Broadcast Technical Society Standards Scope

The BTS Standards Committee oversees, develops, and maintains standards documents accredited by the American National Standards Institute in the field of broadcast technology. This field encompasses devices, equipment, techniques, and systems related to broadcast technology, distribution, transmission, and propagation aspects. Published documents include standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, all of which integrate to describe a particular process.

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The Standards Committee sponsor is the Broadcast Technology Society and it is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Standards Committees. The Standards Committee is organized according to its operating procedures which are available upon request. The operating procedures outline the orderly transaction of the activities of the committee and its working groups. As such the committee may initiate ballots of proposed standards within its scope, maintain the existing standards, respond to enquiries regarding interpretation of existing standards, and cooperate with other appropriate standards organizations as needed.

Officers of the Standards Committee include a chair, vice-chair, and secretary. The president of the Broadcast Technology Society receives recommendations from the chair of the committee and appoints members to the committee as needed.

The Standards Committee maintains a voting roster of committee members.

The BTS Standards Committee has specific active areas of interest and the following active working groups:

    1. Audio/Video Techniques Working Group—G2.1
      The Audio/Video Techniques Group focuses on standards documents that are associated with equipment and systems associated with audio and video signals as used in broadcast systems.

  1. RF Techniques Working Group—G2.2

    The RF Techniques Group focuses on standards documents that are associated with signals and systems after the input signal has been converted to an RF signal.

BTS Standards Committee Chair
RF Techniques Working Group Chair
Greg Best
Greg Best Consulting, Inc.

BTS Standards Committee Vice-Chair
Audio/Video Techniques Working Group Chair
Bill Miller
Miltag Media Inc.

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Current Projects

Audio/Video Techniques—Working Group G2.1

Revision of 208-1995 Camera Resolution Measurement Standard

This measurement standard is undergoing revision to be updated as necessary. Due to the nature of the document and the users of this document, liaison has been established with the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers standards group to determine what collaboration may or may not be needed.

RF Techniques—Working Group G2.2

This working group is in the process of establishing a new project focused on the measurement of passive intermodulation concerning broadcast systems.

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The BTS Standards Committee held its April meeting at NAB in Las Vegas. The recent addition of Bill Miller as Chair of the Video and Audio Techniques Working Group has added valuable expertise to that area’s standards work.

The 1631 -2008  Recommended Practice For Measurement of 8-VSB Digital Television Transmission Mask Compliance has been researched and downloaded over 1000 times in its relatively short history.

The RF Techniques Working Group is investigating a new project associated with Passive Intermodulation Measurement Techniques for broadcast facilities. Stay tuned for updates on this project.

Meanwhile, the project to update the 208-1995 Camera Resolution measurement Techniques is also getting started.

G2.2 RF

The G2.2 RF group is currently working on a draft DTV translator emission measurement standard for full-service and LPTV/translator service.

IEEE P1631/D3

Draft Recommended Practice for Measurement of 8-VSB Mask Compliance in the USA

At the March 2008 meeting of the IEEE REVCOM group, Recommended Practice P1631 was approved for adoption. A further update will be provided as to when finished documents will be provided by the IEEE and the location to obtain them. The next task for the RF Standards Working Group is to determine an acceptable measurement method for measurement of for compliance of conducted harmonics and spurious radiation from 8-VSB transmitters.

G2.2 RF Standards Chair

Greg Best
9223 N. Manning Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64157 USA

G2.1 Audio and Video Techniques Standards Chair

William Miller
246 Beechmont Drive
New Rochelle, NY 10804

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The BTS Standards Committee has developed many standards documents over its history. Due to the change in technology and the digital nature of input signals, many of these standards are no longer applicable. Below is a list of standards documents that are no longer being maintained.

List of Historical Standards Documents

Currently, there are three active documents maintained by the BTS Standards Committee.

208-1995 Camera Resolution Measurement Methods

1521-20003 Digital Jitter and Wander Measurement Methodology

1631-2008 Recommended Practice for 8-VSB Digital Television Transmission Compliance for the USA

Other organizations that do similar or related work to the BTS Standards Committee are listed below. They may have taken responsibility for some documents and you may find references for a document you are looking for.

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