Nothing is more reassuring than knowing children are protected while attending school. However, when an emergency situation occurs at a school, it leaves us wondering: Was the school able to communicate effectively? How can the police react faster? If the information from the school is not communicated clearly and quickly, it prolongs the time of reaction. First responders must gather all existing data in a matter of seconds. Those initial first moments of communication and data gathering could be the difference between life and death.
As another school year approaches, university police departments are gearing up for the large numbers of students, faculty, staff, and community that will converge on university grounds. With the fluctuating amount of people on campuses on any given day, university administrators understand reliable communications is essential to the safety and welfare of a university’s permanent and transitory population.
Security Staff and Crowd Control
Security staff is responsible for maintaining order, deescalating potential threats and conflicts, and coordinating first aid efforts during a crisis. They patrol heavily trafficked areas in and around campuses. Officers and security personnel may be put on duty at research centers and similar facilities that house sensitive, historic or classified materials. When department communication is directly tied in with local law enforcement, security administrators can report emergency incidents directly to first responders.
#IcomEverywhere turned out to be just that — absolutely everywhere. It was a true whirlwind of activities from one end of HARA Arena to the other. And, it also took in Contest University, the DX Dinner, Contest Dinner, and D-Star InfoCon.
Each year we plan and focus on putting together a really fun experience for everyone who attends Hamvention®. It’s a massive effort and thanks to everyone on our staff and many, many others that helped out.
As part of our #IcomEverywhere campaign, we also showed off our extensive range of land mobile equipment as well as a sprinkling of marine and avionics products to engage with a broad range of radio enthusiasts at the show.
Last year I wrote all about the preparation for the Hamvention® in Welcome to the Big Show – complete with circus theme. I even spoke about trying to limit our activities to just three rings.
Well, this year we’re actually setting up the three rings: our main booth, the D-STAR booth, and new for 2016 our Land Mobile booth, where I’ll be spending some time.
We’re even bringing our own circus animal in Max, the Icom America mascot, star of the Zack and Max comic book adventures.
#IcomEverywhere — IC-7300 Front and Center
Many who have seen the preliminary information on the IC-7300 have used terms like “Revolutionary” and “Game Changer”. How could a radio in this price category generate the amount of excitement? A new receiver design – Direct RF Sampling. But before we go into the differences and benefits of a Direct RF Sampling receiver, lets get a basic understanding of this NEW design.
Direct RF Sampling
With the advances in RF design, a new series of semiconductors are available that digitize segments of RF Spectrum. While traditional receiver designs utilize Local Oscillators, LO, these Analog to Digital converter, ADC, devices have become the heart of the IC-7300 receiver design. As you read through this blog, you are taken through a topical review of this receiver, but nothing takes the place of an actual “on air” experience. So, you will want to head to your favorite Icom dealer to “hear” this science in action!
Wouldn’t it be great if your TV automatically chose just the right program for you based on your viewing preferences? And wouldn’t it be nice if it always showed the clearest and best picture when switching to that channel?
Having your best options automatically chosen, then provided for you, allows you to concentrate on the task at hand. In business communications with dealers and vendors, always receiving the best signal allows you to focus on the more important work.
Voting scan is a new feature in Icom’s IDAS™ radios which allows a mobile user to receive the best signal available so they can stay in contact with their internal and external customers. The feature functions just like a popular election. With the frequencies programmed in the radio and parameters and rules set in place, a vehicle can drive all across a geographical area and always capture the best signal as “voted on” by the vote scan capability.
We have all heard the stories of King Midas and the “Midas Touch” since we were young. While we would all love the ability to touch something and turn it into gold, we feel we’ve done just that with the introduction of the IC-7300!
While it may not be financial riches, the IC-7300 allows you to actually “touch” spectrum. As wild as that may sound, the touch screen gives you control of the 7300 much faster than a click of your mouse.
Had King Midas been a ham operating the IC-7300, we would hear tales in the ham world of the “QSO” touch — that every signal he touched, turned into a QSO!
Here at Icom, we have a long standing reputation as a communications pioneer. That of course includes radios but it also includes software innovations. Our RS-BA1 Internet Protocol (IP) Remote Control Software is another innovation that can enhance your experience using an Icom rig.
What Does it Do?
The RS-BA1 allows you to access your ham shack rig at a distance, whether that distance is another room in your home or another country. As long as you have internet access, you can get on the air from your ham shack.
The Olympics are coming soon and with it, the excitement of competition between the world’s greatest athletes. Because the Olympics will be seen by millions of people across the world, athlete’s preparations must be finely tuned with their teams in order to reach the ultimate readiness. Just like the athletes preparing for the Olympics, boaters must be prepared with finely tuned equipment for their extended travels on the water.
Communication is a key component of safely traveling the open ocean and inland waters.
Boat show season is in full effect with the Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show® kicking off today. Icom is attending the annual event, which celebrates its 75th year at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. This new show location accommodates more than one million square feet of entertainment and exhibitor space for marine products — including over 1200 new boats. It is the ultimate oasis for seasoned and novice boaters alike.
Being one of the world’s largest boat shows, Icom has exhibited at the Miami Boat Show for more than 25 years. Attendees can always expect Icom to debut new product at Miami and this year is no different. Stop by at Icom’s Booth C484 – C Tent and check out the following new radios: