Norsat Blog | Norsat International Inc - Part 3

GLOBETrekker on Display at DSEI: The World’s Leading Defense & Security Event

Located in London, DSEI attracts over 34,000 people including Defense Ministers, International Military and Armed Forces, key industry players, and private sector companies. Norsat participated at DSEI under the Canadian Pavilion in hall N4. It was four days of action-packed seminars, new technology, and unique exhibits. DSEI is a large and significant show representing the entire supply chain for defense and security.

Norsat’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Brian Donnelly, and Business Development EMEA Manager, Olivier Scorsipa, worked the show floor and had discussions with defense prime contractors and end users alike including BAE, L3, Babcock, the Belgium Navy, and NATO. It was great to exhibit at a European show and to highlight Norsat products to the European market. On display at Norsat’s booth (#N4-114) was the GLOBETrekker satellite terminal, ATOM series BUCs and SSPAs, and Norsat’s popular LNB products. Visitors showed great interest in all products and were excited to see such powerful and compact products.

On the satellite terminal side, visitors expressed much interest in the OTM solutions and naval maritime terminals that Norsat offers, especially the WGS compliant (soon to be fully certified) 1.5m COM15X. Norsat’s MarineLink COM series are high performance antennas provided in Ka, Ku, and C bandwidths and are ideal for naval applications. The COM systems offer the highest reception gain available on the market and are user-friendly. Naval forces were very interested in the COM series terminals as they were easily customizable and could provide a solution for strategic and complex naval projects.

On the microwave/satellite components side, the DO-160 certified ATOM BUCS were a big hit as attendees were looking for solutions for airborne SATCOM applications. The ATOM series of BUCs/SSPAs offer low SWaP and are up to 85% smaller than equivalent BUCs. The ATOM series is an excellent choice for OTM applications such as airborne, maritime vessels, unmanned ISR, ground vehicles, and manned aircraft. ATOM customers came by the Norsat booth and provided lots of positive feedback for the ATOM BUCs and SSPAs. They rated the product as high quality and durable. 

Overall, DSEI was a fantastic show! Lots of highly regarded people attended the show and the technology on display was amazing. It was great to have Norsat represented in the world’s largest defense and security event and we hope to attend DSEI again in 2019!

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Networking with Industry’s Best at the 2017 Satellite Innovation Symposium

We’re excited to announce that Norsat will be attending and exhibiting in the 2017 Satellite Innovation Symposium on Oct 2-3, 2017 hosted by SatNews. Located at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, hundreds of satellite industry leaders will be in attendance and will be presenting on future trends and new technology developments.

Norsat will be displaying its microwave products such as the ATOM BUC and SSPA series and the newest 4- and 5- band LNBs. View these Norsat products at booth #35 in the Grand Hall. To book an appointment contact us and we will get back to you with your appointment time.

Want to attend Satellite Innovation Symposium? Click here to register! Save 30% on conference fees by using discount code norsat_discount when registering. Compliments of Norsat International. We hope to see you there!

For more information on the 2017 Satellite Innovation Symposium, click here.

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Sinclair White Paper Available for Download on IWCE’s Urgent Communications

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.

Download the white paper by visiting IWCE’s Urgent Communications website or by clicking here.

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APCO International 2017: Bringing the Public Safety Industry Together

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!



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Celebrating 40 Years at Norsat

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!

To see the full-sized photos below, click on the individual photo. Enjoy the photo gallery!

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Norsat Helps Feed Vancouver’s Homeless and Low-Income Families at UGM BBQ

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The sun was shining and it was a great day at the Union Gospel Mission Annual Summer BBQ, Saturday, July 15th at Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Norsat was once again proud to be a corporate sponsor of this annual event that fed more than 5,000 meals to the downtown eastside residents who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, as well as low income families.

Attendees feasted on a sizzling summer BBQ including burgers, smokies, coleslaw, macaroni salad, a pop and even a cool treat at the end! Residents could also participate in face painting, bouncy castles and mini-carnival games, providing hours of entertainment and a much-needed moment of rest and relaxation for some who don’t get to celebrate the fun of summer.

Studies show the child poverty rate in the Downtown Eastside is a staggering 64%. Norsat was happy that they could join title sponsor Roger’s Sugar Vancouver to help host the biggest UGM event of the year. Thank you to the Norsat team and the other corporate sponsors that volunteered throughout the day to help prepare and serve meals.

Annette Colligan, Norsat’s Marketing Communications Manager and Chair of the Norsat Foundation, was interviewed by the Vancouver Sun. See the video here.


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Norsat Discusses ATOM Amplifier Line in the COTM Market in the Latest Issue of Via Satellite

Via Satellite’s July/August issue is now available! Norsat’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Brian Donnelly, had the opportunity to be interviewed as a part of the “Amplifier Firms Eye SmallSat, Ka-band Opportunities” article. With the increasing interest and investment in LEO, MEO, and GEO constellations, especially in Ka-band, the future of satellite communications is exciting with endless possibilities. However, the challenge for many amplifier providers is to find a way to offer lower priced equipment to smallsat customers. Read what Norsat has to say about the ATOM amplifier line and the future of the amplifier industry.

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Norsat Newsflash – June 2017


Norsat Featured Article: BUC and SSPA SWaP Considerations for Communications on the Move

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.

Norsat Makes BIV’s Top 100 Public Companies in BC and Top 100 Tech Companies in BC Lists

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.

Norsat Places in Branham300 Top 250 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.

Norsat’s Recent News Releases

With a busy second quarter, Norsat released several press announcements reflecting a possible acquisition. Click here to read the latest news releases.



Norsat’s Journey Manpack is Perfect for COTM Applications

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.


Norsat Represents Canada at CommunicAsia 2017

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.

The NAB Show Roundup

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.



Congratulations to Robert from DCI Teleports!

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!


DSEI 2017

  • London, England, UK
  • Sep 12-15, 2017
  • Visit us at booth #N4-114

Milcom 2017

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Oct 23-25, 2017
  • Visit us at booth #1026

Stay up-to-date with the latest news, follow Norsat on Twitter! @Norsat

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Sinclairity eNewsletter – June 2017

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.


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!


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.

Upcoming Shows

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

APCO Canada

Event Date: Nov. 6-9, 2017
Event Location: Windsor, Ontario
Booth Number: TBA

Click here to see the full list of upcoming trade shows.

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ARTICLE: BUC and SSPA SWaP Considerations for Communications on the Move

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?

The author discusses these questions in much detail in Norsat’s article, “BUC and SSPA SWaP Considerations for Communications on the Move”. To read the full article and find answers to these questions, please click here.

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    Orlando, FL

    Visit us at booth #1935

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