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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Ucrypt MPEG4 to Analog Equipment

We received our 1st shipment of the ATX Networks Ucrypt equipment this month and they’re proving to be popular. The Ucrypt product solves the problem of operators that receive/distribute MPEG4 programming but still have customers that want an analog channel lineup. The Ucrypt can receive 20 channels of MPEG4 over IP and output it in an analog format. Ucrypt can also receive and decode Verimatrix conditional access making the transition from MPEG4 to analog simple to setup and maintain. Most customers have opted to offer a 40 channel analog tier on their system and the Ucrypt product fills the need perfectly. While there’s lots of talk about going “all digital”, the process can be complicated and expensive. The analog channel lineup is still a “sticky” product for customers and operators have been looking for a solution. Previously, the solution was to receive MPEG2 and convert it to RF. That works fine as long as you’re receiving MPEG2. More and more operators are moving to MPEG4 either by building their own headend or leasing signal from an MPEG4 provider. Enter the Ucrypt product line and operators can still affordably maintain 40 channels of RF. Call us for a quote.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

7x12 splicing trailer in stock


Happy first day of Spring 2013! Current temperature is a balmy 8 degrees, -10 windchill blowing at 10-15mph. Anybody with some early spring splicing planned and might be interested in a new trailer, here's some pictures of a 7x12 splicing trailer we have in stock. Manufactured by Mobile Tech, these trailers come with all aluminum interior cabinets for durability. We've added a 7 drawer cabinet for better organization of tools, outside arrowboards for safety, and 5500 Onan Generator with 20 gallon fuel tank. Give us a call or email us for more pictures, pricing, and a full list of features.

side view

standard 7 drawer cabinet

aluminum cabinets for durability

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Minnesota Telecom Alliance Tradeshow

DF Countryman Co is again proud to support and participate in the 2013 MTA Show being held in downtown Minneapolis at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, March 25th-27th. This is the 28th year DF Countryman Co has participated in this annual tradeshow and Convention which highlights new products, technologies and services that support the independent telephone, data and wireless communications markets. DF Countryman Co., having its roots in the cable television and video industries, began participating in the MinnesotaTelecom Alliance annual convention in the early 1980’s when independent telephone companies began venturing into the video content delivery business. Since that time DF Countryman Co. is proud to have served this industry.  Further, we have strived to be a valuable resource for the telephone companies by providing the highest quality products, services and solutions. Please come visit us in booths 32-33 at the MTA Show.

Monday, February 11, 2013


These fiber connectors have been on the market for a while and we love the versatility, ease of use, and performance they offer! Keep these around for easy field termination of any fiber, with any connector.
Priced between $9-$13.00/ea this is the best, easiest, least expensive field connector we’ve tested!
Check out the demo video here                                                                       ViewSpec Sheet Here: 


DF Countryman Launches a New Website!


We are happy to announce that we’ve updated and launched our new website! 

This project turned out to be a larger undertaking than we perhaps realized, but we’re excited to pull off the cover.
Sitting at the round table discussing how we could improve our online exposure, we decided that we needed a better way to organize our products. Since DF Countryman serves customers within several different industries, our thought was, “let’s organize products accordingly!” So, whaallla!!!
You'll notice that now we have a page for each industry that we serve: Cable TV, Telcos, Contractors, Private Cable Operators, Satellite, Industrial/OEM, and Rentals. Further, our products are sorted within each specific industry for a better customer experience. 
We’ve also added an online shopping feature for some of our more popular products. We will continue to add products to our online store and keep the most up to date product listings. 
...Hope you like it!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cable Guru Tom Bumgardner sheds light on CATV

DF Countryman Training
Tom in Action
DF Countryman Training
Tom Baumgardner is a smart guy….sometimes obnoxiously so! We playfully refer to him as Mr. Know-it-All in the office because of it. (No doubt about it, if I were to be on Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, he would be my “phone a friend.”) Tom reached into the archive of knowledge and spent a few days this week at Wikstrom Telephone doing some RF Training for some of their technicians.
The Agenda included:
1.     Basic RF Design, Cable loss, slope, tilt, insertion loss, etc.
2.     Channel assignment, frequency charts for analog and digital channels
3.     Best home wiring practices
4.     Headend components and design
5.     Distribution- e.i. RF Distribution, target signal levels, CNR, BER, MER, amplifier input/output levels
6.     Connector and Cable Prep good practices
7.     CMTS and DOCSIS standards and practices
Mr. Lundeen was good enough to snap a few action shots of Tom doing his thing! If you are interested in this type of training, please let us know.

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