Locomotive and Marine Satellite Systems

USA. Intellian announces marine satellite TV antenna capable of operating in all global markets

Marine Satelite SystemsIntellian, the worlds technological leader in marine satellite antennas, announced today the first marine satellite TV antenna compatible with programming signals in all world markets, the w-series. Designed completely in house, the w-series features the Intellian exclusive multi-band WorldView Low Noise Block (LNB) Module. The new line consists of two commercial 3-axis stabilized satellite TV antenna models, the t110W and t130W, and two recreational 2-axis models, the i6W and i9W. W-series systems are the only antenna solutions capable of receiving all types of satellite TV signals in all markets around the globe. With the installation of a single i6W, i9W, t110W or t130W system, recreational and commercial boaters achieve a new level of satellite TV convenience, as well as unparalleled access to the greatest number of channels at sea. The Intellian w-series marine satellite antenna systems WorldView LNB Module receives both circular polarized signals used in the Americas and linear polarized signals that are standard throughout the rest of the world. Offering the high-quality access to satellite TV services that is synonymous with Intellian, boaters are no longer required to undertake the painstaking hassle of purchasing multiple LNBs , reconfiguring complex systems and manually changing the LNB unit inside the antenna dome each time the vessel crosses into a different satellite service region. The w-series WorldView LNB Module allows mariners to seamlessly switch between circular DIRECTV, DISH Network, ExpressVu and Sky Canada services in North America; DIRECTV Latin, Sky Brazil and Sky Mexico programming in Central and South America; and linear polarized services using Universal Quad LNB in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as Asia and the Pacific all by simply pressing a remote control button. The w-series marine satellite antenna systems were developed by Intellian engineers and truly demonstrates our commitment to being the technological leader in the marine satellite antenna market, said Eric Sung, president and CEO of Intellian. Designed to address the needs of commercial and recreational ocean-going vessels traveling across different satellite TV services markets around the world, the heart of our new antennas is our exclusive, innovative WorldView LNB Module which provides satellite signal access and capabilities previously unavailable. We are confident boaters will quickly recognize how the w-series improves the convenience and quality of satellite entertainment at sea. W-series marine satellite TV antennas feature Intellians patented WRS (Wide Angle Search) algorithm for fast signal acquisition and pioneering DBT (Dynamic Beam Tilting) signal locking technology. The revolutionary WorldView LNB Module operates on four frequency bands, two circular polarized frequencies for access to all programming in the Americas and two for linear polarized Universal Quad LNB signal programming found in markets outside the Americas. Designed to excel in all sea states and weather conditions, all Intellian systems are tested to industry-leading standards for vibration and resonance frequency, as well as extreme shock. FCC and CE approved, the new w-series antennas are waterproof rated to the IPx6 standard, and protected by a 2-year parts and 1-year labor limited warranty. Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 October 2009 )

Hamilton Island Race Week: Living Doll takes win in light winds

Michael Hiatt justified the expense of building a new Farr 55 when he steered Living Doll to an impressive win in the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week IRC Championship today. Earlier this month skipper Hiatt and his Royal Yacht Club of Victoria crew gave an indication they were prepared to tough it out in light winds when they won the major trophy at Airlie Beach Race Week. They were forced to step up to another gear when they faced the Sydney Hobart standard fleet for title honours off Hamilton Island. After powering to a brilliant win in race one the Living Doll crew placed their title chances in damage control by finishing with an 8-7 in the next two races. However experienced tactician Ross Lloyd selected all the best tactical options which allowed Living Doll to progressively build her title challenge with consistent 1-2-3-1-2 results leaving their major rivals Evolution Racing (Ray Roberts) and Limit (Alan Brierty) to duel for the minor places. In spite of the light winds today the final 23 n/ml Molle-Daydream Island race proved to be a thriller before Limit sealed a deserved line honours win in the final 500 metres when she snuck away from Black Jack (Mark Bradford) to take the flag by 29 seconds with another five seconds to Wild Joe steered by Star Class Olympian Colin Beashel. See Audi Hamilton Island Race Week images: Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 August 2009 )

UK. Waterways Action Squad volunteers win national recognition for their 'Butterfly Biodiversity' Project

A project volunteers from the Waterways Action Squad to transform Freemans Copse, a small local nature reserve alongside the Shropshire Union Canal in Ellesmere Port, into a haven for butterflies and been selected by CSV Action Earth as runner-up in the Best Urban Biodiversity Prize category, winning a 100 cash prize. Alison Cross and Bethany Millen, both aged 18 and from Ellesmere Port, planted butterfly friendly wildflowers and organised tree coppicing and thinning events to create natural habitats for the creatures. Alison explained: We wanted to improve this area and turn it into an attractive site for butterflies. We also want to encourage children and families from the local community back to the area to see the wonderful insects in their habitats. Hopefully this work will discourage fly tipping and make the local public appreciate and enjoy the free wildlife they have on their own doorstep without having to travel along way. Bethany said: The flowers that weve planted make the area look a lot more attractive, providing colour and lovely smells. Weve also cleared a large overgrown area of trees that were already half dead or had no room to grow. This allows more light onto the woodland floor, making it more suitable for butterflies to fly through or sunbathe. With the left over branches and trees we made habitat piles to increase the biodiversity of the site. Alison and Bethanys hard work hasnt ended there. They want more people to get involved with the conservation project and to see what has been achieved. In addition to organising a wildflower planting and butterfly crafts session with a local Brownie group, they are creating a map and poster to promote the site. Bethany explained: Were making a map and poster to encourage the local public and people visiting the National Waterways Museum, just 15 minutes walk away, to come to Freemans copse to see this greatly improved local nature reserve. CSV Action Earth, supported by Morrisons supermarket, helps people across England and Wales become volunteers and improve the environment in which they live and work. Thousands of people took part in 1000 projects, this year, across the UK, planting trees, collecting litter, cleaning river beds and improving land. Mark Harrison, Morrisons Store Operations Director, said:Morrisons is proud to support CSV Action Earth and the thousands of volunteers who act to make an impact on the environment. Over the years, weve seen that when people contribute to change together it can deliver real benefits to the communities we share. Naseem Akhtar, Project Manager for CSV Action Earth said: Projects like this show the very positive impact that local people can have in improving the environment. This is a well deserved award. Freemans Copse is looked after by Cheshire West and Chester Ranger Service, Waterways Action Squad teamed up with the Ranger Service to help with labour intensive activities such as coppicing and tree thinning activities. Waterways Action Squad, Their work has helped make a dramatic improvement to thiscanalside green space, and helped young volunteers gain new skills and practical work experience. Freemans Copse is a small Local Nature Reserve next to the Shropshire Union Canal in Ellesmere port, about 15 minutes walk from the National Waterways Museum. Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 November 2010 )