with Tom Silliman, Rob Bertrand, and Andy Gunn
What: WAMU Combined Antenna
When: May 18, 2023 at 6:30 PM
Where: AU Media Production Center - Register Here
Address: 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20016 United States
In 2020, WAMU completed a years-long effort to build a new master FM system to improve its signal in partnership with WTOP at its tower on the campus of American University. The site is also home to WPFW, WMMJ, WETA-FM (aux), and WPGC (aux). A unique design enables WTOP to deliver its directional signal from the same panel antenna system as the non-directional stations. Additional standalone antennas serve the unique needs of other broadcasters.
Join ERI CEO Tom Silliman and WAMU Senior Director of Technology Rob Bertrand as they recap the tale of the tower project from inception to final perfection amid a pandemic. See the newly rebuilt WAMU transmitter facility with Director of Engineering Andy Gunn and meet other members of the project team. They will collectively offer a guided tour of the buildings and the combiner system at the heart of this distinctive site. Tom Silliman will offer his unique insight on the system’s design, the challenges they overcame, and how his company pulled so much of it together in-house.
Presentation and light dinner (courtesy of ERI) to be provided in the television studio of the AU Media Production Center, located at the base of the tower on the AU Campus.
A zoom offering of the presentation portion of the evening will be provided. Tours will be only be available to those onsite that evening. Regardless of how you plan on attending, please Register Here.