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ATSC 3.0 for Broadcast Engineers
Hosted by: SBE Chapter 53 - South Florida

When:  Friday, March 2, 2018
Where: ATC - 1255 NW 210th St. Miami Gardens, FL 33169
Cost: SBE Members - $40 / Non-Members - $50
Registration:  Register Now - Seminar


ATSC 3.0

The South Florida Ennes Workshop presented by SBE and SBE53 will be held on Friday, March 2 from 8 am to 5 pm in the Miami / Fort Lauderdale area.

Proposed Presentors -

  Jim Leifer - American Tower Corporation
  John Mailhof - CTO for Networking & Infrastructure at Imagine Communications
  Fred Baumgartner - One Media, Ennes Foundation CPBE, CBNT
  Joe Seccia - Gates Air
  Doug Thompson - Hitachi Kokusai Electric COMARK, LLC
  Steve Lampen - CBRE, Consultant Belden

Jeff Welton - Nautel, CBRE

  Dave Benco - ERI

Jim Leifer – Repack from the Perspective of American Tower Corporation

John Mailhof, CTO for Networking & Infrastructure at Imagine Communications

This session covers the new SMPTE standards for live production video, audio, and timing over IP infrastructure, including SMPTE 2022, SMPTE 2059, and the new SMPTE 2110 standards. 
John Mailhot has been working in the field of digital High-Definition Television systems since 1990, first as part of the AT&T- Zenith Team, then as a technical lead for the Grand Alliance encoder, and later as engineering manager and general manager of Lucent Digital Video, Aastra Digital Video and Harris Broadcast.  Today John is CTO for Networking & Infrastructure at Imagine Communications, focused on transition of core Television infrastructure into IP and software-based technologies.  He has two degrees from MIT and is a fellow of the SMPTE.

Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, CBNT, Ennes Foundation
Facilitator and Introduction to ATSC 3.0
As broadcast engineers, we are accustomed to technological advances, and know well that some fade to black, others grow with time, and every now and again something completely changes everything. On the one hand ATSC 3.0 is the natural progression to High Dynamic Range, 4K, High Frame Rate, Immersive Sound and Multimedia. On the other hand, ATSC 3.0 makes TV interactive and a participant in targeted advertising and viewer customization. With OFDM and the resultant single frequency network distribution, it can reach devices in buildings, venues, and transportation corridors that even FM radio cannot. Repack dramatically reduces the available spectrum, so it is impossible to ignore that ASTC 3.0 offers bandwidth to the industry that is lost in the realignment. As a multimedia platform it is as much radio (and everything else media) as TV. To be fair, ATSC 3.0 might be a nothing, or it might be as much of a disruptive technology shift as the multichannel TV universe that now takes more than half of all viewers. Broadcast owners look at the $13B/yr. estimated revenue improvement that targeted advertising might bring to the industry. Stake holders seem to agree that unlike the DTV transition, this is a positive. I think it safe to say that no such wide ranging standard has remained on schedule as ATSC 3.0 has, and for good reason. Maybe, just maybe, this is one of those technologies that does change everything and addresses the losses of spectrum repack brings. In the end one cannot separate repack from ATSC 3.0, and one cannot overestimate the changes these will bring.

Doug Thompson, Hitachi Kokusai Electric COMARK, LLC
FCC and Repack
The manufacturing process of both Parallax and the HC product lines will be discussed as well as how they would be placed in the USA. Learn about the new Parallax transmitter for high power to medium liquid cooled transmitters and the medium to low power transmitters cooled by air.
Doug has worked in Broadcast Equipment sales for 25 years and has been in his current position for the last 10 years. He has sold both Radio and Television equipment and now focuses exclusively on television transmitters and encoders.

Steve Lampen, CBRE, Consultant Belden:
Using Category 5e, 6, 6a for Audio and Video Applications
Bend Radius How Wire Fails
Can you use Category 5e, 6 or 6a “augmented 6” to carry analog and digital audio?  Or analog and digital video?  How about S-video, RGB or VGA? Or HDMI? Or broadband/CATV?  Of course, you can!  For some applications, baluns are required.  The presentation includes sections on Ethernet AVB and HDbase as well as a tutorial on balanced lines and how they reject noise and crosstalk.

Bend Radius and How Wire Fails
What actually happens when you bend a cable?  We took both coax cables and twisted pairs cables, wrapped them around a cone, tighter and tighter, and read the impedance.  Then we crushed each cable, read the impedance, and then “un-crushed” it by hand, to see how much of the performance came back.  The results are very surprising.  Much of what we believed about bending cable is not true.  Additionally, Steve will talk about how wire and cable fail and how to prevent it.  Starts with resistance, capacitance, inductance, and finally impedance, what they are, how they affect signals running down cables and how that parameter makes cable fail.  Included is a short section on fire ratings.

Joe Seccia – Gates Air
Repack Progress Update and Planning for ATSC 3.0 Amid the Repack
A brief history of the repack process and an up-to-date summary from the manufacturers perspective will be presented.  The author will also address what steps can be taken during the repack to enable a smooth transition and ATSC 3.0-ready transmission facility.
Joe Seccia manages Market and Product Development Strategy for the TV Transmitter business at GatesAir.  Joe holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Technological University.  Joe is a 31-year member of the IEEE, active in ATSC activities and is a registered professional engineer and holds five U.S. patents.

Jeff Welton, Nautel
Grounding and Lightning Protection
Learn various aspects of facility grounding to reduce potential lightning damage.  Utilizing good standards of grounding and lightning protection in studio and transmitter sites in more critical than ever!  This presentation reviews how routing of grounding conductors can improve a device’s chance of surviving a transient event, how to lay out a new site or studio to minimize chances of lightning related damage and discusses how to improve existing facilities within a budget.

Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Seating is limited – register now.
SBE Members: $40
Non-Members: $50
Registration Link - South Florida Ennes - ATSC 3.0 for Broadcast Engineers

You can find out more information about this workshop and other SBE Chapter 53 events at
SBE Chapter 53 - South Florida- or email us at You can also contact Cathy Orosz at or by phone at (317) 846-9000.



We appreciate and want to thanks our sponsors - American Tower, Broadcasters General Store and Nemal Electronics for their generous support.

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