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IEEE Broadcast Symposium Is This Month

Registration is open for the 2014 IEEE Broadcast Symposium.

True to the group’s desire to move the event to various locations, this year’s show is in San Antonio. Last year the event was held in San Diego,
following many years in Washington.

This year’s event is Oct. 15–17 at the Hilton Palacio del Rio.

The topics to be discussed on the 15th include broadcast distribution media measurements strategies by Steve Holmes, senior applications engineer at Tektronix. ERI President Tom Silliman will discuss tower safety in a keynote address.

FCC engineer Martin Doczkat is scheduled to cover the agency’s RF exposure policy. Hatfield & Dawson Senior Electrical Engineer of Counsel James Hatfield plans to discuss RF exposure problems.

Topics on tap for Oct. 16 are spectrum issues from Bill Meintel, senior partner at Meintel Sgrignoli & Wallace; crest factor reduction from Tim Anderson, manager of Radio Product Development for GatesAir; and Modulation Dependent Carrier Control with Hatfield & Dawson President/Senior Electrical Engineer Ben Dawson.

NAB Senior Director of Advanced Engineering David Layer will cover the NAB Labs’ all-digital AM radio field test project. George Washington University professor and Digital PowerRadio Chief Inventor Dr. Brana Vojcic will discuss that technology in the afternoon. DPR says its technology, parts of which were developed for the cellular phone industry, will make an HD Radio receiver more sensitive and extend the coverage of the AM and FM digital signal, whether it’s all-digital or in the hybrid mode. At our last report, DPR was looking for a chip company to test its technology.

On Oct. 17, hot topics include ratings technology measurement methods from Nielsen SVP Client Engineering Paul Mears and an explanation of AES67, a standard for networked audio over IP, from Telos Alliance Chief Science Officer Gregory Shay. Paul Avery, manager, Cooperative Systems, Intelligent Systems Department at the San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute will keynote the lunch with a discussion of communication challenges in a connected vehicle environment.

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