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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

Sinclairity eNewsletter – September 2017

It’s been a big year for the public safety industry! With the launch of FirstNet, and the proposed deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) in the U.S, it’s been the year of announcements. Hence, we’re dedicating this edition of Sinclairity to public safety communications and to all those who work in the public safety sector. Thank you for everything you do!


SE41X-SWB Series: Wideband PIM-Certified Enclosed Dipole

One wideband antenna for your 700, 800, 900 MHz systems. Sinclair’s SE41x-SWB series of enclosed dipole arrays offer stable performance over the entire 746-960 MHz bandwidth in a single antenna.

-Highly versatile antennas for trunked radio, paging, and data transmission

-Designed for multi-channel systems

-500 W PIP-rated

-Low passive intermodulation design

-High average power rating

-Horizontal beamwidth adjustable from 60° to 160°


TXC Series: Ultra High Q Ceramic Transmitter Combiner

This compact 1-12 channel transmitter combiner provides excellent performance while conserving valuable rack space.

  • Available in 700 and 800 MHz bands
  • 1-12 channel configurations available
  • 3U rack spacing per 3 channels
  • Field tunable
  • Typical insertion loss 1.7 dB
  • Frequency separation as low as 0.15 MHz
  • Stable performance over wide temperature range



WHITE PAPER: A Guide to Basic Types of Cavity Combiners

In order to understand how cavity combiners operate, it is important to have an approximate idea of how cavities and transmission lines work. This white paper describes different types of cavities and provides a basic summary of how cavity combiners create paths for multiple signals to reach a single antenna with minimum interference between them. DOWNLOAD THE WHITE PAPER


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, with exceptionally wide temperature swings and very compact space constraints. DOWNLOAD THE CASE STUDY

WHITE PAPER: Introduction to Filtering for Radio Signals

A practical and helpful whitepaper on filtering radio signals is now available for free to download on IWCE’s Urgent Communications website. 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



Sinclair On-Board with Railway Interchange 2017

As a member of Railway Interchange, RSSI teamed up with two other associations, REMSA and RSI, to put together a bigger and better exhibition. AREMA also held its conference and seminars in conjunction with Railway Interchange. It was triple the size and triple the excitement that attracted all types of visitors from railroad, rail transit, and government. Sinclair Technologies took part in the trade show with a wide range of railway antennas and filters on display. READ MORE ON RSSI

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. The event was mainly attended by communication officers and managers of Police, Fire, and EMT personnel for state and local public safety entities. READ MORE ON APCO INTERNATIONAL

Sinclair Two-Day Technical Workshop: Expertise at Your Fingertips

Sinclair had a successful two-day workshop at its Aurora office! The two-day workshop was broken into “Antennas and Antenna Theory” for day one and “RF Filter Products and Accessories” for day two. The workshop was hosted by Sinclair’s Technical Engineers, Jim Reville and Mike Macki. The workshop offered valuable hands-on training, as well as a Q&A with Sinclair Engineers. Overall, the event was very well received with attendees requesting additional workshops with more in-depth information.



Event Date: Nov. 6-9, 2017
Event Location: Windsor, Ontario
Booth Number: 307

Sinclair will be attending APCO Canada in Windsor, Ontario. We will be showcasing our newest products for public safety. Come by booth #307 and say hi to Martine and Michel! Click here to book your appointment with a Sinclair sales representative.

Attend the 3-day conference at a discounted price of $450 CAD! How? Register under “Referral Program”, enter the access code STW100 and select Sinclair Technologies as the exhibitor that referred you! We hope to see you there! REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE AND TRADESHOW

Only want access to the tradeshow floor? Upon registering, use promo code APCOExhibitor for your complimentary ticket to the tradeshow floor, courtesy of Sinclair Technologies. Don’t forget to drop by booth #307. REGISTER FOR THE TRADESHOW ONLY

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

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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  • IWCE 2018

    Mar 07 - 08, 2018

    Orlando, FL

    Visit us at booth #1935