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AFCEA TechNet 2015 – GATR Technologies – Satcom

Saturday, September 5th, 2015


-Recently used for 25th ID Cobra Gold rotation after their SATCOM was rendered NMC during sealift. A 4 man team deployed via commercial air with a 4M GATR and provided DIV MAIN CP comms. What used to take a long bed 5-ton can now be put in the bed of a 4-pax or a large sedan.

-No component weighs over 80lbs. The ball was 77lbs. The ball itself can be transported in a canvas bag. Not jumpable unless soldier is 6’4″ + but definitely door-bundle per the retired JM rep. It can operate in windspeeds up 50 kts or so, well beyond the threshold of normal rigid dishes due to the aerodynamics of a ball versus a bowl.

-The two Pelican boxes hold the electronics and blowers. The Hardigg box holds the ball in its bag for palletizing. Not essential.

-The dish reflector shape is held by differential pressurization between the halves of the ball. If the ball is damaged punctured (by fragementation or small arms), the blowers kick up to compensate for air loss. It comes with a patch kit and is made of rip-stop material.

-Note the “Satellite this way” markings on ground mat and sizing of the anchor plates to allow ammo cans, 5 gallon jugs, sandbags, or bricks to be used. All tie-downcabling and turnbuckles are integrated for quick setup and no line snags. The protractor is also integrated for elevation checks of the dish. A clear vinyl window allows a visual check on the reflector shape without guessing. The slightly blurry photo with the oval in the corner is the view inside.

-Blowers use regular radio batteries for the UPS.

Available in smaller sizes, too.

Submitted by Fly On The Wall

AFCEA TechNet 2015 – Leidos – MLS “KVM Switch For Audio” Headset

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Leidos MLS System

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Sensor, ISR, and C2 node personnel often have to work at multiple levels of classification with a sea of different headsets, handsets, and speakers to deal with two or more classification systems. The cramped nature of many systems makes multiple handsets and headsets problematic.

Additionally, spillage and crosstalk are real things: the very human possibility of grabbing the wrong H-250 handset and telling uncleared personnel or your erstwhile Green force allies that “John has a long moustache” is a serious danger to compromising sensitive capabilities and TTPs. Finally, consider the distinct possibility of Green overhearing Blue comms if they happen to be in the TOC when monitor speakers are setup. There simply aren’t enough personnel to have dedicated RTOs for each level of classification and some LNO guy is probably going to be in your C2 area during joint or combined ops.

Leidos MLS headset allows simultaneous monitoring of multiple levels of classification. One operator or communicator can now discretely monitor or communicate on two or more networks with complete channel isolation and no “bleedover.”

Initial testing and fielding with ISR assets has resulted in some product improvements. The boom mic and some of the internals has now been moved to the opposite side to produce a better balanced headset to reduce neck strain. While it may seem trivial to worry about neck strain on some pogue in a TOC or airconditioned shelter, realize that pogue is probably going to be wearing this headset 14+ hours a day for months or years at a time. Much like NVG counterweights, a balanced load on the head makes for comfort, efficiency, and long term prevention of repetitive strain injury.

Submitted by Fly On The Wall

AFCEA TechNet 2015 – Tricom Research

Friday, September 4th, 2015


Tricom research has some fantastic, manportable communications system packaging solutions. Using standard Storm/Hardigg type cases, systems that would normally require bulky vehicle type racks and docks are now mounted in hand or man-packable configurations that can be popped open and used quickly without dealing with a sea of cables, connectors, or bulk.

Hands-on fiddling with the systems revealed lots of attention to detail and significant input by military communications personnel, especially those who operate out of non-standard vehicles or need to be able to set up C2 without a 463L pallet of hardware. Open the box, plug in the antenna, and start talking.

Additionally, the Tricom rep was particularly proud of the thermal tolerances in the hardware. If the customer supplied radio and operator can take the heat, the Tricom packaging and amplifier solutions won’t be the link that holds you back.

Submitted by Fly On The Wall

Darley Days – Smartronix Radio Data Adapter Cables

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

As a former radio operator, I’m all about anything that makes the job easier and lightens the load. The Smartronix Radio Data Adapter Cable does just that. It combines the functionality of multiple waveform-specific data cables into a single cable and allows that data to be transmitted via voice channel, even while speaking.  The secret sauce is in the box which contains the firmware.  

Specifically, it replaces four Harris OEM cables which have to be carried depending on the mission profile.  In addition to the weight savings, there’s also time savings since the cables won’t have to be reconfigured for each use.  

Waveforms Supported:
Synchronous Data (PDA-184)
Asynchronous Data
Asynchronous Remote
High Performance Waveform (HPW) / Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
Ethernet (ANW2)

Each RDA cable is designed to operate with a specific radio model: AN/PRC-117F, AN/PRC-117G, AN/PRC-150, AN/PRC-152, AN/ARC-231, AN/PSC-5, AN/ARC-210, AN/PRC148, and SINCGARS (AN/PRC-119E and RT-1523) with longer versions as well as models for aircraft and vehicles.  One end connects to the radio and the other end to a computer USB port.

Warrior East – Cejay Engineering 

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Cejay Engineering has had a great job with the Neptune signal beacon.  Based on this success they’ve introduced a Public Safety version in “come find me” Yellow.  Additionally, they’ve swapped the lights out to Red, White and Blue and removed the IR LED.  This helped lower the cost to make it more accessible by the civilian community.

Warrior East – Silynx Communications

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Silynx Communications offers an adapter for standard commercial iPhone earbuds Into the Clarus.  These earbuds are not only being used for low viz ops but by many in LE who don’t need a full earpro comms headset.


The iPhone headset adapter is available now from

C2R Fast – Multifunction Kit

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

British kit producer C2R Fast was tasked with a customer to provide to provide several capabilities. In particular, they wanted a set of three things – lightweight shelter, thermal blanket and an air marker panel.  After some deliberation, C2R Fast decided to combine all three into one product.

Lightweight ripstop Multicam on the outer and ripstop nylon on the reverse with a thermal layer in between, this is able to fold up nice and small but can be used as a marker panel, is long enough to become a lightweight survival sleeping bag, and with tabs and loops in the right places, as a lightweight shelter.

Once you get your hands on a multifunction item like this, its use is only limited by the imagination.

Darley Defense Days – Black Diamond Assault Pack

Thursday, June 4th, 2015


Black Diamond is known for the APEx Predator wearable C3 system, however they also offer an Assault Pack optimized to carry the AN/PRC 117G radio.


The Assault Pack is optimized for the APEx Predator system. The top of the pack features improved lengthened antenna ports, with multiple Velcro flaps, allowing for greater flexibility in antenna placement. The main compartment features dual side stash flaps for cable management, and two buckled radio retention straps sewn into the pack. The main compartment also features a zippered bottom opening for radio battery changes.


The exterior features a cable management pocket for the Tactical Mission Controller, which feeds directly into the main compartment. An integrated zippered hydration compartment is housed behind the back pad. Dual side ports allow for additional cable routing options. The Assault Pack also comes with an external tablet pouch.


The Black Diamond Assault pack is available in Coyote and MultiCam.

SOFIC 2015 – TEA Headsets Offering Ops-Core’s RAC Headset

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

May 20th, 2015 – SOFIC – Tampa, FL – TEA Headsets Announces the Ops-Core RAC Headset to market…

TEA Headsets is now formally announces the release of the new Ops-Core RAC Headset (Rail Attached Communications) to market for purchase or evaluation. *Note product evaluations are limited to teams/units only.

The new RAC Headset is the next evolution for over-the-ear (OTE) headsets and showcases a streamlined design that integrates directly into the helmet rail system. The RAC mounts to the rear portion of the helmet rail leaving the main portion of the rail free for other critical accessories such as cameras, lights, O2 masks or other accessories. Compatibility wise the RAC is able to fit onto the rail systems of the Ops-Core® Fast, Maritime and Sentry helmets as well as other brands of high cut helmets (inquire directly with TEA for additional information).

RAC Headset

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Utilizing TEA’s full line up of U94 Push-to-Talk switches and controllers the RAC can now be seamlessly integrated into practically any public safety or DoD radio as well as vehicle, boat and aircraft intercom systems.

More information will be released soon regarding the RAC Headset and other new products/systems from TEA, so keep an eye out for future releases.

Learn more about the RAC Headset at

Warrior West – Shakespeare

Friday, May 1st, 2015

I’ve been a big fan of Shakespeare’s Panther Mast that consists of a rolatube technology that rolls up flat and forms into a very strong tube as it is erected.  In the past, you had to prepare the Panther Mast on the ground and pul it up like a more traditional antenna system such as the OE-254.    

The new 2 meter tripod system allows you to guide the mast straight up as it is guided through the apex of the tripod making erecting and striking the antenna much faster as well as more stable.