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To: david james who wrote ()2/22/2000 4:16:00 PM
From: Roy F
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Datron Rejects Unfounded Charges in KVH Lawsuit

February 22, 2000 03:52 PM
VISTA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 22, 2000--Datron Systems Inc. DTSI today announced it has been advised that a lawsuit has reportedly been filed against its wholly owned subsidiary, Datron/Transco Inc., by a competitor in the mobile satellite communications market.

The lawsuit, apparently filed by KVH Industries KVHI of Middletown, Rhode Island, alleges patent infringement and breach of contract. Datron believes the lawsuit is utterly without merit and the company intends to mount a vigorous defense.

David A. Derby, chairman, president and chief executive officer, stated, "To date, Datron has not been served with this lawsuit; however, we have received a 'courtesy' copy of the complaint from the plaintiff's attorneys. It is regrettable that a full eight days have passed since KVH twice announced its baseless charges in the press. We have to question the motives of a competitor who apparently is more concerned with a press announcement than with pursuing the legal merits of its case. Nevertheless, we can assure our stockholders, customers and other stakeholders that we will aggressively defend the company against the plaintiff's unfounded charges."


This news release may contain "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. A variety of factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ from the anticipated results expressed in such forward-looking statements. These include, among others, uncertainties stemming from the dependence of the Company on foreign sales and on large orders from a relatively small number of customers, risks relating to the decline in the company's traditional defense business and the company's efforts to develop and market consumer products, lack of timely development or customer acceptance of new products, changes in products and services offered by satellite service providers and their related suppliers and the ability of the company to negotiate satisfactory business relationships with those providers and suppliers, worldwide economic downturns and currency devaluations, restrictions imposed by the U.S. government on the export of company products, and the impact of competition. Investors are referred to the company's periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including without limitation the Investment Considerations set forth in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K.


Datron Systems provides products and services addressing the needs of emerging satellite and radio communication markets.

el/sd


CONTACT: Datron Systems Inc. William L. Stephan, 760/734-5454 dtsi.com



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To: dvdw© who wrote (330)2/25/2000 7:36:00 PM
From: Pink Minion
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Correct me if I am wrong but GMH satellite is only a one way ticket isnt it?

Hughes is going with NSATF which is using the KA band and is two way.

MH

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To: david james who wrote ()3/1/2000 3:13:00 PM
From: Roy F
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KVH Introduces New Satellite Antenna
For Stationary TV Reception in Vehicles

Middletown, RI, March 1, 2000 – Tonight it’s Montana, tomorrow maybe Wyoming, but wherever a recreational vehicle (RV) or truck is parked at journey’s end in North America, the new TracVision SA from KVH Industries, Inc., (NASDAQ:KVHI) quickly and automatically provides the link to live satellite television and music broadcasts. At a cost comparable to old-fashioned fold-down satellite antennas, TracVision SA delivers a broad range of direct broadcast satellite (DBS) entertainment, news and music programming with the fastest acquisition time of any automatic system on the market.

The completely automatic TracVision SA requires no user input to rapidly and accurately locate and acquire channels from Dish™ Network or DIRECTV©, and there are no separate control boxes to install inside the vehicle. The stylish, weatherproof dome that protects the satellite antenna from the elements does not need to be stowed during operation like pop-up automatic systems that often are affected by wind, rust and corrosion.

“The introduction of TracVision SA marks the second major milestone in our comprehensive strategy for delivering satellite communications and data to the vehicle market,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, president and CEO. “The first milestone was achieved just over one year ago when we introduced TracVision LM, a ground-breaking, in-motion system for delivering quality, low-cost satellite television to vehicles. TracVision LM’s success exceeded our initial expectations and confirmed that we were on track to meet the pent-up demand for a reliable and affordable system that would deliver any time, any where entertainment and data.”

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KVH’s proprietary sensor and software technologies enable TracVision SA to quickly and automatically acquire and maintain satellite contact. The TracVision SA flush-mount antenna dome measures 31" x 14.5" (79 cm x 37 cm), weighs about 33 pounds, and is easily installed on RVs, motor coaches, trucks and vans pre-wired with power and RF cables. TracVision SA is competitively priced at $1,495 and offers considerable benefits over comparable automatic systems.

Owners who initially seek quality reception for stationary use and later decide to add the in-motion capability can easily upgrade their TracVision SA to have the same features as a TracVision LM. The in-motion package for TracVision SA includes a KVH antenna gyro and software upgrade. TracVision SA is covered by a two-year warranty and supported by the hundreds of dealer outlets throughout North America that also support TracVision LM and other KVH products. KVH has begun shipping TracVision SA, and the new system will be on display from March 24-26 at the Family Motor Coaching Association Winter Convention in Pomona, California.

“TracVision SA meets the needs of a large number of customers who told us they wanted an attractive domed unit for their vehicle but couldn’t afford a full in-motion system,” said Jim Dodez, vice president of marketing and sales support. “RV and truck owners who previously bought fold-down antennas also have been telling us they didn’t stand up well to the elements and that they wanted to replace them with automatic domed units. We now can offer vehicle owners superior products for both stationary and in-motion applications, and the flexibility of an optional upgrade when their needs change.”

KVH Industries, Inc. manufactures and markets digital navigation systems and mobile satellite communication products for use in commercial, military, and marine applications. The company’s headquarters are in Middletown, RI, and additional offices are located in Hoersholm, Denmark, Tinley Park, Illinois, and St. Petersburg, Florida.

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To: david james who wrote ()3/10/2000 11:34:00 AM
From: dvdw©
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Looks like more Accumulation the last few days, it's good to be a part of this company early. Regardless of the daily ups or downs KVHI looks like a keeper.

The thin float is certainly providing LIFT on minimal volume, which bodes well for days in the future when KVHI DATATV tracking starts to hit it's stride.

Come ON FORD, Come ON GM, Come ON Chrysler, and all our friends off shore making vehicles for US Market. Get with the program KVHI is waiting to receive your Purchase orders.

And a few shareholders too.

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To: dvdw© who wrote (343)3/14/2000 12:24:00 AM
From: Sector Investor
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I've tried to do a little research on current sensors - particularly for the power industry. I didn't find too much specific to the power industry, but I am still looking.

One thing I learned is the wide variance of products, designed for many different markets. If you click on this search link and read the choices and their descriptions, you will see how some of these products are designed for specific applications, leaving KVH plenty of room to develop and market their own specific products. Whatever they have, it appears there could be plenty of market potential here. This could be an exciting and lucrative add-on to their current products.

search.yahoo.com


While probably none of the links may come close to whatever KVH is developing, these may provide some insight in this area we did not have before. Note the advantages and characteristics of the fiber optic based products . Enjoy.

fiberdynamics.com

fiso.com

sti.nasa.gov

mizar5.oact.hq.nasa.gov






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To: Sector Investor who wrote (344)3/14/2000 10:04:00 AM
From: dvdw©
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Thanks for the links Sector, good information NFM

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To: Sector Investor who wrote (344)3/15/2000 8:22:00 AM
From: signist
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New use for KVHI...

Glad to hear Sector is alive and well.
Thought he'd be on some Beach in the South Pacific
with a couple National Geographic Ladies fanning him
with large palm leaves, sipping on Iced Tea and surfing
away on his New Laptop using KVHI's mobile satellite system.
(vbg)

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To: signist who wrote (346)3/15/2000 9:20:00 AM
From: cmg
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Ford to offer wireless service

Sprint deal to put technology in cars
March 15, 2000

















BY GREG GARDNER
BLOOMBERG NEWS



Ford Motor Co. and Sprint PCS, the wireless-communications unit of Sprint Corp., will combine forces to offer wireless telephone and Internet services in vehicles next year, people familiar with the plan said.


The service is to be offered on some models of 2001 Lincolns and include phones that can be removed from the vehicle, those people said. While both companies declined Tuesday to comment on a possible linkup, Ford scheduled a briefing today with a "leading telecommunications company," and Sprint PCS's president said his company will unveil an auto industry accord.


"Tomorrow, I'll tell you all sorts of things," Sprint PCS President Andrew Sukawaty said at the Merrill Lynch & Co. telecommunications conference in New York.


Automakers are trying to bring more electronic services into vehicles to generate revenue beyond what consumers pay to buy and maintain them.


General Motors Corp.'s OnStar unit offers voice Internet access on some 2000 models and expects to boost the number of subscribers tenfold this year to 1 million.


"Ford is playing a little bit of catch-up in this area," said David Garrity, an analyst with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. "The service revenue industrywide could reach about $10 billion annually within the next five years."


In September, Sukawaty said Sprint PCS expected additional revenue of up to $3 billion within three years from data and automotive services and its communications-tower business. At the time, he said it expected to unveil automotive services in the next 12 to 18 months.


"This is just another example of how wireless is creeping into every aspect of our lives," said Walter Piecyk, an analyst at Paine Webber Inc. who rates Sprint PCS "buy."


Ford's new service would go beyond its Rescue roadside emergency system that Lincoln offers as a $2,000 option on its Continental and LS models. The luxury division sold 176,493 Lincolns in the United States last year.


GM in January picked Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp. to provide a wireless network to support OnStar, which also started as a roadside-emergency service using satellites to track vehicles and wireless communications to summon help.


DaimlerChrysler AG and Motorola Inc. offer StarTac wireless phones that drivers can use with voice commands in some 2000-model Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

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To: cmg who wrote (347)3/15/2000 7:59:00 PM
From: Sector Investor
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This thread is pretty dead, which is usually the case for emerging companies that have been out of the spotlight.

I know people are watching this thread though, so how about starting some discussion on wireless, using this article from the Broadband Wireless World Forum about Microsoft and OFDM, and cmg's Ford post?

How do these two items affect KVHI's prospects or markets?

infoworld.com

A sure way to build some interest is to discuss interesting topics. Comments requested.

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To: Sector Investor who wrote (348)3/15/2000 9:14:00 PM
From: robert b furman
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Hi Sector,

This thread historically discusses news directly effecting KVHI's niche. I am by no means an expert,but kvhi's technology deals with very broadband frequencies that are beamed in a controlled direction so the quality of the transmission is constant and reliable. Nice features to have for navigation,continuous digital broadcast satellite TV and hopefully the internet soon.

This type of technology is rather expensive as the aiming requirement features fast response to gps positioning instead of wide beamed narrow band transmissions.

It is a high class way of communicating ,that has yet to benefit from the economies of scale that mass utilization bring about : ie cell phone or palm devices.

It is in my opinion, just as great a certainty. However it is a longer term development. I think the RV,taxi cab,limo ,suv will usher in the universal awareness of this great technology.It will require miniaturization and mass production savings to bring it out of the techie world and into the mainstream.

Additionally, this company which I view as far ahead into tomorrow's technology - today seems to be putting all the right steps in place.

They are first in quality with their customers.
They patent their brilliance.
They are brilliant with advanced technology in it's pure sense and seem to be able to execute their technology to the mainstream world.

I am visiting them this April ,and am humbly excited to learn about something I know so little about. I can't wait to see what a Fiber Optic Gyro looks like.How fiber optic sensors can measure the flow of electricity boggles my mind!! This is not your father's technology company.



They are advanced and I'm not sure of much more.Except one thing - THEY ARE A LONG TERM KEEPER !! Whatever they do they do so with great class. That's good enough for me.


JMHO


Bob

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