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America News Network installs Clear-Com communication system

The challenge to improve communications while controlling cost was recently faced and surmounted by the One American News Network (OANN).

Based on a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art production facility in San Diego, California, OANN was launched in 2013 by Herring Networks as 24/7 source for credible news. OANN is now available on U.S. cable and telecom providers and also maintains production facilities at 101 Constitution Ave, NW, across from our nation’s Capital.

This San Diego studio facility is also the home of AWE (A Wealth of Entertainment). AWE is a 24/7 lifestyle and entertainment network. Originally known as WealthTV, the network was founded in 2004 by Herring Networks.

The Herring Networks’ broadcast facility consists of two studios: Studio A is shared by AWE and OANN, while the newer Studio C is dedicated to OANN’s 24/7 live news service.

“We produce a lot of programming in OANN’s facilities, primarily live, but also recorded,” says Charles Herring, President of Herring Networks, Inc. “Because the news market we serve is highly competitive, the content we make has to be top-notch and of the highest broadcast quality. That’s why we sought an intercom system that would provide consistent, flexible, and reliable communications – in a form that wouldn’t take up more space than absolutely necessary.”

The Clear-Com Eclipse HX-PiCo

Studio C shown above is dedicated to OANN’s 24/7 live news service.

To ensure that OANN’s studio production goes without a hitch, Herring Networks selected Clear-Com’s Eclipse HX-PiCo digital matrix frame for its intercom system. The Clear-Com Eclipse HX-PiCo packs a lot of features into its 1RU frame.

Each Eclipse HX-PiCo provides up to 36 analog ports — 32 ports include an RS-422 — for full-duplex communications. A built-in display module and menu system makes setup quick and easy, enabling fast changes to input/output levels, routes and configurations.

Every Eclipse HX-PiCo frame has two power supplies for fail-safe redundancy, plus eight on-board general purpose inputs and outputs. This intercom system supports V-Series control keypanels, I-Series control keypanels, and all IMF interface modules including the AES Co-Ax for external panels.

Installed for OANN by Integrated Media Technologies, Inc., OANN’s production intercom system is comprised of a single Eclipse HX-PiCo digital matrix frame with a TEL-14 telephone interface card for POTS connectivity; three V-Series Rotary keypanels; an IFB-104 interface module; PS-702 power for TR-50 IFB talent receivers; and a HelixNet HMS-4X digital network partyline base station with two HLI-4W2 4-wire modules supplemented with six HelixNet HBP-2X Beltpacks. The system connects to a legacy Telex Adam CS using a Clear-Com FOR-22 interface.

In its Washington DC bureau, OANN is also installing an Eclipse HX-PiCo matrix frame with TEL-14 telephone interface card; three V-Series Push-button key panels; an IFB-104 interface module; PS-702 power for TR-50 IFB talent receivers; and two Voice2 IP gateways to provide a four-port trunk to the San Diego facility. When completed, OANN’s Washington DC production intercom will be able to seamlessly connect to the main studio in San Diego, creating one integrated communications network.

The Results

The very best systems are also the most invisible. Because they cause so little trouble, they allow their users’ attention to be focussed elsewhere.

Functionally, the Eclipse HX-PiCo’s compact 1 RU size “provides lots of available ports for the frame size,” Cornils notes. “It can be expanded with a second chassis to increase future capacity if needed in a non-blocking setup. We’ve had no issues interconnecting the Clear-Com system with the legacy intercom in Studio A. Best yet, the Eclipse HX-PiCo’s price is very cost-effective given its many features and small size!”

“The system works so well and is so reliable, that we almost take it for granted,” says Aaron Cornils, AWE/OANN’s Transport Engineer. “We know that once plugged in, our camera operators and production techs can all hear each other every time. The sound quality is very clear and clean, and the system is easy to configure and operate. In a world where so many things can go wrong, our Eclipse HX-PiCo doesn’t.”

“OANN is all about viewers getting a reliable source for information around the clock and letting viewers form their own opinions,” adds Charles Herring. “That’s what we did by selecting Clear-Com as our intercom provider, and the Eclipse HX-PiCo as our intercom system. It does everything we need, in a small and very affordable package.”

At a Glance
Height1RU
Number of Panel Compatible Ports32
Number of Analog Audio Ports4
Number of Expansion Modules1
Number of Power Supply Units2
Maximum Number of Ports Per System36 per system; 72 ports from 2 HX-PiCo linked matrices
Matrix Performance
Sample Rate48 kHz with 24-bit resolution
Frequency Response@ 48 kHz sampling: 30 Hz – 22 kHz ± 3 dBu
Crosstalk (adjacent channel)<–70 dBu
Matrix Interfaces
GPI inputs8 total; opto-isolated
GPI outputs (relays)8 total; isolated relay contacts
Network10/100 Base-T Ethernet
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