ETL RF Equipment Enables Reliable Satellite Broadcasts at NAB

Madley, UK, 21st March 2018 – ETL Systems, a global designer and manufacturer of RF signal distribution equipment for satellite communications, will be demonstrating a range of RF solutions for seamless broadcasts at NAB, Las Vegas.

Providing high quality signal distribution between a satellite antenna and a remote control room, ETL Systems’ StingRay RF over Fibre will be on show. StingRay offers fibre links from 10km to 55km in distance whilst drastically reducing signal loss.

Signal redundancy for satellite modulators, downconverters, or modems is offered by the new Griffin ASI/SDI and RF Redundancy Switch, which offers total flexibility in managing RF and ASI signals. The modular design comprises a 1U chassis with 2 module slots, where different 2×1 switch modules can be fitted dependent on application. Switching can be triggered automatically by front panel, RF level detection, alarm contacts, or a Network Monitoring system.

ETL’s range of switch matrix / routers have been used in TVRO applications for playout centres and news gathering / sports events requiring rapid changing of occasional use services. On display will be the Enigma Switch Matrix, ETL’s bestselling router, which provides L-band signal distribution for up to 32 input and output feeds. Minimal impact from failure is built in, with hot-swap single input & output RF cards, dual power supplies, dual CPU’s and fans.

For flexible and resilient RF signal management see ETL’s Modular System. It comprises a chassis which accommodates up to 16 RF modules including a mix of splitters, combiners, amplifiers, switches, and attenuators.

Ian Hilditch, CEO, ETL Systems, commented: “Satellite and other traditional broadcasters are facing stiff competition from new media companies. This is increasing the pressure for them to deliver more services with minimal downtime. Ensuring signals are properly managed is therefore absolutely crucial to providing a good user experience for all viewers.