Universal controller performs 14 functions
Connect Systems‘ Flex series universal controller functions as an interconnect, shared repeater tone panel, LTR system controller and communications decoder. The controller is desigend to operate radios in any selected applications. The Flex unit contains all of the connectors common to units in the present Connect Systems’ product line, including the decoders. The electronics within the unit allow I/O data to activate the chosen connectors, driven by a central programmable microprocessor. The unit is then programmed by the dealer by downloading free software chosen from a menu at the company’s Web site. Any one of the 14 products may be recreated anywhere as needed. New features and products will appear periodically that will be compatible with any Flex unit already in use or in distribution. The units can reduce distributor and dealer stock to one single model serving all available products, except the 6800 and RT8.
Dispatch software configures to user preference
ValorCAD SE from Valor Systems is dispatch software for public safety agencies. Features include mutual aid, mapping and linked records. The software is configurable — for example, function names can be selected that the dispatcher is accustomed to using. Therefore the console feels familiar right away and training can be fast and intuitive. The company will offer a monthly subscription plan, which will allow immediate use of the system without making a major investment.
Portable antenna improves reception
Centurion Wireless Technologies’ EXH ‘Tuf Duk’ antenna incorporates both helical and quarterwave design, and can improve reception performance by 30 percent. An injection molding process increases the antenna’s durability and flexibility. The antenna’s size and other distinguishing features offer more usability, comfort and support for users of belt-worn radios. The antennas are individually tuned to VHF, covering frequency bands from 144 – 174 MHz and are available in connector configurations including SMA, BNC and select threaded styles.
Cell antenna analyzer graphs return loss plots
The CellMate EX hand-held analyzer from AEA Wireless is a graphical 600 — 999 MHz cellular system analyzer for graphing and examining standing wave ratio and return loss plots. Performance features include auto scaling, auditory cues, signal generator mode, relative field strength measurements, self test and calibration check functions, auto-off, and non-volatile memory to store 15 plots. The lightweight unit’s Analyst Director software is Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP-compatible and interfaces to a PC for increased curve stowage and printout capability.
Recorder works for VoIP systems
The Wordnet series 3 next-generation voice and data recording system from Thales Contact Solutions offers recording capability for conventional telephony and radio communications, as well as the latest voice-over-Internet protocol systems. The recorder will provide an upgrade that allows existing Wordnet customers to migrate from traditional to IP telephony. The Windows 2000 compatable recorder seamlessly integrates with existing business systems, reducing cost of ownership. The recorder has a software “wrapper” around the operating system, making it impenetratable to hacker attack, database corruption and virus infiltration. The recorder gives authorized users Web-based replay for up to 32 users, and 164,000 channel hours of storage.
Professional portable offers 43,000 anytime minutes
Midland Radio’s 70 – 112B VHF portable, two-way radio radio is for business and professional communications. Operating on conventional user-licensed VHF frequencies, the radio eliminates airtime fees for job-site communications, allowing users to talk 24 hours at no additional cost. Compact and lightweight, the radio packs a 16-channel capability and 5 W of power into a four-inch by two-inch by two-inch durable polycarbonate housing. The whole radio including the standard 1350 mAH NmH rechargeable battery weighs 12 ounces. The radio features an adjustable transmitter output power (5 W or 1 W) by channel.
Thick mount works for panel trucks, ambulances
The MABVT8 from Antenex is a thick mount for panel trucks, ambulances, buses and other challenging thick-walled installations. It will mount in material with thicknesses ranging from 0.032 inch to 0.500 inch and works in ¾ inch or 3/8 inch mounting configurations. The mount features a stainless steel-piercing 10-point collar nut, all brass construction using a brass alloy with a Rockwell 78 hardness, and milled flats on the retainer ring for more positive mounting. It also offers a crimped and soldered ground lug and low-loss Delrin coaxial insulator components. The mount will work with any frequency to 1,000 MHz and comes standard with 17 feet of coax cable.
In-line surge protectors works from dc to 6 GHz
RF Connectors’ RFS-2093 is a 50-ohm, in-line surge protector with N-female interfaces designed for use with frequencies from dc to 6 GHz. One side of the protector is a standard MIL-C-71A standard N-female interface, and the other end is an N-female bulkhead. It has an aluminum die-cast body with a fast-action gas-tube arrestor and is compliant to IECC/IEEE standards. Gas-tube arrestor specifications are dc breakdown voltage of 90 V; shockwave breakdown voltage at 5 kV/microsecond of 1 kV; maximum shockwave current of 5 kA at 8/20 microseconds; ac breakdown current of 25 A at 9-cycle 50 to 60 Hz; insulation resistance of 10,000 M-ohm and electrostatic capacity of maximum 1 pf.