TORONTO — Nova Scotia-based Nautel has announced a series of round table discussions under the “Transmission Talk Tuesday” title set to run weekly throughout the month of June.
Hosted by Jeff Welton, the weekly events will bring in featured guests to discuss a range of topics related to radio transmission.
The format will be more informal than standard webinars, and attendees are encouraged to actively participate with questions and comments.
Topics to be covered are:
June 2: Storm Season!
With the Atlantic hurricane season already underway (the official start is June 1), broadcasters in coastal areas need to take special precautions – but different weather events can impact radio transmission sites everywhere. Selected guests will join Welton to talk about their personal experience with preparing transmitter sites for seasonal weather challenges.
June 9: Transmitter Travels
Getting to the transmitter site can be a challenge for engineers; washed-out roads, high elevations and other concerns can present unique challenges. This session will present practical suggestions for dealing with day-to-day issues when it’s not easy to get to the transmitter; attendees’ personal experiences will also be shared.
June 16: HD Radio as a Revenue Stream
Although engineers may not be directly involved in selecting programming for additional
channels available in HD transmission, Welton says it is important to be aware of opportunities and be able to discuss them with station management. Options such as leasing out the signal, programming a niche format or tackling an entirely new concept for the channel will be discussed by Welton’s guests and attendees.
June 23: Site Monitoring
The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated the need to be able to handle items remotely – but even when staying at home isn’t a requirement, the convenience of keeping tabs on a transmitter from home can be very attractive. This week’s round table will be a discussion of site monitoring, setting up a remote location as an NOC, and various methods for monitoring and transporting monitored signals securely.
June 30: Customer Service
Welton says this week’s round table discussion will include “war stories” on support questions and will provide opportunities for attendees to ask questions of a Nautel Service technician. Additionally, Nautel’s Support team will talk with attendees about ways to “best help them help you” with critical information that will speed assistance.
As with Nautel Webinars, Transmission Talk Tuesday sessions qualify for ½ SBE re-
certification credit. To register, visit https://www.nautel.com/webinars/.