United States Patent im
Cannon et al.
[ii] Patent Number: 5,363,090  Date of Patent: Nov. 8,1994
 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMBINING SUBMESSAGES OF A MESSAGE TO FORM THE COMPLETE MESSAGE
Gregory L. Cannon, Coconut Creek; Gregory W. Fuller, Boca Raton; William J. Macko, West Palm Beach; Robert D. Fennell, Coral Springs, all of Fla.
A method in a radio communication device (110) for receiving a lengthy message comprises the steps of receiving an RF signal (300) comprising header information (310) and submessages (305), wherein each submessage (305) is a portion of the lengthy message, and comparing header information (310) corresponding to a submessage (305) with header information corresponding to previously stored submessages, If the header information (310) corresponding to the submessage (305) is not substantially equivalent to header information corresponding to at least one of the previously stored submessages, the submessage is stored in a memory (225). The method further comprises the step of combining the submessages (305), in response to the header information (310), to form the lengthy message.
13 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets