AMA Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is a dirt bike racing competition produced in the world’s premier indoor/outdoor stadiums on a dirt Supercross track. This year the fast-paced, action-packed races – 17 in total—utilized a Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system to ensure communication throughout each event.
“The championship is 17 weeks long and consists of 17 races held in the United States and Canada,” explains Maxie Williams, producer and show director. “Needless to say, communication is key. We made the move to the UV-1G and were extremely happy with it – they are much cleaner than what we used last year.”
Williams used all six channels of the UV-1G base station, deploying six RAD bodypacks for each event. The UV-1G base station is rack mounted directly below his console allowing him immediate access to the production staff. Because the UV-1G base station operates in a sliver of UHF bandwidth while the RAD packs utilize the relatively unused VHF range, there is more RF bandwidth available for operation of other wireless devices. Given the busy event schedule, this was another bonus for the production team.
Williams concludes, “The system was very easy to set up, which was extremely important given the number of events and locations that the championship consisted of. Plus the software is very user friendly, easy to get around and simple to tweak – I was extremely happy with the system.”