Course to offer SNG operations training

UK satellite and RF system consultant and integrator BeaconSeek will conduct a three-day training course on the basics of satellite newsgathering (SNG) operation.

The course will be held May 14-16 at the Putteridge Bury Conference Centre, at the University of Bedfordshire, in Luton, UK.

Designed for students ranging from complete satellite beginners, such as cameramen, producers and editors, to intermediate-level operators, the course will present students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to operate an SNG uplink, including flyaway and vehicle-based units. Enrollment will be held to a maximum of six students.

Course highlights include:

  • Understanding satellite orbits, including low-earth orbit, geostationary and inclined
  • Satellites used in newsgathering
  • Satellite configuration, include frequency bands used for uplinking and downlinking
  • Polarization
  • Transponder organization
  • Using a spectrum analyzer
  • Modulation and forward error correction
  • Finding and identifying satellites
  • Conducting site surveys
  • Safety issues
  • Practical exercises covering using flyaways, SNG vehicles and auto-acquisition systems.

Students also will receive a copy of “Introduction to SNG & ENG Microwave,” signed by author and principal course instructor Jonathan Higgins.

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