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!






Affordable Wireless Microphones

Taking the plunge to free yourself of wires and enjoy the freedom of wireless microphones is quite tempting. Although if you’re not careful, the wireless path can bring about challenges not seen before.

The wireless landscape for our entertainment world has some twists and turns. The “chunk” of bandwidth allotted for wireless microphones and wireless in-ear systems shrinks every year. Tip: Be sure to double check the range of the unit. Stay within the 470Mhz – 614Mhz. Avoid anything in the 700 Mhz range.

Although I’ve written more complex articles tacking the wireless beast, this short article aims to recommend some quick wireless microphone best practices and affordable recommendations for the wedding DJ, singer or simple corporate gig.

Static and Drop Outs!

The two most common complaints I hear when helping troubleshoot budget friendly wireless is “static” and “drop outs“.  Both problems are closely related to poor reception from transmitter to receiver and channel selection.

How to make it better!

  1. Line Of Sight – keep the receiver off the ground and high enough to “see” over people.
  2. Antenna Orientation – Orient the antennas in a 45 degree “V” shape.
  3. Fresh Batteries — wireless transmission needs proper power — low batteries are no help. I recommend quality alkaline batteries like [amazon_textlink asin=’B00GTYF1ZU’ text=’Duracell ProCell ‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’70c63ca6-d96a-11e7-b8d1-7d81815708a8′] or [amazon_textlink asin=’B00006LHDI’ text=’Energizer Industrial’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’75cf2ce4-d967-11e7-8d57-b7a497af35db’].
  4. Scan – If available, use the scan function every time you set up and use your microphone.

My Recommendations

(Tip: Be Sure to check out Amazon’s used options to save some $$!)

  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01NAS7Q9Q’ text=’Sennheiser XSW 1-825′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2414ef77-d967-11e7-97b8-272eb99d518b’]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B074F3GYGN’ text=’Audio-Technica ATW-2120b ‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8c3ad9bd-d969-11e7-b592-abce019d03d7′]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01CIUS1IM’ text=’Shure BLX24′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c1a74e27-d969-11e7-b24b-61544bb9f37f’]

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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).