AVS Serving up RF at the 2012 US Open
Friday, 31 August 2012 13:34

Aerial Video Systems (AVS) is again providing the wireless video and audio systems for CBS’ coverage of the US Open being held at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY.  The network will broadcast some 375 hours of tennis spread among CBS, ESPN and the Tennis Channel.  AVS is also supplying a wireless camera and audio package to Sky Sports TV.


This is CBS’ 45th consecutive year of airing the US Open.  To cover the 42 acre tennis complex, AVS has strategically established receive sites throughout the venue via its RF-over fiber system.  NEP has supplied AVS with two Sony HDC-1500 handheld cameras off their SuperShooter 16 truck.  AVS equipped those cameras with their Link L-1500HD 1.4GHz microwave transmitters.  In addition to the RF video, the Burbank based company is providing wireless microphone systems for the roving reporters and players’ lounge.   AVS is also providing IFB and PL communication systems to round out the equipment package.


For Sky’s coverage, AVS has provided one Thompson LDK-6000 camera equipped with the Viper “short back” and Link L-1500 microwave system as well as the wireless mic and comms package.  These systems will also be working compound wide.


AVS coordinated frequencies for the 1.4GHz Link systems through AFTRCC and secured licensing at the FCC.  The frequencies for the wireless mics, IFB and PL systems were coordinated with the assistance of Louis Libin, the local SBE Coordinator.   


The first round matches of The US Open began on August 27 and will conclude with the finals on September 9.