TR17 Program Grid
What you can look forward to at Technorama 2017, or what you'll miss if you don't attend.
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|© Copyright Technorama Incorporated 2017||All rights reserved. Many seats reserved too.||Errors and omissions excepted. Program grid subject to change at any time and without notice. So notice.|
|Friday 16 June|
|0930-1700||Education Day||TR and Silicon Chip Team||Introduction to the world of Small Board Computing: Raspberry Pi, Micromite and Arduino. Note: separate registration required: click here.|
|Food, a drink or two, and a choice movie: The Boat That Rocked. Technorama 2017 gets a social head start|
|2200-late||The Bar, the Club, the Pub, the TV?||Your choice, your wallet, your friends (new or old)!|
|Saturday 17 June|
|0815||Registration desk opens|
|0900||Welcome, housekeeping, introductions||John Maizels||Meet the Technorama team. Meet each other|
|Update on Technorama Incorporated||John Maizels||Quick report on the year's activities|
|Intro to our guest of honour||Steve Farrugia||Meet our Special Guest - Technology Trends; how best can BA and Community Radio collaborate?|
|0930||Infrastructure Grant Applications - a primer||Claire Stuchbery||How to improve the standard of your CBF infrastructure grant applications - Learn how to impress your peers with well researched, credible applications that will maximise your changes of securing those needed funds.|
|1045||Community Radio Engineering Policy Update||Jon Bisset|
|CBAA's CEO explains the implications of the recent funding announcements and the policy that goes with it. Get updates on regional DAB+ and the 800MHz bandplan amendments.|
|1130||Maintaining a pristine broadcast chain||Frank Wilcox, Jim Parish, Greg Segal||What are some key issues associated with maintaining a quality service from studio to listener? How do you satisfy the important specs (frequency response, noise and distortion, pre-emphasis, modulation depth, processor settings, SWR and so on). We'll also consider backup STL and emergency program sources, and how to mitigate single points of failure.|
|1200||Field reporting technology (panel), portable recording kits||Moderated discussion||Remote reporting sofware, Microphones for field interviews, Portable recorders, Mic interfacing with IOS, Android.|
|1330||Guest of Honour||Steve Farrugia|
|1445||Broadcast site development||Mike Tobin||Rusty tower? Ageing transmitter, high reflected power? Rats in the RF system? Here's what to consider in upgrading your RF facilities without spending a bomb.|
|1545||Keeping in touch with your studio and transmitter site||Russell Coghlan||Save on those hours of travel and maybe unnecessary service calls - use telemetry, remote desktop, and other easily available techniques. Access the station from anywhere in the world, avoid time-consuming travel to and from the stations for basic restoration of service. Remotely monitor important status (temperature, UPS, PSU and generator), and diagnose problems before the put you off the air: save your station time, money and volunteer angst.|
|1615||The NBN rollout: networks, phones and OBs||Frank Wilcox||What happens to your telephony and data when the NBN comes to town? It's not as complex as people tell you, and there are simple things you can do to minimise the impact.|
|1645||Tech Tips, What's new in tech||Moderated discussion||Tech Tips session - free software, automation, IT hints, audio interfacing, planning new studio facilities, running your Mic On from the GPIO, cloud storage etc|
|1705||Technorama Toolset||Damian Spanjer, Shaun Dennis||Successful strategies for station technology: what is Technorama using that can work for you at your station? If you still have a manual membership system and a paper fault book, you need this. Meet our favourite tools, and discover TRITS|
|1725||Technorama Inc housekeeping||John Maizels|
|1830-2200||Gala dinner, awards and quiz night||In classic Technorama style: massive buffet dinner, several courses of trivia questions, the all-important Technorama Excellence in Technology Awards, and much conviviality. Not to be missed. Partners, guests and friends welcome (click here for registration form).|
|Late||Drinks, go home… or not|
|Sunday 18 June|
|0900||Housekeeping: What did we learn yesterday?||John Maizels||Get your brain back into gear as day 2 of TR17 kicks off|
|0915||Broadcast IT planning, Content management and storage||Greg Kelly||* VLANs - what they are how they can be used effectively to configure your network setup for improved security and remote access to audio resources. How not to over-complicate your network. Includes case studies of what to do and what not to do.
* NAS/SAN/JBOD: How to keep those audio files organised, safe and backed up.
* And avoid ransomware.
|1000||Documenting your station||Chris Deacon||Do your techs, presenters, Board, and volunteers know where to find what they need to know? What's a best-of-breed, and what's a good start?|
|1030||How to plan your studio relocation||Chris Deacon||Consoles are sexy, but infrastructure is vital. Acoustic solutions, air conditioners, ON AIR lights and GPIOs, KVM extenders, in-studio fanless PCs, AoIP vs analog consoles, Dante, cabling|
|1100||Advanced scheduling tools||Michael Hayes||From sponsorship sales to invoicing, scheduling, runsheet creation and playlist compiling - a way to do it all, and take the burden from a repetitive but vital task.|
|1130||Automation software case studies (panel)||Frank Wilcox||A look at who's using what automation/live assist software and how it is being deployed.|
|1200||OBs: the lifeblood of community broadcasting||Brian King||Practical approaches to Outside Broadcasting and from several directions. OBs are not one-size-fits-all, and we explore alternatives to just about everything.|
|1230||Final Plenary||John Maizels||Wrapping up TR17, some decisions for TR18, and the go-forward for Technorama.|
|1300||TR17 Wrap and stayers lunch|
|1400||All over for 2017!!|