Using Custom Channels

Custom Channels are used to include wireless channels into a frequency coordination even though they don't belong to the equipment connected to Wireless Designer. These channels might be:

They can be created one at a time, or imported from a file.

Note - Custom Channels are not stored in connected devices. Be sure to export them to a custom channel file or save the session to file if you need to recall them later.

 

 

 

Custom Channels are shown in the Custom Channels view:

In this view only Custom Channels are shown, numbered in this case as channels 1 and 2.

They also appear in the Channels (All Frames) view when the Session is selected in the tree view:

 Here they are appended to the 12 channels contained in the connected receiver frames, numbered as channels 13 and 14.

Custom Channels are also shown in the Frequency Coordination View's Channel List:

Here they appear at the end of the list. "Custom" appears in the Type column for each and the Frame and Channel columns are empty because they don't belong to a receiver frame.

1. Create a Custom Channel

Right click the Custom Channels icon in the tree view and choose Add Custom Channel... from the popup menu.

The Add Custom Channel dialog will open:

This is used to define the Custom Channel. It has the following controls:

When done click OK.

In this example a Lectrosonics IFB channel is defined on block 22. It is locked because changing the frequency of the system in response to a frequency coordination would be inconvenient. This can be changed later if necessary.

2. Export Custom Channels to File

Custom Channels are preserved in session files, but they may also be exported to a small file of their own for later recall and use within any session.

Right click the Custom Channels icon in the tree view and choose Export Custom Channels To File... from the popup menu.

The Save As dialog opens:

Browse to the desired location in the file system. Give the file a meaningful name and click Save.

3. Import Custom Channels from File

Custom Channels can be imported into a session from one of two different file formats:

Right click the Custom Channels icon in the tree view and choose Import Custom Channels From File... from the popup menu.

The Open dialog will open:

Browse to the desired location in the file system. Select the file type from the drop down list.

To import from a Wireless Designer custom channel file, choose the Custom Channel Files type.

If Custom Channels already exist in the session, this dialog will open:

You may choose to replace them with the imported channels, append the imported channels to them, or cancel the operation.

To import from an IAS HTML coordination report, choose the IAS Coordination Report type.

Choose the file and click Open. One of these dialogs will appear:

IAS reports contain TV channel information. Click Import TV Channels if you wish to enable these channels in the Frequency Coordination view.

If Custom Channels already exist in the session, you may choose to replace them with the imported channels, append the imported channels to them, or cancel the operation.

Tip - When importing TV channel data from an IAS report file, the TV station locale indicated in the report must match your current locale setting. If not, a "Locale Mismatch" error dialog will appear and the TV channel data will not be imported.

 

 

 

4. Edit a Custom Channel

Right click a Custom Channel to open the channel menu.

Several options are shown here:

Choose Settings... to open the Edit Custom Channel dialog.

Shortcut - double clicking a channel also opens the Edit Custom Channel dialog.

 

 

It has the following controls:

 When done, click OK.

Note - Custom Channels are not stored in connected devices. Be sure to export them to a custom channel file or save the session to file if you need to recall them later.

 

 

 

5. Clear All Custom Channels

Right click the Custom Channels icon in the tree view and choose Clear All Custom Channels from the popup menu.

All Custom Channels will be removed from the session.

Note - Custom Channels are not stored in connected devices. Be sure to export them to a custom channel file or save the session to file if you need to recall them later.

 

 

 

6. Custom Channels in Frequency Coordination Reports

Custom Channels are listed in Wireless Designer Frequency Coordination Reports.

They appear in the CUSTOM CHANNELS table.