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     Date Submitted:23-07-2012
     Last Modified:23-07-2012 (03:58)
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     Current job:Telecommunications & Broadcast Media Professional/Consultant
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsSatellite, VSAT, Networking, Troubleshooting, Antennas, RF, Wireless, SATCOM, Broadcast Engineering, Satellite Ground Systems, SNG, Teleport, Business Operations, Consulting
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    Curriculum Vitae

    Abilities & Skills Summary

    -- Earth Station Operation & Construction, Large & Small Satellite Antennas, Operations Center, & Internal Infrastructure.
    -- Fixed, Mobile, and Maritime VSAT Networks For Voice, Video and Data Systems in C, Ku, and Ka- bands.
    -- Satellite and Electronic News Gathering, Wireless Cameras, Lighting, and Editing Systems
    -- Wired and Wireless Networks For Data Distribution, M2M, and SCADA For Remote Metering, Monitoring and Control.
       HF, VHF, and UHF Radio & Antenna Systems.
    -- 30+ Years Experience in The Electronics and Communications Industries, Covering All Aspects of The Business & Technology


    Primary Work Experience:

    Oct 2010 – Nov 2011
    Asia Broadcast Satellite (HK) Ltd.
    Engineering & Operations Consultant
    1 year Consultancy Contract
    Responsibilities:
    Logistics coordination for the expansion project of the Subic Bay  Tracking, Telemetry, and Control (TT&C) station.  Make recommendations for equipment and configurations to be used by the various antenna systems. Coordinate contractors and labor force to those parts of the project in most need.  Interpret managements plans for equipment and systems.  Train others in the various tasks needed to be completed, taking a hands on approach when necessary.

    Apr 2001 – Present
    Various New & Sports Organizations
    Broadcast Media Freelancer
    Per Contract Basis
    Responsibilities:
    Equipment placement and setup for major news and sports events from remote, and often, dangerous locations. Coordinate with satellite operators for scheduling and frequency slots. Coordinate with production and/or news desks for durations and types of broadcasts. Configure & operate numerous brands of satellite and broadcasting equipment. Integrate VoIP and IP circuits into satellite chains. Do field repairs on satellite and broadcast media equipment. Also performed the following: - Accessing satellites - Carrier balancing - Investigating carrier interference issues.

    Organizations:
    Globecast, BBC, ESPN, AP, Fox News, Ten Sports, Sony Entertainment, CNN, Al-Jazeera, etc.

    Major Events:
    Afghanistan war, Iraq war, Indian Ocean Tsunami, IPL Cricket, 2003 Cricket World Cup, 2006 Asian Games, 2008 Olympics, etc.

    Mar 1997 – Apr 2001
    Subic Bay Satellite Systems, Inc.
    Operations Consultant
    Yearly Contract
    Responsibilities:
    To complete the installation of numerous VoIP over VSAT systems, including the systems integration with the local POTS, throughout South Asia and South-East Asia.  Plan and lead the installation of numerous large satellite antennas from 4.5m to 9m.  Planned and lead the installation of numerous HF and VHF base stations and repeaters across the mountains of Northern Laos. Marketed and operated an SNG system, in a joint venture with BT, for 14 months.

    Feb 1984 – Sep 1991
    Litton Guidance and Control Systems Division, Inc.
    Field Engineer
    Full Time Employment
    Responsibilities:
    Mentored Naval personnel in maintaining inertial navigation systems on US Navy aircraft and ships.  Trained the same Naval personnel in the operation and maintenance of not only the various navigation equipment used but also the test equipment used for repair and calibration.  Was a quality inspector at a factory repair facility in a forward deployed area.  Submitted weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports on work accomplished and training performed.   

    Nov 1977 – Nov 1983
    United States Marine Corps
    Sergeant – Aircraft Technician
    6 Year Contract/Obligation
    Responsibilities:
    Maintained the inertial navigation and terrain clearance radar systems on the A6E intruder aircraft.  In charge of the maintenance shop repairing and calibrating the inertial navigation equipment.  Managed the readiness of a mobile electronics maintenance facility.  Maintained the maintenance records for the entire facility, verifying total maintenance hours and total man hours performed.

    Secondary Work Experience:

    Apr 2003 – Present
    Pacific Frontier Communications, Inc.
    Managing Director
    Business Owner
    Responsibilities:
    Leading a small company supplying wired, wireless, and satellite connectivity solutions for Internet, SNG-ENG, VSAT, WLAN, WiMax, VoIP, Broadcast A/V, M2M Networking, AMR, Remote SCADA, etc., to clients throughout the Philippines.  We listen to customer’s needs, research available solutions and prepare quotations/proposals accordingly. We follow up with continuing support as the needs of our clients change and evolve.

    Jun 1996 – Dec 1996
    Color Dynamics, Inc.
    Consultant
    6 mo. Fixed Term Contract
    Responsibilities:
    To upgrade the home office (Hawaii) LAN and automated accounting systems.  Assist in the preparation of government bids by writing safety and HAZMAT manuals.  Supervise the opening of the office in Guam.  Prepare government bids in accordance with specified guidelines.

    Jan 1996 – Apr 1996
    Pacific Marinas Development Pty., Ltd.
    Construction Supervisor
    Open Contract
    Responsibilities:
    To supervise the construction of concrete floating piers in accordance with architect’s specifications and program schedule.  Order concrete & building supplies each day for the following days expected work.  Schedule personnel for daily workloads.  Monitor daily work accomplished making appropriate adjustments to keep production on schedule.

    Jun 1994 – Jan 1996
    Seaway Systems, Inc.
    Business Manager
    Full Time Employment
    Responsibilities:
    Bring in new business for commercial diving and underwater construction company and expand customer base.  Expand types of business company engages in.  Manage customer’s projects on site.  Simplify quotation/proposal creation system.  Create marketing materials to distribute to potential clients.   

    Feb 1974 – Nov 1977
    Bowies Sunoco Service Station
    Night Manager
    Full Time Employment
    Responsibilities:
    Dealing with customers requests for fuel, tire repair, oil change, and other repairs and services for their vehicles.  In charge of shift money, inventory, and locking up for the evening.


    Education:

    1988 – Present    Various Locations    Life Experience

    1986 – 1987    Central Texas College    Numerous  courses in computer programming languages (BASIC, Fortran, Pascal) – Non Degree Program, maintained a 3.9 GPA

    1984 – 1991    Litton GCSD    Received training in the following proprietary fields:
        •     Quality Assurance Inspector for company equipment.
        •     Computer Based Training Course Creation (Mac
         Computers)
        •     Programming & Interpreting company software.
        •     Operation, Maintenance, & Troubleshooting of company
         equipment.

    1978 – 1979    Military - USMC/USN    Attended approximately 20 months of intense training in Electronics and Electronic Systems as they pertain to military aircraft systems.  Schools attended:
        •     Aviation Fundamentals
        •     Basic Electronics And Electricity
        •     AVA Avionics Class A School
        •     AFTA Advanced First Term Avionics
        •     Non-Commissioned Officers Training School
        •     Micro Logics
        •     ASW 15/16 Automatic Flight Control Systems
        •     AN/ASM-608 Inertial Measurement Unit Test Set

    1974-1977    Somerville High School    Obtained a GED (High School Equivalency Certificate)
     


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