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SBE Chapter 48 / SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section

January 2010 Meeting Report:

Hispanic Television and Radio and the
Economic Outlook for Broadcasting

Date:                 Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Time:                11:45 AM Lunch; 12 Noon Program
Location:          Rocky Mountain PBS (KRMA), 1089 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204
Topic:               Hispanic Television and Radio and the Economic Outlook for Broadcasting
Presenter:        Mario Carrera, Vice President and General Manager, Entravision, Colorado
Lunch:              Sandwiches, chips, cookies, and soft drinks will be provided.
                         A donation of $5 is suggested.

Synopsis: Mario Carrera oversees three radio stations (KJMN-FM, KXPK-FM, and KMXA-AM) and two television stations (KTFD/Telefutura and KCEC/Univision) that serve the Hispanic market in Colorado. He provided an overview of the market and discussed the synergy provided by combining radio and television properties. He will also discuss the general outlook for broadcasting in the light of recent economic trends.
 
Mr. Carrera holds the BA Degree in Sociology from Harvard University. He is a past board member of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a current board member of OpenWorld Learning.
 
Note: A number of our members have requested that we host presentations that address the business aspects of broadcasting. This event was the first in what is intended to be an occasional series of talks focused on our core business . 


 

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Random Radio Thoughts


Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD
Crawford Broadcasting Company

Best Wishes to Cris
Our usual anchor contributor is recovering from a recent back surgery and is taking this month off - we will miss his usual article and wish him a speady recovery

If you want to wish Cris well, drop him an email at crisa@crawfordbroadcasting.com.

 

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The KE0VH Hamshack


Jack Roland
ke0vh@q.com

Happy New Year everyone, I hope this finds you ready to go for a new year after the holidays, and I pray that this year you will “Live Well and Prosper” (a different take on the Vulcan best wishes, but definitely appropriate).

Well, I guess the ARRL finally got around to it, in September of 2009 I filed a story with them on Jim, KC0RPS and my trip up Mount Lincoln for the 2009 Colorado 14’er event. They literally just published the story on the ARRL website on January 26th. You can take a look at it at www.arrl.org/news/features/2010/01/26/11309/?nc=1. And, I still have all the pictures up on my webpage at www.qsl.net/ke0vh/techham.html if you would like to visit yesteryear and take a look back at that day. What fun with my MFJ-9406 6 meter QRP rig and a paintpole! And, Jim was very successful that day with his two meter tape measure beam antenna! But, better later than never I guess. I was reminded of what fun Jim and I had that day standing atop one of God’s most impressive creations in my mind, a Colorado 14,000 foot plus tall Mountain.


Mount Lincoln on a winter morning.

As amateur radio operators one of our biggest functions should be to assist others when needed, and even though the internet certainly is making dents in new people who want to become ham operators, we can still show our hobby to people and peak their interest in communication. Now, for some of us ham radio still is a “magical” thing, but of course it is getting harder and harder to get people really interested in what we can do.

Emergency situations like the Haitian earthquake is certainly a “conversation starter” when we want to talk to others about ham radio. Many hams volunteered time and effort during the first few days after the earthquake in Haiti to monitor for emergency calls and the like. While many are saying at this time, and probably rightfully so, that ham radio doesn’t have such an impact anymore, I believe that we are all called to serve our brothers and sisters in any way possible. The Lord says “as you do unto the least of these, so you do unto me”. Let us not ever give up the possibility of using our time, talents, and yes hobby even to help when we can. So tell those who may be interested some of the stories circulating the internet about how ham radio helped out, even if it was for a short time until internet and cell phone service was restored in Haiti, which is more so every day. I found several examples, such as this story:

During the Haitian earthquake this past month Amateur radio initially was the only way in and out. A Haitian amateur used a neighbors generator to fire up his station and thru hams in the US let other family members know he was ok and was able to be on the air to help others. The full story about this is on the CNN website at www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/01/20/haiti.amateur.radio/index.html?hpt=C1. It was a great promo for amateur radio as well even though the CNN writer said “low tech radio.” As one ham put it, leave it to CNN to state it like that, but the article was pretty good in talking about amateur radio.

If you ever get the chance to show off amateur radio to an interested party, and they want more information, I really like this website from the arrl, it has lots of great information:
www.wedothat-radio.org. There are many pieces of information on this site, how to get started, emergency communications, even audio and video files of hams helping in real emergency situations, such as during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I encourage you to check it all out!

I read an article on the QRZ website just recently (here is the link to the full thread: (www.eham.net/articles/23125) and thought “what a brilliant idea for restoring old radios and installing replacement parts where applicable, so I thought I would include it here.


Fig. 1- Typical point-to-point wiring technology


Fig 2 - Clip out bad component. Also shows wire and solder to make spiral



Fig. 3 - Wind wire and solder on form, interleaved


Fig. 4 - Cut spiral to correct length needed

Heat shrink tubing could be used to dress up the joint but this would not be "period correct". These spiral solder splices are absolutely period correct.

One of the projects that I have done in the past is converting a computer power supply into a bench supply for projects and powering a small radio. I found a great website saying “How to convert an ATX computer supply into a lab supply that I am going to try, and I will report here on it later. If you would like to look, here is the site:
www.wikihow.com/Convert-a-Computer-ATX-Power-Supply-to-a-Lab-Power-Supply.
Now they don’t mention anything about the current supplied by this supply. I did this once and ran an APRS digipeater on it for a couple of years and it worked great. So, if you need a power supply and don’t want to spend a couple of hundred dollars maybe, give it a try. Here is another good site: www.qsl.net/aa3sj/Pages/PC-Supply.html.

AND, as of this writing our good friend Cris Alexander, who of course has a news article featured (usually above me!) here each month is FINALLY at home recovering from back surgery. Cris, you are the best, a Godly man, and as for me and my house we are really glad you are at home safe! (Soundness comes from recovery right?)

73’ for this month
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

For those of you that are not in this neck of the woods…El Nino is hard at work this year with very mild temperatures…so mild that the transmitter site I often speak of, West Tiger, has only had a dusting of snow. Last year we were only able to get there via snow-cat. All matter of plant-life are totally confused and are behaving as if it were late March or April.

Winter weather elsewhere has not been as kind with towers coming down due to ice in the Dakotas, Oklahoma as well as Southern California.

Huge News for HD Radio this month ! The FCC Media Bureau has adopted new rules to allow FM stations to up their HD Radio power up to 10% of their analog power (an increase of 6 dB). This is not saying that every FM will immediately go out and buy a new transmitter….for a number of reasons. 1) Few stations, in this economy can afford to go out and buy a new one. 2) Most existing transmitters cannot be up-graded or otherwise increase power. 3) There are those that seriously doubt the economic viability of HD-Radio etc…And, 4) The increase is voluntary, meaning you don’t have to increase power if you don’t want to.

The new rules also create a process to settle interference disputes with other stations within 90 days should the power increase by ‘Station A’ interfere with ‘Station B’…. and leaves the chance that the FCC might need to tweak the rules if the upped digital powers continue to interfere with other stations. (There is some risk to stations here)

For those of you that have not been following this process. The old rules (the ones we started with) prescribed a digital power level of 1/100th of the FM. In terms of the stations at West Tiger, this means that the typical station that operates with 68,000 watts of FM power operates with 680 watts of HD-R power. The new rules will permit this power to increase from 680 to 6800!. What will this do for HD Radio coverage in the Seattle area with our less than desirable topography?. The testing conducted by KJAQ on 96.5 has clearly demonstrated the new higher power will mean that you can receive an HD Radio signal all the way through the I-90 tunnel as well as the I-90 Lid (on Mercer Island). It will also mean significant improvement in building penetration down town etc.

So who will be the first to increase HD-Radio power in the Seattle area? Likely KJAQ will leave their power elevated where it is now. For others, this will mean some expensive decisions to make. For this fellow, that follows these matters closely, this will be an fascinating process to watch. I will let you know what I hear. If you want to read the whole story – Here’s the link – hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-208A1.pdf

Well it finally happened, KMCQ - 104.5 FM is on the air from Cougar Mountain. It seems like every major market has seen the FM band get shuffled to permit just one more FM to get squeezed in. In our case a station that was once high powered in Hood River Oregon is now low powered in Seattle. Technically the COL is Covington. If you have trouble finding that on a map, it’s just east of Kent. I have no idea of how much money was spent on making this happen, but I have to believe that it was not cheap. The last domino to fall was a change in frequency of a long operating station in Bellingham (KAFE moved down to 104.1) as well as a station in BC (CHHR move to 104.3). An interesting tid-bit – Reportedly the two stations who swapped frequencies, exchanged their .1 and .3 digits at the Border.

Now for the next step…..Reportedly the stations owners have the station on the block (radio talk for it’s for sale) The $64,000 question is who will be the buyer…Will it be a major group owner, or perhaps a local outfit that is OK with the power level?

Here are some interesting tid-bits regarding this operation.

> The station is the lowest powered facility on Cougar Mt with 7.1 Kw ERP. Compare that with KCMS and KRWM running 50 Kw and KUBE and KJR running 100Kw.
> Their transmitter (as really cute new Nautel NV3.5) is running only 1.5 Kw.
> Their transmitter is plugged into the former Entercom, now ATC Shively Combiner/Master Antenna system making that system the biggest in this area with now 9 stations. Counting KNHC, there are 10 stations in one building.
> The other 8 stations connected to this system are all auxiliary systems, backing Up main operations on West Tiger.
> No they are not running HD-R, however they have a transmitter that will make that easy down-stream.

So how is the coverage? I’ve only had a chance to sample it between Auburn and Downtown Seattle. Clearly it’s not at the same level as those 50 and 100Kilowatters on Cougar or those running 68 Kw on West Tiger, however initial observations show its better than those high powered rim-shots from South Mountain on 97.7 and 99.3. So what do you think? Drop me an email for next months column.

Oh yes, before I forget. The installation work on KMCQ was handled by Greg Ristau with assistance from his boss, Lou Taylor. Stephan Lockwood of Hatfield and Dawson performed the Intermod Measurements and Lou provided freshly brewed coffee and donuts. This was one of the best post-midnight transmitter site work sessions!

Another upgrade to report on – KPLI, Pacific Lutheran’s Olympia station is on the air now, also with a new Nautel transmitter. In their case, they are operating in HD. Thanks to Lowell Kiesow for the heads-up.

Have you driven up Queen Anne Ave lately ? The other day I was on my way up the hill to drop some stuff off with Alan at the KING facility and I did a huge double-take when I looked at the KIRO tower. That big tower top antenna is GONE! On the East side is this little skinny UHF antenna…If you look from the right direction that thing is invisible and the tower looks like something an old AM would use. At this writing, next door, the KOMO tower is missing it’s old antenna and a huge gin-pole is busy making changes. I have to wonder, will the next generation even know what Bat-Wings were all about?

We are saddened to report on the passing of Jim Dalke’s father down in Oregon…

Another passing was James Quello, long time FCC Commissioner who came to the FCC back in 1974

As I was on my way home from my final SBE Board meeting last October I was thinking that this was probably one of my last trips …In fact last April I said goodbye to Las Vegas. As I have learned this past week….I was a bit premature. I just made reservations to attend the EAS Summit in WDC the end of this month. And…It appears that I will indeed be going back to Vegas for more work related to EAS. I’ll tell you more about that as I get closer.

The FCC has done it – They have announced that Operation of wireless mic’s in the 700 MHZ band is prohibited after this coming June 12th! This means all those that use this band for their wireless mics have got to find someplace else to operate them. For some reason I betcha a good number of them will ignore this change or, they will be looking for All those thousands of vacant or not too vacant TV channels to use. It will be interesting to see just how or whether the FCC will enforce this.

The recent earthquake in Haiti has certainly been interesting to watch, especially how the media responded in covering the tragedy. The costs to the networks and cable news outfits is going to be huge. I can just imagine how a victim of the quake felt when they spotted a very well fed reporter in front of a camera trying to explain to the rest of us what was taking place. Credit needs to be given to the broadcaster that have used their facilities for good purposes, like raising money and needed articles for those that are suffering so much. I understand that some groups have provided radios while our government is flying a C-130 slowly over the area trailing a long-wire antenna as a makeshift radio transmitter site. Before the quake, there were about 30 FM stations in the capital, apparently only one of them survived.

All of this should be a warning to those of here in this area as to what will happen one day when we too have our 7.0. Certainly there are some differences. Our last big shaker was the Nisqually Quake and that was, if I recall correctly, a 6.8 and was pretty deep. Another thing in our favor are building codes and construction techniques. We will be in trouble however with our areas many bridges and elevated freeway structures. The last really big one we had Was in 1949. A lot of towers and station facilities have been built since then…Our time will come.

I read an interesting piece recently about smaller markets and how they have been forced to find ways to cut costs. One way for TV stations to cope has been for news anchors to advance their own teleprompter by operating a foot switch as they read along. Sounds like TV is becoming more like Radio all the time. I have to assume that our President will never have to run his own.

Apple has recently showed off their new I-Pad…I wonder what the app’s will be for this new gizmo. Perhaps a TV tuner would make sense, certainly better than the micro-screens that were the rage in Vegas last year.

The NAB Radio Show will be in WDC next year…In the event you want to book early. Dates are Sept 29 thru Oct 1.

Lots of fur flew as a result of the CEO of Abitron reportedly lied before a House Committee. Michael Sharzynski, as a result, resigned……Wow !

Certainly no shortage of news about lawmakers crafting new regulations that would impact the use of mobile communications devices in while driving. Seems to me that Radio could end up benefiting from this activity. At least no one, that I know of, has suggested that the Car Radio should be outlawed. I’ve not heard if they are going after such items as – The application of makeup, reading a news paper or map etc etc while driving. Driving a 4x4 pickup up and down the freeway, you have no idea of the things that I have seen !

Always like to give credit where it’s due – Quoting John C. Huntley, KK7IW
"Equipment failure is always at the Equipment's option" (Love it)

A federal judge recently approved the payment of some 45.6 million bucks in bonuses to a number of Tribune management level employees. I’m not sure how that made the folks feel at the two TV stations that firm operates in Seattle.

In previous editions of this column, I have devoted space to writing about the bad economy was and how it was impacting our business. Looks like things are turning around and moving positive, albeit slowly. Lets hope that the situation continues to improve so we can quickly look back at ‘The Great Recession’ One recent event might just help our business…..The recent Supreme Court decision regarding corporate contributions in elections. One analyst was quoted that this could mean as much as $500 million more for advertising.

Here’s something you don’t see very often – The FCC rejecting an application for a license to cover a CP and ordering a station to shut down and terminate operations. On top of that, the call letters KBUG-FM have been deleted. At issue is the Malin, Oregon station licensee, Malin Christian Church, applied for the CP. The matter is really messy and involves shuffling ownership info as well as violations regarding it’s transmitter sites. On top of that, the main owner is a felon. Yikes !

Not often a network quits operations, but that’s what happened with Air America recently. Their affiliate in this area, the CBS owned facility on 1090, will apparently continue with their ‘progressive’ format without Air America.

The latest Seattle area radio ratings are interesting – Here are some things I caught in giving them a quick read –
> Congrats to Sandusky for being the first station in some time to break into double-digit numbers with KRWM.
> KCMS, the Crista Christian music station has jumped to #2. I recall many program directors saying that Contemporary Christian was –not- a viable format (ah hem)
> Legacy country station KMPS has regained the lead from contender KKWF.
> KIRO-FM, KING-FM are essentially tied with KPLU.
> KJR seems to be winning the sports-talk race by leading KIRO-AM. The once great KIRO-710 continues it’s downward slide. They are now out-rated by CCR’s KNBQ from Capital Peak near Olympia.
> Both conservative talker KVI and Liberal KTPK are near the bottom of the barrel.

Broadcast Electronics, maker of hardware and software for Radio has, again, new owners, the latest in a series of like changes over the past few years. FirstCity Crestone, a private equity firm, is now in control.

KING-FM has an opening for an IT Engineer that is, hopefully, familiar with Radio Broadcasting. Check with Bryan Lowe there.

On the personal side, at this writing, .I am still employed by Entercom, even after being told in December that my position was being eliminated. It’s a long story…If you want to reach me, better use my home email address….k7cr@blarg.net…. just in case. Another personal note – Last fall I purchase a new car that came with a Sirius/XM subscription…I want you to all know that I did not subscribe and it’s been turned off.

In closing this month – I like to leave you with some things to ponder –

I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.
Healthy is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to?
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal..
How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, 'I think I'll squeeze these dangly things and drink whatever comes out?'
If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?
If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?
If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?
Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?
Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?
Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

See you at an upcoming meeting, think SPRING – It’s right around the corner.
73,
Clay, K7CR, CPBE

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Amateur Radio News

Compiled By Tom Weeden, WJ9H
Thanks to Madison Chapter 24

The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009, S 1755, passed the Senate by unanimous consent on December 14. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. Sponsored by Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), S 1755, if passed, would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to undertake a study on emergency communications.

S 1755 points out that “There is a strong Federal interest in the effective performance of Amateur Radio Service stations, and that performance must be given — (A) support at all levels of government; and (B) protection against unreasonable regulation and impediments to the provision of the valuable communications provided by such stations.”

? CAMSAT, a non-profit organization in China dedicated to the development of amateur radio satellites, reports that China has launched its first Amateur Radio satellite on December 15. The XW-1 microsatellite, a secondary payload aboard the CZ-4C rocket launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, was launched into a Sun-synchronous orbit with an apogee of approximately 1200 kilometers. Members of the XW-1 launch team reported they received a beacon from the satellite shortly after the satellite deployed. The satellite’s communications payload includes a beacon and three crossband transponders operating in FM, SSB/ CW and digital modes. Its 1-watt FM repeater has an uplink frequency of 145.8250 MHz and downlink on 435.6750 MHz. The latest information on the satellite can be found at http://camsat.cn.

? The computer magazine Linux Journal has come out with an entire issue dedicated to Amateur Radio and the creative uses of open source computer programs. The 80-page January 2010 issue features Tux, the Linux mascot on its cover wearing a pair of headphones, holding a microphone hooked up to an HF transceiver. The issue has headlines on the cover such as “Amateur Radio and Linux—Open Source for the New Generation,” and “Get Started with Amateur Radio,” and includes articles like “When All Else Fails — Amateur Radio, the Original Open-Source Project.”

(Excerpts from the American Radio Relay League’s <arrl.org> web site)


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FYI: 700MHz Wireless Microphones

By Jim Schoedler
SBE Front Range Frequency Coordinator
303-744-0998

The following message is being forwarded as an information service to members of SMPTE-SBE48:

From the SBE Freq. Coord. Chairman....
The FCC today in the attached order issued a June 12, 2010 deadline for terminating wireless microphone operation in the 700 MHz band. Other so-called "low power auxiliaries" used for cue, control, and synch functions also must terminate 700 MHz operations by that date.

         - JOE SNELSON, CPBE


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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 12 FM HD signals (nine with HD2) 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 had a chance to try out the Radio Ink "Mighty Red" portable HD Radio. Eric Rhoads, editor of RadioInk magazine arranged a deal to sell the red radios to anyone who wanted them for $35 apiece. Best Buy sells a black version as the Insigina NS-HD01 for $49.99 when they have them in stock.

Eric's point was that not enough people have experienced HD Radio, and if it's going to survive, more radios need to be out there. As the owner of five HD Radios, I can tell you that I'm spoiled by the lack of noise and multipath and the continuously displayed artist & title (which you can also get from RDS).

As for the little portable radio itself, it works very well once you get used to pushing and holding the buttons for a second before anything happens. I imagine this is to avoid having settings change while it's in your pocket. The screen saver is very aggressive, blanking the display after 25 seconds, so you can't gaze at the display for long without pushing a button. It only has two display modes, the large print mode which it defaults to, and the small print mode which will simultaneously show you what's on the HD1, 2, and 3 if they are all there. If there is no HD it does display the PS field of RDS.

It has 10 presets, has only a mini stereo phone jack, has a built-in rechargeable battery that gets recharged through a cellphone-like USB mini-jack, and has a reset button. It locked up on me twice. but reset only warm boots it so you don't lose your presets. It's much smaller than I imagined, just a little over 3" tall. I didn't get a chance to try it "in motion" or get to a clear outdoor spot and see what I could pick up. As long as the earbud cord/antenna was fully deployed, I could get all the Portland HD Radio stations in my SE Portland basement.

 

 

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Fun With EAS

From Portland Chapter 124

FEMA, which now runs EAS, decided to do a test on January 6th at 11 AM PST only Alaska using the actual doomsday EAN (Emergency Action Notification) event code, which has never been done live. It was quickly pointed out after the test that with the approved equipment you can't follow the FCC's part 11 and EAS Handbook guidelines for an EAN.

Listening to KSKA Anchorage online, after the test we all heard a retransmission of the EAN, which in theory should not have happened since all the EAS boxes have to immediately connect the input to the output as long as the EAN is running. No need to record it, and since the current boxes only record 2 minutes of audio, an EAN message from the President would probably exceed that anyway.

 

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Senate Bill adds technical expertise

Senate Bill S. 2881 would add technical expertise to FCC Commissioners’ offices

A bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate would potentially add one electrical engineer or computer scientist within each of the offices of the five FCC Commissioners.

Introduced by Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and co-sponsored by Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia), Senate Bill 2881 would authorize each FCC Commissioner to add one staff assistant position to the three that are currently authorized. The new position of “staff engineer” would require that the holder either have a degree in electrical engineering or be a computer scientist. If eventually passed, the new authorization would affectively undo a loosening of requirements for technical staff at the highest level of the FCC that began more than 25 years ago.

 

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SBE News

Madison selected for 2010 SBE National Meeting

The Society of Broadcast Engineers Board of Directors has accepted an invitation from SBE Chapter 24 in Madison, Wis., to host the SBE2010 National Meeting. The decision was made during the SBE Board of Directors conference call in December.

The SBE National Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Clinic and the Upper Midwest Regional Meeting, hosted by SBE Chapter 24 and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) on Oct. 26-28, 2010.

Chapter 24 Chairman Fred Sperry, CPBE, and Convention Chairman Leonard Charles, CPBE, are looking forward to hosting the SBE National Meeting again. This is the fourth time Chapter 24 has hosted the SBE National Meeting since 1997. The SBE National Meeting was last held in Madison in 2008.


SBE Releases Education Survey Results

As part of the SBE Education Committee’s long range planning efforts a survey related to continuing education was sent to members via email on September 24. The goal was to find out how members feel about the current services, better understand the topics they desire, and how and when it is convenient for members to take courses. Members had three weeks to complete the survey. The results are in and the data has been compiled. Immediate goals for using the information gleaned from this survey include identifying relevant topics and instructors to create SBE University self-study courses and webinars, especially as they relate to preparing members for certification or recertification. Click here to review the detailed survey findings.



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.


Career Helper and Job Search Tips

We’ve run articles in the past about portions of this valuable series on career assistance. Here is a comprehensive listing of articles by Deborah Walker, CCMC Resume Writer / Career Coach.

Check out this link:
www.sbe18.org/jobs.htm#Job_Search_Tips



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 CertPreview Software

SBE CertPreview sample certification test software is now available. It’s Microsoft Windows-based and replaces the previous DOS-based software. New sample tests are available for Broadcast Technologist, Audio Engineer, Video Engineer, Broadcast Networking Technologist, Broadcast Engineer and Senior Broadcast Engineer in both radio and television. Sample tests include 50 to 100 questions and indicate when an incorrect answer has been given. It provides a list of resources from which to learn more about a subject. Cost for each SBE CERTpreview practice test is $27 plus $3 shipping. Contact the National Office to order a copy.

Certification Exam Session Dates:

The SBE National Certification Committee certification exam session dates for 2009 are listed below. Check the list below for the exam period that is best for you. For more information about SBE Certification, see your Chapter Certification Chair or contact Megan Clappe, Certification Director at the SBE National Office at (317) 846-9000, or mclappe@sbe.org

Exam Dates Location Application Deadline
November 6-16, 2009 Local Chapters September 18, 2009 Date Past
February 5-15, 2010 Local Chapters December 31, 2009
April 13, 2010 NAB Convention March 26, 2010
June 4-14, 2010 Local Chapters April 16, 2010
August 6-16, 2010 Local Chapters June 4, 2010
November 5-15, 2010 Local Chapters September 17, 2010

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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