KTAR Radio, Harris Corporation and SCMS Host SBE
Chapter 'Harris Solid State Transmitters' Event and Station
By - Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet and submitted
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Meeting at the Bonneville Media Office
Yes, Bonneville Media consisting
of KTAR Sports 620 AM, KTAR 92.3 Talk Radio and 98.7 The Peak
in their new facilities at 7740 N. 16th Street, Suite
200, Phoenix invited SBE chapter 9 of Phoenix to a
Harris Corporation/SCMS sponsored educational event, studio tour and
scrumptious lunch Wednesday, May 25, 2011
During the business portion of the Chapter 9 SBE meeting, new
officers Eric Schecter, Chair; Gil Aykroyd Vice Chair; and Robert
Reymont, secretary/treasurer assumed their offices.
The luncheon program was “A New
Approach to Solid-State High-Power FM Amplifiers” presented by Timothy
Anderson of Harris Corporation.
Continued innovations have led to a new
generation of solid-state RF power amplifier technology providing
significantly higher output power, density, and greater efficiency
resulting in lower purchase and operating costs with improved RF
performance and robustness on par with tube based RF power amplifiers.
These improvements in cost and efficiency will make solid state
transmitters more cost competitive.
Anderson discussed recent developments in solid state device
technology along with the challenges and solutions in high-power RF
amplifier design, cooling, combining, control and power supply systems
for the next generation of solid state, high-power, digital / FM
Tim Anderson is a broadcast systems engineer and the Manager of
Strategic Business and Product Development for Radio in the Broadcast
Communications Division of Harris Corporation. Anderson is
currently leading the product development efforts on Harris’ new
family of Flexiva™ of FM Transmitters.
In addition to a busy work schedule Anderson
is also a national SBE board member.
After the luncheon of ribs, chicken
and additional goodies, attendees were treated to a tour of the
new studio facilities led by Chief Engineer Gary Smith. We even
ran into Pat McMahon working in one of the studios!
Anderson,CSRE, DRB, CBNT, Manager, Strategic Radio Market and
Product Development. In addition to his duties at Harris, Anderson
is also a National SBE (Society of Broadcast Engineers) Board Member.
(Photo - SBE)
Front - our tour host was Bonneville Media -
KTAR Director of Engineering Gary Smith (Engineer Ken
Sell from ION and Engineers Ben Endow and Dan Houck of
Channel 3 KTVK seen behind Gary)
'Harris Solid State Transmitters' Photo by Ed Sharpe
Glendale Daily Planet
Engineer Roy Phillips II, Assistant Chief
Engineer from Univision Radio Phoenix, checks out the new servers
and facilities at Bonneville Media offices in Phoenix which
house KTAR and KPKX . Attendees of SBE Chapter 9 enjoyed
lunch, a lecture event and station tour May 25. 2011. Subject of the
afternoon's talk was on 'Harris Solid State Transmitters' given by Timothy
Anderson, Manager, Strategic Radio Market and Product Development.
Photo by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet.
SBE Chapter 9 Engineers Ben
Endow and Dan Houck of Channel 3 KTVK enjoy seeing all the new
equipment installed at KTAR Radio in Phoenix.
Harris/SCMS/Bonneville Media hosted this SBE Chapter 9 lecture
event and station tour May 25. 2011. Subject of the afternoon's talk was
on 'Harris Solid State Transmitters' given by Timothy Anderson,
Manager, Strategic Radio Market and Product Development.
Photo by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet
Pat McMahon at work in the studio at KTAR
Radio! - Photo by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet!
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international
communications and information technology company serving government
and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in
Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual
revenue and more than 15,000 employees — including nearly 7,000
engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing
best-in-class assured communications® products,
systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation
is available at www.harris.com.
About SCMS, Inc.
SCMS, Inc. is a 35-year-old company dedicated to the broadcast
industry. A computer division was formed in 1992 to address the
digital revolution and new broadcast technology. SCMS is a privately
held, debt free North Carolina corporation with over 250 years of
combined Technical RF and audio experience on staff, representing over
500 quality manufacturers. SCMS occupies a 12,000 sq. ft. facility
capable of staging major RF, computer, and studio projects. SCMS has
nine field offices across the U.S. Our motto is
"You-Know-We-Know-Radio." More info can be found at www.scmsinc.com.
About Bonneville Media
Founded in 1964, Bonneville International's heritage
traces its early roots to KSL Radio, which first went on the air in
May of 1922 (originally as KZN) in Salt Lake City, and to KSL-TV,
which had its on-air debut in 1949.
Bonneville Media currently own and operates 9
radio stations in the Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix, and Salt Lake
City Markets. Our headquarters are in Salt Lake City. http://www.bonneville.com/
Bonneville Phoenix stations
KPKX - the Peak http://www.987thepeak.com/
KTAR-AM - http://ktar.com/
KTAR-FM - http://ktar.com/