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Bonus March Chapter Meeting: SAS and Recent Digital Audio Protocols

While AES-67 Audio over IP and now AES-70 (GPIO and Control over IP) are popular in the radio broadcast world, a little known standard called IEEE-802.1 (also called AVB), is continuing to grow in the TV/Film, Production, Automotive and Consumer Industries. AVB (“Audio Video Bridging”) is an Audio over Ethernet (AoE) mechanism with auto QoS. With its growing popularity many other industries, the IEEE is positioning this technology to replace HDMI in entertainment systems, gaming consoles and TV Displays. AVB provides a mechanism for intuitive control and discovery. AES-67 is an Audio over IP (AoIP) topology, and while development is ongoing for “control and discovery”, (as is AES70), it’s poised to become the industry standard for radio broadcasting. We’ll outline key differences and typical applications for each protocol.

Al Salci of Sierra Automated Systems and Engineering Corp. visits us Wednesday, March 27 at 12 noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive, San Diego. He provides lunch, then will give the presentation. Members and guests are all welcome.

About our Guest Speaker

Al Salci is a veteran analog and digital designer, and software engineer with over 35 years experience in broadcast communications. Originally from Toronto Ontario, Al holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Toronto College of Electrical Engineering & Technology. Al started his career in Television Broadcast designing time code products for Telcom Research, Evertz Systems and Leitch Video. Al moved into radio in 1983 as Director of Engineering for McCurdy Radio Industries where he developed audio consoles, switchers, intercoms, and other audio products.

Later, Al joined RTS systems in Burbank as Senior Digital Design Engineer and developed 4-wire intercom systems to enhance their 2-wire TV camera communications networks. Al Salci teamed up with Ed Fritz, another veteran design engineer in Burbank and started Sierra Automated Systems & Engineering Corp. that specializes in high-density digital audio distribution and management systems, audio control console surfaces, large-scale AoIP systems, and fully integrated intercom systems. SAS is celebrating over 34 years.

March 13 Meeting: DVEO and Developments in OTT, IPTV

Over-the-Top and IPTV continues to evolve with more infrastructure bandwidth and more bandwidth-efficient compression schemes. Learn about Dozer™ ARQ and other protocols now built in to some of the encoder/decoder pairs DVEO offers that give live media transmission a whole new level of dependability.

Local supplier DVEO representative Nicholas Joseph will present “OTT/IPTV: One of the Futures of Content Delivery” at the next SBE Chapter 36 meeting. Join us Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 12 noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive, San Diego. We’ll have his presentation after a free lunch.

About Our Speaker

Nicholas K. Joseph was born and raised in San Diego and earned an EE degree from San Diego State University. In 2011 he was hired at DVEO for sales support, and has since become Senior QA and Tech Support Engineer for DVEO video streaming products.

February 2019 Meeting: Nautel Talked About Improved HD Deployments

One of the gripes about early IBOC HD radio installations is that they required inefficient Class A amplification and often a second, dedicated transmitter and/or antenna, not to mention special studio-transmitter links (STLs) and frequent manual time alignments. Messy business.

The new Nautel representative Jeff Wilson, came to San Diego February 20, 2019 to introduce himself and make a presentation on “Making HD Radio Deployments Easier and More Affordable,” describing new systems that take a lot of the pain out of HD Radio deployments.

Many thanks for the talk and for lunch, Jeff!

About Jeff Wilson

Before taking over for retiring Ellis Terry last year, Jeff had represented Broadcast Electronics in Quincy, Illinois since 1995 as Western USA Sales Manager and later Director of Sales. He’s well-known in the broadcast industry.

2018 Annual SBE Holiday Luncheon

We always have a great time sharing good cheer and shop talk. This year’s holiday luncheon is sponsored by our friends at RF Specialties, so no cost to you. No presentations, either.

Please join us Wednesday, December 19th at 12 noon at Souplantation, 6171 Mission Gorge Road in Mission Valley. RSVP to rsvp@sbe36.org so that we can reserve a place for you.

SBE November 14th Meeting – RF Site Planning

How do you control and monitor your RF plant? Do you have an integrated method for monitoring transmitter power and switching between transmitters or antennas? What do you know at any given time about the health of your cooling system? How are you handling transmission of your FM stereo multiplex over AES?

Broadcast Devices, Inc. Bob Tarsio of Broadcast Devices, Inc. gives us a presentation on these and related topics at our SBE Chapter 36 meeting November 14 at 12 noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive, San Diego.

About Bob Tarsio

Bob has served as President and CEO of Broadcast Devices, Inc. since 2002. Previously, he was Director of Engineering for Viacom’s WLTW/WAXQ in New York City. His career has spanned 40 years as broadcast engineer, circuit designer and technical sales engineer.