Elkhart, Ind.-based ASA Electronics has introduced the VM9424 multi-media high-definition radio receiver with built-in GPS navigation and rear camera input for RVs. According to a press release, the system will save space on any RV dash by combining the stereo and observation system into one unit.
The 6.2-inch touch-screen stereo features 160 watts of power, an AM/FM tuner with 18 FM and 12 AM presets along with a high-definition radio receiver.
Other features include:
• Full iPod and iPhone audio capabilities.
• Playback of multiple digital media files and a MP3 ID3 tag that displays the current title, artist and album.
• XM satellite radio ready with subscription and Bluetooth technology via the JENSEN BTM10.
• Two composite video outputs which allow for support of additional video screens.
• A rear camera input enabling drivers to have vision at the rear of their vehicle and have better sight when merging or changing lanes.
According to ASA, the VM9424 is “an ultimate multimedia system in that it not only includes the necessary stereo features, but also enhanced features such as observation and navigation.”
ASA Electronics, a leading supplier of premium mobile RV electronics, is known for specifically designing, engineering and testing products in an on-site facility to ensure they will withstand the rigors associated with a mobile environment. According to a press release, high quality brands include JENSEN TVs, stereos and speakers, Voyager Observation Systems and Advent rooftop air-conditioners and appliances.
Advent Air, the company’s newest product line, will be introducing an all-digital thermostat to the RV market that will simplify installation by using a single wire connection between the upper unit and the thermostat. This year, units will also be available with an integrated heat pump. Advent Air will also be offering newly designed aerodynamic shrouds in black or white. Plus, the 13.5K or 15K BTU air conditioning units feature a multitude of ceiling assemblies to address a variety of RV A/C applications.
ASA is also offering a revolutionary WiSight digital wireless observation system. This observation system features a monitor along with a camera that installs into the running lights or other 12-volt circuits to help eliminate blind spots and provide vision at the rear of the vehicle. This innovative technology digitally locks the Voyager camera to the monitor so it only communicates with that monitor thus ignoring outside signals and eliminating interference. This new unit is perfect for fifth-wheels and travel trailers because it eliminates wires or cables and the monitor can easily be transferred to any tow vehicle. The system also features a portable, simple mounting solution and a 12-volt DC power plug for the monitor. To learn more about this innovative system and all of its benefits, check out ASA electronics’ video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcZOWfgvgiU.
ASA is also proud to offer state-of-the-art televisions equipped with top-of-the-line features. Its LED TVs have 12-volt DC power which makes them the ideal choice for customers that want to go dry camping. In addition, TV’s have convenient front controls and speakers, conformal coated circuit boards, reinforced mounting points along with including a unified remote for JENSEN stereos. Televisions also feature CEC function with JENSEN CEC-equipped HDMI DVD players. JENSEN CEC automatically turns on the television when a disc is inserted into the DVD player, but only when an HDMI cable is used. This technology can greatly increase the ease of functionality for any user.
Since 1977, ASA Electronics has been an international manufacturer and supplier of mobile electronics to the RV, van, marine, bus, truck and heavy-duty industries. ASA’s proprietary line of products includes:
• JENSEN stereos, speakers, LCD televisions/monitors and DVD players
• JENSEN Marine waterproof/water resistant stereos, speakers, DVD players and accessories
• JENSEN Heavy Duty stereos, speakers and accessories
• Advent microwave ovens, refrigerators and roof-top air-conditioners
• Voyager observation systems
Vehicle observation systems — referred to by many as “back-up cameras” — have been available for several years. Elkhart, Ind.-based ASA Electronics ramped up the technology at the recent National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., as the company unveiled its new Voyager wireless camera-and-monitor system.
“This is new digital wireless — we’re calling it Wi-Sight technology — where there is no cabling or wiring between the camera and the monitor, both of which run on 12 volts,” noted Pat McCullough, vice president of sales for the Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier. “The camera is simply mounted on the back of the unit and you would run your 12 volts from your vehicle running lights or wherever to the camera to give it power. Inside the vehicle, the 5.6-inch LCD monitor plugs into a 12-volt accessory plug which makes it very portable from vehicle to vehicle.”
Realizing, perhaps, that the unit’s wireless technology might have some expressing concerns about interference, ASA rigged the system’s camera to a remote support and mounted its monitor inside the company’s exhibit.
“We’re running more than 100 feet between the camera and monitor — a much farther distance than between a tow vehicle and the rear of a trailer or fifth-wheel — and there’s no interference whatsoever,” McCullough pointed out. The camera and monitor are locked-in to one another, but according to McCullough, if they ever are mismatched each has a reset button. The system goes on sale in April.
For more information, contact ASA Electronics, 2602 Marina Dr., Elkhart, IN 46514; (877) 305-0445, www.asaelectronics.com.
If you’ve ever had your garage door open without nudging the remote button, you’ve experienced the sort of signal spillover that can sometimes haunt wireless communications. Elkhart, Ind.-based ASA Electronics has introduced a new Voyager digital wireless observation system that incorporates WiSight technology to digitally lock the Voyager camera to its monitor — eliminating interference and “noise” typical of analog wireless systems. The WiSight technology is strong enough to travel through and around objects and works on vehicles 60-plus feet in length, a significantly longer distance than wireless analog systems. Designed and tested to withstand the rugged conditions commonly found in RV environments, the observation system also delivers a sharp, vivid picture of the vehicle’s surroundings to the 5.6-inch color LCD monitor. Available in April, the WiSight package includes an LCD color monitor with integrated receiver, 12-volt accessory plug, suction cup monitor mount, rear color camera with integrated transmitter, stainless-steel hardware and non-corrosive camera mounting bracket. For more information, contact ASA Electronics, 2602 Marina Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514, (574) 266-3193, www.asaelectronics.com.
Several Elkhart County, Ind., RV manufacturers and suppliers are donating their time, materials and funding to help transform a four-year-old, 84-passenger school bus into an innovative mobile science center.
The “Science-2-GO Bus” is the brainchild of ETHOS (Encouraging Technology and Hands On Science), an affiliate of Elkhart Community Schools.
“Imagine a state-of-the-art science training center that is easily available to Elkhart County students and teachers that gives them the opportunity to explore science in new ways and look at their world through the eyes of a scientist,” said Dana Knapp, a master science teacher with ECS.
That’s what a handful of local firms are creating this winter. The bus is being outfitted with computers, solar panels and other features that will help bring science closer to students and teachers in Elkhart County schools.
The total cost for this community initiative is well over $250,000, sponsors estimate.
Participants include A and R Machine, ASA Electronics, Bayer Corp., Cleer Vision Windows, Dicor Corp., the Elkhart Country Community Foundation, Forest River Inc., Home Energy, Interlink Computers, Jayco Inc., Performance Graphics, Show Hauler Trucks, Summit Fiberglass, Turtle Top and Wiley Metal.
The idea began to evolve more than a year ago and sprouted when the Bayer Foundation came forward with a $64,000 grant. “Several local companies came on board right away, then the economy went down,” explained Patsy Boehler, executive director of ETHOS.
The project was put on hold for nine months, then was revived over the winter.
Boehler contacted the office of northern Indiana Congressman Joe Donnelly, who pointed her in the direction of Dicor Corp. in Elkhart. Dicor staff warmed to the idea and drafted some preliminary designs.
She then contacted the Elkhart Community Foundation and was put in contact with Forest River, which joined the effort and identified some local suppliers who could help on the project.
“It was just amazing how many companies said they could donate things,” Boehler said.
The project got off the drawing board this winter, and the bus is making the rounds to area firms, each modifying the bus using its special skills. The first step was to remove the seats and raise the ceiling by 14 inches.
Thanks to the donations from the local firms, only $19,000 of the original grant has been spent so far. The balance of the grant will help furnish the lab. Boehler anticipates the bus will be completed in March or April.
Phil Tom of Turtle Top, Doug Rhude representing A & R Machine and Dennis Boehler are co-chairmen for the project.
ASA Electronics, an international manufacturer and supplier of mobile electronics, has expanded its mobile electronics product line to include Hamilton Beach microwaves and refrigerators, according to a news release. The Hamilton Beach microwaves are designed as built-in units with one-touch easy-to-use electronic controls that let users quickly and easily adjust cook times, cook settings, power levels, clock and timer. They have glass turntables, push button doors, and pre-programmed one-touch digital cook settings that let you easily prepare popcorn, pizza, frozen entrees, or beverages at the touch of a button. Skimping on power is also nothing to be concerned over as the Hamilton Beach microwaves have 900 watts of cooking power and 10 adjustable power levels that let users boil, reheat, defrost, and more. All Hamilton Beach microwaves are also extremely easy to install into any mobile application as they each include an easy one-piece trim kit. The 3 1/2-cubic-foot Hamilton Beach refrigerator accommodates any application while sleek in design is perfect even in the most compact environments. Additional features include chiller compartments, slide shelves, door racks, 2-liter bottle racks, an egg tray, interior lamp and vegetable crisper.