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)

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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)

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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

MIDLAND H3 – NEW LOW COST ACTION CAMERA

H3 Photo LQ W400

Midland completes the new H series with a simple and essential model, the perfect solution for those who approach the action cam world for the first time.

Midland H3 is a HD ready action cam with 1280x720p resolution, characterized by a frontal form factor. Its wide 2” LCD display allows to frame, easily adjust the settings and reproduce pictures and videos.

H3 is equipped with 120° wide angle lens and image stabilizer for excellent shoots, also for extreme use. H3 is a simple action cam, with small dimensions and low price, but it has the maximum quality level that characterizes the Midland action cams.

It is equipped with multiple functions, among with the time lapse (photo sequence at pre‐set time), selftimer (self shoot) and CAR DVR: H3 can be installed in the car and it continuously records what happens while driving.

H3 is also equipped with a submersible case that protects it from water up to 30 meter depth, but also from mud and dust.

H3 in submersible casing v2

The accessories supplied with the H3 allow different uses of the action cam; for example it can be mounted on helmets, handlebars and bike helmets. It is possible to create every solution fitting your needs!

COMPLYING TO CE/99/05

Main features:

  • Video resolution: 1280×720 (HD) / 640×480 (SD) @30fps
  • Photo resolution: 5/3/2/1 MP
  • Wide angle lens: 120°
  • Sensor: CMOS 5MP
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Format: AVI
  • Li‐Ion battery pack 900mAh up to 110 min
  • SD card: up to a 32Gb (optional)
  • Dimensions: 41x59x29mm
  • Weight: 58g (with battery)

The package contains:

  • H3 Action camera
  • Submersible case up to 30m (compatible with H5)
  • Interchangeble front cover (black/orange)
  • Li‐Ion 900mAh battery pack (compatible with H5)
  • USB cable
  • 10 mounting supports

H3 packing contains v2

Optional accessories:

  • ACC‐H3 Set of accessories – code C1244
  • WPC‐H5 Submersible case up to 30 m, compatible with H3 and H5 – code C1247
  • PB‐H5 Li‐ion 900mAh 3,7V battery pack, compatible with H3 and H5 – code C1246
  • Chest mount – code C1115
  • XT POD MINI Monopod mount 18 cm – code C1116
  • XT POD 2S Telescopic multicam 2‐section monopod 80cm – code C1116.01
  • XT POD 3S Telescopic multicam 3‐section monopod 112cm – code C1116.02
  • Suction cap mount– code C980.01
  • Universal mount for rifles – code C1064.01
  • RAM roll bar mount – code C1042
  • RAM Moto‐Quad mount – code C1052
  • Handlebar mount – code C992
  • Cap mount – code C1012
  • Tree mount – code C1062
  • Bow mount – code C1068

 

H3 Photo LQ W400

JANNIE HEIJMANS – WE WILL MISS HER

Jannie Heijmans

Photo: Jannie Heijmans

Writing a blog is one. But making a blog look good and consistent is a different job. For several years I was blessed with the help of Jannie Heijmans. I wrote an article and she took care of putting it nicely in the WordPress blog system. That worked great as I messed up the layout constantly.

Friday morning we got the very sad message she suddenly passed away. She will be missed by her family and friends and certainly by me.

So if the coming blogs looks less appealing, it is me to blame.

THANK YOU Jannie for being a great friend !

MIDLAND ARTIC – NEW PORTABLE VHF MARINE RADIO

 

01Photo: Midland ARCTIC

Since many years Midland offers portable VHF marine radio’s. Most of their models looked like cheap PMR446 radio’s.
The new Midland ARCTIC has the look and the feel of a real professional VHF marine radio. With a consumer price around Euro 150 -175 we think there is a good market for Midland.

The only comment I have is the lack of ATIS. In The Netherlands and some other European countries ATIS is a ‘need’. Now the sales market is limited to those countries that do NOT have a need for ATIS and for boats with international vhf marine use.

FEATURES, FUNCTIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS:
◾ ARCTIC is the new handheld marine Transceiver able to satisfy the Communications Requirements for all types of Navigation.

◾ ARCTIC is an Electronically advanced equipment that enables clear and reliable communications on the 57 International Channels of the VHF Nautical Band.

◾ Rugged and with professional design, it boasts a metallic chassis that guarantees max robustness and the IP67 certification: total protection from dust and from the immersion in water up to 1m depth for 30 minutes.

◾ It offers security thanks to the dedicated button “16” that gives instant access to the emergency channel 16.

◾ Amongst the various features of this radio we emphasize the Dual Watch and Triple Watch to monitor 2 or 3 channels of your choice, the setting of the priority channel that will be monitored in the Triple Watch function and the squelch adjustable in 10 different levels.

◾ The LCD display and the backlit keypad allow to use the radio also in darkness or poor visibility conditions. For a better efficiency, ARCTIC is supplied with a Li‐Ion 1600mAh battery pack.

◾ Thanks to the optional programming software PRG‐G15, it is possible to manage and program some functions such as the operating band, Power save, VOX, channel scan, voice announcement, private channels and many others.

◾ For extra EU market only: besides the international band, ARCTIC is featured with the USA and CAN (Canada) bands.

◾ COMPLYING TO 99/05/CE.

MAIN FEATURES:
◾ 57 International Channels.
◾ Transmission Power: 5W/1W.
◾ IP67 Certified.
◾ Instant access to the Emergency Channel 16.
◾ Dual Watch and Triple Watch.
◾ Priority Channel selection.
◾ Li‐Ion 1600mAh Battery Pack.
◾ Backlit LCD Display and Keypad.
◾ Scan, Vox.
◾ Keypad Lock.
◾ External Jack: 2Pin Motorola Type.
◾ Weight: 240 gr (with Battery).
◾ Dimensions: 54 x 113 x 35mm.
◾ Color: BLACK.
◾ Audio Accessory Jack, 2-Pin, Motorola Wiring.

FEATURES, FUNCTIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS:
◾ ARCTIC is the new handheld marine Transceiver able to satisfy the Communications Requirements for all types of Navigation.

◾ ARCTIC is an Electronically advanced equipment that enables clear and reliable communications on the 57 International Channels of the VHF Nautical Band.

◾ Rugged and with professional design, it boasts a metallic chassis that guarantees max robustness and the IP67 certification: total protection from dust and from the immersion in water up to 1m depth for 30 minutes.

◾ It offers security thanks to the dedicated button “16” that gives instant access to the emergency channel 16.

◾ Amongst the various features of this radio we emphasize the Dual Watch and Triple Watch to monitor 2 or 3 channels of your choice, the setting of the priority channel that will be monitored in the Triple Watch function and the squelch adjustable in 10 different levels.

◾ The LCD display and the backlit keypad allow to use the radio also in darkness or poor visibility conditions. For a better efficiency, ARCTIC is supplied with a Li‐Ion 1600mAh battery pack.

◾ Thanks to the optional programming software PRG‐G15, it is possible to manage and program some functions such as the operating band, Power save, VOX, channel scan, voice announcement, private channels and many others.

◾ For extra EU market only: besides the international band, ARCTIC is featured with the USA and CAN (Canada) bands.

◾ COMPLYING TO 99/05/CE.

MAIN FEATURES:
◾ 57 International Channels.
◾ Transmission Power: 5W/1W.
◾ IP67 Certified.
◾ Instant access to the Emergency Channel 16.
◾ Dual Watch and Triple Watch.
◾ Priority Channel selection.
◾ Li‐Ion 1600mAh Battery Pack.
◾ Backlit LCD Display and Keypad.
◾ Scan, Vox.
◾ Keypad Lock.
◾ External Jack: 2Pin Motorola Type.
◾ Weight: 240 gr (with Battery).
◾ Dimensions: 54 x 113 x 35mm.
◾ Color: BLACK.

PACKING INCLUDES:
1 Pc of Transceiver.
1 Pc of Li‐Ion 1600mAh Battery Pack.
1 Pc of Belt Clip.
1 Pc of Desktop Charger.
1 Pc of Wall Adaptor.
1 Pc of User Manual in English and German.

02Photo : Midland ARCTIC – Professional feel and look

MIDLAND M-ZERO PLUS – A NEW LOW COST CB MODEL

01The new “M” series of the Midland CB radios is extended with another model:
M ZERO PLUS. It is the main brother of M ZERO (is AM-only), since it operates in both AM and FM modulation.
It is low cost model with an end-user price of around Euro 79 including sales tax.

M ZERO PLUS is a 40 channel AM/FM CB radio characterized especially for its extremely reduced size and for its ease of use. It’s the ideal equipment for those who want a simple radio at low cost but equipped with all main functions required by a CB. M ZERO PLUS has been developed with SMD technology to be a state‐of‐the‐art equipment.

The installation is very easy and quick thanks to the supplied cigarette lighter plug.

The UP/DOWN controls allow the channel selection and the long pressure of one of these lets the channels scroll quickly.

M-ZERO PLUS is also equipped with the CH‐EMG control to immediately select the emergency channel or a priority channel previously set by the user.

What’s in the box:

• M ZERO PLUS transceiver with 12V cigarette lighter plug
• 4 pin microphone
• Mounting bracket
• Fixing screws
• Quick guide

Main features:

• 40CH AM/FM CB transceiver
• Selectable frequency bands: Europe (St): 26.965‐27.405MHz; Poland (Po): 26.960‐27.400Mhz);
• Output power: 4W AM/FM
• Display showing the channel in use
• Squelch control
• CH/EMG selector: for the immediate selection of the emergency channel or of
the channel in use
• Emergency/priority channel settable by the user
• RF GAIN knob
• Weight: 665gr
• Dimensions: 110x45x140mm

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TRUCKING MOVES AMERICA FORWARD

Since two years TMAF is active on the USA market to promote the trucking industry. Many companies and organisations participate in this industry wide organisation.
This is their press release because of MATS2016. MATS is the biggest trucking show in USA held in Louisville Kentucky from 31 march -2 april.

truckingmovesamerica.com

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TMAF TODAY 

Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) is actively seeking support of its mission to keep the trucking industry in America progressing through outreach and advocacy.

Since its public launch at MATS in 2014, Trucking Moves America Forward has promoted its mission to be a long-term, industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry – ensuring that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy.

As the movement builds, TMAF plans to be a significant and distinguished voice supporting the trucking industry by highlighting its essentiality, safety, technology, and sustainability throughout the country.

Visibility in the U.S.

Every year, TMAF leadership represents the movement at numerous industry organizations to recruit members and donors, including the Mid-America Trucking Show, the Great American Trucking Show, ATA’s Annual Management Conference & Exhibition, TCA’s annual convention, numerous state trucking association events, and Great West Casualty Company events.

Other highlights that demonstrate the popularity and growth of the industry movement include:

• Putting 100 TMAF-branded trailer and tank wraps on the road, which reach as many as 16 million people per city, per truck
• Topping more than 180 donors
• Continuing to add to an online subscriber list of more than 2,000
• Earning more than 5.8 million advertising impressions, targeted for consumers and lawmakers
• Continuing to build a robust online community though digital and social media channels.

Top Media Coverage

An important part of the campaign is gaining exposure in print, online and broadcast media outlets. Earned media coverage since March 2014 has included more than 45 million impressions, thanks to dozens of op-eds and story placements secured in state and national industry publications, local newspapers, and inside-the-beltway outlets, including:

• Albuquerque Business First
• American Trucker
• Argus Leader (S.D.)
• Charlotte Business Journal
• Commercial Carrier Journal
• Dave Nemo Show
• Elko Daily Free Press (Nev.)
• Heavy Duty Trucking
• Illinois Times
• Land Line Radio
• Land Line Magazine
• Louisville Business First
• MAXIM Magazine
• Memphis Business Journal
• New Hampshire Business Review
• POLITICO Transportation
• Portland Press Herald
• Prairie Business (N.D.)
• Rapid City Journal
• Reno Gazette-Journal
• Road Dog Trucking Channel
• Roll Call
• Santa Fe New Mexican
• Sierra Vista Herald (Ariz.)
• State Journal (W. Va.)
• The Business Journal (Calif.)
• The Hill
• The Memphis Business Journal
• The Trucker
• Topeka Capital-Journal
• Transport Topics

Digital & Social Media

TMAF has greatly bolstered its marketing presence online through several channels. TMAF’s interactive website (truckingmovesamerica.com) informs and captures thousands of members, and subscribers receive regular email updates on industry happenings. On the site’s members-only page, visitors can access key messages; talking points; press materials; sample speeches and editorials; donation and pledge information; trailer wrap information; and useful visuals for amplifying TMAF’s image, such as videos, social media shareables, and advertisements. The TMAF e-store, shoptmaf.com, is open for those who wish to proudly display branded gear including hats, shirts, tumblers, door decals and more.

TMAF’s growing social media following includes:

FACEBOOK: More than page 7,600 likes on facebook.com/TruckingFWD
TWITTER: Nearly 2,000 followers of @TruckingFWD
YOUTUBE: More than 34,000 views at youtube.com/TruckingFWD
LINKEDIN: Added nearly 100 followers in its first month

TMAF Founding Members

Founding members of the movement include: Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry (ACT1), Allison Transmission, American Trucking Associations (ATA), Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, BMO Transportation Finance, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, Bulldog Hiway Express, Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants, Combined Transport, Inc., Cummins Inc., Daimler Trucks North America, Dana Holding Corporation, Detroit Diesel Corporation, Eaton Corporation – Roadranger, Goodyear, Great West Casualty Company, Hahn Transportation, Inc., Hendrickson, International, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., Jet Express, Inc., Kenworth Truck Company, Longistics, Love’s Travel Stops, Mack Trucks, Inc., Meritor, McLeod Software, Michelin, Motor Carrier Service, Inc., Old Dominion Freight Lines, Omnitracs Inc., Owner- Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) Pegasus, Peterbilt Motors Company, Pilot Flying J, Randall Reilly, Tennant Truck Lines, Tennessee Express, Inc., TransTech, Trucking Associations Executive Council, Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), TRW and Volvo Trucks.

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DC POWER DISTRIBUTOR: PW-100

After 45 years in CB it is not easy to be happily surprised. And if I am surprised it is mostly by something ‘simple’. That happened this week again when we got in stock the PW-100 from CG Antenna

01PW-100

Most people use one power supply to operate several radio’s. The DC power leads are fixed to that one power source. And quite often not in the most professional or safe way.
For all these people the PW-100 is a good solution.

Bring 12 VDC from the power supply into the input terminals of PW-100 (left on the photo). Now you have 4 independent 12 VDC sources to connect 4 radio’s or other 12 VDC gear. Each of the four outputs has its own fuse (30A), so very safe to use.

The PW-100 is made by CG Antenna from China. Most HAM operators know this company from the CG3000, a high quality automatic antenna tuner and from the SB2000 MK2 a high quality radio interface.

 

02The CG3000, automatic antenna tuner

03aSB-2000 K2 Radio Interface

PW-100 PACKING INCLUDES:
1 Pc of Power Distributor
2 Pairs of Babana Plugs
2 Pairs of Ring Terminal Solder Plugs
1 Pc of Spare Fuse

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CES 2016 – PART 3 – CB DISTRIBUTING and PRESIDENT USA

CB DISTRIBUTING

01Booth of CB Distributing

At CES there is only one distributor who is present each year with a booth. That is the company CB Distributing from Portland OREGON. They are USA West coast based and for them it is a good opportunity to meet new and existing customers.

02Talking to customers

The program they display has much similarity with the Avera program. That is why we always pay a visit to their booth. They show Cobra CB and marine, Uniden CB, Stryker 10M, GearKeepers for CB, Firestik Antennas, K40 and Wilson antennas and their own line Accessories Unlimited and lots more.

03Cobra CB and Marine, Uniden CB

A brand we do not often see in Europe is ‘STRYKER’. They are mainly known for the 10 meter radios they make for the USA market. In the booth CB Distributing showed the new Stryker SR89MCV2. This is a ‘remote’10 meter transceiver, all functions and controls are put in the microphone.
In Europe we have a 40CH CB Transceiver in same casing, the CRT MIKE.

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Under the brand name ‘Stryker’ CBD also showed some antennas. Most of these look like copies of famous USA antennas like WILSON. One model that looked unique was the Stryker SR-A10. The coil is put in a robust oil can. The look is very special, but It is so ugly that it looks great, but the market for these will be very small.

05Stryker SR-A10 antenna

As a President distributor from Europe we were happily surprised to see a President flag and two President boxes in the CBD booth. One box for ‘President Johnny-3 USA’ and one box for ‘President Johnson-2 USA’. At the show the price information was not available yet. The products were expected to be available within 4 weeks.
The flyer from CB Distributing told us that the introduction is made for a Johnny-3 USA with a free of charge New York antenna. The Johnson-3 USA comes with a free IOWA antenna.

06Keith Eschliman proudly shows the new President USA models.

PRESIDENT USA

President USA was not available with a booth at CES 2016. But in a suite of Mandalay Bay the USA distributors could meet Chief Operations Cavi Sharma and Chief Sales Kip Sullivan from President USA. There were also models of the new radios available.

07Kip Sullivan showing the new President USA models

PRESIDENT JOHNNY-3 USA

The smallest model to start in USA is the Johnny-3 USA. (PDF)
It is a 40 channel AM radio. The tooling looks like the European Johnny-3 but internally it must be totally different as there is also a WX function and weather channel function is not present on the European models.
The USA model has a three colour display, better than the European model.
New for USA is that the President models come as a 12V/24V radio.

Most trucks are 12 Volt in USA. But agricultural tractors and some other pullers use 24 Volt systems. The people we spoke during CES find the 12V/24V a great option from the President CB’s.

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10Johnny-3 USA with three colour display

PRESIDENT JOHNSON-2 USA

For Avera one of our main selling radios is the President Johnson-2. This is by far the most popular CB for truckers in The Netherlands. In USA the President Johnson-2 USA (PDF) is the 2nd model that comes on the US market. It is also a 40CH AM CB transceiver.
The looks are the same as the European model, but also for this type counts that the PCB is totally different. It will be more like the PCB of Uniden PRO538W. But this model has also a three colour display and 12V/24V capability.

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13Johnson-2 USA with three colour display

2+3 GUARANTEE

Guarantee in USA is different from Europe. In Europe it is a real legal right you have. Even if the manufacturer tells 1 year, the law might say 2 or 3 years. In USA it is more that you get what the manufacturer is promising you.
President USA decided to give 2 years guarantee. But you get 3 years more if you buy also a President antenna.

The US market is mainly a truckers market. Until now we have not seen President antennas that are a real competition for the famous USA truck antennas. But who knows what President will come up with in the future.

14President showing that looks might be the same but
electronics have changed.

15Kip Sullivan acting with a Johnson-2 USA

PRESIDENT WEBSITE

For more information visit the new President website at:
http://www.president-electronics.us

So far our news from CES 2016 – more CES news next year !

CES 2016 – PART 2 – MIDLAND and WHISTLER BOOTH

In part 2 of CES 2016 we inform you about what was shown in the booth of Midland USA and Whistler.

MIDLAND

01Booth of Midland USA

The theme for Midland this year was all about being E+READY.
The booth was a kind of ‘EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CENTER’ and showed mainly Emergency Solutions by Midland.

02Line of E+Ready products

The weather in USA is different from Europe. It seems the weather can change more rapidly to more dramatic circumstances. There are large areas that suffer from tornados. The long distances sometimes prevent for rapid response in case of emergencies. Popular outside the cities is NOA Weather channels. Even many CB Radio have weather channels were you can listen to the weather forecast.

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The range of Midland USA Emergency Solutions offers:
• Emergency crank radios
• Emergency portable weather radio
• Emergency portable chargers
• Emergency set of two-way radios

Midland Europe introduced some time ago a crank radio for the European market, the type is ER300.

04Midland Europe crank radio type ER300

FLYING COW

To show how huge a disaster can be Midland showed a ‘flying cow’. A kind of tornado was created in a showcase and a small cow was flying around in the air. Mother cow was standing on the ground and looked desperately to the young cow flying around. Funny idea but no idea or this will help selling the emergency products. But at least it caught our attention. But for those who want to be storm chaser Midland offers some good products.

05Tornado Showcase

06aThe Flying Cow                                                      Sad Mother Cow

LIKE EUROPEAN GB1

07More interesting than the flying cow was the little truck in the Midland booth. Mounted in the vehicle was the Midland MicroMobile Two Way radio type MXT100.

Midland MICROMOBILE™ GMRS Two-Way Radio is the latest innovation from a leader in Consumer GMRS Two-Way Radios. With an ultra-compact design which mounts just about anywhere, the MICROMOBILE™ is great for RVing, Road Trips, ATV/UTV activities, and on the Farm or Ranch.
A Full 5-Watts of Power with an external magnetic mount antenna, offers
extended range capability. Best of all, the MICROMOBILE™ provides the ability to talk to other Midland and most other GMRS Two-Way (Walkie-Talkie) Radios.

In Europe we have a similar model radio from Midland called the GB1. In USA it is a GMRS and in Europe it is a PMR446. The frequencies for both models are different and can not communicate together. What is similar is the fact that the antenna from both models is fixed to the radio by a coax cable.

In future Midland USA will introduce new versions of MXT100 with higher output power. For higher output a license is needed for GMRS in USA.

WHISTLER

The Whistler brand is not well known in Europe. They sell many different electronic devices like radar detectors, power inverters, navigation and scanners. New on the booth were wearable electronic flashing lights to mount on shoes, helmets etc.
Our attention was mainly for the scanning receivers.

08Scanner part of Whistler booth

A few years ago Whistler took over the scanner line from GRE. All models are built for the USA market and not specific for Europe. In UK you find will find some traders that import this brand, but Uniden is by far the leader for scanning receivers in Europe and USA.

09Wayne Willson

The scanner specialist from Whistler is mr Wayne Wilson. He is a friendly man, always present at CES to answer questions from visitors about the scanner line.
He has been working during many years for several scanner brands and is now the Whister scanner specialist and manager.
In USA the scanners are distributed by a selected group of retailers, mainly HAM related.

NEW WHISTLER MODELS

10WS1088 and WS1098

Wayne proudly talked about the new scanners WS1088 and WS1098. Both models cover some of the recent trunking systems used in USA. Whistler does not have a solution or plans to introduce a scanner that will cover the European TETRA network.

So far Part 2 of CES 2016, next time what we saw and heard at CB Distributing and new comer on USA market President USA !

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.

04Mobile Marine Transceivers

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.