My Wireless Tools and problem solvers!

My Wireless Tools and problem solvers!

A short list of the tools I use most with my wireless/RF challenges. I try to update this list often (stay up to date!).

Spectrum Analyzers / Scanners

RF Explorer (amazon) (Search Ebay)


Antenna Amplifier

Shure UA830USV in-line antenna amplifier

Passive RF splitters and pads

Mini-Circuits 2 way

Shure UA221 Passive Antenna Splitter/Combiner Kit

RF Pad


Shure “paddle” Antenna

Helical Antenna (be sure to check frequency range.)


Need some great coax wire? I recommend #118!

Easy tool from Times Microwave to quickly calculate cable loss of MANY different brands and types of coax!

Baking Pans!

Aluminum baking pans sized for your wireless packs and microphones!

In addition to my favorite wireless tools, Here are of my favorite and most helpful wireless/RF resources I mentioned recently in the Live Sound Summit Webinar hosted by Nathan Lively of Sound Design Live.

Of course staying close here and subscribing to my YouTube channel is a good start…

Software and online calculators:

Shure Wireless Workbench Coordination software.

600 Mhz is being activated every day! This map shows you where!

Easy web tool to calculate wavelength (and fraction of) of any frequency. Great for audio AND RF!

Another great calculator to help with free space loss!

Need to know if you have the right Shure gear for the location? Find out fast with this tool!

Quick ‘n dirty intermod calculator from Audio Technica!

Tips and Best Practices!

Excellent resources and also a wonderful app to help calculate many common RF challenges.

The group over at RF Venue have really put together some great products yet also offer very helpful short blog posts on common RF challenges and best practices.

Professional Wireless has been the game a long time and deservedly so. Aside from offering powerful software and coordination services, they offer perfect tools to help with those more difficult days.

Whoa, You Can’t Do That!

Wonderful resources and services from some of the best in the biz!

Great collection of tips and best practices from Shure!






Watch my wireless coordination steps!

Do your wireless microphones, wireless guitars or IEM’s dropout unexpectedly or make strange sounds or static? Proper scanning and frequency choice (coordination) is key!

Watch my quick 2 minute video explaining my workflow using Shure’s free Wireless Workbench software, PSM1000 and UR4D’s.

A few quick tips for wireless success:

  • Antennas have line of sight and away from walls and metal
  • IEM antennas are in front of receiving (wireless mics and packs) antennas.
  • If unable to use coordination software, be sure to stay within the coordinated “GROUPS” of your respective wireless unit(s).

RF Explorer to manage wireless!

Nicholas Radina Red Rocks

This summer I’m headed out again to spend a few months turing knobs for my O.A.R. friends playing a ton of shows here in the U.S. Yet this time around, we will be joining big talents Train as well as Natasha Beddingfield — a great line up!

A bit different this summer

Usually I’m coordinating around 30+ channels of wireless daily. This breaks down to around 20 or so inputs (instruments and vocals) and 12 channels of IEM’s/ears plus spare packs as well as backup frequencies.

Nicholas Radina Guitar Straps

When O.A.R. is the headliner, much more control can be realized in regards to wireless. I often will coordinate wireless for the opening/support act also.

I’ll write a detailed post soon of how I generally coordinate using Shure’s Wireless Workbench, yet in the meantime this video briefly explains my workflow.

Working together

One difference this summer and this format is O.A.R. will be performing after Natasha and before Train which means there will be plenty of wireless to navigate each day.

A common courtesy with multiple band bills is acts will turn off their respective wireless when another act is on. This practice is quite helpful, and many times, essential.

Yet time is never on our side and being able to get a jump start on wireless coordination earlier in the day can be a huge help. In addition, often changeover times are brief and much can happen in those sacred minutes leading up to showtime. Being able to confirm your wireless is good ahead of time without stepping on another act is crucial.

Get to work early

I’ve found that being able to scan in realtime during an acts sound check can be quite reveling and helpful for my own coordination. Often my own gear will not be in place quite yet to perform a proper hardware scan. Using a tool such as the  the affordable [amazon_textlink asin=’B01EWSJP7Y’ text=’RF Explorer’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8579365a-3144-11e7-b450-115e156f68a7′] can be quite a powerful compromise.

Nicholas Radina RF Explorer

Using this hardware scanner along with the free (PC only) and very powerful RF Explorer Software gives you the ability to see the RF environment in realtime plus export the data into Wireless Workbench!

Here is a wonderful tutorial by fellow sound nerd, Diogo Nunes Pereira on how to properly load [amazon_textlink asin=’B01EWSJP7Y’ text=’RF Explorer’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6dc91af9-3145-11e7-a72e-efec096be40a’] data into Wireless Workbench.

In the weeks ahead, I’ll detail a bit more of my process in an effort to help you be more comfortable tuning in Tokyo! In the meantime, check out the [amazon_textlink asin=’B01EWSJP7Y’ text=’RF Explorer’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ddb401cd-3147-11e7-ac10-f54061f8353c’]!

New live sound classes!

By popular demand, I’m developing a series of smaller hands-on classes covering one specific topic such as:

  • Wireless/RF
  • Monitor mixing
  • FOH mixing
  • Live Sound for Musicians
  • Digital and analog console training.

If helpful to you, fill out the short form below and I’ll keep you in the loop on when registration will be open!