Archive for the ‘Comms’ Category

OTTO Engineering Providing Noizebarrier Tactical Communication Suite To Federal Agents

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

OTTO Engineering is proud to be providing our elite Federal agents with our Noizebarrier Tactical Communication Suite. The OTTO suite of products was selected over currently fielded solutions and provides agents with unparallel Audio clarity, Situational Awareness / hear through, ruggedized solutions for any environment. OTTO Noizebarrier TAC provides increased communication intelligibility in all environments.

OTTO is working on several new technologies to increase operational awareness including their Lynq Pro handheld Position Location device.

Most ATAK enabled EUDs require a cellular connection or RF comms between radios that have been pre-programmed taking hours to set up. The Lynq Pro system works with or without an EUD but you can easily pair to your EUD via BLE or hardwire, providing a real time encrypted data link between your squad members even when networks are denied.

Core technology is an intelligent network well suited for comms denied contested environments that’s low power, RF quiet and rapidly deployable, 256 encrypted and peer to peer with jamming resistant with chirp spread spectrum frequency hopping. A next gen squad level blue force tracker — capable of secure location and LPI/LPD comms that drastically enhance situational awareness and ensure no personnel is left behind.

Come visit OTTO Engineering in VA Beach July 28th & 29th at Bad Ass Coffee across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Bushnell Introduces Outdoorsman Bluetooth Speaker

Friday, July 16th, 2021

New Outdoor Speaker Built to Handle Any Adventure or Gathering

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – July 12, 2021 – Bushnell®, an industry leader in performance optics, announces the release of its new Outdoorsman Bluetooth speaker, a rugged sound solution that was designed for outdoor adventures. From the woods to the backyard, the boat to the beach, and from the UTV to the tailgate party, this speaker is specifically designed to handle all things outside.

The Bushnell Outdoorsman™ features a rubber EXO™ Armor that protects the speaker from bumps and bruises, while its waterproof design shields it from rain and other moisture on land or water. Equipped with a Bite™ magnet on the back for metal surfaces, as well as Bite™ strap, D-ring loop and tripod mount, the Outdoorsman can be mounted just about anywhere, from a 4-wheeler or boat to a tree trunk or fencepost.

With 10 hours of battery life, the Outdoorsman can outlast an all-day party. An integrated charge port allows you to use the speaker as an external battery pack to recharge your phone, and it packs enough power to recharge most phones two or three times when fully charged.

For users who want more audio power, the Outdoorsman comes with TWS (True Wireless Stereo) mode, which allows the speaker to be paired with another Outdoorsman speaker for left and right stereo sound.

The Bushnell Outdoorsman includes the Bite strap, a micro-USB charging cable and an additional black EXO Armor. This black protective sleeve can be swapped with the included camo EXO Armor. MSRP for the Outdoorsman speaker is $119.99. To learn more about the Outdoorsman or other Bushnell products, visit

A&A Tactical – Headset Re-build Kit for MSA Sordin Supreme Pro & TCI Liberator

Saturday, July 10th, 2021

A&A Tactical offers a Behind the Head style Headset 3-Piece Rebuild Kit.

It comes in your choice of the various colors/patterns available:

– Multicam 
– Multicam Black 
– Multicam Arid
– Multicam Alpine
– Multicam Tropic
– Mil-Spec Khaki (similar to Eagle’s MJK)
– AOR1 
– AOR2 
– M81 Woodland 
– Ranger Green 
– Black 
– Coyote Brown 
– Wolf Grey 
– Crocodile Grey (similar to MAS Grey and is a mix of Ranger Green and Charcoal Grey)
– Blue Grey 
– Pink
– Kryptek Typhon 
– Kryptek Mandrake 
– Kryptek Highlander 
– Tiger Stripe
– Desert Tiger Stripe

319th Reconnaissance Wing to Field E-11 Mission at Robins AFB

Friday, July 9th, 2021


The Air Force announced plans recently that the 319th Reconnaissance Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base will now provide command and control support for the Air Force’s E-11 Battlefield Airborne Control Node aircraft mission.

Under the proposed plan, which is contingent on Congressional approval of the retirement of four E-8 JSTARS at Robins AFB, Georgia, an E-11 squadron at Robins AFB would be a geographically separated unit reporting to the 319th RW.

“We’re excited to bring the E-11 BACN mission into the 319th (RW)’s portfolio of world-class Airmen and assets,” said Col. Timothy Curry, 319th RW commander. “The E-11 brings strategic capability and advantages for the joint force which is the mission of the 319th RW.”

As part of its fiscal year 2020 budget request, the Air Force requested to begin retiring four E-8 aircraft next year, which would make way for the new E-11 BACN mission at Robins AFB.

E-11 BACN aircraft and a squadron of active-duty personnel will enable communications support to the joint force on the modern battlefield.

Pending the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act with provisions for JSTARS retirement, the E-11 mission is expected to stand up next year.

The Air Force already possesses three E-11s, and will continue to take delivery until the full fleet inventory is achieved.

Nine E-11 BACN aircraft and a squadron of approximately 290 active-duty personnel will execute a mission with a very high-ops tempo, enabling communications support to the joint force on the modern battlefield.

“As the Air Force looks to the future, we expect to be challenged around the world by China and Russia,” said Acting Secretary of the Air Force John P. Roth. “Those threats require new solutions, which means divesting legacy platforms like the JSTARS. However, our intent is to capitalize on the existing expertise at Team Robins as we bring on these new missions. These missions will play a vital role in how we achieve decision superiority across all domains.”

By 319th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs

Maritime Tactical Systems, Inc Selects Blue Sky Network’s SkyLink Solution for Its Unmanned Surface Vehicles

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

Blue Sky Network’s SkyLink delivers low-latency, dual-mode connectivity for MARTAC’s Devil Ray and MANTAS

San Diego, CA, June 29, 2021 – Today, Blue Sky Network, industry leader in mission-critical fleet management, business continuity, and operational analytics solutions, announced that it has been selected by MARTAC, an innovative provider of Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs), to equip their USVs with Blue Sky Network’s device and data management solution: SkyLink.

SkyLink by Blue Sky Network leverages the Iridium® Certus network as well as local GSM/LTE services for continuous, end-to-end sensor reporting, two-way messaging, asset utilization, and IoT/M2M monitoring. The device is small-form and low SWAP for use in any location or environment, with demonstrated versatility in both manned and unmanned maritime applications.

“To work with MARTAC is a great honor,” said Tucker Morrison, CEO of Blue Sky Network. “Autonomous missions are becoming more prevalent, and it’s the powerful, cutting-edge solutions like MARTAC’s USVs that inspired us to develop SkyLink.”

“We look forward to partnering with MARTAC to provide real-time command and control (C2) datalink for autonomous and remotely-piloted operations via our SkyLink solution,” stated Jason Hicks, VP of Business Development at Blue Sky Network. “SkyLink is a lightweight, durable, and low-latency solution that enables Iridium Global Line of SightSM for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) performance, supporting the vast needs of MARTAC’s Devil Ray and MANTAS USVs.”

“We are very excited to be working with Blue Sky Network’s leading edge, low SWAP, multi-carrier network for our USVs. Our Devil Ray and MANTAS vessels operate Beyond Human Capability and therefore reliable, robust, low-latency communications anywhere in the world is critical,” said Tom Hanson, COO of MARTAC.

Pre-orders for SkyLink began June 15, 2021, with hardware distribution planned for September 2021. All pre-orders are eligible for early access to the SkyLink Cloud Services portal, live testing data, and training materials. For more information on the SkyLink solution, visit

US and UK Communicators Conduct Electronic Warfare Training, Boost Interoperability

Monday, June 28th, 2021

(CUMBRIA, United Kingdom) — United Kingdom Signal Regiment and Special Operations Command, Europe (SOCEUR) Signal Detachment (SSD) conducted combined communications training at Royal Air Force Station Spadeadam April 19-22. Spadeadam is the only electronic warfare tactics facility in Europe where aircrews can practice maneuvers and tactics against a threats and targets that they face in contemporary warfare.

The exercise, designed to increase interoperability between the two NATO allies, facilitated mutual understanding of the combined tactical communication used by the U.K. and U.S.

“The training we conducted with the U.K. communicators was beneficial and realistic to battlefield operations as interoperability between allies is critical to the success of NATO missions,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Dayson Lindsay, a senior satellite communication system operator-maintainer.

Participants validated communication systems by troubleshooting software and hardware errors, implementing combined radio networks and training on international radio protocols to communicate effectively.

“Enabling an effective mission command requires combined communications in today’s complex military environment,” Sgt. Lindsay continued.

During the combined training event, the communicators explained and demonstrated each other’s communications equipment capabilities and functionality. This was followed by bridging solutions to facilitate secure communications between U.S. and U.K. radios.

“Working with the U.K. communicators has helped us improve communications interoperability by developing tactics and procedures that we can carry forward to future combined operations,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Andrew Reyes, a senior radio operator-maintainer from 112th Special Operations Signal Battalion (Airborne), assigned to SSD.

The SOCEUR communicators regularly conduct combined communications training throughout Europe to bridge partner radio systems between NATO allies and implement secure radio solutions for combat units.

SOCEUR employs Special Operations Forces across the United States European Command area of responsibility to enable deterrence, strengthen European security collective capabilities and interoperability, and counter transnational threats to protect U.S. personnel and interests.

By U.S. Special Operations Command Europe

Broadband 13” Blade Antenna from Disco32

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

This made in the USA short blade antenna is a rugged yet flexible blade style antenna operating from 30-512 MHz range. It is designed for handheld applications and is submersible to 20 meters of water depth.

Application VHF/UHF Handheld Frequency (30 – 512 MHz)

Impedance 50 Ohms Nominal

Gain -40 dBi @ 30 MHz to +2 dBi @ 210 MHz to -5 dBi @ 512 MHz

VSWR 3.5:1 Maximum

Polarization Vertical

Pattern Omni-Directional

Connector “TNC” Male

Max Height 13.25″

RF Power Capacity 8 Watt CW

DC Resistance Infinite

*Adapter Pack includes the Black Low-Loss RF Adapter (SMA-F / TNC-F (Mil Antenna to Baofeng) Specifically designed to securely adapt military broadband antennas for use on your Baofeng or similar hand held radio.

Mounted on a Spiritus Systems back panel.

Introducing Skylink by Blue Sky Network

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

A Dual-Mode Data Management Solution for Land, Air, Sea, and IoT Applications

San Diego, CA, June 15, 2021 – Today, Blue Sky Network announced SkyLink, a dual-mode data management solution for land, air, sea, and IoT applications. This comprehensive software and hardware configuration is specifically engineered to capture and disseminate mission-critical information from any location and display it in a secure online portal.

“The hardware is small-form and stackable to meet the size, weight, and power requirements of any mission,” said Ron Hume, CTO of Blue Sky Network, “However, it is not just about the data collection, but how that data is received. That’s what makes the cloud portion of our SkyLink solution so invaluable.”

“SkyLink is multifaceted and configurable in form and function,” stated Tucker Morrison, CEO of Blue Sky Network, “It’s a solution born of our partners, customers, and our prospective customers’ operational needs. We are excited to see SkyLink come to life and support remote missions across the globe.”

“Developed using licensed Iridium® core technology, SkyLink’s versatility enables it to serve a variety of remote, mobile, and global operations for maritime, aviation, land, IoT and more,” says Bryan Hartin, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Iridium. “This management solution will operate on the Iridium Certus® 100 service, offering a powerful combination of small size and high performance that will make it easier and more affordable for enterprise grade voice, remote monitoring, and data management, while enabling reliable coverage anywhere in the world.”

SkyLink by Blue Sky Network offers both Iridium Certus service and local GSM/LTE connectivity for continuous, end-to-end sensor reporting, asset utilization, IoT/M2M monitoring, and two-way messaging. The lightweight, multi-stack hardware is designed for any fixed-mount, portable, or mobile application and offers a range of service configurations for mission-focused safety, efficiency, versatility, and affordability. An optional, rechargeable backup battery offers up to 6 hours of continuous power for off-grid sites, non-powered vessels, power outages, or remote operations.

Pre-orders for SkyLink begin today, June 15, 2021, with hardware distribution planned for September 2021. All pre-orders are eligible for early access to the SkyLink Cloud Services portal, live testing data, and training materials. For more information on the SkyLink solution, visit