PWS, the Professional Wireless Systems division of Masque Sound, has introduced its next-generation Helical Antenna. The HA-8089 is designed to provide drop-out–free performance for in-ear monitors, wireless microphones and intercom installations. A package of 15 units was recently used at Super Bowl XL.
“Our HA-8089 helical antenna delivers 14 dBi of forward gain, and covers a bandwidth from 490 MHz to over 900 MHz, with an overall estimated beamwidth of 57 degrees,” reports company principal James Stoffo, “and it can provide up to twice the range of a log periodic paddle.”
Already used in concert by such artists as Death Cab for Cutie, Coldplay, Nickelback, Stevie Wonder and Mick Jagger, the HA-8094 will transfer maximum RF energy regardless of the polarization of the transmitted wave. As the RF energy from an IEM transmitter radiates out of the Helical, it is continuously spun through 360 degrees of polarization, millions of time per foot. This sam 360-degree coverage is provided when the Helical is used as a wireless microphone receiver antenna.
The compact 13-inch-high unit features a sturdy 13-inch base, weighs less than 4 pounds, is molded from indestructible polycarbonate and includes a protective trim ring. PWS also supplies an aluminum mounting block threaded for both 5/8-27 and 3/8-16 (Euro) mic stands A custom model for frequencies lower than 490 MHz is available by special order.
The PWS HA-8089 Helical Antenna is available now at a suggested retail price of $499. For more information, visit "http://www.professionalwireless.com" target="_BlanK">www.professionalwireless.com. For more new sound reinforcement products, visit mixonline.com/livesound/products/.