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Training
Training

Craig Miles PGCE (Economics), is experienced in training industrial apprentices at a world famous marine engineering college, as well as having worked in both electrical and RF engineering for over 20 years. This includes systems reliability engineering analysis, for an International Communications Satellite Manufacturer.

Telecommunications Consultancy
Telecommunications Consultancy

We offer telecommunications consultancy services. Our methodology is based around reliability engineering concepts, thus ensuring reliable systems solutions that deliver business critical communications, with high reliability.

Equipment supply
Equipment supply

We provide terrestrial two-way radio systems for land and marine applications. We also offer satellite communications equipment and service plans. Every client is unique, and we combine technologies to create the clients ideal solution, which achieves their business objectives.

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TEDx Talk on how D2D LEO Satellites, can help achieve UN SDG4
TEDx Talk on how D2D LEO Satellites, can help achieve UN SDG4

In October 2022 our founder Craig Miles, delivered a TEDx talk, and a TEDx interview. He also took part in a panel discussion, on how global education challenges. His primary input was on how telecommunications technologies, such as the latest D2D, or Direct-To-Device LEO (Low Earth Orbit Satellites), can help achieve greater educational equality, through greater connectivity.

Design, Supply & Project Management of Wide Area UHF DMR Digital Repeater System
Design, Supply & Project Management of Wide Area UHF DMR Digital Repeater System

Local client required the ability to instantly communicate, over a 15 miles radius, with their 12 employees.

Advanced RF Training
Advanced RF Training

Yesway was recently contracted by a leading technology training company, to deliver advanced RF (Radio Frequency) training, to their clients.

Two-Way Radio Consultation, and equipment supply.
Two-Way Radio Consultation, and equipment supply.

A long term client contacted us for advice on a new two-way radio system, for a new project they were undertaking.

The requirement included being able to be used in France as well as the UK, without licensing issues.

After listening carefully to the requirements and brief, we were able to advise on an appropriate solution.

Customer Reviews

Some of our past customer reviews, though many happy clients are unable to leave reviews, due to corporate internal policies. More details, and examples on request.

"Brilliant service and products. We took a set of radios to Spa in Belgium with Team Classic Suzuki and they were invaluable. Thanks Craig"

Kaiser Soseh
Kaiser Soseh Business Owner, B&B Motorcycles, Lincoln UK.

"The handheld two-way radio system purchased from Yesway, has been a huge success. They have meant that across a large factory where communication is key we are on top of the job with less effort and where problems occur, they are solved quicker, saving both time and money for the business.

Jeff Thomas
Jeff Thomas MD of Excel Laminating, Hull, UK.

"Hired several walkie talkies from Yesway, and Craig was very helpful, professional and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend."

Peter Littlewood
Peter Littlewood Client

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Why the correct choice of coaxial cable in a repeater system design, is important

Why the correct choice of coaxial cable in a repeater system design, is important.

Selecting the correct type of coaxial cable is crucial for ensuring optimal performance in two-way radio repeater installations.

The coaxial cable serves as the transmission medium for radio frequency (RF) signals between the radio equipment and the antennas.

The choice of coaxial cable impacts various aspects of repeater performance, including signal loss, impedance matching, durability, and cost-effectiveness.

Here’s why the correct type of coaxial cable is important:

Signal Loss: Coaxial cables exhibit signal attenuation, or loss, as the RF signal travels along the cable.

The magnitude of signal loss depends on factors such as cable length, frequency, and the characteristics of the cable itself.

High-quality coaxial cables with low loss characteristics help minimise signal attenuation, allowing the repeater system to maintain strong signal integrity over longer distances.

Impedance Matching: Coaxial cables have a characteristic impedance, typically 50 or 75 ohms, that must match the impedance of the radio equipment and antennas.

Mismatched impedance can lead to signal reflections and loss of signal power, resulting in degraded performance and potential damage to the equipment.

Using coaxial cable with the correct impedance ensures proper signal transfer and impedance matching throughout the repeater system.

Frequency Range: Different coaxial cables have varying frequency ranges over which they can effectively transmit RF signals.

It’s essential to choose a coaxial cable that supports the frequency range of the repeater system’s operation.

Using a cable with inadequate frequency handling capabilities can result in signal distortion, attenuation, and poor performance, particularly at higher frequencies.

Durability and Environmental Factors: Two-way radio repeater installations are often deployed in outdoor or harsh environments where coaxial cables are exposed to weather elements, temperature variations, and physical stress.

The selected coaxial cable should be rugged and weatherproof, capable of withstanding environmental factors without degradation in performance or reliability.

Additionally, cables with UV-resistant jackets and corrosion-resistant connectors are preferred for long-term outdoor deployments.

Cost-Effectiveness: While high-quality coaxial cables may come at a higher initial cost, they offer superior performance and reliability, leading to lower maintenance and replacement costs over time.

Investing in quality coaxial cable upfront can result in a more robust and efficient repeater system with reduced downtime and operational expenses in the long run.

In summary, choosing the correct type of coaxial cable is essential for achieving optimal performance in two-way radio repeater installations.

It directly influences signal loss, impedance matching, frequency handling, durability, and cost-effectiveness of the repeater system.

By selecting high-quality coaxial cable that meets the specific requirements of the installation, operators can ensure reliable and efficient communication for the radio network.

Understanding Link Budgets

Understanding Link Budgets in Two-Way Radio Planning.

In communications systems planning for two-way radios, ensuring reliable and effective communication over varying distances and conditions is paramount.

One of the fundamental tools used in planning and optimising such communication systems is the link budget.

A link budget is a comprehensive analysis of all gains and losses that occur as a signal travels from the transmitter to the receiver.

In this article, we’ll delve into the intricacies of link budgets in the context of two-way radio planning.

What is a Link Budget?

A link budget is essentially a calculation that balances the transmitted power against all the factors that diminish that power as the signal propagates (travels) through the medium (air, buildings, trees, etc), and reaches the receiver.

It provides a systematic approach to assess the feasibility and performance of a communication link under specific conditions.

Components of a Link Budget:

Transmitter Power: The starting point of any link budget analysis is the power output from the transmitter.

This is usually measured in watts (W) or decibels relative to a reference power level (dBm).

Transmission Medium Losses: As the signal travels through the medium (air, space, or cables), it encounters losses due to factors such as free-space path loss, absorption, and scattering.

These losses are typically frequency-dependent and increase with distance.

Antenna Gain: Both the transmitting and receiving antennas contribute to the overall link budget.

Antenna gain refers to the ability of the antennas to focus or concentrate the transmitted energy in a particular direction.

Higher antenna gain helps to compensate for losses in the transmission medium.

Propagation Effects: Various phenomena like multipath propagation, fading, and interference can affect signal strength during transmission.

These effects must be accounted for in the link budget analysis to ensure reliable communication.

Receiver Sensitivity: The sensitivity of the receiver determines the minimum signal strength required for successful demodulation and decoding of the transmitted information. It is usually expressed as a power level in dBm or microvolts (?V).

Calculating the Link Budget: The link budget calculation involves summing up all the gains and losses encountered by the signal along its path. The basic equation for a link budget is:

Received Power=Transmitted Power+Gains?Losses

Received Power=Transmitted Power+Gains?Losses

The received power should ideally exceed the receiver sensitivity for reliable communication to occur. If the received power falls below the receiver sensitivity, the link may experience dropouts or complete loss of communication.

Applications of Link Budgets:

Network Planning: Link budgets are essential tools in the design and optimisation of wireless communication networks, including cellular networks, radio systems, and satellite links.

By accurately predicting signal strength and coverage, engineers can determine the placement of base stations, antennas, and repeaters to achieve desired performance metrics.

Performance Analysis: Link budgets enable engineers to assess the performance of existing communication links and identify potential areas for improvement.

By analyzing factors such as antenna configuration, transmission power, and environmental conditions, adjustments can be made to enhance signal quality and reliability.

Spectrum Management: In crowded frequency bands where multiple users share the spectrum, link budgets help in allocating frequencies and minimising interference. By understanding the propagation characteristics and potential sources of interference, regulators can optimize spectrum usage and mitigate conflicts between different users.

Conclusion:

Link budgets play a crucial role in the planning, deployment, and maintenance of two-way radio communication systems.

By accounting for all the factors affecting signal propagation, engineers can ensure reliable and efficient communication over varying distances and conditions.

As technology continues to evolve, the importance of understanding link budgets, and accurate link budget analysis will only grow.

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How Satellite Communications Works

How satellite Communications work. Satellite communication systems work through a series of steps involving the transmission of signals between ground-based stations and satellites in orbit. Here’s a simplified explanation:

  1. User Terminal (Ground Segment): The process begins with a user or an organisation using a ground-based terminal, such as a satellite dish or a GPS receiver, to initiate communication.
  2. Uplink: The user terminal sends signals, typically in the form of electromagnetic waves, to the satellite in orbit. This is known as the uplink. The uplink signals carry information such as voice, data, or video.
  3. Satellite Transponder: The satellite is equipped with transponders, which are essentially communication devices onboard. These transponders receive the uplink signals, amplify them, change their frequency, and then retransmit them back to Earth. Transponders are responsible for signal processing and frequency translation.
  4. Downlink: The retransmitted signals, now in a different frequency, travel back to Earth in the form of a downlink. These signals are received by ground stations or user terminals.
  5. User Terminal Reception: The downlink signals are received by the user’s ground terminal, where they are processed and converted into a usable form. For example, in satellite television, the signals are converted into video and audio data.
  6. Satellite Control Center (SCC): The overall operation of the satellite is monitored and controlled by a ground-based facility known as the Satellite Control Centre (SCC). This centre communicates with the satellite, sending commands for orbit adjustments, configuration changes, and troubleshooting.
  7. Gateway Earth Station: In some cases, especially for communication services, there may be intermediate ground stations called gateway earth stations. These stations act as intermediaries between the user terminals and the satellite, aggregating and managing communication traffic.
  8. Network Operations Center (NOC): The Network Operations Center oversees the entire satellite communication network. It monitors network performance, manages resources, and addresses any issues that may arise.

The entire process enables communication over long distances, providing a global reach without the need for a physical infrastructure connecting the communicating parties. It’s important to note that satellites can be in different orbits, such as geostationary or low Earth orbit, depending on the specific requirements of the communication system. This is how satellite communications work.