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SCTE Sierra Chapter - Certification
Fundamentals of DTV and MPEG by Tektronix and Snader & Associates Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Friday, 21 May 2010 09:03

Tektronix and Snader & Associates are presenting "Fundamentals of Digital Television and MPEG". 

Date:  Wednesday June 2nd, 2010
Time:  9a-1p PST

Surewest-McClellan AFB
5411 Luce Ave.
North Highlands, CA 95652

Demonstration and Presentation Topics: 

  • Audio Loudness
  • Embedded Audio, Dolby Digital (AC-3) and DialNorm
  • ATSC Recommendation A/85 and the LKFS meter
  • A/V Delay Issues and Trouble Shooting
  • Broadcast Data
  • Ancillary Data Analysis including Closed Captioning and AFD
  • Color Gamut and Monitoring
  • Understanding Color Gamut compliance
  • MPEG Testing & Monitoring
  • Testing Requirements
  • Analyzing a Transport Stream

8:30 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.  - Registration
9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.- Presentations and Demonstrations
12:30 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.- Measuring Picture and Video Quality Presentation/Lunch
-Lunch will be provided during the seminar session for registered attendees courtesy of Tektronix and Snader & Associates, Inc.

The seminar will be lead by Steve Holmes, Sr. Application Engineer. Steve has been with Tektronix for 12 years and has over 25 years of video experience. Prior to working at Tektronix, Steve spent 20 years installing, teaching, engineering, and managing Video and CATV systems. Today, Steve consults and teaches test methodologies for Broadcast, Studio, Cable and Manufacturing for customers based in the Western United States and Western Canada.

Please register by responding to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 05/31/2010.

Advanced Upstream Troubleshooting - FREE CT Webinar Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 08:47

Communications Technology will be hosting a FREE Webinar on "Advanced Upstream Technology" All you have to do is REGISTER HERE.

Sponsors:  JDSU 

Date:  Thursday, May 27, 2010

Time:  11am PST

Overview:  As the HFC return path evolves to accommodate the increased bandwidth and quality requirements driven by DOCSIS 3.0 deployments and advanced interactive video, data, and voice applications, troubleshooting methods must evolve as well.  This Webcast will provide some insight into how to troubleshoot impairments in upstreams increasingly crowded with higher-order modulation carriers.

Join Cisco Technical Leader and CT Senior Technology Editor Ron Hranac and Midcontinent’s David Haigh for this free Webcast that shares best practices for troubleshooting impairments in a fully loaded upstream by addressing these questions:

  • What types of HFC problems are most likely to cause common upstream impairments including code word errors?
  • What is the difference between linear and non-linear distortions and how do troubleshooting techniques differ?
  • What are the differences between CNR, SNR, equalized MER and un-equalized MER?
  • What are the different types of tools available for advanced upstream troubleshooting and when is it appropriate to use each?


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 May 2010 09:00
NGAA for Cable - Free LightReading Webinar Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Friday, 14 May 2010 09:18

LightReading.com will feature a FREE Webinar on "NGAA for Cable".  All you have to do is Register here.  

Sponsors:  Alcatel-Lucent, Harmonic, Motorola, RGB Networks

Date:  Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Time:  9am PST

Overview:  Under the strong leadership of Comcast, the cable industry is now exploring how to pump digital video signals cheaply through the cable modem termination system (CMTS), enabling greater use of IP video and narrowcasting.  The idea would be to produce a new, super-dense "CMTS on steroids" that could separate cable upstream and downstream signals logically, rather than physically.  But it would mean a big change in the way that cable operators have traditionally delivered video programming to the home.  How would this proposed Next-Generation Access Architecture (NGAA) work?  What would be the costs of implementing it?  What are the pros and cons of this approach?  This webinar would address these questions and more.  

Register here for this event.  

Last Updated on Friday, 14 May 2010 09:38
Advances in Ethernet Service Testing Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 06:40

Advances in Ethernet Service Testing:  Addressing Your Business Ethernet Deployment and Mobile Backhaul Challenges

Date:  Friday, May 14th, 2010, at 10:00am EST Or Friday, May 14th, 2010 at 1:00pm EST

Mega hertz, in conjunction with EXFO, invite you to attend this special webinar outlining the evolution of Ethernet testing techniques to help address the growing demand for Ethernet base services.  This webinar will focus on the existing test practices and introduce new Ethernet service test methods to help speed deployments and improve first-time-right ratios.

By attending this webex, you will:
•Gain the knowledge you need to determine if your testing procedures are optimized
•Determine if you need to re-assess your Ethernet test practices to adapt to changing SLA requirements.
•Be able to request an on site Ethernet testing needs assessment by an Exfo Ethernet Applications Specialist
•Be eligible for a 10% discount on any Exfo Ethernet Test Equipment purchased through 8/31/10

Attendance to these seminars is on a limited, by invitation only basis.

*By registering and attending one of these webexs essions, you will be registered to win an Apple Ipod Touch –one will be raffled off in EACH session!

Presented By:  Sophie Legault, Senior Product Line Manager at EXFO. Sophie is responsible for establishing the carrier Ethernet product line strategy and defining requirements through customer interactions and market information. She has a solid foundation in the telecommunications industry with over 10 years of experience. She began her career as a network specialist for Stentor, the once cross-country network operator for Canadian ILECs. She then expanded her experience as a Systems Engineer for Nortel Networks' optical Internet product line.

For any questions regarding these seminars please contact Mega Hertz 800-883-8839 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 06:49
Carrier Ethernet for MSOs Training Seminar Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Thursday, 18 February 2010 13:06
SCTE Sierra Chapter Training:  Carrier Ethernet for MSOs

This seminar will touch on some of the aspects of how to Turn-up, Test and Troubleshoot.  This is geared more towards the Network and Headend technician level.

The following are some of the subjects that will be covered:
•Ethernet Basics
•Network Topology and Variants
•Ethernet Service Applications – Internet Access, Voice Over IP, Video on Demand, Private Line and Wireless Backhaul.
•Field Testing Requirements Satisfying RFC 2544
•QoS and SLA Conformance Verification
Presented by: Andy Hight of Sunrise Telecom


Tuesday 4/27/10
8:00am-11:00am – 1 session
6505 Tam O’Shanter Dr. Stockton
Pre-Register with Roberto Castro
(209) 993-6658 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wednesay 4/28/10
1242 National Dr, Sacramento
8:00am-11:00am and 1:00pm-4:00pm – 2 sessions
Pre-Register with Bob Angelastro
(916) 830-6732 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thursday 4/29/10
311 B St, Yuba City
8:00am-10:00am – 1 session
Pre-Register with George DeVoll
(530) 332-5984 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Snacks will be provided during all sessions.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 February 2010 13:16

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