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NAB Posts Radio Engineering Conference Details

Highlights include IBOC power, the first installed KinStar AM Low-Profile Antenna, HD Radio repeaters, 'green' engineering and audio over IP

The National Association of Broadcasters has released details of the radio-related sessions within the Broadcast Engineering Conference at the NAB Show in April.

Highlights include several IBOC power discussions as well as a paper about the first installed KinStar AM Low-Profile Antenna, “green” engineering, audio over IP and other topics. Here’s the summary:

“SBE Ennes Workshop — Continuing the Digital Transition”
Saturday, April 18
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Chairperson: Frederick Baumgartner, PBE, Director, Broadcast Engineering, Qualcomm MediaFLO Inc.

8 a.m. Digital Transmission 101 Part 1
Donald Vanderweit, Application Engineer, Agilent Technologies Inc.

9 a.m. Opening Remarks
John Poray, Executive Director, Society of Broadcast Engineers

9:10 a.m. Digital Transmission 101 Part 2
Donald Vanderweit, Application Engineer, Agilent Technologies Inc.

9:55 a.m. IBOC Performance: The 1% or 10% Solution
Mike Starling, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, National Public Radio

10:30 a.m. IBOC’s Opportunities
Steve Densmore, iBiquity

11 a.m. Five Good Reasons to use a Tube for High-Power FM+HD Radio
Geoffrey Mendenhall, Vice President – Transmission Research & Technology, Harris Communications

11:30 a.m. DTV Transmission Status
William Meintel, Partner, Meintel, Sgrignoli & Wallace

1:15 p.m. Implementing Mobile/Handheld
Wayne Bretl, Principal Engineer, Zenith Electronics LLC
Jay Adrick, President, Broadcast Technology, Harris Communications Division

2:45 p.m. Improving DTV and Mobile TV Coverage through On-Channel and Translator Technologies
Richard Schwartz, Vice President of Product Management, Axcera

3:30 p.m. DTV Maximization: The Value of the Power
Dennis Wallace, Managing Partner, Meintel, Sgrignoli & Wallace

4:15 p.m. Antenna Choices for Digital Systems
Kerry Cozad, SVP, Engineering and Technology, Dielectric Communications

NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference Opening
Sunday, April 19
9 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Chairperson: Lynn Claudy, Senior Vice President, Science & Technology, NAB

“HD Radio Implementations and Improvements Part I”
Sunday, April 19
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Chairperson: Dom Bordonaro, Chief Engineer, Cox Radio Inc.

9:30 a.m. On-Channel Repeater Implementation for HD Radio Coverage Improvement
Richard Redmond, Director of Strategic Marketing, Harris Corp.

10 a.m. Report from Brazilian Association of Broadcasting about of the Tests Results in AM and FM
Stations that use the IBOC Standard
Ronald Barbosa, Master of Science by the Military Engineering Institute, ABERT-Brazilian Association of

10:30 a.m. High-Power, Common Amplification of FM+HD Radio Transmissions with Elevated Sideband Levels
Geoffrey Mendenhall, Vice President – Transmission Research & Technology, Harris Communications

11 a.m. FM+IBOC Broadcast Systems Architecture Considerations for Single-Frequency Networks
Philipp Schmid, Digital Design Engineer, Nautel

“HD Radio Implementations and Improvements Part II”
Sunday, April 19
1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Chairperson: Dom Bordonaro, Chief Engineer, Cox Radio Inc.

1 p.m. HD Radio in Romania
George Pletea, Radio Manager, 2M Prima Telecom SRL

1:30 p.m. FM Radio Reception in the D.C. Market for Various IBOC Power Levels
Sid Shumate, Senior Appraiser/Dir. of Engr., BIA Financial Network

2 p.m. Optimizing Analog + HD Radio Transport Over an Existing 950 MHz STL Channel
Bob Band, Specialist, Harris Corp.

2:30 p.m. IBOC Combining Schemes for 10 dB Injection
Myron Fanton, Chief Engineer, RF Technology, Electronics Research Inc.

3 p.m. Field Reconfigurable HD Radio Combiner Provides a Path Forward
Peter Matthews, CEO, Mega Industries LLC
Henry Downs, VP, Engineering, Mega Industries LLC

3:30 p.m. Centralized and Multipoint Content Management and Control of HD Radio Networks via HD Protocol over IP
Tim Anderson, Product Line Manager, Harris Corp.

4 p.m. FM Digital Radio Power Increase: An Update
Jeff Detweiler, Director of Broadcast Business Development, iBiquity Digital Corp.

“Radio Engineering Forum Part I”
Monday, April 20
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Chairperson: Michael Cooney, Vice President of Engineering & CTO, Beasley Broadcast Group Inc.

10:30 a.m. Has IP Heralded the Demise of ISDN / POTS Services? Advice on How to Set-up a Successful
Remote Using IP Links
Rolf Taylor, Applications Support, APT

11 a.m. Data Delivery Capacity Over FM
Roswell Clark, Cox Radio-Tampa

11:30 a.m. Virtual LAN (VLAN) Segmentation for Radio Broadcasters. What your Network Administrator Needs to Know
Paul Shulins, Greater Media

“Radio Engineering Forum Part II”
Monday, April 20
1 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Chairperson: Jeff Smith, Supervisor Broadcast/Studio Engineering, Clear Channel Radio-NYC

1 p.m. Leveraging Standard IP Protocols for Audio Sharing
Tag Borland, President, Logitek Electronic Systems Inc.

1:30 p.m. Cleaner … Yet Still Loud!
Frank Foti, President, Omnia Audio

2 p.m. Twenty Things You Should Know Before Migrating Your Audio Network to IP
Thomas Knuchel, Sales Engineer, APT

2:30 p.m. Next-Generation Radio Networks
Frank Peters Sengers, Managing Director, Europe, International Datacasting Corp.

3 p.m. MicroCasting: Applying Automation With Customization to Radio Station Affiliates
Kamy Merithew, VP of Marketing, Wegener

3:30 p.m. Send a High-Quality Audio Feed From Anywhere
Harry Scott, Deputy Director, Program and Operations Support, Radio Free Asia

4 p.m. Understanding and Using PPM Technology
Dwight Douglas, VP Marketing, RCS and Media Monitors

4:30 p.m. Practical Strategies for Effective Remote PPM Monitoring
Stephen Dinkel, Director, North American Sales, Burk Technology

5 p.m. Tests of Digital Radio Broadcasting Potential to Cover a Large Area (Alaska) with Shortwave Signals
Donald Messer, Consultant

“New Technologies for Radio”
Tuesday, April 21
9 a.m.-Noon
Chairperson: Milford Smith, Vice President, Engineering, Greater Media Inc.

9 a.m. Energy Conservation in AM Broadcast Transmitters using Carrier Control Algorithms
Tim Hardy, Head of Research, Nautel

9:30 a.m. Got Green? The Engineer’s Guide
Nolan Stephany, Engineering Supervisor, WXXI Public Broadcasting Council
Andrew Janitschek, Radio Free Asia

10 a.m. The Application of Software-Defined Radio Technology to a Multi-Standard Exciter for
Television and Radio Broadcast Systems
Kevin Berndsen, Software Engineer, Harris Corp.

10:30 a.m. Using the Resource Description Framework (RDF) to Simplify Content Management
Ronald Reck, RRecktek LLC
David Baden, Chief Technical Officer, Radio Free Asia

11 a.m. Implications of increasing Man Made Noise Floor levels on Radio Broadcasting
Charles Kelly, Director of Sales, Nautel

11:30 a.m. Same Basket-Different Eggs
Alex Kosiorek, Director of Recording Services, Cleveland Institute of Music

“Antenna Solutions and Case Studies for Radio”
Tuesday, April 21
1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Chairperson Andy Laird, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Journal Broadcast Group Inc.

1 p.m. HD Radio-Combining — A New Solution to an Old Challenge
Bob Surette, Director of Sales Engineering, Shively Labs

1:30 p.m. An AM Directional Antenna and HD Radio
Thomas Ray III, VP/Corporate Director of Engineering, Buckley Radio

2 p.m. The NRSC IBOC Mask Measurement Guideline G201
David Maxson, Managing Partner, Broadcast Signal Lab

2:30 p.m. Real-World Installation of AM HD Radio
Ray Klotz, Sierra Multimedia Inc.

3 p.m. HD Radio Implementation Case Study: Dual-Polarized Master Antenna
Myron Fanton, Chief Engineer, RF Technology, Electronics Research Inc.

3:30 p.m. Easing the Transition to AM HD: Tools and Techniques to Help the Broadcaster
Brian Walker, Research Engineer, Nautel

4 p.m. High-Level IBOC Combining Using Filters
Derek Small, Director, Filter Products, Myat Inc.

4:30 p.m. The Inaugural Installation of the First KinStar AM Low-Profile Antenna
Tom King, President, Kintronic Labs Inc.

“Disaster Preparedness and Public Alerting”
Wednesday, April 22
9 a.m.-12
Chairperson: Clay Freinwald, Corporate Engineer, Entercom

9 a.m. Access to Emergency and Non-Emergency Broadcast Information for People With Disabilities
Geoff Freed, Project Director, Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media

9:30 a.m. Disaster Planning for Radio Stations
Gil Garcia, Disaster Response Coordinator, Clear Channel Radio

10 a.m. National VSAT Safety Net
Steve Davis, Sr. Vice President, Engineering, Clear Channel Radio

10:30 a.m. One-Seg Technologies for Emergency Warning Services based on Digital Terrestrial
Television Broadcasting — Emergency Warning Broadcasting and Earthquake Early Warning
Kenichi Murayama, Principal Research Engineer, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.) / Science and
Technical Research Laboratories

11 a.m. Emergency Preparedness: Essential Elements for Business Continuity When Disasters Strike
James Capps, Executive Director, Systems Engineering & Integrated Technology, Comcast Media Center

11:30 a.m. Predictable, Expected and Certain: Ensuring Reliable Power Protection at Cable TV Head-ends
Julian Rachman, Principal, Broadcast and Datacenter Division, DFW Consulting Group Inc.
Gary Rackow, Vice President, Americas, Active Power Inc.

“New AM Technical Rules”
Wednesday, April 22
9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Moderator: Cris Alexander, Director of Engineering, Crawford Broadcasting

9 a.m. New AM Technical Rules — Current Rule Making Status, History and Benefits
Raymond Benedict, CPBE, President, Society of Broadcast Engineers

9:30 a.m. Modeling AM Arrays
Benjamin Dawson, President, Hatfield and Dawson

10 a.m. Field Measurements for AM Modeling
Ronald Rackley, Partner, du Treil, Lundin and Rackley Inc.

10:30 a.m. New AM Technical Rules — Panel Discussion
E. Glynn Walden, Sr. VP Engineering, CBS Radio
Benjamin Dawson, President, Hatfield and Dawson
Raymond Benedict, CPBE, President, Society of Broadcast Engineers
Cris Alexander, Director of Engineering, Crawford Broadcasting

“Towers and Transmission Systems Parts I & II”
Wednesday, April 22
11 a.m-6 p.m.
Chairperson: John Lyons, Asst Vice President/Director Broadcast/Comm., The Durst Organization

11 a.m. Tower Failures Resulting from Hidden Galvanic Corrosion
David Davies, Director, Structural Products & Services, ERI-Electronics Research Inc.

11:30 a.m. Application of High-Power Radio Frequency Loads and Attenuators in Digital Broadcast
Tim Holt, Director, Systems Engineering, Bird Electronic Corp.

2 p.m. The Application of New LD-MOS Technology to a UHF Multimedia Transmitter Design
Martyn Horspool, Product Manager, Harris Corp.

2:30 p.m. The New FCC Rules for Distributed Transmission Systems (DTS)
S. Merrill Weiss, President, Merrill Weiss Group LLC

3 p.m. Coverage and Interference Analysis of Distributed Transmission Systems
William Meintel, Partner, Meintel, Sgrignoli & Wallace

3:30 p.m. Peak Power Ratings for Transmission Line Carrying Multi-Channel OFDM Broadcasts
Daniel Fallon, Senior RF Engineer, Electronics Research Inc.

4 p.m. Improved Lightning Protection for Radio Transmitter Stations
John Pinks, Chief Engineer Emeritus, Nautel

4:30 p.m. New Consensus Standards for Construction Rigging and Protocol
Don Doty, President, Stainless LLC

5 p.m. RF Measurement Techniques for Broadcast Engineers
Myron Fanton, Chief Engineer, RF Technology, Electronics Research Inc.

5:30 p.m. DVB-T2 Deployment and Impacts
Regis Le Roux, President and CEO, Enensys Technologies