IEEE Broadcast Symposium—RF, IP and ATSC 3.0

The 2014 IEEE Broadcast Symposium starts October 15 in San Antonio, Texas. The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society moved the symposium out of the Washington, D.C. area for the first time last year with well-attended sessions in San Diego.

This 2014 program covers a wide range of topics. RF remains a popular topic, but there are more papers covering networking and IP distribution inside and outside the facility. The symposium opens Wednesday morning with “A discussion on the evolution of the broadcast networking requirements and the impact on plant architecture.”

RF Radiation Exposure safety standards, practices and regulations are the focus of the afternoon tutorial session.

Thursday, Kelly Williams from the National Association of Broadcasters will report on comparative field tests of DVB-T2 and ATSC conducted in cooperation with Sinclair. Thursday afternoon's sessions cover advanced radio transmission systems. David Layer's paper on “All Digital Radio” should be interesting and I expect the audience questions and comments will be, too.

The symposium closes Friday with an afternoon session focusing on future broadcast TV technology, with a thorough description of what's happening with ATSC 3.0. Papers will cover broadcast station architecture, the presentation layer, the transport/management layer and the physical (RF) layer.

See the 2014 IEEE Broadcast Symposium Technical Program for a list of all the planned papers as well as other events around the Symposium. Registration is open now. I hope to see you there!

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.