Australia (August 14, 2015)—Gearhouse Broadcast’s Wisycom equipment enabled the company to comply with Australia’s new wireless licensing requirements in time to cover the V8 Supercars race season.
“The challenge we had [for the V8 Supercars coverage] was complying with the new regulations, which brought our operating power down to 100mW,” says Danny Riess, audio supervisor of V8 Supercars for Gearhouse Broadcast. “With Wisycom, we are now able to achieve what we have previously done at a lower wattage without compromising coverage or wireless mic and IFB/IEM reception. The technology that Wisycom is able to supply helps us achieve this.”
As of January 1, 2015, the ACMA requires a license for any transmitter that has over 100mW of power. For certain solutions operating within a 100mW range, this would mean an even smaller coverage area. Wisycom is able to help Gearhouse accommodate multiple IFB/IEM and wireless microphone transmit sites within ACMA regulations, which provides a huge coverage area for the wireless mic and IFB/IEM systems in use.
When this equipment is used with the Wisycom MAT288 high power RF combiner, the Gearhouse team is able to link all IFB channels over fiber, keeping them in phase which allows for “isofrequency” coverage of a wide area. The system also allows the talent to move freely around the track without loss of microphone or IFB signal.
In Gearhouse’s latest OB truck, HD9, are Wisycom MRK 960 wireless microphone receivers, MPR30-ENG receivers, MPR30-IEM UHF IEM systems, RF distributions, programmers, fiber transports and the MAT288 programmable RF combiner. MTH400 handheld microphones, bodypack transmitters, and IFB transmitters are in use by talent located around the track. Gearhouse also uses two portable racks containing more fiber transport, IFB transmitters, a UPS and an Ethernet switch for monitoring the status of the fiber transport and the IFB transmitters. Two additional smaller racks with fiber transport will be used for two further receive sites.