Archives: August 2017
A practical and helpful whitepaper on filtering radio signals is now available for free to download on IWCE’s Urgent Communications website. The title of the white paper is “Introduction to Filtering for Radio Signals” and is written by Sinclair’s Technical Sales Engineer, Jim Reville. Jim has over 30 years of industry experience and has worked with the Public Safety industry on the design, implementation, and support of Land Mobile Radio systems and has helped resolve many RF issues in numerous challenging environments. This white paper addresses the basic techniques on how to properly filter as it applies to the transmission and reception of radio signals. As well, it offers descriptions of different types of filters, what they do, and why they are used.
APCO International’s Annual Conference & Expo was hosted in Denver, Colorado and offered four days of educational sessions and amazing keynote speakers including General Keith Alexander, Colonel Jill Morgenthaler, and Scott O’Grady. There were over 100 educational sessions and nine session tracks including Emergency Preparedness, Response & Situational Awareness. NG9-1-1 & Emerging Technologies, Communications Center Management, and Industry Products & Tools. Attendees from all over the world participated in the conference and expo where more than 70% of the attendees had over ten years of experience in the public safety sector. The event was mainly attended by communication officers and managers of Police, Fire, and EMT personnel for state and local public safety entities. The turnout was great and provided a good mix of visitors. It was fantastic to meet new faces as well as reconnect with existing customers such as the Denver School District, Montana Highway Patrol, City of LA, and San Lusipi County. Thank you for coming by the Sinclair booth!
The products that were showcased at APCO 2017 were the SM701 series of multi-functional transport antennas and the ST221 Excalibur series of low profile VHF antennas. The SM701 is the newest product series from Sinclair. It was specifically designed to address the need for compact, low-profile, broadband antennas used in harsh environments. The SM701 delivers excellent performance on either metallic or non-metallic vehicle rooftops. On the other hand, the Excalibur ST221 is a tried-and-true Sinclair product making it a customer favourite! The ST221 is designed for a wide range of mobile transportation applications such as trains, police cars, emergency vehicles, buses, and trucks. The rugged cast aluminum design ensures consistent dependable performance and has a relatively inconspicuous appearance which is resistant to damage. These two feature products were very well-received by visitors.
Overall the APCO Conference & Expo was a hit! There were lots of business cards being exchanged and many badges being scanned. The public safety industry is a major customer for Sinclair making this show a critical trade show on Sinclair’s trade show circuit. It was also great to see everyone out-and-about participating in the event’s activities and showcases.Thanks to APCO International for the fantastic show and we hope to see everyone there again next year!
2017 is a significant year for Norsat as it marks the 40th anniversary of Norsat as a successful business! On Thursday August 10, Norsat celebrated this major milestone with a beautiful afternoon boat cruise around downtown Vancouver. The head office staff in Vancouver were all invited to an afternoon of food and drinks on the two-level Magic Moments yacht charter. As the Norsat team set sail from the False Creek waters into the Burrard Inlet, everyone was all smiles and ready to celebrate in style. The staff were able to relax, enjoy themselves on the boat, eat amazing appetizers, and drink refreshing beverages. It was a team bonding event that would not be forgotten. The yacht sailed along Stanley Park which offered amazing views of the Lion’s Gate bridge where some people even spotted sea lions in the water! The yacht stopped along Coal Harbour so that everyone could snap pictures in front of Canada Place – a view which is even more beautiful from the water. The staff saw views of North Vancouver and West Vancouver before heading back to False Creek. A special 40th anniversary cake was ordered for this event and a champagne toast was made. It was truly a magical celebration which made everyone excited for the years to come. Thank you to the excellent boat staff and everyone who came out to the celebration! It was an afternoon to thank those who have helped Norsat get to where it is today. Happy 40th Anniversary Norsat!
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