Collecting and Processing Massive Data from Multiplexed Radio and TV Tower Sites
Originally Aired - Saturday, April 15 | 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM PT
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During the second half of 2021, I embarked on a solo mission to design and install more than 60 VSWR protection systems at TV and Radio multiplexed sites from coast to coast for a major tower company in the United States.
Part of the challenge was getting the large quantity of systems built on short notice, and to design a data infrastructure to aggregate the data for a central NOC, and real time web page viewing as well as sending notifications to key managers. The other challenge was actually traveling across the country to deploy these systems in a short period of time
I will detail my travels by van covering 20,000 miles in a little under 5 months, explaining some of the expected and unexpected challenges of this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit just about every type of radio and TV multiplexed operation out there. Meeting engineers from all walks of life, dealing with man-made and natural barriers, as well as encouraging operators to tie in and educating local engineers on the importance of VSWR protection.
The system has been in operation for more than a year, and has proved it's worth in terms of interlocking, and warning operators of dangerous conditions.
Sharing my experiences can help raise awareness of hidden and less considered dangers that are always present in the tower environment.