Provide technical reviews with documentation of all station conversion
applications to determine if the conversion planned meets industry standard engineering practices and FCC rules and regulations
Enlist the aid of industry HD equipment manufacturers to provide a
significant discount program to HD conversion grantees
Provide recommendations to CPB regarding eligibility requirements,
application requirements, narrative and financial progress reports.
Review and provide technical approval to select mid-term grant reports
from stations as requested by CPB staff.
Provide contact with station grantees during the term of the grant giving
continuing technical consultation and/or to gather information on conversion trends (i.e. HD time-alignment).
Review and provide technical approval of all final grant close-out reports
to confirm that conversion stations have completed the project using the approved
equipment and methodologies.
When requested, develop technical research projects proposals which
expand knowledge and understanding of radio propagation characteristics using
the new digital modulation technologies.
Monitor the progress of existing CPB technical research grants with
National Public Radio, Public Radio International and other like vendors
Represent CPB at system engineering meetings and other meetings where
public radio technical presentations are given
Support CPB staff for the annual public radio digital conversion system
advisory meetings and participate in these meetings.
Participate in weekly (or as often as needed) conference calls with CPB
staff to report on consultant activities and make recommendations with regard to
keeping the conversion program up-to-date with changes in technology.
Provide CPB staff with current trend trade magazine articles and points of
Provide CPB staff with quarterly narrative reports on station conversions
with an emphasis on identified station difficulties and lessons learned
Provide CPB with a contract year-end final report that consolidates all
lessons learned throughout the year and makes recommendations