NAB2006 Sessions

March 23, 2006

The Broadcast Engineering Conference is packed with presentations about radio technology. Now in its 60 - th year, the technical sessions cover all aspects of radio broadcasting, but this year's topics lean toward issues covering RF and HD Radio.

The sessions begin on Sunday, April 22, with the SBE Ennes Workshop. This year's topic of "Everything RF" jumps right into the RF theme of the conference. The workshop divides the time between radio and TV topics, so unless your interest covers both, you'll be able to take a break from the day-long session.

The Broadcast Engineering Conference opening keynote address will be delivered on Sunday, April 23, in room S219/220. This year's keynote will be delivered by Tomlinson Holman, a professor of cinema-television and electrical engineering at the University of Southern California, and an innovator in audio technology. His address will discuss consumer expectations of high-quality audio and video and how broadcasters can best compete with this demand.

The Radio Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, April 25, in the Hilton Barron room. A ticket is required to attend. During the lunch, Dick Purtan of the WOMC Detroit morning show will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and Walt Mossberg, technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal, will deliver the keynote address. The NAB Crystal Radio Awards will also be presented during the luncheon.

On Wednesday, April 26, the Technology Luncheon will feature a keynote address from Chris Anderson, the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine. During the luncheon, the NAB's Television Engineering Achievement Award winner, S. Merrill Weiss, and the Radio Engineering Achievement Award winners, Benjamin Dawson and Ronald Rackley, will be honored. A ticket is required to attend the luncheon.

The annual Amateur Radio Reception will be held on Wednesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. This popular event draws a large crowd every year, and the event sponsors provide many door prizes.

The NAB Engineering Achievement Awards

Dawson (left) and Rackley (right)

Dawson and Rackley are co-recipients for radio

Two leaders in AM radio technology will be honored during the Engineering Luncheon at NAB2006. The 2006 Radio Engineering Achievement Award winners, Benjamin Dawson and Ronald Rackley, are known for their work in AM transmission systems around the world.

The NAB Engineering Achievement Awards were first established in 1959. They recognize individuals for their significant contributions that have advanced broadcast engineering.

Benjamin Dawson, the managing partner of Seattle-based Hatfield and Dawson Consulting Engineers, has practiced as a telecommunications consulting engineer for the last 30 years. He has designed, implemented and refurbished medium-wave antenna systems with as many as 10 towers at power levels as high as 2MW. Dawson began his career while still in junior high school. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (Electrical) in Washington and California. He is a member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers.

Ronald Rackley is partner in the engineering firm of du Treil, Lundin and Rackley of Sarasota, FL. Rackley worked as a radio station chief engineer and was a consultant to other nearby stations during college. Following his formal education, he worked for two engineering firms and a major manufacturer of antenna system equipment before co-founding a predecessor to his present firm, du Treil, Lundin and Rackley, in 1983. Rackley is a member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, where he has served as president. He also served as vice president of the Broadcast Technology Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was a consultant to USA Digital Radio during its early years of digital radio development, and has recently been called on to assist numerous client stations in evaluating and improving their AM antenna systems for HD Radio. Rackley is a registered professional engineer.

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