This month I’m continuing my coverage of the 2016 IEEE Broadcast Symposium, with a focus on presentations about ATSC 3.0 and the transition from ATSC 1.0 to ATSC 3.0.
I first attended the IEEE Broadcast Symposium 20 years ago when it was held at the Hotel Washington and it remains the “must attend” event of the fall conference schedule.
Many stations will replace transmitters, RF systems, line and antennas as part of the channel repack after the incentive auction and it makes sense to select gear that will work for ATSC 3.0.
The looming repack and stations' aging transmitter plants had broadcast engineers taking a fresh look at transmitters and other RF gear at NAB 2016.
The ATSC 3.0 standard is nearing completion. Candidate standards have been released for system discovery, or “bootstrap,” and the physical layer.
After the FCC incentive auction is complete, likely before we transition to ATSC 3.0, many UHF TV stations will have to move to new channels.
Awhile back I described the RF toolkit I carry around with my laptop. Since I wrote that article, I’ve had a chance to test some new devices.
The amount of spectrum devoted to TV broadcasters is shrinking—from a peak of 486 MHz before 1983 to 294 MHz today.
Today TV broadcasters need to deliver content to devices ranging from smartphones and tablets to huge LCD screens.
There’s a lot of interest in 5G from just about every segment of the communications industry, except broadcast and public safety/land mobile.
Experiment will use two experimental 5G base stations and one piece of experimental 5G mobile user equipment.
The 22 MHz bandwidth means the signal can extend from 2473 to 2495 MHz, potentially impacting broadcast auxiliary service channels A9 and A10.
Beartooth is software-defined radio that interfaces with supported iOS and Android devices and includes a battery to double smartphone battery life.
FCC recently granted two companies experimental licenses to use HF bands for data communications at far greater bandwidths and data rates than have been used by amateur radio operators.
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