Question: How do I remote mount paddle antennas?
Answer: In an earlier Question of the Week we discussed methods for remote mounting antennas. Here we get more specific about how to mount our antenna paddles. Please note that Audio-Technica manufactures and sells the ATW-A49 UHF Wide-band Directional LPDA Antennas and also distributes the DFIN Diversity Fin™ Antenna manufactured by RF Venue. Whichever antenna you are using, it can be mounted in the ways suggested below.
Both antennas are fitted with a 5/8″-27 thread mount.
The 5/8″-27 thread is the standard thread found on microphone stands and microphone stand clamps, and many wireless microphone system users do mount the antennas on microphone stands. This works very well in portable setups such as those used for a touring band or as rental equipment.
For permanent installations there are other options. One method we commonly recommend is using the AT8663 A-mount flange. This mount is most often used to mount 5/8″-27 gooseneck microphones, but it also works very well for mounting a paddle antenna to a wall or desktop.
The AT8663 mounts to the wall or desktop and the antenna mounts to the 5/8″-27 threaded stud.
Quite often the AT8459 Swivel-mount Microphone Clamp Adapter is used in conjunction with the AT8663 A-mount flange.
This swivel mount is typically used to position microphones on drum sets, but, again, works very well in this paddle antenna application. The antenna can be attached to the AT8459, which is, in turn, attached to the AT8663. This allows the antenna to be positioned at multiple angles and aimed where you want it.
Please note that both antennas have a directional pickup angle and should be aimed at the transmitter. The small end of the antenna is the front.
For best performance, the antennas should be mounted:
- above head height
- in direct line-of-sight to the likely location(s) of the transmitter
- at least 3′ (1 m) away from each other
- at least 3′ (1 m) away from any large metal objects or sources of interference
If you have further questions, feel free to contact the Audio Solutions Department for assistance.