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SCTE ISBE

Golden Gate Chapter

Attempting to

lift the fog

 ​Upcoming event to celebrate a trusted and long time SCTE Golden Gate Chapter Board Member - Dan Turina

Training Event Alert

HFC Networks

Wed, Sep 29th, 2021

9:30a-11:00a PST

Register Here

Download Flyer here

Networking Opportunity Open to GGC Members

2021 SCTE Sierra Chapter Presents

Golf Event

Wed Sept. 9th, 2021 Shotgun Start 8:00am

The Reserve at Spanos Park Stockton, CA

and

Evening Reception

Tue Sept 8th, 2021 6:00pm

Hotel Stockton Grand Lobby/Pool Area

Training Event Alert

Coaxial Cable Connector Installation

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

9:15a-10:15a PST

Register Here

Training Event Alert

Remote PHY

Thur, Mar 25th, 2021

7:00a-8:00a PST

Register Here

Training Event Alert

Signal Conditioning at the Tap

Wed, Mar 24th, 2021

9:15a-10:45a PST

Register Here

Thank you Kevin Peres

of EXFO for a fun and

engaging Fiber

Troubleshooting event

Training Event Alert

Fiber Troubleshooting Basics

Fiber testing and troubleshooting presented by Kevin Peres, Exfo.

Trainings support BTS & BDS certification 

Wed, Feb 10th, 2021

9:15a-10:45a PST

Thank you to Viavi, Commscope, EXFO and VeEX for all

your support for the December Training Summit!

The training you all provided was outstanding!

The first ever virtual

SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® 2020

Was a Great Success!

Thank you to all of you for Attending

Alert!

The Nor Cal Vendor Days will be postponed to a later

date to be determined (Looks like April 2022)

We will be providing more information so stayed tuned 

Congratulations to the Golden Gate Chapter for

2019 awards!

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!

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!

April Golden Gate Chapter Trivia

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.

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!

Chapter Announcement!

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 

years....

Billy Vance

Don Simmons

Marck Thacker

Thank you

Stephen Kraimen

from Commscope

for providing the technical session

on

DOCSIS Evolution and the Next Generation  

Download the Tech Session Slide deck here

SCTE•ISBE Chapter of the Year

Golden Gate

Golden Gate Chapter Registers First-Ever Sweep to Win

SCTE•ISBE Chapter Title

Click here to read full article in Multichannel News

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!

Download the Tech Session Slide deck here

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

“Fiber Everywhere”

at the NorCal Vendor Days 2019!!

April Golden Gate Chapter Trivia

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).

Click here to download the SCTE Membership instructions

Link to SCTE Corporate Alliance Membership Page

2nd Annual Golden Gate Pair-A-Dice Event

Awesome networking event with over 80 people in attendance. More info and pictures come.

Stay tuned!

What an awesome event with a great turn out. Thank you to our amazing sponsors! With out you we wouldn't be able to continue to provide training and certifications.

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.

Thank you to PPC Broadband for providing awesome On-site Training -

Hardline Connector Installation

9/17 - 9/20 Multiple Locations

.

Content supported Broadband Distribution Specialist. 

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

Kevin Sullivan

2017 Technician of the Year

Terry Klaus

2017 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.

Click here to download Slide deck

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!!!

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!!!

Download the Docsis 3.1 slide deck here

Thank you

Benjamin Sheng of AirMagnet

For the excellent technical session on

WiFi Networks & Troubleshooting!

Download Wifi tech session flyer here

Tammie Davis

 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

Download The

Slidedeck on PON

here

Ron Hranac

Cisco

THANK YOU to

Ron Hranac and Bruce Currivan

for the wonderful webinar on

Docsis 3.1

Click here to Download

the Docsis 3.1 Slide deck

Bruce Currivan

Broadcom

Click here to edit text

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!!!

Download the entire SCTE Interval here

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!