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Engineer's Log of Mark W. Persons
National Association of Broadcasters Convention, April 2012 in Las Vegas

April 13 - 20, 2012 Mark attended the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention, as he has on many occasions since 1970.    

The convention nowadays is being held in Las Vegas.  It is quite a city. 

Mark is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and couldn't pass up the opportunity to get his photo taken with Ralph Hogan, the current president of the organization. 

Mark also met with long time friend and Engineering Consultant Jeremy Ruck from Peoria, Illinois. 

There was plenty to see on the convention exhibit floor including these coaxial cable at the Andrew booth.

Here is long time friend Jim Gorman of Gorman-Redlich.  Jim was showing off his latest Emergency Alert System equipment.  Mark and Jim have know each other since the 1970's when Mark was the engineer at a radio station in Brainerd and purchased Emergency Broadcast System equipment, now replaced by EAS.  Funny how things change over time.

Bobby Cox of Kintronic Labs showed off an AM phasor system at the show.   

M. W. Persons is a dealer for their equipment.

The King is honored in Las Vegas.

Mark was at the Econco booth with Debby Storze and Lourdes Ramsey of Econco showing a transmitter tube, which needed repair big time. 

Econco rebuilds tubes to look like the one on the right.  What a change.  

More sights of Las Vegas.  This time in front of the Venetian.

Mark has been a dealer for Orban products for many years. 

Great audio processing! 

Shane Toven, that lucky guy, won a 12 volt/60 ampere switching power supply at the annual Ham Radio Reception held at the Las Vegas Hotel, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton.

Shane's ham call is KSDT.  Mark's is WMH. 

One of the icons of the radio broadcasting industry is Scott Fybush of Fybush Media

Scott publishes regular new updates on his website about radio.  He also has very popular radio calendars showing radio stations and towers.

One of the novelties of the show was this robotic arm, called Robo Boom, for microphones.  It is from a company called Kumotek Robotics and uses face recognition.  It moves to keep the microphone in front of the person speaking.  A great idea, but not available yet at the time of the show. 

One last look at Las Vegas, that beautiful city, before boarding a plane to return to Minnesota. 

Quote of the day:  Always fun to see old friends in this most interesting city.  Mark

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

     Questions?  Email Mark Persons:  teki@mwpersons.com       

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