01 Sep 2016

Lightweight fibre extender launched for outdoor broadcast events

ETL Systems, a global designer and manufacturer of RF distribution equipment for satellite communications, has unveiled its Outdoor Unit Fibre Extender and Indoor Receive Unit..

Outdoor camera and microphone broadcast applications – where signals need to be received over long distances – will benefit from the new, high quality twin channel RF over Fibre links.

The new addition to the Stingray Fibre Series offers excellent module to module isolation. It is ideal for outdoor broadcast events such as football, golf and music concerts as it is suitable for installations where signals need to be sent up to 10km in distance.

The new innovation works through an outdoor transmit fibre extender module, connected to an omnidirectional antenna which receives the wireless camera signals direct from the live events. The signal is then distributed to an indoor fibre receiver unit, which could be located in or nearby an SNG truck or master control room, which then re-broadcasts the signal.

“ETL’s new fibre extender is lightweight, has a waterproof housing, is affordable and is compact. It is a much more efficient and reliable means of communication for live broadcasts over potentially long distances, rather than using traditional coaxial cables.” said Ian Hilditch, CEO of ETL Systems. “The twin channel operation enables users to diversify their antennas in different locations, which helps maintain good signal coverage for difficult environments or in large structures such as major sports stadia, like in this year’s Olympic Games in Rio.”

The transmitters and receivers can be provided in rugged waterproof housings or a rack mounted chassis and handle a broad frequency range of RF signals from 50 to 2450 MHz, making them compatible with a variety of camera/microphone products.

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