Making Wireless Work

“Losing the wires without losing your mind”
The demand for wireless audio is increasing, while the available bandwidth is decreasing dramatically. The UHF auction is over and T-mobile is the new owner.  Are you up to the challenge of working with less bandwidth?


Sept. 26-27, 2017 – Dallas TX

  • Learn from the best in the industry.
  • Greater depth than manufacturer’s seminars
  • Principles apply to ALL brands
  • This event is only offered once each year.
  • Great networking opportunities
  • Approved for 16 RUs
  • Read about a previous Making Wireless Work event
  • Purchase includes one-year SynAudCon Membership
  • 2-day seminar: $750
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For years, the available UHF bandwidth for our industry extended to 800 MHz. It was decreased to 700MHz in 2008. The FCC just  auctioned another large portion of the spectrum to T-mobile, forcing the use of wireless mics to below 600 MHz. Our industry must cope with the loss of over 100 MHz of spectrum. How is this possible?

The manufacturers have been forced to introduce equipment in new RF bands. These frequencies (wavelengths) respond differently than what we have been dealing with. This seminar will help you increase the reliability of the existing wireless systems and integrate the new technologies into existing productions.

SynAudCon has assembled all-star staff James Stoffo, Karl Winkler, and Tim Vear to help you deal with these problems. James Stoffo works as a frequency coordinator for the Grammy Awards, Olympics, World Cup, Rose Bowl, and many others. Karl (Lectrosonics) and Tim (Shure) represent the manufacturers who make the hardware and assist their customers. They know the most common problems seen in the field.

This team teaches with enthusiasm. It is clearly their passion. The training combines lecture with active demonstrations to drive home the points.

The next 3 years will present greater challenges to the wireless microphone and intercom operator than in any 3-year period in the history of man-made radio on the planet. Wireless manufacturers are responding by introducing new wireless technologies in alternate radio spectrum. The hardware used to implement this technology will require new and innovative antenna systems and accessories. The SynAudCon Making Wireless Work course will teach the strategies and techniques required to implement and master wireless audio operations well in to the future. – James Stoffo

This all-star staff will be addressing the following:

  • How do I fit more channels into a lot less spectrum?
  • How do I increase the reliability and performance of my existing wireless mic systems?
  • How to implement new technologies outside of the traditional UHF spectrum into existing systems.
  • How do I deal with interference from lighting and video walls?
  • How do I evaluate new wireless mic systems and components?
  • What are the most effective transmit and receive antennas?

The major topics will include:

  • Wireless Microphone Technologies
  • Equipment that works in new RF bands
  • Frequency Coordination and Band Planning
  • RF Fundamentals
  • Antenna Selection and Placement
  • FCC and Spectrum Allocation Issues
  • Site Survey and Commissioning Procedures

Enjoy some photos from past Making Wireless Work seminars.Making Wireless Work Attendees

Making Wireless Work Presenters

Making Wireless Work Staff

One of the many demos during this training.

Breaktime - Great synergy among the attendees.

Sit down meals provides networking opportunities.



James StoffoJames Stoffo has been working in the RF field for his entire professional career. Starting out as a Radio Surveillance Technician in the US Navy Submarine Service, he later wrote a book on wireless the RF Coordination and Procedures Manual for the Olympics Committee used as the blue print for radio coordination at the Olympic Games.
After working as a field technician for Vega Wireless Systems, he founded Professional Wireless Systems, which continues to be among the top wireless audio providers in the US. James has worked as the Frequency Coordinator for many high profile special events including the World Cup, NBA All-Star game, NBA Finals, and the Rose Bowl. He has also served as the frequency coordinator for the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
James has also worked as the Wireless Microphone and Intercom operator on many large special events including fourteen consecutive Super Bowls, numerous Latin and English Grammy Awards, every Latin and English Billboard Music Awards since 2000, Video Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, and Country Music Awards. James designed the wireless audio systems for Microsoft Studios, most of the Cirque Du Soliel shows in the US, the NBC Sports Facility in Stamford Connecticut, numerous theme parks and attractions, and the QVC shopping Network, a 250,000 square foot facility with multiple studios on one combined antenna system.

Tim VearTim Vear is a native of the south side of Chicago (Go White Sox!). A lifelong interest in both entertainment and science has led to the field of audio as his choice for combining these interests in a useful way. Prior to joining Shure he worked as an engineer for recording, radio, and live sound, and operated his own recording studio and sound company. He continues to play music professionally. Tim holds a BS degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, with a minor in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. While at the University, Tim also worked as chief technician with both the Speech and Hearing Science and Linguistics departments.

Since joining Shure in 1984, Tim has served in a technical support and training capacity for several departments. He has been active in product and applications education for Shure customers, dealers, and installers, as well as company staff. His major goal has been to increase the understanding of quality audio by presenting technical information in a way that is thorough but still very accessible. Tim’s particular emphasis is on the contribution of proper selection and technique for both wired and wireless microphones.

In addition, Tim has done technical presentations for many industry organizations (NAB, NAMM, AES, and SBE), as well as for US government entities such as the White House Communication Agency and the US Air Force. Through his international assignments he has been fortunate to be able to deliver presentations in more than twenty countries and on all but one of the continents (still waiting for an offer from Antarctica ). He has provided specific applications assistance to various performing artists including the Rolling Stones and U2 and for theme parks such as Disney and Universal Studios.

While at Shure, Tim has authored several educational booklets including Selection and Operation of Wireless Microphone Systems and Audio Systems Guide for Houses of Worship.

His articles have also appeared in Recording Engineer Producer, Live Sound Magazine, Pro AV, Technologies for Worship, and Church Sound Magazine.

Karl WinklerKarl Winkler is Director of Business Development and a 10-year veteran of Lectrosonics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of wireless microphone, networked audio, and matrix mixing products for professional use. While at Lectrosonics, Karl has provided hundreds of frequency coordinations for theaters, broadcast studios, reality TV, feature film productions, major touring acts, and houses of worship. Karl also contributes a regular column for Live Sound International magazine, covering topics on the philosophy of sound, careers in the audio business, and technical topics including wireless microphone deployment.

Prior to Lectrosonics, Karl worked as Brand Manager for Neumann/USA and Business Area Manager for Professional Products at Sennheiser USA. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Karl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the University of Arizona and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Recording Arts from the University of Southern California. In his spare time, Karl enjoys time with his wife and daughter, and performing classical music in the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra and the Giovanni String Quartet.

Frequently Asked Questions


I am scheduling a flight, what are the class times?

The class starts at 8:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm each day. The doors to the classroom are open at 8:00 am. Typically, we do not end early on the last day.

What does the seminar fee include?

The fee includes the instruction, class materials (full color manual and certificate of completion), beverage service and lunch each day, and dinner on the first evening of the seminar.

How do I register?

You may register online, call 812-923-0174, or mail a check payable to

Synergetic Audio Concepts,
8780 Rufing Road,
Greenville IN 47124.

My company uses purchase orders, what is the best way to register?

Please call (812-923-0174) or email me (bbrown at your purchase order information. I will register you for the class and send you the required paperwork.

Will I get a confirmation after registering online?

You will receive an immediate confirmation and a credit card receipt if you sign up online. The receipt will include an activation key to that seminar. Please forward that key to the person who will be attending the seminar so they can activate the key with their information.

I will email you a confirmation receipt if the registration is processed by phone or USPS.
If you do not get it, check your SPAM filter. The message will be coming from bbrown at

I will send another email about a week before the class with last-minute reminders. It is very important. It will contain information about what to bring , location, times, special events etc.

Who provides lunch?

SynAudCon provides all-day beverage service and lunch each day. Lunch provides a great opportunity to network with others seminar attendees. If you need a special diet, tell me on the first morning. The hotels are usually very good at accommodating us.

What should I bring?

Just an enthusiastic attitude and with an eagerness to learn.

Hotel & Travel


September 26-27, 2017 – Dallas/Fort Worth TX area

Seminar Location: The seminar will be located at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts. It is located at 2351 Performance Dr. Richardson TX 75082.

Eisemann Center is located 25 miles from DFW airport (DFW) and 17 miles from Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL). The Dart Rail’s Galatyn Park Station on the Red Line is a few hundred feet away.

Hotel Sleeping Rooms:  Here are some options.

Seminar Information:

  • The seminar will be held in Hill Hall at the Eisemann Center
  • Seminar Times: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. We will have an optional Q & A evening session on Sept. 26th at 7 pm. The doors to the classroom are open at 7:30 am
  • The class materials include: Full Color Manual, Certificate of Completion, 16 Renewal Units and an 1-year membership to SynAudCon.
  • Meals: SynAudCon provides all-day beverage service and lunch. SynAudCon will also provide an evening meal on Sept. 26th.


“Best learning experience in 20 years.”

I have to say, it was one of the best learning experiences I’ve had in 20 years. Thank you!

Jacob Bartol

“Top Rank Instructors”

Top rate panel open to sharing hints, tips and past experiences to drive home the concepts. A ton of info but presented in a way that does not overwhelmed.

John Kauble

“I’ve faced a lot of the issues presented.”

I greatly appreciated the more advanced aspects of the presentations. My crew and I have faced a lot of the issues presented. It was nice to see the technical aspects of what caused it.

Rare opportunity to be with 71 other RF engineers – breaks and meals were informative and fun.

Gabe Johnson

“I go to a lot of RF Training.”

I go to a lot of RF training. This class was more informative because they provided real-life application along with theory.

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“I enjoyed their teaching method.”

I enjoyed the panel teaching method. They were well-prepared, worked well together, and kept things on track. Nice work on a wonderful training.

Brad Wadsworth

“Love it! Great Instructors.”

Love it! Great instructors – they were very knowledgeable and engaging. They covered a lot of information that is useful to me. I will apply it immediately.

Michael Prout

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