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Silke Communications has grown quickly over the last decade. We’re proud to have expanded our reach across Washington, Oregon and California and we will continue to add service areas. What was originally a small, family-owned business in Eugene, OR has become much more. We owe our success entirely to our customers and to our employees.
To those ends, the Silke family has formally recognized the value of each employee’s full commitment and long-term dedication to the company. Effective April 1, 2019, Silke Communications is an employee-owned company.
“This shift rewards each employee for their efforts to care for customers. This in turn, will benefit our customers. It is a structural change that we believe benefits everyone,” says President Jim Silke, Jr., who will continue to lead the company.
All Silke customers have been notified of this change by letter. Join us in celebrating this news and congratulating the Silke team.
The Eugene Silke Communications office has moved from its long-time location on Tyler Street to a much larger, more modern office and shop at 919 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477. The phone remains 541-687-1611.
November 15, 2018 – Silke Communications has activated FleetNet Terra™, an all-new digital radio communications network that supports two-way communications deep into the Cascade and Coast Ranges. Designed for use primarily by those working in the woods – for instance, timber workers and fire crews – supports one-to-one, and one-to-many radio and telephone communications.
“FleetNet Terra is providing communications in river valleys and peaks where no one has ever been able to get a signal,” President Jim Silke, Jr. reported after system tests were complete. “Silke has always boasted better coverage than other providers, but some of the most rugged areas had remained uncovered. FleetNet Terra changes that. It’s going to be a gamechanger for those who need communications for safety, coordination and logistics.”
The system addresses the need for reliable connectivity required to run a safe and efficient timber services operation. It is supported by a series of all-new communications facilities designed, built and managed by Silke. Expansion from the first phase is already underway.
March 1, 2018 – In our work with customers, we are regularly asked for help with communications beyond our digital radio network. Last year, we reviewed a wide array of options that would allow us to answer “Yes, we can!” to our customers, and are thrilled to now offer seamless access to Mojo Networks.Mojo offers a scalable, open hardware, cloud-managed WiFi solution that works regardless of device, application or hardware. The system uses what Cognitive WiFi to “self drive” and proactively fix WiFi issues before they occur. In the cases where a problem still crops up and a user calls the help desk with a “WiFi problem,” Mojo tells IT exactly what's going on – even if it has nothing to do with WiFi.
“We were thrilled to discover Mojo. It takes the same direct, results-focused approach to connectivity that we strive for when caring for our customers,” says President Jim Silke, Jr. “When we asked technical questions, we didn’t get vague answers from sales staff – we got real answers, backed by expert troubleshooters who, it turned out, were being guided by the Cognitive WiFi technology that’s core to the Mojo technology. It’s a great match for our clients and for us.”
Next time we’re asked for a WiFi solution, we’ll connect our customer with Mojo. In the meantime, if you are one of those customers who made a request for help with fast, scalable and well-supported WiFi, please reach out to your Silke rep, and we’ll get you connected with Mojo. In the meantime, learn more at mojonetworks.com.
As of May 15, 2017, our Salem office has moved to an upgraded, more convenient location at 200 Hawthorne Ave SE, Suite D-420, Salem 97301. Our phone remains the same: 503-399-7010.
We've heard so many stories about school bus drivers helping each other out, across district boundaries, that it made us think: What if we could make it easy for a driver to call for support -- even when they're stuck away from home? Introducing BusNet -- the channel dedicated to supporting each other away from home.Read More >>
Silke Communications’ Salinas branch has moved from its Rossi Circle office to a larger facility at 538 Brunken Avenue, #4, Salinas. “This location will be more convenient for our customers, and allows us to complete more installations at a time,” says President Jim Silke, Jr. “We had outgrown the previous space.” The phone remains 831-784-1900.
The countdown has begun for California school districts and bus operators to comply with state Senate Bill 1072, which requires schoolbuses to be equipped with child-check reminder alarm systems by the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. The bill...Read More >>
California’s distracted driving law received clarification in late September, when the Governor approved AB 1785. This bill -- which takes effect January 1, 2017 -- repealed and replaced a portion of the California Vehicle Code. Some gray areas persist, but mobile two-way radios stand out as the clear preference for reasons of compliance and safety.Read More >>
Right on the heels of an announcement about its acquisition of a small cell network in the region north of the San Francisco Bay Area, Silke Communications has increased its presence in the Santa Cruz region with the purchase of Salinas-based Eden Radio.Read More >>
In a noticeable shift from its typical acquisition profile, Silke Communications has purchased 13 individual small cell sites in northern California. This is the second round of non-traditional communications sites Silke has purchased, and, as with a recent distributed antenna system (DAS) acquisition in Hawaii, it accurately reflects the company’s changing emphasis on infrastructure investments.Read More >>
June 16, 2015 – Silke Communications announced today that it will open a full service communications services facility in Sacramento, California on July 1. The new storefront, shop and ancillary communications hub will help the company continue its aggressive California expansion and better serve its growing list of Central Valley customers. Sacramento is the latest addition to Silke’s location roster; the company expects to add another within the year.Read More >>
Silke's FleetNet Digital is now serving California's Wine Country, thanks to work completed in the Central Valley, east of the Bay Area, and in the Sonoma and Napa valleys.
The Silke Communications family has expanded its reach beyond the mainland US to Hawaii, where it has purchased a 30-node, outdoor Distributed Antenna System (o-DAS) serving mobile subscribers in three areas of the islandsRead More >>
...“We chose Zetron and Silke for a combination of reasons,” says I-COM assistant director, Alice Johnson. “Silke has many years of experience and a great reputation. And we’ve been very pleased with the performance and reliability of our previous Zetron systems. MAX Dispatch was also the solution that best addressed our specs. It is IP-based, flexible, and easy to use and configure. Plus, Zetron’s technical support is fabulous, and they can log into the system remotely to view and troubleshoot any issues we can’t resolve ourselves.”Read More >>
Customers who travel OR-205 between I-5 and Clackamas are benefitting from a new communications site in the hills of West Linn. The new site boosts signal strength and coverage, expanding the coverage between Silke’s Mt. Scott and KGW facilities. See our coverage map.
Silke Communications announced today that it has acquired Monterey County’s Peninsula Communications.... The Peninsula purchase includes what was formally known as the Monterey-Carmel Communications Corporation, its operations in Salinas, Monterey and Santa Cruz, a communications facility, two managed communications facilities and three leased tower sites.Read More >>
When the City of Bend Fire Department hired Silke Communications for a full range of communications services, from radio system equipment and support, network deployment and beyond, it gave Silke just the excuse it needed to expand eastward. Its new Bend office opened November 14 and is located at 490 NE Butler Market Road, Suite 180, and its phone number is 541-550-7500.Read More >>
Every so often, we’re approached by a customer who is using cellular technology but wishes it came with radio’s push-to-talk capabilities. Recently, AT&T launched a solution that we anticipate will address this request. The AT&T push-to-talk solution utilizes an app that transforms your one-to-one cell service and smartphone to a one-to-many device.Read More >>
With approximately a dozen large wildfires burning in Washington and Oregon, Silke Communications is seeing a sudden spike in the need for radio equipment. From new handsets to replace those lost or damaged in the field, to support with repairs, the team is on stand-by to assist fire agencies in any way possible. Phone calls and support requests are being taken 24/7; customers should use the 855-GO-SILKE phone number after hours to be routed to a technician.Read More >>
Silke is proud to announce its new status as a RELM Wireless dealer. Customers are sure to appreciate the trademarks of the RELM offerings: interoperability, quality and responsiveness. RELM Wireless has a wide range of offerings that are relevant for many Silke customers.Read More >>
Silke Communications is boosting its central Willamette Valley presence through the acquisition of Salem-based Slater Communications. Slater customers received notice of the change last week and it is effective immediately, although the transition should be seamless for customers.Read More >>
Silke has deployed a system network bridge that will enable push-to-talk radio users access to its proprietary FleetNet™ Digital network from “Canada to Mexico.” The bridge will allow FleetNet™ Digital customers to access partner systems – allowing for communication over large geographical areas, including the 10 major western metro areas.Read More >>
Rapid customer growth and load on Silke Communications’ push-to-talk digital radio network has intersected with the company’s aggressive growth plans, prompting major significant equipment additions to three major western Oregon communications sites. This week’s enhancements have multiplied the coverage and capacity of the NXDN-based technology behind Silke’s FleetNet Digital network.Read More >>
Industry pundits and reporters have been watching the push-to-talk scene closely lately, as Sprint/Nextel makes changes to its push-to-talk systems and fees. A fall announcement that it will begin to charge push-to-talk users for unit rentals has been characterized as a move to encourage push-to-talk customers to migrate from the legacy Nextel iDEN network, which the company says it plans to shut down on June 30, 2013 in order to re-assign spectrum to its send-to-end (mobile) network users." Silke says.Read More >>
Silke Communications has formalized its presence in the southern Oregon market with the opening of a new Roseburg service and sales hub at 842 NW Highland Street in Roseburg as well as the addition of two client services representatives who will focus on existing and prospective Silke customers.Read More >>
Silke Communications has significantly expanded its FleetNet™ Digital wide area dispatch network to include the Bend/Redmond, Oregon area. The expansion to the digital voice and data two-way radio network greatly enhances clarity, signal strength and performance. Additionally, Silke has enhanced capacity for FleetNet™ Classic customers in the Bend/Redmond coverage area.Read More >>
When Albany School District went shopping for a replacement to its long-time radio dispatch system, it assumed it would see increased costs and decreased services. But a rigorous purchasing process delivered a contract that will save 550% over the life of the contract. It also expanded its coverage and services – an important factor for this growing district of 85 vehicles.Read More >>
Eugene, OR -- Silke Communications has significantly expanded its FleetNet™ Digital wide area dispatch network to include the Grants Pass, Medford and Ashland, Oregon area. The expansion to the digital voice and data two-way radio network greatly enhances the clarity, signal strength and radio communications performance available in southwestern Oregon. Silke has also enhanced capacity for FleetNet™ Classic customers in that region.Read More >>
Three years from his first day as Silke Communication’s General Manager, Andy Kittel is headed east to pursue and secure national opportunities that emerge for the Oregon and Washington-based company.Read More >>
Silke Communications has assumed the management and marketing of a communications tower and facilities located at the base of the Columbia Gorge. The site is eight miles east of Vancouver, WA, north of Gresham, OR and the arterial I-84 leading toward the Rockies.Read More >>
Silke Communications opened the doors to its new offices in Vancouver, Washington today. The new location is the Washington headquarters for the company; the Oregon headquarters remains in Eugene. The new location is 14407 NE 13th Avenue, Vancouver. The phone number is 360-835-3772. Sales and service staff working in the Washougal and Portland areas are now in Vancouver.
Silke Communications has agreed to provide Stayton Cooperative Telephone Company with management, maintenance and operations of the McCully Mountain communications site near Lyons, Oregon, at the foothills of the Santiam Pass area. The communications site includes three towers and related support facilities.Read More >>
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By Ilene Aleshire
Eugene-based Silke Communications has bought a Washington state company, County Communications, as part of its long-range plan to become a national wireless communications company. Terms of the deal, which was self-financed, were not disclosed.
Silke has been on an aggressive growth path since Jim Silke Jr. took over as president in 2009. His father, Jim Silke Sr., founded the company in 1964 and is still actively involved in it.
Silke Communications has completed an extensive expansion to its network of more than 30 western Oregon communications facilities and has unveiled the FleetNet Digital™ wide area dispatch network -- a digital voice and data two-way radio network that supports crisp voice communication as well as GPS, AVL, text messaging,
data transfer and many other custom digital functions.
Signaling its aggressive expansion trend, Silke Communications has purchased another wireless communications company. The Eugene, OR-based, family-owned company acquired Washougal, WA-based County Communications, officially entering the multi-state market.Read More >>
Silke Communications has agreed to provide KMST Television, Inc. with management, maintenance and operations of a Beaverton-Hillsboro, Oregon communications site that includes a 60-foot tower and related facilities. The site is located at 45-27-28/45.457778 latitude and 122-52-09/122.869167 longitude at a ground elevation of 236.4 meters/776 feet.Read More >>
Silke Communications has completed the siting, design, engineering and construction of a new, state-of-the-art, full-scale communications facility located at Cape Foulweather near Otter Crest, Oregon – close to the busy fishing port and picturesque tourism hub of Newport, Oregon.Read More >>
The Silke Communications team considers the months of December, January and February its “grueling operations quarter” for good cause: Ice, snow, wind and rain hammer the communications towers it owns and maintains across western Oregon. As a welcome spring debuts, the operations team is breathing a sigh of relief, and also celebrating a successful season marked by remarkably few outages.
Silke Communications has been selected as a services partner in Harris Corporation’s winning proposal to design and build the radio system that will form the backbone of the State of Oregon’s new interoperable communications system, known as Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network (OWIN).Read More >>
With 30 communications towers to operate and maintain, Silke Communications knows first-hand how difficult it can be to access mountaintops during Oregon’s snowy winter months. To those ends, the company is now offering snowcat rentals--provided with an operator--to those needing to scale the peaks of western Oregon’s Coast and Cascade ranges.Read More >>
Within the Silke Communications ranks, there has long been the expectation that customers with emergencies receive the attention they need regardless of the time of day or day of week, but effective immediately, the communications company has formalized its sales and service hours to 24 hours a day/7 days a week.Read More >>
Silke Communications, a leading western Oregon provider of wireless radio solutions and communication tower services and spectrum, is proud to announce its sponsorship of Oregon Pupil Transportation Association (OPTA).
“Our first commitment to OPTA centered on the School Bus Safety Exercises, and we were so impressed by what the organization offered its members that we decided to step up our support,” says President Jim Silke.
Silke Communications has acquired a full-service, fully developed communications site that includes a 200-foot communications tower and related facilities near Eagle Crest, west of Salem, Oregon. Like Silke’s other facilities, Bald Hill at Eagle Crest is secured and features power, power back-up, broadband and telco.Read More >>
Eugene -- Silke Communications, a Eugene-based, family-owned company, is proud to sponsor The Pappel Racing Team, a racing family that’s also from Eugene. The sponsorship is a natural extension of support for Silke, which has been pleased to provide Pappel with all its wireless radio communications needs.Read More >>
We caught up with… Silke Communications, to get their thoughts on how they compete--and thrive--in today's competitive economy… we think there are some insights and strategies you can take away and use in your market.Read More >>
Eugene -- Silke Communications, a leading western Oregon provider of wireless radio solutions and communication tower services and spectrum, has promoted Andrew Kittel to General Manager.Read More >>
Silke Communications has completed the first phase of its aggressive network expansion to the north, south, east and west of its existing network. This phase represents the culmination of its eastern “to the top” run, which extends to the summit of Eagle Peak located at the Willamette Pass Ski Resort on Highway 58.Read More >>
Silke Communications and Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network (OWIN) have signed an agreement to co-locate wireless communications equipment and infrastructure in an effort to modernize the communications capabilities of the Oregon State Police, Department of Transportation, Department of Corrections, Department of Forestry, and other public safety agencies.Read More >>
Silke Communications, a western Oregon provider of wireless radio solutions and communication tower services and spectrum, has acquired a full-service, developed communications facility that includes a 140-foot communications tower on Buck Mountain, near Mt. Tom. Like Silke’s other facilities, Buck Mountain is secured and features power, power back-up and telco.Read More >>
When Silke Communications purchased Springfield Radio this fall, the company assessed how best to serve Springfield customers from its Eugene headquarters just west of downtown Eugene. The aging building that had housed Springfield Radio for decades could be purchased as part of the deal. But President Jim Silke made a deliberate decision to let it go.Read More >>
Silke Communications, a western Oregon provider of wireless radio solutions and communication tower services and spectrum, welcomes Andrew Kittel as Business Development DirectorRead More >>
Silke Communications in Eugene has purchased the assets of Springfield Radio, another local, long-standing, family-owned radio sales and service companyRead More >>
On the cusp of its 45th anniversary, Silke Communications is continuing its legacy of growth, in this case with the announcement of Springfield RadioRead More >>