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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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 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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 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. For more information visit http://radioactiverf.com/

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