This Friday (12th July) will be the Radio Technology Masterclass, put on and delivered by the team who organise Radio Tech Con each year. Tickets cost only £24 (£20 ex VAT) and you get a full day of sessions and workshops to teach you everything you need to know to get started as a broadcast engineer. Whether you want to pursue this as a career, or are more interested in other areas of radio, but want to have a better understanding of how your radio station goes together, this day is definitely for you.

Here’s a highlights video from the last masterclass, back in 2013, to prove how great it is. There’s more info below if this isn’t enough…

Who’s it for?

This masterclass is aimed at anyone who is interested in understanding radio tech, particularly current students, or people wishing for a change of career.

  • Engineering, technology, or computing/computer science students with an interest in broadcast.
  • ‘The Tech person’ at a student radio or community station who wants to move into a full time broadcast engineer job.
  • Presenters, producers or journalists who want to have a better understanding of the tech they use everyday, or maybe want a career change.
  • Anybody else interested in the technical set up of a radio station.

From Mic to Radio

The morning will consist of theory sessions on how everything goes together. This will including covering building the studio space; the kit in the studio; the kit out of the studio and transmission. With this knowledge, you can go from little or no understanding of the station set up to being able to get through a conversation about it within a single morning!

After lunch (which will be provided), everyone will be split into smaller groups to go into the practical sessions, where you can try out your new found knowledge by having a go at putting some studio kit together, building a transmitter, doing some coding or solving a few problems regularly faced by broadcast engineers. Don’t worry though, this isn’t a test and there will be plenty of experts around to help you out.

Throughout the day, there will also be opportunities to network/socialise with expert engineers from across the industry (including at the pub afterwards) so it really is a day not to be missed.

How to get tickets

Getting tickets is really easy.

  1. Go to the Tech Con website (https://www.radiotechcon.com/2019/radio-technology-masterclass-2019/)
  2. Scroll down to the big green “buy tickets” box
  3. Enter your details into eventbrite, and grab a ticket!

 

The whole day is jam packed, but aimed to have something for everyone to take away from. It will be a very worthwhile experience to anyone who just wants to understand the radio tech set up a bit better, as well as anyone who wants a career in broadcast engineering.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email the SRA Tech Officer, Stephen Clarke, at stephen.clarke@studentradio.org.uk who will be happy to answer them.