Team Europe / Team Broadcast RF completed a hat-trick of successive wins in Gleneagles for the Ryder Cup – the greatest tournament in match play golf.
Broadcast RF also completed a 2014 hat trick of successful provision of golf wireless cameras at major UK events with their custom designed RF systems at two Open Golf Championships and now the Ryder Cup.
Scotland, the home of golf, provided the venue for this bi-annual event, with the tournament taking place at the Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course in Perthshire.
Once again Broadcast RF were tasked to provide the entire wireless camera coverage, this time for both the Host Broadcaster and Sky TV coverage. Fielding a total of 11 Wireless camera systems, including Steadicam and Hi-speed cameras, and with a network of 10 receive positions, the Opening Ceremony, the Gleaneagles Hotel, and all 18 holes of this (RF) difficult course, had flawless coverage during each day of the event. With a bespoke GPS tracking and mapping system, integrated into the camera wireless systems, Broadcast RF engineers were able to track the exact positions of all the roving cameras out on the course and therefore consistently select the best receive antennas for each camera.
As a major American Broadcaster was also covering the event, with their own wireless cameras, plus a couple of additional wireless systems required by other Broadcasters, frequency co-ordination was, once again, an essential element in the planning process. Broadcast RF took the lead role here, liaising with all the other facility providers, devising a plan that made best use of the available frequency spectrum and presenting a working schedule of frequencies to the licencing authorities.
But it doesn’t end there. Broadcast RF’s equipment and crew are straight on to the Dunhill Links Championships, also in Scotland, for the provision of more wireless cameras for the European Tour TV coverage at this three course event.