July 22, 2014

Clear-Com’s Simon Browne on the Comms Giant’s Sports-packed Year

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 With systems at every venue involved in the World Cup and extensive usage at the Commonwealth Games, 2014 is on course to be a landmark year for Clear-Com in sports. Director of Product Management, Simon Browne, spoke to SVG Europe about specific system deployments and the long-term benefits of such high-profile projects.

Read the full story here: Clear-Com’s Simon Browne on the Comms Giant’s Sports-packed Year

July 17, 2014

Melrose Massachusetts Televsion Upgrades with Clear-Com

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Melrose Massachusetts Television (MMTV) is a nonprofit community organization dedicated to public broadcasting in the City of Melrose and it supports city government and educational channels. The station broadcasts programming on channels 3, 15, and 22 on Comcast and channels 37, 38, and 39 on the Verizon network.

Over the past decade, MMTV has been aggressively upgrading its production equipment. Access A/V of Concord, N.H., handled the integration for the upgrade project, which included the installation of Clear-Com intercom systems, the Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 5000, a Behringer audio mixer, Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio disk recorder, Lectrosonics wireless IFB and more.

Source: HD Upgrades for Melrose Community Access Include Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 System

July 15, 2014

FDA Relies on Clear-Com Eclipse Matrix Intercoms

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) produces a range of network-quality informational programming at the FDA Television Studio in Gaithersburg, Md. To do its job properly, the FDA Television Studios has a full range of broadcast-quality equipment, including a Clear-Com Eclipse matrix intercom system

Read more on the FDA's positive experience with Clear-Com: FDA Relies on Clear-Com Eclipse Matrix Intercoms

July 10, 2014

ABS Installs Native HD Infrastructure for KHSL

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Professional video and audio systems integration firm, Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS),  designed and installed a new HD-SDI infrastructure with embedded audio for KHSL, the CBS affiliate serving the Chico-Redding, Calif. market (DMA #132). The native HD upgrade included new master control and production control rooms, plus new studio and ENG cameras, NLE systems, and the adoption of a tapeless workflow. Clear-Com's intercom systems were also installed as part of this upgrade.

Read the full story here: ABS Installs Native HD Infrastructure for KHSL
See if you can spot our MS-704 Encore partyline main station in the photo!

July 8, 2014

Wireless Intercom Tip of the Week!

Question: Do the Tempest2400 and HME DX Series wireless intercom base stations support third party directional antennas (U.S. only)?

Answer: There a large number of 2.4 GHz directional antennas available in the marketplace.

Tempest2400 and HME DX Series wireless intercom base stations can be made to work with them as long as the antennas are fitted with the correct RF connectors. However, we often find that the correct placement of antennas is a major contributing factor to system performance. When using directional antennas, make sure to aim the antennas towards the specific spot that you want to cover. 

Do not run long cables from the base station to the directional antenna. Please check with an RF professional for more information.

The use of directional antennas is governed by local country regulations. It is legal to use most directional antennas in the U.S.*, and customers can purchase the directional antennas from Clear-Com:

*It is illegal for Clear-Com to sell directional antennas in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

June 27, 2014

Tempest Tip of the Week

Question:  I plan on using the Tempest900 and Tempest2400 wireless intercom systems together at a large event.  Can they be used together? Do they need to be connected via the Accu-Sync cable?  How many Tempest900 systems can I connect together?

Answer: For the Tempest2400, a maximum of 11 BaseStations can be co‐located together. For the Tempest900, we advise connecting three BaseStations, but more can be co‐located with special planning.

Please note that while the two‐wire and four‐wire interfaces are completely compatible between the Tempest900 and Tempest2400 systems, under no circumstances should an Accu‐Sync cable be used between the two types of Base Stations. The units will not function properly if that is done. You are, however, required to use an Accu‐Sync cable between multiple Tempest900 Base Stations and a separate Accu‐Sync cable between multiple Tempest2400 Base Stations. We highly recommend connecting Tempest2400 systems via ZSync since that will increased the ability of the Base Stations to function together.

June 26, 2014

Willow Creek Community Church: Clear-Communications with Clear-Com

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In Technologies for Worship Magazine, Matthew Wentz, the Audio Systems Engineer for Willow Creek Community Church, writes about the importance of Clear-Com’s communication systems for his community.

Wentz states, “At Willow Creek, communication is key for our services to run smooth. At any given time, up to 40 stations could be used with both staff and volunteers operating these units. We use a combination of Clear-Com’s I-Series and V-Series, along with their CellCom beltpacks. We also have an analog partyline backbone that was moved over when our main auditorium was built in 2004. The backend of the system is an Eclipse-Median frame which allows us great flexibility. This flexibility comes with the availability of their interface cards and modules, which allows us to connect our I-Series panels, our v-station panels, and our analog partylines all into one unit.”

Read the full story on page 29-30 of TFWM – Willow Creek Community Church: Clear-Communications with Clear-Com