Wade Antenna opens up lines to communication

News Oct 03, 2014 by Colleen Toms Brant News

It weighs just seven pounds and folds into a nylon carrying bag. But the new portable UHF SatCom Antenna produced by TACO Antenna – a division of Wade Antenna – has some powerful communications features that the Canadian and U.S. militaries rely on.

Built to military standards, the SAT-MP-320 covers the entire frequency band of 240 to 400 MHz with 11 dBic gain.

Designed and built in Brant, it is a single piece, foldable antenna and tripod unit that deploys in under 30 seconds. No additional parts are needed.

That may sound complicated, but it’s one of the reasons why Wade Antenna on Sharp Road was presented with the Salute to Brant Business innovation award in 2013.

“This patented antenna will operate on the existing legacy satellite network as well as a new network that (is being deployed) right now,” Wade Antenna president Ryan Murphy said. “What’s unique about this is the gain that we can achieve, and meeting both those communication bands, as well, is unique. The other competing products can’t maintain that high gain across the entire band.”

The UHF SatCom Antenna has a tripod base that pops out like an umbrella and snaps into place.

“Then you just connect that to the radio and they have communications,” Murphy said.

The innovative product is just one of many produced at Wade Antenna. Initially founded in 1987 by Murphy’s father, Wade Antenna grew by acquiring the TACO line – a military antenna division – in 2001.

“Wade Antenna sells off-air cable TV antennas, military antennas and small tower products from the old TV antenna days,” Murphy said. “Now we’ve branched into Wi-Fi and some commercial communication antennas.”

TACO Antenna, founded in 1934, has sold products to the U.S. military for more than 40 years. As it looks to expand further, the company seeks to gain international accounts, Murphy said.

In addition to the SatCom, TACO offers an omni-directional Wi-Fi antenna that has proven to be a cost effective solution for military personnel.

“It’s a unique design where we have several antennas within one antenna so they can connect multiple radios,” Murphy said. “It’s omni-directional so it goes like a donut – 360 degrees. But that has to go on top of a tower so, because of that, it’s very expensive to set up a whole tower.

“If they can now mount, say, four of these antennas at the top of the tower, spaced out horizontally, now they can maybe connect as many as 12 or 15 radios to the one site, which is very cost-effective for them.”

Wade Antenna products are also used at military airbases and by VIA Rail to provide Internet service to passengers. Through innovative thinking and brainstorming sessions the company strives to deliver products needed to enhance communications well into the future.

“The big thing last year, at least it was how I felt about winning the award, was it is because of our employees,” Murphy said. “Doing it as one person doesn’t work, you really need to brainstorm and network. A lot of our group is thinking outside the box, reading articles on how to be more innovative and learning from groups like Google.”

This year Salute to Brant Business will honour award winners at the Burford Agricultural Hall on Oct. 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

People are encouraged to nominate companies for one of four awards: tourism, long-standing business, innovation and agriculture-agribusiness, by going to www.investinbrant.ca and clicking on the Salute to Brant Business link.

Wade Antenna opens up lines to communication

Past Salute to Brant Business innovation winner is on cutting edge of technology

News Oct 03, 2014 by Colleen Toms Brant News

It weighs just seven pounds and folds into a nylon carrying bag. But the new portable UHF SatCom Antenna produced by TACO Antenna – a division of Wade Antenna – has some powerful communications features that the Canadian and U.S. militaries rely on.

Built to military standards, the SAT-MP-320 covers the entire frequency band of 240 to 400 MHz with 11 dBic gain.

Designed and built in Brant, it is a single piece, foldable antenna and tripod unit that deploys in under 30 seconds. No additional parts are needed.

That may sound complicated, but it’s one of the reasons why Wade Antenna on Sharp Road was presented with the Salute to Brant Business innovation award in 2013.

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“This patented antenna will operate on the existing legacy satellite network as well as a new network that (is being deployed) right now,” Wade Antenna president Ryan Murphy said. “What’s unique about this is the gain that we can achieve, and meeting both those communication bands, as well, is unique. The other competing products can’t maintain that high gain across the entire band.”

The UHF SatCom Antenna has a tripod base that pops out like an umbrella and snaps into place.

“Then you just connect that to the radio and they have communications,” Murphy said.

The innovative product is just one of many produced at Wade Antenna. Initially founded in 1987 by Murphy’s father, Wade Antenna grew by acquiring the TACO line – a military antenna division – in 2001.

“Wade Antenna sells off-air cable TV antennas, military antennas and small tower products from the old TV antenna days,” Murphy said. “Now we’ve branched into Wi-Fi and some commercial communication antennas.”

TACO Antenna, founded in 1934, has sold products to the U.S. military for more than 40 years. As it looks to expand further, the company seeks to gain international accounts, Murphy said.

In addition to the SatCom, TACO offers an omni-directional Wi-Fi antenna that has proven to be a cost effective solution for military personnel.

“It’s a unique design where we have several antennas within one antenna so they can connect multiple radios,” Murphy said. “It’s omni-directional so it goes like a donut – 360 degrees. But that has to go on top of a tower so, because of that, it’s very expensive to set up a whole tower.

“If they can now mount, say, four of these antennas at the top of the tower, spaced out horizontally, now they can maybe connect as many as 12 or 15 radios to the one site, which is very cost-effective for them.”

Wade Antenna products are also used at military airbases and by VIA Rail to provide Internet service to passengers. Through innovative thinking and brainstorming sessions the company strives to deliver products needed to enhance communications well into the future.

“The big thing last year, at least it was how I felt about winning the award, was it is because of our employees,” Murphy said. “Doing it as one person doesn’t work, you really need to brainstorm and network. A lot of our group is thinking outside the box, reading articles on how to be more innovative and learning from groups like Google.”

This year Salute to Brant Business will honour award winners at the Burford Agricultural Hall on Oct. 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

People are encouraged to nominate companies for one of four awards: tourism, long-standing business, innovation and agriculture-agribusiness, by going to www.investinbrant.ca and clicking on the Salute to Brant Business link.

Wade Antenna opens up lines to communication

Past Salute to Brant Business innovation winner is on cutting edge of technology

News Oct 03, 2014 by Colleen Toms Brant News

It weighs just seven pounds and folds into a nylon carrying bag. But the new portable UHF SatCom Antenna produced by TACO Antenna – a division of Wade Antenna – has some powerful communications features that the Canadian and U.S. militaries rely on.

Built to military standards, the SAT-MP-320 covers the entire frequency band of 240 to 400 MHz with 11 dBic gain.

Designed and built in Brant, it is a single piece, foldable antenna and tripod unit that deploys in under 30 seconds. No additional parts are needed.

That may sound complicated, but it’s one of the reasons why Wade Antenna on Sharp Road was presented with the Salute to Brant Business innovation award in 2013.

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“This patented antenna will operate on the existing legacy satellite network as well as a new network that (is being deployed) right now,” Wade Antenna president Ryan Murphy said. “What’s unique about this is the gain that we can achieve, and meeting both those communication bands, as well, is unique. The other competing products can’t maintain that high gain across the entire band.”

The UHF SatCom Antenna has a tripod base that pops out like an umbrella and snaps into place.

“Then you just connect that to the radio and they have communications,” Murphy said.

The innovative product is just one of many produced at Wade Antenna. Initially founded in 1987 by Murphy’s father, Wade Antenna grew by acquiring the TACO line – a military antenna division – in 2001.

“Wade Antenna sells off-air cable TV antennas, military antennas and small tower products from the old TV antenna days,” Murphy said. “Now we’ve branched into Wi-Fi and some commercial communication antennas.”

TACO Antenna, founded in 1934, has sold products to the U.S. military for more than 40 years. As it looks to expand further, the company seeks to gain international accounts, Murphy said.

In addition to the SatCom, TACO offers an omni-directional Wi-Fi antenna that has proven to be a cost effective solution for military personnel.

“It’s a unique design where we have several antennas within one antenna so they can connect multiple radios,” Murphy said. “It’s omni-directional so it goes like a donut – 360 degrees. But that has to go on top of a tower so, because of that, it’s very expensive to set up a whole tower.

“If they can now mount, say, four of these antennas at the top of the tower, spaced out horizontally, now they can maybe connect as many as 12 or 15 radios to the one site, which is very cost-effective for them.”

Wade Antenna products are also used at military airbases and by VIA Rail to provide Internet service to passengers. Through innovative thinking and brainstorming sessions the company strives to deliver products needed to enhance communications well into the future.

“The big thing last year, at least it was how I felt about winning the award, was it is because of our employees,” Murphy said. “Doing it as one person doesn’t work, you really need to brainstorm and network. A lot of our group is thinking outside the box, reading articles on how to be more innovative and learning from groups like Google.”

This year Salute to Brant Business will honour award winners at the Burford Agricultural Hall on Oct. 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

People are encouraged to nominate companies for one of four awards: tourism, long-standing business, innovation and agriculture-agribusiness, by going to www.investinbrant.ca and clicking on the Salute to Brant Business link.