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Last updated: April 24, 2018


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April 2018 Meeting Notice

Power Quality for Broadcasters


Thursday, April 26th, 2018


6:15PM Refreshments, 6:30 PM Meeting


K-Love/Air1 (Educational Media Foundation) offices
3333 South Wadsworth Blvd, Suite 130D, Lakewood, CO


Food and Refreshments will be provided, $5 donation suggested


Power Quality for Broadcasters


Mike Haley (Challenge Technology/Power Connections) and Laurent Pècourt (Citel Incorporated)

Power quality (including surge protection and grounding) is an issue of utmost important to broadcasters. Ensuring that these systems are properly designed and maintained is one of the most important areas a broadcast engineer can address in their plant.

Laurent will discuss the following:
• Origin of Surges
• Surge protection technologies and the advantages/disadvantages of each in specific applications
• Surge Protection Device selection and installation for an optimal surge mitigation solution
• Applicable standards per application/location (for example UL 1449 4th Edition, NEC updates, etc…)
• Wireless application case study
• FAA Obstruction lights for Telecom towers

Speaker Bio:
Laurent Pécourt (M.Sc.):
Laurent Pécourt earned a Master of Science in Aeronautical Mechanics and Energetics (AME) from ENSMA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d’Aérotechnique), in Poitiers, France, and a Master of Science in Fluid Mechanics from the University of Poitiers, France. Laurent finished his Master’s Degrees at the University of Seattle, WA, United States, working on research project for a Ramjet Accelerator:, in parallel of his regular classes.
Since 2009, Laurent has devoted his accomplished engineering background and multicultural experience to the Surge Protection Industry, with the help of CITEL; he started his career in CITEL Incorporated, located in Miramar, FL, USA.

Design of lines of products, deep understanding of electrical installations, surge testing to optimize installations protection, contribution to improvements of surge standard and testing are only part of the skills he has acquired over the years. Laurent is a member of UL 1449 STP Board as well and NEMA 5VS Panel. His knowledge of Surges has been continuously shared over the years to the industry, in order to improve Power Quality, making equipment and installations safer and more reliable.

Mike Haley:
Mike Haley started his professional career in the field of Law Enforcement. Mike completed a Colorado POST Police Academy and obtained his POST Certificate in 2001. During his tenure in Law Enforcement Mike worked in multiple positions to include a Jail Deputy, Patrol Officer, Detective, and Corporal. Mike has a strong interest in street gangs and has made several gang presentations at various police agencies, schools, DA’s Offices and a Police Academy, and has been subpoenaed to testify in court as a gang expert.

Mike started working part-time with Power Connections in 2007 as a Field Service Technician where he tested and verified the proper installation of surge protectors in a variety of applications. A short time later, he accepted a part-time position with Challenge Technology as an account manager in charge of service agreements to UPS systems in a variety of applications. As an account manager, Mike worked with end users and service providers to assist with proper preventive maintenance care to these systems.

In 2015 Mike accepted a full-time position with Challenge Technology where he was assigned to work with electrical engineers, contractors, distributors and end users in the design and incorporation of surge suppression and UPS systems into a wide variety of projects.


May 2018 Event Notice

2018 Annual Colorado Public Safety Radio Summit


Wednesday & Thursday, May 9 & 10, 2018


7:30am to 6pm Weds / 7:30am to 3:15pm Thus


Lamar Street Center
5889 Lamar Street
Arvada, Colorado 80003


General admission cost $25 (military admission free)
Deadline: Registrations are due by April 30th.


2018 Annual Colorado Public Safety Radio Summit

Many of us involved in broadcasting are also involved in public safety—and with our involvement in the Emergency Alert System, broadcasters should be taking advantage of every opportunity possible to network with those in public safety communications, as well as building close relationships with first responders. With the new Omnibus spending bill of 2018, broadcasters are also now considered “First Responders”.

The Colorado Public Safety Radio Summit is an excellent opportunity to learn, and to network with those in public safety communications who we will likely be working closely with during an emergency.

Full details and registration are available at:

Tom Craig
SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section Chairman

Shane Toven, Chairman,
SBE Chapter 48


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