Louisville, Kentucky, May 15, 2008 – Heavy rain did not dampen WAVE-TV’s live weekend coverage of the 134th Kentucky Oaks and Derby coverage, which reaped unforeseen benefits using Nucomm’s CamPac 2 wireless transmitter and Newcaster DR diversity receiver.
While televising the 12 races taking place on the Friday prior to the Oaks, inclement weather soaked the Churchill Downs area, leaving the NBC affiliate scrambling for refuge to sustain its eight hour broadcast. Despite having the change in its production plans, WAVE-TV Chief Engineer Jim Sears says having Nucomm’s wireless transmitter and receiver equipment made for a seamless on-location transition.
“In using Nucomm’s gear, we were able to establish a two-antenna diversity receive,” says WAVE-TV Chief Engineer Jim Sears, “This delivered one strong, robust signal that allowed us to report from inside without losing video,” says Sears.
Sears adds that the CamPac 2 proved most efficient as well. “By having the CamPac 2, we were able to roam about freely without having to worry about limitations due to cabling and were given the opportunity to capture a great deal of man on the street interviews and crowd shots.”
To provide comprehensive coverage of all of the race action that took place during the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, WAVE-TV had several talents reporting live on site. Saturday’s Kentucky Derby broadcast involved 12 hours of ongoing interviews with spectators and video of the paddock area, where the horses were readied prior to the race. In addition, WAVE-TV used Nucomm’s CamPac 2 and Newscaster DR for The Great Bed Races that took place earlier in the week.
Nucomm, Inc. is a worldwide provider of premier digital and analog video microwave systems (including COFDM and VSB) for the broadcasting industry’s portable and fixed link applications. Offering video microwave transmission equipment for the military, law enforcement, telecom and cable television circuits, Nucomm’s products have helped revolutionize live broadcast coverage of major outdoor events including sports, auto racing, marathons and parades. Nucomm, along with RF Central and Microwave Service Company, forms the Vitec Group RF Systems business unit, part of Vitec Group Broadcast Systems Division. For more information about Nucomm, visit www.nucomm.com.
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