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Re: Orban 6200 distortion
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Subject: Re: Orban 6200 distortion
From: Sherrod Munday <smunday@ieee.org>
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:44:48 -0400
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On Jun 23, 2017, at 13:21, Andy Lynch <andy@myitguys.us> wrote:
> I'm amused we're getting all of this from a guy with an IEEE.org email address!

Yep, that's indeed the irony.  As my LinkedIn post last month explained, I'm torn between the mentality of reserving the "Engineer" term to only those licensed and registered with their governmental regulatory boards (state, national, etc.) and the concept of recognizing those who perform "engineering" services in fields like broadcasting. 

On the personal note, though: I made a conscious choice when I was back in college to pursue a career in Christian radio broadcasting, even though I fully recognized that would mean that I would never be likely able to achieve the status of a Professional Engineer.  

Achieving the level of a P.E. requires tutelage in the professional workplace under the oversight of a fully-registered P.E. for four years beyond the Engineer-In-Training ("EIT") exam [that I passed as a senior at Virginia Tech].  I recognized that there were very few (if any) P.E.'s working as broadcast engineers, and usually most broadcasters don't have enough engineering staff to employ a full P.E. and a team under him.  (That, BTW, is the topic of another entire thread of mine, the lack of qualified people interested in broadcast engineering, but I digress...)

As such (and I'm really not trying to pat myself on the back here -- it's just the simple honest story), I made the choice at ~22 years old to sacrifice that P.E. career ambition in exchange for working with something that I really enjoyed and that served a Higher Calling than just working to please myself.  

Since then, I've learned that there may indeed be some P.E.s in this career, but they seem to be in the manufacturing side of the broadcast business, designing equipment.   And, quite frankly, I have no idea whether I would have been content working with that side of things.  I've [almost] always enjoyed the public interactions and opportunities to help stations and broadcasters, and the field of hardware/software design engineering seems (to me, at least) to be somewhat removed from that level of interaction.

So, for now, I continue my membership in IEEE and enjoy the use of a "portable" personal email address that remains constant through employers and email-service-providers-of-the-week.

Sherrod Munday

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