Due to the evolving enrollment for this course, we will try to create Class Days and Lab Days.  The Lab Days will be led by an advanced production student in Telecommunication Studies.  S/he will demonstrate and allow you to experiment with the key technologies used in our field.

Our studios and labs are generally open for your use and study.   It will be up to you to arrange times with lab assistants (and Ryan Donchess) to explore these facilities.   .

"Links" are divided into three sections (the first of which you are reading now), and each section will correspond to 1/3 of the course.  When you click on a URL, you will be taken to a video, or an audio file, or to a written essay, or to a complete web which you should explore.

Look for key information in each.  For most, this will be obvious.  Your challenge will be to scan these sites and to pick out the important materials.  You should use good judgment to decide what's relevant to the study of Telecommunications:  How a microphone works, for example, is vital, while how a cell phone base station coordinates with other base stations ... is not.

Some links take you to off-campus servers/sites.  Owners might move the files or remove them from public access at any time.

Rule #1: you are responsible for documents within a website's linked directory, but not for documents you can link to from that directory. 

Rule #2: If you're not confident of your understanding, ask.  Others probably are in the same boat.

Rule #3: Do not print the web documents !  As you study each, make some notes so you understand the basic ideas and so you later can find your way around.  Then, to prepare for tests, study your notes.  

Rule #4:  You won't be hounded to learn.   If you are a mature, self-energized student, you'll do fine.  If you tend to blow off assignments, or if you have trouble staying on task, realize it and take steps

Rule #5:  Understand my role, which is to guide you through the links.  I will point out what is important, as opposed to what is less so.  But realize that your task is to condense down all the links and lab visits to essence.  

Some items are necessary for you to have personally as you take classes in Telecommunications or to participate in our production activities.  Link to the list..

Here are a few short Youtube videos that explain basic electricity and magnetism.  You probably learned these materials in high school, but a review is good.

Lesson 1: Basic Electrical Principles  An explanation of AC/DC, Volts, Current, and magnetism -- the basic stuff that all telecom tech relies on.

What is current?  Electrical current explained

How fast does current flow in a conductor?  (Very fast!) How fast do electrons flow in a conductor?  Not fast at all.

What is the electromagnetic spectrum?

What is induction?

What is sound?

How does soound travel?  

Here are general videos that explain basic technologies. 

These are short explanations of basic topics.  Technologies are based on these principles, so you need to understand them. 
Sound/acoustics PDF document about sound
Faraday's Induction PDF document about induction
Induction (a video) This video demonstrates how a moving coil in a magnetic field creates electricity - as does a microphone
Sound/Signal/Sound PDF document about signals
Loudness and pitch PDF document about how frequency and amplitude relate
Charting sound waves How to graph waves in x/y space
Signal An electrical counterpart
Signal-to-noise A key ratio
Amplify To increase signal strength
Modulate To add one signal to another
Video keying The method we use to create chromakey, blue screen, and "supers."


Ryan Alessio is a sports reporter and show host at WBBW-1240.  Here's a short "day in the life" video featuring his personal routine and the radio studios.  Here's another similar video.

Here's "Behind the Scenes" with Dan Acree of KMKT-FM in Sherman, Texas.  

To prepare you for working in our TV studios, here's a PowerPoint presentation about the various technology systems you'll encounter.  Of particular note are the award winning graphics.

Go to the NEP Studios web site.  Look at the dropdown menu across the top.  Drop down each and explore.  NEP provides studios and production trucks for the planet's biggest events.  Top quality.  Top people. 

Here are some studio terms which you should remember from our lab and classroom discussion of core technologies.  Be sure to ask about them in Lab !

Control room

"Voice of god" PA Bug Hollywood flat Prompter display Lavalier mic
Production control Graphics computer Sound lock doors Broadway flat Headset Hand mic
Master control Tricaster switcher Green room Chromakey wall Floor director Directional mic
Monitor wall Server Hard set Chromakey blue or green Production assistant Omnidirectional
Program monitor Air monitor Soft set White balance Producer Lower third super
Preview monitor 3-Play Key light Muting relay Director Take/dissolve
Audio booth Garage Band Back light Floor monitor Line producer Audio board
Audio mixer Audacity Fill light Craft services Field producer Format clock
Control console (desk) Announce booth Microphone snake Teleprompter Script VU Meter
Director console Cameras 1-3 I-F-B Prompter control House sync Muting Relay
Copy Rack Audition channel Production channel Backtime Audience Cue up


-------------------- END OF PART 1, Spring 2020 

Material for Part 2 will be posted after the first test (which covers Part 1 )








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