This was the first Digital radio talkback system Showcomms and Bruce had tested as runner for a possible replacement to the present analogue UHF base stations. The clear improvement in range running 5W through some little mag mounts was the biggest surprise. Certainly the in-house production team were impressed by the lack of black spots. If you have been to the Barbican you will know it is a concrete steel jungle and good rf coverage from backstage to FOH foyet and upper levels can be a struggle.
In short the Benefits appear to be:
- reduced bandwidth and possibly therefore lower licence fees. I need to ask JFMG in this respect to booking a licence.
- increased range especially in 6.25kHz
- Private audio, the audio cant be scanned by other users
- Base station and handset transceivers can be used in Analogue or Digital mode