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Sinclair Entertains Canadian Public Safety Representatives

Posted on Monday, November 28

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logoThe Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO), Canada, Inc. is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of public safety communications. It serves the people who supply, install and operate the Emergency Communications Systems used around Canada from coast to coast.

The annual APCO Canada show held recently in Banff, Alberta is a show where key players from the Canadian Public Safety Sector gather annually to discuss their successes, concerns and action plans.

This is also the opportunity for manufacturers  and OEM’s to reach out and share information about their latest technologies.

Sinclair was pleased to feature the new SC251D VHF Dual Antenna that was the center piece of our display, along with the new wideband Yagi.  There was huge interest from potential users as this is a way to reduce tower loading, as well as achieve excellent port-to-port antenna isolation.

For more information on these products, as well as Sinclair’s other leading RF antennas and conditioning products go to www.sinctech.com

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Norsat Jumps 29 Spots on Business in Vancouver’s Top 100 Most Profitable Companies List

Posted on Tuesday, November 22

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It is not surprising that Norsat’s ranking on Business in Vancouver’s Top 100 Most Profitable Companies in BC jumped 29 spots year-over-year from 2014 to 2015! With a +107% increase in net income, the company has shown excellent profitability and has been profitable for more than 8 years running.

Ranked on 2015 net income, Norsat demonstrated continued solid operating results for the year.  The strong US dollar also helped push Norsat up the ladder as Norsat reports in US dollars.

For a full listing of BIV’s Top 100 Most Profitable companies click here.

Sinclairity Newsletter – Sept 2016

Posted on Monday, November 21

*Repost from September 2016
In this issue: Intro | Product Spotlight | Highlights | Technical Training
Another edition of Sinclairity is here and we have been very busy since our last issue. Sinclair has some exciting highlights from shows we have attended, plus we have some great products and a webinar training series we would like to tell you about. Take a look and see what Sinclairity has to offer.
Product Spotlight – SM700
Key Features:

Broad Bandwidth
• 694 – 6000 MHz
Covers All Bands
• LMR in 700-900 MHz
• 2G, 2.5G, 3G, 3.5G, 4G cellular systems
• Dual band WLAN
Low Profile Design
• SM700 series features a compact low profile design
Expandable
• Easily expandable to serve multiple radio systems operating in different frequencies at the same time with the cross-band coupler expansion kit
Unobtrusive UV Protected Radome
• Minimal visual impact
• Maximum vibration absorption
• Ultimate waterproofing with fire rating UL94 HB
Ground Plate-Free
• Fiberglass vehicle rooftop mounting in a mobile radio system
• Ceiling mount in an in-building wireless distribution system
Easy Installation
• One 3/4 inch hole mount
Multiple Connector Options
• N male/female
• BNC male/female
• TNC male/female
 Product Description

Sinclair’s SM700 series multifunctional transport antennas are specifically designed to address the need for compact, low profile, broadband antennas. Designed to withstand harsh environments and constant vibrations without compromising performance, the rugged SM700 series antennas are ideal for vehicular rooftop mounting. When used
with a cross-band coupler, a single antenna can serve multiple discrete RF systems
operating in 694 – 6000 MHz range. The SM700 offers easy installation with just one
¾ inch hole mount and excellent protection against water ingression.

 Ceramic  Combiner – 700 – 800 MHz
 Key Features:

Modular Design
• Up to 12 channels
Compact and Light
• ~ 50% space saving
• 3 – channel unit to fit in 3U high, 12 inch deep envelope
• ~ 50% lighter
• Easy to fit in 19 inch rack

Tx-Tx Spacing
• 150 kHz minimum
Lower Insertion Loss
• 2.3 dB at 150 kHz spacing
Field Tunable

 Product Description

The ceramic combiner uses an ultra high Q ceramic resonator. This simultaniously allows for a very low loss within the combiner and very close spacing between the transmitter frequencies. The compactness of the resonator means that up to 3 channels can fit in a 3U high, 12 inch deep envelope. This combiner comes in 1, 2 and 3-channel modules. Combiners with larger numbers of channels can be built by joining these modules.

 Highlights
 Norsat Announces Narrow-Band Duplexer Series Targeted at Law Enforcement Agencies

The PR4330 is a narrow band 700/800 MHz duplexer that offers ultra-rugged construction, excellent protection from out-of-band frequencies to minimize RF interference and to maintain good signal quality, and excellent temperature compensation to keep stable product performance over a very wide range of temperatures. The ruggedized features of this product are extremely important as high reliability of communications during critical situations is vital to the success of tactical operations. Read more

The Critical Communications World conference was held May 31 – June 2 in RAI Amsterdam and we would like to thank everyone who stopped by the Sinclair Technologies booth! Compared to last year, we felt that the show was much more successful.  The organizers reported a higher attendance and this seemed to be reflected in the increased foot traffic.

Throughout the course of the show there were many people who stopped by the Sinclair booth that were quite interested in our antenna and RF conditioning products. These prospects were predominately from Europe, Middle East, South Africa and Thailand. Attendees were excited about our latest product offerings with a couple past customers coming to the booth hoping to partner with Sinclair again on the next phase of their projects.  This shows the long-term nature of the business especially with larger projects. Read More

More than 1,550 freight and passenger railroaders, transit agencies and supply companies came together for the Railway Systems Supplier 56th annual communications and signaling exhibition and Norsat’s Sinclair Division was also in attendance.

Railway Systems Suppliers Inc. put on a two-day exhibition that featured 193 exhibitors. The event officially kicked off on June 29th with RSSI 2016 Board of Director and President Michael Choat cutting the ribbon dressed in his conductors’ hat and coat and with an emphatic ‘all aboard.’ Read More

APCO 2016 kicked off the Opening General Session in Orlando with Derek Poarch, APCO Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) recognizing the first responders from Orlando for their response to the nightclub shooting in June.

APCO 2016 is the premiere event for public safety and you could see that with all the representatives and government officials in attendance like Harris and Motorola, as well as Talley, Tessco and Primus who are key distributors of Sinclair Technologies products.
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Technical Training

Sinclair offers product training for antennas, filter components and filter systems to our customers through in-person group training, on-line training using webinars and through on-line videos.  Click here to contact your local Sinclair sales rep to learn more.


Having trouble tuning your filters or duplexers?

Sinclair Technologies has a video for that! Check out our tuning videos on our Youtube channel!

Sinclair Wins the 2016 Best Remote Data Transmission Products Provider in Canada

Posted on Thursday, November 17

Sinclair Technologies won the 2016 Best Remote Data Transmission Products Provider in Canada from TMT (Technology. Media. Telecoms.). TMT News offers the latest information from technology, media and telecoms sectors exploring every aspect, from legislation changes to the latest deals and new product launches.

The award was chosen by the TMT subscriber base of over 82,000 and an additional base of industry specific individuals. The Technology Awards focus on companies who have shown advances in technology and have provided clients and customers with efficient and cost effective products.

Sinclair won this award because they offer new, cutting-edge technology antennas, RF conditioning products and customized filter systems. One of the featured mobile antenna series for remote and real-time data transmission is the SM Series of multi-functional transport antennas.

SM700, for example, is the latest series of mobile transport antenna from Sinclair covering 694 – 6000MHz frequency range for multiple data and voice services. These antennas are specifically designed to address the need for compact, low profile, broadband antennas that are truly universal. In addition, other SM series products, such as SM202, SM300, SM500, SM600, SM600D and SM2600 are for additional VHF and UHF bands coverage, as well as GPS and multi-port support.

Please visit us at www.sinctech.com for the product spec details of the SM series and other antenna and RF conditioning products from Sinclair Technologies.

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Modern Military Communications Discussed at Milcom 2016

Posted on Tuesday, November 15

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Norsat’s US Sales team hosted many guests both military and civilian at Norsat’s booth at the 35th annual Milcom show November 1-3 in Baltimore, Maryland. Co-hosted by AFCEA International and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), MILCOM continues to be the premier international conference for military communications and is the one conference where command, control and communication challenges are presented and discussed end to end – from research and development through existing solutions to future needs.

The theme for the 2016 show was “Securing Communications at the Speed of Cyber” and offered visitors the opportunity to understand the breadth of requirements, the pace of change and the state of play in a variety of C4I markets serving DOD, as well as federal agencies and multi-national entities.

One of the keynotes delivered by Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) discussed that cybersecurity is an important part of the future of warfighting. When he talked about where we are going in Cyber Defense, Mobility and Innovation, reducing SWAP (size, weight and power) for the warfighter was a highlighted theme.

Maj. Gen. Earl Matthews, USAF, (Ret.), former director of cyberspace operations and chief information security officer for the Air Force and now vice president for Enterprise Security Solutions, U.S. public sector, Hewlett Packard Enterprise stated, “With technology developing at what seems like warp speed, new systems will have a higher data processing capacity and greater speed and be able to leverage greater bandwidth. These systems are going to have to be prepared to change frequency dependencies … because this is the place they are going to operate in the electromagnetic spectrum. Physical maneuvers exists in cyberspace.”

At the show, Norsat showcased our GlobeTrekker 2.0, the world’s most intelligent fly-away satellite terminal and the ultra-portable, rapidly deployable Ranger terminal, along with our industry leading size, weight and power ATOM series of Block Upconverters (BUCs) and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs). Norsat’s products come in various frequency bands and address some of the overall themes presented throughout the 3 days conference. Overall the show was successful for Norsat and we look forward to participating in the Milcom 2017 show and other future AFCEA events and programs.

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Sinclairity Newsletter – May 2016

Posted on Tuesday, November 15

*Repost from May 2016
In this issue: Intro | Product Spotlight | Highlights | Did you Know?
Guess who’s back? The Sinclairity Newsletter! After a hiatus, our newsletter is making its way back to your Inbox. A lot has happened over the past couple years, and we want to refresh your memory about Sinclair. We have several new products to highlight and updates on some you may have forgotten about. So sit back, enjoy and see what Sinclairity has to offer you.
Product Spotlight – Introducing 3 New Series of Collinear Antennas
All of these products are designed with a highly durable internal structure housed in a UV protected fiberglass radome, ensuring superior resistance to harsh environmental conditions. These  antennas are fabricated to meet the most stringent wind and ice loading requirements. Due to the wide band and high average power and PIP power handling capability, these antennas are ideally suited for trunking applications or multi-channel operations. The reliability and durability of these antennas makes them suitable for mission critical applications such as public safety and law enforcement.
High Performance VHF Collinear Omni Antenna
The SC229-L series is a high-performance, low PIM certified collinear omni antenna which offers 6dB gain, excellent bandwidth and high reliability. This series of antenna has a tapered radome, which results in less wind resistance, lower tip deflection at high wind speeds and decreased overall weight. This antenna has a lightening spike on top of the radome to protect the antenna from a lightning strike. Additional painting provides extra protection and extends the lifetime of the antenna.
Highlights
The Sales and Marketing team from Sinclair Technologies, Norsat’s RF division, recently returned from the International Wireless Communications Expo held from March 21 – 25th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year’s show saw thousands of industry professionals come together to discuss the latest trends and topics in communications technology. With over 370 exhibitors in attendance, the general feeling was that this year’s event saw probably about 25% more traffic than the 2015 show.  Learn more about Sinclair’s participation.
Did you know?
Technical Training – Sinclair provides Certified standard and custom product training to groups ranging from 5 to 30 people.  Contact your local sales representative for more information.
Custom Products – Sinclair’s engineers are skilled at providing custom designed antenna and RF filter products that meet unique customer requirements.
Systems Engineering – Sinclair’s system engineers work with you to clearly understand your requirements in order to develop cost effective, custom filter systems that meet your needs.

Need antenna pattern information?
Click here to view our updated Antenna Pattern Files in multiple formats.

Norsat Helps Covenant House Provide Hope to Vancouver’s Street Youth

Posted on Monday, November 7

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Did you know there are between 500 and 1,000 16-24 year olds living on the Vancouver streets each night?  The majority of street youth have experienced physical, sexual and or emotional abuse, often at the hands of the adults that were responsible for taking care of them. Likewise, Vancouver’s downtown streets can be dangerous. Sexual exploitation, drug abuse, poverty and illness are commonplace on the streets and many of our youth are re-victimized there, having fled one unsafe situation only to find their circumstances often worse. Covenant House helps homeless, runaway and at-risk young people for short-term residential care through their Crisis Program  and longer term care in their transitional living program Rights of Passage (ROP).

Although Norsat has been a long-time supporter of the Covenant House, many of the employees were unaware of the history and the great work that Covenant House does in our community. Jessica Thompson, Development Officer at Covenant House came to Norsat to talk about their outreach team, drop-in centre, shelter beds, and mental health and housing programs. covenant_house_2016_cheque-presentation

During this visit, Norsat’s marketing and communications manager and chair of the Norsat Foundation, Annette Colligan, presented Jessica with a donation to support their various programs.

To learn more about the services that Covenant House offers in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, go to http://www.covenanthousebc.org/

New Sinclair Video: How To Tune A Ceramic Combiner

Posted on Thursday, November 3

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Do you know how easy it is to tune a TXC Ceramic Combiner? , Mike Macki, Senior Product Design Engineer at Sinclair Technologies details the steps to tune a Combiner from the TXC family of products. Mike shows you how easy the Combiner can be tuned when you compare it to other products of the same kind. What makes our Combiner stand out is that the tuning rods can be simply adjusted with your fingers, and not with a wrench.  This cuts the tuning time by more than half and response is much better in term of insertion loss.  Click here to go to our YouTube Video and learn more!

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