Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Joliet, Illinois, A Beep continues to grow and provide quality wireless services to Northern Illinois. A Beep is an authorized dealer for Kenwood Communications, Zetron and Icom.
Licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as a private paging carrier, A Beep built a satellite-delivered one-way paging network covering the greater Chicago area in 1996. Also in 1996, A Beep purchased the 2-way radio and paging assets of Telecom, Inc. located in Joliet Illinois.
In 2002, A Beep purchased the assets of JB Communications in Schiller Park, Illinois that included an extensive customer base, FCC licenses and a prime rooftop communications site lease downtown Chicago.
A Beep was an early pioneer in building LTR trunked radio systems in the UHF radio band. Aggressive licensing and building of sites lead to systems with extended capacity to serve a large customer base.
A Beep now operates Chicagoland’s largest privately owned wireless network with assets that include the greatest number of FCC licensed UHF radio frequencies in Illinois. A Beep’s licensed assets include many “exclusive frequencies”. These exclusive frequencies were always valuable, but now with the introduction of digital radios these same frequencies can be divided and re-used increasing their value with additional loading potential.
2007 brought additional enhancements to many of the LTR trunked sites. These sites were “networked” into one seamless network using a digital VOIP backbone from Bridgecom Communications. These analog trunking systems now blanket the Chicagoland region.
2008 began the migration to digital. This new, all-digital, Diga-Talk network will provide seamless handheld secure portable communication throughout the Chicago region. A Beep is using the newest digital “Nexedge” technology from Kenwood Communications Corporation. A Beep was an early pioneer with Nexedge and currently operates the largest Nexedge system in the world to date.
2009 A Beep purchased certain assets from Tri-Star Communications in Sycamore Illinois. These assets included repeaters, FCC licenses and tower leases.
2010 Many enhancements were made to the Diga-Talk system. This included the addition of tower sites and additional capacity. Sixteen all-digital “Diga-Talk” radio tower sites are now on-line.
2012 Chicago site was moved to Willis (Sears) Tower providing additional coverage and capacity to the greater Chicago area. Handheld portable radio coverage has been greatly improved. Sites in Plano and DeKalb have been added for additional coverage.
2013 Diga-Talk continues to grow, expanding to 22 tower sites in Illinois.
2014 Diga-Talk partners with five radio dealers in Wisconsin, and one in Illinois, bridging all of their Nexedge systems together. This effectively created the largest all digital two-way radio network in the Midwest. Coverage now extends from Green Bay, WI in the north, all the way down south past Springfield, IL. Coverage also available in NW Indiana. Some of the cities covered include Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Joliet, Naperville, Gary, Bloomington and Rockford.