New York, NY (January 30, 2017)—Kaltman Creations has launched the RF-Compass, reportedly the first automated antenna tracker system for wireless microphones and IEM equipment.
The new addition to Kaltman Creations’ Invisible Waves brand is intended to improve links between wireless transmitters and receivers by always keeping the antenna physically pointed directly at the wireless transmitter, regardless of where the performer may move.
The RF-Compass system consists of two parts: the RF-Compass servo-controlled automatic panning device and the RF-Beacon, a 5.8 GHz multi-channel miniature transmitter. The RF-Beacon includes a belt pack mounting clip, but it is also small enough to simply be carried in a performer’s pocket, clipped onto a belt, or sewn into a costume. As a performer carries the Beacon, the servo unit is able to bi-angulate the signal and pans around to follow the transmission source. The UHF antenna is mounted on top, allowing it to also rotate to follow the movement of the performer and its own wireless transmitter.
The RF-Compass Servo Unit mounts to any standard microphone stand, and is compatible with any paddle or flat-panel directional antenna. The Servo Unit is able to rotate up to 360 degrees, and can track the location of the RF-Beacon transmitter within an operating distance of over 250 feet. Each RF-Compass unit and directional antenna is dedicated to one specific performer, but up to 40 RF-Compass units may be used simultaneously without interference. For A/B diversity, two Servo Units may share the same Beacon channel.
The RF-Compass System starts at $598 (1 Servo Unit and 1 RF-Beacon), with packages including a compatible IWxCPAntenna starting at $725, and will be available to ship in February 2017.