Kaltman Creations Launches the RF-Compass Antenna Tracker System

by Michael Eddy
The RF-Compass Automated Antenna Tracker System from Kaltman Creations
The RF-Compass Automated Antenna Tracker System from Kaltman Creations

Kaltman Creations launches the RF-Compass™ an automated antenna tracker system for wireless microphones and IEM equipment. This new addition to Kaltman Creations’ Invisible Waves™ brand brings automation technology into the pro audio wireless arena, with an automated antenna tracking system designed to improve the links between wireless transmitters and receivers. The goal of the RF-Compass system is to always keep the antenna pointed directly at the wireless transmitter, regardless of where the performer may move.

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For Kaltman Creations, the RF-Compass was the natural next step for their Invisible Waves product line. Typical paddle antennas and helical antennas have a beam pattern of 60–120˚, which may not give sufficent coverage when a performer moves outside of the antenna’s ‘line of sight.’ This causes signal gain to decrease dramatically, potential interference and drop outs. Equipping directional antennas with the ability to pan and rotate to track performers’ movements helps eliminate these wireless risks.

The RF-Compass system consists of two parts: the RF-Compass servo-controlled automatic panning device and a 5.8GHz multi-channel miniature transmitter called the RF-Beacon™. The RF-Beacon includes a belt-pack mounting clip, but it is also small enough to simply be carried in a performer’s pocket, clipped onto a belt, or sewn into a costume. With a performer carrying the Beacon, the servo unit is able to bi-angulate the signal and pans around to follow the transmission source. The UHF antenna is mounted on top allowing it to also rotate to follow the movement of the performer and its own wireless transmitter.

The RF-Compass Servo Unit mounts to any standard microphone stand, and is compatible with any paddle or flat-panel directional antenna (including the Invisible Waves CPAntenna™). The Servo Unit is able to rotate up to 360 ˚, and will precisely track the location of the RF-Beacon transmitter within an operating distance of over 250-feet. Each RF-Compass unit and directional antenna is dedicated to one specific performer, but up to 40 RF-Compass units may be used simultaneously without interference. For A/B diversity, two Servo Units may share the same Beacon channel.

The RF-Compass™ System starts at $598 (1 Servo Unit and 1 RF-Beacon), with packages including a compatible IWxCPAntenna™ starting at $725, and will be available to ship in February 2017. For more information on the Invisible Waves product line or to pre-order the RF-Compass, please call 864-885-0500, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit https://www.kaltmancreationsllc.com.