Motorola Minitor VI – Buy the Intrinsically-safe Model or Not?

Motorola Minitor VI PagerWith the introduction of the Motorola Solutions Minitor VI fire pager, you now have the choice between a UL certified intrinsically-safe model or one that does not have the certification.

Intrinsically-safe electronic equipment can be used in hazardous atmospheres with dangerous concentrations of flammable gases or dust. Non-intrinsically-safe electronic devices could cause an explosion by creating a spark or excessive heat.

Minitor VI ANSI/ISA TIA 4950

Should I Order an Intrinsically-Safe Minitor VI?

Unless your fire department has a formal intrinsic safety program, you probably should save the $50 and buy the non-intrinsically-safe model. Another way to determine if you need IS is to check your radio for the FM Certification label. If your radio is not IS then your Minitor VI should not need the certification.

Motorola Minitor V Amplified Charger Cancelled

RLN5704, RLN5705, RLN5706 Intent-to-CancelMotorola lowband, VHF, and UHF amplified chargers for the Minitor V can no longer be ordered after 3/31/15. An intent-to-cancel notice for the RLN5704, RLN5705, and RLN5706 was announced this week. The only Motorola charger available for the Minitor V will be the RLN5703 standard charger.

It’s time to upgrade to the Minitor VI that includes stored voice capability and a 2 year standard warranty.

Motorola Minitor V Amp Charger Cancellation DatesNeed a quote to upgrade your Minitor V’s? Call us for a quote at 302-734-9250 during business hours M-F 8-5pm EST or use the form below.

New Motorola SL300 2-Way Digital Radio Designed for Commercial Business

MOTOTRBO SL300 is Lightweight and Provides Long Battery Life

Motorola announced the SL300, a new low cost digital 2-way radio compatible withSL300 Front Side Views MOTOTRBO DMR conventional communications systems. Available in UHF soon, there is a 2 channel model and 99 channel version with display. Both can be programmed with digital or analog frequencies allowing for easier migration.

The radio provides 3 watts output in digital mode and 2 watts if using analog. The 2300 mAh battery life is rated for up to 15 hours when using digital and uses a Micro-USB charger. A new patented stubby antenna design and  “Range Max Technology” provide enough coverage for most facilities. The IP54 SL300 can also be used with a conventional repeater.

UHF models are now in stock and VHF is expected to start shipping at the end of November.

New Active View LED Matrix Display Technology

The optional display radio includes 99 channels and a LED matrix behind the case. The LED’s turn on automatically and off to conserve battery life. Glare is minimized and displays will no longer scratch or crack. The radio will display channel number or alias, battery status, and other functions as shown below.

MOTOTRBO SL300 Display Dunctions

Compatible With MOTOTRBO Digital Voice Features

SL300 is designed for commercial applications needing basic digital and analog voice features. It supports emergency using the one available programmable side button. With standard MOTOTRBO CPS, you can program channel announcement, lone worker, radio inhibit and remote monitor (decode), MDC1200, VOX, and scan.

Download Motorola Datasheet SL300


Cradlepoint Provides Automatic Network Failover with LTE 4G Broadband

Wireless 4G for Branch Offices and Backup Redundancy

As cloud computing continues to grow so does the dependence on internet access. “Internet failures” will cripple productivity for an office full of workers or abruptly stop a retail store from processing customer credit cards.

Cradlepoint 4G router for network backupCradlepoint has low cost 3G/4G wireless routers for automatic failover to provide backup for your existing internet service provider (ISP).

Cellular 4G provides speeds faster than DSL and can provide primary support for branch offices, jobsite trailers, and retail locations requiring broadband access.

Cradlepoint 3G/4G routers support LTE, HSPA+, and EVDO Rev A. Theoretical downlink rates for LTE can be up to 100 Mbps but depends on signal strength and other things. They can be ordered for use with any of the major cellular carriers including Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

Cradlepoint ARC MBR1400 and CBA750, CBA850 3G/4G Routers

Wireless 3G/4G WiFi Router The ARC MBR1400 includes 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz WiFi and supports advanced security features including VPN,VLAN, and WAN Affinity. There are 5 Ethernet ports and it supports up to 128 WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n) at the same time. Four SSID’s can be programmed to separate mission-critical traffic.

The ARC CBA850 is in a white housing. It 4G Failover PCI Compliantprovides 3G/4G/LTE failover that integrates seamlessly with existing network infrastructure. Using NetCloud, it can extend management capability to any primary router Out-of-Band without a static IP.

Designed for PCI 3.0 compliant network architectures, it is perfect for retail customers using POS.

The included paddle antennas work surprisingly well. We have been able to access LTE speeds from locations with no smartphone 4G signal. There are also optional outsidemagnetic and directional antennas that improve signal strength and throughput.

Magnum Electronics Elevated to Premier Partner Level

After significant technical training coupled with sales results, Magnum Electronics has been elevated to the Premier Partner level. We have been impressed with Cradlepoint and like their advanced replacement support option.

Monitoring a number of Cradlepoint devices is easy. Their web portal allows remote diagnostics, firmware upgrades, and troubleshooting without the expense of an on-site IT service call.

To discuss your needs in detail call our Dover, Delaware office at 302-734-9250 M-F 8-5pm EST or use the contact form below:


Make Your WiFi Device a Satellite Phone With Sat-Fi Hotspot from Globalstar

Introducing Globalstar Sat-Fi Satellite HotspotGlobalstar Sat-Fi Hotspot Now Available At Only $999

Front view of Sat-Fi with WiFi Antenna

Now users who require satellite communications can install an app on their Android, Apple iOS, Mac, or Windows device instead of carrying a separate satellite phone. With the new Globalstar Sat-Fi Hotspot up to 8 users can connect at the same time using standard WiFi with range of  approximately 100 feet.

The Sat-Fi Hotspot is designed for installation on vehicles, marine vessels, and outside fixed locations. An AC power supply, 12V DC vehicle adapter, and 14 feet of coax cable with magnetic patch antenna are included.

Powerful Sat-Fi App Now Available for Download

Globalstar Sat-Fi App Screenshots The Globalstar Sat-Fi app is free and uses your existing smartphone contacts providing caller ID. The interface makes it easy to send and receive voice calls, emails, and post to social media. SMS text messaging and a feature called S.O.S. alert capability with GPS location to emergency first responders will be available soon. Sat-Fi supports a single voice call but makes it easy to transfer incoming calls to up to 7 additional connected users. It also will allow sending text messages between those using Sat-Fi.

Sat-Fi is Compatible with Globalstar Orbit and Galaxy Service Plans

Sat-Fi must be activated using any of the Orbit monthly plans or the Galaxy annual plans.  The How-To video below explains what’s included in the box, setup, and sending your first email.

If you work outside of cellular coverage or need backup for emergency management, the Globalstar Sat-Fi is the next generation product for satellite communications. For additional information, specifications, or to purchase the Sat-Fi visit our online store or use the contact form below.


New Device Provides Satellite Service to Smartphones When Cell Network Unavailable

When disaster strikes and cripples the cellular network or when locatedSAT-FI Hotspot Enhances Smartphones beyond the coverage area, you will soon be able to use Globalstar’s new SAT-FI device to stay connected using your own Wi-Fi enabled device. SAT-FI is a technology breakthrough described as a satellite hotspot that provides seamless integration of voice and data from existing smartphones, tablets, and computers.

Using your existing device and phone number, you will be able to make and receive calls, email, and text messages through Globalstar’s satellite network. A simple app and the SAT-FI hotspot is expected to be available later this year pending FCC approval.

Globalstar LogoSAT-FI will provide emergency first responders backup communications and remote industrial or marine personnel a more convenient way to communicate. Pricing has not been announced but is expected to be affordable for the general public including recreational boaters, hikers, and campers.

For more information, see the press release and recent a recent interview with Barbee Ponder from Globalstar.

Micom 3 HF-SSB Radios Provide Long Range Emergency Communications

Micom HF Radio LogoThe Micom HF-SSB radio was developed by Motorola in Schaumburg almost 40 years ago to support long range communications without costly infrastructure. Today there are thousands of Micom radios in operation by military, government agencies, civil air patrol, and petroleum companies. A few years ago Motorola sold the division to Elbit Systems, Ltd. and manufacturing continues with the highest standards along with support.

Micom HF-SSB Radios Are MIL-STD-810F and JITC CertifiedMicom 3F HF-SSB Radio

Micom products incorporate the most advanced HF SSB radio technology and latest features available. The radios are JITC certified, MIL-STD-810F, ALE per MIL-STD-188-141B, FED-STD-1045, and a MTBF of 27,000+ hours.

Voice and Data Coverage From 0 to 3,000 Miles

HF NVIS Radio PropagationMicom radios operate within the 1.6 – 30 MHz HF frequency band and use the earth’s ionosphere to bounce the radio waves over long distances. Normal groundwave propagation is limited to about 35 miles and longer skywave range has been unpredictable. An advanced feature called Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) selects the best frequency depending on atmospheric conditions resulting in dependable long distance communications without any repeaters or relays.

High frequency (HF) communications has difficulty with transmissions between approximately 35 -110 miles causing a dead zone. If you require coverage between these distances, a NVIS mobile antenna is needed. By adjusting the radials horizontally, the dead areas can be filled in providing a “poor man’s satellite system”.

Micom radios are also capable of transmitting data such as faxes and email at 300 – 9600 baud at an additional cost.

Contact Magnum Electronics for Micom HF SSB Radios

The Micom 3F and Micom 3T are the most popular models and we can provide pricing for all Micom 3 radios and accessories. Contact us using the form below or call us during normal business hours M-F 8-5PM EST at 302-734-9250.

Trade-in Your Iridum Satellite Phone for a Free Globalstar GSP-1700

Globalstar Iridium Trade-up PromoIf you are a US based satellite phone user with an active Iridium or Inmarsat account, Globalstar will provide a free GSP-1700 if you sign a 2 year service agreement. Eligible Globalstar service includes the Orbit 40, 100, 200 and Unlimited monthly and Galaxy 480, 1200, 2400, and Unlimited annual plans. Galaxy plans are invoiced yearly and early termination fees apply.

Globalstar Has Lower Fees and a US Based Telephone NumberGSP-1700 Red & Copper Satellite Phones

Globalstar’s new satellite network has better voice quality and has lower per minute fees. The 10 digit US based telephone number makes it easier to use for you and callers to your phone. Available with a red or copper face and color display, it is the smallest satphone available.

Promo Is For a Limited Time – Act Now to Start Saving

Eligible Iridium phones include the 9500, 9505, 9505A, 9555, 9575 (Extreme) and Inmarsat Isat Pro. The phones must be deactivated and returned to Globalstar. The battery and charger must be returned too.

Download Globalstar Trade-In Brochure .pdf

For more information call our office at 302-734-9250 (8-5pm EST) or use the form below.

Globalstar Announces New Orbit Unlimited Plan

Globalstar Orbit Unlimited PlanGlobalstar announced the new Orbit Unlimited satellite service plan for heavy voice and data users in North America. Airtime is included for Home Service Area calls placed in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean. Long distance is included for calls to US, Canada, and Puerto Rico numbers.

The plan includes free voice mail and Express Data Compression that will speed up internet downloads. The cost is $149.99 (plus applicable taxes) along with a $50 activation fee. The contract requires a one year commitment.

GSP-1700 Price Remains at $499 for Phone, Battery, ChargerHurricane Season is Here Get a Satellite Phone

Globalstar continues to keep the price of the GSP-1700 at half the price it was before their satellite troubles. The 2013 hurricane season is upon us and it is time to get prepared for emergency communications. Last year, Hurricane Sandy disrupted cellular and internet services throughout the Northeast for an extended period of time.

Globalstar Call Times Tool No Longer Necessary

Globalstar Home Service Area MapSatellite phone access has improved significantly the past six months to the point the call times tool is no longer needed. The new and improved Globalstar satellite network provides 97%+ accessibility in North America anytime during the day or night.

Existing Globalstar Users: Check Your Phone Batteries

If you already have a GSP-1600 or GSP-1700 phone, replace your batteries if they are more than 3 years old. The GPB-2003 high-capacity battery is still available for the GSP-1600 and the GPB-1700 is the recommended battery for the GSP-1700. Globalstar still supports GSP-1600 accessories and will activate them on their network.

If you have any questions about Globalstar products or service plans, contact us during normal business hours or use the form below:

New South Bowers Fire Rescue Airboat Installation With David Clark Wireless Headsets

South Bowers Fire Rescue Airboat

South Bowers Volunteer Fire will now perform emergency rescues in the Kent County salt marshes with a new airboat equipped with David Clark wireless mission-critical communications. The system will provide hands-free, wireless intercom for the crew and will also integrate with the Delaware 800 MHz statewide first-responder system.

David Clark 9900 Wireless Intercom and Motorola APX 7500 Radio Integration

David_Clark_LogoThe new David Clark 9900 Series wireless gateway system is weather tight, rugged, and designed for marine use. It easily integrates with a Motorola APX 7500 700/800/VHF P25 capable radio and will connect to a 3800 wired system if needed.

David Clark 3800 Wireless Intercom

Wireless Intercom System Components, Key Features, and InstallationH9940 Headset

The South Bowers David Clark system uses four H9940 dual muff, behind-the-head style headsets each with a 9910-BSW wireless belt station with VOX. This design provides hands-free intercom for the crew and the ability to monitor radio traffic from the boat’s APX 7500 radio. The belt station has a PTT (push-to-talk) switch for transmitting. The U9922-38 wireless gateway acts as a repeater and provides up to 300 ft range using clear DECT based technology.

David Clark A99-04CRG ChargerThe belt stations use 40688G-90 rechargeable batteries that are removable and last approximately 24 hours after a full charge. A A99-04CRG 110V AC charger will hold 4 batteries and takes about 3-4 hours when fully depleted. David Clark has several 9900 Series headset styles a full range of accessories, interface cables, and antenna choices. The APX radio uses an 05 control head and motorcycle options for improved outdoor performance.South Bowers Airboat Installation

A weatherproof NEMA box was added for better protection and installation was completed at our Dover service facility on Horsepond Road. The David Clark 9900 wireless headset intercom system is an excellent choice for fire/ems, military, and marine applications. Our thanks to South Bowers Station 57 for the opportunity to provide the first David Clark 9900 Series intercom in Delaware.

South Bowers Volunteer Fire Delaware Airboat