SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
July 30, 2016  

Most Recent Meeting

Wheatstone Corporation

All Are Welcome at SBE Meetings;
SBE Membership is not Required

Attendees

Name
Mr. John Andrews III 
Mr. Dante Barber 
Mr. Jonathan Bernstein 
Mr. Thomas Bunk 
Mr. Tom Crowley 
Mr. Richard Fleeson 
Mr. Steve Floyd 
Mr. David Garner 
Mr. Andrew Gunn 
Mr. J. Eric Hoehn 
Mr. Spike Jones 
Mr. Stanley Kelly 
Mr. David Kolesar 
Mr. Chris Kontopanos 
Ms. Carrie Kramer 
Mr. Kent Kramer 
Mr. David Layer 
Mr. Ashok Malhutna 
Mr. Ascencion Marquez 
Mr. Marquis McCants 
Mr. Brian Oliger 
Mr. Richard Rarey 
Mr. Evan Roberts 
Mr. Daniel Ryson 
Mr. Gerhard Straub 
Mr. Julius Suyat 
Mr. Carl Swanson 
Mr. Russell Taylor 
Mr. Fred Willard 
Mr. Steven Woolfolk 
Mr. Steve Wynn 

An Overview of the IBB Transmission Network

Voice of America

Guest Speaker: Gerhard Straub

July 13, 2016

Our July meeting, held at Voice of America (VOA), focused on the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) transmission network. IBB is the agency that provides all transmission services for US international broadcasting including VOA, Radio Marti, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting Network, and others. This global network consists of over 80 transmitting sites delivering high frequency, medium wave (AM), FM, and TV broadcasts, as well as leased broadcast time at 23 transmitting facilities in 14 countries.  

Guest speaker Gerhard Straub outlined the IBB transmission network throughout the world that combined photographs, videos, and professional insights into the challenges of international broadcasting and program distribution. Following his discussion, VOA's Carl Swanson conducted a tour the vast, impressive studio and technical facilities at Voice of America.

Dinner was kindly provided by Phil Owens and our friends at Wheatstone Corporation, whose products were prominently visible throughout the facility tour.  

Following dinner, Chapter Chair Kent Kramer updated attendees on SBE news.  EAS guru Eric Hoehn provided an update on recent progress with a soon-to-be published Washington DC Metro EAS plan.    

Gerhard Straub, P.E. is the director of the International Broadcasting Bureau’s Broadcast Technologies Division which is responsible for the conceptualization, coverage analysis, design, and construction of all AM, FM, terrestrial TV, and shortwave transmitting facilities of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), worldwide. This division is also responsible for scheduling of all BBG shortwave transmissions, representing the BBG at international frequency conferences, and for implementation and operation of the BBG worldwide automated remote monitoring system.

Prior to joining VOA/IBB, Mr. Straub was a senior engineer with the broadcast consulting engineering firm of Hammett & Edison, Inc., where he was involved in many facets of radio and television transmission systems, RF propagation studies, and RF radiation hazard analyses for domestic and international broadcast clients and networks.  He has also worked in the defense sector, including working with electronic countermeasures (communications jamming) and unmanned aerial vehicles.  He has authored the chapters titled “Radio Wave Propagation” in The Electronics Handbook and The RF Transmission System Handbook, both published by CRC Press, as well as co-authored the chapters “Antenna Coupling and Phasing Systems for AM Broadcasting” and “Maintenance of AM Broadcast Antenna Systems” in the 9th edition of the National Association of Broadcasters, NAB Engineering Handbook.

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