GLBC Day One Engineering Sessions Preview

2015SBElogo_300This year’s Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) kicks off on Tuesday, March 7 with a full-day of engineering sessions presented by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE).

The all-day program, known as the Ennes Engineering Workshop, will feature multiple topics and speakers that provide television and radio engineers with the latest information in broadcast and media technology.

Sessions Include:

9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Using Category 5e, 6, 6a for Audio and Video Applications
Presented by Steve Lampen, Belden
Can you use Category 5e, 6 or 6a “augmented 6” to carry analog and digital audio? Or analog and digital video? How about S-video, RGB or VGA? Or HDMI? Or broadband/CATV? Of course, you can! For some applications, baluns are required. Sections on Ethernet AVB and HDbase have recently been added. Included is a tutorial on balanced lines and how they reject noise and crosstalk.

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Introduction to ATSC 3.0
Presented by Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, CBNT, Nautel
Fred Baumgartner will discuss the ATSC 3.0 standard, addressing the changes this new technology brings and what broadcast engineers will experience during the transition to this new standard. ATSC 3.0 provides multimedia gains that can compensate for the spectrum loss of the TV repack.

(Lunch on your own 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
The SNMP Protocol in Broadcast Facility Control
Presented by Tony Peterle, Worldcast Systems
In this presentation, we will introduce the Simple Network Management Protocol. Long familiar in the IT and networking world, SNMP is increasingly a part of the toolkit of broadcast engineers. This lightweight protocol can be used to monitor and control equipment, and coordinate actions between different sites, at any distance. Our goal is to present a basic Primer on SNMP, along with illustrations of practical applications of the protocol in current day broadcast operations. Further, the attendee will receive information on how to explore the possible useful applications of the SNMP protocol in their own facility.

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Grounding and Lighting Protection
Presented by Jeff Welton, Nautel
This presentation will discuss various aspects of facility grounding with respect to reducing potential lightning damage as much as possible. As computers firmly establish their presence in the broadcast domain, utilizing good standards of grounding and lightning protection in studio and transmitter site becomes more critical than ever before – it’s a very rare site that doesn’t have at least one microprocessor controlled doohickey somewhere! We’ll look at how routing of grounding conductors can improve (or decrease) a device’s chance of surviving a transient event, how to lay out a new site or studio to minimize chances of lightning related damage and discuss some thoughts on how to improve existing facilities without breaking the budget.

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Planning for TV Spectrum Repacking and the Transition to ATSC 3.0
Presented by Jay Adrick, GatesAir
With the television spectrum repacking about to begin and an industry transition to the next generation of digital television not far behind, owners, group engineering managers and station engineers should be planning for the long term future of their stations. Many of the decisions that must be made for repack could also impact a stations transmission planning when transitioning to ATSC 3.0. Making the right choices now could save substantial dollars and time when transitioning to ATSC 3.0.

The presentation will review the planning process for repack, look at the challenges to providing uninterrupted service while transitioning to a new channel and provide an overview of where the repack and transition planning overlap and should be coordinated. Examples will be presented that show why stations should make the right choices during repack even if it means investing additional capital so that they can avoid much greater future costs when converting to 3.0.

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Preview Reception

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
“Beer and Bull” Welcome Reception, Waterfront Bar, Lansing City Market

Click here to see a list of day 2 engineering sessions

Not registered yet for GLBC? Online registration is closed, but on-site registration will be available Tuesday and Wednesday, March 7-8.

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