INCOMING CALL LOCKOUT TIMER
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Aug-16
Throughout the course of the day, there are scheduled instances when it is not desirable to receive incoming calls on a dispatch radio. An example would be an important meeting, where the radio beeping would be an unwanted distraction. Currently, the only way to prevent incoming calls from coming in is to turn the radio off. This causes an unneeded side affect, that of having to remember to turn the radio at the conclusion of the event. A forgetful user may spend the rest of the day missing important caus THE SOLUTION An incoming call lockout timer that prevents incoming calls from distracting the radio user. The lockout timer is set by the user, to flip the radio into a state where incoming calls will not be acknowl- edged. When the timer expires, the radio is auto- matically flipped back into the normal, incoming call accepting state. The user can also manually expire the timer, in case the duration of the event is shorter than expected.