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Engineers, Start Your Engines!

Indiana broadcasters gather for 2009 workshop

“Gentleman, start your engines” is a familiar refrain to the folks in Indiana every May. Perhaps in October Indiana’s broadcast engineers will hear, “Engineers, start your engines” at the annual Engineer Workshop.

Scheduled for Oct. 27 and 28 at the Renaissance Hotel in Carmel, the 2009 Annual Engineer Workshop of the Indiana Broadcasters Association will feature workshops and sessions for both TV and radio broadcast engineers. You can download the registration info from the IBA Web site.

Sessions of interest for radio will include “Technological Advances for Increased FM IBOC Power” by Scott Martin of Nautel and “Audio Coding for IP & BRIC Technologies” by Chris Crump of Comrex.

Radio World contributor Steve Lampen of Belden will speak on “10 Gigabit Cable for Audio & Video Applications.” Also, ERI’s Dave Davies will examine a frequent tower problem in “Tower Guy Anchor Rod Corrosion: Damage Evaluation, Replacement Methods and Cost Estimates.”

Useful crossover sessions include “RF Power Measurement Basics” with Lynn Strube of Bird Technologies Group and “Broadcasters Role in Public Warnings,” a panel to be moderated by Dale Gehman and featuring representatives from the Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, National Weather Service along with radio and TV stations.

Sponsors include Harris, Comrex, Belden, Gepco, Larcan and Broadcasters General Store.