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James Bryant
1738 State Route 303
Apt. 83
Streetsboro, OH    44241-5658
Home Phone:    330-626-1967
Cellular Phone: looking for new service

theuplinker@earthlink.net
http://theuplinker.com
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Employment Goal:

I am seeking full-time employment at a fixed satellite transmission facility in program operations or engineering.  I will also consider employment as a driver/engineer for a mobile satellite uplink company.  I am available for freelance employment anywhere in the United States, it's territories, or protectorates.  I am also available for international assignments and possess a valid passport, Class "A" Commercial Driver's License and current International Drivers License.  I am also willing to relocate for the right job.

My experience:

Seventeen years of experience operating both fixed and mobile satellite uplink facilities providing live coverage of professional sporting events, collegiate sporting events, news events, interviews and teleconferences. During that time span I have provided thousands of successful satellite uplink operations for the television industry.  These broadcasts include analog feeds with and without encryption, digitally compressed and encrypted feeds and HDTV satellite feeds.  I have never missed a job or failed to provide my clients with their feed. I have provided these services in almost every possible type of venue, weather condition and terrain.
I think I've strung enough cable over the years to reach LEO and back several times over.  These uplinks have been performed in 47 states, including Hawaii, and
in Canada, Japan and Mexico. 

Clients for whom I've performed satellite uplink services include:
ABC and ABC Sports – Autotote Communications - BBC WTC 9/12-13/01 - CBS and CBS Sports – CNN - ESPN (national and regional) - Fox and Fox Sports  - GloboSat – GloboTV - HBO - MTV - NBC and NBC Sports - NFL Films - NHK - PBS (stations nationwide) - LPGA - PGA - Senior PGA - PMTV - ProStar - Showtime - Telemundo - TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting) - TBS (Turner Broadcasting) - The Golf Channel - The Disney Channel - The Nashville Network - TNT - Univision

Some of the events include:
Collegiate sports of every kind for both national, regional and backhaul purposes.
1988 Winter Olympics, Calgary, Canada - 1999 Pan Am Games - Winnipeg, Canada - Formula One racing -  NASCAR -  NHRA - NFL - NBA - NHA - nine Super Bowls including NFL Films World Feed broadcasts for Super Bowls, XXXIII, XXXIV, XXXV, and XXXVI - Professional Boxing from Caesar’s Palace, MGM Grand, Harrah’s in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Reno, The Las Vegas Hilton, The Sahara, The Showboat and others - Professional Bowling Tours - Men and Women’s Professional Soccer including the 1999 Women's World Cup in San Jose, CA and the 2002 Men's World Cup in Japan - Professional Tennis - Professional Golf  including The Skins Game, The Memorial, The PGA Players Championship, The Buick Classic, The Buick Open, The Ford Invitational, The Dinah Shore, The Bob Hope Classic, The Traditions, The NEC Invitational,  The Compaq Classic and others - Horse and greyhound racing from numerous venues nationwide including Churchill Downs, Hialeah, Gulf Stream Park, Belmont, Pimlico, Saratoga and many others.

Previous employers:

01/15/99 - 08/01/02
Sure Shot Transmissions, Inc.
(formerly known as Mobile Uplinks, Inc.)
10344 Main St.
New Middletown, OH  44442
Reference - Tim Dailey, Chief Engineer - 330-542-0900 - please see the letter of recommendation following this section.

Duties:  Driving, operating, maintenance and repair of both C and Ku band mobile satellite uplink vehicles consisting of tractor-trailer,
combination vehicles and box trucks. Providing live satellite transmissions of nationally broadcast sporting events, news and teleconferences. 
Upon request, supplying site surveys, additional satellite time bookings and on-site customer relations.

03/01/96 - 01/15/99
Advanced Satellite Communications - a subsidiary of Northfield Park
7985 Northfield Road
Walton Hills, OH  44146
Reference - Mary Calabrese, Vice President - 330-468-0845

Duties:  Delivery, set-up and maintenance of mobile satellite uplink vehicles at horse and greyhound racing facilities nationwide for use in the simulcast wagering industry.  Installation of transmission equipment, digital compression and encryption equipment, monitoring systems, fiber optic links, and communication systems.
Training of in house employees at locations using remote transmission links to our uplink facility at Northfield Park.  Downlink consultation and troubleshooting services for simulcast recipients nationwide.  Travel to remote locations to troubleshoot and repair or replacement equipment at remote locations in our network.

04/03/95 - 02/01/96
Taurus Communications, Inc.
, Framingham, MA

Duties:  Working for Dudley Freeman.  Simulcast broadcasts from Foxboro Harness Track and Northfield Park, see above.
Operation, repair and upgrade of outdated and abused equipment.  Enough said about that.

Autotote Communications, Inc., 444 Madison Ave., New York, NY
Reference - Chief Engineer - Bill Wroblewski

Duties:  Freelance employment repairing and operating C-band uplink vehicles.   Transmission and monitoring of encrypted analog transmissions at
Trinity Meadows Race Track in Ft. Worth, TX and Remington Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Training operators at Remington Park.

02/02/91 - 02/04/94
Broadcast Satellite International, Inc.

Formerly of Plano, TX, they moved to Waco, TX several years ago and I believe they have either changed names or gone out of business
Reference - Tim Flynn - Rick Creel - Larry Johnson

Duties:  Driving and operating tractor-trailer and combination vehicle C-band uplinks and straight truck Ku-band vehicles nationwide
for nationally broadcast sporting events on both network and pay-per-view clients.

Additional companies for whom I have provided uplink services include:

05/07/89 - 12/23/91
Telecom Broadcasting, Inc. Oceanside, CA - out of contact - Freelance broadcast of Super Bowl XXVI for Japan 01/92
Reference - Joaquin Patron

Duties:  Full responsibility for the performance of simulcast wagering signals using SA B-Mac encryption for all thoroughbred race tracks in Kentucky including Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Keeneland, and Turfway Park.


12/27/88 - 05/07/89
TeleLink, Inc.  North Miami Beach, FL
Reference - Chief Engineer - Terry Kirk - I have spoken to him recently at the following number:  305-944-9424

Duties:  Operation of a variety mobile uplink satellite vehicles broadcasting live sporting events.
Many periods of freelance work since then and continuing to the present when needed.

09/07/85 - 03/12/88
American Uplinks, Inc. Idaho Springs, CO
Reference - Tom Sheddan - President of Atlanta International Teleport, Atlanta, GA - 770-949-6600

Duties: Driving and operating C-band uplink vehicles nationwide for national networks and colleges performing the full range of live professional and collegiate broadcasts, teleconferencing and interviews.


SURE SHOT TRANSMISSIONS, Inc.

10314 Main Street

New Middletown, OH 44442

Phone (330) 542-0900

Fax (330) 542-1020 

September 5, 2002 

To Whom It May Concern:

 This is an open letter of recommendation for James Bryant to all prospective employers.

 James had been employed at Sure Shot since January 15, 1999 until his resignation in August of this year. I regret the loss of this excellent engineer but respect his desire to move on to new horizons. 

James mostly operated our newest C-Band uplink truck, servicing our highest profile customers such as CBS, NBC and ABC for nationally broadcast television events.  He is highly knowledgeable in the operations, troubleshooting and repair of uplink vehicles. 

James also operated our entire fleet of KU and C-Band vehicles (10 units) at various times and is equally knowledgeable on the operations of those. This includes MPEG-2 digital broadcasting using Tiernan and Tandberg equipment. 

One of his most recent uplink duties was operating our newest digital KU unit in Japan for the World Cup Soccer matches. A 6-week ordeal of 24/7 news hits. 

James was always reliable, on time, neat in appearance and diligent in his duties. He would be a real asset for any operation looking for a competent, qualified broadcast engineer. The best recommendation I can give to James is that as long as he is available and willing to do any freelance work for us, he has been the first call on my list. He has continued to be an outstanding engineer.

 Sincerely,
 

Timothy Dailey
Chief Engineer

Equipment usage:

For pictures of some of the mobile units I've operated please proceed to: http://members.tripod.com/The_Uplinker/trucks.html

Transmitters:  Aydin, ETM (I'm the one who came up with the original idea of using a shop vacuum to power air-flow when I had an operator lose his fan in Rhode Island, Mark Steele at ETM and Mark Hoderny can confirm), Harris, LNR, MCL (klyston and TWTA), Varian, Xicom.  Upconverters: Harris, LNR, Miteq, Panasonic HDTV modulators, upconverters, Scientific Atlanta.  VTR's - Sony PVW 2800, Sony PVW 2600 Beta, Sony MSWM2000 IMX multi format VTR,  2800 Beta/SP, DigiBeta. Video and Audio switchers:  Grass Valley, Leitch, Ross, Sony and others.  Ancillary equipment: Biscuit boxes,   ClearComs-couplers and IFB, Gentner couplers, Compasses, inclinometers, Oscilloscopes, signal strength meters, Spectrum analyzers, vectorscopes, waveform monitors, analog encryption and digital compression/encryption equipment including Leitch, General Instrument, OakOrion, SA, Tiernan, Tandberg.  In the interests of keeping this document from becoming too long, I'll mangle a cliche! 
"Been there, done that, bought the tee shirt, from A = Aydin to X = Xicom"  I honestly couldn't think of any equipment I've used that began with a Z!

Education:

High School - St. Paul's High School - Yonges Island, SC - 1968
College - Tallahassee Community College - Associate of Arts - Phi Beta Kappa - 1974
OJT - the rest of my life

Additional Skills:

Military training - Florida Army National Guard - MOS/76Y20 - Unit Supply Specialist - 1970 - Honorable Discharge (medical) 1972
Pulstar, Inc. , Gainesville, FL - research, development, construction, brazing and testing of prototype flow control valves for solar water heating panels - 1975
Sound and lights technician - The Southern Light Brigade - Gainesville, FL - 1975-1977
Regional Vice President of Friends of Florida Folk - non-profit native music promotion and preservation society - 1977-1978
Certified Rehabilitation Technician - State of Florida - 1978
Vital Industries, Inc., Gainesville, FL - construction and wiring of a new circuit board assembly building, operation of circuit board soldering bath, domestic and international shipping of television video switching systems.
Sheet Metal Mechanic - shift foreman/instructor - Synergetics, Inc. - Gainesville, FL - 1981 - construction of prototype mobile CAT scan and NMR vehicles.
Pittsburgh Labs Certified Welder - MIG/TIG - Synergetics, Inc.- construction of prototype mobile CAT scan and NMR vehicles - 1982-1984
Field repair of various types of equipment and troubleshooting skills covering a broad range of equipment and skills.

Additional References:

Kurt Harrington -
Autotote Communications, Remington Park - 405-341-0069
Jean Head - Sure Shot Transmissions - 330-542-0900
Mark Hoderny -
Adirondack Technology - Ballston Spa, NY - 617-953-8593
Jeff Lombardi - NFL Films - number pending
Anne McKernan - NFL Films - 856-222-2865
Clark McFadden - Station manager - Cedar Hill Teleport - Cedar Hill, TX - 972-299-5091
Mark Ratcliff - PanAmSat - Atlanta, GA - 404-381-2839
Steve Santini - Prostar, Stafford, TX - 281-240-2800
Dale Sisler - Freelance uplink services - 805-701-3509

If there is any additional information you require please feel free to contact anyone listed in this document or e-mail me and I'll try to answer your inquiries.