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Sinclair Technologies Engages in Quality Conversations at IWCE2016

Posted on Wednesday, March 30

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IWCEThe 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.  Assisting in this uptake was the fact that the 2016 show was co-located with several other events including the Network infrastructure Forum, ETA’s Education Forum, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Summit, as well as a Motorola partner event.

Hot topics at the 2016 show included FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority). FirstNet is to establish, operate, and maintain an interoperable public safety broadband network in the US. Congress allotted $7 billion and 20 MHz of valuable radio spectrum to build this network. “FirstNet’s request for proposal (RFP) should generate “fierce competition” for the right to build and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network,” stated one panelist.  Integrated with this discussion were sessions on how to deploy LTE within public safety and the integration of service, device and the network. LMR has been around for a long time, but LTE is fairly new to the industry. Our feeling is that LTE and LMR will co-exist for many years. Other areas of discussion included: various mission critical applications for public safety and the network interoperability among public safety agencies.

And there was no lack of energy or excitement at the Sinclair booth! Showcasing our new look for 2016, the booth was abuzz with customers, distributors and new prospects.



In our centerpiece product tower, Sinclair was showcasing some of our newest technologies including the SC251D 2.3dBd dual collinear omni antenna featuring low passive intermod performance with 35dB minimum isolation guaranteed. Fabricated using durable components, this series of antennas is designed and fabricated for ease of installation and to meet the most stringent wind and ice loading requirements. Due to its wide band, high average power and PIP (Peak Instantaneous Power) power handling capability, this antenna is ideally suited for VHF trunking applications or multi-channel operations. The reliability and durability of this antenna makes it suitable for mission critical applications such as public safety and law enforcement.

20160323_094022_resizedBoth at the our booth and IWCE’s Product Showcase, Sinclair highlighted the SM700, broadband multifunctional transport antenna which is specifically designed to address the need for a compact, low profile, broadband antenna that is truly universal. When used with a cross-band coupler, a single antenna can serve multiple discrete RF systems operating in the 694-6000MHz range. Designed to withstand harsh environments and constant vibration without compromising performance, the rugged SM700 series antennas are ideal for vehicular rooftop mounting. The SM700 offers easy installation with just one hole mount and greater protection against water ingression. The SM700 is ideal for public safety and transportation applications and we also engaged in multiple conversations about in-building uses.

The IWCE show provided an excellent opportunity for our team to connect with prospects, customers and partners who we haven’t seen in a while. The overwhelming sentiment from our customers is that they are happy with the quality and reliability of Sinclair products and the knowledge of our sales team – they like doing business with a well-established company. With prospects that stopped by the booth, we saw increased discussions on Sinclair’s systems design and customization capabilities.

Overall, the show was a huge success for the team and we will be busy following up with all of the leads we collected.

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Norsat Showcases Products at CABSAT – the Leading Platform for the Broadcast, Production and Satellite Market in MENA.

Posted on Tuesday, March 15

Thank you to everyone who attended and dropped by the Norsat booth in Za’abeel Hall at the 22nd annual CABSAT show held March 8-10 at the Dubai World Trade Center.

CABSAT is the largest show for the satellite and broadcast industry for the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and has a great reputation for driving the transformative markets in these regions.

CABSAT provides a tailored experience for industry experts to engage, strategize and debate future market trends, and source the latest broadcast and satellite technologies.
Here are a few highlights of the show:

  • Norsat showcased one of our high performance portable satellite terminals, the Ranger 60, a one case solution for military customers requiring a small form factor.
  • ATOM series of Ka and Ku-band Block Upconverters (BUCs) and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs), our new 25W Ka BUC saw considerable interest.
  • The new 5200 C-band PLL LNB was a hit as customers found the price points close to a DRO, but with the performance of a PLL.
  • The Satellite GVF summit held on day 2 of the show had discussions tackling the issues of spectrum, low earth satellite solutions and satellite use for evolving and emerging broadcast markets.

Of the six years we have attended this show; in 2016 we saw the most qualified traffic in the Norsat booth.

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Norsat Exhibits at Premier Event for Satellite Communications

Posted on Friday, March 11

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The 35th anniversary Satellite show held at the Gaylord National Convention Center did not disappoint. With over 350 exhibitors, and +13,000 attendees, the show was a buzz with the latest discussions on the continued strength, importance and relevance of space-based solutions in the worldwide telecommunications infrastructure. Bringing together market leading companies presenting the latest technologies and solutions that are transforming the way we live, work and interact on a global scale.

The Satellite show is an excellent venue for Norsat  to connect with some of our key customers and business partners to discuss opportunities and issues facing the satellite communications marketplace, as well as showcase some of our leading products and technology.

At Norsat’s booth, we were highlighting two of our portable satellite terminals. The new Journey Manpack, single case, low weight, backpackable solution saw a ton of interest!  Small size and weight continues to be a prime requirement for military and commercial customers. Norsat also featured our GLOBETrekker 2.0 terminal a feature rich, auto-acquire fly-away satellite terminal.image1

Norsat’s ATOM series of BUCs and SSPAs continue to dominate the size, weight and power efficiency wars with customers attesting to the advantages this brings them for their terminals. During the show Norsat announced its latest addition to the ATOM series, the ATOM 250 watt Ku-band BUC and SSPA. Read more here!

On the Move terminals are continuing to gain momentum. Good news for Norsat’s ATOM BUCs that give the size weight and power efficiency COTM needs, but also has the military certifications required for the applications, including EMI/EMC, shock, and vibration.

O3b Networks, named Satellite Operator of the Year in the 2015 Via Satellite Excellence awards, was a key topic of discussion at the show which bodes well for Norsat as we offer both single and dual-band O3b LNBs and BUCs that are certified by O3b.

Overall the show was a success for our team and we look forward to heading back to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center next March for Satellite 2017!

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Staff Alignment – Norsat Executive Present to Staff

Posted on Monday, March 7

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After every quarterly earnings release the Norsat executive take the time to present the quarterly financial and business performance, along with departmental updates to the Norsat staff.

Quarterly All Hands meetings provide an excellent avenue to get all staff on the same page and remind employees of the corporate objectives and strategies because sometimes the big picture is lost in the details of everyone’s daily work day. Messages from leadership are more powerful when delivered in person as opposed to an email. At the All Hands meeting information is easily shared and won’t get lost in employee’s Inbox.

During this meeting the CEO also takes the time to recognize employees for a job well done. Individuals can be nominated by their peers for a R.I.D.E.R award (Responsiveness, Integrity, Dedication, Entrepreneurialism, and Resourcefulness). Management reviews the quarterly submissions and then rewards the selected individuals.SAM_0467

At the end of the All Hands a small social gathering allows employees to mingle and encourages interaction between employees and departments that may not work or see each other very often.

Overall, the Norsat All Hands meeting yields several benefits and is an excellent tool that the executive use to foster stronger communication and transparency throughout the organization.

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Did You Know Norsat is One of Vancouver’s Biggest Manufacturers?

Posted on Friday, February 26

Business_in_Vancouver_logo_colorNorsat ranked 91 on the BIV’s Top 100 Biggest Manufacturers in Metro Vancouver list. Ranked by the total number of employees, Norsat’s BC employee base rose almost 20% year-over-year and the trend is continuing. We have a range of open positions available in our Richmond facility, as well as our Aurora, Ontario plant. Check out our career postings on the Norsat website.

Many notable companies made the top 100 list this year including Seasan and Lafarge Canada. For a full list of the Business in Vancouver Top 100 Manufacturer rankings click here.



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Norsat Celebrates Successes of Top Sales Team Members during Annual Conference

Posted on Thursday, February 11

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Recently Norsat hosted the Norsat Worldwide Sales Team at our Canadian Headquarters for our annual Sales and Marketing Conference. The three-day session included presentations from the Norsat executive, product marketing, marketing communications and engineering product demonstrations and training. Each of the sales managers presented their yearly sales plans as well.

Norsat’s VP Sales and Marketing, Brian Donnelly, presented the annual sales awards. Congratulations to Douglas Chun, Top Sales Person for 2015 and Olivier Scorsipa, Top Over Quota Sales for 2015. Both Douglas and Olivier were presented with a glass sculpture award for their accomplishments.


To break up the presentations and provide a little fun throughout the week, we ran a team building exercise to get both internal sales and marketing staff engaging and working with the external sales team. This year’s challenge was called Frostbite. Teams had to work together to build a shelter out of construction paper, toothpicks, post-it notes and elastics, while their leader suffered from frostbite on his hands and could only give verbal direction, and the team members suffered from snow blindness, hence could not see. Congratulations to the team of Stan Mullery, Sheri Morita and Douglas Chun for their design that withstood the cold winter winds (a.k.a  an office fan!)


Overall the week was productive as the teams were able to come together to discuss challenges and then discuss strategies to help the company improve to grow the business in the future.

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Norsat Hosts UBC Student for CEO x 1 Day Program

Posted on Tuesday, February 9

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On Friday, February 5th, Norsat played host to Jasmine Nikkari, a third year University of British Columbia engineering student as part of the Odgers Berndtson, CEO x 1 Day Program.

CEO x 1 Day matches third and fourth year university students with some of Canada’s leading CEOs. Students from across the country have been paired with presidents and CEOs from industries that range from retail and technology, to sports and government, providing an extraordinary range of experiences. The program gives students an opportunity to take in-class learning and apply it to a real world situation and equips them with the tools and skills to start building their careers.

On the flip side, the CEO x 1 Day program gives CEOs an opportunity to connect and better understand what drives the next generation of leaders. Norsat’s participation shows the organization’s commitment to supporting youth by investing in their career development and creating opportunities for future leaders.

During the day Jasmine shadowed Dr. Amiee Chan, Norsat’s President and CEO, as well as met with other company VPs and Managers to get a better understanding of how the organization runs.

As part of the day Norsat’s Social Committee hosted a Chinese New Year celebration with a catered lunch, and a range of Chinese New Year themed games.CEOx1day_Amiee_Jasmine_game

Jasmine commented, “It was a fantastic day, and I truly appreciated all I saw and learned, as well as the effort you put in to make me feel welcomed and involved.”

We wish Jasmine the best of luck in the rest of the 2015-2016 school year and in her future endeavors. Who knows… maybe she will grace the halls of Norsat with her presence in a future internship or job opportunity?

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ATOM Customization Tool – Mix and Match Your ATOM Options

Posted on Monday, December 21

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Are you interested in our ATOM BUCs or SSPAs? Do you want to mix and match the frequency band you need, the frequency range and output power of the product? Try our ATOM Customization Tool where you can choose different features and options to suit your needs. Fill in the inquiry form and one of our sales team will get back to you with availability and pricing.


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Norsat NewsFlash December 2015

Posted on Friday, December 18

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Norsat Highlights
As the year comes to a close, we reflect on the success that the company has realized during 2015. We hope that you have had a prosperous year and would like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

Norsat President & CEO named a 2015 Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women
Norsat is pleased to announce that Dr. Amiee Chan, President and CEO has been named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner. This is the fifth time that Dr. Chan has received this prestigious award, and thus has been instated into the WXN Hall of Fame!
Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments and professional achievements of Canada’s top female leaders, as well as their organizations and networks and inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

Product Spotlights
ATOM KA 25W Dual-Band BUC and SSPAatom_group_2015
Built off the success and innovation of Norsat’s ATOM Series, the ATOM 25W Ka-band Block Upconverter (BUC) and Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA) are now available! The ATOM series of BUCs and SSPAs are up to 85% smaller, 90% lighter and 60% more efficient than competing products. The ATOM Ka-band products offer high throughput and cover both military and commercial bands making them ideal for applications such as: COTM/COTP, Portable VSAT, CDL, Airborne, RADAR and TWTA replacement. Find out more about the ATOM KA Dual-band BUCs and SSPAs.

5000 PLL LNBs are in High Demand
5000 Product_imageIn April, Norsat introduced the 5000 Series PLL (Phase-locked loop) LNBs (Low Boise Block Downconverter) at the NAB 2015 show in Las Vegas. This low cost LNB delivers high performance and reliability at an industry leading price point. Norsat is seeing many customers migrating from our 8000 Digital DRO product line to the new 5000 series, as customers can realize much better performance for just a small increase in cost.  Available in standard and extended frequencies, the 5000 Series has LO (Local Oscillator) stabilities of +/- 50 kHz, +/-75 kHz, +/-100 kHz, and +/-250 kHz to meet our customers varying applications and environments. The new 5000 series PLL LNBs are ideally suited for high-end broadcast applications including DBV (digital broadcast video), VSAT broadband, military satcom, point-of-sale, and oil and gas. For more information on the 5000 Series click here.

Norsat participated in the 34th annual Milcom 2015 show in Tampa, Florida October 26 – 28. Milcom is the premier international conference for military communications. “Leveraging Technology – The Joint Imperative” was the theme for this year’s event and there was no shortage of interesting and educational keynotes, panels and technical sessions that explored and defined the benefits that joint-level collaboration brings to current and future communication challenges and addressed the critical role communications plays in military readiness and operations.

The Tampa location is ideal for this discussion, with close proximity to the MacDill Air Force Base military community, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and the 6th Air Mobility Wing. MILCOM offers industry the opportunity to discuss communications technologies and services with decision makers from all branches of the armed forces, the Department of Defense, federal agencies and multinational forces.

Norsat’s satellite sales team was in full force showcasing several of our top satellite communications solutions: GlobeTrekker 2.0, the world’s most intelligent fly-away satellite terminal; Rover, Norsat’s ultra-lightweight fly-away satellite terminal; CFK-100E compact fly-away kit; CFK-4200 Emergency Communications Kit; and the ATOM series of Block Upconverters (BUCs) and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs). Norsat was excited to talk to customers and saw considerable interest from customers for our new low Ku-band BUCs designed for use with the FSS Appendix 30B satellite links.

For more information on Milcom click here.

Check our website in the coming months for more information on the events that Norsat will be attending in 2016!

Norsat in the News
– The October issue of Satellite Magazine featured an article titled “Is GaAs Dead?” written by Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Sheri Morita
October 17, 2015 – Military Sea-Borne Comms to be Positively Influenced by Norsat International
December 2, 2015 – Norsat’s New Compact ATOM 25 Watt Smaller + Lighter = Transmission of Commercial + Military Satellite Signals

December 17, 2015 New ATOM 25 Watt BUC Debuts from Norsat

Satellite Today
October 16, 2015 – Norsat Receives $2.7Million Military Contract for Maritime VSATs
December 2, 2015 – Norsat Introduces New ATOM 25-Watt Ka Dual Band BUCs and SSPAs

Talk Satellite
October 15, 2015 Norsat Awarded $2.7 Million Order from Major U.S. Military Contractor

Satellite Evolution Group
December 3, 2015 –  Norsat Introduces new compact ATOM 25 watt Ka dual-band BUC

The Globe and Mail 
December 2, 2015 – Norsat Introduces New Compact ATOM 25 Watt Ka Dual-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

The Morning Star
December 2, 2015 – Norsat Introduces New Compact ATOM 25 Watt Ka Dual-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

The Financial Post/The National Post
December 2, 2015 – Norsat Introduces New Compact ATOM 25 Watt Ka Dual-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

December 2, 2015 – Norsat Introduces New Compact ATOM 25 Watt Ka Dual-Band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

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Norsat Thought Leadership: The Future of GaAs Technology

Posted on Friday, December 4

Sat_Magazine_logoIf you missed it, take a read of our article titled “Is GaAs Dead?” in the October issue of SatMagazine!

Author Sheri Morita, Senior Product Manager at Norsat International, examines the differences between GaN and GaAs-based technologies and the pros and cons of each.

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