The Rane Paging RAD is a microphone preamp with a paging zone (scenario) selector that has an integrated push-to-talk switch. The Busy, Caution, and Ready indicators inform the end user when priorities clash. It accepts any standard gooseneck microphone (sold separately) and has built-in selectable 24V phantom power and a 13 dB pad. It normally sits on a desk or table, and has lockdown features for security.
Setting up paging in Halogen Software is as easy as adding zones to groups (called Scenarios), and then specifying the Scenarios into which each paging station can page into. The paging hardware (the Pager1 RAD) then displays the Scenario options available at that station. You can select the desired Scenario, and then a ready green light will indicate that all zones in that Scenario are ready to hear a message. You then press the talk button and speak into the microphone.
The Pager1 Paging RAD includes the following set of paging controls: a selectable list of available Paging Scenarios, a talk button, microphone signal and overload LEDs, and indicators for Busy, Caution, and Ready (referring to the selected Scenario).
The Busy indicator lights when zones in the selected scenario are in use by a higher or same priority page. The Caution indicator lights when zones in the selected scenario are in use by a lower priority page. The Ready indicator lights when all zones in the scenario are free to page into.