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April 11, 2011
NAB To Transmit Show Coverage Via On Call Communications IP Satellite and On Call To Debut New Satellite News Gathering System

ON CALL COMMUNICATIONS introduces Remote Control QuickSPOTTM IP SNG System and is named the official Satellite Broadcaster for the 2011 NAB.


Las Vegas, NV/Irvine California (April 8, 2011) - On Call Communications, a leading provider of IP (Internet protocol) mobile satellite solutions, will headline as the NAB show's official Satellite Broadcaster. This function includes providing the satellite space segment and uplinks for transmissions from the show including live feeds to the major media outlets. Bob Sitrick, President and CEO of Bob Sitrick Productions, is the Executive Producer of the NAB show coverage.


"This is the first time we've used IP satellite as part of the official show coverage," according to Michelle Kelly, NAB's Senior Vice President of Convention Marketing. "In the past, broadcast outlets had to set up their own uplinks. On Call's IP satellite is cutting-edge technology that will expand the coverage of the show to a much wider audience and we couldn't be happier."


"We are thrilled to be asked to play such an important role in this year's NAB," responded On Call's CEO Jim Gilbert.  Our QuickSPOTTM Dual IP/DVB Satellite News Gathering System is the perfect platform for the show. ." It's kind of like a Swiss army knife for broadcasters. It not only provides high quality standard or high definition video, but can also webcast, transfer files, and provide IFB, voice, internet access and e-mail all on one easy to use platform. It offers the convenience and functionality of IP with a twist of DVB thrown in to allow the signal to be sent to lots of broadcasters simultaneously.


On Call will introduce its newest satellite news gathering system at the show, dubbed The QuickSPOTTM Solution. We've enhanced the Classic QuickSPOTTM IP SNG System by giving the studio direct control over the encoders, audio and video switches and HD cameras, using an intuitive web based graphical user interface," said Gilbert. "That not only makes its operation even easier, it makes single person live reporting from the field achievable, reducing crew and cost for networks and affiliates. "


On Call Communications will exhibit at NAB 2011 April  11-14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The exhibit booth features an insert studio and a live uplink. Attendees are welcome to visit the booth  #OE910 to watch the IP/DVB system in action as it transmits from the show. Visitors may also try out the new intuitive IP studio control and view demonstrations of On Call's studio controlled HD cameras. Upon request, On Call will also make the live uplink available to broadcasters either from the booth or from nearly any location on the floor.


The 2011 NAB SHOW is happening at the Las Vegas Convention Center April 9 - 14, 2011, with daily highlight reels from sessions featuring James Cameron, Leslie Moonves, Kurt Sutter, Dante Di Loreto, and more available via satellite and online April 11, 12, and 13.


Daily highlight reel availability:

Online: (clips posted as they become available)

Via satellite: April 11, 12, and 13 from 5:30PM - 6:15PM PST


Satellite Coordinates:

Source 1:           Satellite :                                 Intelsat Horizons 2 Ku-band

Details:            Orbital slot:                            74° West, Transponder 20K,

Modulation:                            DVBS QPSK 

FEC:                                        3/4

Downlink Center Frequency: 14495 Mhz (1445Mhz L-band)

Downlink Polarity:                  Vertical

Symbol Rate:                          3.37384 Msps

System Bit Rate:                     4.663 Mbps

Video Format:                         NTSC

Encoding:                                MPEG-4 HD

Aspect Ratio:                          16 x 9

Audio Configuration:             Stereo

For Technical Problems with Downlink:
On Call Communications, (949) 707-4729 Option 1 OR

Broadcast Restrictions for News Coverage:
For news purposes only, you may air 30 seconds per clip not to exceed five minutes total within the given time frame. Please source/provide on-screen credit to "The NAB Show" as footage is being aired. Use is granted on a quit claim basis.


About the NAB Show

The NAB Show, held annually in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With nearly 90,000 attendees from 151 countries and more than 1,500 exhibitors, the NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, the NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at



About On Call Communications


On Call Communications specializes in mobile communications systems. It is a leading provider of rapid-deployment satellite systems and satellite bandwidth for satellite newsgathering, business continuity, disaster recovery, commercial and governmental clients.  On Call offers an array of highly portable, auto-deploy antennas that can even be used for the most challenging of circumstances.  With little more than a flip of the switch, they are ready to go wherever news breaks.   Conveniently packaged, pre-configured baseband electronics allow users to connect video, phone and data applications within minutes of deployment.   Learn more at



Contact: Erin Ludden 949-707-4729 x 25 or on-site at NAB (949) 310-3201

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 .