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Online Meeting Nov 9: All About Drones That Can Inspect Your Towers

QCommunications’ Airborne Division, QForce, is a member of the OConsortium Technology Demonstration Tour where it provides broadcaster-related entities with an overview of the collection capabilities utilizing unmanned systems (drones). The professional pilots of QForce collect a variety of data needs in support of broadcast companies, tower owners, insurance companies, and other stakeholders to include visual and thermal inspection data as well as the RF mapping and Pattern Verification (PV) services in support of the REPACK program and individual needs. QForce focuses on providing the right structure, coordination, consulting, and applying the proper sensor and aircraft combination under the command of a specially trained pilot to collect any information the client may need for their structure.

While out on-site at the Briarcrest facility with the OConsortium Technology Demonstration Tour QForce was able to fly some of its sensors for a general look at the local structure and discuss some of the unique capabilities drones can provide to the broadcast stakeholders.

Join Chapters 36, 9, and 47 Tuesday, November 9 at 11:30 AM PST. SBE Members and all interested are invited. Register in advance for this meeting HERE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Thanks to Chapter 47 for organizing this online meeting. 

Jim Ocon is President and Founder of the Oconsortium. It is a cross-platform technology collaboration focused on educating, developing, and delivering innovative, cost-effective, and resilient solutions for the media and broadcast industries. Jim has held many positions in the industry working in news, production, and automation. As president and Chief Innovation Officer of Ocon Solutions, created in 2018, Jim interfaces product tech with clients over the entire supply chain. Our customers include broadcast, news, law enforcement, and corporate clients who require professional scale projects. Jim is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineering (SBE), ATSC, and SMPTE.

October 20 Online Meeting: What’s Up with Frequency Coordination?

When the FCC sold off the 600 MHz band to telecom, it left wireless microphone and foldback monitor device operators scrambling for workable spectrum, especially in the largest metro areas.

I’ve been coordinating frequencies for the NFL since 2012, and now perform the pre-game coordination for the Chargers, Rams and 49ers. Monitoring and enforcement means travel to Los Angeles on some game days. With the Super Bowl coming up this February in Los Angeles, we’re preparing to jam more wireless gear into more diverse frequency bands.

In an online presentation, we’ll review current options for wireless options in each available band. What are power users buying? What spectrum is best to use for your applications in LA, San Diego, and Phoenix? What spectrum must be avoided? What’s new with NFL coordination? What’s been happening at recent Super Bowls? 

Join me Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 6:30 PM. SBE Members and all interested are invited. Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Chapter 36 Calls a July Beach Party

Says Chairman Anthony McDaid, “It’s been 15 months since Chapter 36 had an in-person meeting. so I thought it would be nice to have a day at the beach as a way to socialize and find out what everyone has been up to during that time.”

“Please join us July 30th at Mission Bay. Pizza and drinks will be supplied but feel free to bring your own. Parking is nonexistent so best to ride share. Meeting point is 815 Coronado Court, 92109. I will be there from 12:00 noon and will have an easy-up and some chairs already set up on the bay side nearby.”

If you can’t find parking on Mission Boulevard, consider parking at the public lot across Mission Blvd. from the Belmont roller coaster, then walking the quarter mile to Coronado Court.

You’re welcome to bring your significant other. No presentations, just sun and conversation.

Sounds like a good time to celebrate the opening up of COVID protocols. See you there!

SBE Online Presentation: All About WebRTC by Comrex

When Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla team up, you might think, “Nothing good is going to come of this.” You’d be so wrong. An Open Source project is typically the last thing these tech behemoths would ever want to be involved in, let alone with their fiercest rivals. WebRTC is a fascinating example of how good things can be born of necessity and how they can foster cooperation on multiple levels. We’ll discuss the basics of WebRTC and the multitude of applications that are already using it to change the way the world communicates.  This is especially important in light of the rapid evaporation of our “traditional” telco infrastructure. We’ll also cover broadcast-specific applications and the future of live content creation.

SBE members and guests are welcome to join us online Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 6:30 PM PDT/AZT.

Register in advance for this Zoom meeting here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About the Presenter

Chris Crump has served as the Sr. Director of Sales & Marketing for Comrex since 2004.  In 1987, he began his professional radio career at ABC/Cap Cities Detroit before taking the Features Editor position at MediaBase Research/Monday Morning Replay. On-air, remote broadcast engineer, Creative Services Director roles followed for Capitol Broadcasting (subsequently Paxson Communications) in Orlando and the Ron & Ron Radio Network in Tampa/St. Petersburg. 

In 1996, Crump moved to the manufacturing side of the broadcast business performing sales & marketing roles for Spectral, Inc., Euphonix, Symetrix and Klotz Digital America.  Crump resides in Buford, Georgia (outside of Atlanta) with his wife Seval, 16 year-old daughter Zara and their Affenpinscher Olive.  He is a CBNE certified member of SBE Chapter 5 in Atlanta as well an Assistant Scoutmaster in Dacula, GA.