RF Shorts - Aug. 27, 2009

  • • Brian's Brain, the blog from EDN senior technical editor Brian Dipert has tracked his efforts to get reliable ATSC reception. The latest installment, Kitz Technologies' KT-100VG: Robust ATSC Reception Made (Mostly) Easy tracks his experiences with the Kitz Technologies Model KT-100VG Antenna Booster. He has been very happy with its performance. The KT-100VG has a specified noise figure of 1 dB and a 3rd order intercept point (IP3) of greater than +32 dBm.
  • • Eviant has expanded its line-up of portable ATSC DTV sets. The latest model is the Eviant T7 7" digital portable set designed for "school-bound TV viewers." In the press release, the company noted that analog television sets that were used by students earlier this year are now useless. It plugged the Eviant T7 as a "state-of-the-art affordable solution that ensures a steady stream of over-the-air soap operas, reality shows, Saturday morning cartoons, and other educational programs that are enjoyed in dorm rooms across the country."
  • • Elsewhere in this week's RF Report I described Row 44's Internet service to aircraft. KVH is offering a product that provides satellite-based Internet access to leisure boaters and commercial shippers. The company recently expanded coverage to Australian and New Zealand waters. See KVH mini-VSAT Broadband Service Now Available for Australia and New Zealand.
Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.