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SBE Chapter 48 /
SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section

December 2010 Meeting Report

Annual Holiday Luncheon

Date: 

Thursday, December 16, 2010 

Time: 

11:30AM to 1PM 

Location: 

Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 E. 35th Avenue, Denver, CO 80207  

Topic: 

Holiday Luncheon 

Luncheon 

Holly Buffet, $15 per person 

Our group's annual December luncheon at Park Hill Golf Club was, as always, a festive and well met occasion. We always get a great turn out for this event and this year was no exception:


(click for the big picture)

Park Hill put out a really delicious spread from salad to desserts and the venue couldn't be nicer, with views of the golf course in the background and elegant tables and decorations inside. This was a really good turnout, but we always have room for lots more.

Jim Schoedler lead the event with a recap of the year's events and recognized some of those who have contributed to our successful activities. A plaque was awarded to Applied Trust Engineering for their contributions over the year including providing their expertise as the presenters at this year's IT Bootcamp.

Report by Tom Goldberg

 

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The KEØVH Hamshack


Jack Roland
KEØVH@q.com

The KEØVH Hamshack for January 2011
Happy New Year to all, and welcome into 2011! I am anticipating great things and an much better year to come than last!

I would like to start a NEW feature this month, the HAMSHACK OF THE MONTH! So far starters, here is the latest incarnation of the KEØVH Hamshack, circa January 2011!

You can see the SB200 Heathkit linear, the Kenwood TS450s HF rig (borrowed at this time due to my Yaesu FT757GXII getting repairs, a KDK FM-740 440 rig, my Icom IC2100 2 meter radio, the Ranger RCI-5054 DX100 6 meter rig, my Heil Mics and D-104, amongst other audio gear and computer screen customized with my call letters. I took this picture in a hurry for the article, and would love to see YOUR hamshacks. Please send me a picture so I can feature YOUR shack in upcoming newsletter articles! I think we all love seeing other hams "shacks"! Please email pics and descriptions to KEØVH@q.com.


A better shot of the "radio rack."

My friend Jim, KCØRPS sent a video link showing a computer built by a guy in the Netherlands, based upon the Star Trek setup of a computer, building the computer, software and all with the theme of the shows. Check out the full video at: www.dump.com/2010/11/23/guy-designs-a-computer-and-its-software-to-resemble-the-interface-from-star-trek-video/.


Picture from the video at the above site.

This is VERY COOL! He controls a lot of things with this, cruises the internet, controls household functions and more, all displaying on his large LCD tv in the living room as seen in this video! This could be a money maker in my estimation, but of course I am a huge Star Trek fan!

My friend Kenny, K4KR, is an avid DX'er and HF operator. One of my goals in ham radio is to work K4KR all bands! So far, 10. 15, 20, 40, 2m/440 via LEO satellite, and even 6 meters has been accomplished! We joke and say that I am looking for the ALL BAND K4KR award just for fun, anyway, Kenny sent these pictures of helping put up a beam antenna of a friend of his in northern Georgia!


Full Tower shot of K4KR                                     Kenny closeup!


Nothing to do with ham radio or broadcasting, but a fascinating site here: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/multimedia/lroimages/apollosites.html Nasa has orbited the Lunar Reconnnaissance Orbiter around the moon and it has returned landing site pictures from the Apollo missions! I could spend hours on this webpage!

The Lunar Eclipse on the night of December 20th and 21st was absolute spectacular! My family and I spent a cold hour and a half or so watching it outside and viewing the moon thru the Konus Motor 130 telescope. Our next door neighbor Ethan, long time friend of our kids and family and I even managed to get some decent pictures of the event with our digital cameras simply held up the telescope lens ( I don't have a proper camera mount at this time. All in all quite a beautiful night and we got some great shots anyway!

The top 4 pictures show the progression, and the last one on the bottom shows the view we had thru the telescope with the moon nearly "gone". The pictures aren't great, but with the eye thru the telescope the moon was an amazing reddish color and you could see great detail.

And, from our good friend Art Reis, K9XI , Chief Engineer of the Crawford Broadcasting Company's Chicago Cluster:

Originally credited to Jeremy Ruck of Don Markley and Associates, Peoria.

And, if you ever get to hear this gentleman on the air, especially on AM, it would be great to get his QSL card, especially if you are an Eagles or James Gang fan!


Joe Walsh, WB6ACU

And, the second submission this month from Jim, KCØRPS, from a "news" story:

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, New York Scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion, that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the weeks that followed, a California archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, A story in the LA Times read: "California archaeologists, finding of 200 year old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the New Yorkers"

One week later. A local newspaper in Oregon reported the following: "After digging as deep as 30 feet in his pasture near Chiloquin , Oregon. Bubba, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Bubba has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, Oregon had already gone wireless".

Makes me proud to live in Oregon.

And finally, a beautiful shot out the front window of our Salem Colorado Springs Durango heading up Cheyenne mountain one snowy day recently!

What a great place to work! I love going up this 9600 foot mountain, thank God for snow tires and 4 wheel drive when you need it!

73' es Happy New Year, may 2011 bless you in ways you haven't even thought of yet!
de KEØVH

 

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Clay's Corner

Featuring News, Rumors and Views
From Usually Reliable and Irrefutable Sources

By Clay Freinwald
SBE Seattle Chapter 16

CLAY'S CORNER FOR January 2011

Welcome to Twenty Eleven.
Coming up at this months meeting of Chapter 16 will be a very interesting program devoted to the changes coming to EAS in our State. As you know the FCC has not yet released their new-revised Part 11 rules as the Feds continue to stretch out the date when all of this is supposed to come together. As has been the case for many years, Washington State is NOT waiting for the Feds and is in the process of rolling out our own CAP (Common Alerting Protocol) based EAS system. This process started with the state placing about 75 new CAP/EAS Boxes in selected locations around our state. Additionally, a number of stations have already purchased new CAP capable EAS hardware and they are in the process of being connected to 'the system'.

This month we are fortunate to have Don Miller of Washington Emergency Management come to not only show & tell us how it works, but answer your questions. In addition to Don will be none other than Harold Price from Sage Alerting Systems. Harold is extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of the next generation of EAS and will explain how the various manufacturers have worked together to come up with the hardware to make it all work.

If you are responsible for EAS at your station....Yes Radio and TV...You need to be there. This is your time to get the answers you have been seeking. It important to note that Don and Harold are NOT salespeople but rather tech-heads that can discuss this topic from a technical standpoint.

Our meeting will be at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field at 12 Noon on Thursday the 13th. We have one small problem. The seating capacity of our room is limited. To help deal with this we are going to be asking our members to let us know who will be in attendance. If all the seats have not been taken, a couple of days prior to the 13th,

The meeting will be opened to others that may well wish to take advantage of the opportunity to come and learn.

Looking at news and stuff from this past month.
Mother Nature has certainly been living up to the predictions of an 'interesting' winter. We have had our share of snow, ice, wind etc. As I write this, I can hear vehicles on my street having difficulty dealing with the white stuff. So far, those of us that go to West Tiger have not been forced to use snow-shoes or snow-cat...But ...Winter is just getting started.

I got to experience some interesting weather by going over to Tri-Cities to work on the installation of a new NV30 Transmitter for KFAE on Johnson Butte. Freezing fog, snow, Ice etc. Was very pleased to come back to the 'wet-side' to see the color green.

The latest, 12+, ratings are out for radio in our town. A couple of things to note –
KOMO-AM is up to #2. Nice to see an AM in the top 5 again. . KIRO-FM has proved that News-Talk does work on FM with that station coming in at #4. KUOW is at #8 demonstrating that you don't have to be playing music to command an audience. When a non-commercial station is #8 out of some 40 stations listed, that's something. Other NCEs are doing well also with KPLU ranked #19. Nationally, it's reported that some 30 Million Americans are listening to Public Radio. 98.9, Smooth Jazz is gone, after 19 years, reflecting a change in musical tastes around the country where that format has not been doing so well of late. Locally the station was ranked #17. To say the least, the PPM has had a huge impact on radio.

It's interesting that KOMO-AM is going so well with their all news format. Consider the results of a recent survey that showed almost 20% get their news on their cell phone or other portable gizmo. 44% get their news, on-line, weekly. Then again radios ratings reflect their relative popularity between stations.

KCKA TV. On Crego Hill near Chehalis. Recently increased power with the installation of a new antenna. The old antenna's pole was stripped of it's spiral-wrapped radiator and was used as a support for the new, side-mounted, array. Understand that the work was done by Seacomm Erectors. Crego is also the site of KMNT-FM, KSWS-FM as well as a couple TV Translators.

Ford, who has been working with Microsoft and others to jazz up their cars with lots of high-tech gizmo's is one of the first I've heard of to offer a way for parents to block Satellite Radio channels due to their content. This has long been a feature for television.

I have often written about what's happening with our nearest star (the Sun) and it's rather strange behavior over the last couple of years. From what I have been reading, things are projected to change as the activity of the sun increases. For reasons that are poorly understood, the normal 11 year cycle has been hard to predict of late. According to the latest predictions, 2013 could be the middle of the next maximum activity phase.

If you are a Ham Radio operator, this means exciting times. If you are the operator of a satellite or a power grid, it could mean time to fasten your seatbelt. History teaches us to be watchful and to be mindful that we have a whole lot more sensitive equipment working today that could well be negatively impacted. The term 'Sun-Outage' normally applies to a short period of time when your sat-dish is pointed at the Sun. This term could take on a new meaning. Are you ready?

The FCC appears to be moving toward a greater role in regulating the Internet after their historic ruling on Internet neutrality. This is going to be an interesting issue to follow, especially knowing that the majority of the public is opposed to the FCC trying to regulate in this area. The FCC has made its positions about Broadband well known as they try and squeeze everyone for more spectrum, at the same time, it appears that they desire to increase their level of regulation as well.

Did you happen to catch the news item about how a news chopper pilot for an Oklahoma City TV station rescued a stranded calf? Apparently a rancher called the TV station reporting his calf was stuck on a ice-covered pond. The pilot, who a couple of years ago rescued a deer in a similar predicament, flew to the scene and, with his choppers rotor blast, blew the critter to the edge of the pond where he could be rescued.

I well remember when I would write in this column about huge mergers and sales of broadcast stations. The weak economy really put the damper on that activity. Perhaps sign that things are getting better comes the news that two Southern California FM stations have been sold for $35 Million. Then there is the $2 Billion takeover battle between two of the largest radio outfits where Cumulus is trying to take over Citadel. Of course the big merger story going into 2011 is the one between Comcast and NBCU.

If you drive over to Eastern Washington you are immediately struck by how many huge windmills there are. Alternative energy production has certainly come a long way. For many years many of us have wondered when someone was going to harness the power of salt water. The power of the changing tides in the Tacoma Narrows is huge...It's just that everyone talks about it and nobody seems to ever come up with something that would harness this power. Normally the concern you hear about is how rotating propellers below the surface would do harm to sea creatures. Now there is another issue standing in the way of making kilowatts out of Puget Sounds Tides...Electro-magnetic interference from the power cables that would connect these devices to the grid. The fear is that the fields around these cables would interfere with salmon and other creatures that apparently use the earths magnetic fields to navigate. Meanwhile, there are some projects underway in the PNW. DOE is working with Snohomish PUD to install some turbines in Admiralty Inlet. If you look at what could be generated along the Pacific Coast of our country, the potential is huge. Some are saying that wave generators could produce 50,000 megawatts. (that's a lot of juice). Back to the Sound. Why not DC generators with inverters on land? Before I leave the world of electricity....Prices are coming down on LED lamps. Recently I was in a local lighting store looking for a particular lamp. I discovered that the lamp makers have not yet incorporated into some of their designs the form factor of LED lamps. While talking with a salesman, I could not help but notice a couple came in asking about LED light fixtures. One of the new LED lamps consumes just 13 watts making it 75% more efficient than the 60 watt lamp it replaces and is reportedly available at under 30 bucks. High you say...It will pay for itself in 2 years via decreased energy use. I have to wonder about those commercial buildings that have relied heavily on lighting as one of their sources for heat. As we replace all those incandescent and fluorescents with LED's, will they have to add heating equipment? One of the biggest buildings, the Mall of America in Minneapolis (where it really gets cold). has no furnace. Instead they rely on their customers to heat the building. Must be a lot of hot bodies there. If anyone needs a hard to find small incandescent lamp for that old tube type boat-anchor...let me know. I have quite a collection. #47s and 1829s will always have a warm spot in my heart.

One of the big stories that continues to unfold is about MediaFlo. We all remember reading about how this company was going around the country gobbling up channel 55s and building out a very impressive system in over 115 markets. Then the admission that things are not going well and they are going to shut down their system. Meanwhile, AT&T has offered a boatload of bucks...Well just under 2 Billion of them anyway. Another story that we will be following in 2011. Over on the radio side – progress is being made that will give radio something to see. For many years we have seen the adoption radios that display a stations call letters and slogan and, in many cases, the program title and/or the name of the song being played etc. Now we are hearing about what's called Captioned Radio. This is a technology that will allow FM stations to additional textual information. What every happened to radios with real 'dial cord'? While Radio is having difficulty getting traction with it's HD Radio ...TV is having no problem getting folks to adopt HD-TV. A new survey shows that over 60% of homes now have at least one HD Set and about 25% have more than one. Of course TV enjoyed having analog turned off as a means of encouraging the change over. Something that is not likely to take place with Radio. 3-D TV is the next challenge. Like most issues like this, it's all about compelling content and the costs associated with getting it there. Radio has a similar problem with most stations not willing to spend the money to put compelling content on their HD Channels. Meanwhile, VW has joined those automakers announcing that HD Radio will be available in their cars.

As the FCC make their move to try and squeeze TV stations to try and gain band-width for Broadband. The FCC is trying to squeeze in more FM stations into what many view as an already overcrowded band with the approval to permit adding more low powered FM Stations. What makes this a bit disturbing is the FCC's 3rd adjacent channel requirements. Unfortunately the FCC is becoming increasingly 'complaint driven'. Just as they did with HD Radios recent power increase, where they relaxed the rules letting complaints drive what used to be a technical process....so they are doing with the new LPFM changes. Many of us long for the old FCC. This month I feel compelled to note the passing of a voice that many of us remember very well. Fred Foy was best known for his work as announcer for the Lone Ranger. I can here him say..."A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo, Silver." to this day. Foy was 89. Well the 'calm act' is now law. The President has signed into law legislation that requires TV providers to coordinate audio levels of commercials with their associated programs. Now the FCC has to write the rules to govern the issue. For the next year...Its loud spots...before the new rules take effect. Anyone still have an old CBS Loudness Controller?

That's it from this end. I sincerely hope that Twenty Eleven is great to you and yours. See you all at the next Chapter 16 meeting – January 13 – Noon – at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field.

That's it for this month - Thanks for the read -
Clay, K7CR, CPBE

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Amateur Radio News

Compiled By Tom Weeden, WJ9H
Thanks to Madison Chapter 24

On November 30, the American Radio Relay League filed an ex parte submission with the FCC, providing additional support for its position that the FCC should require mandatory notching of the amateur bands by Broadband over Power Line (BPL). The ARRL's filing stated such devices can cause harmful interference to Amateur Radio operators, and requested that the FCC "establish rules that are appropriate for unlicensed BPL systems and which minimize the interference potential."

"It has been painfully apparent that the present rules permit the deployment of BPL in configurations which cause severe, ongoing harmful interference if operated on radio spectrum that is in use locally," the ARRL asserted in its filing. The ARRL, in its numerous filings on this issue has "strenuously urged" the FCC to require full time, mandatory notching of all amateur allocations to at least 35 dB notch depths. "This level of notching is both achievable by present BPL systems and is typically, but not universally, implemented by the BPL industry."

The ARRL says that even though there are tens of millions of broadband lines available in the US, BPL has only captured 0.011 percent of that market; each time the FCC releases an updated broadband report, the numbers get even smaller. · The 12th Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) Special Event took place Saturday, December 4. SRD is co-sponsored by the ARRL and the National Weather Service (NWS) as a way to recognize the commitment made by Amateur Radio operators in helping to keep their communities safe. According to SRD Coordinator David Floyd, N5DBZ, Amateur Radio operators were able to visit their local participating NWS office, working as a team to contact other hams across the world throughout the 24 hour event.

The idea for the first SRD took shape in the summer of 1999. Meteorologist-in- Charge of the Goodland, Kansas NWS office Scott Mentzer, N0QE, tried to find a way to recognize the valuable contributions storm spotters make to the National Weather Service. "Since many of those storm spotters were also hams," Floyd told the ARRL, "it seemed like a natural fit for the recognition to be centered on Amateur Radio."

With the approval of NWS headquarters and a commitment to participate from many local NWS offices across the country, the first National Weather Service Special Event took place on November 27, 1999. "At the end of the event, almost 16,000 contacts were logged, with contacts made to all 50 states and 63 countries," Floyd recounted. Station call signs have changed over the years. Floyd said that some NWS offices and clubs apply for a special event call sign, "such as W3B in Brownsville or N0Y in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Other call signs hint at office location, including WX9GRB in Green Bay and WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center. Still others represent more of the big picture, as in KC0SKY in Pleasant Hill, Missouri."

Floyd said that as SKYWARN Recognition Day has grown throughout the years, he has seen a greater use of digital communications in addition to Morse Code, radioteletype and packet radio: "Each year, more and more contacts are being made using EchoLink, Winlink and the use of e-mail reflectors." In keeping with the NWS setting, stations are asked to include a weather report of their location in their exchange.

(Excerpts from the American Radio Relay League's arrl.org web site)


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The YXZ Report

by Kent Randles K7YXZ CBRE
Chapter Secretary/Newsletter Editor secretary
SBE Chapter 123

LIFE WITH HD RADIO
There are 14 FM HD signals (twelve with HD2, and two of those have an HD3) and three AM HD signals on the air in the Portland market. Go here for a complete list. There are now over 1000 multicast stations and 100 HD Radios to choose from. See www.hdradio.com/buyers_guide.php. I got to play with the new Insignia portable HD Radio, the NS-HD02. While the unit is a lot smaller than the NS-HD01, the display is bigger and is a touch screen, and there are only a few buttons on the sides. However it's biggest feature won't display yet! Ibiquity hasn't released the "Artist Experience" software. Eventually, you'll be able to see the logo of the station you are listening to, and the artist artwork of the song that is playing. Otherwise, the touch screen is very nice but I think there are too many steps to get to the presets, except that it WILL store an HD2+ channel. Oh, and the unit will "cache" up to 15 minutes of audio.

 

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FCC TV News

From Tom Smith
Thanks to Chapter 24

FCC STARTS TV BAND REALLOCATION
At the November 30th meeting of the FCC Commissioners, the first proposed rulemaking (www.fcc.gov/Daily_ Releases/Daily_Business/2010/db1130/ FCC-10-196A1.pdf) was adopted to reallocate part of the spectrum assigned for use of television broadcasting for wireless broadband use. The FCC is proposing to auction this spectrum to wireless carriers for broadband use. The spectrum could then be used for phone and data transmission to smart phones, such as the I-Phone and the Android. This proposal is part of the Broadband Plan, issued a year ago. In the Broadband Plan, the FCC said that there were forthcoming shortages of spectrum for use by the wireless industry due to the demand for Internet access and services such as audio and video streaming. This was again pointed out in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

The Notice discussed how the TV bands are currently used by full-power TV stations, Class A, low-power and translator stations, licensed and unlicensed wireless microphones, the sharing of the spectrum with land mobile on channels 14-20 in certain areas and recently, the white space devices. They also mentioned the June, 2010 paper titled "Spectrum Analysis:

Options for Broadcast Spectrum" which discusses using the spectrum for broadband while maintaining the benefits of over-the-air television, including the incentive auctions to facilitate stations giving up their spectrum for broadband use. The June 25, 2010 Broadcast Engineering Forum was also discussed and they said the information from that meeting was used in developing the proposals in this notice. At the meeting cellular and distributive transmission systems, repacking of channels, channel sharing and VHF reception were discussed. The Commission noted that they were developing an Allotment Optimization Model to allow the user to optimize broadcast channel assignments. They did not say which user, the broadband provider or the broadcaster. Discussion of the Optimization Model was the only comment pertaining to spectrum efficiency and allocation of TV channels. The Notice did point out that broadcasters did transmit a 19.4 mbps data stream over a 6-megahertz bandwidth even when they were transmitting information that required less data, which prevents some of the spectrum from being used for a return signal path.

The Notice only dealt with three proposed subjects for rulemaking. The first subject was reallocation of the band for broadband. In what most broadcasters would consider the most important, the FCC spent two paragraphs on reallocation. The Commission is proposing that broadband users would be able to share the entire TV spectrum including the VHF bands on a co-primary use with broadcasters. The new users would have the same rights as full service broadcasters including interference protections. The proposal would also extend the existing land mobile allocation in the areas were they operate in the 470-512 MHz portions of the UHF TV band to include the new broadband allocations. There was no information on how these systems would be allotted spectrum, such as by channel, area, interference protections or if they would be would be low-power cellulartype systems or a mix of low-power or high-power systems as is allowed in the 700 MHz band.

CAP DEADLINE
On November 18th, the FCC adopted an order (http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/ Daily_Business/2010/db1123/FCC-10-191A1.pdf) that extended the deadline for broadcasters and other EAS participants from March 29, 2011 to September 30, 2011. The original deadline was 180 days from when FEMA announced the technical standards and requirements for the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Emergency Alert Network EAN system, which was on September 30. 2010. The FCC said that by retaining the original deadline it would "lead to an unduly rushed, expensive and likely incomplete process." There is a need to factor in a number of issues pertaining to the implementation to the CAP/EAN system. These issues include the FEMA adoption of CAP; the initiation of the IPAWS network for EAN dissemination; the addition of the CAP-IPAWS conformance testing of devices and systems to be potentially connected to the IPAWS network by FEMA; and FCCtype certification of CAP/EAS devices mandated for EAS participants. Other issues include the need for participants to obtain IP connectivity to receive CAP/ EAN messages; and the time needed for equipment procurement, installation and testing. The FEMA testing of equipment was a late addition to the standards. The FCC plans to issues rules in the near future on CAP reception and FCC testing rules in relation to the FEMA testing. The order was released on November 23rd.

 

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SBE News

SBE Short Circuits

by John Poray

New SBE University Course on Broadcast Audio Processing
December 16, 2010 - A new course was released on SBE University on Audio Processing. This course is for the intermediate-to-experienced broadcast engineer who is already familiar with the basics of good broadcast engineering. The course has nine chapters and depending on your knowledge of the subject, could take 5-8 hours to complete. Topics include loudness and the human ear, the basics of broadcast audio processing, the basics of gain control, limiting and clipping, adjusting a wideband processor for voice and multi-band processing. The Society thanks SBE Member Stephen Poole, CBRE, AMD, CBNT for his work in developing this course.

Networking Technology Webinars by SBE confirmed for March
December 16, 2010 - Two Webinars by SBE with a focus on networking technology for broadcast engineers are taking place March 3 and 24. Each webinar will last approximately two hours. Topics include TCP/IP and UDP fundamentals, IP addressing, sub-netting basics, an introduction to IPv6, switching fundamentals, VLAN use, routing fundamentals, Quality of Services (QoS) Basics, and networking security concerns. The webinars may be taken independently, but SBE Members receive a $20 discount if they purchase both. These webinars are being instructed by SBE Member Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT. More

Webinar on Mathematics of Reliability set for Jan. 20
December 9, 2010 - For every engineer who has ever been asked to plan their next outage, or knew intuitively that they really needed to budget a spare, this tutorial covers how to apply the statistical analysis of system availability to the design, operation, and budgeting of a broadcast facility. This live Webinar by SBE takes place at 2:00 p.m. Eastern and it qualifies for SBE recertification credit.


Ennes Workshops Update

Two Ennes Workshops have been confirmed for 2011. Details will be added to the SBE Website as they are confirmed.

Sacramento Ennes Workshop - Saturday, February 12
Co-sponsored and hosted by SBE Chapter 43 and KVIE-TV
SBE Members: $25; Non-Members: $35

South Florida Ennes Workshop - Thursday, March 10
Hosted by SBE Chapter 53
SBE Members: $30; Non-Members: $45



Birds and Towers

The FCC will be conducting a "Programmatic Environmental Assessment" of its Antenna Structure Registration program to evaluate the potential environmental effects that broadcast towers may have on migratory birds.

In "American Bird Conservancy v. FCC", the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals determined in 2008 that registered towers may have a significant environmental effect on migratory birds. The FCC will hold three public meetings to gather information and invites public comment as well.

The first meeting will be held December 6 at 1:30 PM at the Commission meeting room at FCC Headquarters in Washington. More details, including information about the other two meetings, are contained in the Notice:
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES PUBLIC MEETINGS AND INVITESCOMMENT ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF ITS ANTENNA STRUCTURE REGISTRATION PROGRAM

WT Docket No. 08-61
WT Docket No. 03-187


SBE Career Services Can Help

The state of the national (and world) economy continues to have its affect on most industries, including broadcasting. In these uncertain times, your professional association can serve as a valuable source of available broadcast engineering jobs across the U.S.
Your membership in SBE gives you access to SBE's career service tools. These services can be a big help if you need to find a new job. Employers can also make use of these services when they need to fill positions with qualified engineers. The SBE JobsOnline members-only service is free. On a typical day, more than 100 broadcast engineering jobs are listed and the list is updated almost every business day as new job postings are received by the SBE National Office.
SBE members may also post their resume for free with the SBE Resume Service. Anyone can view the resumes at the SBE website, with the names and contact information hidden from view. For a small fee, employers can request copies of the resumes they are interested in, which then includes the names and contact information.
SBE also has begun a new SBE service called SBE InternshipsOnline. Similar to the SBE JobsOnline, employers can post engineering internships for free. Anyone can view the postings (also free). The new service is intended to help match those who offer engineering internships with students looking for those opportunities.
Do you make your broadcast engineering services available on a contract basis? The SBE maintains an SBE Contract Engineer Directory. This alphabetical list, organized by state, lists the name, technical services offered, geographic area covered and the contact information for each contract engineer listed. For a small annual fee, contract engineers may be included on this list.

Information about all of these services can be accessed at the SBE website, www.sbe.org on the Career Services page or click the links above in this article.


Excelsior College announces Certification Courses

by Rebecca Troeger
Excelsior College

Excelsior College, in partnership with the Society of Broadcast Engineers, offers college credit to enrolled students for the completion of select SBE certifications. Apply up to 11 credits earned through SBE certifications plus any credit earned from other approved sources toward any of Excelsior College's more than 40 degree and certificate programs. Of particular interest to SBE members are the Associate Degree in Electronics Technology, Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology, and Associate or Bachelor's Degree in Technology with a specialty in Electronics/Instrumentation Technologies.

Complete your degree requirements with Excelsior's flexible learning options including online and CD-ROM courses. You can maximize your SBE Certifications with Excelsior College. The following SBE certifications have been evaluated toward Excelsior College credit:
• CBRE
Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer
• CBTE
Certified Broadcast Television Engineer
• CSRE
Certified Senior Broadcast Radio Engineer
• CSTE
Certified Senior Broadcast Television Engineer
• CPBE
Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer

For more information check out SBE's partnership page on Excelsior College's website at SBE.Excelsior.edu.

College Credit for Your SBE Certification:

The Society of Broadcast Engineers and Excelsior College have teamed up! Your current SBE Certification may qualify for credit towards a degree from Excelsior College or could help you finish that degree you've been working on at another institution. If you're interested, contact Excelsior College by calling toll-free at (888) 647-2388 to learn about the details.

When you are ready to submit your SBE Certification for credit to Excelsior College, download the SBE transcript request form at www.sbe.org or www.excelsior.edu, or contact the SBE National Office for a copy. When you've completed the form, e-mail, fax or mail it to Megan Clappe, Certification Director at the SBE National Office, who will prepare your transcript and send it to Excelsior College.

Megan Clappe

Certification Director Society of Broadcast Engineers
9102 N. Meridian Street, Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN 46260
mclappe@sbe.org

SBE Updates CertPreview Software - Now Available

The newest version of SBE CertPreview is available as an instant download or as a CD that will be mailed to you to install onto your computer and will be machine specific. The program will be available for Windows and Mac. Each sample test contains 100-150 questions typical of those found on an actual exam. You will take the exam in its entirety and be able to mark and review questions before scoring your sample exam. By scoring the exam, you will be given a percentage and a breakdown of categories contained within the exam. This will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. You will also be able to revisit questions that you answered wrong.

The SBE CertPreview sample test software will give users an idea of what to expect on SBE certification exams. Each certification level on the software will have approximately 100-150 sample questions that users can take as a 50 multiple choice question sample exam.


Certification Exam Session Dates:

Certification exam session dates for 2011 are listed below.  Check the list for the exam period that is best for you.  For more information about SBE Certification, contact Chapter Certification Chair Rick Ryan at 414-223-2600 ext. 5730 or RickRyan@wi.rr.com, or contact Megan Clappe, Certification Director at the SBE National Office at (317) 846-9000 or MClappe@sbe.org

Exam Dates Location Application Deadline
February 4-14, 2011 Local Chapters December 31, 2010
April 12, 2011 NAB Convention March 25, 2011
June 3-13, 2011 Local Chapters April 15, 2011
August 5-15, 2011 Local Chapters June 3, 2011
November 4-14, 2011 Local Chapters September 16, 2011

Fees are as Follows:

Certification Level Member Non-Member
Broadcast Technologist $45 *$45
Broadcast Technologist $45 $111
Broadcast Networking Technologist $55 $121
Broadcast Engineer $60 $126
Audio/Video Engineer $60 $126
Senior Broadcast Engineer $85 $151
Professional Broadcast Engineer $110 $176
Specialist Certification    
AM Directional Specialist $55 $121
8VSB Specialist $55 $121
Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist $55 $121
  *does not include first year membership    

Please note: SBE Certification exams are administered only by SBE and are proctored in-person by qualified and approved representatives of SBE. No other organization is authorized to administer SBE exams.
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