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Social Media WireLists51 350pxWireless Designer’s new Zone feature (v2.0.30 for Windows and v2.0.25 for Mac and later versions) allows you to coordinate multiple zones, where some may need to consider intermod interaction and some may not. It is a good way to not only coordinate and monitor a large number of channels in a single facility or studio complex, but also to maximize the number of channels available for use.

You can create zones offline, by doing your band planning prior and loading the project file on the set, or while you are physically on set. Before you begin, it is helpful to know where the clear frequencies are in your area. New Endian’s FreqFinder app or IAS from Professional Wireless Systems can help.

Social Media WireLists50 350pxIf you find that the USB on your DSQD or M2R is not allowing you to make firmware updates or connect to Wireless Designer, but your unit is otherwise operating normally, you may need an EEPROM update.

EEPROM stands for Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory and is a board chip integrated in electronic devices to store small amounts of data by allowing individual bytes to be erased and reprogrammed. EEPROM chips in Lectrosonics equipment control the behavior of the USB jack. Fortunately, updating your EEPROM is something you will rarely, if ever, have a need to do. But if it does need to be done, doing it yourself will save valuable time in not having to send it in to us.

Social Media WireLists48 350pxWhile most repairs should be done by us at the factory, there are some that you can do yourself. If the buttons on your SR receiver seem “soft” (they no longer “click” when pressed) or are slow to respond, or the keypad looks the worse for wear, you can easily replace it. 

Before you begin, assemble the following tools:

  • SR Keypad. For SR, SRa and SRb, the Lectrosonics Part Number is 48093. For the SRc, it is 48626.
  • Static grounding strap*
  • Small flathead and Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Small needle nose pliers or electronics tweezers
  • GooGone or similar adhesive remover
  • Lint-free wipe or paper towel
  • Soldering iron and solder wick
  • (Optional) Black Sharpie

Social Media WireLists47Today's wideband systems can easily overlap each other, which makes frequency band planning a necessity. In the US our wideband units cover 470 to 608 MHz; in Europe that goes up to 614 MHz. When working out of a bag, attention to avoiding frequency overlap between talent receivers and hop or IFB transmitters is doubly crucial, as these units sit in close physical proximity to each other. The goal is to keep different types of RF system spectrums separated from each other so that they don't cause interference and disrupt each other's range and performance. Proper band planning avoids overlap and interference issues.

Three general suggestions before you plan:

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  3. Wire List #44 – Improved Frequency and Phase Response With Our New Wireless Systems
  4. Wire List #43 – Connecting to Wireless Designer Through A Personal Network: 
The Mac version
  5. Wire List #42 – Connecting To Wireless Designer Through A Personal Network, Using A Router or a Switch
  6. Wire List #41 – 7 Easy Steps to Streaming Online with Lectrosonics Duet
  7. Wire List #40 – Two Steps To Free A Trapped TA-5 Connector
  8. Wire-Lists #39: Distancing with Dante
  9. Wire-Lists #38: Solo Use of the Walk Test Recorder in Wireless Designer in 5 Easy Steps
  10. Wire-Lists #37: Custom Tuning Ranges + 4 Other Cool Things in Wireless Designer
  11. Wire-Lists #36: Additional Tricks for Gain Staging Transmitters and Receivers with Recorders - Part 2
  12. Wire-Lists #35: Two Pros Share Tricks for Gain Staging Transmitters and Receivers with Recorders – Part 1
  13. Wire-Lists #34: A Quick Primer on Setting Audio Input Gain On Wireless Mic Transmitters
  14. Wire-Lists #33: Hey! What's That Sound?
  15. Wire-Lists #32: 4 Quick Tips for Antenna Performance
  16. Wire-Lists #31: Improving Signal to Noise Ratios with PF25 Filters
  17. Wire-Lists #30: Maintaining Social Distancing With Dante-Enabled Equipment
  18. Wire-Lists #29: 4 Tips to Improving Your Wireless Signal To Noise Ratio
  19. Wire-Lists #28: Five Tips for Troubleshooting Wireless Mics
  20. Wire-Lists #27: Advice for Navigating The Block 19/470 Overlap
  21. Wire-Lists #26: Developing Sanitation Protocols for Lav Work:
  22. Wire-Lists #25: 5 Best Practices and Tips for Creating An Online Worship Experience
  23. Wire-Lists #24: Making A Coaxial Dipole Antenna With 6 Items, In 8 Easy Steps
  24. Wire-Lists #23: Phantom Power with M2Rs and Other Receivers, plus 6 Best Practices
  25. Wire-Lists #22: 5 Steps To Getting The Most Out Of The Broadcast Loop
  26. Wire-Lists#21: The #1 Way To Get Flawless Wedding Video Sound With MTCR
  27. Wire-Lists#20: Equipment Disinfection
  28. Wire-Lists#19: ETSI standards, 75 and 50 kHz Deviation for Transmitters, and You
  29. Wire-Lists#18: Everything You Need To Know About Firmware Updates: Part 3
  30. Wire-Lists#17: Everything You Need To Know About Firmware Updates: Part 2
  31. Wire-Lists#16: Everything You Need To Know About Firmware Updates: Part 1
  32. Wire-Lists#15: 4 Things To Check Before We Fix Your Equipment
  33. Wire-Lists#14: My Transmitter Took A Bath! Now What? 5 Steps To Help (plus a bonus tip).
  34. Wire-Lists#13: Three HM Transmitter Hacks (aka “MacGyvers”) for Desperate Situations
  35. Wire-Lists#12: Popular Receiver Antenna Combos
  36. Wire-Lists#11: Popular Transmitter Antenna Combos
  37. Wire-Lists#10: 1 Tip to Identify Types, and 9 Ways To Prevent Wireless Mic RF Drop-Outs
  38. Wire-Lists#9: Three Wireless Designer Tips and Tricks
  39. Wire-Lists#8: Why Are You Holding Your Mic Like That? The Dos and Don’ts of RF Attenuation
  40. Wire-Lists#7: Cold Weather Care for Transmitters, Mics and Receivers
  41. Wire-Lists#6: Preventing Pogo Pin Failure In Your SSM
  42. Wire-Lists#5: 4 Ways to Mangle Your Mic
  43. Wire-Lists#4: SM Transmitter Cleaning – Tips for Battery Doors and 5-Pin Jacks
  44. Wire-Lists#3: Lessons On Battery Care For The Long Ranger
  45. Wire-Lists#2: My Transmitter Doesn’t Work! Three Things To Check
  46. Wire-Lists#1: The 4 Don’ts for Preventing Sick Transmitters

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