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Early TEMPEST Phone From NSA Museum

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

This large, rotary phone was a prototype for a TEMPESTed telephone. TEMPEST is a cover name that is now used throughout the government and industry to refer to frequency emanations leaking from electronic devices as they are used. Even back in World War II, the U.S. Army was warned about a teletype mixer that emitted signals each time the machine stepped. The signals could be intercepted 100 or more feet away revealing the plaintext message.

This early prototype TEMPESTed telephone was mounted on a plaque and presented to Lowell Frazer in 1985, presumably upon his retirement. Frazer was a communications security mathematician whose leadership spurred government and industry interaction in the development of TEMPEST equipment. He also ensured that TEMPEST concerns were part of the cryptographic evaluation process.

To learn a little about TEMPEST history, read “TEMPEST: A Signal Problem”.

Scroll Factory – Bn Cat Eyes Pre-Order

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Despite being called “ranger eyes” all over the internet, the proper name for the luminescent markers placed in the back of PCs (Patrol Caps), Helmet Camouflage bands and Packs is “cat eyes”. They just happen to be worn by Rangers, along with others who patrol at night.

Scroll Factory is offering a pre-order for cat eyes in the Ranger Bn shapes. These are Glow-in-the-dark patches with Velcro backing.


ORSM – Silynx Communications Clarus Pro

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The Clarus noise cancelling headset from Silynx Communications is well known in military and LE circles. Now, Silynx has introduced it to the civilian market. In addition to its ruggedized active (25 db) noise cancellation, you get military grade, waterproof control for your communications devices, including FRS radios and cellphones. The applications are myriad, CSAR, high noise vehicles, construction, cycling, etc.

The Clarus Pro comes in Black but they offer an option for dipping in various patterns.


RolaTube – 3.5m Handheld Squad VHF Antenna Mast

Friday, July 29th, 2016

One of the products I got a chance to check out at the recent Warrior East expo was RolaTube’s 3.5meter Squad Antenna. It doesn’t require guy wires and can be erected by one person. Even better, this dipole antenna is integrated into the mast so there’s no building an expedient antenna amd tossing int over a tree branch; just unroll the mast and it forms a strong, self-supporting tube. Considering the current interest in jungle operations, this is worth taking a look at for VHF comms (30-300Mhz).  I’d have killed for this when I was in.

This mast could also be used for other applications and in that case, a cap could be placed in the end in order to fortify the integrity of the tubular structure. The antenna weighs 3.1 lbs and is just 6″ X 6″ X 6″ in carrying configuration. Available in Black or MultiCam.


Unity Tactical Is Now The Exclusive Seller For Iron Forged Concepts’ Product Line

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Houma, LA- June 27, 2016 – Unity Tactical™ is proud to announce that it is now the exclusive seller for Iron Forged Concepts™ entire product line. These products include the successful Sordin Arc Rail Adapters (SARA) as well as the upcoming Modular Attached Rail Kit (MARK), which will now proudly wear the Unity Tactical logo. Bringing on IFC’s line of helmet accessories is a natural progression for Unity. In 2015, Unity Tactical™ began delving into the world of helmet accessories with the Knuckl™ accessory mount and an NVG adapter for GoPro™ cameras developed is in association with TNVC. For more information on Unity Tactical’s full line of products, visit: www.unitytactical.com

“In our mission to better serve those that serve us; our military, law enforcement, first responders, and commercial partners, Iron Forged Concepts has accepted the opportunity to come under the Unity Tactical banner. Unity Tactical will continue to support IFC products and customers with the same top notch product and customer support that Unity and their existing products are known for. We are very excited to announce this agreement and cannot think of a better fit for the Iron Forged product family. God bless and stay safe – Zach, IFC “

“Zach and Iron Forged have built an excellent product and reputation in the industry. We are honored to continue to support our military, LE, first responders, and civilian shooters with his products. Unity Tactical will continue to push forward with new products and innovations in this product line to provide the end users with the absolute best products to support their mission.”

-Trent Zimmer, President, Unity Tactical


INVISIO Receives New Order From The French Army Worth SEK 9 million

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Stockholm, June 22, 2016

INVISIO (IVSO) has received a new order for communications systems and accessories from the French Army. The order value amounts to approximately SEK 9 million and delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2016. This is the second order from the same customer in a short time.

“We have a long-term cooperation with the French defense forces and look upon this order as an important continuation of our collaboration which has been ongoing for some years now”, says Lars Højgård Hansen, CEO of INVISIO.

The order includes communications system with headsets for use with a radio. The system ensures a good hearing protection while the wearer is able to communicate and maintain situational awareness.

In May 2016, INVISIO announced an order of SEK 9 million from the same customer.

France is INVISIO’s seventh army cooperation, after Denmark, Sweden, the USA, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.


Iris Technology Exhibiting Radio Power Adapters At SOFIC

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

There are two Radio Power Adapters you should check out when you visit Iris Technologies during SOFIC, the Merlin-3 and the Merlin H2. Both are quiet and built to MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-461F. They are also compatible with solar chargers.

Merlin-3 RPA

This Radio Power Adapter is for the Harris PRC-117G Radio. I like how Iris Texhnology refers to it, “The Merlin-3 isn’t your grandfather’s battery eliminator; it’s a RPA, battery charger and power manager.” It allows you to provide power to the radio, charge a rechargeable battery and provide 100W of power out to power most any accessory. Batteries can also be hot-swapped while it is in use. Additionally, it’s great for vehicle use as well as in Ops Centers because the Merlin-3 also serves as an UPS. When shore power is lost there is a fully charged battery that provides an uninterrupted capability rather than having your radio just go out.

Merlin H2

The Merlin H2 is a Radio Power Adapter for PRC-148, PRC-152, PRC-152A. It has many of the same features as the Merlin-3 but is geared toward handheld radios. However, it’s important to note that the power out of the aux port isn’t has high as the Merlin-3. It will accept input power from many sources: conformal battery, xx90 series batteries, ac/dc converter, etc.


Clear-Com Brings Cutting-Edge Digital Intercom Technology to SOFIC 2016

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

ALAMEDA, USA – MAY 02, 2016 — At this year’s Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), Clear-Com®, the global leader in real-time communication and connectivity solutions, will showcase the new DX410 wireless intercom system, the Gateway radio interoperability solution, and the LQ-R four/eight-port IP interface devices.
Reliable intercom and connectivity solutions are an essential component in meeting the needs for tight collaboration, coordination, communication and safety within military, aerospace, and government operations. Whether on wireless or wired systems, over 4-wire circuits or IP networks, Clear-Com’s extensive range of communications systems has the flexibility and scalability to meet complex configurations and is future-proofed to address unforeseen challenges.

The DX410 is a license-free, two-channel 2.4GHz digital wireless intercom. The full-duplex system can be deployed rapidly and is easy to operate; it enables mobile personnel to move freely and is rugged and reliable, making it idea for military, aerospace, and government applications. DX410 features 7 kHz wideband audio for the clearest communication, enhancing safety and situational awareness. Its 2.4GHz Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) 64-bit encryption ensures secure, confidential communication. Also, the system’s upgraded radio technology allows better transmission/reception, two-wire/four-wire bridging, and two-wire auto-nulling. Each base station supports up to 15 BP410 wireless beltpacks and/or WH410 all-in-one wireless headsets.

Also on display is the Gateway radio interoperability solution, ideal for immediate on-site communication across different radio frequencies. It combines advanced radio interface technology for analog and digital radios with a suite of programmable features. Gateway does this by bridging radio channels across different radio platforms – be it port-to-port, port-to-multi-port or Radio-over-IP (RoIP) – which enables cross-communication between different frequencies.
Clear-Com’s LQ-R four or eight-port IP interface devices, which come in a 1RU form factor, are the latest additions to the LQ Series family. These devices can simply and cost-effectively extend or link any industry-standard 2-wire or 4-wire intercom and audio systems over LAN, WAN or IP networks. The new LQ-R devices can provide either four or eight ports per rack unit, while the compact LQ throw-down devices offer two ports of connectivity. All have the option of either eight 4-wire connections, four 2-wire connections, or four 2-wire and four 4-wire connections in a single unit. The 2-wire option is both Clear-Com and RTS TW compatible.

“Clear-Com’s range of high quality, full-duplex intercom and connectivity systems enable users to stay in constant communication,” said Scott Shepard, Sales Engineer for the Military, Aerospace, and Government division at Clear-Com. “Allowing voice exchanges to occur in real time effectively and efficiently across different communications systems and geographies, enhances safety and security in diverse environments. It also facilitates reliable voice communications between a number of people in order to achieve desired results and collaborate without limits, which fits right in with the focus of this year’s show.”

This year’s conference theme is “Evolving the Network to Counter Emerging Threats”. The event will be held on May 23-26, 2016 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa Bay, FL. Clear-Com will showcase its intercom solutions in Booth #219.