Archives: June 2017
Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) are the three most critical physical attributes which Block Upconverter (BUC) and Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA) designs must address in Satellite Communications on the Move (COTM) systems. Minimizing size and weight while maximizing power are competing aims, and optimizing this balance is at the heart of BUC/SSPA designs. Click here to read the full article.
Business in Vancouver (BIV) ranked Norsat in the 79th position in its Top 100 Public Companies in BC list. This list is ranked by revenue in the most recently completed fiscal year. BIV also lists Norsat in the 94th position for Top 100 Tech Companies in BC. Tied with companies such as Novus Entertainment Inc. and RevenueWire, Norsat is happy to share the position in the top 100. Click here to read where Norsat placed on BIV’s Top 100 Public Companies in BC list and click here for the Top 100 Tech Companies in BC list.
It’s been another great year for Norsat! Branham300 recognized Norsat in their Top 250 Canadian ICT Companies list, positioning Norsat in place 100. The Branham300 is the definitive listing of Canada’s top publicly traded and privately held ICT companies. Click here to read how Norsat placed on Branham300’s Top 250 list.
With a busy second quarter, Norsat released several press announcements reflecting a possible acquisition. Click here to read the latest news releases.
The Journey Manpack is a highly integrated complete solution including a compact, segmented antenna system, BUC, LNB, optional modem, comprehensive alignment tools, and a single backpack. The Journey Manpack weighs less than 18 kg (40 pounds) and is ideal for military Special Forces and government applications that require maximum portability. This assisted-acquire portable satellite terminal can be quickly assembled without tools and requires minimal training. The Journey Manpack was also featured in the May/June 2017 issue of Digital Battlespace. Click to read the full article.
EVENTS & BLOG POSTS
CommunicAsia is now in its 28th year bringing together a comprehensive display of cutting-edge technologies. Norsat International exhibited throughout the three day show in the renowned Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
The CommunicAsia exhibition started on the morning of Tuesday, May 23 and ran through to the evening of May 25. Douglas Chun, Microwave Sales Manager, and Daniel Lopez, Product Manager, supported the booth during the show and met with many potential partners and new customers. Click here to read the full blog post.
Lights, cameras, action! The NAB Show is one of the biggest shows in Las Vegas bringing in over 103,000 people from 166 countries to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Its focus on media, entertainment, and technology is a sensation for all five senses and is redesigning the way people experience media. Norsat International was proud to be a part of this innovative event showcasing our newest microwave technology, the 4- and 5-band LNBs. Click here to read the full blog post.
PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Thank you to everyone who entered Norsat’s photo contest! We received over 30 submissions from the contest and all of the photos were great. The winning photo came from Robert at DCI Teleports who sent us this photo of their Norsat satellite terminal being used while broadcasting the earthquake in Ecuador. Thanks Robert for the amazing capture! You’ve won a $100 Amazon gift card. Congratulations!
UPCOMING TRADE SHOWS
- London, England, UK
- Sep 12-15, 2017
- Visit us at booth #N4-114
- Baltimore, MD
- Oct 23-25, 2017
- Visit us at booth #1026
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Technical experience doesn’t come overnight. Sinclair has been in the antenna design and manufacturing business for over 60 years and has seen just about everything when it comes to antennas and RF filter products. Our technical expertise, product reliability, and customer service are what keeps our customers coming back. So in this issue of Sinclairity, we focused on providing you with technical articles and case studies where we went above and beyond for our customers. We are excited to design and build products to meet the unique challenges that our customers face. Thank you for reading our Sinclairity newsletter and as always, if you have any questions, we are happy to help!
SM701 Series Transportation Antenna
Sinclair’s SM701 series of transportation antennas are specifically designed to address the need for compact, low profile, broadband antennas used in a harsh environment. The antenna provides excellent performance with or without a ground plane, which provides a truly universal solution. The SM701 antennas can serve multiple radio systems operating at different frequencies at the same time with the addition of a crossband coupler expansion kit. This antenna comes with a 1’ pigtail on the RF antenna port and the GPS port comes with a 16.4’ pigtail. To learn more about the SM701, click here.
CASE STUDIES/TECHNICAL INFORMATION
TECHNICAL WORKSHOP: Sinclair Offering Complimentary Two-Day Workshop on Antennas and RF Filter Products
We are offering a complimentary two-day technical workshops at the Sinclair office and factory at 85 Mary Street in Aurora, Ontario (click for directions). The workshops is two full days and will take place on June 28 and 29 from 8:30AM-3:30PM.
Wednesday June 28, 2017 – PART I: Antennas and Antenna Theory
Thursday June 29, 2017 – Part II: RF Filter Products and Accessories
The enhanced 2017 training will cover:
- All aspects of antenna and RF filter products
- Demonstrations on how to test and tune filter products
- Discussions with technical experts and a Q&A
CASE STUDY: Custom Duplexer Designed for Law Enforcement Off Road Vehicle Fleet
Access to reliable communication equipment is essential for law enforcement agencies where a short response time is critical in what could be a life or death scenario. Sinclair Technologies understands that reliability is always a major consideration in the design process for public safety products. A key law enforcement agency presented a requirement for a high-performance, ruggedized duplexer to operate in a challenging on and off road environment within very compact space constraints.Click here to read the case study.
CASE STUDY: Radiometrics Partners with Sinclair Technologies to Design Custom Antenna
Radiometrics (through its recently acquired DeTect Meteorological Systems Group) was selected to replace the aging troposphere/stratosphere Radar Wind Profiler (RWP) system at NASA Kennedy Space Center. At the time, NASA was utilizing weather balloons to determine winds aloft, and loosely relying on their old RWP system as a backup. NASA heavy-lift community’s interest in precise, current winds spurred the need for the new RWP system. This replacement project is expected to last for the next 20 years. Click here to read the case study.
CASE STUDY: Sinclair Helps NAV Canada Safely Move Millions of Aircraft
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 needed coverage. Click here to read the case study.
VIDEO: How to Tune a TXC Combiner
In this video, Sinclair Technologies Engineer, Mike Macki details the steps to tune a Combiner from the TXC family of Products.
Mike shows you the tools and the proper process to accurately tune step by step a Combiner and you can see simultaneously the results on the Network Analyzer. Click here to view this video on YouTube
Antenna Installation and Clamps
Antennas are sensitive pieces of equipment and can be easily damaged if installed incorrectly. If the antenna is not installed correctly, the antenna can shift position which can result in poor performance, excessive vibration, and material fatigue. The antenna should be straight and mounted in a sturdy fashion; it should have minimal movement and should stay as still as possible. The source of a reduced coverage area could be a result of several factors, but it is important to first look at how the antenna was installed and the clamps used. Click here to read the blog post.
Photo Contest Winner Announced
Congratulations to Ron McFadyen, President of the Yukon Amateur Radio Association for winning Sinclair’s photo contest! This photo was taken on Mount Decoli, near the Haines Junction in Yukon, Canada. Thanks Ron for the great photo and your $100 Amazon gift card is on its way.
We received some amazing photos and we would like to thank everyone who participated.Thank you for supporting Sinclair products and for taking the time to enter our photo contest!
TRADE SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
Sinclair Displays Top Products at Critical Communications World in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is the epicenter of thriving new technology and innovation. It was a great location for Critical Communications World (CCW) and attracted attendees from all over the world. With over 175+ exhibitors, Sinclair Technologies exhibited at CCW with their Hong Kong partner, Telegence (Asia). Read the full blog post by clicking here.
Sinclair Actively Supports USA Distribution Partner, Talley
It’s clear that Sinclair Technologies have been keeping themselves busy attending trade show after trade show…after trade show. Recently, Sinclair participated at the Talley Atlanta Open House and hosted a technical seminar at the Talley – Phoenix location! Talley is a fantastic partner of Sinclair’s and it was great to be able to participate in these awesome events. Read the full blog post by clicking here.
On the Road at UTC Telecom & Technology Show
Another trade show in the books! Sinclair Technologies exhibited at the UTC Telecom & Technology trade show in Charlotte, North Carolina. Both Sal (Director of Sales, USA) and Cyndi (Western Sales Manager, USA) attended the show and said that it was a good event with lots of great energy. Read the full blog post by clicking here.
Sinclair Showcases at TESSCO ONE Open House
The two-day show was put on by our excellent partner TESSCO and included an exhibition floor, knowledge sessions, and keynote speakers. Thousands of wireless industry professionals gathered together for this event as it was a great opportunity to network and to learn about the latest developments in wireless technology. The show was very busy for our US Director of Sales and Marketing, Sal Farina, as he was constantly meeting direct customers and resellers. Overall, it was a successful show and we look forward to participating again in 2018 in Charleston, NC. Read the full blog post by clicking here.
Sinclair Technical Workshop
Event Date: Jun. 28-29, 2017
Event Location: Aurora, ON
Event Date: Aug. 13-16, 2017
Event Location: Denver, CO
Booth Number: 1633
RRSI Railway Interchange
Event Date: Sep 17-20, 2017
Event Location: Indianapolis, IN
Booth Number: 2518
Event Date: Nov. 6-9, 2017
Event Location: Windsor, Ontario
Booth Number: TBA
Norsat’s article, “BUC and SSPA SWaP Considerations for Communications on the Move”, was featured in the June 2017 issue of Microwave Product Digest. Written by Norsat’s Product Manager, Daniel Lopez, this article explores design considerations in both mechanical and RF architecture in Block Upconverters (BUCs) and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs). The article discusses questions such as:
- Why is Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) so crticial in Communications on the Move (COTM) systems?
- How does a successful design minimize the form factor, reduce weight, and achieve high power output?
- What design elements impact what is considered a good versus poor SWaP balance in BUCs and SSPAs?
- In actual COTM applications, how do these principles work out in real life?
In the June 20-26, 2017 issue of Business in Vancouver (BIV), BIV ranked Norsat in the 79th position in its Top 100 Public Companies in BC list. This list is ranked by revenue in the most recently completed fiscal year. Last month, Norsat was recognized in BIV’s Top 100 Tech Companies in BC. It is great to see that Norsat is continually acknowledged as a Top 100 company in BC by BIV. To see how Norsat compares with other companies, please click here.
It’s been another great year for Norsat! Branham300 recognized Norsat in their Top 250 Canadian ICT Companies list, positioning Norsat in place 100. The Branham300 is the definitive listing of Canada’s top publicly traded and privately held ICT companies, ranked by revenue. We are honoured to be recognized as one of the top ICT companies in Canada once again. To see how Norsat ranks against other companies in the sector please visit www.Branham300.com.
Thank you to everyone who entered the Norsat and Sinclair photo contest! We received over 30 submissions from a variety of applications. All the photos submitted were great! Our two winners are….
Robert from DCI Teleports who sent us the winning photo for Norsat!
Robert captured this photo of their Norsat satellite terminal while covering the news of the earthquake in Equador in 2016. Thank you for capturing this action shot and broadcasting live updates to the rest of the world. Great job Robert!
Ron from the Yukon Amateur Radio Association who sent us the winning photo for Sinclair Technologies!
This photo was taken at Mount Decoli at 8200 feet, near Haines Junction in Yukon, Canada. This application is very demanding as the equipment is installed at a very high altitude. Thank you to the Yukon Amateur Radio Association for entering such a beautiful photo!
Again, thank you to everyone who entered our photo contest and congratulations to the winners, Robert and Ron. The winners have been notified and they will both receive a $100 Amazon gift card.