Day Two Engineering Preview – GLBC

Day two of Engineering Sessions at GLBC begin at 8 a.m.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
8:00 – 11:00am 
SBE Exam for CNBT and CBNE

Registration for the SBE Exams closed on April 1.

10:00 – 10:30am
New Technologies and Design Concepts in Radio Automation (Not Your Dad’s Automation System)
Presented by Don Backus, Broadcast Electronics

Don Backus
Don Backus

Many current radio automation systems trace their roots back to the mid and early 1990’s and have maintained features, implementations, and designs that date back 15, 20, or even 25 years ago. As radio’s needs have changed over that time, so has the technology available to radio automation manufacturers. This session will look at modern automation technologies and how they can benefit radio broadcasters of all market sizes. From AoIP to powerful database structures to flexible operation and redundancy configurations to simple yet powerful user interfaces, today’s (and tomorrow’s) radio automation technologies offer much to streamline workflows, save and generate revenue and improve on air sound while improving the ability to be as ‘live and local’ as possible.

10:30 – 11:00am
Evolution of Solid State FM Transmitters
Presented by Don Backus, Broadcast Electronics

It wasn’t too long ago that solid state FM transmitters became widely available, eliminating the need for costly tubes, but at a higher initial cost. As time as gone by, several generations of solid state transmitters have produced higher efficiencies and decreased costs, but generally at lower power levels. Now there are several higher power solid state options in much more compact form factors with new technologies designed to improve efficiency, reliability and serviceability in the field. This session will look at some of the new tech in FM transmitters and discuss the benefits to radio stations.

10:00 – 11:00am
Working with the Future of Video Data Today
Presented by Jon Rutherford, Sr. Solution Architect at Key Code Media & Matt Linstad, Quantum

Join us for an open discussion/presentation on the current and future technologies for working with your growing video data content. We will look at the best-in-class options while helping to identify the areas that could be phased in over time due to budget limitations. Having a full understanding of the critical components needed to have a successful and scalable solution will help you plan better for your current needs and prepare for the future.

11:30am – 12:30pm
ATSC 3.0 The Future of Broadcast Television
Presented by Rich Chernock, Chairman of the ATSC Technology Group on ATSC 3.0 & Chief Science Officer, Triveni Digital, Inc.

Rich Chernock
Rich Chernock

Work is nearing completion on a next generation broadcast digital television system, known as ATSC 3.0. ATSC 3.0 provides a flexible and more efficient physical layer, mobility, UHD images, new solutions for audio, incorporation of new user technologies such as second screen, and hybrid use of broadcast and broadband delivery for services.

This presentation will provide a high-level view of the fundamental architecture of the next-generation broadcast system, how an ATSC 3.0 TV station will be different from today’s ATSC 1.0 station, and what new opportunities ATSC 3.0 will bring to broadcasters.

11:30am – 12:30pm
Trade Secrets of a Guy with a Network Analyzer
Presented by Jeremy Ruck, Jeremy Ruck & Associates, Inc.

The network analyzer is the most important piece of test gear in the arsenal of the RF engineer. In this presentation we will look at the theory behind the device, examine some operational techniques, and consider some real world cases.

Register on-site for GLBC if you haven’t registered in advance!

12:30 – 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall Walk-Around Lunch

2:30 – 3:00pm
The State of IP for Television Broadcast, Production and Distribution
Presented by Robert Erickson, Grass Valley, A Belden Brand

This session is an overview of current and future IP technologies used in broadcast environments. The presentation will include the compelling reasons for the migration from baseband to IP for real time video transport and the challenges that broadcasters will face in making this migration. Erickson will also discuss the current state of standards in the IP broadcast facility, detailing out the main competing standards for the compression and transport of broadcast video and audio. The discussion will also focus on ways to leverage current IT technologies, such as system virtualization and distributed routing architectures will conclude the presentation.

2:30 – 3:00pm
IP Codec Redundancy
Presented by Jacob Daniluck, Tieline the Codec Company

As ISDN & POTS are becoming more expensive to install it may be time to start planning on switching your old POTS/ISDN Codecs. It time to start thinking about an IP Audio Codec which includes some of the following: IP Network Redundancy and/or Alternate Transport Type Redundancy. Exploring these types of technology can help reduce expenses while maintaining audio quality between studios, transmitters, and remotes.

3:00 – 3:30pm
LTE Interference from FM Stations
Presented by Jeff Welton, Nautel

Jeff Welton
Jeff Welton

As the LTE rollout continues nationwide, complaints of interference to LTE stations from licensed FM broadcasters are becoming almost commonplace. This session will discuss the reason for the interference, the legalities of the situation and provides some ideas to help resolve existing interference issues or reduce the possibility of future issues. Practical solutions are heavily based on the real life experience of Michigan engineer Walker Sisson, who was involved first hand in an LTE interference complaint.

3:00 – 3:30pm
Spectrum Auction: Legal Update for Engineers

The spectrum auction will bring about headaches for both management and engineers.  Get the latest legal lowdown on the engineering aspects of the auction and repacking.

4:00 – 5:00pm
EAS State Update 2016
Presented by Don Bouffard, Engineering Specialist, Emergency Management and Homeland Security- Michigan State Police &
Gary Blievernicht, Michigan EAS Chairman

Join MSP and others for the update on the latest EAS developments, requirements and tests.

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