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IEEE 60th Broadcast Symposium Opens

IBOC measurement, coverage, data and power are featured

The IEEE Broadcast Technology Symposium gets under way in Alexandria, Va., on Oct. 20, and Radio World is in attendance. The annual BTS event is open to IEEE members and non-members.

Radio sessions take place Wednesday and Thursday morning with television discussions in the afternoons and all day Friday.

For radio, Wednesday discussions include presentations by Greg Best of Greg Best Consulting on “FCC and NRSC Emission Mask Compliance Measurements for FM IBOC stations;” NPR Labs’ John Kean discussing “The Design and Use of the HD Radio Coverage Model;” and iBiquity Digital’s Russ Iannuzzelli and Russ Mundschenk talking about the technology developer’s testing of IBOC single frequency network boosters.

Wednesday’s scheduled luncheon speaker is Lt. Col. Douglas Williams of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command, discussing aerial radio and TV broadcasting from aboard EC-130J Commando Solo.

There’s a welcoming reception Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, radio presentations on tap include Hatfield & Dawson’s Ben Dawson discussing the “The Slant Wire Shunt Fed Monopole: A Neglected but Invaluable Technique;” while du Treil, Lundin & Rackley’s Ron Rackley will talk about AM directional antenna parameters and pattern inversion techniques.

The Broadcast Traffic Consortium’s Paul Brenner will discuss HD Radio data applications now and what is planned for the future and Manuel Sone of Shively Labs will feature the Lindenblad antenna.

Harris Broadcast’s Geoff Mendenhall rounds out the radio presentations by discussing transmission system solutions to increase IBOC power and coverage.

Thursday is the annual joint luncheon with the Association for Federal Communications Consulting Engineers and the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society. Guest speaker James Martin, director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance programs at the U.S. Department of Defense, will discuss spectrum use.

Dielectric is hosting a manufacturers reception Thursday at 6 p.m. DSI, ERI, Harris, Jampro, Kintronic Labs, Myat, Shively Labs and Stainless LLC are also supporting this reception.

James O’Neil, technology editor for sister publication TV Technology, will discuss transmitter evolution at the Friday luncheon.

The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers has its annual AFCCE Fall Social on Friday, following the close of the IEEE Broadcast Symposium at 5:30.