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Chapter 9/36 Online Meeting: Copper Mountain VNAs

Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs) have been in conversations lately among both amateur and professional radio enthusiasts because their prices have come down with new chips available. VNAs analyze complex impedances, so can be used to analyze antennas, feedlines, and even small circuits at frequencies from near DC to near daylight. Copper Mountain makes VNAs for all purposes, and in a presentation this month, they will discuss the principles of VNAs, what they can be used for, and some common measurements used by broadcasters.

Find out more at an online meeting we’re sharing with Phoenix SBE Chapter 9 on September 30, 2020, at 12 noon. Join the meeting using this Microsoft Teams link.

About the Presenters

Brian Walker is the Senior RF Engineer at Copper Mountain Technologies where he helps customers to resolve technical issues and works to develop new solutions for applications of VNAs in test and measurement. Previously, he was the Manager of RF design at Bird Electronics, where he managed a team of RF Designers and designed new and innovative products. Prior to that he worked for Motorola Component Products Group and was responsible for the design of ceramic comb-line filters for communications devices. Brian graduated from the University of New Mexico, has 40 years of RF Design experience, and has authored 3 U.S. Patents.

Heather Enayat is the Southwest Territory Sales Manager for Copper Mountain Technologies and is local to San Diego, California. She has a strong electrical engineering background, as well as over 13 years of experience in the RF and fiber optic industry. She began her career as a Functional Test Engineer and has experience with software and hardware integration as well as C#.Net, LabVIEW and NI TestStand. She has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Master of Engineering degree in Technology Innovation Management from Carleton University in Canada.

Analyzers (VNAs) have been in conversations lately among both amateur and professional radio enthusiasts because their prices have come down with new chips available. VNAs analyze complex impedances, so can be used to analyze antennas, feedlines, and even small circuits at frequencies from near DC to near daylight. Copper Mountain makes VNAs for all purposes, and they will share some of their secret sauce with us in a presentation this month.

SBE 47 Online Presentation: Streamline Your Remotes

With the rapid global growth of podcasting and radio on-demand, the need has never been higher for professional, easy-to-use solutions that handle technical problems intuitively, without sacrificing feature set.

RØDE Microphones, and Australian-based manufacturer of professional microphones and audio equipment, released the RØDECaster Pro, the world’s first fully integrated podcast production studio, in December 2018, initially for the podcast production audience. Since that time RØDE has listened to the broadcast community, and has developed dozens of additional features that make the Rodecaster Pro perfect for remote broadcasting in almost any situation, both private and professional. Ryan Burke and Tristan Salter from RØDE Microphones HQ, will present the Rodecaster Pro, along with a range of other RØDE solutions on offer, followed by a discussion on the continuing evolution of remote production gear at RØDE.

Join SBE Los Angeles Chapter 47 Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6:30 PM PDT. Sign up here.

Online Chapter 36 Presentation: STACO Updates the UPS

I picked up a new UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) the other day that had been shipped to me and to my surprise, it was quite lightweight. Turns out the premium manufacturers are now installing LiIon batteries and it might just save your back! What about Lithium Ion batteries? Are they safe to install in your facility? Do they hold a charge as well? How long do they last versus the traditional gel lead-acid cells? Can you simply swap the new batteries in place of your old gel cells?

Join Chapters 9 Phoenix, 47 Los Angeles, and 36 San Diego on August 26 at 12 noon PT for a presentation from Chuck Berry of STACO Engineering on the modern UPS. If you’d like to join us, send a note to RSVP@SBE36.ORG. Brought to you by STACO rep Doug Tharp of SCMS.

SBE Cancels National Meeting

[From SBE National Headquarters] The 56th SBE National Meeting, planned to be held in Syracuse, NY on Sept. 22 and 23, will now be conducted via the internet. The event was to be held in conjunction with the SBE Chapter 22 Broadcast & Technology Expo. Chapter 22 has announced that this year’s event has been canceled due to restrictions imposed by the state of New York due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. SBE will hold a combined Annual Membership Meeting and National Awards Presentation via the internet at 4:00 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Details on how to watch the on-line program will be shared soon via the SBE website, SBE-news email newsletter, and social media.