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Reno Station Relies on RF Central Gear for Balloon Event Coverage

RF Central gear at the Great Reno Balloon Race KRNV television in Reno, Nev., took to the skies, literally, for coverage of the largest hot-air balloon event in the country. In covering the Great Reno Balloon Race (Sept. 5-7), the station relied heavily on RF Central microwave equipment, deploying four camera-mounted transmitters and four rack-mount receivers to relay all of the activity for broadcast.

"When broadcasting in HD, it is important that we are able to transmit and convey an intact HD signal from remote cameras in order to maintain picture quality," said David Feher, director of engineering for Sunbelt Communications, the parent company of KRNV. "Through RF Central's CMT-IIs and RMR-IIs, we are able to capture pristine images that really bring the experience home to the viewers."

KRNV used the camera-mounted units to transmit event coverage back to a central receive point at its satellite production van.

The three-day balloon event typically fills Reno area skies with multi-colored hues from more than 100 free balloons. The Great Reno Balloon Race has been a regular event for more than 25 years.