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May 26, 2022  

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Mr. John Andrews III 
Mr. David Bialik 
Mr. Darrell Cheney 
Mr. Greg Coons 
Mr. Mark Fehlig 
Mr. Steve Floyd 
Mr. David Garner 
Mr. Willy Halla 
Mr. William Harrison 
Mr. Chad Hooker 
Mr. Thomas Hormuth 
Mr. Mark Johnson 
Mr. Ben Kapp 
Mr. David Kolesar 
Mr. Kent Kramer 
Mr. Chuck Lindner 
Mr. Ian MacSpadden 
Mr. Marshall Malmberg 
Mr. Raymond Mayberry 
Mr. Tom McNicholl 
Mr. Horace Murray 
Mr. James O'Neal 
Mr. Brian Oliger 
Mr. Kerry Plackmeyer 
Mr. Norman Portillo 
Mr. Evan Roberts 
Mr. Daniel Ryson 
Mr. Tim Sawyer 
Mr. Sidney Shumate 
Mr. Wes Simpson 
Mr. Jonathan Solomon 
Ms. Leslie Stimson 
Mr. Carl Swanson 
Mr. Brian Szewczyk 
Mr. Brian Truong 
Mr. Joe Uberty 
Mr. Doug Watson 
Mr. David Weaver 
Mr. Fred Willard 

C-Band Satellite - The Repack!

Mark Johnson Photo

Guest Speaker: Mark Johnson

April 13, 2021

The FCC’s C-Band satellite spectrum transition is now upon us. This "repack" will radically reshape frequencies used for satellite signal delivery.  In contrast to the prior 2 GHz and DTV repack efforts, some of these changes are coming on an aggressive schedule known as the "fast-track."  Our April meeting provided an accurate quide to help you through this process.  A copy of the presentation is pasted below.

Our guest speaker was Mark Johnson, founder of LinkUp Communications Corporation, a specialist in delivering audio, video, IP or data broadcast content via satellite. Mark discussed the changes taking place, the aggressive timetable, and the efforts necessary to protect satellite downlinks from harmful interference. (Hint: It's often more than just installing one or more filters.)  Doug Watson of LinkUp Communications Corporation participated as well, helping to field many questions asked following the presentation.

Mark was the “go to” guy for other audio and video content providers for years.  Acting on trust, Mark decided in late 2016 to strike out on his own. Now, Mark does it his way - helping friends in the industry by providing excellence in solutions and service. Since graduating from Florida State University, Mark has continued his training through Harris Transmitter School (FM and FM25K), SBE Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE) and Global VSAT Advanced Certified.

Doug has nearly 40 years experience in broadcasting and satellite content delivery. As NASCAR's Motor Racing Network (MRN) Chief Engineer, he constructed the Concord, North Carolina uplink that provides broadcast audio to hundreds of MRN affiliates as well as the NASCAR channel on Sirius XM. He also oversaw the design and construction of the traveling production facility and broadcast center housed in a full size tractor trailer. At MRN, Doug maintain a fixed C-Band uplink, transportable C-Band uplink, and the use of Westwood One for network content distribution. Doug is a GVF Advanced Certified installer.

The meeting began promptly at 6:30 pm with a brief business meeting.  The presentation began ten minutes later.  Thanks to sponsors Paul Fitts and Owen Garland of Vertical Technology Services, LLC for their ongoing financial support of Chapter 37's recent Zoom and other technical support costs.

  LinkUp SBE Presentation 13 Apr 2021
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