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March 6, 2008
7NEWS WHDH-TV Augments Live Special Event Coverage using On Call Communications' QuickSPOTTM Automated SNG System
Irvine, CA - (March 6, 2008) 7NEWS (WHDH-TV) is a fast-paced news organization in Boston that often travels around the country covering big news stories. At the Super Bowl, in Arizona, WHDH used an exciting new piece of technology that allowed them to be live not only from the stadium where they had positioned their satellite truck but also from celebrity parties and team practice facilities that were miles away.


7NEWS turned to On Call Communications (OCC) of Orange County, California for their Fly and Drive Portable SNG System called QuickSPOT. The Quick SPOT is a .96m antenna that can attach to any vehicle with roof racks. The portable system has a GPS on board so finding the satellite only takes a push of a button. There is no need to call for satellite time or contact an access center to transmit.


Satellite time is offered by Intelsat's OnDemand Platform. Broadcasters only pay for the satellite time they actually use. Instead of buying a 5-minute block and using 1 minute to feed video they pay for 1 minute. Turn the knob and you are transmitting. It's as easy as turning on a 2 Ghz microwave transmitter.


And they didn't have to pay to ship the system; it was compact enough to fit into their satellite truck heading to Arizona. Upon arrival, it took less than 45 minutes to build and test the system which was mounted onto a rented mini-van.

QuickSPOT enabled 7NEWS to have their news and sports anchors live from the stadium while reporters went live at different venues in and around Phoenix.


After using QuickSPOT for a few days, veteran 7NEWS reporter Dan Hausle e-mailed the News Director and Operations Manager saying "Just wanted to let you know that the QuickSPOT system under the operation of Mike Howley is wonderful! It's opened logistical options so smoothly and simply it's hard to appreciate how revolutionary it is. Mike's set up in the mini-van is quick and comfortable to use. I love it. In a word, WOW!"


The QuickSPOT system was such a success that they included it in their "Super Tuesday" coverage as well. The system was packed up and shipped from Arizona to Chicago so 7NEWS could report live from Sen. Barack Obama's campaign headquarters.



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.



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 .