Hitachi Kokusai Electric upgrades Fox TV’s DSNG vehicle


Hitachi Kokusai Electric Turkey, a company which develops broadcast camera
technology, has finished the design, structure and installing of a DSNG (Digital
Satellite News Gathering) vehicle for Fox TV’s Turkish division. The upgrade on
the Ford Transit vehicle included structural coachwork and the installation of
PAL’S DriveNews™ PDA-150 1.5m satellite antenna system and Xicom’s XTD-
400K high power amplifier (HPA).

The new sophisticated uplink facility will allow the broadcaster to transmit audio
and video signals direct to Fox’s broadcast centre via satellite from remote news
locations, from an Outside Broadcast (OB) production vehicle situated at sports
or cultural events, or from a field-based ENG camera crew.

Necip Kırçın, CTO at Fox TV, said “Hitachi has created a mobile uplink facility
which provides features and functions that directly address our technical and
operational needs. The Hitachi team was able to integrate the very best
technology from different manufacturers and create a DSNG vehicle that will
meet our needs now and long into the future.’

Immediate high performance as well as plug and play broadcasting can be
achieved through the integration of PAL’s DriveNews™ PDA-150 motorized, 3-
axis autopointing antenna system, which comes with a shell and a 150cm dual
optical reflector, and the PAC-350 antenna controller.

The outdoor design of Xicom’s XTD-400K high power amplifier eradicates the
need for an amplifier shelter as well as a long waveguide run between the
amplifier and the antenna feed horn. The HPA is designed for low cost
installation and long life with RF filters, cooling, and monitoring and control
systems all self-contained.

Vedat Canturk, Sat.Com. Manager at Fox TV explained, “This vehicle represents
something new and different for us in terms of our production facilities – it will
enable us to cover a wide range of outside broadcast events throughout our
region. What impressed us was Hitachi’s ability to talk with us, listen and
interpret both our technical and business needs to create this excellent

Visit the Hitachi Kokusai Electric Turkey website for more information.


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