Category Archives: Meetings

June 2006 Meeting – Statmon Technologies

Last month’s meeting at MediaFLO headquarters not only introduced the concepts involved in a graceful degradation of digital mobile TV signals, but of new ways of integrating hardware, including monitored rack outlets and personal laptop docks in the giant Network Operations Center. Their impressive graphic realtime U.S. map of operating metropolitan transmitter sites calmly glowing green was driven by this month’s presenter, Statmon Technologies.

Statmon introduced a couple of years ago the next generation of transmission site remote control hardware and software–highly scaleable, readily networked, web accessible, and customizeable. Ken Dillard visits us on June 21 at TV Magic and will give a presentation on their technology. He’ll inform us about both the EIF-32 embedded control product line and its large scale environment known as the Axxess control and facilities management system.

Join us Wednesday, June 21, at TV Magic, 8112 Engineer Road, at 6 PM for a social hour and snacks, then the 7 PM meeting and presentation. Guests welcome.

June 2006 Open House – Grass Valley

TV Magic hosts an open house June 28th from 9 AM till 3 PM with Grass Valley products, including Turbo, Kayak, K2 server, Canopus, and RevPro drives for the Infinity news gathering system. The open introduces TV Magic’s new role as integrator and dealer of GV products.

Snacks, soft drinks, and coffee will be served. Please notify TV Magic of your plans to attend to sales@tvmagic.tv. TV Magic is located at 8112 Engineer Road in San Diego.

May 2006 Meeting – Qualcomm’s New MediaFLO

Come see the birth of a revolution this month. May 17, Qualcomm’s MediaFLO hosts SBE Chapter 36 for a presentation and demonstration of their new mobile TV system. Find out how and and where it’s done. Meet Fred Baumgartner, project  Chief Engineer and nationally known SBE education advocate. If your station generates local content, this presentation may represent a future revenue stream.

One of the reasons we put up with the oppressive ankle and knee fatigue we all seem to get at the NAB Convention is that we get to catch up with old friends and acquaintances. We gray, swap jobs, put children through school, have tragedies–these little dramas connect our past to our present and life seems more interesting.

This year I came across an ex-coworker who had just joined Qualcomm’s MediaFLO project. His experience and computer programming skills make this job swap look like a particularly good fit. And for the first time, I got to see part of our future. He dialed in CNBC on his cell phone and showed it to me. Yeah, the cable channel. I couldn’t really read the ticker, but otherwise, this was a perfectly usable TV signal. You have to view the quarter VGA (QVGA) monitor, 320 x 240 pixels, sideways. Here, deep within the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall, was mobile TV without ghosting or dropouts. The relatively low power transmitter was far away on a mountaintop near Las Vegas. You probably wouldn’t want to watch Lawrence of Arabia on such a screen, but it might be a great way to catch up with sports highlights or breaking news.

MediaFLO engineers in Sorrento Mesa are busy designing metropolitan transmission sites across the U.S. And in San Diego, they are installing a Network Operations Center here, where they will do commercial and local content insertion.

Qualcomm has invited SBE Chapter 36 to the heart of the revolution. Come to our May 17 meeting and find out what all the fuss is about. We’ll meet, share a snack, then get a presentation on MediaFLO at a technical level broadcast engineers should be able to understand. This will be essentially the same presentation Tom Mikkelsen made at the NAB Convention. Then you can take the facility tour.

SBE members and guests are invited Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00 PM for the usual social hour with snacks, then our regular 7:00 PM meeting and presentation, then a tour of Building E. We’ll meet at Qualcomm Building G located at 4755 Eastgate Mall. From I-805, take La Jolla Village west to Towne Center Drive. Turn right and go north to Eastgate Mall Drive. Proceed to 4755. If you get to the bridge, Fred reminds us, you’ve gone too far. Note that there are card entry points—you will need to buzz security to get in.

March 2006 Meeting – A Product Fair, Dinner and a Little Tech Talk

It doesn’t get any better than this. Think of it as the “convention before the Convention,” March 15 downtown. Learn about planning your modern studio audio and control systems with a real industry systems guru. SCMS shows off their wares with an impressive array of products they represent: a digital mixer system, processors, mics, recorders, test equipment, and the famous new Receptor HD digital radio. SBE folds in a brief meeting, but this event is all about you and the goods.

Wednesday, March 15, we offer a three part evening of product fair, dinner, and technical presentation at Embassy Suites on the Embarcadero in downtown San Diego.

You can configure it as you wish, but we recommend dessert, a 7 PM presentation by Jay Tyler of Wheatstone called Planning for Digital Audio and Control Networked Facility.

At 4 PM, SCMS and Wheatstone bring an exhibition of broadcast goodies. Included are products from:

  • Aphex 230 The Master Voice Channel Processor
  • Orban 6200, AM HD Audio Processor
  • Digigram UAX200, Broadcast USB Audio Interface
  • Audio Science Various audio cards
  • Heil Microphone system including PR-40
  • HHB DRM85, Flash Mic Digital Recording Microphone
  • Tascam MDCD01, Mini Disc & CD Combo
  • Comrex STAC 6 Phone System, Access IP Audio Codec
  • NT Instruments Digilyzer, Digital Audio Analyzer
  • Burk Remote Control System
  • Genelec 8030A Bi-amplified studio monitor speaker
  • Vorsis AP-3, Digital Signal Processor
  • Boston Acoustics Receptor HD Digital Radio
  • Dielectric Communications Antennas

You can kick the tires and get a personal demo, from 4 PM. At 6:30 PM, the hotel serves a South of the Border buffet. Then the SBE brief meeting and Jay’s presentation.

RSVP with Doug Tharp, (619) 232-5600,  or Sandy Berenics, (858) 560-6679, so that the food order and space requirements come out right.

Location: Embassy Suites, 601 Pacific Highway, near Seaport Village.

December 2005 Annual Banquet

Join us once again for our annual no-host luncheon. This year it’s Friday, December 16, 12 noon, at the Greek Palace, 8878 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, a block east of highway 163 in Kearny Mesa. RSVP to Gary Stigall if you can join us so that we can plan for the space needed. Members and guests invited. Expect to spend $10 cash for a meal, drink, and a tip.

November 2007 Meeting – Euphonix

Euphonix, a major player in the broadcast and film industry audio console market, brings its mobile demonstration vehicle to San Diego at a special time and day, Thursday evening, November 15. We’ll have a social hour with snacks and refreshments, meet and discuss the recent fires and their effects on area broadcasting and the annual December banquet.

Euphonix will Demo the S5 Fusion

Derived from the best-selling System 5 series, S5 Fusion is a complete professional mixing package that provides a fusion of Euphonix’ new processing DSP SuperCore engine with EuCon Hybrid, a technology that allows the console surface to control its own DSP channels as well as channels from multiple external DAWs simultaneously the best of both worlds.

Euphonix will also bring a Max Air, a digital audio mixing console specifically designed for on-air and live-to-tape broadcast production applications. Euphonix shares the same DSP core and I/O as System 5 and also includes much of the same processing and control software. The new DSP SuperCore has 100% failover option and is capable of supporting over 281 signal paths and up to 144 full featured channels with a modular I/O including SDI connectivity.

Join us this Thursday, November 15, at 5 PM for a social hour with snacks and soft drinks, meeting and demo at 6 PM. Meeting place: TV Magic, 8112 Engineer Road, Kearny Mesa. For directions, call (858) 650-3155. Members and guests invited.

June 2005 Meeting – GMS

Global Microwave Systems of Carlsbad demonstrated a remarkable new high definition portable microwave system. With COFDM digital transmission, camera operators walked around the Bay City TV Fox 6 studios, their picture never wavering as a real-time spectrum analysis bobbed and weaved. Presenter Ken Andrew said the new system, which won GMS an AIM award at this year’s NAB Convention, was not ready for network-quality HDTV due to its limited 25 Mbps data rate. But attendees saw a system clearly ready for
news coverage or film-style production monitoring.

One of the most interesting parts of the demo was the active signal
addition circuitry. The processor input IF signals from seven co-linear
vertical 2GHz antennas and output an in-phase addition of all signals,
leading to the best possible reception at all times.

Meanwhile, the chapter seemed to be infused with a new vigor.
Relative to recent meetings, this one was well-attended by a wide
variety of members and guests from all segments of the local
broadcasting population.

New officers were nominated, and will be elected in the coming month
by paper vote of members. Nominations included Eric Schecter of
Jefferson-Pilot Communications for Secretary/Treasurer, Stephen Frick
of KFMB Stations for Program Chair, and Carlyn Yenger of Pacific Radio
Electronics for Vice Chair. The Chair position nomination was tabled
till next meeting.