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Clear-Com Unveils ‘Tempest2400’ Wireless Intercom

The MasterBelt system provides the advanced features of a rack-mounted base station

Clear-Com, a producer of voice communication systems, unveiled the Tempest2400 MasterBelt digital wireless intercom which is designed for smaller, more mobile applications such as live outdoor productions or tour-guide setups.

The Tempest2400 MasterBelt offers all the advanced features, reliability and robustness of the Tempest2400 rack-mount BaseStation, including the new version 3.0 features, in a compact, portable and easy-to-deploy package that can be conveniently worn on the hip, Clear-Com says.

In addition, the Tempest2400 MasterBelt provides users the ability to coordinate and communicate hands-free within the form of a Tempest2400 BeltStation, according to the company. The unit can be paired with any standard Tempest2400 CP-222 two-channel BeltStation to create a full-featured, two-channel system in the 2.4-GHz band. The MasterBelt itself also functions as a BeltStation, allowing communications between up to six full-duplex wireless users.

Designed to be comfortable, rugged and robust, the Tempest2400 and all Tempest BeltStations can operate in harsh weather conditions and are protected by a durable, weather-resistant ABS co-polymer blend with a high-performance polyurethane overmold, Clear-Com says. The MasterBelt includes a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery capable of up to eight hours of operation, or can be powered by three standard AA alkaline batteries as a backup, providing four hours of operations, according to the firm.

“The Tempest2400 system has proven itself as the ‘go-to’ communications solution for live productions, operating interference-free even when other wireless devices are in the same vicinity,” says Craig Frederickson, Clear-Com’s wireless product manager. “The MasterBelt is the latest development in the Tempest2400 line, giving users an even more flexible alternative for smaller mobile applications where a stationary BaseStation is not desirable, feasible or optimal, such as live outdoor theater productions, concerts or even as a tour-guide system,” he said.

The Tempest2400 operates in 80MHz of spectrum in the 2.4-GHz ISM frequency band. Tempest wireless systems do not interfere with traditional wireless microphone or in-ear monitor systems that operate in the UHF band, Clear-Com says. Because of its frequency hopping spread spectrum technology, the Tempest system does not compete with signals from other 2.4-GHz wireless devices, minimizing frequency coordination and enabling flawless performance. Further, with state-of-the-art redundant data transmit (2xTX), which sends each packet of audio data twice on different frequencies, the system ensures uninterrupted audio communications.