Category Archives: Meetings

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.

September 19 Meeting: Digital Watermarking

You missed a great presentation if you weren’t with us for this meeting. Niels Thorwirth of Verimatrix gave an overview of content identification, recognition and marking technologies used as a data carrier or forensic tool with a deep dive into one implementation of digital watermarking. Niels described watermarking in a simple but meaningful way. 

Many thanks to iHeartMedia for providing the space.

About Niels

Niels Thorwirth is the VP of Advanced Technology at Verimatrix, Inc. and is responsible for Innovation and Research in areas such as digital watermarking, IoT Security and Machine Learning. Since April 2005 Niels Thorwirth is spearheading content security innovation efforts to meet and exceed requirements of content owners and digital TV operators, resulting in among others the Verimatrix VideoMark® and StreamMark® forensic video watermarking technologies.

Prior experience includes research activity at the Fraunhofer Society and guiding the technology development at MediaSec, Inc. in Providence, RI, and Essen, Germany, from the company’s inception to its acquisition. Mr. Thorwirth has published several international papers and obtained various patents in the field of digital rights management and digital watermarking. He holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science and Business Management from the University of Mannheim, Germany and the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France.