The next Chapter 67 meeting will be on July 25, 2019
———————————————June 2019 Meeting————————————
At the June SBE Chapter 67 meeting on Thursday June 27th 2019
Don Backus – US/Canada Account Manager for
Rohde & Schwarz Radio Transmitters Presented
Liquid Cooled Transmitter Technology
We were back at Gilligan’s 400 E Abram in Arlington
Dinner provided by R&S at 6 and the Meeting at 7pm
Summary of Presentation
With Total Cost of Ownership increasing for TV and FM broadcasters, there is an increasing need to reduce these costs over the life-cycle of the transmission system while improving performance and reducing ongoing maintenance costs.
From alternative cooling systems to more efficient designs and reductions in required floor space to reducing service costs by minimizing required maintenance, there are a number of factors that reduce the cost of ownership while improving up-time and performance.
Don took us through some of the advanced transmitter technologies that enable reduction in operating costs for both for Radio and TV transmitters. And we discussed the Cost vs Price equations for a better understanding of the real TCO.
We’ll also discussed requirements and effects of some forward looking technology initiatives including HD Radio Generation 4.
———————————————May 2019 Meeting————————————
The May Meeting at Milton Tower, hosted by Avery Schultz, Regional Sales Manager for GatesAir featured Steve Rossiter GatesAit TV Specialist with an informative ATSC Update and a tour of the CBS11 Transmitter from GatesAir.
———————————————April 2019 Meeting————————————
Thursday April 25th 2019, Chapter 67 hosted Eddy Vanderkerken from RFS
At the American Tower Milton Site in Cedar Hill for
A Live Demonstration of the RFS Tunable Mask Filter Plus A look at the new ATC Milton Tower Site RFS Multi-Station Combiner
Everyone met at 1360 W Belt Line Rd in Cedar Hill for BBQ from Soulman’s at 6pm and Eddy’s Presentation to follow
—————————-February 2019 Meeting————————–
The February 2019 Chapter 67 Monthly ,/p>
held on the 28th, 2019 at Gilligan’s,
Chuck Barry VP of Sales for
Staco Energy Products
presenting an interesting discussion
“Are Lithium Batteries ready for Data Center/Broadcast Applications?”
Given some of the recent hoverboard and Samsung battery “events”, there is a lot of discussion about whether lithium-ion batteries are a safe solution for the data center and broadcast applications.
This presentation discussed the evolution of the various lead-acid batteries currently available, but the main focus was about the future of energy storage, especially lithium-ion.
Barry weighed the tradeoffs between the various lithium-ion chemistries, discussed how lithium batteries are constructed, explained what a battery management system is, which regulatory requirements should be considered, and fire-mitigation/safety concerns. Further attention concerned the future. Given the amount of money flowing into alternative energy storage, what is beyond lithium-ion?
Dinner provided by Staco Energy at 6pm was followed by the meeting at 7pm
————————————–The 2019 Kickoff Meeting——————————–
The January 2019 Chapter 67 Monthly meeting was held
at Gilligans on Thursday, January 31st 2019
Our Thanks to John Schilberg
US Central Regional Sales Manager for Utah Scientific
for an interesting discussion
“From Pocket Protectors To Packet Sniffers – IP In Broadcast”
Over the past 40 years, the world of radio and TV Broadcasting has changed from analog, to serial digital, to IP. Years ago, we carried three main tools – the Xcelite R181, the R3322, and the P12S. The only “password” required was knowing how to operate the rack tray cover.
Times have changed, and now we’re working with signals that are carried on copper or fiber optic cables and function at blazing speeds!
The group enjoyed a bit of a trip back, and a look forward on what we might be able to expect in the future.
Dinner provided by Utah Scientific, was followed by the meeting
Join us next month – Everyone is welcome at J. Gilligan’s 400 E Abram in Arlington, TX
—————————-October 2018 Meeting————————–
The October Chapter 67 Monthly meeting was
on Thursday, October 25th, 2018
Director of Sales-Broadcast at
Antenna and RF System design for the FCC Repack:
This was a clear expalnation into how antenna design influences radiation patterns, how the design and manufacturing of antennas and RF filters has evolved, and the software tools that can be used to select the optimum solutions for the TV broadcaster during the FCC repack and beyond
Eddy Vanderkerken has over 30 years experience in the sales of TV and Video Test and Measurement equipment, TV broadcasting products, as well as managing and directing sales teams.
Born in Belgium, he received his MSEE degree in Electronics from the Erasmus University College in Belgium, and is fluent in five languages.
For 15 years, Eddy was responsible for the sales of Rohde & Schwarz T&M products in Belgium, focusing on Video and TV applications. In 2001, he moved to the USA with his family, to help expand the Rohde & Schwarz USA sales organization, and was their Director of Sales for the broadcast T&M and transmission products for 10 years.
Eddy founded his own business in 2014, SOURCERER LLC, reselling T&M equipment for the TV, video and broadcast markets in the USA, based out of Dallas,Texas.
Currently he is the Director of Sales for the broadcast division of Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) in the USA, and is actively engaged in the ongoing FCC Repack.