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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