Kaltman Creations LLC has announced the introduction of two new products under the Invisible WavesTM product banner that aid in identifying wireless devices’ frequencies. The units, RF-id SOLO and RF-id STATION, both key in on wireless transmissions as near-field frequency counters, one as a handheld device and the other in a self-contained case for multiple wireless devices.
The RF-id STATION is primarily for professional audio wireless users while the RF-id SOLO is aimed at RF/Audio tech’s, production companies, rental houses, contractor/installers, frequency coordinators; just about anyone involved pro-audio wireless related applications. The two units have been unveiled at the June 2012 InfoComm show in Las Vegas.
The RF-id STATION allows RF technicians to efficiently “stage” and manage their wireless microphones before and during a live event/performance. It consists of a rugged plastic carrying case with 8 designated foam-formed slots for wireless microphones or wireless belt pack transmitters. Each slot has a backlit, near-field frequency counter readout providing the exact frequency of the transmitter and a barograph signal level display; up to 8 transmitters can be staged at one time and swapped-out as needed. Just below the frequency counter display is a dryerase, write-on strip to help keep track of microphone/transmitter assignments.
As a value-added feature, each of the 8 slots is individually RF shielded to reduce the effects of close proximity intermodulation and to reduce stray transmissions out into the performance area. And the station can also be used as a microphone and accessory carrying case with storage for up to 18 transmitters.
With the unit’s LCD readout, the RF-id SOLO user can simultaneously and instantly confirm exact frequencies and transmission signal strength, avoiding the need to handle the transmitter (which often involves menu scrolling and converting Group & Channel readouts to frequency values). It works with both digital and analog single carrier transmissions in the 50MHz to 2.5GHz range and is not limited to just wireless microphones use. It can also be used with assisted listening devices, intercom, cell phones, 2-way radio and commercial RFID tags, provided that the transmissions are not a spread-spectrum or frequency hopping.
Posted by Sara Cohen, Editorial Intern
July 9, 2012