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When KKTV (Colorado Springs) topped the ratings during the epic wildfires in 2012 and 2013, they had a secret weapon. 

What was their secret?


In the midst of the worst fire to ever impact the city of Colorado Springs, KKTV delivered 130 hours of live, continuous coverage to the community from areas where they typically would not be able to get a signal out. The fires presented a particular challenge to report as the firefighting efforts were concentrated in the hills and canyons around Colorado Springs making it challenging to deliver live signals.

An automated satellite solution from On Call Communications gave KKTV an unfair advantage over their competition with their ability to deliver live coverage from the hard to reach areas. KKTV is using 3G/4G aggregation encoders and combining them with QuickSPOTTM, a mobile, automated satellite solution that gives them on demand satellite Internet service. The service provides a dedicated satellite link that delivers high quality, stable video streams when microwave is unavailable or 3G coverage is unreliable. This combination creates a very simple to use and efficient solution that allows the station's photographers to cover stories.

Would that advantage make a difference in your markets?� If you observe that you are losing live shots becauseGray_TV_Satellite_web2.jpg:

  • You can't get cellular or microwave coverage in some areas
  • You are competing with other media for cellular bandwidth on big stories
  • You don't have adequate satellite resources or operators to meet all your live news needs

It may be time to look at a simple, IP satellite solution to boost reliability. The team at On Call Communications is ready to help you evaluate satellite solutions that help you:


  • Know with confidence, that your live shots will come through
  • Cure lost shot headaches with a reliable, easy to integrate backup solution to cellular and microwave
  • Trump the competition with the most extensive live shot capabilities in your market.

royal_flush.jpgIf you are interested in IP for your newsgathering, we can help you evaluate your options for adding IP satellite functionality in a manner that best fits your workflows and budget.


Get your free white paper, "Why Take Chances on Your Live Shots? How Combining Satellite and 3G Technologies Eliminates Network Contention and Reliability Issues in the Sky and on the Ground".

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 .