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Bob Paulson, very distinguished engineer, passes
Phil Livingston, Technical Liason for Panasonic Broadcast and Television Systems, Passes
In Memory of Bob Turner, Influential Columnist and Consultant to the Post Production Industry
The (Painful) Way It Was: Editing Video the Old-Fashioned Way
A Behind-The-Scenes look at the Democratic National Convention
BF/VF Closes: Memories of Boston's Premiere Media Arts Center
SIGGRAPH/2003: Impressions of the Computer Graphics Extravaganza
A New Englander Abroad: The BBC Television Centre
Product Management: How to Build Consistently Successful Products
Product Management, Part II: Selling a Better Mousetrap
Digital Cinematography: HDTV is alive and well
Lighting for Inner Peace
The Webcasting Medium: How the technology is advancing
In memory of Jack Newcomb, former Associate Director at pioneering video production facility at MIT
Technical Innovations at NAB: New Englanders star at the show.
QuickTime 3.0 and the Avid/Microsoft Advanced Authoring Format
QuickTime 3.0 Allows Adobe To Move Into Pro Video Editing with Premiere 5.0
Demo Reels
A Eulogy to CMX, by Bob Turner
Switcher NT: Ramblings from IBC
A Producers' Lament
Keeping the Bank Happy and Credit Flowing
An Historic Parable, A Lesson for April 1
Meeting Follow-Up: Film Preservation News
Technical Report: New Developments in Nonlinear Video, a three-part series. Part 1: Putting High-Performance Nonlinear Systems on Personal Computers.
Part 2: Networking and Video Servers.
Part 3: System Design Issues
Editing Video with Adobe Premiere
The Coming of Video and its Influence on Home Movies
From Vintage Film to Betacam: Saving the Past for the Future
A Personal View of Curt Rawley's (Avid President) Dismissal, by Bob Turner.
4:2:2 Profile in MPEG-2 Compression Heirarchy
Technician's Corner: Questions people have asked me lately
Film/Video Museums Around the World
Recent Progress in Computer Graphics
Wicked Funny April Fool Article
Virtual Reality Movies
Fall Survey Results

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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,
Needham, MA


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.

For more information, please contact Marty Feldman at Integrated Solutions Group or

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SMPTE/New England meetings are usually held at 7:00pm (refreshments at 6:30) on the third Wednesday of every month from September through June. Locations vary to allow attendees to tour various sites of interest. You don't have to be a SMPTE member to attend and there is no admission charge. Students and the public are invited to attend. Join our e-mail meeting announcements list and we'll send you e-mail every month so you don't have to keep on checking the web site. You don't have to be a member to get these announcements.

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Updated: 1 November 2017
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor