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  Our man in the Gulf: Reporting from a ship
Updated 19 March 2003, 11.25
The Ark Royal
BBC reporter and ex-Newsround presenter Matthew Price is reporting from the aircraft carrier Ark Royal in the Gulf.

Matthew Price
Our reporter, Matthew Price
And he's writing a web diary for CBBC Newsround.

Here he explains what it's like to try and report from on board a warship.

Diary entry seven

It's pretty tricky trying to do my job on this ship!

All the people who are here are working around the clock to help us get our stuff on air.

And the ship's captain is happy to do all he can to make sure we can work smoothly.

But technically it's very difficult.

Normally when you send TV pictures or radio reports, you have your satellite dish on land. You find where you're beaming to - and that's that.

On a ship - a moving ship - it's difficult to get a beam out to send the material.

Our engineers have to move the dish around as the ship moves. The crew try to hold a steady course for us, but it's always a bit touch and go.

Helicopters make it hard to hear things
Especially when the helicopters land. Then it is almost impossible to hear people on the end of a phone. So it's difficult getting in touch with the BBC news programmes to ask them what they want.

Sometimes they shut down all communications. No e-mail, no phone calls, no contact with the outside world.

When you're used to speaking all the time to the newsdesk to find out what they want you to cover, it can be frustrating.

It also means it's quite difficult to be a journalist.

Sometimes I find myself spending more time setting up the broadcasts, than I seem to do thinking about what I'm going to say. Not ideal...

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