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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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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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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