While I haven't had the opportunity to attend conferences outside the United States, in this country the IEEE Broadcast Symposium is, in my opinion, the top conference for papers on broadcast RF technology. While the scope of the papers has expanded to include Internet and multimedia, attendees looking for information on the latest modulation and demodulation methods, new transmission techniques, antenna design and practical implementations won't be disappointed.
As expected, the DTV transition will be a key topic this year during the three-day (Oct. 15-17) meeting at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, Va.
The IEEE is offering two simultaneous sessions on Thursday (Oct. 16). Track 1 topics are "Managing the Transition—Digital TV" and "Managing the Transition—Digital Radio". Track 2 is a two-part session titled "Managing the Transition—Refining the Process". Track 2 includes papers on topics including single frequency networks, error correction, transmission network planning and cognitive equalization
Luncheon speakers this year will be Dick Wiley and Peter Fannon.
For more information, see The 58th Annual IEEE Broadcast Symposium Web page.
Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.
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