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  1. I'm building an app that can connect to a Venue VRWB or the new Venue VRM2 and display data about battery life and transmitter frequency. Using the ethernet port or a Global Cache iTach with the older Venue WB you can control your venue via an iPad or iPhone. The app is available for Beta testing now. If you are interested in testing this app and providing feedback to make it better please send me a message and I can help you get it set up on your device. Here are some screenshots. Yes it supports controlling multiple venues. The goal? To give you and your team the same functionality that the Wireless Designer app provides, in your pocket! -Real time battery readout -Frequency coordination and integration with other apps like FreqFinder and LectroRM -Remote control without cables, or clunky laptops/pc.
  2. For actual ham radio stuff I use SDR console v2, it has a 64bit engine and to my ears a better sounding dsp. SDR console doesn't have a mac version though, so for work stuff I use CubicSDR on a macbook pro. CubicSDR isn't as nice of an interface but the DSP is of equal quality I think, plus when dealing with UHF and VHF you don't really need all the fancy logging and digital modes. An SDR reciever and FreqFinder on an Iphone can really solve tons of RF problems on location.
  3. The motoroloa cp200 is by far the most common production radio out there. Most of them are in the UHF band and operate on a very wide frequency range. In the southeast I find that most of the programmed channels fall in the 461-464mHz range. I like to use an RTL-SDR usb radio receiver to very quickly find communications channels.
  4. A company called BaoFeng makes a wide variety of hady talkies/walkie talkies. Most of them are easily programmable through pc software. The uv5 and f8hp are used extensively in HAM Radio because of their cost and flexibility. Maybe not as bomb proof as a Motorola but pretty darn good.
  5. Diego, at the moment I am testing and researching an hd-sdi solution. I have known others who have used standard deff sdi over baluns like these, but the hd-sdi specifications require a much broader bandwidth. I believe many utilize down converters on hd shoots.
  6. Recently modified my designs to accommodate xlr input and output on both ends. Check it out!
  7. There is an app that I've used successfully in the past for PCB layout called Kicad http://www.kicad-pcb.org/display/KICAD/KiCad+EDA+Software+Suite it's free, cross-platform, and will export gerber files for uploading to any fab house, even print yours out for etching in your kitchen. the downside, it's not very intuitive, but lots of literature online for getting started.
  8. Making a few of these for a friend. This time in shiny aluminum
  9. If you're interested, I'd be more than happy to build one for you, or others. Shoot me an email at dana (at) simmons-audio.com
  10. Thats a reasonable solution. I'll add that functionality to my to-do list.
  11. Hey Jay, yes, it is possible, and I've read through the Belden papers, lots of good resources there. The problem is relying on the village end of these boxes (which are notoriously neglected) to be properly grounded and such to allow the balanced line.
  12. Absolutely, I can customize with RCA's or a combination of bnc, rca if needed.
  13. Lots of room for other do-dads inside the case, so make suggestions!
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