|Antenna Distribution Flow (click for larger version)|
Ok, for the actual parts list, here's what I recommend for 4 Lectro SRs. The hardware is a must, but you can make your own cables if you're handy and have time.
- 2 Mini-Circuits ZFSC-4-1-S+ splitters at $89.95/each
- 2 Lectrosonics UFM230 RF filter/amp at $320/each (from your local Lectro dealer)
- 8 SMA to SMA 18" RG174 cable (all right angle connectors) at $26-$38 (SCB15189-XX) or make it yourself for about $8/each
- 2 SMA to BNC 12" RG174 cable (all right angle connectors, but hard to find) at $12.50-$35.50 (SCB15882-XX)
|It's a mess right now, but it works well.|
|One of these for each side of the SR makes it work|
- For Dipole Antennae: 2 #ACOAXBNC cable from Lectrosonics cut to your block (bag mountable)
- For Shark Fin setup: 1 Diversity Fin from RF Venue at $399
Remote Antenna Cable:
|The end of my BNC extensions coming out of the bag|
- 1ft. BNC extensions (SCB11983-XX) coming from inside your bag so you don't have to dig in everytime; it's just there on the side. They're male on the end that connects to the UFM230 and female on the end that connects to the coax run. I actually also have 2 hanging from my Diversity Fin permanently for convenience. This way there are fewer weak points with no barrels needed. My 4 were custom made by Trew and were a bit pricey, at about $50/each (ouch!!). Not sure I would recommend that.
At the end of the day, this rig gives me powerful range while allowing me to set up and break down in tight spaces where it's essential to maintain a small footprint (i.e. Reality TV). I went from pretty much living next to camera with all this strapped around my back, and now I'm able to jump in with ease for any fixes or communicate with production in Video Village. Whatever your reasoning is for a system like this, good luck! You're sure to enjoy it!!
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