NAB 2016: Clear-Com Unveils FreeSpeak II Base Station
Clear-Com (Booth C6908) is introducing the FreeSpeak II-Base2 base station, which is versatile and easy-to-use and supports multiple frequencies on the same base station. The introduction follows the timely releases of the complementary 1.9 GHz and 2.4 GHz band wireless intercom beltpacks and transceiver antenna modules in use today in many productions around the world.
FreeSpeak II-Base2 offers three modes: base station for digital-signal transmission, a headset master station for operators to communicate with anyone — wired or wireless — on the system, and an intuitive menu user interface for configuring setup and making real-time system changes. It can be expanded to support up to 25 full-duplex wireless beltpacks and cover a large production area with 10 distributed-antenna transceivers and two transceiver splitters as far as 3,200 ft. from the base station.
Similar to its predecessor, FreeSpeak II-Base2 can provide wireless communication coverage in the 1.9 GHz and 2.4 GHz frequency bands. This is advantageous in productions where RF space may be crowded with 2.4-GHz or WiFi devices, and the 1.9 GHz could be used for production.
In addition to serving as a base station for signal transmission, FreeSpeak II-Base2 can also operate as a headset master station for any user operator to make and receive calls and talk with anyone on the system using the four OLED displays with individual call and talk keys. Multiple two- and four-wire ports are available to connect with industry-standard analog partyline and four-wire audio devices, respectively.
The base station’s intuitive cascade menu structure makes it easy to program the entire system, including the beltpack assignments. Configuration and monitoring are available through the browser-based real-time Core Configuration Manager (CCM), which is also used for setting up HelixNet Version 3.0.
“The new FreeSpeak II-Base2 perfectly complements this wireless intercom family by enhancing the entire system with an expanded functionality, improved interfacing, and ease of use through real-time browser configuration and monitoring,” says Product Manager Craig Fredrickson.
FreeSpeak II-Base2 is being exhibited with new wireless beltpacks, transceiver antenna modules, and the complete Clear-Com line of new and enhanced products.