Uplinks

LINX runs a fleet of satellite trucks and fly-away dishes from its operations bases in Zagreb, Croatia, and Budapest, Hungary.

Our strategically placed mobile trucks are ever more than a few hours’ drive from the event – be it sports, news or entertainment. Our fly-away dishes and their operators have provided award-winning services to the world's broadcasters in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Asian tsunami.

LINX was one of the first DSNG providers in Europe to invest in High Definition equipment. We have now upgraded to MPEG4 HD standard, in line with the latest requirements for Sports coverage. We have provided HD services to international broadcasters such as NHK, as well as to organizations such as the EBU, Arqiva, etc.

With our fully redundant flyaways and SNG trucks, we can provide satellite uplinks in Central-Eastern Europe at short notice. We have access to several SNG trucks and flyaways in the event our own uplinks are unavailable. Our Budapest-based SNGs can get to all of former Yugoslavia, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Austria, Germany within a day.

The US TV Pool (CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox News) have used LINX to provide uplinks facilities for several US Presidential trips to the region - former US President Clinton's trips to the region in 1997 (Kosovo, Bulgaria, Turkey, Slovenia, Bosnia, Romania) and for President George W. Bush's visits to Slovenia, Kosovo, Germany, and Slovakia.

During the Iraq invasion in 2003, LINX provided uplinks and engineers to CNN (Qatar, Jordan and Iraq), Fox News (Jordan) and BBC (Jordan and Iraq).

LINX was the preferred provider for BBC and Sky News to operate out of Poland to cover the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005.

LINX is not limited geographically - our flyaways and easy access to several airports (Vienna, Budapest, Prague) meant that we sent our flyaway to Sri Lanka for award-winning CNN coverage of the Tsunami; to India and Nigeria for former President Clinton visits, to Jerusalem and Ramallah to cover the funeral of Yasser Arafat.

In these cases and many more, our broadcast clients found it quicker, more efficient, and more cost-effetive to work with LINX.

We can add other production equipment and staff to the uplinks – and provide live standup cameras with English-speaking cameramen and editors.

We can provide you with the specifications of each unit and rate card upon request.

Technical Information

SNG – 001 Ku Band (HD/SD) – Fully redundant/dual path capable

 Eutelsat Registration: UKI 1324

SNG vehicle: Mercedes Sprinter 311 CDi, British licence plates LF53 ZWA

Fully Redundant 1.5m Gigasat Antenna System (Dual Path capable)

Standard equipment includes:
· NTT HVE 9100 MPEG-4 HD encoder
· ADTEC E 91 MPEG-4 HD encoder 
· 2 x Xicom XTRD-400K TWT Amplifiers
· 2x Ericsson RX 8200 MPEG-4 HD IRD
· 2 x Peak Upconverter P714
· Black Magic 16x16 router
·Black Magic ATEM Television Studio switcher
· Mackie 1604 VLZ3 audio mixer
· JVC 17" HD monitors
· Ilyama 27" HD monitors
· Black Magic rack mounted monitors
· Fostex 6301BX audio monitors
· Black Magic SDI distribution· Swires Annie Spectrum Analyzer
· Tektronix WV500 Waveform Monitor
· Tektronix TSG95 Test Generator
· Prospect K6R Talkback Unit
· IFB Kit and 4-wire Camera Comms
· Liebert 5000 w UPS
· On board built in generator


Antenna diameter: 1.5 m
Max EIRP: 71.5 dBW
Uplink frequency: Ku-band - 13.75 - 14.50 GHz
Downlink frequency: Ku-band - 10.70 - 12.75 GHz
Max output power: single thread in hot standby mode - 350W per Amp
Feed options: Ku-band – Linear


SNG - 002
Ku Band (HD/SD) – Fully redundant/dual path capable

Eutelsat Registration: UKI 1462

SNG vehicle: Peugot Expert,  Slovenian licence plates LJ DSNG-1

Fully Redundant 1.5m Gigasat Antenna System (Dual Path capable)

Standard equipment includes:

· 2x Ericsson AVP-3000 MPEG-4 HD encoder s
· 2 x MCL-400WK TWT Amplifiers
· 2x Ericsson RX 8200 MPEG-4 HD IRD
· 2 x Peak Upconverter P714
· Black Magic 16x16 router
· Black Magic ATEM Television Studio switcher
· Mackie 1604 VLZ3 audio mixer
· Samsung 27" HD monitors
· Black Magic rack mounted monitors
· K&H M52 audio monitors
· Black Magic SDI distribution· Swires Annie Spectrum Analyzer
· Hameg HMS-3G Waveform Monitor
· Tektronix TSG95 Test Generator
· Prospect K6R Talkback Unit
· IFB Kit and 4-wire Camera Comms
· Mastervolt Combi 5000 w UPS
· On board built in generator


Antenna diameter: 1.5 m
Max EIRP: 71.5 dBW
Uplink frequency: Ku-band - 14.0-14.5 GHz
Downlink frequency: Ku-band - 10.95 - 12.75 GHz
Max output power: single thread in hot standby mode - 400W per Amp
Feed options: Ku-band - Linear


Other systems and configurations are also available on request, please call us with your specific needs.

Any system can also be complimented with a 4-camera OB Van unit for Sporting and Special Events.