Registration is underway for the IEEE Broadcast Symposium in Alexandria, Va., near the nation's capital. A highlight of the event for radio history buffs is likely to be a presentation by James O'Neal, whose columns appear in Radio World; he will talk about the history and evolution of AM radio transmitters.
This fall's meeting will be the 60th annual symposium. The technical program features tutorials dealing with ATSC Mobile and IBOC issues, along with other developments in "radio engineering, ATSC systems and DTV transmission issues." Organizers plan a panel on spectrum issues related to the FCC's Broadband Plan.
James E. O'Neal will give a luncheon keynote; he is the technology editor of TV Technology and has written on numerous broadcast history topics in Radio World including Reginald Fessenden, Mary Day Lee, the early FCC and the romance of nighttime radio. Also keynoting is Jim Martin of the Department of Defense.
Targeted audiences for the symposium include broadcast engineers, consultants, equipment manufacturers, government regulators and educators. The symposium offers Continuing Education Units for its technical sessions. Event co-chairs are Tom Silliman of ERI and Eric Wandel of Wavepoint Research.
The event is set for Oct. 20–22 at the Westin Hotel in Old Town Alexandria.
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