Set the RF Channel
If you are going to use your UltraSync ONE in an RF network, you need to set its RF channel to match the other Timecode Systems devices in the network. (An RF network is a group of Timecode Systems products that all use the same RF channel for radio communications).
You need to set the RF Channel when:
- You first set up your UltraSync ONE to join an RF network
- You want to move your UltraSync ONE from one RF network to another
- You are changing the master device in the RF network. Your UltraSync ONE needs to have its RF Channel reset if you introduce a different master device, even if the same channel is going to be used.
Note: UltraSync ONEs can only be part of one RF network. To move an UltraSync ONE between networks, change the UltraSync ONE's RF Channel, and then restart the unit.
To set your UltraSync ONE to join an RF network:
Make sure your UltraSync ONE is switched on (see Switch UltraSync ONE On and Off).
Press the Select button.
- Use the Up and Down buttons to scroll to the Set RF Channel No. option.
Press the Select button.
- Use the Up and Down buttons to set the UltraSync ONE to the same channel number as the other devices in the RF network.
Press the Select button to confirm.
Look at the main screen to find out which channel a UltraSync ONE is set to use. The channel is shown in the bottom-right corner, next to the battery indicator.
In the image above, Ch.CE03 indicates that the UltraSync ONE is set to run in the Europe region (CE) and use RF Channel 03.
Example 1: Join an RF network
Let's say you have three UltraSync ONE units and a :pulse unit. The :pulse unit is set to be the 'master' and uses RF Channel 4.
To get the UltraSync ONE units to synchronise with the :pulse unit, you need to set all three of the UltraSync ONEs to use RF Channel 4. They also need to be set to the correct country/area and to run in RF Slave mode.
With these settings in place, the master :pulse unit will connect to the slave UltraSync ONEs and provide them with timecode (as long as the slave UltraSync ONEs are within range of the master).
Example 2: Multiple RF networks in range
Let's say you have six UltraSync ONEs and two :pulse units and you want to arrange them in separate RF networks. For the purpose of this example, we will assume you want three UltraSync ONEs in each network, but you could allocate them differently if you wanted.
For the first network, you set the :pulse and the three UltraSync ONEs to have the correct country/area setting and to use RF Channel 4. You set the :pulse to run as the master and the UltraSync ONEs to run in RF Slave mode. The :pulse and the three UltraSync ONEs are all in the RF Channel 4 BLINK network.
For the second network, you set the :pulse and the three UltraSync ONEs to have the correct country/area setting and to use RF Channel 6. You set the :pulse to run as the master and the UltraSync ONEs to run in RF Slave mode. The :pulse and the three UltraSync ONEs are all in the RF Channel 6 BLINK network.
The two networks are completely separate and the devices in one network will not communicate with devices in another network.
Example 3: Replacing a Master in an RF Network
If you need to change the master device in an RF network, you may need to set the RF channels again. This is because the slaves store the master and channel details in memory, and need to be refreshed if a different master is used.
Let's say you have a :pulse as master and three slave UltraSync ONEs. They are all set to use RF Channel 05. The UltraSync ONEs all synchronise with the master correctly and filming begins.
Unfortunately, there is an accident and the :pulse gets damaged. You have another :pulse unit available, and so you swap it for the damaged one. You set the new :pulse to use RF Channel 05, but the slave UltraSync ONEs do not connect with it. This is because they are 'locked' to the :pulse that was damaged.
To get them to connect to the replacement :pulse, you can either turn the UltraSync ONE slaves off and then on again to refresh their memory. Alternatively, you can try setting them to use RF Channel 5 again.
For details on country/area, see Set the RF Country/Area.
For details on RF Slave mode, see Set the Timecode Mode.
To learn more about master and slave relationships, see Networks and Modes.