Nashville, TN (July 12, 2010)–WTVF NewsChannel 5, a CBS affiliate in Nashville, purchased 19 Lectrosonics ENG wireless systems following the FCC’s mandate to vacate the 700 MHz band.
The Federal Communication Commission’s ruling prohibiting the operation of wireless microphones in the 700 MHz band (698 – 806 MHz) has forced many wireless microphone users to make adjustments. Though forced to “retire” some of their non-Lectrosonics wireless microphones, WTVF was still going strong with Lectrosonics equipment dating back almost 20 years. This positive experience was a key factor that influenced the station’s latest wireless microphone investment.
Mike Rose, chief video photographer, WTVF TV, supervises a 21-person camera crew for the station’s news operations. Rose reports that in addition to the equipment that had to be replaced to address the FCC ruling, every camera operator also had a Lectrosonics CR185 compact receiver, an M185 beltpack transmitter, and an H185 plug-on transmitter in their kit. “These systems have been in service for a long time,” notes Rose, “so we already had a high level of confidence in Lectrosonics products.”
Ultimately, Rose purchased 19 Lectrosonics SRa5P dual channel slot mount ENG receivers, 19 HM plug-on transmitters, and 19 UM400a beltpack transmitters from Nashville’s Trew Audio. All products employ the company’s Digital Hybrid Wireless technology, which uses a proprietary algorithm to encode 24-bit digital audio information with no compression and low distortion into an analog format that can be transmitted in a robust manner over an analog FM wireless link. “By getting our new Lectrosonics SRa5P dual channel receivers, along with our HM plug-on and UM400a beltpack transmitters,” said Rose, “every operator now has two systems available–and all of it Lectrosonics.”
Now, according to Rose, “When I watch the news at home in the evenings the audio is clear, I’m able to hear all the sound bytes that I know should be there, and I don’t hear any RF interference. Sound quality is first rate and that’s the bottom line.”