NAB/SBE Satellite Uplink Operators Workshop Overview

Satellite interference costs your station time and money. If you or your operations staff has not received formal training for operating your uplink facilities, sign up for the NAB/SBE Satellite Uplink Operators Training Workshop. The course will be offered September 29 - October 2, 2014, at NAB's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Workshop begins each day at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

Mr. Skjei has more than 30 years’ experience in engineering, operating and developing a wide range of hardware and software for satellite communications systems and services and is highly knowledgeable in all major satellite communications operational areas: global, U.S. domestic and military.

This Workshop provides in-depth information on the theory of satellite communications and all operational aspects of the ground equipment for uplink and downlink facilities. It is applicable to distributing signals for both analog and digital television and radio. Because it is useful for satellite operators to have a basic understanding of all parts of the broadcast system, this Workshop provides significant background information on digital television (DTV) and, in particular, high definition television (HDTV), which has increasing importance through all parts of the broadcast television chain, from production to distribution to the home.

The Compressed Digital Television and Transmission section of the Workshop covers the theory of digital video with an introduction to compression techniques and systems, concentrating on MPEG-2 but also including new technologies such as MPEG 4 Part 10 (AVC) and JPEG 2000, both of which are increasingly being used for broadcast digital video backhaul and distribution. The various standard definition (SDTV) and HDTV formats in use are also discussed, with detailed analysis of how these are carried in satellite transmission systems. In addition to classroom instruction, students will receive hands-on training in a satellite newsgathering (SNG) truck. On the following day there is an all-day field trip to a nearby, large satellite teleport and operations center.

"I am happy to be teaching the course and look forward to the student interaction and the practical training sessions," said Sidney Skjei. "Although the primary purpose of the course is to train satellite uplink operators, it provides a good overall background in all technical and operational aspects of satellite communications today, including digital video and broadcast systems."

The training is designed to instruct students in the proper technical and operational practices that will ensure safe, successful and interference-free satellite transmissions. The Workshop fee is $1,250 for NAB members and $1,550 for all others. The Workshop fee includes a Satellite Uplink Handbook, continental breakfast and lunch. Space is limited, so if you don't want to miss this opportunity, please register soon. If you need more information about the Workshop contact NAB Technology at (202) 429-5346.

Comments from Prior Workshop Attendees
"The Workshop will give satellite operators and RF engineers a better understanding of the 'whole picture' when it comes to satellite communications."
-Mark Duff, AFRTS, Alexandria, Va.

"A very helpful Workshop! It really helped a beginner such as me understand the basic theories behind my job, and helped removed the 'black magic' feel of satellite uplink."
-Jordan Wright, U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C.