Subject: A Taste
of NAB 2009 Road Show
By: Larry Bloomfield
There are very few opportunities for
engineers to see, first-hand, what’s new and to have the chance
up with the latest “whatevers.” Not sending at least one engineer
to NAB is tantamount to stifling your engineering departments technical education and preventing
the facility from keep abreast of what’s going in the
wonderful world of television and broadcasting in general.
How utterly stupid!
We’re doing the Taste of NAB Road Show again
for the eighth year. As you know from the seven years, the Tech-Notes newsletters and
our website, we do this so that some of the new technology from the NAB
convention in Las Vegas will get out to the grassroots engineers
that didn’t make it to the big one in the desert.
During these past seven years,
we've had approximately 8600 or more in total attendance at the 415
presentations. The count is growing even more this, our eighth
year. We've received countless e-mail thanking us and requesting us
to return the following year. You can see them posted here on our
website, along with other information from past and present years
The Tech-Notes - Taste of NAB Road Show is
not and never has been intended to be a substitute for attending the real
thing - The National Association of Broadcasters convention.
We ask companies with technology they'd
like to get out to the grassroots engineer to help us by underwriting
efforts such as these. Tech-Notes is a work of love – it always has been, so when we do things
like the Taste of NAB Road Show, we need all the help we can get –
both nationally and locally.
learned that the more successful venues were where when we've done the Road Show
in conjunction with the local SBE, IEEE and/or SMPTE Chapters/Sections. Even
better are when these local professional organizations invite local
trade or/or technical schools to participate. If you’d like us to visit your area, work with
your Chapter and/or Section; let us know. Anyone that would like their
technology presented in an educational manor, not a sales blitz, to
sixty or more venues, let us
know so we can plan to include
you in our trip.
We’ll began our first venue this
year in May and finishing off in October. A map will be posted as it
is seldom possible for us to hold the Road Show on the same day the
local SBE chapters holds their regular local meetings as we drive from
venue-to-venue, so we need flexibility to be able
to keep the Road Show schedule. We have no problem holding the Road
Show in conjunction with any other local activities, just as long as we can
expose the most engineers to the technology we’ll be bring with us.
Please keep in mind: this is an educational effort,
not a sales shot.
Some locations even have picnics and/or barbeques in conjunction with
We’ll also be meeting with
the SURVIVORS of the broadcast industry, our dear follow members of
Order of the Iron Test
Pattern, as we across the country. That, within
itself, should be a lot of fun and we’re looking forward to it.
- Tech-Notes – Taste of NAB Road Show
- 1980 25th St.
- Florence, OR 97439-9717
- (541) 902-2424 Office
- (541) 503-217-0712 Fax
Why the Taste of NAB
Road Show is a good bet? Just look at the statistics from
the past seven years:
As a member of the Society of
Broadcast Engineers (SBE), the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Motion Picture and Television
Engineers (SMPTE) I have notified the SBE, IEEE and SMPTE chapter and section
chairs of this educational opportunity and many have responded very
favorably. In some venues, A Taste of NAB will be their monthly program.
If you are not a member of one of these organizations, you are still
invited to attend. Membership applications will be available, should
you be interested. If you are part of any organization that is even
remotely related to broadcasting and wish us to do a presentation,
please contact us.
If you are an individual, you can
participate by attending. If you are a company, you can participate
on a local partnership basis. The national sponsors know that some
of the local partners may wish to show competing goods and services
or even show up to help support our sponsor's efforts. That’s the
way it is at the real NAB convention. In that spirit, you are invited to join in making this educational opportunity a very big success and possibly
reaping some benefits as well.
It makes little difference weather
your station, network or facility is a member of NAB or not, the experience
and potential for the interchange of ideas and technologies doesn’t
happen anywhere else on this scale and it’s a crying shame to miss
the opportunity. Not getting some exposure would be like taking the
bean-counter’s calculators away from them – now there’s an idea.
Tech-Notes has put together this Taste
of NAB “road show” in an effort to afford those who couldn’t
make it to Las Vegas an opportunity to see and hear some of those
services and products that were there in their own backyard. The response
to this idea, to date, has been very positive. If the engineers
can’t make it to NAB, then the products and services at NAB should
go to them! Obviously we’ll not take the place of NAB, but we can
bring a part of it with us. Our van isn't that big, but something
is better than nothing. Our sponsors have promised that their local
reps will be present in many of the venues to assist in answering
questions. For those engineers who are able to make it to NAB this
year, the trip will serve to be reinforcement of what they saw or
may have missed.
Why me and Tech-Notes? Many engineers
know me through Broadcast Engineering magazine over the past several
years, and through other writing efforts such as the Tech-Notes. This
will be a two way street: I'll also get the opportunity to meet and
speak with many of my peers, to hear their stories and share some
of NAB with them.
Let's do it!
Larry Bloomfield, KA6UTC
1980 25th Street
Florence, OR 97439-9717
(541) 902-2424 – (Everything)
If you need more information, please