Hitachi Kokusai Turkey has completed the design, construction and fitting out of a DSNG (Digital Satellite News Gathering) vehicle for Turkish broadcaster, FOX TV. Designed and built at Hitachi’s new facility in Istanbul, Turkey, the vehicle has been installed with PAL’S DriveNews PDA-150 1.5m satellite antenna system and Xicom’s XTD-400K high power amplifier (HPA).
The new vehicle provides FOX TV with an uplink facility capable of transmitting audio and video signals direct from remote news locations and events, from an OB production vehicle or a field-based ENG camera crew, direct to FOX’s broadcast centre via satellite.
“Hitachi has created a mobile uplink facility which provides features and functions that directly address our technical and operational needs,” commented Necip Kırçın, CTO at FOX TV. “The Hitachi team was able to integrate the very best technology from different manufacturers and create a DSNG vehicle that will meet our needs now and long into the future.”
PAL’s DriveNews PDA-150 is a fully motorized, 3-axis autopointing antenna system with shell and a 150cm dual optical reflector. Integrated with the PAC-350 antenna controller, the system offers plug and play broadcasting.
Xicom’s XTD-400K is a self-contained antenna-mountable high power amplifier designed for low cost installation and long life. The outdoor design eliminates the need for an amplifier shelter as well as a long waveguide run between the amplifier and the antenna feed horn.