Golden Gate Chapter

 

  Attempting to lift the Fog

 

Please See Calendar for current events 


 

July Golden Gate Chapter Trivia:

1987: SCTE seminar on off air antennas and broadcasting.  1991: Superior Cheetah product demoed as a way to test EOL for frequency, level and temp.  1993: Sega game channel is presented for the 1st time to us in San Jose and this week in 1995 Butch updates on Sega problems.  Terminal device prep for SCTE certification will be the next seminar and there is a bay area fiber loop meeting with Mike Wearsch, Tom Knobbier, Rhett Caltrider, Joe Whitley and Doug Combs.  1994: Comic this week shows a remote control of the future that will allow the user to order pizza - is the future here yet?  Western Communications systems are up for sale - Concord cable, SSF and Monterey.  1999: SCTE seminar in San Jose has a great turn out with 60 folks to see GGC seminar on telephony. 2013: Ed Marchetti's family joins him in New Hampshire after 10 months in his new job!  Telstar was launched July 10th 1962, changed the world!

 

THANK You Ed Marchetti, Jim Sayer and Miles Pellegrini!

You did a fantastic job speaking to our membership at the 2018 Northern California Vendor Days

 
 
 
 

Kevin Sullivan


2018 Technician of the Year

 
 
Terry Klaus
2018 Gloria Cook Award Recipient
 
 

2018 Cable Games winner

Eric Kerslake


He will be going to Atlanta, GA for the Cable-Tec Expo.  All expenses paid!

 
 
Congratulations to the candidates that have been elected to our
2018 
Golden Gate Chapter Board!

Doug Nolan

Gilbert Jaquez

Alex Fierros

Ron Poole

Kim Lindeberg

Will Lundstrom

Terry Klaus


 
 

Congratulations


Golden Gate


Chapter!


The Golden Gate Chapter took 2nd place again for chapter of the year and also took striving for excellence award!


Another "historic" achievement!


 
Thank you Antronix!!!

Excellent webinar on Signal Conditioning at the Tap Level presented by Robert Crow of Antronix.

As node and amplifier output levels and upstream signal to noise expectations both increase, we can no longer optimize the plant using nodes and amplifiers alone. To ensure the right signal levels reach our customer premise equipment, our taps can be used to narrow, receive and transmit level windows and help limit customer premise noise that generate return path impairments. 
 

April Golden Gate Chapter History:

April Golden Gate Chapter History: 1987: Mini Hub 1 power supply failures have all but wiped us out - in a panic to get replacements! Wrestlemania was a success! 1991: SCTE EXPO will be held in Reno in June. 1992/1993: Dave Large, Del Heller, Art Ammon, Mike Gorenand Jack Goldie are asked to color code in the routes of Viacom’s budgeted fiber routes for the bay area. Fiber the bay, press conference is a big hit! 1994: year old AML is being eliminated. 1997: New San Jose office, Curt Christenson gives a tour of the new facility where the folks finally have enough room and Wayne Pope gets an article on fiber preventive maintenance he wrote published. 2000: Butch Robertson is awarded the SCTE GGC lifetime achievement award.



 

Thank you to all of the wonderful Sponsors that supported our 1st Annual Pair A Dice Event....It was a success and we couldn't do it with out you!!

Platimum Sponsors: EXFO, VeEX, Sefnco, TVC, AFL, TSG, KGP and VIAVI.

Gold Sponsor: Ciena

Silver Sponsors:All Systems Broadband, TLG, Comsonics, CableCom, Commscope, Power & Tel and CORNING.

Bronze Sponsors: Precision Optical Transcievers, Multilink, Cisco, FiberX/CHANNEL and BroadBand International

Be sure to look at all the pictures now located in the Photo Album and the below slide show!

 
 
 
 

SCTE•ISBE 2017

Member of the Year



Ed Marchetti 


 A Society member since 1994, Marchetti is the senior vice president of technical operations for Comcast and has been a staunch advocate for SCTE•ISBE and its training mission, engaging Comcast’s engineering and technical operations with his nationwide ambassador program.  Marchetti is also helping Comcast to realize maximum benefit from its SCTE•ISBE Corporate Alliance Partnership.  Ed was also Region 1 Director for SCTE which included our very own Golden Gate Chapter.   Congratulations  Ed!!



 

The Lifetime Achievement Award 2017


            The combined NorCal Chapters Recognized


                     Steve Allen   


For his Groundbreaking contributions to Vendors Day and his  dedication to the SCTE's Mission and Membership!



                         Congratulations Steve!!      

 

         Danny Vance selected for Gloria Cook award!  


This years recipient has been helping every year with the cable games and the motorcycle rally's.  He works so hard to make these events successful!


Congratulations Danny and well deserved!!!


Danny pictured with board member Doug Nolan

 
 

Golden Gate Chapter Technician of the Year 2017


This years recipient is Jeremiah Cooper from Wave!  He has been a strong advocate for the SCTE and has competed in the several cable games which he won in 2015.  He really strives to share the philosophy of the SCTE! He has really motivated the employees at Wave to take the certifications SCTE.....


Congratulations Jeremiah!!!


 
Congratulations to the candidates that have been elected to our
2017 
Golden Gate Chapter Board!

 Dan Turina
Mark Harrigan
Woody Cash
Bud Hathaway
Billy Vance
Shan Gary
Don Simmons

 

          

Northern California Vendor Days 2017


 This year's event was a major success!  The Golf tournament (managed by Dan Turina) and Motorcycle Rally (managed by Billy Vance) went extremely well. The weather decided to cooperate this year. Thank you Mother Nature!


The panel of guest speakers for the luncheon was the talk of the floor.  People that attended were so focused on the discussion that you could hear a pin drop!  A BIG Thank You  to the panel!

Moderator - Ed Marchetti-Sr VP of Operation, Comcast

Panelist - Shane Portfolio-West Division Sr VP of Engineering/Operations

Panelist - Kalpa Subramanian-RVP of Engineering, California Region

Panelist - John Gauder-Regional VP of Operations, California Region


 

The theme was around the importance of the partnership between operations and engineering as well as embracing technology with the support of CAP (corporate alliance program)


Thank you to all the Vendors that supported the Vendor Days, Golf and Motorcycle Rally!!! We could survive without you!!  List of sponsors will be posted soon....

 
 

2017 Cable Games winner was Chris Miranda from Comcast.  Chris also won last year!  Chris will receive an all expense paid trip to attend the SCTE Cable Tech Expo in Denver.......Next year that could be you


Congratulations Chris Miranda!!!






  • Cable games Competition
    Cable games Competition
  • Board Members Dan Turina and Bud Hathaway-Board election table
    Board Members Dan Turina and Bud Hathaway-Board election table
  • Vendor floor was AWESOME!
    Vendor floor was AWESOME!
  • Cable game winners Left to Right-3rd Jeremiah Cooper-1st Chris Miranda-2nd Jesse Fort
    Cable game winners Left to Right-3rd Jeremiah Cooper-1st Chris Miranda-2nd Jesse Fort
  • Full house for the Luncheon
    Full house for the Luncheon
  • The Gloria Cook award recipient Keith Weilert presented by Doug Nolan-Award goes to non-board member that goeas above and beyond to assist the chapter
    The Gloria Cook award recipient Keith Weilert presented by Doug Nolan-Award goes to non-board member that goeas above and beyond to assist the chapter
  • SVP Ed Marchetti made a point to stop at each vendor table on the show floor
    SVP Ed Marchetti made a point to stop at each vendor table on the show floor
  • A buzz is in the air
    A buzz is in the air
  • Chris Miranda showing off his new shirt to David Kirkpatrick and Vanessa Holliday
    Chris Miranda showing off his new shirt to David Kirkpatrick and Vanessa Holliday
  • Mike Soloman-Alex Fierros-Jeff McCaleb
    Mike Soloman-Alex Fierros-Jeff McCaleb
  • Ed Marchetti and Steve Harris
    Ed Marchetti and Steve Harris
  • Well attended floor
    Well attended floor
  • The Golden Gate SCTE Technician of the year recipient Jeremy Orozco presented by Doug Nolan-He won this award by certifying the most along with the highest scores
    The Golden Gate SCTE Technician of the year recipient Jeremy Orozco presented by Doug Nolan-He won this award by certifying the most along with the highest scores
 
 

Vendor Day Golf Tournament 2017



The SCTE NorCal Vendor Day Golf Tournament was held April 11th at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in San Ramon!  Dan Turina managed this years event with the assistance from Kim Lindeberg, Al Rodrigues, Gilbert Jaquez and Terry Klaus.  The tournament was sold out. 


Thank you to the Vendors that sponsored this year!  We couldn't do it without you!!!


Pictures to be posted soon!



 
 

Vendor Day Motorcycle Rally 2017

 

Outstanding ride this year managed by Billy Vance with the help of his son Danny Vance.  As usual they rode around the bay area with various stops along the way.  Sponsored by Vendors to be announced....Thank you Vendors!

Pictures to be posted soon



 
 

2016 Cable Games winner was Chris Miranda from Comcast.  

Chris received an all expense paid trip to attend the SCTE Cable Tech Expo in Philadelphia.......Next year that could be you


Congratulations Chris!!!







Chris Miranda pictured with Bud Hathaway

 

Thank you to Tom Scalin from VeEx for the wonderful seminar on Spectrum Analysis.  We had a great turn out via webinar.  It's the support of companys like VeEx that helps us with training our membership to be the best!

Thank you!!

 
 

A GREAT BIG Thank You to Pete Zarrelli from VeEx for providing an outstanding technical session on Docsis 3.1 to our members!!!!


The SCTE could not survive without the support of vendors like you!!!

 
 

 Thank you


Benjamin Sheng of AirMagnet


For the excellent technical session on


WiFi Networks & Troubleshooting!

   

 
 

 Thank you

Tammie Davis of EXFO for providing the Technical Session on PON-Passive Optical Networks

Also Thank you to Brett Isley and Todd Dover for their contributions to the topic


 



     Tammie Davis 

 
 
 

Ron Hranac

Cisco

THANK YOU to

 

Ron Hranac and Bruce Currivan


for the wonderful webinar on


Docsis 3.1

Bruce Currivan

Broadcom

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Our very own Golden Gate SCTE member Rick Ortiz has been published in the latest edition of the SCTE Interval.  We are very fortunate to have such an outstanding talent within our region.  His article is very interesting and informative.  Please be sure to click on the green button to download the article.


Outstanding Rick!!!


 
 

2014 was another great year for the Golden Gate Chapter. Out of 75 chapters across the United States, we received 3rd Place for Chapter of the Year and the Compliance Award. It takes dedication and team work to be able to achieve these awards.  


Well done Golden Gate Chapter!

 

Thank you to David Kirkpatrick of Cisco Systems for providing his expertise for out Technical Seminar/Webinar



Golden Gate Chapter Seminar/Webinar

Fiber Deep Access Technologies

Discover how fiber will enable operators to provide NextGen Service Delivery



 

Please be sure to go to our Seminar Downloads


tab at the top of this page to get the slide deck! 




 

School Outreach at Yerba Buena High School!


Thank you to Woody Cash, Chris Miranda and Jason Cooper for sharing information regarding our industry and the role of SCTE at Career day.  The students were excited to hear about the career opportunities and how SCTE can help.....


Well done team!


From left to right:

Jason Cooper, student, Woody Cash, student, Chris Miranda & student



 
 

Congratulations to Rick Ortiz. He was chosen as the very first Technician Of the Year for the Golden Gate SCTE Chapter.
Rick has been in the CATV industry for over 40 years. He started his career working in RF and Radio technology with the US Army before realizing that he was embarking on his passion and lifelong career. Rick began working for Teleprompter in 1979 as a technician and has held a number of titles under different companies including Plant Manager, Headend Supervisor, Technical Trainer, and his current role as Senior Headend Technician with Southwest Bay Comcast. SCTE has equally been as much part of his career since becoming a member in 1979. Ricks SCTE accomplishments include certifying in SCTE BCTE and competing twice in the SCTE National Cable Tech Games. He is still a fixture in the annual Golden Gate Chapter Vendors Day Cable Games and on average wins gold every year in the Cable Jeopardy event. You can always count on seeing Rick at all technical training and seminars hosted by SCTE. Through his career he has become an advocate for SCTE, always encouraging other technicians to join and sharing his knowledge through learning and best practices. Not only is Rick Ortiz worthy of this special honor, he also epitomizes all of the qualities we’re looking for in each and every SCTE Technician of the Year.


Rick Competing in the Games 2015

 
 

2015 Cable Games winner was Jeremiah Cooper from Astound Broadband.  Jeremy received an all expense paid trip to attend the SCTE Cable Tech Expo in New Orleans.  Maybe he will be this years National Champion......Next year that could be you!


Congratulations Jeremiah Cooper!!!









 

 
 

Golf Tournament  Winners.  Yes, they win it again.  I believe that is 4 years running!


From Left to Right: John Davin, Michelle Bahls, Randy Blount and Shane Kittles.


Well played Team!


All - Be sure to look in the photo album-Many pictures of the golf this year have been added!