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Broadcast & Satellite News Gathering Systems

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Are you looking for a solution to give you incredibly reliable live news coverage?


If live news coverage is a major component of your strategy to compete, we have solutions you'll want to explore.

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Your Photographer as Satellite Operator

QuickSPOT SNG solutions get you on air fast with more features and more flexibility than any other option.

QuickSPOT DSNG Satellite News Gathering Vehicle with 1.2m antennaBe on Air Faster

Automation saves time. On Call's automated SNG systems can be easily operated by non-technical personnel. Press the start button and the auto-acquire system will have you on air within about five minutes of deployment.

College football games broadcast over QuickSPOT DSNG Satellite News Gathering SystemQuickSPOT DSNG Systems are great for sports and special events too.


High quality SD and HD video encoders and affordable hourly rates for pre-scheduled events let you enjoy the ease of QuickSPOT systems at any venue.

96 cm auto-deploy satellite antenna for standard definition satellite news gatheringHD or Standard Definition Satellite News Gathering Systems

Fujitsu MPEG-4 Video Encoding


Broadcast quality Standard Definition MPEG-4 systems also feature Fujitsu video encoders. With SD and HD functionality, you'll get great picture quality now and and easy future migration to HD when the time is right. The SD MPEG-4 package includes an SD-SDI video input monitor, an IFB compatible Voice over IP system and internet access.


Haiti remote editing room and mobile office for CBS NewsMobile Office Solutions


In addition to top quality video, QuickSPOT integrates mobile office solutions into the SNG system such as IFB compatible voice lines and internet access for email, FTP and online research.

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 .