UK: CSBS has purchased a Wisycom UHF Reporter system from distributor Raycom, reports David Davies. Based near Edinburgh, CSBS (Colin Stephen Broadcast Services) provides broadcast facilities and has recorded thousands of concerts and events since it was established in 1996. The company has already utilised the Wisycom system - which is available for hire - during work on at least one major sporting event.
The Wisycom Reporter system comprises a portable unit with a high-power radio microphone transmitter (VHF or UHF) and a narrow band cue receiver (UHF). The base station completes the system with a true diversity microphone receiver, a 2W Cue transmitter and PSU (12V DC or 240V AC) in a compact package, making it suitable for both TV and radio sports coverage.
CSBS has already used its Wisycom system for BBC Radio Scotland's coverage of the Scottish Open Golf Championship at Loch Lomond in July. It was deployed as an addition to CSBS's usual set-up of three hired high power on-course radio mics, plus commentary box at the 18th green. The antennae for these was situated on a BBC TV hoist near the centre of the court at a height of approximately 40 metres, while the Wisycom antennae was located next to the Media Centre and only six metres off the ground.
"The performance was remarkable," says Colin Stephen. "With the exceptions of the two furthest extremities of the course, where a little break up and some drop-out was experienced, it was flawless. A combination of very good signal to noise with extremely good range made for excellent coverage of the course. From the reporter's point of view it is very simple to use, with the only user-operated controls being headphone volume and the on-off switch. This system will be a valuable addition to our live broadcast equipment. Despite the very significant capital cost for a small company like ours we consider that it has been money well spent."
Since this event, the Wisycom System has been used for an online radio station at the Glorious Goodwood racing event in Sussex, and will see service this week during BBC Radio Scotland's coverage of the Scotland v England cricket match at the Grange in Edinburgh. Stephen tells PSNE that it will probably also be used at the Scotland v Northern Ireland 'friendly' at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
Based in London, Raycom manufactures a number of its own products in addition to serving as a distributor for Wisycom, Phonak and SLS Ribbon Loudspeakers.