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A note from Jim Carlson, founder, and CEO of Carlson Wireless.

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A note from Jim Carlson, founder, and CEO of Carlson Wireless.

After 24 years in business, Carlson Wireless was recently acquired by our international sales agent.
His interest is the Gen 3 TV White Space product line, related patents, technology, and the Carlson Wireless name.

I value our long-term relationship with our customers and vendors and was able to negotiate back our office space, furniture, fixtures, equipment, the TrailBlazer and LongHaul product lines and their inventory.

We are now well set up to service and support the TrailBlazer and LongHaul product lines.
To manage this portfolio, we formed the company Carlson Communications LLC.

We are busy putting the details on this together, but for now: Please change my email address in your records to: jcarlson@carlsoncommunications.com

I will provide more info in the next few weeks.

James Carlson
Carlson Communications LLC.

Our Products

Trailblazer™ Series

Wireless phone line extender and leased-line alternative

Dependable Wireless Fractional T1/E1 Solutions A reliable, professional, and affordable solution for last-mile connectivity.

  • Flexible and Programmable System Platform
  • Advantages Over Wireline
  • Fully Integrated for Plug-and-Play Simplicity
  • Rugged and Weatherproof
  • Low Power Consumption, Solar Powerable
  • No License Required, yet Private and Secure

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Affordable ethernet back-haul … more powerful than WiFi

Flexibile, Affordable, Backhaul Solutions Discover Carlson’s revolutionary LongHaul family of IP bridges.

  • Unbeatable Range and Low Fixed Latency
  • 60 Mile Range in Field Test
  • Ruggedly Built to Withstand the Elements
  • Competitively Priced
  • Ideal for Public Safety
  • T1/E1 Interface Option

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Jim Carlson


Jim has had a life-long passion for enabling wireless broadband connectivity. A recognized designer and entrepreneur in the fixed wireless industry, Jim has spent the last 36+ years developing, building and marketing wireless telecommunications systems for remote and rural users around the world.

In 1986, Jim and his team began building the industry’s first low-cost wireless local loop products. In 1990, Jim founded Carlson Communications to produce the OptaPhone, a product line of point-to-point and multipoint analog wireless telephone systems used in 55 countries, which was sold to Zhone Technologies in 1999. Jim then worked with engineers at Harris Semiconductor to convert its Prism WLAN chipset into a full-duplex, digital TDMA technology for “TrailBlazer,” the industry’s first low-cost transparent nx64 kb/s wireless extension from a Class 5 telephone switch.

In 1999, After the exit from Carlson Communications, Jim founded Carlson Wireless Technologies (CWT) to focus on wireless R&D and equipment manufacturing for service providers in rural and hard-to-reach areas throughout the world. In 2006 the Carlson team was the first to rewrite the Wifi software code (Atheros based) to operate as a TDMA radio bringing fixed latency and a 60 Mile range to their new product called LongHaul. Beginning in 2010, Jim has worked closely with U.S. and foreign regulators to pass laws opening the TV “white spaces” spectrum — with its exceptional signal propagation characteristics — for unlicensed broadband uses. Under Jim’s leadership, CWT has successfully demonstrated the new technology in 65 trials and 20 countries in conjunction with Google, Microsoft, and other market leaders. In 2018 CWT’s Gen 2 and 3 products had achieved more than 50% of the total market sales of TV white spaces units globally.

Jim is a frequent speaker before regulators and symposia around the world regarding the industry and market trends critical to the deployment of white spaces and dynamic spectrum sharing technologies.

Now in 2023 we are “back to the future” reusing the Carlson Communications name for the next endeavor from the Carlson group. More announcements coming soon.


“Fantastic product” performing “flawlessly” in harsh conditions”

“I found myself in need of a solution that had escaped me until I discovered your web site, and eventually your fantastic product.”

“The system is located on an offshore oil platform in Alaska, and has far surpassed our expectations of ease of installation, performance and durability. Considering the harsh conditions offshore, the system has been performing flawlessly, and the crew has had nothing but praise for the quality of voice and data communication.”

“We need more customer-oriented companies like yours today to lead the technological revolution of tomorrow.” A NYSE-listed oil & gas exploration company

“Saved us from the nightmare and expense of negotiating rights of way”

“The system was simple to install. It went in without a hitch. The Trailblazer saved us from the nightmare and expense of negotiating rights of way, and it doesn’t even need a license!” Western USA rural telephone company

“Price is a pittance in light of its benefits”

“The Trailblazer is likely the missing piece for many of the projects we are currently working on. The price is a pittance in light of its benefits.” Major radio systems distributor

Improved our connection capacity “immeasurably”

“I have nothing but good things to say about the unit and the helpful people at Carlson. Our home and business are on forty acres in mountain country and our new two-line Trailblazer system has improved our phone, fax, and Internet capacity immeasurably.”

“The unit is well designed and will clearly handle winter weather. I had no difficulty installing the system and, when I did have a question, I was able to get help immediately.” Rural home business owner

Amazing “clear and static free” audio

“We continue to be amazed as to how clear and static free the audio is. They came up as expected the first time we tried them and have worked ever since.” Communications Specialist for remote resort properties

Internet “as fast as from the landline”

“I tested Internet access from my laptop. Nice and clean and as fast as from the land line.” Rural telephone company in Texas

Works “perfectly”

“Everything worked perfectly.” Diversified international engineering firm

“Three times the performance” of competitor radios in daisy-chain network”

“In a daisy-chain scenario, each link needs to be extremely fast and the delay extremely short. When Carlson Wireless told me what the LongHaul ST could do, well, it looked too good to be true. So I decided to test it myself, both at my own office and in the field in as stringent an environment as I could engineer.”

“The results were exciting. The LongHaul ST performed exactly as they said it would. It had three times the performance in test conditions compared with three competing companies.”

“I’m impressed that Carlson Wireless is able to control every aspect of the product.” Jake Smith, Cactus Computing, traffic systems engineering firm

“Very easy” installation

“It was very plug-and-play, very easy to put in. I just pointed the radio antennas in the general direction and didn’t have to adjust anything.” Willy McKenna, Yukon Energy