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  1. I have a small stingray bag that makes keeping the Tx far away a pain. But I got the 1/4 wave antenna which I feed up through my harness and that does the trick.
  2. Thank you both for the suggestions. Worldizing with a speaker is a great idea and a backup plan in case the earwig doesn't cut it. They plan to also cover the scene with a process trailer on a different day, where I will have more flexibility. The hardest part of all of this has been getting their attention, followed by getting answers to my questions. I also thought about a phone system as a transmitter/receiver but we will be in the middle of nowhere so I can't know for sure if there will be any service out there.
  3. Hey all, I have a scene coming up involving a character singing to the radio in a small convertible car, shot with the Russian Arm/Ultimate Arm. I will drop the bag in the backseat and am planning to ask the non-driving character to hit play on a small phone feeding an earwig. In case playback NEEDS to be triggered by someone not in the car, what can I do to ensure the cleanest signal for the earwig? I have not had good experiences with talent Tx in one car and my Rx in another car. I sometimes get decent range on the 216MHz comteks going to a follow van. However, I think it's important to have the earwig Tx in the picture car. So should I hop the signal over with an SMQV at 250mW in the chase car to a 411 that feeds the BST? I'm planning on worst case scenario where we see the entire car. Any other tips or tricks? Thanks!
  4. BAB414

    Poor RF Range

    Hey Ben, I'm sure there is a device that can measure it but I've never heard of it. You can do the math yourself though. I recommend anyone who works with wireless audio to check out the full video here from Lectro. Here's where they begin to talk about RF gain structure:
  5. BAB414

    Poor RF Range

    When you hit your receivers, you want to be at -6 to -2 to prevent overload. -6 is an acceptable amount of loss to work with.
  6. Thanks Jeff, didn't realize. I'm still all Lectro digital hybrid for now.
  7. Don't all the new high end digital wireless mics operate in the 2.4 GHz range?
  8. Wow in all my time doing sound I never came across this. Thank you very much.
  9. Can someone please explain why an antenna farm is a bad idea? How does adding another pair of whips affect the performance of anything else? I moved from whips to 2 dipoles and a PSC RF Multi SMA because you really do see and hear a difference in range.
  10. I always wondered what the F stood for in RTFM! Thanks. There are just a couple quirks with the Venue 2 that I've learned to look out for. One of them goes like this: I have my Channel 5 Tx setting set to B Band because sometimes I use a block 21 Tx, sometimes I use a block 22 Tx. My channel 6 Tx is set to block 21 only (narrow band) in the Venue. When I switch to ratio diversity mode and then switch back, I have to manually reset the channel 6 block settings because it has taken on the channel 5 block settings. Switching to diversity mode altered the channel settings even after you go back to switch mode.
  11. I always make sure when I'm in that overlap range to check which block I'm in. Just one extra step but takes less than a second. Also, A band is not a block and should not be referred to as such (makes things more confusing). It's a band, containing 3 blocks. ['the more you know' rainbow]
  12. Band A includes blocks 470, 19 and 20. It's well documented that 470 and 19 have overlapping frequencies which Lectro made clear when the SRC came out. Are you saying your receiver retuned itself on its own?
  13. Agreed! Love seeing a 552 out in the wild. I just installed mine in my main cart (as the backup) as my 744 went in for repair and I need something soon. Usually my 552 works on my playback cart routing signals out from my interface.
  14. I was going to say the mic as well. Was the input on the 788 set to mic level by chance? I know you said line above but thats the first thing I'd check.
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