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Uplinking and Downlinking Explained

With more than 20 years of professional experience in video production, broadcasting, transmission, and editing, Randy Thieben offers comprehensive services through his California-based company, Central Coast Uplink. Specializing in video and broadcast-related assistance on the West Coast, Central Coast Uplink clients can expect a vast range of uplinking and downlinking capabilities, including satellite and microwave-based communications.

Uplinking is the transmission of information from a remote ground-based hub to a satellite receiver. For instance, Central Coast Uplink operates a news van equipped to transmit the broadcast of an on-the-spot breaking news story, live newscast, headline news story, or even a sporting event or concert from an earth-based station provided by Central Coast Uplink to a receiving satellite. The satellite can then transmit the broadcast to a larger audience regionally or nationally.

Downlinking is simply the reverse of uplinking; a broadcast is transmitted at a different frequency than the uplinked information from a satellite back to earth. In such a case the signal from the satellite provides a larger audience with access to a remote story, either live or pre-recorded. For more information on Central Coast Uplink and its other broadcasting services, or to contact chief engineer Randy Thieben, visit


Randy Thieben: What Is Photojournalism?

The owner of Central Coast Uplink, broadcasting professional Randy Thieben possesses 20 years of experience in field and studio broadcasting. He received his first formal training in art photography and photojournalism. As Randy Thieben well knows, photojournalism is a form of visual storytelling. It weds journalism, which involves gathering and disseminating news stories, with photography, using images to document and convey events, occurrences, and news. A photojournalist is essentially a reporter with a camera, going out to capture newsworthy events and experiences on film and conveying them to an audience in a truthful and credible manner.

Photojournalism is a good career for people who enjoy excitement and fast-paced work. A successful photojournalist must be quick on his feet, persistent, and fearless. While a formal education is not strictly necessary in order to jumpstart a career in photojournalism, many journalism schools offer programs that equip aspiring photojournalists with the skills required to be successful. These programs combine photography classes with journalism courses and specialized ethics training.