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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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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