Hello Jon (KC2SHO),
Hector (Serrano) here.
I cannot claim to be a true engineer just yet.
I hold a degree in electrical engineering, a
bachelor's, but don't hold any licenses or have
solid experience in a particular industry. I
currently hold a position as an "associate"
electrical engineer for an environmental engineering
firm. For the past year I have been doing alot
of drawing. CAD work, ACAD2000 to be precise.
In my quest for an RF engineering position,
I have run into and read a few job descriptions
for RF/microwave Technicians. The work sounds
great. Quite a learning experience, if you land
Hi Hector, Sounds like we have similar interest.
I don't hold any real licenses or degrees. I have
been a natural for all things technical since I
was just wee lad. It's in the bloodline. I have
lots of mixed technical experience. I'm the true
jack of all trades. I spent 5 years as Network Technician
before I got back into electronics and RF. I'm much
happier now and still doing the computer stuff on
You mentioned Broadcast equipment. Do you use
waveform monitors and vectorscopes? If this
is the frustrating part you're refering to,
I think I felt that at times, as well. I worked
at a Television Studio back in the '91-'94 time
frame. I remember having "genlock" problems
with studio cameras and using a Tek scope to
aid in fixing the problem of positioning the
waveforms (from the camera and the main synch
signal) in the same place on the grid. My boss
was experienced enough were he didn't need the
scopes. The bump (or lack of) between both images
was enough for him. I thought it was amazing
and wanted to learn more about the field, electronics,
scopes, you name it. Since then I wanted to
revisit that problem and found the following
from tek (great site):
I don't see studio equipment really. We
are a analog and digital transmitter manufacturer
so it's more the equipment after the studio feed.
Primarily RF. As far as analog video I use something
a little more advanced then just a waveform monitor
for the video signal. It's the Tektronics VM700A
and I use it only to check the tranmitters output.
In other words I only look at the down converted
signal. The video signal itself and the non linarities
associated with it can be a bit frustrating some
times but it's not really what frustrates me. I
am the only Technician here in the US. I have no
mentors. If I have questions I have to call Italy.
When I need help it's just not there. I've done
well so far though. Everything I have repaired or
tuned in the last year and a half have not come
back to haunt me. I can learn anything, but I yearn
for the training to be an expert... the technician
other people come to when they need help. Someday,
Broadcasting, from what I have been reading,
is not a dying field. Broadcasters are finding
ways to deliver more than just the television
signal to homes. If I remember correctly, internet
delivery and other similar data capabilities
are being put into place because of the nature
of what broadcsting is: single-to-multipoint
link(s). Do you know if your company has gone
to NAB (National Association of Broadcasters)?
It's an annual convention that you'd find very
interesting, given the opportunity to attend,
if you haven't. With the exhibits, forums, literature,
and more, I would say that would be a good start
for your current company to invest in you.
Good Luck, Hector.
I hope your right. I like what I do and
I want to do it for the rest of my life. I went
to my first NAB last year and I'll be at this years
which is next week!