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BBC NI goes live with new DSNG vans

A new DSNG vehicle for BBC Northern Ireland being shown at IBC is one of 37 supplied by Megahertz over the last two years as part of the BBC framework for the provision of live broadcast vehicles.

The systems integrator is delivering two of these Type 3 vehicles to BBC NI, which will be used mainly for newsgathering. They will also cover sporting and other general broadcasting events across the UK and occasionally in Europe.

The vehicle being shown at IBC “will operate closer to the edge of the satellite footprint than other BBC region vehicles we’ve supplied, [so] it was crucial that we install the largest main satellite antenna physically possible,” said Robert Stopford, sales director, Megahertz.

The van is built on a 5.3-ton chassis and has a 1.6m AvL Technologies Ku-band SNG antenna mounted on the roof. Other equipment includes Evertz SPGs, a Blackmagic Design Atem vision mixer and a Snell Advanced Media 96-port router, all connected with Crystal Vision glue.

The weight limit and the space on the roof were restricted, “but we made optimum use of both to accommodate the mast, generator radiator, air conditioning and off-air satellite dish,” added Don Wilson, engineering manager, Megahertz.