Communications: Pocket Paging

When a century-old Manhattan building collapsed last month, killing five demolition workers and snarling midtown traffic for blocks, the N.Y. World Journal Tribune rerouted its delivery trucks by signaling them with an electronic paging device. Later in the same day, the N.Y. Times used a similar instrument to keep in touch with a photographer covering a New York Central train derailment in Harlem.

With receivers as small and totable as a hip flask, one-way radio pagers are now a hot item. Some emit only a beep that tells the recipient to call his office...

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