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Today’s networks need to evolve in line with current and future demands. Provider and end-user needs are changing at an unprecedented pace, driven by increasingly fast-moving technology developments such as network virtualization, 10G broadband, 5G, and Wi-Fi 6E.
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of activities planned around SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo!
The Nor Cal Vendor Days will be postponed to a later
date to be determined (Looks like April 2021)
We will be providing more information so stayed tuned
Congratulations to the Golden Gate Chapter for
August Golden Gate chapter Trivia
1989: This month’s
SCTE seminar is on leakage and CLI - the main speaker was Marty Volkoff with
the FCC in SF. 1990:
August seminar will be on Terminal devices; September will cover Emerging
technologies and October will cover fiber optics. 1997: Wireless
phone jack to allow up to hook up DCT's for two way is a bust. 1993: Patrick
O’Hare and I met with the broadcasters in San Francisco on bringing their
channels directly to our headends via fiber. 2000: DCT non-responding reported at 22%!
1997: Woody Cash wins big at Expo's cable games
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!
May Golden Gate Chapter History
1988: Bay Area Internet (BAI) channels MTV, CNN and ESPN were turned over this week. 1989: Hearst properties, working on our purchase with Ron Cotton. 1991: Proctored Saturday SCTE testing in Pleasanton. 1992: Pedestal policy, a 1st attempt on a "politically correct" policy we hope the cities will sign off on. Harry Long is sends a "rough draft" of a "POP" program that I hope his company "Long Systems" will develop. 1993: Richard COVELL with Texscan comes to San Jose to discuss rebuild plans which include discussion on "Fiber to the curb". 1995: Bay Bridge, Pac Bell is reluctant to share the fiber, but is being forced to do so by Cal Trans. @Home and Smart Valley to beta test will be launched soon - full launch estimated to be 1st Qtr. 1996. Starfish is PG&E's concept to keep power delivery interruptions at 4 minutes a year. 1997: DCT-1000 discussion, 1st generation of cables digital converter. 2001: Roger Collins passes cat 7 SCTE certification.
Remember the importance of Ladder Safety!
March Golden Gate Chapter History: 1989: Santa Cruz system is working on adding mid band channels. 1991: Tom Elliott is on the Golden Gate chapter board and KRON's Ron Trumbal working with Jeff Coffman on a microwave link to allow them to insert on CNN HL news. 1996: TCI's support for SCTE certification testing - paying $50, $75 and on up to $500 for becoming fully certified. 1997: Pacific Bell lab tour is a side show at the SCTE vendor day this year. 1998: TCI.net folks work on @Home roll out. 1999: ATT's purchase of TCI closed today March 9th 1999, Hans Hofmann is the 1st to receive the SCTE lifetime achievement award and @Home user’s group vents on poor customer service. 2001: Telephony is launched in Danville. 2002: Billy Vance has passed "management and professionalism" at both the tech and engineering levels and Bud got BCT (still current as of 3/19!!). 1976, Charly Shepler Cable channel 6 in the background
A Big Thank you to our Sponsors of the Pair-A-Dice event on Jan. 16th!
We wouldn't be successful without you!
We wouldn't be successful without you!
Billy Vance has been voted in as President and Don Simmons
has been voted in as Vice President! These 2 individuals have
embraced the SCTE ISBE mission and they will continue
to provide strong leadership.
The Board also voted Marck Thacker as our newest board
Member. Marck has been an associate board member for over 3
for providing the technical session
DOCSIS Evolution and the Next Generation
SCTE•ISBE Chapter of the Year
Congratulations to Keith Weilert!!!
2018 Golden Gate Chapter Technician of the Year
Congratulations to Kenya Howard!!!
2018 Golden Gate Chapter Gloria Cook Award Winner
Thank you Elaine, Jeff and Romy!
We have never heard that many cable folks in one room so quiet!
Thank you Ron Hranac for presenting
“Understanding DOCSIS 3.1 Downstream OFDM Field Measurements”
at the NorCal Vendor Days!
Thank you Kevin McBride for presenting
"Next Generation Headends"
At the NorCal Vendor Days!!
Thank you Rob Crow for presenting
“ RPHy and next Generation Architecture ”
at the NorCal Vendor Days 2019!
Thank you Juan J. Castro for presenting
“Remote PHY & Virtualization”
at the NorCal Vendor Days 2019!!
Thank you Kevin Bourg for presenting
at the NorCal Vendor Days 2019!!
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: 7-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.
Do you want to Join SCTE? Are you a Comcast Employee?
Comcast will pay for you membership through the Corporate Alliance Program(CAP).
November Golden Gate chapter Trivia:
1988: Harrigan is elected to the Golden Gate chapter board and is elected the secretary. 1991: Rick Schick, Gary Nelson and Mark Bisenius are all on the SCTE GGC ballot. 1993: Bell Atlantic has bid to buy TCI and Par Peterson, Patrick O'Hare and Harrigan co-proctor SCTE BCT/E testing. 2000: Fritz meats will cater the SCTE seminar to be held at the Concord system..
10th Annual SCTE Northern California Fall Roundup 2018, 10/12
What a great ride this year. Weather was absolutely perfect!
Awesome job and Thank you to Billy Vance and his son Danny! As always, the BBQ was the best. A special thank you to McGuire Harley Davidson for donating raffle prizes.
September Golden Gate Chapter Trivia:
1988: Working with TCI corporate on CVS "shop at home" test. 1989: Ethics (cat 7) was the SCTE seminar topic this month - Steve Effros was our speaker. 1991: South bay systems to get SF off airs via fiber from WTCI. 1992: DMX project "Cable radio". 1994: Tom Kalog wants to know how many A/B switches the systems want in the 1994 budget. 1998: Laptops and Cell phones will be budgeted to allow supervisors to stay out in the field longer. 2000: Billy Vance is promoted to project engineer and telephony is launched in Concord. 2001: 9-11-2001 a day that will live in infamy, but the weekly goes out as always, but the SCTE seminar is cancelled.
August Golden Gate chapter Trivia:
1989: This month’s SCTE seminar is on leakage and CLI - the main speaker was Marty Volkoff with the FCC in SF. 1990: August seminar will be on Terminal devices, September will cover Emerging technologies and October will cover fiber optics. 1997: Wireless phone jack to allow up to hook up DCT's for two way is a bust. 1993: Patrick O’Hare and I met with the broadcasters in San Francisco on bringing their channels directly to our headends via fiber. 2000: DCT non-responding reported at 22%! 1997: Woody Cash wins big at Expo's cable games this year!
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
2017 Technician of the Year
2018 Cable Games winner
He will be going to Atlanta, GA for the Cable-Tec Expo. All expenses paid!
The Golden Gate Chapter took 2nd place again for chapter of the year and also took striving for excellence award!
Another "historic" achievement!
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!
Member of the Year
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
For his Groundbreaking contributions to Vendors Day and his dedication to the SCTE's Mission and Membership!
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.....
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!!!
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
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!
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!!!
Benjamin Sheng of AirMagnet
For the excellent technical session on
WiFi Networks & Troubleshooting!
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
THANK YOU to
Ron Hranac and Bruce Currivan
for the wonderful webinar on
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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.
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!