The Iowa Heartland Chapter had another successful Vendor Day and Golf Outing on October 4, 2017.
23 vendors participated in the Vendor Day on the morning of the 7th.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
The 2018 edition of the Iowa Heartland Chapter's Cable-Tec Games will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Kirkwood Community College in Hiawatha.
It's your chance to demonstrate your knowledge of cable technician skills and learn from our great instructors as well as your fellow techs!
Registration materials will be made available as we get closer to the date, but reserve the day now and plan to join us!
Vendors who would like to participate in the Iowa Heartland Chapter's Vendor Day and Golf Outing may now register for a display table on the "Events and Training" page of our website.
Registration for non-vendor golfers will be sent out soon.
Nathan Sidlinger with Mediacom, the winner of the Iowa Heartland Chapter's 2017 Cable-Tec Games, has been selected to compete in the International Cable-Tec Games.
The international games will be held Thursday evening, October 19, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. during SCTE•ISBE’s Cable-Tec Expo. The games will be held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo.
Congratulations to Nathan for this great accomplishment, and we encourage anyone attending the Cable-Tec Expo to cheer Nathan on as he competes against fellow SCTE members around the globe!
Arris has produced a white paper entitled "HPON: Transforming HFC networks for an all-fiber future" that talks about the evolution of today's HFC networks toward the ultimate goal of fiber to the home.
CLICK HERE to view the white paper on the Arris website.
Over 50 people attended the latest Iowa Heartland Chapter's training session "All Things IP Video" on Tuesday, May 2nd.
The training was hosted by Cedar Falls Utilities and the presenter was Charles Dostale, one of the people who worked to put together an IP video headend at CFU. There were 32 participants in the training at Cedar Falls between the morning and afternoon sessions. For the first time, the Chapter also held remote training sites (via webinar) in two other locations-Spencer and Harlan. Over 20 people attended the training at the remote locations.
Up next on our calendar is the Cable-Tec Games on June 8th in Hiawatha. Visit our Events & Training page for more details and to register.
In order to bring training to more SCTE members and non-members in Iowa, the Iowa Heartland Chapter has schedule remote webinar viewing sites for the upcoming "All Things IP Video" training on May 2nd.
The training session will be "live" at Cedar Falls Utilities on Tuesday, May 2nd, with both morning and afternoon sessions available. In addition, the training will be available via webinar at two sites in western Iowa:
Spencer: Spencer Municipal Utilities (Morning and afternoon sessions)
Harlan: Therkildsen Activity Center (morning session only)
To register for any of these locations (Cedar Falls, Spencer, or Harlan), visit the Events and Trainings page of our website and click the appropriate link.
The Iowa Heartland Chapter of the SCTE was recognized in two categories at the 2017 Chapter Leadership Conference in Denver, CO.
The chapter received the annual Compliance Award for meeting the minimum requirements for chapter activity, including member training opportunities, Vendor Day, and record keeping. The chapter also received the Professional Development award.
Curtis Dean, Board secretary, represented the chapter at this year's CLC.
The Iowa Heartland Chapter has scheduled a series of training events and networking opportunities for this year. The complete list of events and registration information is posted on the "Events and Training" page of the chapter website.
One change worth noting is that the Vendor Day and Golf Outing has been moved from August to October 4th this year. Vendor Day will be held at our new Hiawatha location for Kirkwood Community College, 1770 Boysen Road. We'll be returning to Airport National Golf Course in Cedar Rapids for golf in the afternoon.
Mark your calendars now and we'll let you know when online registration is available for these events.
The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) has announced an agreement with the Society for Cable Telecom Engineers (SCTE) to provide member discounts on SCTE's vast library of online training courses.
The online SCTE courses are designed to enhance the skills of broadband technicians and other employees. For a list of available courses, CLICK HERE.
In addition to NCTC discounts, the courses are less expensive if the person taking it is a member of the SCTE. As a shameless plug from yours truly, the secretary of the Iowa Heartland Chapter of the SCTE, I can vouch for the value that SCTE membership brings. Also, our Iowa chapter offers a number of trainings and events to provide broadband technicians with hands-on learning. CLICK HERE for a list of the 2017 trainings!
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