Link 1500 HD Helps ESPN Play the Ponies

Twenty-eight HD cameras helped ESPN cover the 24th Breeders' Cup Classic from Monmouth Park in New Jersey. Connecting those cameras were Microwave Radio Communications Link 1500 HD wireless camera transmitter systems.

Aerial Video Systems of Burbank, Calif., supplied the MRC equipment to ESPN for its live coverage.

ESPN had cameras mounted in cars to track the race leaders, an overhead blimp, and other cameras around the track. The modular Link 1500 HD system provided flexibility in terms of HD and SD images and frequency usage.

"The Link 1500 HD's new modular design provides for quick switch out of the RF section, which gives us the versatility of using multiple frequency bands" stated AVS President Randy Hermes, "while the ease of frequency conversion gives us the flexibility to work away from the congestion normally found in the 2 GHz band."

Curlin, ridden by Robby Albarado, won the 24th Breeders' Cup Classic, covering the 1¼ miles in 2:00.59 to net the $5 million purse.