Archives: February 2017

New MENA Distributor: Ashour Corporation FZCO

In February 2017 it was announced that Ashour Corporation FZCO joined as the new authorized distributor for Norsat International Inc. for the MENA region which includes Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

With over thirteen years of experience,  Ashour Corporation FZXO is a leading provider of telecommunications and satellite services. Their focus is to provide turn-key satellite and fiber-based communication solutions as well as an unsurpassed level of customer service support. Ashour targets business with government and commercial entities such as service providers, mobile operators, banks, military for broadband, broadcast and communications.

To learn more about Norsat’s new MENA distributor, please contact Ashour Corporation FZCO or visit them at CabSat 2017 in Dubai at Hall 8, booth A8-30.

Norsat’s Annual Conference Celebrates Top Sales

Posted on Thursday, February 23

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Once a year, the Norsat sales and marketing team gather from all over the world to meet at the Richmond, BC head office to discuss the previous year’s sales goals and targets for the upcoming year. The two-day session included presentations from departments such as sales, product marketing, engineering, and R&D. The purpose of this conference was to align the sales and marketing goals with the overall corporate goals. It also gave employees who work remotely, face time with their colleagues. Awards were given out during the conference to Rich, who won Top Sales Person for 2016, and Laura, who won Top Over Quota Sales for 2016. Congratulations Rich and Laura!

To wrap up the conference, a team building activity called Egg Drop was played to help energize the sales team in a creative way. The purpose of the activity was to build a structure with limited supplies that would protect the raw egg from cracking when dropped from a distance of 4 feet, 6 feet, 8 feet, and 10 feet.

Teams were given limited supplies that consisted of one raw egg, one balloon, one pair of scissors, one meter of tape, one meter of string, 50 plastic straws, and 15 minutes to construct their structure. The teams worked through trial and error to see what would work best for this challenge. At the end of the 15 minutes, three very unique structures were built and the testing began!

Congratulations to Olivier, Laura, and Douglas who built the best egg-protecting structure! They were the first team to finish building their structure and their structure survived through multiple drops at 10 ft. Great teamwork!

In conclusion, the conference was a success as it aligned the sales and marketing teams with the goals moving forward for 2017.

Sinclair Showcases at TESSCO Open House

Over 16 vendors attended TESSCO’s Wireless Open House event on Thursday February 16, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. Sinclair Technologies‘ Director of Sales & Marketing USA, Sal Farina, was at the event showcasing Sinclair’s top-of-the-line RF antennas and solutions. It was a great opportunity to meet the sales and product teams and to learn more about customer needs. Congratulations to TESSCO Technologies on the successful event!

CASE STUDY: Sinclair Helps NAV CANADA Safely Move Millions of Aircraft

Posted on Thursday, February 16

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Updated: 04/28/2017

In 2005, NAV CANADA’s radar coverage of Hudson Bay was limited to line-of-sight (LOS) and did not cover the entire Hudson Bay area. The Company used VHF communication sites around Hudson Bay and HF communications for areas that were not covered by VHF. During a testing phase, the system produced a result that was less than expected as the coverage was effected by ice buildup on the antenna. Sinclair Technologies was approached to provide a high gain antenna that would be able to withstand ice buildup and to provide the expected coverage. Read more on how Sinclair solved NAV CANADA’s antenna problem.

What is the Importance of PIP?

Posted on Thursday, February 16

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A Quick Overview: What is the Importance of PIP?

Peak Instantaneous Power (PIP) is a power rating for antennas that are to be  used in digitally modulated systems.  A PIP rating is important when choosing your RF equipment as a digitally modulated transmitter can cause high voltages in multi carrier systems. PIP is much higher in multi carrier systems than it is in single carrier systems. The high voltages that are produced can cause electrical arcing and possible damage inside non PIP rated system components, ultimately leading to major failure.  Using non-PIP rated system components can result in damage to your system resulting in:

  • Loss of signal and distortion
  • Increase the noise figure or bit-error-rate
  • Physical damage to RF components or subsystems to the point of destruction.

This problem grows over time and will lead to missed communications if the issue is ignored. The problem is known to occur in P25 Phase II, Tetra LMR, and in Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (ODFM) LTE systems. All systems that use LSM modulation need PIP rated components.

Sinclair offers a wide variety of PIP-rated system antennas including both collinear and dipole antennas. Sinclair PIP ratings are quantified by testing that is performed in an indoor antenna testing chamber. Enough margin is applied to Sinclair’s antenna designs in order to compensate the effects of PIP handling which includes elevation, humidity, temperature, and other environmental factors. Understanding and minimizing potential PIP issues is critical to ensure the optimal performance of your antenna and RF system.

Norsat Employees Help Direct Funds to Worthy Causes

Posted on Monday, February 13

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When it comes time to yearly giving for the Norsat Foundation, the company reaches out to its employees on what they care about. By involving employees in the decision process, the company encourages individual giving and strengthens the loyalty and respect of current employees. Here are just a few of the worthy charities that our employees chose in 2016: YWCA Vancouver, Richmond Food Bank and the Canadian Lutheran World Relief.


YWCA Metro Vancouver has worked tirelessly to achieve women’s equality.Today the YWCA is one of Metro Vancouver’s largest and most diversified non-profit organizations. Our holistic, integrated programs and services help lift women and families out of poverty, provide the best start for children and create new opportunities for education, employment and leadership.

Richmond Food Bank

The holidays are always extra busy for the Lower Mainland food banks. During December, Norsat employees collected food, money and toys to help put smiles on children’s faces and to make the Christmas season a bit brighter for some families. As well, the Norsat Foundation supported the Richmond Food Bank with a $2,000 donation.

Canadian Lutheran World Relief

Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is one of Canada’s most experienced relief and development agencies. Formed in 1946 as a response to the humanitarian crisis in post-war Europe, CLWR has grown to serve the world’s poor and disenfranchised through community development, refugee resettlement in Canada, emergency relief, and humanitarian aid shipments (We Care program). Norsat’s donation will go toward the Canadian Lutheran World Gifts from the Heart program. The CLWR Gifts from the Heart range anywhere from clean drinking water, to learning and living kits, garden tools or medical treatment for a sick child. Gifts from the Heart provide tangible and meaningful gifts that are saving and changing lives.

Sinclair’s Jim Reville Presents at IWCE 2017

Posted on Thursday, February 9

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Jim Reville of Sinclair Technologies Presents at Network Capacity and Densification Panel at IWCE 2017
Sinclair Technologies, an innovator in antenna manufacturing, has been selected to present on the Network Capacity and Densification: HetNets, Backhaul and FirstNet panel at IWCE 2017. We are proud to announce that Jim Reville, a RF engineering professional with over 30 years industry experience, will be representing Sinclair on this panel.


This session is a part of the Smart Cities and Critical Infrastructure track which will examine the densification of networks for maximum coverage and capacities, both indoors and outdoors. Times and technology have changed the approach of network deployment as there is no longer the need to put up thousands of towers for nationwide coverage. Instead, wireless sites with hetnets, digital antenna systems (DAS), and small cells have become the new norm for today’s communications industry. The number of access sites have increased dramatically as the deployment of these sites are becoming easier and less expensive to build. As a result of the increase in access sites, new problems such as backhaul and C-RAN are becoming more evident. These issues and possible solutions will be discussed with industry experts during the Network Capacity and Densification panel.

jreville1Mr. Jim Reville works with the Public Safety Industry on the design, implementation, and support of Land Mobile Radio systems to resolve RF problems in challenging environments. Jim’s contribution to this panel will be his expertise in antenna design and the criteria needed when choosing the correct antenna for the Public Safety Industry.  During his presentation, he will be covering the importance of PIM, PIP, and overcoming common installation issues.

Jim will be presenting on Tuesday March 28, 2017 at 8:30am in room S224. The panel will run for 2 hours and will feature a total of four panelists.

Network Capacity and Densification: HetNets, Backhaul and FirstNet
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Room: S224
Session Number: T215

To learn more about the presentation, click here.

Norsat’s Sinclair Division Supports Local Charities

Posted on Friday, February 3

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Sinclair Support Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation is the largest foundation supporting childhood disability in Canada. The Foundation was established in 1996 to inspire community interest and raise funds in support of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.  The personal cost of raising a child with a disability is estimated at $40,000 year, almost four times the amount it costs to raise a child without a disability. For many families the expenses are much higher.

At the same time as expenses mount, many families face reduced income as a result of one parent leaving work to look after their child. Holland Bloorview’s Family Support program helps families in this situation to cover the costs of caring for a child with a disability. Sinclair’s generous donation of $5,000 to the Family Support fund will help pay for quality of life programs that support their child’s therapy goals, improve fitness levels and overall wellbeing, and for transportation and essential equipment such as commodes, walkers and wheelchairs, that enable their children to go home from hospital.

This donation also qualified for Holland Bloorview’s IMPACT Challenge Campaign, in which three generous donors have agreed to match up to $2.3 million in donations.

Holiday Season Made Brighter for Aurora Families
newmarket-food-pantryThe Newmarket Food Pantry relies solely on the generous donations from the community – through food drives, fundraisers, and other events, as well as through food and cash donations. During the holiday season, Sinclair employees generously donated to the Newmarket Food Pantry. The company also supported the Food Pantry with a $2,000 donation.

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