Setting up a link

Let us look in more detail at how the microwave link is set up for our live news transmission covering our story of the police shooting.

The ENG truck arrives on site at the hospital, as we said earlier, and the operator has to pick a spot which will enable a ‘live’ to be undertaken successfully (so it has to be within easy cabling distance of where the reporter is going to stand) but most importantly where the raising of the mast is going to be safe. Therefore, a spot has to be picked which is clear of any potential risks from overhead hazards – electricity supply cables, telephone lines, tree branches, etc.

Most links vehicles have stabilizers – either one or two pairs of retractable legs – which are designed and fitted so ...

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