IES Communications announces an exclusive distribution agreement for ham radio MDSR Software Defined Radio kits for Eastern Canada

MDSR kits allow existing ham radios to be retrofitted to become full featured Software Defined Radios

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, May 2, 2016 /CNW/ - IES Communications announces that it will become the exclusive distributor of Modulator Demodulator Software Radio (MDSR) kits for Eastern Canada. MDSR kits allow amateur radio operators, commonly known as hams, to modify their radios so that they can be completely controlled via software on a personal computer. By allowing complete software control, the capabilities of ham radios can be enhanced, thus affording operators with a wide range of communications options that can improve their communication effectiveness. MDSR kits are available for a variety of ham radio models, including those manufactured by ICOM, Kenwood and Yaesu.

Eric Meth, founder of IES Communications and ham radio operator with the call sign VE3EI, has been a leader in the Canadian two-way radio communications industry since 1969 added "This agreement will really help IES Communications to continue to service all of its client's needs, especially those that are also ham radio operators. Software Defined Radios (SDRs) are becoming very popular within the ham radio community and the MDSR kit will really help many hams gets started with SDRs affordably using their existing ham radio equipment."

The MDSR kits allows ham radio operators to cost effectively retrofit new and old ham radio units, saving them from the need and unnecessary expense of purchasing new and often expensive commercial Software Defined Radio equipment to get the benefits that SDRs offer. The benefits of purchasing a MDSR kits include:

  • Low cost
  • Easy to install and configure
  • Compatible with most ham radio models on the market today
  • Free SDR software with updates

MDSR kits are developed, manufactured and supported by Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW and Guy Roels, ON6MU, and their devoted team of volunteers.

Beginning on May 31, 2016, clients will be able to order MDSR kits directly from IES Communications via its website at To learn more about MDSR kits, visit the MDSR website at

About IES Communications

IES Communications is Canada's preeminent provider of communications solutions, including land mobile, aviation, marine and amateur radio equipment sales and service and consulting services since 1992.

SOURCE IES Communications

Image with caption: "The assembled LIF2016 MDSR kit installed in a Yaesu FT-817 HF radio. (CNW Group/IES Communications)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "The assembled LIF2016 MDSR kit. (CNW Group/IES Communications)". Image available at:

For further information: For more information, contact Eric Meth, VE3EI, Founder and CEO, IES Communications, 905-468-8107 or email

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