Motorola to Acquire Yaesu

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  • Motorola to Acquire Controlling Interest in Parent Company of Yaesu
    posted on November 06, 2007 10:58:01 pm
    According to a press release issued by Motorola, Motorola USA has announced its intention to “launch a tender offer to acquire a controlling interest in Vertex Standard Co, Ltd.” Vertex Standard is the parent company of Yaesu. Upon successful completion of the tender offer and subsequent restructuring process, Motorola will own 80 percent of Vertex Standard; Tokogiken, a privately held Japanese company, controlled by current president and CEO of Vertex Standard Jun Hasegawa, will retain 20 percent, forming a joint venture. The total purchase price for 80 percent of the outstanding shares on a fully diluted basis will be approximately �12.3 billion (approximately US $108 million). The bid will start November 6 and end on December 26. If the bid succeeds, shares of Vertex would be delisted from the Jasdaq Securities Exchange in Japan.
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    New ARISS Antennas Installed on Columbus

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    New ARISS Antennas Installed on Columbus
    posted on October 23, 2007 11:43:40 pm
    Two Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) antennas have been installed on the nadir side of the new International Space Station’s Columbus module, set to launch later this year. On October 12, the antennas successfully passed electrical and SWR tests, with one of the two antennas, Antenna 42, going through a final test — a thermal test under vacuum. Based on modeling, engineers have no fear the antenna will pass with flying colors. Columbus will house an additional Amateur Radio station, including the first digital Amateur Radio TV (DATV) station in space, as well as a ham radio transponder. The yet-to-be-built Columbus amateur gear will facilitate operation on new frequencies that will make it possible for ARISS to establish wideband and video operations for the first time and allow continuous transponder operation.
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