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KTCB-TV turns to MRC for marathon coverage
For its live coverage of the 16th annual AT&T Austin Marathon Feb. 18, KTBC-TV, the FOX Television affiliate in Austin, TX, relied on Microwave Radio Communications (MRC) for an extensive microwave system.
The station used MRC's Link wireless camera-back radio to feed signals to the KTBC helicopter, which worked as a repeater. Those shots were downlinked at a central receive site on Mt. Larson.
MRC portable STRATA radios were used to establish two 13GHz backhauls. One transmitted audio and video between the studio and the AT&T tent monitoring the broadcast. Another provided a link to contribute additional video and audio content of the event.
Transmitters and receivers were configured for both analog and digital coverage to provide maximum flexibility. COFDM digital transmission was used for contribution, and analog backhaul transmission was used in distributing event coverage.
For more information, visit www.mrcbroadcast.com.