My Personal History With Over The Air (OTA) Television Broadcasting in Canada
I go way back with Over The Air (OTA) television. When I was a kid my dad was doing TV and Antenna repair/service in the 1950s as a moonlight job
was an avionics guy in the Royal Canadian Air Force so I grew up all across Canada as Dad got transferred around. Then through the '60s and 70s he
worked in educational television program production in Ontario. I worked with my dad in the TV program production world and doing CATV installations
in schools and large buildings.
OTA is a hobby of mine that had gone away until the promise of ATSC DTV (Digital Television) brought things right back to life again in the late
When I joined the Digital Home web site, finding folks there who shared my OTA interest was a bit difficult although there certainly were very
knowledgeable OTA folks, but besides them I was struck with how few people seemed to understand the past, present, and future of OTA. I had been
lurking in several U.S. OTA forums and had been actively posting at Home Theater Spot's Antenna Spot for awhile, where I got to know quite a bit
about today's ATSC environment as it was unfolding in the U.S. a few years ahead of the Canadian OTA scene. I realized that much of what was known
about analog OTA was applicable to digital OTA too, but there are some rather key differences.
Hugh, the Digital Home site owner, was very supportive and helpful about starting a forum here specializing in OTA, and so it is my pleasure to have
created and moderated the
Digital Home Canada OTA Forum to share such info. It is my hobby, and so you will find a spirit of friendly good-fellowship there.
We get some veteran OTA professionals and hobbyists there who chip in and offer their expertise, and some of them have been posting at Digital Home
for several years. Overwhelmingly, though, the visitors are newcomers to OTA and generally too young to remember when antennas were a necessity
and cable (and especially satellite) TV were really new or unheard of.
Thus, my philosophy regarding the OTA Forum is that it is a Knowledge Base, so that people setting up or adjusting their gear for the first time or
the fiftieth time can have some of the guesswork reduced or eliminated no matter what level of knowledge the reader arrives with. I delight in
reading the first results reports from newcomers, and it is pleasant when the more experienced readers offer advice and assistance to fix
problems or address concerns. To me the advice must also come in the form of warnings, "gotchas", and other tips. We keep in mind that there are no
stupid questions and no technical OTA issues too small to discuss. There is only one way to do things right, and that is to do them the right way.
Cordially disagreeing with me is quite alright, by the way.
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HP Certified IT Professional (HP-UX), and Certified Instructor: Hewlett Packard
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System Administration and Support
- Over 5,000 hours classroom teaching experience in UNIX/Linux, Windows, Networks
- Specialization Areas:
- workstation and server system administration
- network administration
- logical volume management and storage capacity planning
- UNIX shell scripting (Bourne, Korn, POSIX, BASH)
- Solaris System Administration Instructor for Sun Educational Services
- HP-UX System and Network Administration Instructor for HP Education
- UNIX & Linux System Administration Instructor for Learnix Ltd.
- Author of text book and course material for the course "UNIX/Linux
System Administration" for Learnix
- Seminar presenter at "The Bazaar" as a Faculty
member (Dec. 1999, Topic: Migration from NT to Linux)
- UNIX instructor for Auto-trol Technology (Canada) Ltd.
- Sun Microsystems Education instructor for Auto-trol Technology (Canada) Ltd.
Technical Experience With Computers
- Kernels 2.0, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6 (32 and 64 bit on either Intel, Sparc, Alpha & AMD x86 architectures)
- Red Hat
- MythDora Multimedia PC
- KDE & Gnome desktops
- Support of Open Source and Linux-based development environments (GCC, etc.)
- SunOS 4.x, Solaris 2.x through 10 (Sun Sparc & Ultra, x86)
- HP-UX 10.10 through 11i (Hewlett Packard PA-RISC 700 & 800)
- AIX 3.x through 4.x (IBM RS-6000)
- IRIX 5.x through 6.x (SGI MIPS)
- Apple OS-X 10 through 10.6 (Apple G4 & Intel)
- DEC(Compaq) UNIX (a.k.a. True64) (Alpha)
- SCO UnixWare (x86)
- *BSD (NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD on x86)
- SQL Database support (Oracle, MySQL, Sybase, Informix)
- Support of UNIX-based development environments (compilers, etc.)
- 3.1, 3.11, & Windows For Workgroups
- 95 (OSR1, OSR2), 98 (First & Second Editions), ME
- NT 3.51, 4.0 (Workstation, Server)
- 2000 (Professional, Server, Advanced Server)
- XP (Professional & Home)
- Windows Services for UNIX (2.0 & 3.0)
- Support of Windows-based development environments (Visual C++, etc.)
Other Operating Systems and Major Applications
- OS/2 (IBM)
- QNX RTOS (Real Time OS)
- Data ONTAP 5.x, 6.x (on Network Appliances F7XX, F8XX, F9XX Filers)
- Apollo Domain (pre-Hewlett-Packard)
- DOS (PCDOS, DRDOS, MSDOS, FreeDOS)
- MacOS 7 through 9 (Apple Macintosh)
- Remedy AR 5
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- Ethernet (10BaseT, 10Base2, 100BaseTX, 1000BaseSX)
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- IEEE 802.11x Wireless LAN
- VOIP (Voice Over IP)
- ATM, FDDI, Token Ring
- FC-AL, SCSI
- Switches, routers, firewalls, gateways, proxies
- Modems, terminals
- Mobile (GSM, TDMA, CDMA, GPRS)
- Support of development environments (Symbian, TI, ARM, etc.)
- Support and service of VOIP (Voice Over IP)
- PBX (Nortel and Mitel)
- Local Telco and Long Distance environments
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