This post goes out to all of my pastor and teacher friends who use wireless lapel microphones. There are certain habits that seem like they may be helpful. Maybe even genius. And some of those habits are undermining the health of your wireless lapel systems.
Be honest! Do you or anyone you know:
- Forget to turn off the wireless pack when they are done using it?
- Use cheap, rechargeable batteries?
- Leave batteries in an unused pack for over a month?
- Wrap the microphone cable around the bodypack to store it?
- Bend the microphone cable back on itself? Or at an angle greater than 90 degrees?
- Tie up the microphone cable in a big knot to shorten its length?
- Use the microphone clamp to secure it to either the cable or bodypack?
Each of these habits can harm or even destroy components in your wireless microphone systems. The best advice – do the opposite! As there are so many things that we could add to the above list, I try to simplify it all to my clients. This is what I tell all of my customers after I install a new wireless lapel system in their building:
“Feed them well, keep them loose, and store them in a bag.”
Feed them well with quality batteries for each and every use. Part of the expense of owning wireless systems is the batteries they require. If you feed yourself a bad, inadequate diet, you will suffer. Same goes for your wireless systems.
Keep your cables loose, and they will serve you better, longer. Each lapel microphone has roughly 5 conductors in their tiny cables, which includes the shield. These conductors are extremely tiny! Bend them back and forth too many times and they will break. The more extreme the bend, the better the chance to break. Therefore, when you use your lapel microphones, keep the cable as loose (straight) as possible. That means no clumping the cable together (like you see in the above picture) to shorten the cable. That also means no big bends at the body pack as you attach it to your pants or shirt.
Store them in a bag – simple and effective. I use gallon freezer bags and write a label for the microphone right where you would write a food expiration date. They are liquid proof, they allow you to make large cable coils (“keep them loose”), and they keep the microphones and packs separated from the other wireless systems you have.
There it is. Simple isn’t it?? Make sure you tell everyone about this.