AmpliVox ProMarine Megaphone.



Mega Hailer Made in USA

A new addition to the popular AmpliVox Half Mile Hailer product line, featuring an upgraded appearance for indoor or outdoor use with an attractive weatherproof enclosed housing and greatly enhanced sound fidelity and coverage.

The AmpliVox Mega Hailer Mobile PA System is a 50-watt, totally wireless, highly intelligible, lightweight battery powered loudspeaker system for general PA applications in areas that are not equipped with a PA.




Mity-Meg with Rechargeable Battery

The Lithium-ion battery pack with integrated wall charger is a long lasting rechargeable battery that allows you to simply charge in any 110-240V AC outlet.

Coupled with the exclusive battery indicator lights feature that can only be found on AmpliVox megaphones, you will always know the status of your battery life and how much power you have left for maximum safety and security.




Wireless Portable Media Player PA System

The AmpliVox SW725 is a powerful all-in-one PA system that puts you in command of your presentation for voice or music with all types of supporting media. It can play audio files stored on any USB flash thumb drive or SD card or stream music from a Bluetooth® enabled device such as a smartphone or computer.

The SW725 six inch full range speaker and 36 watt amp projects crystal clear sound to audiences of up to 500 people in rooms as large as 2,500 square feet.




Travel-Lite Folding Tabletop Lectern


Compact and lightweight, with the Travel Lectern Folding Tabletop, presentations can be carried to your meeting venue and in seconds easily unfold into a lectern.

This small lectern is perfect for use by schools, clubs, churches, and showcases a simple, traditional look that is always in style.