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February 26, 2008 Selects On Call Communications QuickSPOTTM Automated SNG System to Provide Live News Coverage on their Speciale America 2008 Roadtrip

Irvine, California - (February 26, 2008) - From day one of the Primary Elections SKYTG24, the Italian all news channel, covered the US political landscape on a road trip from New Hampshire to Florida. Sending daily live news shots and interviews from locations around the US for broadcast in Italy, they gave Italian viewers an inside look at American politics. selected On Call Communications 96cm QuickSPOTTM Fly and Drive Automated SNG system to carry their content from the field locations to the studio. The MPEG-4 video feeds broadcast from the mobile unit were turned around at Intelsat's teleport in Atlanta, GA and sent to Italy over Intelsat's GXS network. chose the QuickSPOTTM Fly and Drive system for the ease of use provided by the automated system. A single button deploys the system to find the satellite and login to the OnDemand satellite Network; in about five minutes the system is ready for transmission of live MPEG 4 video. Mounted on top of a rental SUV, the system was installed in about half an hour and after a brief training session, the crew was on their way covering the primaries live.


Flavio Maspes, Foreign Desk Supervisor for SkyTG24 describes the project; "We followed all the primaries until Super Tuesday. In 40 days we covered more than 9000 KM, producing and transmitting live and transferring at least one story package a day using store and forward. QuickSPOTTM offered us a good and reliable service with On Call reacting very quickly when we had the only problem during this production."


SkyTG24 also used the QuickSPOTTM OnDemand satellite service. The service is ideally suited for the brief news pieces produced on the road since it requires no advance scheduling and usage is billed by the minute.


View SkyTG24 election coverage on the web at


About On Call Communications


On Call Communications, headquartered in Orange County, CA provides rapid-deployment satellite systems for broadcasting, disaster recovery, commercial and governmental clients. Specializing in mobile communications systems, On Call offers an array of portable, auto-deploy antennas to fit virtually any situation. Conveniently packaged, pre-configured baseband electronics allow users to connect video, phone and data applications within minutes of deployment. Contact: Erin Ludden 949-707-4729 x 25



WEAU-TV (Eau Claire, WI) Showcases their new QuickSPOT system to SBE Chapter December-16-2013 December-16-2013

Society of Broadcast Engineers Picnic featuring QuickSPOT SNG satellite system
On September 3rd, Todd Ritchie and Ron Viste of WEAU (Eau Claire, WI) hosted Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Chapter 112 of Western Wisconsin for their annual steak picnic, which provided a great opportunity for the station to showcase their new QuickSPOT vehicle.  

Tim Jackson from On Call Communications was on hand to describe the system and provide an overview of the On Call QuickSPOT product, which greatly simplifies the process and increases affordability for satellite news gathering.  SBE members representing other stations from the LaCrosse/Eau Claire DMA were able to see for the first time how a hybrid TVU/satellite on-demand system can increase news coverage capabilities at a fraction of the cost of a traditional satellite news gathering vehicle.Get reliable, dedicated  high speed satellite Internet uplinks anywhere with QuickSPOT  

“We are thrilled to have recently rolled out our new QuickSPOT vehicle and look forward to getting our news crews comfortable with the simplicity and flexibility of the hybrid TVU/satellite system.  We are the only station in the market that won’t be limited by cellular and microwave limitations,” says Ron Viste of WEAU.  

Society Broadcast Engineers learns how to use their bonded cellular backpack over an IP satellite linkOn Call’s Tim Jackson states, “we were pleased to be part of SBE Chapter 112’s meeting and to show others in the market the features, benefits and simplicity of the QuickSPOT system.  We’re proud to support WEAU as the market leader in the LaCrosse-Eau Claire market as they greatly expand their newsgathering capabilities.”

On Call Supports CBS News Teams Live in Haiti Using QuickSPOT Satellite News Gathering Systems June-15-2010

On Call Communications sprung into action again in support of CBS News in Haiti providing live and taped video feeds, internet access and phone lines for their news teams covering the earthquake using the QuickSPOT satellite news gathering system.


 CBS News In Haiti uses QuickSPOT satellite news gathering system



On Call used the very portable QuickSPOT 96 centimeter fly and drive satellite news gathering antenna to establish a high speed internet pipe which CBS News crews used for their video and communications needs. The system transmitted both live and edited standard definition MPEG-4 video feeds for the producers in addition to establishing a mobile office complete with direct dial in/out phone lines and wireless internet access for email, web browsing and corporate communications .