Chubachu, Bhutan (November 15, 2012)-Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS), the national TV and radio station of Bhutan, is employing Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak and Tempest2400 digital wireless systems.
Prior to the addition of the FreeSpeak and Tempest2400 wireless systems, the station’s communications backbone consisted of a wired matrix intercom and a partyline system. While the systems were reliable, the crew needed the additional mobility and flexibility that only a wireless system could provide, particularly for the on-line editor, program director, floor manager and anchors.
“Prior to adding the wireless systems, the wired system hampered the movement of the on-line editor, cameramen, floor manager and anchors, especially during the panel discussion, reality shows and talk shows in the production studio. We would migrate to different parts of the studios with the wired beltpacks, but sometimes the cables would extend so far that the beltpacks would get unplugged, cutting off our communications,” says Sherub Tharchen, head of the technical department for BBS. “Now with FreeSpeak and Tempest, everybody can move freely in the studios and stay connected without worrying about the cables getting tangled or the wired beltpacks becoming unplugged.”
BBS has two FreeSpeak systems, one in the news studio and the other in one of its production studios. Active antennas are also distributed throughout the production areas to maximize wireless coverage. The Tempest system is installed at a second production studio in a separate building.