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Who uses Technomad military PA systems?

Technomad Military PA Systems are uses by all branches of the US Armed forces, by the White House Communications Agency, by the UK MOD, and by other national armed forces. Applications include combat simulationpresentations and ceremonial use, psyops, base-wide paging, deployed site communications, Giant Voice / Mass Notification / Big Voice systems, ship stand-off / warning systemsmobile / vehicle mounted audio, and much more. Technomad systems are idea for FEMA CPG 1-17 / UFC 4-021-01 alerting applications.

What kind of power do they require?

Standard Technomad Military PA systems (MilPA1, MilPA2, MilPA3, and MilPA4) operate off of standard 110/120V AC power. A 10A circuit provides ample current. “DC” Technomad Military PA systems (MilPA1DC, MilPA2DC, MilPA3DC, MilPA4DC) systems operate from BOTH 110/120V AC AND from 24 volt DC power. The 24 volt system must be provided current of at least 65A to drive the PA continuously at full power (fewer peaks current is needed if you are not playing the system at full volume, or playing audio without heavy bass content). For vehicle mounted systems, we suggest a minimum alternator power of 100A.

What is the difference between the standard Turnkey PA Systems and the Modular PA systems?

Technomad Turnkey Military PA Systems are complete, ready-to-use PA systems which include IP56 rated weatherproof loudspeakers, a control rack with a mixer, amp, microphone, CD player, tripods, speaker cables, etc. They are delivered pre-wired, and ready to use. They are the best choice for all-around military audio use, because they can handle everything from voice paging to music playback to siren generation (with the optional Warning Tone Generator). Note that the Turnkey PA systems can handle very large areas – up to 1 mile radius from the PA system in the case of the Turnkey MilPA4.

For some applications where you need to link a bunch of PA systems together, it may be unnecessary for EVERY PA system to have a microphone and CD player, warning tone generator, etc. In this case, you’d use Turnkey Modular PA Systems. There is an “Audio Source Pack” – a small rack containing the CD player, mixer, and hand-held microphone – which generates audio signal. You’d then send this signal to “Output Packs” – integrated packages of loudspeakers / amplifiers / tripods / speaker cables etc. – using either the Fiber Optic Link Kits or the Wireless Link Kits. In essence, the Audio Source Pack is the “brain” that provides audio to all the Output Packs. Another way to look at it is that the four Output Packs (Output Pack 1, Output Pack 2, Output Pack 3, Output Pack 4) are the exact same thing as the Turnkey PA Systems (MilPA1, MilPA2, MilPA3, MilPA4), but without the CD player and the microphone. The Output Packs need to be fed an audio signal to operate.

Here are some applications where you might want to consider using the Modular PA approach: if you want to generate audio in a command post but you want install the loudspeakers cluster somewhere else, you’d select one Audio Source Pack, appropriate Link Kits (fiber optic or wireless), and an Output Pack with the range and coverage pattern you want. Or, if you want to create a permanently-installed base-wide PA system, you would use an Audio Source Pack to send signal (via the appropriate Link Kits) to several Output Packs installed around the facility.

Note that for deployed applications, you still might want to select all Turnkey PA systems – that way if you need to reconfigure the base, or use the PA systems by themselves, any single PA system will be able to operate stand-alone and play CDs, generate sound from the microphone etc. Also, that way any Turnkey PA System can be used as the source of audio for the whole base if needed – a good level of redundancy. Technomad sales can help you determine if a Turnkey PA or Modular PA approach is right for you.

Where can I install them?

Technomad Military PA systems can be installed on any vehicle, ship, or building using the optional wall-mounting brackets. All Technomad Turnkey Military PA systems also include tripods for deployed / field use. Technomad military PA systems can be used virtually everywhere.

How clear / intelligible will speech be through a Military PA system?

Technomad Military PA systems offer unmatched speech and voice clarity free of horn-mouth distortion and the compressed frequency range of other systems. The result: speech instructions are clear, intelligible, and natural sounding, even at the full operating power of the system. This is more than a luxury – clear speech is essential in emergency situations. Most horn based systems cannot provide the clarity, intelligibility and realism of a Technomad military PA system. This is critical not just for speech, but for Psyops and music playback applications as well. Choose Technomad Military PA systems for the best voice clarity available.

Can I get Technomad Military PA systems wet?

Yes! Technomad loudspeakers are designed for permanent installation and mobile use outdoors. They can be mounted to a vehicle or building without fear of weather damage (of course, proper installation instructions must be followed). The “control racks” – amplifier / mixer racks – can get wet when in case mode, but should be protected from moisture when in-use.

Can the systems be run from solar panels?

Yes. If your solar system charges a 24V battery rig, then the Technomad Military PA can be driven from the batteries (just as in a vehicle mounted system). Note that the length of time the system will operate is determined by the amp-hour capacity of the battery rig, the recharge rate provided by the solar panels, and by the type of audio the PA system is reproducing. Technomad Military PA systems require at least 65A of 24V current to drive them at full power with full-range audio. If you are playing audio without heavy bass content (i.e. speech, sirens) then the battery draw will be much less than 65A. Technomad Sales can help you design a solar power system to drive a Technomad PA.

Does Technomad offer WIRELESS controlled PA systems?

Yes. Technomad offers optional wireless link kits which allow you to send audio from any audio source to one (or many) receivers – while preserving CD quality sound. The link kits are commonly used to relay audio from one “master” turnkey PA system to remote PA systems. Technomad Sales can help you design your wireless application. The system employs a proprietary digital audio encoding system with powerful error correction. The result is VASTLY better audio than typical analog military audio systems, especially narrowband systems. CD-quality sound is preserved throughout the wireless link. The system is available in an encrypted version if needed. Advantages of the digital wireless link over typical UHF military radios include: better speech clarity, excellent music playback quality, and excellent PSYOPS / sound effects playback quality.