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5/19/2020 -- COVID-19 Update

The health of our customers, staff and communities continue to be our top priority. All Silke offices and field services are open with attention to social distancing and hygiene procedures in place. We appreciate your ongoing support and wish you good health!

Hello southern Oregon!


Silke Communications has purchased Grants Pass-based Sis-Q Communications. Customers will enjoy immediate access to all Silke networks, equipment and services. All phone numbers and the office/shop location will remain the same. We are excited to have the opportunity to serve Medford, Klamath Falls and Ashland from this location.

Hello East Bay and Antioch!


Silke Communications has purchased Antioch-based Responsive Communications. Responsive customers were notified of the purchase earlier this month and will enjoy immediate access to all Silke networks, equipment and services. The sale includes the Antioch facility, ensuring no disruption of service or change of location for customers. All phone numbers will remain the same. Responsive's existing team will continue with the organization, ensuring the institutional understanding of customer needs persists. We are excited to have the opportunity to serve the Greater East Bay and West Central Valley of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Silke Communications is Now an Employee-Owned Company


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.

Effective December 1, 2018:


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.

New Specialized Digital Two-Way Radio Network Fills Need for Communication in the Cascades and Coast Range – Particularly Where Cellular Fails


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.

Learn more and view the coverage map.

New and Improved Salem Office


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.

New Offering Connects Drivers When They're Out-of-District


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.


Expanded, More Convenient Location for Salinas Customers


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.

Distracted Driving Law Clarifies Banned Uses of Mobile Phones, Allows Mobile Two-Way Radio Use


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.


Silke Communications Acquires Salinas Area Two-Way Communications Company


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.


Silke Communications Adds Northern California Communications Sites to Holdings, Demonstrating Broadened Focus on Infrastructure


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.


Silke Adds Sacramento Location


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.


FleetNet Digital Now Available in California’s Wine Country


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.


Zetron Case Study: Mutual Backup at the Click of a Mouse

7/28/2014 -- Silke's Design and Build of Skagit 911 and I-COM 911 Dispatch Gets a Write-Up

...“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.”


Enhanced Coverage: West Linn, Lake Oswego, Oregon City


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 Adds California to Service Territory


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.


24/7 Service, New RELM Offerings Helping the Northwest’s Firefighting Efforts


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.


By Popular Demand: Silke is Now Offering RELM Wireless Products


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.


Silke Communications Acquires Salem's Slater Communications


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.


Silke’s New Network Bridge to Allow Expansion of Seamless Push-To-Talk Coverage from “Canada to Mexico”


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.


Silke Adds Significant Push-To-Talk Radio Coverage and Capacity to Corvallis, Roseburg And Hwy 126 Springfield-Hwy 20 Corridor


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.


Silke Expansion Plans Will Offer Customers Access to Largest Single-Entity-Owned Digital Footprint

2/12/2013 -- Silke has charted a major expansion to its push-to-talk and digital radio coverage area. The build-out signals the company’s intention to establish “the nation’s largest single-entity-owned digital footprint" for its customers. Silke already offers push-to-talk and radio network coverage across western and central Oregon and into the Vancouver area, but it is planning for its proprietary FleetNet™ Digital network build to offer robust coverage as far north as Seattle, east to Boise and south to Yreka. Work is underway and will be completed in stages over the next 18 months.


Winter Weather Means Silke Crews Standing by to Ensure Record Reliability, Push-to-Talk Service

1/17/2013 -- Think the weather down here is cold? Imagine working in wind, ice and snow -- from atop a communications tower! Maintaining the 99.99 and better reliability Silke strives to deliver takes a tremendous amount of work -- especially in the winter.


Silke's Push-to-Talk Network Growing Quickly:

1/16/2013 -- FleetNet Digital Network Popular Choice for Push-to-Talk Users

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.


Silke Hires Staff, Opens Roseburg Office to Serve Roseburg and Southern Oregon Radio Communications Customers


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.


Albany Schools-Silke Contract Delivers New Radio System and Equipment at Significant Savings


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.


Major Extension of Silke Communications’ Digital Radio and Data Network to Benefit Southwestern Oregon


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.


Management of Livingston Mt. Communications Facilities Assigned to Silke


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.


Silke Communications to Manage McCully Mountain Communications Facilities on North Santiam


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.


From The Register-Guard, Sept. 24, 2011

9/26/2011 -- Eugene wireless company expands West Coast presence: Silke Communications buys a Washington firm as part of its aggressive expansion strategy

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.


New Digital Radio Network Enhances Coverage, Clarity, Signal Strength and Performance


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.


Silke Communications Purchases Washington-Based County Communications


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.


New Communications Facility Near Newport, Oregon to Allow for Improved Cellular, Radio and Microwave Services to Central Coast


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.


Grueling Three Months of Winter Weather No Match for Silke Operations Team


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.


Access to Mountaintop Sites Now Easier with Snowcat Rentals from Silke Communications


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.


Silke Communications Now Offering 24/7 Service, Customer Support


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.


Silke Communications a Proud Sponsor of OPTA - Oregon Pupil Transportation Association


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 Acquires Key Strategic Communications Facilities West of Salem, Oregon


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.


Kenwood’s “Edge” Newsletter Features Interview with Jim Silke, Jr.


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.


Silke Communications Acquires Strategic Communications Facilities on Buck Mountain


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.


Buy expands communication company’s reach

10/31/2009 -- - Register Guard article

Silke Communications in Eugene has purchased the assets of Springfield Radio, another local, long-standing, family-owned radio sales and service company


Silke Communications Announces Purchase of Springfield Radio


On the cusp of its 45th anniversary, Silke Communications is continuing its legacy of growth, in this case with the announcement of Springfield Radio