Congratulations on your retirement!



   Paul Merkouris began his Manufacturer's Representative career working with Alster in 1998 covering Alaska. Paul has worked tirelessly to build Alster’s reputation and business in Alaska and his goal has always been to provide the best Service and Support to our Customers. We have all learned a great deal from his example.  Paul resigned at the end of 2020 for a very well-deserved retirement.  However, he will continue to train and support our new Alaska rep, Brock Elam with Federal Signal. Although he will be greatly missed, we wish Paul all the best in the next chapter of his life!                       


Brock Elam will be taking over for Paul. Brock currently covers Oregon and Southern Washington. He has been with Alster since 2015. Brock has also joined in on Alster’s ACES roadshow in Alaska, so you may have meet him at the conference. Brock loves the outdoors: hunting, fishing, backpacking, etc. Alaska is a goof fit for him. Brock can be contacted at:


Brock Elam


VIAVI T-BERD 5800 Network Test.

The T-BERD®/MTS-5800 handheld network tester is the one tool that network technicians and engineers need to install, turn-up, and maintain their networks. It supports both the legacy and emerging technologies required to handle various network applications including metro/core, mobile backhaul, and business services installations.

   The industry’s smallest handheld instrument can test throughout the service life cycle, including fiber characterization, service activation, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Advanced Ethernet test features such as TrueSpeed per RFC 6349, J-Profiler™, Wirespeed capture/decode, and automated J-Mentor, help field technicians test their networks faster and more accurately than ever before.

   Simplifies multi-technology testing with an all-in-one dual- 10 G handheld, optimized for field use with a multitouch screen, scripted workflows, and clear results, supports efficient best practices with repeatable methods and procedures with Job Manager guided workflows, speeds fiber characterization, Ethernet service activation, and troubleshooting. The T-BERD 5800 is the prefect test set for mobile and backhaul characterization, validation, and

Troubleshooting. Converged Ethernet/IP network testing and troubleshooting at 10 Mbps to 10 G interfaces. Fiber link characterization and troubleshooting. Installation and maintenance of OTN and legacy SONET/SDH and TDM/PDH networks. Remote radio head (RRH) testing at the wireless basestation, including CPRI 1-9 rates. PIM and interference testing over optical links (RFoCPRI) and Next generation Fronthaul eCPRI support. Contact us today for more information.


Since 1976, Alster Communications has provided professional representation to the Pacific Northwest

Alster Communications is a Manufacturers Representative for the Celluar, Public Safety and Two-Way radio communication markets.  It was originally based in Boise, Idaho having been founded in October 1976 by Russ Ellsworth as a test equipment representative.


Effective January 2015, it is headquartered in Lolo, Montana and we provide full-service marketing and technical relations for our factories from each of our six offices:


Main Office: Lolo/Missoula, MT - Cliff Peck

Remote Offices:

Anchorage, AK - Paul Merkouris

Castle Rock, CO - Mark Sexton

Mililani, HI - Teejay Nguyen

Chehalis, WA - Thad Parker

Portland, OR - Brock Elam



We have a combined 89 years of selling experience of our products in the  Northwest and Hawaii. 

Our Territory - The Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains and Hawaii

We cover the entire states of Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming from the following six offices:

Anchorage, AK

Castle Rock, CO

Mililani, HI

Portland, OR

Lolo/Missoula, MT

Chehalis, WA



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 What's New?


ACES 2021

April 13, 2021 - Boise, ID 

April 14, 2021 - Butte, MT 

April 15, 2021 -Spokane, WA 


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