Pictured above are some of the Certificates issued to me by international broadcasters for my participation
in Montoring Panels and similar services, dating back to 1964.
In the 1960s to 1989s, international broadcasters relied on techniical input from listenefs located in strategic
places, to assess service effectiveness in principal target areas.
These usually took the form of regular postal-mailed service reports, advsing signal quality, interference,
and propagation conditions, sent to technical dpartments of the stations.
In the 1990s, with steadily decreasing budgets for international broadcasting, many stations downsized their
opetations, and the "techncial departments" have largely vanished.
Transmitter operation and maintenance were oursourced to large Transmission Providers, which owned broadcast
facilities worldwide. Service reports were no longer required or sought from listeners, as frequency selection and management
were now carried out by the transmission providers.
Advancee in technoliogy allowed service effectiveness to be performed remotely, using sortware controlled
receivers in selected locations, with data uplinked continuously via satellite.
There was a greatly reduced need for non-professional listeners to labourously prepare monitoring reports, where this funcion was now being managed by professional engineering personnel in centralized switching centres.
In some circumstances, signal effectivevess has been required in places where there are limitations on installing
or accesssing remote receoving equipment. In such cases, professionalkly trained people "on-site" in these localtities
are tasked with engineering monitoring.
A few broadxcasters still maintain so-called Monitoring Panels, but participants submit data to non-technical
people in studio, program production, or administrative departments.
I provide professional engineering consultancy and advice to major broadcasters on request.