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CES 2016 – PART 1 – COBRA BOOTH / UNIDEN

01World famous logo of CES

Early January is always the traditional CES in Las Vegas. Most brands are available with a booth or a suite to receive customers and display products.

UNIDEN

Watching the short video we made from CES you will see that there is no video shot from a Uniden booth. Since several years Uniden is not present with a booth at CES. Often they do have a suite in one of the hotels. There they talk to customers and show new products. But this year Uniden USA is absent. We met a friendly Uniden sales man on the show talking to distributors, but that was all. One of the USA distributors showed some Uniden products at CES, so they were not totally absent for the public.

COBRA BOOTH

Each year COBRA is present with a booth to show the existing and new products. This year Cobra moved from Central hall to a smaller booth in the North hall.
Last year the shares of Cobra were purchased by an investing company.
The market is waiting for the moves they will make. Until now it seems ‘less expenses’ as there were no exiting new products introduced at CES this year.

CB – TWO MODELS SHOWN

02Cobra LX BT, 40 Channel AM, great radio but not new

The first CB shown was the CB29LXBT. This radio looks the same as the European Cobra 29LXEU. But this is the American BT version. BT stands for Bluetooth. A great radio, very popular by USA truckers, but not a new item.
The BT option makes it possible to make and receive hands free cellular calls through the CB radio.

03Cobra C75WXST, 40 CH AM, remote CB

The C75WXST is a remote CB. In Europe we supply a similar model from Cobra the Cobra 75STEU. It is a great concept, but not very popular in the truck market.

Other Cobra CB Models for USA market like C19DXIV, C18WXSTII,
C25 models, several C29 Models and HH portable models are still available but not shown at CES.

COBRA MARINE

At CES Cobra showed two mobile and two portable models for marine applications. The total range is four mobiles and four portable models. The models shown are for the USA market only and not for the European market. Here we use different channels and different functions.

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05Portable Marine Transceivers

CONSUMER PRODUCTS –DSP9200BT

06Cobra DSP9200BT

For DSP9200BT Cobra received a 2016 CES innovation award. Cobra tells us:

“The DSP 9200 BT is the most advanced system in its class and the company’s first digital detector, improving on detector range and performance. It embeds advanced technology for precise notifications through Digital Signal Processing (DSP), which identifies alerts from unwanted noise for greater reliability and frequency. The unit scored highly across all judging criteria, and it joins a small percentage of other products that are given this honor each year. Products are judged based upon several criteria including, but not limited to: engineering qualities, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use or function and user value, unique or novel features consumers would find attractive and how it directly compares to other products in the marketplace.

The DSP 9200 BT is the first detection system developed by the company that leverages the advanced precision and power of DSP technology, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be recognized by the most prominent awards committee in the CE industry for our constant improvements to our new and existing product lines.”

CONSUMER ITEMS

Cobra clearly choose to show products for the larger markets like dash cams, radar detectors, power inverters etc. The radar detectors are totally illegal in most European countries. In The Netherlands, where Avera-Distributing is based, a dealer will be fined Euro 500 for each radar detector the Dutch FCC finds in the warehouse. So no need to explain that there is no trade for radar detectors in European countries that have similar regulations.

07Cobra inverters for truckers

In CES Part 2 more news from this show.

VISITING KINDERDIJK – NOT ONLY DUTCH WINDMILLS

This week we paid a family visit to Kinderdijk. UNESCO gave this place a World Heritage status. There are 19 old typical Dutch windmills to see and visit.

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But stopping for a cup of coffee at the local restaurant Buena Vista gave us also a radio surprise. The owner of this restaurant showed a nice collection of antique broadcast receivers.

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In the restaurant a nice collection of broadcast radio receivers.

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Of course I also want to show some photos of this unique place with the typical Dutch Windmills that for many years made sure we had dry feet and were not flooded by the water.

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Kinderdijk windmills: unique & iconic water management
A significant part of Holland is situated up to approximately 7 meters below sea level. The Dutch don’t notice any of this though, because an incredibly innovative and intricate system keeps the ever-rising seawater from flooding the land. Even during spring tide, the Dutch are safely guarded from being washed away…

The most important aspect of UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk is undoubtedly the unique collection of 19 authentic windmills, which are considered a Dutch icon throughout the entire world. A wonderful and unforgettable day trip in the Netherlands for the entire family!

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For more information visit the Kinderdijk website at:
https://www.kinderdijk.com

NEW FROM PRESIDENT “MULTI PACK BOOSTERS”

MIDLAND ENERJUMP

In my blog from January 25-2015, I wrote about a new product from Midland, the ENERJUMP.

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Midland ENERJUMP

You can find detailed information about the ENERJUMP on our website.

Basicly the ENERJUMP is a kind of PowerBank. If you visit a trade show in USA or Far East you will notice that PowerBanks are hot business.

Everyone wants to make them and they all want to sell these.


PRESIDENT

We all know President from their famous line of CB products. Not often they step outside their core business. But now they do as they introduce three types of PowerBanks. These are not just a PowerBank, these are Portable Power and Roadside Assistance Kits.


MULTI-PACK BOOSTERS

There are 3 models available:

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• MPB6000

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• MPB8800

 

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• MPB12000

Basicly the three kits are identical. It is a PowerBank to jumpstart a car, it includes a flashlight and it allows you to charge electronic devices.

 

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Charging Electronic Devices and Flashlight

But the President Multi-Pack Booster also includes a compressor !

The difference in the 3 models is the capacity of the battery, which is the heart of each PowerBank.

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Jumpstart of a car with a President MPB12000

If used to jumpstart a car all three models will deliver a peak of maximum 400 Ampere! But the total capacity of the battery pack inside the Powerbank is different for these 3 models.
• MPB6000 has a capacity of 6000 mAh
• MPB8000 has a capacity of 8800 mAh
• MPB12000 has a capacity of 12000 mAh.


COMPRESSOR

 

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Compressor with meter

The compressor allows you to inflate the tires of your car, or the tubes of a bike, or an inflatable boat. If you need an item to fill it with air you can use the MPB to
inflate that product.


CARRY CASE

All three models are sold in a handy carry case. It will allow you to keep all items together in one tool box.


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MPB comes in a handy tool case


COMPLETE SET

President MULTI-PACK BOOSTERS come complete with the jumper cables to charge the car battery. But also an USB Charging Cable, 12VDC cable and 230VAC wall charger are included.

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All cables are included

Certainly during vacation time it is a safe feeling to know that you have a PowerBank in your car. Just in case your battery or phone/tablet is dead. Or if you want to assist someone who needs help.

I remember when my kids were small and each summer I had to inflate boats, tires, air-mattresses etc. I inflated so much I got dizzy now and then. If there ever come grandchildren I will have a Multi-Pack Booster quite close, I better use my breath for talking.

To all of my readers: I hope you will enjoy your vacation time and the summer!

Kenwood announces Analogue ProTalk 446

Last week Kenwood introduced their new PMR446 transceiver PKT23 in The Netherlands. Other countries will follow the coming months.
The PKT23 is different from other designs, it is small, compact, basic and fits in your pocket easily.
Kenwood made it easy for me, I do not have to write a whole story about this product. They published a good brochure that describes the features of this new model very well.

Enjoy the reading!

The new PKT-23 hand-portable is designed for ‘Light Weight and Simple Operation’, making it the ideal license-free radio for Retail / School / Restaurant / Shopping Mall / Hospitality and so on.

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Key Features

Simple and easy to use – No license required
This license-free two-way radio comes with a 1430mAh Li-lon rechargeable battery, battery charger and belt clip; there’s no need to buy extra accessories for basic operation. lt is ready to use right away.

Light Weight and Simple Operation
Fitting in the palm of your hand, the PKT-23 is easy to take anywhere your staff needs to go. At only 11Og, it can fit comfortably in an apron pocket or attached with the included belt clip. The front panel button layout makes the PKT-23 easy to operate.

Compact, reliable and robust
Users will appreciate just how light (11Og) this radio is. Yet, there is no compromise on build integrity; it meets or exceeds the IP54 dust and water intrusion standards as well as MIL-STD 810 C, D, E, F & G environmental standards, making it tough enough for outdoor use in any weather.

8 Channels with Voice Guide
The PKT-23 provides up to 8 channels, allowing you to assign channels to specific team members. The Voice Guide alerts you when you change channels. All channels are the approved UK/EU PMR446 Service frequencies for full compatibility.

Built-in self programming
Users can change several settings, channel frequency, QT tone or DQT code without using programming software.

Feature Definition: “Wireless Cloning”
The PKT-23 includes Kenwood’s exclusive wireless cloning which allows cloning of multiple portables by a single master portable with a simple “push of a button”…with no cables or wires attached.

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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW IN LAS VEGAS

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Every year the first important show for consumer electronics is the CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Las Vegas is one of the few cities in the world that has so many hotel rooms that it is no problem to house a show with 200.000 visitors plus thousands of exhibitors and regular tourists.

At the Hong Kong version of CES you will find much more suppliers for communication equipment than in Las Vegas. But at CES some of the brands have a more impressive booth than in Hong Kong.

COBRA

02Cobra active on CB, Marine, PMR, Radar Detectors, Dash Camera
and Power products.

Each year at CES, Cobra has an impressive booth. End of last year Cobra was sold to an investment company. That companies also purchased BELL, a big name in radar detectors. Within the industry there is a lot of speculation how long it will take before they will make it one brand and most of all: which brand will win the battle?

03At the Cobra booth an impressive car with Cobra equipment

04Radar Detector, Dash Cam and Smart Phone for easy driving


COBRA CB: HARLEY- DAVIDSON

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For the American CB market Cobra took the Cobra 29LX and turned this model in the 29LX HD version. For Harley-Davidson freaks a must have in the car or on the motorbike.
Cobra is leading on the CB market in USA, but at CES they did not show many models. Let us hope they will have real news on CB next year.

COBRA MARINE: FLOATING MODEL

New for USA marine market is the HH500 FLT BT. Expected is that a similar model for European market will be introduced soon.

06Floating VHF Marine Radio

MIDLAND USA

07Midland Booth at CES, displaying CB, Action and Dash Cameras, GMRS/FRS and Blue Tooth applications.

Midland USA is the number 3 for CB in USA. But they are leading for action cameras and GMRS/FRS, this is a quite similar standard as the European PMR446 regulation. Also the Blue Tooth applications for motor bike drivers are very popular in the USA and Europe.

08Blue Tooth applications from Midland, quite similar to European series. On bottom a few types of CB Radio.

At CES Midland did not show many CB radios, they gave more attention to Blue Tooth products and Action and Dashboard Cameras.

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10Midland has a wide range of portable radios


MOBILE GMRS/FRS

In Europe we have PMR446 portable radios. For us it is not allowed to have mobile versions of PMR446. In USA Midland introduced at CES a new mobile GMRS radio. It is a very compact radio and we can only dream about changing the European standard for PMR446.

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UNIDEN HAS NO BOOTH AT CES

Uniden is the number 1 in USA for scanners and number 2 for CB. But since some years they have no booth at CES. The sales persons are available at CES to talk to customers but not on their own booth. For the industry it would be great if they decide to have booth at CES again.

But you can find Uniden products at the booth of CB Distributing. These people are always present with a booth to meet their customers from the West coast of USA.

12CB Distributing showing CB and scanners from all USA brands

CBD showed from Uniden two new radar detectors. These were brand new on the market. But also the new Cobra 29LX HD could be seen at the CBD booth.

13Rene from CBD proudly shows the Harley Davidson Cobra CB

GRE / WHISTLER

GRE used to be the number 2 for scanners in USA. Over 1 year ago they went bankrupt and were purchased by Whistler.

14Whistler showing their GRE scanner models. One of the models is linked
to a laptop. On the laptop a file from “Radioreferences” to transfer data
to the scanner.

Whistler is still using the brand name GRE and they still are 2nd on USA scanner market. Some models are also available on the European market. But on European market Uniden is by far the most popular brand for scanners.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW

At CES you find a large variety of all kind of consumer electronics. Consumer communication products are hard to find at this show nowadays.
But for those interested in electronics it is a unique show in a unique city.

FULL HD DASHCAM / CAR CAMCORDER

In the recent blog about the Hong Kong Electronics Fair I already mentioned the introduction of two new dashcams/car camcorders by Midland.

There are two versions available:
Street Guardian
Street Guardian GPS

For full details you can read the ‘factory introduction’ as supplied by Midland. Both models are available now from stock.

 

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The ‘Street Guardian’ series includes the brand new Car Camcorders with Full HD resolution developed to be a further ‘eye’ on the road while driving.
Street Guardian automatically records whatever happens while you are driving, very useful indeed in case of accidents. It is like having a witness always seating next to your seat.

Thanks to the viewing angle of 140°, Street Guardian records everything that happens in front of you; the image stabilizer ensures excellent movies.
Street Guardian has many features, amongst which we highlight:

‘Black Box’ feature: you can automatically save and store the videos in case of accident.
‘Motion detection’ feature: The camera starts recording when something is moving in front of it: don’t worry if you are temporarily away from your car, Street Guardian will still be there for you.

It can be easily installed on the windshield of your car thanks to the suction cup supplied in the box and thanks to its compact size it does not affect your driving and the view. It weights only 80 gr!

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Thanks to the 2 inches display, you can see everything live, watch the recorded videos and easily surf through the settings.
Street Guardian GPS does also have a GPS receiver which indicates the exact position where you are and will be with you for the rest of your journey.

Street Guardian has an inbuilt USB socket which will allow you to download your videos on your laptop, or simply to recharge the battery.
Works with micro SD Card (optional) up to 32Gb.

COMPLYING TO CE NORMS (STREET GUARDIAN)
COMPLYING TO CE/99/05 NORMS (STREET GUARDIAN GPS)

COLOR: Black
Packaging contains:
• Street Guardian
• Suction Cup
• Power cord
• USB cable
• Car charger
• User manual
• CD Software to watch the movies (Street Guardian)
• CD Software to watch the movies with GPS coordinates (Street Guardian GPS)

Main features
• Resolution: Full HD 1920x1080p 30fps/ HD ready 1280x720p 60fps
• Audio & Video recording
• Wide angle lens 140°
• Image stabilizer
• 2 inches display
• Inbuilt microphone and speaker
• 6 elements glass lens
• Black Box feature
• Motion Detection feature
• HDMI socket
• Li‐Ion integrated 460mAh battery pack
• works with micro SD Card (optional) up to 32Gb
• Sensor: 12Mp
• AVI format
• Sensor: Aptina CMOS
• Dimensions: 53x59x32mm
• Weight: 80gr