The thing about news is it can happen anywhere, and ENG equipment has to be both portable and reliable. This therefore means that the microwave link has to be portable (and reliable!), as it is deployed from base to a temporary location, rigged, used, and then de-rigged and taken either back to base or on to another story – all within a matter of hours.
There are different ways of using terrestrial microwave to cover a story. It can be mounted:
• on a truck, van or sports utility vehicle (SUV)
• in a helicopter or light aircraft to give live aerial shots
• carried on someone’s back – a man-pack link
• mounted on the ENG camera itself.
We will start off by looking at vehicles, as this is by far the most common way of using ...