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At the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in February 2002, I worked at the opening and closing ceremonies.  Our television compound was in the parking lot below the west side of the University of Utah football stadium.

This 180° panoramic view shows that there were broadcasters from many nations in attendance.  As the photographer, I'm facing north; you don't see the NBC-TV trucks, which are behind me.  The stadium is at the right.

The last gray trailer on the left, behind the last light pole, is the catering trailer where we ate lunch.  Just to the right of the center of the picture are the two production trucks supplied by National Mobile Television.  My workplace, standard-definition truck DX-5, has its tractor still attached.  Further to the right, the next truck, HD-1, is there to produce a similar telecast to ours except in high definition.

(In 2002, the SD truck provided the primary feed.  This was mostly because HD trucks were still rather primitive, lacking enough technical capabilities.  If we were to produce this show again today, HD-1 would be replaced by a more up-to-date truck, HD-HigherNumber, which would provide both the primary feed and a down-converted SD feed.  A separate SD truck would not be needed.)

Other mobile units arrived after this picture was taken, including one for German television and a little Japanese 3-D van.