Albuquerque, NM (December 14, 2009–The Albuquerque Police Department recently hosted two shooting championships for officers from around the globe, where two Lectrosonics Long Ranger 4 portable PA and wireless mic systems were used to ensure contestants could hear commands.
Held at the Shooting Range Park in Albuquerque, the two back-to-back competitions included the Todd Parkins Memorial Regional Match, and the NRA’s (National Rifle Association) National Police Shooting Championship.
Art Martinez, range master for the Albuquerque Police Department–the largest and most well-equipped law enforcement agency in the state of New Mexico—remarked, “The Long Ranger systems were used to communicate with competitors prior to and during competitive courses of fire. We set these systems up on the range so the match announcers were able to project almost 200 yards downrange from where they issued their commands to the actual points where the competitors fired their weapons. The need for a dedicated PA system on the range is essential in order for the commands to be heard over the sound of gunfire.”
“Prior to the use of the Long Ranger,” Matinez continued, “the match announcers encountered numerous difficulties communicating with the competitors, especially considering our geographic location. The shooting range is located on a plateau, so we encounter a lot of wind and flying sand that makes understanding spoken commands very difficult at times. With the Long Ranger, we’re able to project the various commands in a manner that readily compensates for the weather, be it wind or even rain.”
Since the Long Ranger is wireless, the staff was not encumbered with cables as they would be with traditional PA systems. This made moving the system to the right or left flanks of the course much easier. Equally important, since the system is wireless, there’s no chance of a competitor tripping over a cable–a very important safety factor.
The two Lectrosonics Long Ranger 4 systems were networked together. “We had a heavy four hour rainfall during the match,” said Martinez, “and we encountered no problems with the system at all. Further, battery life was terrific. We ran this equipment for twelve hours a day and encountered no battery issues.”
NRA’s National Police Shooting Championship
Albuquerque Police Department