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Reminder: Next KARC Monthly Meeting is Thursday, February 2 at 7:00PM







The next monthly meeting of the Kamloops Amateur Radio Club will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 7:00 PM PST.

The KARC is pleased to announce that our special guest presenter will be Morley Fountain a broadcast engineer who has lived in and worked out of Kamloops for the past 22 years.

Morley has worked in broadcasting full time since 1984, and he has worked in both the radio and TV broadcasting environments.

Morley has been working for Global Television, part of the Corus Entertainment Group, for the past 29 years. He began as a system engineer in 1995 looking after the over the air transmission system in the BC Interior.  Currently his role is within the National Conventional Infrastructure team as the Senior Manager of DTV projects.

Morley is on the ISED / CAB radio advisory committee as well as the SC6 working group.

He is a graduate of the Saskatchewan Technical Institute's Radio Television and Communications Equipment Servicing program, as well as the Broadcast Engineering program from Cleveland State University.  Morely is a licensed ham radio operator, VA7MGF, (although not active) holding a basic and advanced qualifications.

Morely has built AM, FM, and both analog and digital television transmission systems in 9 of the 10 Canadian provinces, and he has also spent time working in the US.

Morley will spend most of his time talking about the technical requirements for television broadcast transmitter site.  He is going to keep the presentation as a general overview of the industry.  Focus for this talk will be on television only.  The draft agenda is as follows:

  1. Brief introduction with a little more detail about my role at Corus/Global;
  2. Brief history of analog TV and the transition to digital;
  3. Large part will be the building blocks to building a site from new;
    • How to begin;
    • Choosing a site;
    • Leasehold considerations;
    • How to determine ERP;
    • Licencing;
    • Considerations for antenna, transmitter, and tower;
    • Commissioning and proof of performance;
    • Test requirements and ISED compliance;
  4. On-going maintenance, remote control, and disaster recovery; and.
  5. Questions, and closing remarks.

This will be hybrid meeting, but you are encouraged to join us in person if you can.

For those who can only join online, please use this link:

To join the meeting in person please meet outside the lobby of the Victoria Building at 210 Victoria Street.  The KARC meeting will be held in the offices of the Province of BC on the 5th Floor. This is a controlled access building so please try to be there by 6:50pm so we can start the meeting promptly on time at 7pm.  Please wait outside until someone comes to open the door.  You may also call (250) 318-5150 to let us know you are downstairs waiting.

There will be donuts and apple fritters for those attending in person!

The Agenda and Minutes from the last meeting are attached below.