Hole 17 at the TPC SawgrassPonte Vedra Beach, FL (May 15, 2009)--Total RF, Bensalem, PA supplied LightViper Series 32 Systems for the TPC Sawgrass PGA tournament event held at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL this past weekend and broadcast on NBC.
Chris "Ziggy" Schwartzer, EIC/Golf Manager for Total RF, remarked, "This was the first time LightViper systems were used to transport most of the audio on the golf course rather than the 'beehives' we previously used. We put the (8) VIS-1832 units in Hardigg cases to waterproof them. Obviously a golf course can be a challenging environment for electronics, given the fact that weather, sprinkler systems and wildlife can wreak havoc.
"These VIS-1832 units were located at #1 green, #2 green, RF crane #2, #6 green, #8 green, #13 green, #17 green and #18 green. The (12) strand single mode fiber was run around the course and back to the NBC compound, terminating at Total RF's trailer, then the fiber was jumped over to the NBCX EFX Mixer, where the (8) corresponding VIM-1832 units were housed. The longest run of fiber was about 9k feet, and the glass is deployed and picked up by golf cart".
According to Lawrence "LJ" Cirills Jr., effects mixer for NBC, "The LightViper systems gave us more flexibility with less overall devices used, which provided us with big time savings in set-up and troubleshooting. The audio quality was superior due to having almost no noise floor. At the famous 17th hole, we used many more mics and had to provide a feed for live radio. The 32 channels and 8 returns were essential. We would never been able to achieve this without the LightViper units. The field A2s love them; they are simple to use and they just plain work".