Blackthorn Productions is a production company based in Northern Ireland which has been operating for more than 15 years, their main clients are BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and RTE 2FM.
“In the spring of 2013, we purchased an iNetVu® Ka-75V system for our new OB unit. We went with the Ka-75V and TooWay to suit our connection needs for transmitting audio. The unit itself is very compact and lightweight, which is suitable for mounting to the roof of a van. It only took two of us and a step ladder to place there. Its control interface only takes up one U in a conventional rack leaving us plenty of space for the remainder of our broadcast chain. The unit has proven to be ultra-reliable, quickly acquiring with the push of a single button and we can be on the air within minutes if needs be. In over one year, we have never encountered a problem getting a broadcast out, some of which have been in less than ideal circumstances: e.g. parking on slopes, at the bottom of hills with no option but to have parked the van westerly, or in high wind scenarios etc…
At the beginning, as with any new piece of equipment, there can be quite a learning curve when configuring and commissioning the equipment. I have to say we have found Henry and his team very accommodating, knowledgeable and always willing to answer the phone, even at odd hours when we had stupid questions. We have even had a three-way conference call with us in Northern Ireland, Henry in England and a Canadian team (C-COM) updating our system software via a remote access. Overall we would recommend the KA-75V platform especially with support from Primetech.”