Ark. Techs Win Gold, Silver, Bronze

Suddenlink technicians from Central Arkansas combined their skills and knowledge to place first overall at the recent “Arkansas Cable Tech Games,” hosted by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE).

Designed to test and reward technical excellence, the competition included the following events: cable splicing (including fiber splicing), “Cable Jeopardy,” Metallic Time Domain Reflectometry (MTDR) reading and black-box meter reading. (MTDR reading involves a piece of test equipment that indicates where there is a fault on a cable line. Black-box meter reading involves analysis of different signal configurations; in other words, a tech has to take the signal reading and tell how the box is configured.)

In addition to earning the team gold medal for Suddenlink, several company techs took home individual awards, including:

    Greg Burchfield (Cabot) — gold medals in cable splicing, “Cable Jeopardy,” and overall individual performance; plus a silver medal for MTDR reading

    Clinton Ford (Russellville) — gold medal in fiber splicing and bronze medals in black-box meter reading and overall individual peformance

    Randy Oliger (Cabot) — bronze medal in cable splicing

    John Yates (Stuttgart) — silver medal in black-box meter reading

    Nate Richardson (Branson) — gold medal in black-box meter reading

    Ronald Malik (Russellville) — silver medal in fiber splicing