|At the Wednesday, November 15 meeting...
The Boston Repack
With Neil Searls, Director of Business Development - Broadcast, and Jim Stenberg, Principal Broadcast RF Engineer, American Tower
The FCC incentive auction and associated TV band repacking effort have provided many new challenges for stations, equipment manufacturers and tower owners as well as opportunities to prepare for the future and improve performance. This presentation will present American Tower’s plans to reconfigure their large fleet of existing broadband antenna systems as well as implement many new ones throughout their inventory of tall towers in the US. The presentation will examine in depth the engineering decisions and trade-offs that go into planning a broadband antenna solution using for a given market, how stations can benefit from joining one and outline how Boston is a good example of a market solution currently planned for construction to meet the repack schedule.
Topics will include:
- Current Conditions – Interim Antenna Plan – RF Challenges
- Final Antenna Configuration
- Future ATSC 3.0 Considerations (Q&A)
About Our Presenters:
Neil Searls: Neil is the Director of Business Development within American Tower Corporation’s Broadcast Division and is spearheading ATC’s commercial repack efforts. Neil has 25+ years’ domestic and international sales and business development experience in the wireless infrastructure market. Prior to working at American Tower Neil worked for Motorola, ARDIS an IBM/Motorola joint venture, GTE Internetworking, National Grid Wireless and several Boston area start-ups. Neil resides in the Boston area with his wife.
Jim Stenberg: Jim Stenberg is a principal broadcast RF engineer with American Tower Corporation and performs RF engineering for the broadcast group within ATC. In his position he consults on the specification, procurement, installation and operation of sixty two (and growing) broadband multi-tenant antenna systems which the company owns throughout the US. He acts as a technical resource for the broadcast sales and operations departments regarding RF systems at their sites. Prior to joining ATC, Jim ran his own consulting and field service business from 2005 to 2013, JS Engineering, working with TV and FM stations. Previously Jim worked at several RF system manufacturers including Dielectric Communications, Jampro RF Systems, Passive Power Products and MicroCommunications. He was responsible for numerous RF system product designs and is the holder of eight patents. He also performed RFR level measurements for various multi-tenant sites including the John Hancock Center, World Trade Center, and Black Mountain Las Vegas. He has written and presented technical papers at many NAB, SBE and IEEE symposia and wrote a handbook on Digital Television implementation with T Vaughan Associates and PBS. Jim resides in Portland, Maine with his wife.
Special thanks to SMPTE New England Section Manager Dave Beauvais, Assistant Director of Engineering, WCVB-TV for hosting and managing this meeting.
Wednesday, November, 15, 2017
Refreshments at 6:30pm
Presentation at 7:00pm
5 TV Place,
WCVB-TV is located in Needham, Mass., convenient to Route 128 (I-95) and the Massachusetts Turnpike.: The station's address is: WCVB-TV 5 TV Place Needham, Massachusetts 02494
The station's main telephone number is: 1-781-449-0400.