In 1970 Neil Smith, a partner in the old-line broadcast engineering firm of Kear and Kennedy, left to start his own practice. The firm's first client was a Savannah, GA, TV station looking for a new transmitter site. Another early client was the National Association of Broadcasters, followed closely by RKO General and its group of major radio and television stations. Shortly thereafter, following the retirement of Frank Kear and the death of Bob Kennedy, ABC, a long-time client of Kear and Kennedy, retained us, both for its network and for its owned radio and television stations.
Neil chaired the AM Radio Propagation Committee preparing for the International Radio Accords (1979-81), where ground conductivity values were formally established for US areas outside the continental United States. Jeanne served on the FM Committee preparing the Region II (North America) position at the World Administrative Radio Conference in 1989.
Neil designed and executed the engineering studies that led to the FCC's permitting wireless stage and broadcast microphones to operate on locally available television channels. He engineered and ran the field studies leading to the FCC's adoption of the rules permitting television stations to circularly polarize their signals, the way FM stations had been doing for years. He developed the technique for measuring TV signal patterns by helicopter, and they're still being followed today.