SANTIAGO 1200 STILL AVAILABLE

 Photo: Page from Sirtel Catalogue

The Santiago 1200 is very well known model antenna that has been around for many many years. I am in the CB for over 40 years and that model exists as long as I can remember. I have no idea who the original manufacturer was. All popular models in this industry have been copied and copied again.

SIRTEL
Certainly for the last  20 years, every one thought the Sirtel Santiuago 1200 was the original model. But as I wrote before, I can not be sure about that. But since some time the Sirtel model is not available anymore. There are stories in the market, but I could not find a person to tell the true story until now. What I do know is following:

COOPERATION
Around 15 years ago some antenna manufacturers decided to cooperate more closely. The Italian companies, Sirtel, Mantova, Sigma and Lea combined forces to attack the European market. That went well for some time, but few months ago the doors of the factory closed. Some people think there will be a re-tart, but others doubt this.  Honestly, I have no idea what will happen.

SANTIAGO 1200
The most popular models from the factory were the Mantova base antenna and the Santiago 1200. No need to be disappointed because there are still several Santiago 1200 or S1200, or SS1200 on the market. As I wrote in the beginning, many factories copied this model. It is copied so many times that we do not know anymore from who the original is. It also does not mean that the copies are from less quality. Sometimes copies can better than the original.

At Avera we have two different and equal Santiago 1200 models  for sale. So for those who still want the Santiago 1200 , no need to be sad – the antenna is still on the market.

Photo: Detail of Santiago 1200

MIDLAND GB-1 TEARS EUROPE APART

Photo: Midland GB-1, a PMR446 with fixed antenna

USA vs EUROPE
In the USA it is the FCC that rules the world of communications for all 50 states. In Europe we have the European Union, that are 28 National States. The EU is managed by the European Commission (EC). In the EU the kind of ‘FCC-department’ is called the “Directorate General for Communication-networks and Technology (CNET)”.

It might look the same structure but the difference is really big. Where the FCC has the complete power in all the US states, the European Commission can make Directives . The national governments have to implement the Directives as national laws. Can you imagine a European Directive written in English or French and translated by 28 national bodies in their own language….
Yes that often results in a ‘fight’ about the meaning of content of the Directive and meaning of national translations.

In our industry we have a ‘nice’ example for this struggle. There is a European Directive for the so called PMR446 regulation. It can be compared with USA radio’s for FRS or GMRS. The directive tells us the equipment for PMR446 needs to have a fixed antenna. So basically the idea was to have small portable radios, walki talkies, operating on 8 channels in the  446 MHz band.

THE EUROPEAN WAY
To put such a radio on the market the manufacturer needs a Document of Compliance. An accredited laboratory investigates such a product and if it is complying with all the applicable rules they give a Declaration of Conformity. In short this is the way to act when bringing radio’s on the European market with the necessary  CE or CE! ( CE-alert) sign. So manufacture according to the technical specs of the directive and ETSI norms, have it tested by an accredited laboratory, get the necessary paperwork done for CE and you are in business!

MIDLAND GB-1
This was exactly what Midland did when they put the Midland GB-1 on the market. A portable radio with a fixed antenna. The antenna was fixed with a  cable to the radio. The test lab saw no problem, it was according to the Directive, the antenna was fixed and not detachable.

The Midland GB-1 came on the market with all the necessary markings for CE, that is a CE sign and a listing of the countries for which applicable.

Photo: A dark shadow is already hanging over the listing of all EU-countries (some non-EU countries also adapted EU-laws)

It did not take long before some national European Authorities saw the product in the market and told Midland “this is not according to the Directive for PMR446”. Midland told them “this is the documents from an official accredited laboratory, so what can be the problem? “.

In such a case of discussion or rejecting by a national Authority , each Authority can inform the DG of the European Commission to file a complaint. There will be a short investigation and it might result in an instruction to all 28 national Authorities “take this product out of the market”.

In the case of Midland GB-1 there was a discussion between all the national Authorities in Europe and the votes were quite divided. Countries that had no problem with the construction of this radio were: Denmark, Malta, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Estonia, Slovakia, Italy, The Netherlands.

Photo: The listing of the countries without objections

Countries’ that say “not allowed” were Croatia, Switzerland, Finland, Portugal, Norway, Austria, Belgium, Latvia, Luxemburg, France.

Some countries thought it was hard to decide and needed time to think: Bulgaria, Ireland, Sweden, UK, Greece, Poland, Spain, Cyprus, Lithuania.

Because of all the discussions in the various countries Midland had to change the paperwork for this radio and also the printing on the box. For an end-user it  looks easy but for a manufacturer this is quite a big and expensive operation to make a small change like this.

Photo: The Midland GB-1 used to be code C1198 but is now code C1198.01 also the barcode had to be changed.

So we have a European Commission making Directives. The national Authorities have to turn these Directives in to national law. But at the end of the day the national Authorities still want to have the final word.

The case of Midland GB-1 illustrates exactly how divided Europe can be. As a European tradesman I love the European Union for all the good things achieved. I just hope that people from national Authorities will start to think more European than they do now. Or the European countries must give more power to the European Commission and European Parliament. If there is a European Directive/Law there must be a product for the complete European market and individual countries should not have the possibility to ban products from their national market.

The Midland GB-1 is a fine product, it is manufactured according to the EU standards, there is a demand in the market for this product and it should be available for the benefit of all European people.

Photo: Midland GB-1, only legally available in some European countries

USE OF DASH CAMS IN EUROPE

Many brands offer action camera’s or dash cams for use in trucks or cars.  The most recent in the Avera stock programma is the Midland STREET GUARDIAN NIGHT. For details about this product visit our website.

Photo: Midland Street Guardian Night

More and more drivers purchase  a dashcam. It allows to film scenic routes and gives ‘proof’ in case of an accicdent. But not in every country the use of dashcams is legal.

DIFFERENT LAWS IN ALL COUNTRIES
Most users have no idea about the laws in the various European countries.  Here is some listing from info we received:

BELGIUM: allowed
Not allowed to publish or distribute the video’s made if people in the video can be identified.
DANMARK: allowed
Dashcam and cables should not block the views of the driver. No filming on private property, be aware for privacy regulations.
GERMANY: advise is ‘do not use’.
UNITED KINGDOM: Allowed
Be aware of privacy regulations when publishing videos
FRANCE: allowed
Unclear about legal aspect for use in court. Be aware of privacy regulations.
GREECE: No legal information available.
HUNGARY: allowed
Publication of video only wen people can not be recognised.
ITALY: allowed
Privacy regulations not only for persons but it is also not allowed to publish a  video with readable license plates.
CROATIA: allowed
Be aware for privacy regulations, Also certain objects like country borders should not be recorded.
LUXEMBURG: NOT ALLOWED
Data protection laws do not allow the use of dash cams.
AUSTRIA: advise is ‘do not use’.
It is not allowed to video people, this affects also use of dashcams.
POTUGAL: advise is ‘do not use’.
Only allowed if one has a license from Portugese Data Protection Authority.
SLOVENIA: allowed
Restrictions when people are filmed without permission.
Spain: advise ‘do not use’.
Use should not distract the drivers attention. No allowed to use in public areas.
CZECH REPUBLIC: allowed
Sight of driver should not be blocked.
Not allowed to publish video without permission.
SWITZERLAND: allowed
Sight of driver should not be blocked.
Not allowed to operate during driving.
Be aware of privacy regulations before publishing.
(Source AAA – NL )

GENERAL ADVICE:
If the use of a dashcam is not allowed do not show the camera on your dash board, even when not in use.
• Always make sure the dashcam does not block the sight of the driver.
• Never operate the dashcam during driving.
 Do not publish video’s when people can be recognised.
Always respect the privacy from others.

DRIVE SAFE AND ENJOY YOUR VACATION !

 

DELTA DFC100 WIRELESS FREQUENCY COUNTER

 Photo: Delta DFC100

Last time i introduced the Delta M2 Desk Microphone. This post is about the Delta DFC100 wireless frequency counter from the same company.

BACK PANEL
Although the DFC100 is called a wireless frequency counter it can also be used as a regular wired counter. On the back panel are 4 connecting possibilities.
Two pieces SO-239 connectors for direct connecting to a transceiver and antenna. Next to these is the slot to connect  a 12 Volt DC source.
Last but not least is the connection for the antenna for wireless measurement of the frequency from a transceiver. This antenna is included in the gift box and has a length of approx. 62 cm.

FRONT PANEL
The display reads the frequency in the range from 0.5 – 50 MHz in blue LED’s. On the left hand side is a switch to select wireless measurement on/off. On the right hand side is the general on/off switch.

POWE SUPPLY

Photo : KIM KE600

Manufacturer Delta is based in the USA. In the gift box is a USA 110 Volt AC/DC adaptor. For operation in Europe is is necessary to use a 12 Volt DC adaptor with EU plug. When we used a switching power supply it resulted in a ‘noise’ in the receiver. Maybe this was a one time event.
When using a very cheap KIM KE600 adaptor there was no noise to be heard.

CONCLUSION:
The Delta DFC100 wireless frequency counter is a good counter, easy to use. The extra option for wireless measurement of the transmitted frequency can come in handy.
Do not forget to use a good functioning 12 Volt DC adaptor.

SPECIFICATIONS:
Below is a part of the user manual that shows the specifactions for the Delta DFC100 Wireless Frequency Counter.

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DELTA M2 DESK MICROPHONE

M2 Chrome Product and Packing Photo

Photo: Delta M2 Microphone – CHROME version

After many years in CB business it is a pleasure to be happily surprised seeing a new accessory for the CB market. Unpacking the Delta M2 base mike really gave me that warm feeling again.

GOLD AND CHROME
There are 2 version for M2 available:  Delta M2 CHROME  and Delta M2 GOLD.
Both types are exactly the same, just a different color. And ofcourse the gold version is more expensive than the chrome version.

M2Gold Product and Packing Photo

Photo: Delta M2 Microphone – GOLD version

These 2 brand new models come from USA. They come with the standard USA 4-Pin CB connector and the common Cobra/Uniden/President wiring. For the 6-Pin President radio’s we have an adaptor or an adaptor cable to convert a 4-Pin microphone to a 6-Pin radio without any soldering. Check the list of the accessories that are mentioned in the product description of these 2 microphones on our website.

Like most base microphones the amplifier in the M2 microphone needs a 9 Volt battery. That is not included in the packing to prevent damage from a leaking battery.

But that are just some technical details. Looking at this product made me happy. It looks a bit old fashioned, but it also looks robust and elegant at the same time. It is simple and technical, it is a combination of many other products that i saw in 40+ years in this business.  It is a microphone you like to have in front of you, a pleasure for the eye, you have a horse to do the ‘heavy job’. Although there are not many CB users that think talking is a difficult job.

FEATURES
The M2 is an amplified dynamic desk microphone. On top of the housing you find the controls for Tone, Modulation, the Push To Talk button with lock function, a LED for TX and a VU_meter showing the power of the modulation. On the microphone stand is a switch to turn the microphone on or off. The head of the microphe can be turned backwards or forewards depending on the preference of the user.

A quick test learned that the Delta M2 delivers a very strong and good audio signal. And to be honest, we did not expect something different from this master piece. It is not a cheap product but it feels like a privelige to use this microphone and use it.

M2Gold Side View Photo

M2 Chrome Side View Photo

 

PALOMAR MICROPHONE SL41

 Photo: The Palomar SL41 comes in a beautiful packing

THE BRAND PALOMAR
In the “old” days Palomar was a world famous brand in the world of CB and 10 meter. Most famous were the high quality products like linear amplifiers. From most famous brand names the ownership changed during the years. Also Palomar switched from owner. Until last year Mr Eric Lewis (USA) claimed back the name that his father, the founder of Palomar,  had made great in the past. Palomar is now back to the roots of the Lewis family.

MICROPHONE SL41
The Palomar SL41 was introduced few weeks ago. It is a new technical concept for an electret microphone. Inside the housing is an alkaline battery that powers the microphone.

Photo: inside the housing is an alkaline battery

In Europe most CB’s have a 6-pin wiring and one of the pins supplies the voltage to the electret microphone. In USA most CB’s have a 4-Pin Uniden/Cobra wiring without a voltage supplied to one of the pins. That is why the battery is operated with an alkaline AAA battery.

ADAPTER CONNECTOR OR CABLE
For testing we connected the SL41 to a President Johnson-2. We have 2 very handy items to connect a 4-Pin Uniden/Cobra wired microphone to a 6-Pin President wired transceiver.

Photo: Adapter 4-Pin USA to 6-Pin President

C4PDF6 = Adapter, Converts 4-Pin Male to 6-Pin Female with Magnum DeltaForce/President Wiring.
CABLE 0008 = Microphone Adaptor Cable 4-Pin Male to 6-Pin Female with Uniden/President Wiring.
 

Photo: Uniden Adapter Cable 4-Pin Uniden to 6-Pin President

For the audio quality it made no difference whatever we used, the Adapter connector or the adapter cable.

 TEST RESULT
First we tested the dynamic microphones RoadKing RK56 and Astatic 636. As these are dynamic types we were not surprised the quality was not so good on the electret type radio Johnson-2.

The Palomar SL41 is an electret type and it  gave a much better performance than the original microphone from Johnson-2.

To finish the test we connected a RD104 (Red Devil) and the DM104M6B4B. These are amplified microphones. The audio quality and the level of volume had not much difference with the Palomar SL41. That is a remarkable good result.

I heard many good reviews from Palomar SL41 and the only thing I can say now: “TESTED AND TRUE”.

SPECIFICATIONS OF SL41:
The Palomar SL41 combines modern engineering and technology with time-tested design to provide the professional driver with the ultimate noise-cancelling microphone.

    • Classic Rugged Design
    • Active Circuit Microphone with Noise Cancelling Electret Element
    • 6 Conductor, Dual Shielded Cable – Custom Palomar Made Cable
    • 16″ Coiled Cable Section – Stretches to 9′
    • Over 1 Year Battery Life from Single AAA Battery
    • AAA Battery Included – Factory Installed
    • Industrial Grade Push-to-Talk Switch
    • Dual Mount – Machined Aluminum Button + Hanger
    • Wired for 4-Pin CB Radios

If you are interested in more technical information please read the document Technology and Design.

Photo: The Palomar SL41 – View from 4 sides

UBCD3600XLT DMR-VERSIONS

DMR VERSIONS

Since the launch of the new portable scanner Uniden UBCD3600XLT there have been questions about the DMR function of this receiver. There are many different versions of DMR in the market and people ask which types of DMR can be detected.

The USA  models BCDx36HP need an upgrade to detect all mentioned DMR systems. The European model UBCD3600XLT does not need an upgrade to cover these DMR systems.

Using the European model Uniden UBCD3600XLT or USA  models BCDx36HP radios ( upgraded with the DMR upgrade), you can now seamlessly monitor unencrypted channels on the following system types:

  • Conventional Analog channels
  • Conventional P25 Digital channels
  • Motorola Type I and Type II Trunked Radio systems with Analog and Digital (P25) Voice
  • EDACS Analog trunked radio systems
  • LTR Analog trunked radio systems
  • APCO Project 25 Phase I and Phase II Digital Trunked Radio systems
  • EDACS trunked radio systems with ProVoice channels
  • Conventional Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) channels
  • MotoTRBO Capacity Plus Trunked Radio Systems
  • MotoTRBO Connect Plus Trunked Radio Systems
  • MotoTRBO Linked Capacity Plus Systems
  • DMR Tier IIITrunking   

                                                                             

TARGET BLU EYE – TETRA / ASTRID / C2000 / AIRWAVE

SCANNERS AND RADAR DETECTORS IN EUROPE

The communication from police and emergency services (fire department and ambulances) in most European countries is based on TETRA technology.
Tetra is a kind of trunking system and very often the users apply scrambling to make ear dropping impossible. So with regular scanners it is impossible to listen to the TETRA communications.
Where in USA the use of radar detectors is legal in many states, in Europe this is illegal in most countries. An example; in The Netherlands a dealer can be fined for 500 euro for EACH radar detector that there is available for sale.

So in Europe listening to police communication or using a radar detector is impossible to prevent getting speeding tickets. Now a days most drivers use apps on the phone to be warned for mobile or stationary speed traps. These are not ‘dynamic’ information systems and are legal to use in most European countries.

                                        Photo: Receiver and Display

 

TARGET BLU-EYE
Police and emergency vehicles use high speed when there is an incident. Regular drivers often are frightened away when they are approached by a blue light vehicle on high speed.
To prevent frightened reactions from drivers that might cause dangerous situations on the road, Blu Eyes was developed. It warns drivers that emergency vehicles are coming close.

HOW IT FUNCTIONS
The TETRA system does not only transmit communications, but also a GPS signal to know where the vehicle is located. Listening to encrypted communications is illegal, but receiving a GPS signal is strictly legal.

The Blu Eye detects the signal from an emergency vehicle and the device informs with an acoustic or visual signal or that vehicle is coming close or moving away. That is why the Blu Eye is a great warning system for approaching emergency vehicles.

Last year the Blu Eye came in the news, not because people used it as a warning for speed traps by the police, but because criminals used the set also in buildings. If a police car came close the set gave a signal so they knew a police car or emergency car was approaching the location.

They who know how the TETRA system and the police operate do know that when it is ‘detective’ work officials will not use the Tetra system. In these cases they prefer cell phones or special frequencies outside the TETRA band. Also in case a transceiver is switched off there will be no GPS signal to detect.

PRICE AND DELIVERY
The target Blu Eye has an end user price for Euro 999 including VAT (Sales Tax)
The set comes complete with a covert bumper antenna.

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FACTORY INFORMATION 

BASED ON TETRA TECHNOLOGY
Target Blu Eye is based on TETRA technology. Target Blu Eye is a unique and worldwide patented traffic safety system that warns you in advance for approaching emergency service vehicles. Even if such a vehicle is not using its siren and flashing lights. Due to Target Blu Eye you will be warned with an acoustic and visual alert. The signal strength meter on the control display allows you to see at first glance whether an emergency vehicle is approaching you or moving away from you.  Not intended as a warning system when speeding, but it might help to slow down your speed when accidently driving to fast.

Starting December 12 – 2016 the covert vehicle bumper dipole antenna, type Panorama VCD-S1-5F is added free of charge.
Photo: Covert bumper antenna

FEATURES, FUNCTIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS:

Does Target Blu Eye function abroad?
The Tetra network for emergency services is also used in the countries surrounding The Netherlands, such as Belgium, Croatia, Germany (nationwide in 2014), Austria, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Italy.
Target Blu Eye is Based on Tetra Technology.
BE: In Belgium the system is called ASTRID and Blu Eye functions very well in Belgium.
ES: In Spain Blu Eyes functions in and around Barcelona and the North of Spain. Guardia Civil is using old TetraPol system and is not detected by Blu Eye.
NL: In The Netherlands the system is called C2000
UK: In UK the system is called AIRWAVE.
FRANCE: France Authorities use an old TetraPol Network. Blu Eye does not function on TetraPol because there is only one synchronisation pulse each minute.

This is link to official BLU-EYE website. Now you can find there information in Dutch, English, French and Spannish.
Blu Eye website

The innovative and new traffic safety system Target Blu Eye consists of a central unit, a control display and an external antenna. The system is based on TETRA network. If an emergency service, e.g. a police car, is nearby, you will be warned in advance with an acoustic and visual alert. The signal strength meter on the control display allows you to see at first glance whether an emergency vehicle is approaching you or moving away from you.

Acoustic warnings: The communication system used by emergency services in your country generates four types of communication patterns. Target Blu Eye recognizes all four patterns and produces four different acoustic signals. All signals indicate the presence of an emergency service close to you. For more detailed information, read the user manual.

Visual warnings: Besides acoustic warnings Target Blu Eye also generates visual warnings by means of the signal strength meter on the control display. If an emergency vehicle approaches you, regardless from which direction, the signal strength meter gives you an estimated indication about the distance between you and the emergency vehicle. For more detailed information go to the user manual.

Sensitivity mode: Two sensitivity modes can be selected on the Target Blu Eye control display: 1.Highway mode: in this mode Target Blu Eye offers the highest sensitivity, which allows the system to recognize emergency services from a large distance. 2.City mode: in this mode Target Blu Eye offers a lower sensitivity. This mode is recommended for use in urban areas. De detection range of Target Blu Eye varies from hundreds of meters up to approximately one kilometre. The range depends on the selected sensitivity mode and the environment. Due to this highly advanced technology, Target Blu Eye is able to warn you in advance for approaching emergency services, such as:
◾ Police cars (marked and unmarked cars)
◾ Police motorcycles
◾ Ambulances
◾ Fire trucks Due to Target Blu Eye you will increase your own safety, the safety of other drivers and the safety of the emergency services.

The advantages of Target Blu Eye:
◾ Warns you for approaching emergency services such as marked and unmarked police cars, ambulances and fire trucks.
◾ Prevents unpredictable and dangerous manoeuvresIncreases your own safety and the safety of other road users.
◾ Prevents material damage & personal injuries.
◾ Indicates whether an emergency service vehicle is approaching you or moving away from you.  Increases a relaxed way of driving.
◾ Compact sized and easy to install.
◾ Two years warranty.  Being of assistance to emergency services.
◾ Target Blu Eye: an eye for safety.

DONTT BE SURPRISED WITH TARGET BLU EYE GET A REAL-TIME WARNING FOR APPROACHING EMERGENCY VEHICLES!

Is it legal to use Target Blu Eye in Europe? Yes, the use of Target Blu Eye is legal since the system is only informing the driver whether an emergency service is nearby. Moreover, Target Blu Eye does not make any difference between police vehicles, ambulances or fire trucks. You will be warned of all types of emergency vehicles. We would like to emphasize that Target Blu Eye is not able to decode the radio messages broadcasted by the TETRA network.

PACKING INCLUDES: 1 Pc of Central Unit. 1 Pc of Control Display. 1 Pc of Standard Antenna with 2,5 meter Antenna Cable. 1 Pc of Cable between Central Unit and Control Display. 1 Pc of Power Cable Including Fuse. 1 Pc of SD Card. 1 Pc of Quick Start Manual in Dutch, other lauguages to be downloaded. 1 Pc of Panorama VCD-S1-5F =  Covert Vehicle Bumper Dipole Antenna for TETRA.

IN CLOSE QUARTERS OR WHEN CLIMBING, RETRACTABLE TETHER KEEPS HEAVY TOOLS CLOSE TO BODY.

Below an article about the GearKeeper RT3-5605. When working on Heights it is important to tether all tools and items you bring up. Because when dropping tools or other items hughe accidents can happen.

Minimize dangling tool entanglement with new Gear Keeper® heavy-tool retractable tether.

gearkeeper-with-screw-machine

Photo: RT3-5605

RT3-5605 is engineered so that the tool, application and recoil/retraction force are in balance. Designed to avoid worker fatigue in order to maintain productivity, only minimal force is necessary to extend the RT3-5605 tether for use.

Gear Keeper’s new RT3-5605 heavy-tool retractable tether’s ultra low profile keeps tools close to the body when stored while still allowing complete accessibility when in use. The retractor employs a very low 198 gram (7 oz) force to avoid arm strain when extended, but strong enough to keep the line taught to avoid snagging or interference with the work being performed. The retractor mechanism’s force is designed to retract the lanyard, not the tool. When the tool is retracted, lanyard exposure is minimized to avoid snagging, especially when the tool is also placed in a tool bag/pouch.

Using a retractable tether for heavy hand tools is particularly important when working in close quarters or climbing. Gear Keeper’s new RT3-5605 heavy-tool retractable tether’s ultra low profile keeps tools close to the body when stored while still allowing complete accessibility when in use.

The RT3-5605 heavy-tool tether has a generous reach that extends more than 139 cm (55”).

gearkeeper-with-screw-machine-2

Photo: Low retraction and arm length reach

Like other retractables in the Gear Keeper line, the RT3-5605 is engineered so that the tool, application and recoil/retraction force are in balance. Designed to avoid worker fatigue in order to maintain productivity, only minimal force is necessary to extend the RT3-5605 tether for use.

The RT3-5605 heavy-tool tether has a generous reach that extends more than 139 cm (55”). The strong, impact absorbing Nylon webbing for tools up to 1.58 Kg (3.5 lbs) does not require an additional shock absorbing lanyard end. Tools are attached via a Stainless Steel, thumb-controlled, locking-gate carabiner. The RT3-5605 also reduces arm strain when working with heavier tools; the tether features a thumb-controlled gear lock to secure the tool at any extension length. Included with the tether is a lanyard loop strap that can adapt virtually any tool of appropriate weight to be cinched securely to the tether.

According to John Salentine, VP of Hammerhead Industries, “Workers do not have to dance around a long, dangling tether or drag their tool on the floor.” Salentine added, “This unique heavy-tool retractor makes work safer, more efficient and simplifies every repair, maintenance or manufacturing project.”

RT3-5605 retractable heavy-tool tethers including the lanyard loop strap retail for Euro 35.99 excl VAT per unit. For bulk pricing (50 or more) call Avera-Distributing. The full line of Gear Keeper instrument tethers and accessories are available on the company’s website at gearkeeper.eu.

A free, sixteen-page “Safety Engineer’s Guide to Tool Tethering” containing a tethering guide for tools with and without attachment points and related product information is available. Use this link to get your free copy: http://www.avera.nl/promotion.asp .

Also two video’s are available:

Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQGny6RDCCA

Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqzUfI2xTx0

WILSON POWER ACCESORIES

World famous are the super high quality Wilson antennas like Wilson 1000, Wilson 5000, Little Will and others. But you can also find high end 12 Volt accessories  from the famous Wilson brand.

WILSON 12-VOLT POWER PLUG  (p/n 30512VPP)

30512VPP Photo HQ

Photo: Wilson 12-Volt Power Plug

This is a great item, I wish I had this years ago when I still had time to experiment with all kind of electronic equipment in cars. It is so simple, but so handy. Put the plus and minus in the terminals and you have 12 Volt on the power leads. It is 10 Ampere fused so it can handle a lot of current.

30512VPP Photo Product in Packing

Photo: Wilson 12-Volt Power Plug – product in packing

 

WILSON 12-VOLT EXTENSION CORD (p/n 305203ECUSB)

305203ECUSB Photo HQ                                     Photo: Wilson 12-Volt Extension Cord

Imagine you have a 12VDC Cigarette Lighter Socket and you want to change the location. This device is a Cigarette Lighter Plug with a cable of 360 cm with a Cigarette Lighter Socket + a USB Port with 2.4 Ampere.

So the cable allows you to get a Cigarette Lighter Socket and USB Port exactly where you want these to be located. A quick release mounting bracket is included in the packing.

305203ECUSB Photo product in packing

Photo: Wilson 12-Volt Extension Cord – product in packing

 

WILSON 12-VOLT POWER OUTLET (p/n 30512V2USB)

30512V2USB Photo HQ

Photo: Wilson 12-Volt Power Outlet

This device allows you to have a cigarette Lighter Socket and 2 USB Ports of 3.4 Ampere, in your vehicle, boat or camper. Connect the wire to a 12 Volt power point and install the power outlet on a location that is convenient for you.

30512V2USB Photo Product in Packing

Photo: Wilson 12-Volt Power Outlet – product in packing

USE IN 24VDC VEHICLES

In Europe it is common to have 24VDC power systems in trucks. But in USA the trucks are mostly 12 Volt, same as regular cars and pick-up trucks or 4×4 cars. You will not find Wilson 24VDC accessories but that does not mean some of these cannot be used for 24 Volt systems too. It will never turn 12VDC in to 24VDC ! But in cases you want to move the location of your 24VDC source it is possible to use such an accessory.

But be aware if the accessory has a USB port you certainly can not use it on a 24VDC source. In that case the 12 Volt is turned in to the 5VDC for the USB port. Putting 24V on the system can destroy the USB outlets.

30512VPP Photo HQ

Photo: 12-Volt Power Plug – A Great Solution