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Norsat Newsflash – Dec 2017

Posted on Wednesday, December 20

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It has been an exciting year for Norsat as we celebrate our 40th year in business. As 2017 comes to a close, we would like to thank you for your business and support — we couldn’t have done it without you! We wish you a great holiday season and all the best in 2018! 

The Norsat Team


Norsat Sponsors “Customization in the Satellite Ground Market” Market Brief

Satellite Markets and Research offers occasional reports called Market Briefs which provide intelligence on key market segments and regions. Norsat sponsored the October 2017 issue on “Customization in the Satellite Ground Market”. The Market Brief offers insights and statistics on the current global satellite ground equipment market, as well as views on the future of this market. Read more on where the satellite ground market is predicted to go and the role of product customizations.

ARTICLE: Overcoming C-band Satellite Interference

Norsat’s article, “Overcoming C-band Satellite Interference”, was featured in the October 2017 issue of Microwave Product Digest. Written by Norsat’s Microwave Sales Manager, Douglas Chun, this article discusses the issues in the rising popularity of C-band and its connection with satellite interference. The author provides common and alternative techniques and technologies to combat interference issues in the C-band.


ARTICLE: Year in Review, Norsat International

In the December 2017 issue of SatMagazine, Norsat’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Brian Donnelly, looks back and reflects on a busy 2017. Norsat experienced a terrific year in 2017, especially as the company celebrates 40 years in the satellite communications industry – the company continues to be a leading global provider of portable satellite terminals and satellite components. Read how 2017 progressed for Norsat and what is to come in 2018.


VIDEO: How to Choose a LNB

Don’t make this very common mistake! Comparing datasheets may seem straightforward, but sometimes you are not comparing the same thing. This video offers tips about avoiding common misconceptions when choosing a low noise block downconverters (LNBs) for your application. The video also provides basic information about what an LNB is, and what it does. It is a great refresher for those who are already knowledgeable about LNBs. Watch this video and don’t make this silly mistake which will cost you time and money.


Norsat Included in Global SATCOM Survey Report

The Global SATCOM Power Amplifier Market Professional Survey Report was published in October 2017 and features leading amplifier manufacturers such as Norsat, Kratos, and L-3 Narda-MITEQ. The report offers a summary of the market from 2012 to 2016, and forecasts into 2022. It covers regions such as North America, China, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, and India.


Dress for the Cause Event Raises More than $3300

In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Norsat joined organizations across the nation for the Dress for the Cause fundraiser. Dress for the Cause and the Breast Cancer Society of Canada raises money for research into the detection, prevention, treatment, and cure of breast cancer. To date, the Dress for a Cause event in Canada has successfully raised over $7 million for Canadian breast cancer research. Read about Norsat’s in-office Dress for the Cause event.



MarineLink COM Series

Norsat’s COM series of Maritime Satellite Solutions provides a reliable VSAT solution in Ka, Ku, and C-bandwidths. These high performance antennas are ideal for military and commercial applications in a variety of industries including Naval, Fisheries, Oil & Gas, Mining and more.

  • Highest reception gain available in the market
  • 2048 kb/s downlink and 512 kb/s uplink
  • Reliable connection using its 3-axis operating platform and 360° high-speed tracking design
  • Includes universal LNBs for global coverage



MILCOM 2017: Military Communications, a Key Market for Norsat

Military communications has always been a key market for Norsat. Whether it is supplying reliable ground satellite terminals or providing customized SWaP satellite component designs, Norsat and military communications seem to work hand-in-hand. From October 23-25, 2017, Norsat exhibited at the MILCOM 2017 show in Baltimore, Maryland.


A Good Impression at China Satellite 2017

On October 25-27, Norsat presented and exhibited at China Satellite 2017 in Beijing, China. In its 19th year, China Satellite offers a full three-day conference, technical workshops, keynote speeches, and round-table discussions. Norsat was invited to make a presentation during this event, where Douglas Chun, Norsat Microwave Sales Manager for Asia, presented on the topic of Communications-on-the-Move.


Satellite Innovation Symposium: Discussions about the Future of the Industry

The 2017 Satellite Innovation Symposium was buzzing with great minds and thought-provoking ideas. Hosted at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, the event brought together innovators and market experts in the satellite industry. The sessions were enlightening and ranged from “Ground-Based Ecosystems of the Future” to “Satellite Constellations – the New Roles of LEO & MEO”. The symposium included keynote speakers, Mark Dankberg, Chairman & CEO of ViaSat, and Greg Wyler, Founder and Executive Chairman of OneWeb.





Mobile Deployable Communciations 2017

  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Feb 1-2, 2018
  • Visit us at booth #D-156-S



Satellite 2018

  • Washington, DC
  • Mar 12-15, 2018
  • Visit us at booth #1332



NAB 2018

  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Apr 7-12, 2018
  • Visit us at booth #SU3114

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

ARTICLE: A Year in Review, Norsat International

Posted on Thursday, December 7

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Every year, SatMagazine releases a December issue which includes a compilation of YEAR IN REVIEW articles from select companies in the satellite industry. This year, SatMagazine invited Norsat to participate in its 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW feature which is a collection of contributed articles that reflect on the challenges and successes over the past year. It also gives a chance for the companies to look forward to 2018 as to what goals are planned for the new year. With 2017 being an eventful year for Norsat, we were thrilled to be able to contribute an article and share our achievements for the year.

This year’s article was written by Brian Donnelly, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Mr. Donnelly reflects on 2017 being a monumental year with Norsat celebrating its 40th anniversary and launching industry-first products. The projections for 2018 are lively and the focus is on growing the company’s R&D, engineering, and production teams. Interested to see what else Norsat has in store for 2018? Click here to read the full article about Norsat’s achievements in 2017 and a preview of what’s to come in 2018.



Norsat Newsflash – Oct 2017

Posted on Friday, October 6

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Microwaves & RF Article: Determining the Safe Distance from a Reflector Antenna

Written by Mehdi Ardavan of Norsat International, this article explains how to determine the power density of a radiating parabolic reflector antenna in the far- and near-field regions to meet safety requirements. It uses existing methods to estimate these parameters, which are then compared with industry standards, such as the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) OET Bulletin 65 or Health Canada’s Safety Code 6, to determine the safe distance. Read the full article on Microwaves & RF.

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

Norsat had the opportunity to be interviewed as a part of the “Amplifier Firms Eye SmallSat, Ka-band Opportunities” article. The article discusses the many challenges that amplifier providers overcome while competing in a rapidly developing market. Read what Norsat has to say about the ATOM amplifier line and the future of the amplifier industry.


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. Read more about the event and check out the special photo gallery at the end of the post


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

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.




Median BUC Series – In Stock!

The MEDIAN BUC Series of Ku-band Block Upconverters (BUCs) are designed with both performance and economy in mind. This new BUC series is suitable where size, weight and power constraints are not as stringent and they are ideal for VSAT, broadcast, maritime and portable terminal applications. The Median series of BUCs comes in 16W, 25W, and 40W options, is currently available in Ku-band frequency and can be customized for your needs. The Median series is quality you asked for at a price you will like!

  • 16W, 25W and 40W output power
  • Premium performance and reliability
  • Full monitor & control capabilities
  • 2 year warranty



Norsat LNB Video Series, Episode 1: How to Choose A LNB

Learn basic information about how to choose LNBs and how to avoid common misconceptions when reading a LNB spec sheet.



Milcom 2017

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

China Satellite 2017

  • Beijing, China
  • Oct 25-27, 2017
  • Visit us at booth #70-71

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

ARTICLE: Determining the Safe Distance from a Reflector Antenna

Posted on Tuesday, October 3

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Norsat’s article, “Determining the Safe Distance from a Reflector Antenna”, is featured in the October issue of Microwaves & RF. Written by Mehdi Ardavan, RF Antenna Engineer of Norsat International, this article explains how to determine the power density of a radiating parabolic reflector antenna in the far- and near-field regions to meet safety requirements. In this article, existing methods are used to estimate these parameters, which are then compared with industry standards, such as the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) OET Bulletin 65 or Health Canada’s Safety Code 6, to determine the safe distance. To learn more on how to determine the safe distance from a reflector antenna, click here for the full article.

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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