Scalar Testing (Part ONE)

By H. Mark Bowers – In my last column we examined digital QAM testing requirements under present FCC Part 76 Rules and ANSI/SCTE 40 2003 Requirements. In this column we’ll begin an examination of scalar testing and why it’s important in the HFC network.

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Proof-of-Performance Testing Requirements

By H. Mark Bowers – Since I often field questions regarding the measuring or interpretation of FCC Part 76 proof-of-performance (POP) rules and testing requirements, I thought it appropriate to review this subject in my next two articles. Given space limitations, we will review analog testing requirements here in Part One, and then in Part Two we’ll examine digital testing. And to keep it interesting, we’ll examine several unusual problems I discovered during recent testing trips.

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