Kalo Alexandra

Broadcast Engineer

Work History

Work History
Apr 2006 - Present

Broadcast/Telecom Technician

KXTV News10

Project management, terrestrial microwave dish installation, Live remote truck integration. Budgets: $70- 150k

Sole live broadcast technician: all KXTV morning shows for 8 years and counting

Remote News gathering vehicle workflow training and equipment maintenance

Remote monitoring systems installation, documentation and training

Instrumentation and control systems installation and administration.

"Last mile" hardware, software and logic design to make mainstream components and systems more accessible to KXTV uses.

Jan 2002 - Mar 2006

Satellite Truck Technician/Remote Fleet Maintenance Technician

KMAX/KOVR Sacramento

Operate Satellite truck for remote live shots

Train prospective satellite truck personnel in operation of same

Maintain fleet of remote microwave trucks, including mast, transmitter, multiple radio receivers, all onboard signal processing gear and vehicle operational reliability, including scheduling of repairs and analysis of fleet availability to news gathering crews.

Jan 2000 - Dec 2001

Tool Room Attendant and Machine Shop Assistant

Yuba College Industrial Arts Department

Check out, check in and maintain inventory of student-available tooling for vocational technology classes, administrate computer network, assist students with practical application of machine shop practices working within instructor purview

Skills

Skills
7
Software and operating system knowledge

Windows Office, especially Excel, Access and Word, CAD/CAM, drafting, technical drawings, shop drawings, Parallax P-Basic, Basic, and Spin; Microsoft Assembly and Visual Basic; C and C++, DOS, Linux, WIndows

8
Tools

Layout and marking, drills, hammers, cutters, meters.  Hand tools of many descriptions, including machine shop tooling

Spectrum analyzer, Oscilloscope, Hand held digital and analog meters, soldering iron, soldering rework station

10
Broadcasting

Video, audio, radio, robotics and networking.  Broad spectrum immersion in live television and radio broadcasting with emphasis on transparency of operations.  Component and system level troubleshooting.

7
Project Management

Blueprint reading.  Multiple subcontractor budgeting, scheduling and supervision.  Engineering surveys and estimation.

Education

Education
Aug 1997 - Dec 2000

Associate of Science: Electronics and Electrical Engineering Technology

Yuba Community College

Applications of Ohm's law, analog and digital electronics, logic, assembly language programming, microprocessor architecture, industrial electronics, instrumentation, weights and measures, metrology, metallurgy, machine shop and manufacturing processes, sheet metal fabrication, creative writing, Gas Tig/Mig and stick welding.

  • Prepare documentation of installed resources using spreadsheet, database and CAD applications.

  • Cable construction of many types using crimping, soldering or swaging including video, RF, audio, multi-conductor machine control and interface, serial communications and power cables.

  • Monitoring, calibration and troubleshooting of telecommunications signal propagation, flow and testing of same

  • Design, programming and implementation of microprocessor circuits for industrial control applications using Embedded Control project boards.   

Bottleneck breakdown

When KXTV's only Earth Station Up-link lost motion control, having the ability to isolate the 3-phase 230V elevation motor as the only failed part in the AC drive circuit and have it picked up, rebuilt, returned and reinstalled within 24 hours saved the company from lengthy and costly up-link rental fee to satisfy their network obligations while the earth station was diagnosed and repaired.

Scripting

A recurring scene of confusion between two departments was eliminated with Windows Scripting.  Once product log delivery was automated, both departments spent the recovered time focusing on their core job skills. 

Keyword overflow for skills

schematics, electrical troubleshooting, forklift, Maintenance shop, rack mounting electronic equipment, project coordination, testing, cost estimating, arithmetic ( math ), trigonometry, trig functions, EPDM, CNC, mill, lathe, grinder, bandsaw, welding, single and 3 phase power, automation, building climate control, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Electrical Engineering, planning, customer service, problem solving, inspections, research skills, designing, test equipment, PBX, VOIP