Babinski back on top, Wins International Cable-Tec Games 2016 Title

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SEPT. 28, 2016 (Philadelphia, PA)--Representing SCTE/ISBE Region 9 and the SCTE/ISBE Central Florida Chapter, Greg Babinski, senior technician III with Charter Communications in New Port Richey, Fla., performed the best among the field of 28 competitors and captured the 26th annual SCTE/ISBE International Cable-Tec Games title Tuesday evening at SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® 2016, in Philadelphia.

An SCTE/ISBE member since 2006, Babinski has now claimed the SCTE/ISBE International Cable-Tec Games title three times in nine years, having won at Expo 2008, also conducted in Philadelphia, and at Expo 2014.

The International Games—sponsored by Megger and Greenlee Communications—comprised competitors who qualified following their local competitions in the United States and Ontario, Canada. Additionally, a pair of contestants qualified from the Society’s South and Central America Meeting Group and came to Expo to compete in four of this year’s seven events.

SCTE/ISBE conducts the popular International Games—where technical professionals demonstrate precise workmanship, refined skills, and proper technique—each year at SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo®, the Society’s flagship event. Expo 2016 began Monday and continues through Thursday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Details about Cable-Tec Expo are available at http://expo.scte.org.

In the 2016 Games here last evening, defending champion Greg Brakefield of Comporium in Rock Hill, S.C., took second. He was representing the SCTE/ISBE Piedmont Chapter and SCTE/ISBE Region 10. Finishing third was David Nash of Midcontinent in Aberdeen, S.D. Nash was representing the Society’s Dakota Territory Chapter of SCTE/ISBE Region 6.

Only three of the past nine International Games have been won by someone other than a Greg B.—because Greg Babinski’s archrival Greg Brakefield, who also owns three titles, claimed the Games in 2011 and 2013 to go with his 2015 title. In fact, oddly enough, Babinski’s titles have fallen in even-numbered years, Brakefield’s in odd-numbered ones.

The International Games’ seven contests are Drop Connection, Cable Splicing, Fiber Splicing, MTDR, OTDR, Meter Reading, and Cable Jeopardy.

The hosts of the evening’s seven contests were: AEA Technology Inc., AFL, EXFO, NCTI, PPC Broadband Inc., Springbok Instruments, Trilithic Inc., Amphenol Broadband Solutions, Corning, Greenlee Communications, Megger, Radiodetection, and Viavi Solutions.

More information about SCTE/ISBE chapters and the Cable-Tec Games is available at www.scte.org.

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