PWS staffers with some of their wireless gear used during the Super Bowl
New Orleans, LA (February 6, 2013)-At Super Bowl XLVII, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company, provided frequency coordination and RF management for referee microphones, as well as pre-game and halftime entertainment.
For the company’s 17th consecutive Super Bowl, PWS once again partnered with ATK Audiotek and Versacom for the big game. PWS project manager Jason Eskew and his team began their work almost five months prior to the game. “I did a site survey at the Superdome in October and submitted our frequencies in November for approval,” says Eskew. “When doing so, I had to be sure to pick equipment that covers multiple manufacturers’ frequency ranges. Each performer has his or her equipment of choice, along with endorsement deals that require us to use a specific wireless system, so we needed to be able to easily adapt to this, along with any changes the scheduled performers might make on site.”
This year, Grammy Award-winning recording artist Jennifer Hudson was a late addition to the lineup, joining 26 students from Sandy Hook Elementary School in singing “America the Beautiful” during the pre-game show. “Thanks to the flexible plan I designed and the excellent bench skills of John Garrido, the team was able to accommodate her needs without any problems,” says Eskew. “The people over at Shure and Sennheiser once again did a good job providing the gear that supports the performers.”
PWS utilized Shure Axient Wireless, UHF-Rs and PSM 1000 series IEMs, while also on-hand were EM 3732 receivers with 5200 transmitters and a range of wireless gear from Sennheiser. An added benefit of the Axient system was its ability, in the body pack diversity mode, to provide automatic fail-over protection for the referees’ microphones. Versacom provided a mixture of wireless intercoms, including HME PRO850 and BTR800s from Telex.
PWS utilized its Domed Helical Antenna on the field. A combination of Domed Helicals and original PWS Helicals were used for all of the ATK wireless systems on the field.
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