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Engineer's Log of Mark W. Persons
The 2010 NAB Convention

April 10-15, 2010:  The National Association of Broadcasters convention was held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Your intrepid radio broadcast engineer Mark Persons (on the left) was invited to a breakfast hosted an informational breakfast by the Washington law firm of Garvey Schubert & Barer.  (l-r) Mark, Mike Boen, Louis Buron, Mary Campbell, Dave Vagle, John King, and his wife Rebecca. 
Mark was pleased to find Lourdes Ramsey and Debby Storze of Econco at the show. 

Econco rebuilds vacuum tubes used in broadcast transmitters. 

John Poray is Executive Director of the Society of Broadcast Engineers

Mark has been a certified member of the society for more than 30 years. 

At the Electronic Research booth, Mark posed with Tom Silliman.  As the saying goes, if you can't find Tom, just look up.  You will probably find him high on a nearby tower.  Tom was also seen in a television special about tower climbers.  It showed him on an antenna mast atop the Empire State Building in New York at night.  Great stuff.

The transmit antenna they are posing with is the famous "roto-tiller" design that is extremely popular among FM broadcasters.

Tom King of Kintronic Labs showed Mark the nuances of an AM antenna coupling network at the show. 

We have been a dealer for this company for over 30 years. 

Mark was interested in the latest equipment created by Kyle Magrill of Circuitwerkes. 

Kyle is a very creative electronic designer and the industry is lucky to have him.

Mark saw his long-time friend John Innes from Australia.  Mark and John were a part of the Motorola team that installed AM Stereo at many radio stations in the 1980's. 

John passed away in 2016.   

Steve Brown from WHBY Radio in Appleton, WI, was there too.  Mark installed AM Stereo at his station many years ago.  The two enjoyed a long chat catching up on old times.
Don Markley, creator of the company, passed away in October of 2009. 

Mark and Jeremy Ruck (on the right) swapped stories about the life and times of his former employer, Don Markley.  Jeremy's continues as,  Jeremy Ruck & Associates, Inc. providing broadcast engineering consulting services to stations from coast to coast.

E-mail May 8, 2010:  Mark was the best dressed engineer at the NAB convention in Las Vegas!   Jim Offerdahl in Fosston, MN.

The stories go on and on.  Stop in again sometime.  I'll leave the soldering iron on for you. 
Mark W. Persons


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