Total RF of Bensalem, PA, recently supplied LightViper Series 32 Systems for audio transport needs at the TPC Sawgrass PGA tournament event held at The Players Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, broadcast on NBC television.
Chris “Ziggy” Schwartzer, EIC/Golf Manager for Total RF, explains, “This was the first time LightViper systems were used to transport most of the audio on the golf course rather than the ‘beehives’ we previously used. We put eight VIS-1832 units in Hardigg cases to waterproof them, and these units were located at #1 green, #2 green, RF crane #2, #6 green, #8 green, #13 green, #17 green and #18 green.
“The 12-strand single-mode fiber was run around the course and back to the NBC compound, terminating at Total RF’s trailer, then the fiber was jumped over to the NBCX EFX Mixer, where eight corresponding VIM-1832 units were housed,” he continues. “The longest run of fiber was about 9,000 feet, and the glass is deployed and picked up by golf cart”.
According to Lawrence “LJ” Cirills Jr., effects mixer for NBC,”The LightViper systems gave us more flexibility with less overall devices used, which provided us with big time savings in set-up and troubleshooting. The audio quality was superior due to having almost no noise floor.
“At the famous 17th hole, we used many more mics and also had to provide a feed for live radio. As a result, the 32 channels and 8 returns were essential. We would never been able to achieve this without the LightViper units. The field A2’s love them; they’re simple to use and they just plain work.”