Dielectric Engineering Pair Head To IEEE, WBA Events


A pair of up-and-coming broadcast engineering experts at Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned antenna and RF system manufacturer Dielectric have been tapped to make presentations at the 2019 IEEE Broadcast Symposium and at the 2019 WBA Broadcasters Clinic.

Electrical Engineers Nicole Starrett and Dan Glavin will address audiences at the 2019 IEEE Broadcast Symposium, with presentations that educate and problem-solve on two of today’s more substantial RF challenges: software-based antenna design (Starrett) and next-generation RF monitoring (Glavin).

Starrett will present Antenna Simulation: Tackling Repack and Beyond at the IEEE event at 4:30pm on October 3. The closing session of the conference, Starrett will discuss how transitioning from physical to software-based design processes prepared suppliers and broadcasters alike for the busy spectrum repack period – and how these now-established design models can be carried into the next generations of antenna and RF design.

“The repack timeline created a unique situation where many TV stations required new antennas and RF systems in a short period of time, and the long-established physical modeling process would create production challenges around storage, testing and design modifications,” Starrett said. “Modern simulation processes eliminated these limitations and reduced design time from weeks to days at Dielectric, thus accelerating the design, production and delivery of more than 900 repack antennas from our facilities. This paper will examine these processes, and offer insight into how they will benefit single-frequency network (SFN) and ATSC 3 antenna designs moving forward.”

Glavin will present Real-Time Monitoring of RF Systems Performance at 12:15pm on Wednesday, October 2 at the IEEE event

Glavin will then present on the same RF monitoring topic at the 2019 WBA Broadcasters Clinic on Thursday, October 17.

In each session, Glavin will discuss how innovative radar techniques facilitate real-time monitoring and VSWR measurement of transmission line systems for RF and IT engineers alike. This IP-connected systems approach empowers users to identify fault locations and other performance issues without expensive and time-consuming antenna sweeps.

Dielectric introduced its RFHAWKEYE solution for next-generation, IP-connected RF monitoring at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

“The U.S. spectrum repack initiative has introduced an entirely new generation of antennas, transmitters, transmission line and related RF equipment to more than 1000 TV stations,” Glavin said. “At the same time, the number of experienced RF engineers in the field continues to decline, as newer, younger engineers enter the broadcast field with a stronger IT skillset. This paper will discuss how leveraging real-time, IP-connected, RF time-domain monitoring methods can be applied to monitor and troubleshoot RF systems of any age, and more effectively discern potentially dangerous system changes that were previously undetectable through remote monitoring.”

The 2019 IEEE Broadcast Symposium takes place October 1-3 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The 2019 WBA Broadcasters Clinic is October 15-17 at the Madison Marriott West.