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My 2018 Cable-Tec EXPO Experience Print E-mail
Written by Charles Boivin   
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 10:42

I have been a member of the SCTE for about 5 years now and have attended the local cable expo a couple of times. Last month I had the pleasure of attending my first national SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta. To summarize in one short palindrome: WOW!

There were trainings available focused on all of the newest technologies and even future concepts currently in development. The training topics varied, ranging from Wireless Technologies and Security, to the Internet of Things, operational changes and more. There were over 100 industry speakers and over 40 workshops so whatever your area of interest, there was plenty of relevant training for everyone. In the trainings, you are able to sit among some of the industry leaders and hear about new products and technologies straight from the people developing and deploying them.

With over 10,000 attendees and 400+ exhibitors, the networking opportunities throughout the week were priceless. The exhibit floor was massive, boasting over 300,000 square feet of seemingly endless products on display. When taking a break from the training, you can wander through the maze of product demonstrations and get hands on training with the latest and greatest technologies.

All in all, this was an incredible experience that I will definitely look forward to attending again in the future.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 13:16
Call for Nominations Member Alert Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Friday, 05 October 2018 11:35
SCTE•ISBE Sierra Chapter Board Election Process and Timeframes
Interested in becoming a board member for your local Sierra Chapter? We would love to have you join us!

The election process for the 2019 – 2020 (2 yr.) term of Board Members is approaching and the dates below represent the deadlines for the next steps
  • Call for Nominations – Now
  • Candidates and Nominees interested in running submit Brief Bio which will be posted on our Website and Ballot – Nov 16th 2018
  • Voting Window begins Dec 3rd and ends Dec 7th, 2018
  • Election Results announced at Dec Board meeting
  • New Board members take office in January at Jan Board meeting
Names below will end their 2 year term in December and are up for re-election
  • Don Dyer
  • Steve Bradley
  • Bob Angelastro
  • Aaron Walker
  • Eric Behr *(Replaced Mike Milligan midterm)
  • Brandon Mehrkens *(Replaced Catalino DeDios midterm)
The Board of Directors consists of 12 individuals. There are at least 6 openings available during the election process. You may send an email to Steve Bradley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to nominate an individual or if you are interested in serving on the board and would like to have your name added to the ballot.
Remember, deadlines for submission are Nov 16th 2018. Visit the Sierra Chapter Website http://www.sierrachapter.com/
Last Updated on Friday, 05 October 2018 13:30
What can the SCTE do for me? Print E-mail
Written by Brandon Mehrkens   
Friday, 05 October 2018 09:26
What can the SCTE do for me? This is a question I am asked frequently; it is a question I once asked myself. 
Before talking to ‘the right” people, I was oblivious to the training and networking opportunities that had been at my disposal from the day I became a new hire. Blinded by the day-to-day duties of a newly hired CommTech, it seemed there would never be time for me to enroll in classes geared towards my new trade, or sit through seminars with a stacked route of installs. Then, I talked to “the right” people. They all but laughed when I explained why I had not taken advantage of the self-paced courses, and certifications offered by the SCTE. That is when things started to change in my career, coincidence? Maybe. 
I like to believe that while it did take a good amount of effort on my part, the relationships I have made, and the knowledge I have gained through the Society not only made me a better candidate, but a driven industry expert. I am now a Network Technician in Sacramento, as well as an officer of the Sierra Chapter SCTE Board. 
What is holding you back?  
By Brandon Mehrkens / COMCAST 
Last Updated on Friday, 05 October 2018 13:06
Training and LinkedIn Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Friday, 29 July 2016 13:52

Hello fellow SCTE Sierra Chapter members and friends!  We’ve had some great training events over the summer, hopefully you’ve been able to join us. But if not, we’ve got more exciting training events coming this fall. Be sure to follow us on our website, or make sure you on our email list so that you can be notified of all upcoming events! You can join by simply visiting the Sierra Chapter website and looking for the yellow box that says “Subscribe to Newsletter”. We've got our social networking site within LinkedIn.  There, you'll find our local chapter, other chapters, and the greater SCTE organization at your fingertips.  LinkedIn is a great ice-breaker acting as a billboard to summarize your skills in the industry. 

Here we are on LinkedIn.  Learn more about LinkedIn here.  

2018 Chapter Member Appreciation Events - Vote for the Board Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Friday, 05 October 2018 11:33
2018 Chapter Member Appreciation Events - Vote for the Board - Join the SCTE during our Membership Drive!
The SCTE Sierra Chapter will be visiting and hosting events in you’re office the week of Dec 3rd through the 7th – JOIN US!

Members - If you are a member of the SCTE, come by for some refreshments. We would like to say Thanks for being a valued member!

You can also cast your votes for the 2019-2020 Board Members (ballots will be on site).
Non-Members - If you are currently not a member of the SCTE or have lapsed in membership dues, come by to see what the SCTE has for you and join us for some refreshments. We can also explain how your employer can help! Take ambition by the horns and consider joining the SCTE.
RPHY (3 sessions sponsored by Viavi) Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Friday, 05 October 2018 09:19
You can’t hear enough about RPHY.  Industry publisher Light Reading, sponsored by Viavi, will air three webinar’s on the subject.  You need to register for all three separately and part of the process requires you to setup a login/password to their site.  The confirmation emails you receive when registering will have links to add the event to your Outlook Calendar.  

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Remote PHY but Were Afraid to Ask
Date: 9/27/2018 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London - this one already aired but should be available via replay
Sponsors: VIAVI Solutions

DAA - Headend Considerations Before the First Remote Unit is Turned Up
Date: 11/27/2018 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London 
Sponsors: VIAVI Solutions 

Crossing The R-PHY Finish Line – RPU Installation, Cutover and Ongoing Maintenance 
Date: 1/23/2019 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London 
Sponsors: VIAVI Solutions 

Last Updated on Friday, 05 October 2018 09:22
We're on Facebook! Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Friday, 29 July 2016 13:54

The Sierra Chapter is now on Facebook. Take a look at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/644837065665393/

Be a part of the Sierra Chapter’s Group on Facebook now!

Last Updated on Friday, 29 July 2016 13:53

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