The Confederation of Aerial Industries Ltd (CAI) as the UK’s leading trade association for the home entertainment installation industry is about to launch a major new initiative with the viewer and listener in mind. The CAI has for 38 years been the first choice reference point for broadcasters, government and the construction trades when advice is needed on signal reception and network distribution around the home or business.
The CAI’s technical committee has just completed what has amounted to a mammoth amount of work on a code of practice for home networks. Despite the time and work the document has been kept to a concise an acceptable 33-page document covering all aspects of networks and connectivity in the home. It is now available on the CAI website for members once logged in - https://www.cai.org.uk/downloadables/viewcategory/46-codes-of-practice-regulations.
TV and radio users in the Plymouth area have been told to expect some disruption to services this week, with local transmitters the subject of engineering work. The Plympton transmitter serving the Plymouth area will be subject to shutdowns of up to 3 hours during the day between Tuesday 15th November and Friday 18th November 2016. The work will affect Freeview broadcasts as well as FM services. Also, services from the Malvern transmitter, which serves parts of the area around the Malvern Hills will also be subject to interruptions and reduced power daytime hours on the same days - but timings are weather dependent - affecting Freeview as well as local and national DAB digital radio services. The live transmitter status checker on the Radio and TV Investigation Service website has updates on the status of these and any other transmitters. Simply type in your postcode in the relevant box.
Affected viewers may be able to continue watching or listening via satellite or online services.
The CAI has produced an explanatory document following a number of calls and enquiries regarding the availability of channels on additional Freeview Commercial HD multiplexes (COM7 & COM8) that have emerged in some areas, along with a local carriage mux. Members can issue this single page document to clients when the message of areas being ‘out of range’ of the additional muxes is not being understood or accepted.
The number of standard definition channels only available to viewers with newer Freeview equipment continues to grow with the addition of new channels using newer DVB-T2 technology.
TrustMark, the organisation for government supported standards in service trades, have commenced the rollout of their new, updated website and associated database. Undertaking a phased approach, Phase 1 is nearing completion. They are rolling out a significant number of changes to the website including a change to the ‘look and feel’. Due to this being such a significant update to the all the systems and the website please let us know if you should come across any areas that do not function as you expected and will pass on your findings.
The BBC has issued another warning about TV and radio problems due to the current atmospheric conditions across parts of the UK.
By now all CAI members will have opened a letter from the CAI outlining our quest to establish an apprenticeship scheme for our trade. We need 10 member companies or individuals who can form a working group that will write the standards for a new ‘Trailblazer’ apprenticeship scheme. Trailblazers are a fairly new concept endorsed by the government and established by the industry for the industry – not a qualification developed in the normal school or college frameworks. There is a general feeling that we need our own pathway for our specialism – rather than a scheme ‘bolted’ onto an existing framework – as was the now defunct NVQ in Signal Reception that was joined up with consumer electronics and domestic appliances. The CAI being a trade association can only spearhead this campaign and facilitate or moderate the group. There is a restriction on the part trade bodies can play here.
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- The countdown begins – 3 weeks to go until Evolving Connectivity 2016
- Plans now underway for 700 MHz clearance
- Evolving Connectivity 2016 – Speaker line-up nearly complete
- City & Guilds accreditation for CAI courses
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- Sky, the CAI membership & Sky Q
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