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Byron St. Clair, 93, Has Died

He was the “father of translators, LPTV and low-power FM” and the president emeritus of the National Translator Association


DENVER — Dr. Byron St. Clair, president emeritus of the National Translator Association, died May 20 in Denver of brain cancer. He was 93.

St. Clair, who served as president of the National Translator Association for 19 years, is known as the “father of translators, LPTV and low-power FM,” the association said.

He worked to serve those living in the mountainous rural western United States with broadcast service and in so doing created a new class of over-the-air broadcasting, which has grown to more than 4,000 stations that serve millions of people.

“Byron was a friend and mentor to all, a man of immense intellect, wisdom, ethics, kindness and vision,” said NTA President John Terrill.

During his career, St. Clair was director of R&D for Adler Electronics and founded and served as president of EMCEE, a manufacturer and installer of TV translators. In 1967, he founded and was president of Television Technology Corp. in Arvada, Colo., which later became Larcan-TTC.

St. Clair obtained a BSEE in 1945 and a master’s degree in physics in 1949 from Columbia University. He earned a Ph.D in physics in 1953 from Syracuse University.

He was a member of the National High Definition Television Subcommittees, Systems Subcommittee Working Party to Field Test Task Force, a board member of the Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance, a member and active participant in the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers. St. Clair also was a member of the board of directors for Denver public broadcaster KBDI(TV).

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering recognized St. Clair in 2017 with its Jules Cohen Award for lifetime achievement.

The NTA is establishing The Byron W. St. Clair Memorial Scholarship Fund in partnership with the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers for promising undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in a career in broadcast engineering at accredited U.S. universities and colleges.

St. Clair is survived by his wife of 71 years, Julie, and daughter Susan Hansen of Arvada, Colo. A memorial service will be held in June. Details were not immediately available.

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The 2018 theme is “Media Transmission and Consumption with Emphasis on Disruptive Technologies”

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society  has issued a call for papers for its 2018 IEEE Broadcast Symposium, which will be held at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Va., Oct. 9–11.

The event’s 2018 theme is “Media Transmission and Consumption with Emphasis on Disruptive Technologies.” With that in mind, topics of interest include:

  • Transmission
  • Quality of experience
  • Regulations
  • Next generation television
  • Media and broadcasting
  • Production of content
  • Internet of Things
  • Entertainment, gaming and virtual/augmented reality
  • 5G
  • Coding
  • Content processing

Note that all of these subjects should be tied to broadcast and broadband multimedia services.

[Related: “IEEE BTS Sessions Offer Food for Thought for Broadcasters ” ]

Abstracts must be submitted by May 1. Extended abstracts of around 1000 words and the completion of a peer review process is required for papers to be considered for possible inclusion in the conference proceedings, which will also appear on IEEEXplore digital library. However, presentation-only abstracts should be about 200 words.

Accepted submissions will be notified by June 15. Then, abstracts that have been chosen to appear in the IEEE Broadcast Symposium conference proceedings will be required to be submitted as “camera-ready papers” by Aug. 23.

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