14th Annual Premios Juventud Bets On The Future With Radio Active Designs

Coral Gables, Florida (August 2017) –  The 14th Annual Premios Juventud Awards Show, presented by Univision, recently took place at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Show communication was aided by Radio Active Designs (RAD) wireless intercom systems provided by Orlando, Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems (PWS).

The theme for the show, “Betting on the Future”, awarded some of the biggest stars in Latin music and featured performances from celebrities such as Enrique Iglesias, Carlos Rivera, Gianluca Vacchi, J Balvin and Iggy Azalea. PWS was on site to provide all wireless systems as well as system design, RF coordination, and support for the event.

“Because we were using over 200 wireless frequencies, it was critical to maximize spectral efficiency whenever possible,” explains Gary Trenda, RF Technician for PWS. “In this case, deploying seven RAD UV-1G wireless intercom systems, including 42 RAD belt packs, was a huge help.”

The UV1-G base stations are unique in that they operate in a very small slice of the UHF spectrum while the body packs operate solely in the VHF realm – freeing up considerable RF bandwidth for use by other wireless systems. The base station utilizes RAD’s proprietary Enhanced Narrow Band technology which allows the 6-channel unit to occupy a mere 25 kHz of RF bandwidth while maintaining the audio characteristics one would expect from a traditional FM system. The intercoms helped strengthen communication between the producers, stage managers, floor managers, and members of the rigging crew.

“In the past, we have used fewer RAD base stations, but this year we made a move up to seven systems as part of our transition away from UHF intercom systems, particularly UHF systems that operate in the 600 MHz range,” explains Trenda. “We have always been pleased with the RAD intercoms but recent firmware updates have improved audio quality, making these systems even better.”

To provide full coverage of the event, PWS created two zones, one covering the main stage/bowl and the other covering the backstage, production offices, and truck dock. They used a VHF distributed antenna system with a PWS DB-VIC 4-zone VHF intercom Rx multi-coupler to ensure seamless communications from one zone to the next.

Trenda concludes, “It’s already a challenge to coordinate in the 600MHz band – RAD UV-1G systems are extremely reliable and provide the frequency relief we needed. We had no problems maintaining two zones of RF coverage throughout the event – it was seamless.”

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Photo Cutline: Gianluca Vacchi and J Balvin performing during Univision’s 14th Annual Premois Juventud Awards Show in Coral Gables, FL (Rodrigo Varela/Getty Image for Univision)Photo Download: http://bit.ly/2w7jtUC

Progressive Field Revamps Communication with Radio Active Designs

Cleveland, Ohio (June 2017) — Progressive Field, home to Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians, has recently undergone a system upgrade that includes the installation of two Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom systems.

Michael Ramirez, the stadium’s audio-video engineer, added two UV-1G base stations and 12 RAD packs to improve communications for game day staff – which includes camera operators, advance team coordinators, mascot coordinators, on-field anthem singers, and others involved in game day production.

“We needed a system that didn’t operate in 2.4 GHz – which was allocated for stadium Wi-Fi – and that would provide the clarity of an analog signal,” explains Ramirez.  “Because RAD is analog and operates primarily in the VHF band, it seemed like the obvious choice. After presenting the most consistent results of all the systems tested, it was an easy decision. Knowing frequencies would change in the future and that we were adding Wi-Fi to the building, the UV-1G was our best bet.”

The base stations are rack-mounted in the scoreboard rack room located behind home plate, providing exceptional coverage in the stadium bowl. When systems are utilized outside of the park Ramirez deploys an antenna to extend that coverage beyond the dense concrete walls of the stadium.

“It’s an older park with lots of cement, so getting any signal outside of the park is impossible,” adds Ramirez. “Fortunately, one antenna does the trick, which makes using the systems beyond the stadium walls very convenient.”

With UHF at a premium, it was important that the intercom system take up minimal RF bandwidth. As luck would have it, the UV-1G base station requires less than 30 kHz of the UHF band and the RAD packs operate completely in VHF. This made keeping valuable UHF bandwidth open for other wireless devices to operate easier.  As an added benefit, since the VHF band is virtually empty, every comm operator has their own channel, eliminating issues that can occur when forced to “double-up”, which is necessary with some bandwidth-challenged UHF systems.

With last year being the first season the UV-1G was in use, Ramirez has nothing but good things to say about the system at the start of this year’s season. “We have not had any issues, beyond normal wear and tear. The system is solid. The RAD systems work really well and were easy to integrate with systems we already had in place. We have accomplished exactly what we set out to and I’m quite pleased with the end result.”

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Photo Cutline:  Progressive Field, home to Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians, relies upon Radio Active Design’s UV-1G wireless intercom system forrock solid communications.
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Radio Active Designs Announces Upgrades For UV-1G Wireless Intercom Systems

East Rutherford, NJ (May 2017) – James Stoffo, CTO of Radio Active Designs, has announced the availability of a firmware update for the UV-1G base station and the RAD body packs. The firmware updates, which are available on Radio Active Designs website, combine to provide users with superior audio quality.

“After the updates are complete, the system has more headroom and offers a level of audio quality not available with any wireless intercom on the market now,” explains Stoffo. “The headset output offers greater gain and more dynamic range than before. It is a considerable improvement.”

The company has also introduced a Version 2 of the RAD Pack that not only provides greater battery life and a reduction in overall temperature but also offers headset microphone bias voltage to support use of any headset. Stoffo notes, “When we started working on the firmware we decided to incorporate a few extras in the next bodypack version as well. The package is now complete – our customers are very happy.”

This announcement comes on the heels of the FCC’s rollout of TV Repack channels after the 600 MHz auction. Once implemented, which could be as soon as three months, there will be a severe reduction in the quantity of UHF channels available for wireless.

“We created the UV-1G a few years back when the FCC started talking about the auction,” adds Stoffo. “It was clear it would dramatically alter the landscape of RF for wireless – and it has. One of the reasons we decided to design an analog system that operates primarily in the VHF realm was to move out of a crowded spectrum into one with more elbow room to make life easier for RF coordinators everywhere. Reliability is key in communications. Considering the changes that are heading our way, the UV-1G wireless intercom is the most dependable system on the market.”

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Photo Cutline: Radio Active Designs offers firmware updates for the UV-1G wireless intercom system that increase audio quality and headroom.

Radio Active Designs was formed by a group of top wireless audio specialists to design and manufacture spectrally efficient wireless audio products so that all live events, performing arts, and broadcast media may continue to flourish with minimal negative impact from consumer devices.

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NBA All Stars A Smooth Operation With Radio Active Designs

New Orleans, Louisiana (April 2017) –- Redhook, New York-based Firehouse Productions utilized Radio Active Design UV1-G wireless intercom systems during the recent NBA All-Star Weekend held at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

Four of the new UV1-G base stations and 24 RAD packs provided vital communication between production managers, riggers, special effects, carpenters, screens and automation professionals during the busy weekend. “These are key roles for set changes as well as safety,” explains Vinny Siniscal, wireless communications coordinator for the event. “We need a comm system we can rely on, and that’s the RAD system.”

Firehouse productions provides sound reinforcement, wireless hardware, frequency coordination and communications for the entertainment and broadcast portions of the event. “We had four zones of coverage – ceiling, stage, back hallways, loading – in a hostile RF environment,” he adds. “We were working with well over 600 frequencies on the air in the arena. Anywhere you can save space on the UHF band you do.”

The UV-1G intercom system requires less than 30 kHz of the VHF band freeing up valuable UHF bandwidth. In addition, because the VHF band is virtually empty, every comm operator has their own channel, eliminating any issues that can occur when forced to “double-up”, as required by some UHF systems.

“I also like the frequency agility of the UV1-G in the UHF band – it is tunable through the entire spectrum, from 470-698 mHz,” Siniscal says. “It can transmit within whatever bandwidth is available — another really nice benefit of the system.”

As with any event the size and scope of NBA All-Star weekend, reliability and durability are key qualities for gear in constant use, the UV1-G system consistently proves itself extremely capable in demanding RF environments. Siniscal and his team also implemented RAD antennas, combiners and VHF zone splitters for expanded coverage in the arena.

“I am a big fan of RAD intercoms,” Siniscal concludes, “They are reliable, sound great and make the life of anyone working with a lot of RF much easier.”

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Photo Cutline: Firehouse Productions deployed four Radio Active Designs UV1-G wireless intercom systems during the recent NBA All-Star game.
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Radio Active Designs Provides Key Communication During Super Bowl 51

When one of the world’s most popular pop stars plans on jumping from the roof of the stadium during the half-time performance of the Super Bowl, you can rest assured that rock-solid communication is of utmost importance. Fortunately, ATK Versacom’s production team was equipped with Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercoms and the event went off without a hitch.

Jeff Watson, ATK Versacom’s RF PL Engineer for Super Bowl 51, managed pre-game, anthem, halftime show and the Lombardi Award presentation with the assistance of five UV-1G base stations with 30 RAD bodypacks which were in use by stage managers, audio, lighting and members of Flying By Foy, the widely-respected theatrical flying service that was responsible for the flying portion of Lady Gaga’s performance.

“Because of the UV-1G’s bandwidth efficiency and open RF spectrum in the VHF range, I could give each user of the RAD systems full duplex communication, unlike the users of my other UHF FM systems – which were all pseudo-simplex,” Watson explains. “Due to the UHF spectrum being so saturated, all four users of each UHF FM system are “stacked” on the same frequency, so only one person can speak at a time or they cancel each other out. We didn’t have to do this with the RAD units, so those users had full two-way communication throughout the event. The half-time show had a lot of moving parts – literally and figuratively. It is extremely important that some team members be able to communicate with others no matter what. The RAD systems allow us to accomplish that.”

Radio Active Designs UV-1G Enhanced Narrow Band technology is 10 times more spectrally efficient than current FM technology. As a result, the UV-1G offers RF channels possessing an occupied bandwidth of a mere 25 kHz the audio characteristics one would expect from a traditional FM system. In addition, the system utilizes the relatively unused VHF range for all belt pack portable devices, leaving more room for operation of other wireless devices, such as wireless microphones and in-ear monitors, which were in use during the event.

Watson, who had also used RAD systems during last year’s Super Bowl, adds, “Last year RAD provided significant improvements to the audio quality of their RAD Pack and this year they did it again. We used four new body pack prototypes that improved the audio quality even more. I was extremely impressed. With the radio spectrum auction taking away chunks of bandwidth, RAD UV-1G’s are going to be the only system out there that will work on events of this size in the future.”

ATK Versacom also provided RAD TX-8’s for Transmit Combining and the new UHF/VHF DB-IC for receivers along with an ATK Versacom proprietary RF over fiber system. In addition, Radio Active Designs VF-1 VHF paddle antennas were also in use making is possible to cover the entire field with just one receiver antenna. A remote antenna was used in the tunnels for continuous coverage throughout the entire venue.

“It was an incredible system that worked extremely well,” Watson concludes. “The RAD system makes coordinating an event of this magnitude much easier than it has ever been before.”

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Photo Cutline: ATK Versacom’s Jeff Watson and Jim Van Winkle, Professional Wireless Systems, with the Radio Active Designs UV-1G units.
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17th Annual Latin Grammy Awards Relies On Radio Active Designs For Flawless Communications

The 17th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, recently held at Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena, was seen by more than 9.0 million viewers via both the Univision broadcast and those attending the sold-out live event.

Orlando, Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) was on site to provide RF coordination for the production. More than 170 RF frequencies were used for wireless microphones, in-ear monitors and intercom systems. To minimize the already crowded RF bandwidth, PWS furnished five Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom systems to aid communication throughout the performance. The systems were used primarily by the stage managers and the audio department.

“We had 34 RAD packs on five base stations,” explains Gary Trenda, RF PL Engineer. “Each base station is equipped with six bodypacks, but we were able to double up on a few of the channels with folks that only needed to use them sporadically.”

The UV1-G wireless intercom system is unique because the body packs operate in the VHF range, where there is plenty of available spectrum to use. The base station utilizes proprietary Enhanced Narrow Band technology which allows the 6-channel unit to occupy a mere 25 kHz of RF bandwidth while maintaining the audio characteristics one would expect from a traditional FM system.

The five base stations were rack mounted and located backstage. Two zones – the bowl/main stage and back of house/dressing/green rooms – were covered by separate antenna systems that expanded coverage of the UV1-G systems.

James Stoffo, RF Lead for the Grammys and CTO for Radio Active Designs, concludes, “One of the reasons we developed the UV-1G was to help with the serious congestion in the RF band. This is a perfect example of a situation that needs as much available RF as possible. There were 170 frequencies just on the inside show. The only VHF were RAD belt packs. This made the RF coordination the easiest it has ever been in the last 15 years of doing the Latin Grammys.”


Photo Cutline: The RF team at the Latin Grammys: Jason Lambert, RF Tech; Dave Nichols, PL Tech; Tim Kepner, PL Engineer; Gary Trenda, RF PL Engineer, and Jim Van Winkle, PWS General Manager
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Cavalia’s Odysseo Tours With Radio Active Designs

Montreal-based Cavalia’s production Odysseo combines equestrian arts, stage arts, and high-tech theatrical effects with 65 horses interacting with a cast of 48. The traveling production, which is produced in a 125-foot tall White Big Top Tent, is currently touring the United States with communications aided by a Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom systems.

“When we first came to the States we used a rented intercom system that proved to be unreliable – we had a lot of frequency issues,” explains Nicolas Michel, head of sound/FOH engineer for Odysseo. “With a show this size – with as many moving parts as it has – rock-solid communications is extremely important for the production, as well as for life safety. We needed a solution that we could rely on anywhere.”

The show sets up the Big Top in each city with performances for six weeks before moving on to the next location. The tent spans more than 84,000 square feet and has a seating capacity of 2,000. The stage, which at times is host to 65 horses and their handlers, covers 17,500 square feet. This is not a small production.

With shows scheduled for San Jose, Orange County, Vancouver and Chicago, Michel conferred with Montreal-based Solotech to find a reliable wireless intercom solution. When Solotech recommended the UV-1G system, which operates primarily in the VHF band, he immediately purchased two base stations and 16 RAD packs.

“There are 14 people backstage running the show along with three riggers, two carpenters, one stable manager and one backstage manager,” he adds. “Normally each base station handles six body packs. In our case, we use 16 bodypacks. Six of the packs are used primarily by people that need to hear instruction, and not necessarily communicate, so they share frequencies. It works extremely well for us.”

Philippe Palanque, monitor engineer for Odysseo, manages both base stations and body packs, ensuring they are working and that the crew has what they need. Because the body packs operate in the VHF range, there is plenty of available spectrum for use, no matter where the show takes place. The base station utilizes proprietary Enhanced Narrow Band technology which allows the 6-channel unit to occupy a mere 25 kHz of bandwidth while maintaining the audio characteristics one would expect from a traditional FM system.

“It’s an easy to use system that is a good compromise between analog and digital,” concludes Michel. “I feel confident that we can perform anywhere with it – it was a terrific investment.”

 

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Photo Cutline: Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom systems play an integral role in coordinating the production of Odysseo

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2016 COPA America Scores With Radio Active Designs

This year’s COPA America Centenario soccer tournament, held in North America for the very first time, featured unforgettable opening and closing ceremonies held at Levi Stadium, Santa Clara, CA, and MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ respectively. Ceremony show producers FiveCurrents (5C) relied upon Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom systems to provide the production crew with flawless communication during both ceremonies.

As with many large sporting events, it took more than one team to pull off a seamless event. While Five Currents produced the opening and closing ceremonies, the broadcast was covered by Broadcast Services Group (BSG), a full service production company that specializes in packaging live sports events. BSG in turn hired Professional Wireless Services (PWS) to provide frequency coordination services for the 34-game tournament.

Ike Zimbel, RF coordinator for PWS, suggested utilizing the UV-1G wireless intercoms to free up UHF bandwidth for the wireless microphones and IEM systems each ceremony required. ATK Versacom provided the gear for the opening ceremonies while Firehouse Productions stepped in for the closing ceremonies.

Both events started out with a fair amount of offsite coordination prior to the day of the show. Zimbel used IAS and then sent the results to the equipment supplier’s crew to pre-program the gear. “We not only had to plan for all of the RF – wireless microphones, IEM and intercoms for the ceremonies, game and press conferences – but each of the stadiums had their own intercoms and other “game day” RF systems that had to be worked around as well,” Zimbel explains. “Working with the RAD systems that operate primarily in VHF provided a ton of flexibility.”

Ultimately Zimbel utilized three UV-1G base stations with 18 RAD belt packs at Levi Stadium and four UV-1G base stations with 24 RAD packs at MetLife Stadium.

“There were a lot of moving parts for both events,” says Zimbel. “At one point the opening ceremony had over 100 kids on the field forming the flags of each participating country. They all had to be wrangled into place by 5C production staff with split second timing, all this while there were more than 20 mics and IEM’s dedicated for the artists that performed and a total of 160 frequencies in the coordination. From the get go I said ‘we need to keep as much UHF available as possible’ – which is exactly what the RAD gear does. We had the UFH bandwidth we needed and the UV-1G systems provided flawless communications for both events.”

“As a frequency coordinator there is nothing better than to go into a situation where you are looking for frequencies for intercom and you get 60 candidates – VHF is like a return to the good old days,” Zimbel concludes.

 

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Photo Cutline: Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless systems assisted with the coordination of the opening (pictured) and closing ceremonies for the COPA America tournament.

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Tuacahn Center For The Arts Adds Radio Active Designs

Tuacahn Center for the Arts, located in the mouth of the Padre Canyon in Ivans, Utah, recently upgraded to Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom systems. The 1,920-seat outdoor amphitheater – which opened its doors in 1995 – attracts thousands of patrons for the assortment of musical theatre productions and concerts it hosts annually.

“The quality of production put on by the center really demands uncompromised communications,” explains Kevin Warnick, managing director and COO of the theatre. “For example, in 2011 we engineered a water curtain that spanned the 75-foot width of the stage and hung 30 feet high to create the illusion of being under the sea for Disney’s Little Mermaid. We continually stretch our capabilities. Upgrading our intercoms was a logical move.”

In addition to continually upgrading the quality of their productions, the amphitheater is also located in a RF challenged location. As productions have become larger and more elaborate, the amount of RF necessary for wireless microphones and IEM has also expanded. The UV-1G base station operates in a very small sliver of the UHF spectrum while the RAD body packs function completely in the VHF spectrum – freeing up valuable UHF spectrum for other use. When Warnick realized how much UHF they would free up making the move to Radio Active Designs, he didn’t hesitate to purchase 2 base stations along with 12 RAD packs

“The UV-1G system has been a real blessing,” concludes Warnick. “Not only do they perform flawlessly, but they have provided our team with the flexibility necessary to continue to provide the quality our shows and concerts demand. I would not hesitate to recommend them to everyone.”

 

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CMA Music Festival Celebrates With Radio Active Designs

Four Radio Active Designs’ (RAD) UV-1G wireless intercom systems provided rock solid communications for the Nissan Stadium stage during the recent CMA Music Festival in Nashville. With several country acts performing every day of the four-day festival, communication between stage managers and audio, lighting and video techs throughout the stadium was of extreme importance.

Sound Image’s Nashville office once again provided sound reinforcement for the festival – they have worked with the CMA Music Festival since 2013. The sound company tapped Jason Glass (Clean Wireless Audio LLC) to handle the responsibilities of radio frequency supervisor, coordinator and technician for the festival. A long-time user of the UV-1G wireless intercom system, he was delighted the Radio Active Design units were on hand for the event.

“The UV-1G belt pack’s use of the sparsely occupied VHF-TV band is extremely helpful when you’re coordinating approximately 250 frequencies n the UHF-TV band for each day of the festival,” Glass explains. “The base station’s wide tuning bandwidth in the UHF portion of its transmission scheme is also beneficial, since you’re not bound to small blocks of tuning range but rather can tune anywhere within the UHF-TV band.

“Having narrow occupied bandwidths for each UV-1G frequency channel allows the user to pack more discrete channels into less spectrum than previous RFPL technologies, and having six belt pack drops per base station allows larger system deployments with less hardware in the PL racks.”

Each year at the CMA Festival an antenna truss is deployed high above the stage which includes an omnidirectional ground-plane antenna to receive intercom belt pack transmission over a wide coverage area in the stadium. Those signal are then fed to the UV-1G base stations’ antenna splitter through 125 feet of low-loss coaxial cable.

“UHF signals would attenuate 4.3dB at 470MHz to 5.2dB at 698MHz (this is the full UHF-TV range) through these cables, while VHF signals attenuate roughly 2.7dB,” continues Glass. “The difference is just under twice the transmitted power through the line. This allows larger roaming range for these systems and more reliable links from belt packs to base stations without the need to resort to noisy active RF amplifiers to drive long cables.”

Sound image subcontracted CP Communications to provide intercom gear, which included the four UV-1G base stations and 20 RAD packs. Tim Kepner, intercom design and lead engineer (TLK Audio Video Services), worked with both Sound Image and TV Broadcast to provide them with an integrated comms design and implementation that would simultaneously flow well for both the live and broadcast portions of the show.

Kepner was responsible for all in house intercom and integration to broadcast facilities during the festival. Having used the UV-1G system in equally challenging RF environments before – the Pope’s visit this past year, Made In America, Univision Latin Grammys, Premio Juventud and Premio Nuestro shows, to name a few – he knew they were up to the task.

“One of the nice things about the UV-1G is that the feature set is familiar to non-technical production oriented operators so they can adapt to it very easily,” he explains. “The setup is also very straightforward with the added bonus of being able to program the devices on a PC, without having the systems on hand. When I get to the venue, I plug in my computer and dump the settings into them. If I have to make any fast changes to settings on the hardware, it’s relatively simple to navigate the menu and make it happen.”

The four UV-1G base stations were rack mounted on stage by the monitor mix area with 20 RAD packs in use throughout the festival. Radio Active Designs’ Enhanced Narrow Band technology provides each channel of the UV-1G with an occupied bandwidth of only 25 kHz – substantially less than a typical system. The RAD packs utilize the relatively unused VHF range for all belt pack portable devices. The combined result is more available RF for operation of other wireless devices which are in high demand.

More than 65,000 country music fans were drawn to the musicians performing at the Nissan Stadium which included Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. Kepner adds, “This was the 45th anniversary of the festival and it broke all attendance records. That speaks volumes about the experience fans have during the event. Keeping lines of communication open is important and the RAD UV-1G was integral to making that happen.”

Radio Active Designs Drives Communications During Detroit Auto Show

Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Amazing Audio recently frequency coordinated nine Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom systems for press events for the annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), held in Detroit, Michigan. Amazing Audio’s Jeff Jones provided RF coordination for the event.

“Given how crowded the RF spectrum was, it would have been impossible to deploy enough RF intercoms,” explains Jones. “Fortunately, RAD systems operate primarily in VHF with the base stations taking up only a sliver of UHF bandwidth. So we were able to use nine base stations and 54 RAD packs, which helped tremendously when coordinating press events of this size.”

Jones used 603 RF frequencies during Press Week. Seven major audio manufacturers hosted press events that also utilized the RAD intercom systems. General Motors (Bluewater Technologies) and Ford (Center Stage Inc., Digital Black Inc.), each put two UV-1G systems to use, while Volvo (Creative Technologies), Hyundai (Creative Technologies) Lexus (Creative Technologies), Volkswagon (Riedel/Germany) and Lincoln (Digital Black Inc.) used individual systems for each of their events.

Radio Active Designs’ Enhanced Narrow Band technology allows the units to fit more than ten times the amount of wireless systems in the same band as traditional RF Intercom systems. As a result, even the base stations, which operate in UHF, have a very small footprint in the UHF band – making them invaluable at an event of this scope.

“We used five base stations and 30 RAD packs at the 2015 NAIAS Press events,” adds Jones. “This year we bumped up to nine base stations and 56 RAD packs. They free up so much bandwidth – which we need for RF microphone use – the UV-1G is the future of wireless intercoms.”

 

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Photo Cutline: The Ford press conference was one of seven major manufacturer events prior to the launch of the show that utilized Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system.

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Radio Active Designs Keeps Communication On Track During Monster Energy Supercross Racing Events

AMA Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is a dirt bike racing competition produced in the world’s premier indoor/outdoor stadiums on a dirt Supercross track. This year the fast-paced, action-packed races – 17 in total — utilized Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom systems to ensure rock-solid communication throughout each event.

“The championship is 17 weeks long and consists of 17 races held in the United States and Canada,” explains Maxie Williams, producer and show director. “Needless to say, communication is key. We made the move to the UV-1G and were extremely happy with it – they are much cleaner than what we used last year.”

Williams used all six channels of the UV-1G base station, deploying six RAD bodypacks for each event. The UV-1G base station is rack mounted directly below his console allowing him immediate access to the production staff. Because the UV-1G base station operates in a sliver of UHF bandwidth while the RAD packs utilize the relatively unused VHF range, there is more RF bandwidth available for operation of other wireless devices. Given the busy event schedule, this was another bonus for the production team.

Williams concludes, “The system was very easy to set up, which was extremely important given the number of events and locations that the championship consisted of. Plus the software is very user friendly, easy to get around and simple to tweak – I was extremely happy with the system.”

 

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Radio Active Designs: Keeping Lines Of Communication Open During Super Bowl 50

Communication during sporting extravaganzas like Super Bowl 50 is always difficult – the area is typically “RF challenged”, making the use of wireless particularly trying. Fortunately, eleven Radio Active Designs (RAD) UV-1G wireless intercom systems were on site during numerous events leading up to, during and after the game to ensure all lines of communication were kept open.

CP Communications, located in Elmsford, New York, was responsible for wireless audio transmission for pre- and post-game events as well as during the game itself (except for the half-time show). The company provided six UV-1G base stations along with 30 RAD packs to ensure production went off without a hitch.

To hear Loren Sherman, RF Coordinator for CP Communications explain it, his job during the Super Bowl is to “work with the logistics folks and make sure we bring gear that can be coordinated with all of the other gear on site – and there is a LOT of other RF gear on site. We brought along six UV-1G wireless intercom systems because I never have any problems getting it coordinated. San Francisco has very little space open for RF and I knew deploying six base stations wouldn’t be an issue, and that meant communication wouldn’t be an issue, either.”

Radio Active Designs UV-1G features Enhanced Narrow Band technology, which is 10 times more spectrally efficient than current FM technology. As a result, the UV-1G offers RF channels possessing an occupied bandwidth of a mere 25 kHz the audio characteristics one would expect from a traditional FM system. In addition, the system utilizes the relatively unused VHF range for all belt pack portable devices, leaving more room for operation of other wireless devices, such as wireless microphones and in-ear monitors – exactly what was required during the Special Olympics World Games.

“Another advantage to the RAD gear is that you can move it around and not anticipate any problems,” Sherman adds. “We had units in use throughout the week leading up to the game and I had no concerns about other RF in the area.”

Brian Ready, account manager and systems engineer for CP Communications, was RF Technician for the NFL pre-game events as well as during the game itself. Prior to the game he deployed one UV-1G unit at Super Bowl City in downtown San Francisco and another during the NFL Red Carpet Honors show held the night before the game. On game day he had one unit situated at the fan plaza outside of the stadium and two more in the stadium.

“The RAD gear was incredibly useful from an RF perspective,” Ready adds. “Without having band splits makes coordination much easier. The only UHF you have to worry about is for the base station, and that is minimal. The software provides options not available on standard BTR units which provides a lot of flexibility. I’ve used them consistently since the day we received them – it’s a great product.”

Jeff Watson was ATK Versacom’s RF PL Engineer for Super Bowl 50’s pre-game, anthem, halftime show and Lombardi Award presentation. He utilized five UV-1G base stations with 30 RAD bodypacks to make sure everything went smoothly.

“Because of the UV-1Gs bandwidth efficiency as well as open RF spectrum in the VHF range, I was able to give each user of the RAD systems their own Receive frequency to give them full duplex communication, unlike the 24 users of my other UHF FM systems – which were all simplex,” Watson explains. “Due to the UHF spectrum being so saturated, we had to use a 2 to 1 ratio for frequencies on those systems. This means we get two transmit frequencies and one receive frequency per system. In simpler terms, all four users of each UHF FM system are “stacked” on the same frequency, so only one person can speak at a time or they cancel each other out – like a 2-Way Radio.  We didn’t have to do this with the RAD units. I also had a decent amount of spare frequencies for the RAD’s, which are hard to come by in an environment with over 1300 carriers in the air. Fortunately, I never had to use them as the VHF Spectrum remained very clean throughout the event.”

Watson, who had also used RAD systems during last year’s Super Bowl, adds, “Since the audio board upgrades, as well as some new firmware, there were significant improvements in audio quality of the RAD’s since last year’s Super Bowl. When using proper gain structure, everybody sounded really good and balanced. With our radio spectrum being continually auctioned off, RAD UV-1G’s are going to be the only system that is going to work on events of this size in the future.  I could see a rack of 10 x 6 Drop Systems on Super Bowl 51 — or LI if the NFL returns to Roman Numerals.”

ATK Versacom also provided RAD TX-8’s for Transmit Combining and the new UHF/VHF DB-IC for Receivers along with an ATK Versacom proprietary RF over fiber system. “I had a “Hot Rod” of a system,” Watson concludes. “That is what is necessary for the scope of a project like The Super Bowl.”

ATK Audiotek provided sound reinforcement for Super Bowl 50’s pre-game, anthem, half-time and Lombardi Award events. James Stoffo was on site as ATK Audiotek’s entertainment RF engineer. His responsibilities included managing all of the wireless microphones, in-ear and intercom operations for the pregame show, anthem, referee, half time “Extravaganza” and post-game Lombardi Award presentation. Five UV-1G base stations were on site for communications throughout the day.

In addition, Radio Active Designs VF-1 VHF paddle antennas were also in use making is possible to cover the entire stadium with just one receiver antenna. A remote antenna was used in the tunnels for continuous coverage throughout the entire venue.

“This was probably the most difficult RF environment of any of the 17 Super Bowls I’ve ever done,” Stoffo notes. “Between the stadiums proximity to Silicon Valley, the abundance of white-space devices and an already crowded UHF spectrum, finding available bandwidth is a challenge. We used more RADs than UHF FM systems to keep RF as open as possible. As a matter of fact, we replaced a UHF FM system on site with a RAD because UHF was too congested. Communication is key at these events, it definitely saved the day.”

 

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Photo Cutline: (Bottom) ATK Antenna Farm – one VHF RAD receiver antenna covered every belt pack on the field.

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Radio Active Designs Wireless Intercom Plays Integral Role During Rose Bowl 2016

The Rose Bowl Stadium, in Pasadena, California is notorious for being one of the most challenging RF environments in the country. This year six Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless communication units were deployed to provide some relief from the problem.

Because the stadium is situated close to most of the TV transmitters for Los Angeles, open RF channels are in high demand. During the event there were only four open UHF TV Channels to operate 150 wireless microphones, intercoms and IFB systems. Fortunately, the UV-1G unit requires less than 30 kHz of the UHF band while the RAD bodypacks operate in the VHF band – allowing RF bandwidth to be used where it is needed.

ATK Versacom was on site to provide communications for production personnel involved with pre-game and half time entertainment as well as interfacing with ESPN staff for game communications. Jim Fay, general manager for ATK Versacom, utilized three base stations and 18 RAD body packs during the event.

“We were responsible for communications and interfacing with the ESPN folks in the TV compound as well as providing intercoms for the press box and all producers, stage managers as well as IFBs for the roving reporters on the field,” Fay explains. “It is an extremely challenging RF environment. By using Radio Active Designs wireless intercoms, we rested easier than we ever have before – we were very comfortable going into the event.”

Fay also interfaced the timing channel radios to the producer Radio Active Designs base stations, so that all producers had one button access for the timing radio channel. This allowed them to easily communicate with all of the crew on radios. He continues, “Radio Active Designs designed the units to be used this way, we just hadn’t had a chance to try it before. We built special cables that connected the relays on the back of the UV-1G base stations to the key up closure on the walkie talkie radio base station so that everyone on that RAD channel could communicate with all of the walkie talkie users. This gets you a 3rd channel on the RAD system.  It worked like a champ.  Really, really useful.”

Mike Davis, RF A2 for ESPN, utilized one base station for ESPN game communications. “I’ve worked this stadium before and it is always tough – during a UCLA game we almost didn’t make it through the game,” he adds. “These were fantastic. Easy to program and so much simpler than other systems I’ve used. We even programmed alphas for each button so it was easy to know who you were talking to. I’d love to use them for football season next year.”

Radio Active Designs VF-1 VHF paddle antennas were also in use making is possible to cover the entire bowl with just one receiver antenna. A remote antenna was used in the tunnels for continuous coverage throughout the entire venue, another first for the Rose Bowl Stadium.

“Normally we would have to use at least two antennas,” adds Davis. “The entire Radio Active Designs system is easy to setup and simplifies all aspects of communication during the event. I’m a fan.”

 

 

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Radio Active Designs Aids Communication During Beyoncé Tour

Highland Heights, Ohio-based Eighth Day Sound provided a Radio Active Designs (RAD) UV-1G wireless intercom base station and 12 RAD packs along with sound reinforcement and production support for the recent Beyoncé “On The Run” tour.

“The belt packs were used by lighting, video, audio and carpenter departments as well as by the stage manager and production manager,” explains System Tech Christopher Bellam. “The base station was located in a rack with the other wireless RF and hardware gear back stage. The system worked extremely well and sounded great.”

The RAD UV-1G is unique because the 6-channel unit utilizes a small amount of UHF bandwidth – only 25kHz per channel – while the RAD packs operate in the seldom-used VHF range. This opens up valuable RF space for wireless microphone and in-ear monitoring systems. Tour RF Tech Corey Willis, who was responsible for 36 channels of RF and IEM coordination, found the additional bandwidth incredibly useful during production.

“This was my first experience coordinating wireless COM and with zero experience, I was able to set up RAD and have it programmed and ready to use the first day we had it,” adds Bellam. “The software is very intuitive and their customer support was terrific. The production and stage managers were extremely pleased with the system.”

 

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Photo Cutline: The Beyoncé “On The Run” tour travelled with a Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system to assist with communication during each performance.

 

 

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Firehouse Productions Deploys Radio Active Designs Wireless Intercom At Fashion Show

For the 10th year in a row, Red Hook, New York-based Firehouse Productions provided RF and wireless coordination for the Victoria’s Secret fashion show held at the Armory in New York City. This year was the first year they brought along Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom units to assist with communications during the event.

Although billed a fashion show, the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is a high profile and high production event that features not only fashion but also top musical acts performing live. Communication is key during this non-stop extravaganza.

“We are not only functioning in a crowded RF spectrum, but we are also dealing with a very high noise environment and a huge media event,” explains Vinny Sinsical, director of the wireless & communications division for Firehouse. “There is so much RF to coordinate we used the UV-1G system wherever we could.”

The UV-1G unit requires less than 30 kHz of the UHF band while the RAD bodypacks operate in the VHF band. With 200 channel of wireless in use, the more bandwidth that could be freed up for wireless microphones and in-ear monitoring systems, the better.

Firehouse Productions provided four UV-1G base stations along with 24 RAD bodypacks. Two of the base stations were used for model wranglers with the other two systems set aside for show riggers and deck crew.

“There were a lot of moving parts during the show,” says Sinsical. “The runway was about the only stationary object. Backgrounds were constantly changing, set pieces were flying in – sometimes even models and talent were in the air. It was of extreme importance, not only for the event but for safety purposes, to make sure everyone was in sync.”

This was the first time that Firehouse had used the units since the motherboard and firmware upgrade announced in late 2015. Sinsical adds, “The new boards allowed for more gain than ever before. It was enough for the system to function well in that high of a noise environment. And the audio quality is superb. It was really comforting to know that a random news crew or someone wandering into the wrong area wouldn’t screw everything up and that communication would run smoothly.”

 

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Photo Cutline: The annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion show benefits from Radio Active Designs wireless intercom systems provided by Firehouse Productions.

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Radio Active Designs Upgrades NBC Studios In Washington D.C.

Jetwave Wireless, located in Alexandria, Virginia, recently installed two Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom systems in the NBC studio facilities in Washington, D.C. They provided a third unit for use during remote broadcasts.

“As a wireless dealer we provide a lot of value-added services including the installation of fairly sophisticated distributed antenna systems,” explains Jim Dugan, owner of Jetwave Wireless. “With the upcoming 600Mhz spectrum changes looming and an existing wireless intercom that they were not happy with they were looking for a change.   They wanted to see if there was another solution out there.”

As a Radio Active Designs dealer, Dugan was familiar with the newly introduced UV-1G wireless system. Not only would it provide the solution the studio was looking for but it would position it for the future as well.

“The UV-1G unit has a number of features that no other wireless intercom system offers,” explains Dugan. “The system is very spectrum friendly – the base station operates in a very small footprint in the UHF band while the bodypacks operate in the relatively unused VHF band – which minimizes problems with finding available bandwidth. The UV1G offers affords us good spectrum load balancing in putting intercom receive in VHF.

Dugan continues, “With the UHF spectrum changes that are taking place in the near future, the product is very timely. People want to purchase gear they know they can use for the next couple of years and this system is ready to go.”

After adding on to the existing distributed antenna system, the 12 RAD bodypacks work seamlessly anywhere in the studio facility – studios, green room, newsroom, outside in front of the building and most importantly in the back hallways near craft services. With up to six RAD packs per unit, the UV-1G can accommodate more than other products on the market. All previous reception problems were resolved.

“The other base station is used in the field,” adds Dugan. “They were extremely impressed with the studio units and needed something reliable and spectrum friendly away from the station. This was the very best choice for them. Nothing out there is as ready for the future as Radio Active Designs’ products.”

 

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Photo Cutline: Jim Dugan, owner of Jetwave Wireless in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Radio Active Designs Kicks Off NFL Football Season

Valencia, California-based ATK Versacom recently provided audio and video production for the annual NFL pregame concert held in San Francisco. The event went off without a hitch due in part to the three Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom base stations and 18 RAD belt packs utilized to keep lines of communication open for the crew.

In past years the concert was hosted by the previous Super Bowl champions, but this year the concert was held near the historic Ferry Building in downtown San Francisco as part of the celebration for Super Bowl 50. Train and Ellie Goulding headlined the event.

The concert was also the debut of Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom with newly introduced enhancements that included a new audio board along with Base Link and system synchronization technology.

“The enhanced version represents a vast improvement in audio quality,” explains ATK Versacom’s Matt Campisi, intercom system engineer for the event. “In addition, the system delivers much higher audio levels which are incredibly useful in noisy environments like live concerts and football games.”

Even with the loud roars of the audience and a concert level PA system, the UV-1G delivered loud and clear communications for the backstage audio and video crews. In addition, because the UV-1G system is the only professional wireless systems that operates in the relatively unused VHF band, frequency coordination was much easier.

“Thanks to all of the belt packs operating in VHF, there were more RF channels available for wireless and IEM,” adds Campisi. “This was the easiest NFL Kick Off concert that I have ever done from an RF coordination standpoint.”

Enhanced Narrow Band technology allows Radio Active Designs to fits more than ten times the amount of wireless systems in the same band as FM systems. As a result, even the base stations, which operate in UHF, have a very small footprint in the UHF band.

“Because Radio Active Designs is implementing split UHF/VHF technology, I could use up to 200 belt packs and thirty base stations in the same UHF footprint as one four drop FM system,” adds Campisi. “It sounds great, features 6 RAD packs per station, gets loud and frees up RF channels needed for wireless? It doesn’t make sense to use anything else.”

 

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Photo Cutline: ATK Versacom’s Matt Campisi with the three Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom systems utilized for backstage communications during the NFL pregame concert.

 

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Radio Active Designs Provide All-Star Performance At Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star game or “Midsummer Classic” was recently played at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio. The league utilized a Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system to assist with communications during the event. The sports division of Durrell, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, provided the MLB with the UV-1G system.

The Cincinnati Reds had an older, more generic intercom system at the park that required more bandwidth than the Radio Active Designs system. Thanks to Radio Active Designs’ Enhanced Narrow Band technology, each channel of the UV-1G has an occupied bandwidth of only 25 kHz, which is substantially less than a typical system. Because there were more than 60 wireless systems in use, it was important to keep RF use to a minimum.

“The UV-1G gave us three times more space, which helped eliminate any concerns we had about wireless,” explains John Horell, owner of Durrell. “It was a perfect fit for this situation. It worked so well the ballpark is considering adding a system to their inventory.”

The UV-1G also utilizes the relatively unused VHF range for all belt pack portable devices, which frees up even more RF for operation of other wireless devices. Four RAD packs were in use by Major League Baseball throughout the game.

“We were following the development of the UV-1G for quite some time,” adds Horrell. “The principals of the business have been working with wireless technology for years. They are intimately involved in the design of the system and in providing technical support and training. We knew we were in good hands.”

CP Communications, headquartered in Elmsford, New York, was also on site with three UV-1G base stations and RAD Packs that were utilized by ESPN during the home run derby.

 

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Photo Cutline: Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom systems assisted with communications at the recent MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

 

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Radio Active Designs Debuts UV-1G Wireless Intercom System Enhancements

Lincoln, Nebraska (September 2015) – James Stoffo, CTO of Radio Active Designs, has announced several enhancements to their popular UV-1G wireless intercom system. The improvements include a new audio board along with Base Link and system synchronization technology.

“When we rolled out the UV-1G earlier in the year we anticipated suggestions that could make the system even better,” explains Stoffo. “This final version of the UV-1G is in response to those ideas, which has taken the product to an even higher level of sophistication.”

The new audio board provides greater dynamic range throughout the signal chain which in turn improves gain staging and audio quality. As an added bonus, because the base station has a greater dynamic range, the RAD belt packs also achieve a higher audio output before distortion than before.

“One of the challenges in creating a product that operates in VHF is audio quality,” Stoffo adds. “The new board makes our system sound every bit as good as an FM system – I don’t think anyone can tell the difference.”

In addition, the design team added a base station synchronization feature that allows users the option of locking one RAD belt pack to several different base stations at the same time. Base Link allows users to connect up to six base stations together on one isolated system for a total of 36 ISO (audio) packs.

“So far our customer feedback on the latest upgrades has been terrific,” concludes Stoffo. “People were impressed with the original and are even more so with the latest version. They were put to use at the NFL kick-off event and received rave reviews.”

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Photo Cutline: Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system features an upgraded audio board, and Base Link and system synchronization technology for added flexibility.

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Special Olympics World Games Benefit From Radio Active Designs Wireless Communications

The Special Olympics World Games, recently held at the Los Angeles Coliseum, drew athletes and coaches from 165 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and 500,000 spectators. Valencia, California-based ATK Versacom, responsible for all onsite communications during the event, provided two Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercoms along with 9 RAD packs to aid communications during the event.

“The UV-1G base stations were invaluable in freeing up the RF spectrum for wireless microphones and in-ear monitor systems,” explains Jim Fay, general manager at ATK Versacom. “The Coliseum is a very challenging RF environment with very little spectrum available. Those units were essential in making sure the opening, closing and awards ceremonies went off without a hitch.”

With Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne and Nicole Scherzinger headlining the opening ceremonies and Carly Ray Jepsen, O.A.R. And Andra Day performing for the closing ceremonies, RF for wireless microphones and in-ear monitoring was in high demand. In addition, ESPN broadcast the opening ceremony live, and they had RF requirements as well.

“The base stations were located in the main communications hub up in the press box,” adds Fay. “Members of the lighting and audio departments utilized the RAD belt packs. I was on the stage at the monitor position (stage left) – it’s a big venue, communication was key.”

Radio Active Designs UV-1G features Enhanced Narrow Band technology which is 10 times more spectrally efficient than current FM technology. As a result, the UV-1G offers RF channels possessing an occupied bandwidth of a mere 25 kHz the audio characteristics one would expect from a traditional FM system. In addition, the system utilizes the relatively unused VHF range for all belt pack portable devices, leaving more room for operation of other wireless devices, such as wireless microphones and in-ear monitors – exactly what was required during the Special Olympics World Games.

“The Special Olympic World Games are a pretty amazing event for so many reasons,” Fay concludes. “I’m pleased to say that our end was pretty darn flawless, thanks in part to the Radio Active Design intercoms.”

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Photo Cutline: ATK Versacom provided flawless communications during the Special Olympic World Games held at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
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Southeast Christian Church Simplifies RF Coordination With Radio Active Designs Wireless Intercoms

Southeast Christian Church, located in Louisville and arguably one of the largest mega-churches in the country, recently installed a new wireless intercom system from Radio Active Designs (RAD).

The new UV-1G base station and five RAD packs (beltpacks) free up RF bandwidth in the sanctuary at the 920 Blakenbaker campus while also simplifying wireless communications.

“With 18 channels of Shure UHF and 16 channels of Sennheiser in-ears in stereo and some bleed over between this worship center and the nearby 1,800 seat youth center – RF is in high demand,” explains Chris Perkins, AVL technical operations director at Southeast Christian Church. “We use three of the RAD packs for stage hands assisting with miking musicians and pastors, one for the technical director and one for the assistant technical director who also manages video in a recording room outside of the sanctuary. It has worked seamlessly.”

The sanctuary at 920 seats 9,000 worshippers and serves more than 20,000 people each weekend. Prior to implementing the one UV-1G base station, Perkins had two other wireless intercoms in place.

“Not only did this allow us to condense down to a single base station,” he adds, “but it also freed up valuable RF, simplified RF coordination with outside groups that perform in our sanctuary and still allows room to add another RAD pack if needed.”

A typical FM wireless intercom system requires 300 kHz of radio band to function properly. By implementing Enhanced Narrow Band technology, the UV-1G intercom system requires less than 30 kHz of the VHF band which frees up UHF bandwidth for other uses. In addition, because the VHF band is virtually empty, every comm operator has their own channel, further streamlining communication.

James Stoffo, chief technical officer at RAD, was on site for the commissioning of the system and also hosted a wireless seminar for volunteers and employees of the church. “I think it’s important to make sure that everyone understands RF, all of the wireless systems they have in place and how they work in the venue,” Stoffo adds. “It was great to be able clarify the technology and answer questions about anything wireless, including our intercom systems. They were a terrific group.”

Perkins concludes, “When we originally heard about the intercom system we contacted Blue Media, who put us in touch with Radio Active Designs. It seemed like it was exactly what we were looking for and it is. The company has been extremely helpful and everyone here is quite happy with the end result.”

 

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Radio Active Designs On Site For Freightliner Inspiration Truck Launch At Hoover Dam

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) recently debuted their new Freightliner Inspiration Truck at a spectacular event at Hoover Dam attended by several hundred international news media, trucking industry analysts and officials.

OSK Communications out of New York created the “big idea” – which included projecting an impactful video on the wall of the Hoover Dam. SIAM Productions produced the overall event and tapped Creative Technology (CT) to deliver the spectacular video reveal and immersive sound to the audience. CT relied upon three Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercoms to ensure the production went off without a hitch.

“It was an incredible undertaking,” explains Danny Guerrero, Systems Engineer at Creative Technology. “There were 60 projectors set up in scaffolding more than 2500 feet from the Hoover Dam. Each of the three viewing sites were equipped with sound. We ran from 500 feet to 5000 feet of fiber to tie in all production and spectator site’s, the entire event was really quite spectacular.”

CT utilized the UV-1G units to keep lines of communication open throughout the event. A total of 18 RAD packs were in use by production personnel. The Enhanced Narrow Band wireless intercom system offers RF channels possessing an occupied bandwidth of a mere 25 kHz with the audio characteristics expected of a traditional FM system. The UV-1G uses VHF for the belt pack portable devices leaving more room for operation of other wireless devices such as in-ear monitors and wireless microphones.

“Because of the size of the event it was extremely important that everyone involved be in constant contact,” Guerrero adds. “Once the launch kicked off, it needed to go off without a hitch. The UV-1G Wireless intercom is a great product – we use them every day. They are reliable and integrate easily with our existing analog partyline or digital matrix intercom systems. I recommend them to everyone.”

 

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Photo Cutline: Creative Technology projected stunning video on the Hoover Dam while delivering an immersive sound experience to attendees of the truck launch.

 

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RGEAR Deploys RAD Wireless Intercom In Cutthroat Business

By Isaac Abrego
Audio Manager, RGEAR

We opened Burbank, California-based RGEAR in 2006 with the goal of becoming the premier, boutique audio and video rental house with a specialty in reality television. Founded by technical supervisor Steve Abrego and audio supervisor Gregg Kita, we have exceeded expectations and continue to grow due in part to a constant eye on new products and technology.

When production companies come to us with their show (or idea for a show), we help them figure out how to technically make that happen on the production side. The idea is to let our customer concentrate on the creative while we handle all of their technical needs, including providing the skilled professionals necessary to pull it all together.

Lately, the RF bands we use for production audio have become more and more crowded as we continue to increase the amount of wireless needed for each show. At the same time, the usable UHF range is decreasing. Staying ahead of the curve and solving potential complications before they become real problems is one of the reasons we have been so successful. So we evaluated the amount of RF required and started looking for products that might lighten our RF load. During this process we were introduced to the UV-1G wireless intercom system from Radio Active Designs. We started using it immediately on one of our major projects, Food Network’s popular television show Cutthroat Kitchen and its spinoff Camp Cutthroat.

The UV-1G wireless system is unique in that the base station uses only a sliver of UHF while the belt packs operate solely in the mostly uninhabited VHF range. With the RF spectrum getting smaller, our first goal was to free up available UHF frequencies. By having the transmit signal from the belt pack to the base station operate in VHF we are able to open up space in our UHF coordination needed for cast and camera sends, while also limiting the quantity of RX antennas used per install.

In addition, by operating on a larger wave length (VHF), the signal from each individual belt pack is able to transmit further and with greater penetration ability. This is helpful on set but we have also found it equally beneficial in conference applications. It allows the signal to propagate through a room filled with people (usually a problem for frequency coordination in a higher spectrum) with little signal loss. An excellent bonus to having the system in our inventory.

Another perk is that we can quickly “restructure” the system in order to match it to the user ability of our clients. For instance, “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Camp Cutthroat” are two very different setups. However, we are easily able to structure the system so that they can be utilized for both productions in a way that is seamless for the user and requires minimal labor on the installation end.

Recently, we used the UV-1G to create a system on the fly that needed to be shipped very quickly for a large conference arena. Because we were able to tether the system with other systems at the arena, we were able to create a “hybrid” wired and wireless comm system that allowed the control room to be over 1000ft away from the wireless zone where the handheld camera operators were located. Because the UV-1G is so flexible, it allows our team to more easily meet our customers’ demands.

Keeping a thumb on technology is extremely important in this industry – and these days there is plenty to keep an eye on. The Radio Active Design gear has proven to not only help minimize potential RF difficulties, but has also helped us stay ahead of the RF technology curve.

Isaac Abrego is currently the audio manager at RGEAR. He was first introduced to the challenges of RF while working as an A2 on the Bachelor/Bachelorette series. Since then he has completed four years of study of RF as well as modern computing techniques used for audio. He joined RGEAR as the audio manager in 2015 with a goal of building and designing systems that are able to operate with the modern constraints of RF.

Radio Active Designs Opens Lines Of Communication At NBA All-Star Game

Redhook, New York-based Firehouse Productions put a number of Radio Active Designs UV1-G wireless intercom systems to work during the recent NBA All-Star Weekend held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Four of the new UV1-G base stations and 24 beltpacks – commonly referred to as RAD packs – provided vital communication between production managers, riggers, special effects, carpenters, screens and automation professionals during the busy weekend. “These are key roles and we need a comm system we can rely on,” explains Vinny Siniscal, director of the wireless & communications division for Firehouse.

“We provided sound reinforcement, wireless hardware, frequency coordination and communications for the entertainment and broadcast portions of the event in arenas and theaters as well as half-time and pre/post game shows at four separate locations,” he adds. “New York City is a busy RF environment, and we were working with well over 1,000 frequencies – anywhere you can save space on the UHF band you do.”

A typical FM wireless intercom system requires 300 kHz of radio band to function properly. By implementing Enhanced Narrow Band technology, the UV-1G intercom system requires less than 30 kHz of the VHF band freeing up valuable UHF bandwidth. In addition, because the VHF band is virtually empty, every comm operator can have their own channel, eliminating any issues that can occur when forced to “double-up” in a UHF system.

“I also like the frequency agility of the UV1-G in the UHF band – it is tunable through the entire spectrum, from 470-698 MHz,” Siniscal says. “It can transmit within whatever bandwidth is available — another really nice benefit of the system.”

As with any event the size and scope of NBA All-Star weekend, reliability and durability are key qualities for gear in constant use. Although a relatively new product, the UV1-G system consistently proves itself extremely capable in demanding RF environments.

“The system is rock solid,” Siniscal concludes, “I plan on using RAD on every event I do this year, and in years to come — it is now my primary wireless intercom system of choice.”

 

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Photo Cutline: Firehouse Productions deployed four Radio Active Designs UV1-G wireless intercom systems during the recent NBA All-Star game.

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