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July/August Newsletter - Golf Update September 8th and 9th 2021

Hello to all our Sierra members,

I hope this newsletter finds you well in this HOT summer of 2021! What a year so far, and it’s not even the bad fire season yet here in the Sierra region. We would all like to extend our thank you for attending our Alpha Long Range Technologies / Fire Season Training this month! A big Shoutout to our presenters Tony Castro and Travis Taylor!

Golf Tournament is open to register !!!

We are ready to have some fun in the sun, meet, greet and catch up, please sign up via link to register via SCTE National or contact us about sponsorship options!

As most of you have heard, we've rescheduled our Golf Tournament for Sept 9th, 2021. We are still planning a welcome reception the evening prior to the event, which will be held at the Stockton Hilton Hotel. All details may be found on the attached flyer.

A special thanks to our primary sponsors TAK Communications CA (Gold Sponsor) and CableCom (Silver Sponsor).

*Note, we will follow COVID conscious protocol’s as may be required at time of the event.


$520 for Foursome or $165 for Single *Includes green fees, cart, special lunch at the club

Lastly, save the date: On Sept 8th (day before the Golf Tourney) we are planning to host a Tri-Chapter SCTE meeting (Golden Gate, Central CA, and Sierra Chapters) at the Stockton Hilton Hotel at 1:30pm (Prior to the planned reception at the hotel). More to come on this.

This is a Great Networking Event for those that work in the Cable Industry in Northern California, be sure not to miss this opportunity!

Registration open at 7:00am / Golf Shotgun Start at 8:00am

The Sierra Chapter Golf Outing 2021 has been set up and activated on the SCTE website. The link to provide to vendors is (

Please review the event and pricing carefully. Please log in and try the registration. (You can empty your “cart” before payment.) Registrants MUST LOG IN or create a record to be able to register. I have included text in the description to that affect. Note: registrations cannot be edited on the website once the transaction is complete. Please communicate that to the vendors. They must first click Register Myself, then add the items they wish to purchase before checking out.

  • Be on the lookout for more training upcoming, but in the meantime please read this submission excerpt from our board member Romel Chand on MPVD C-Band transition.

MPVD C-Band transition

In Early 2020, the FCC decided to resell a portion of the C-Band frequency to make room for 5G technology. The C-Band frequency range at the time of the decision was from 3.7 GHz to 4.2 GHz. The frequency band at the time of writing this newsletter is now from 3.82 GHz to 4.2 GHz. The frequency band will again be narrowed to its permanent band of 4.0 GHz to 4.2 GHz by 2024. The C-Band transition has two phases, where the first phase ends on December 2021 and the second phase ends in December 2023. This transition is impacting the satellite industry, video programmers, and MPVD headend across North America.

To help with the costs, the FCC gave companies the option to pay for contractors to make necessary changes to the earth stations and headends or give companies a lump sum to do the work themselves or change receiving technologies and keep the excess money after taxes.

Changes at the headend would entail installing or replacing satellite dishes and installing filters to block 5G technology. All headends would also have to swap or install newer satellite receivers that support better compression and modulation schemes. Fortunately, the programmers have been providing receivers that match their encoders/modulators.

If companies decided to their video content, part of the change might be to abandon some sites. Changes would be achieved by either collapsing headends or finding another video aggregator to receive content via fiber.

Whatever changes companies have made, these changes will keep headend technicians busy for at least a couple more years.

Sounds like a good time to invest in some training and apply those skills in headend jobs in the coming years!!


Written by Romel Chand at Volcano Vision Inc.


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