|Typical Bag Setup|
|I could never squeeze behind this bed with a cart|
I was able to obtain a demo unit from my local distributor and put it through a week of tests before our show started. In principle, the shark fin takes advantage of the diversity feature found in today's wireless. Diversity in a receiver is important because at its most basic level, you have two antennae and the receiver is able to choose the strongest signal. The Diversity Fin is designed to be part directional, part omni. There are two BNC connections on the fin, one for the LPDA (directional) antenna and one for the dipole (omni). I have greater agility wherever I setup with this, so I don't have to worry about talent walking behind video village if we're at a party or if they're sitting, standing, jumping, or whatever. I don't worry about phasing as much anymore either. Some wardrobe simply doesn't even allow for a waist strap, so I can slip the transmitter in sideways without concerning myself with the orientation of the antenna. I'm covered from all angles with this antenna. The range of the DFA is as you would expect, excellent. What I'm even more impressed with, though, is its ability to cut through the congestion and retain optimal reception. There have been a couple of times that the reception appeared to be getting low because of range, as in only about 10%, but talent's audio was coming in crystal clear. It was absolutely amazing.
|Performance has been outstanding. I could never |
get this far away with just my whips.
|Goes anywhere, does anything.|
Trew has a good article on the facts of the performance of this antenna and two others here.
|Being behind the camera isn't always so glamourous.|
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