Microwave


Microwave allows short to medium distance, point to point transmission of video or data traffic.  DCI has several systems for both on-camera mounting and fixed links, and unlike many others, our microwave systems operate in a clutter-free, licensed band.  In DC, we have exclusive use of 50 MHz of spectrum.  We have a NuComm 6GHz camera-back system, and when paired with a wireless IFB and microphone, live shots can be completely untethered from the satellite truck.   This same transmitter can be mounted to a high-gain antenna on a tripod, allowing fixed shots where it is not possible to run cable, such as inside crowded buildings, or across busy streets. Our satellite trucks have 40′ pneumatic masts allowing them to integrate with the system as transmitters or receivers with extra range.  Our trucks have shot microwave back to DCi from locations where satellite visibility is restricted.  Our multiple fiber stand-up positions around DC can also be used as microwave receive points, greatly increasing the versatility of this system. We also have 39 GHz “millimeter wave” systems which are ideal for short distance, high-bitrate bidirectional links between two fixed locations.  Another advantage of microwave is it does not require purchasing satellite time, the spectrum is ours to use whenever we need.