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SBE Chapter 48 /
SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section

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Random Radio Thoughts


Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD
Crawford Broadcasting Company

EAS/CAP
I'm certain that all of you are by now aware that the deadline for having CAP-compliant EAS gear in place has been pushed to September 30 of this year. That was welcome news and gives us all a bit of breathing room. Many medium and large groups are facing a real financial hit from this, and smaller operators are, too, with equipment costs running about $2,500 per station. Like with the 1997 EAS "unfunded mandate," this is money on which there is no return; it's hard to stomach.

Here at Crawford Broadcasting Company, we budgeted for the new EAS/CAP equipment for 2011, and we opted not to wait until late summer or fall to place our (24) orders. I had a number of reasons for going forward with the order early. One was that I'm sick and tired of the old TFT EAS911 units we have been fighting with since 1997. These have been troublesome and a genuine pain to deal with, and TFT support's stock answer is, "Send it in." In some cases we have probably spent more money on repairs and updates than we paid for the units initially - they're the gift that keeps on giving!

Another reason for going forward now as opposed to later was that our selected replacement, the Sage Alerting Systems Digital ENDEC, is field-upgradeable via a web-delivered firmware flash. That means that even if there are major changes in the code between now and September, we're still good.

Here in Denver, I looked over Amanda's shoulder and helped a little bit as she configured and installed the new ENDECs. I was very pleased with what I saw. It's almost as if Sage took to heart all the stuff we have learned about EAS over the last 14 years, what works and what doesn't, when it designed the new unit. In the Denver installation we were able to employ the digital (AES... heh, EAS on AES...) output and feed the interrupt in our Wheatstone bridge router that way instead of with an analog signal, resulting in a much cleaner feed (I can hear the difference on the air).

Setup was a snap and almost all done via a PC and the network (the IP address, subnet and gateway had to be set on the unit itself). It was easy to set the FIPS codes and configure the events to auto-forward. For example, we forward all tornado warnings in the nine-county Denver metro area, and that took just a few clicks to set up. Configuration is stored in a file with a unique name. This made it easy to load one station's configuration, change the callsign and save it under a different name for another station, saving all the keystrokes and clicks for a setting up several units in a multiple station cluster.

When the time comes to implement CAP, it's a simple matter of typing in the URL of the CAP server to be monitored.

It's hard to get too excited about EAS, but I very much appreciate a well thought out, well made piece of equipment. The new Digital ENDEC fits that category all the way.

More Models
Since I last wrote in these pages, we have filed yet another method-of-moments ("MoM") model application, this one for the KLVZ (810) night facility. This one was a little more complicated than the typical model application because the site is shared with the KLZ two-tower directional antenna. In addition to the antenna model, I had to submit circuit models of the pass/reject filters at the base of each tower and deal with the detuned KLZ towers in the antenna model. We filed this application in December and should be getting a grant in another month or two.

When we installed the 11 GHz parabola on tower #1 out at the KLVZ (810) daytime site a few months ago, I had to re-measure the base impedance at that tower and because it differed by more than the FCC-specified ±2-ohm ±4% window for both resistance and reactance, I had to re-calibrate and re-run the model. We did that and submitted what was very likely the first MoM "partial proof." That application was granted in January and we just got the new license.

Next on the list, when we get some good weather, are the KLTT day and night facilities. We already have the STA for those and are good to go as soon as conditions permit. About the time we finish with those it will be time for the biannual recertification of the 810 daytime sample system; we filed that MoM application in May of 2009... time sure does fly!

Radio Engineering Get-Togethers
Several of the radio engineers in the Denver market have started getting together for an informal luncheon from time to time. These get-togethers have been fun and informative, a great way to network. Our next event is slated for February 17. If you're interested and would plan to attend, email me and I'll give you the location and time when we nail it down. This time, Jay Tyler from Wheatstone will be joining us as well.

If you have news to share with the Rocky Mountain radio engineering community, drop me an email at crisa@crawfordbroadcasting.com.

 

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The KEØVH Hamshack


Jack Roland
KEØVH@q.com

The KEØVH Hamshack for February 2011
The month of January saw us hitting the ground running after the holidays with the new Corporate IT scheme of tying us into the entire Salem Communications network. Joey, Alan, Spencer, Randy, and Ron from the corporate offices spent a week with us, installing new computers, getting us over on the new domain, helping to integrate the automation and production side of things, and generally just doing a great job overall with an expertise that I admire. I learned much more about networking and just the commands that set up a more complicated corporate infrastructure. This will also allow streamlining of many functions and allow the Denver office to feed us newscasts and more file information directly now that we are tied into the big structure. We had been dependent upon auto FTP grabbers and the like for a lot of our news programming, but now the Denver newsroom will be able to load the newscasts directly into our automation, eliminating several steps in the transfer. This will certainly increase reliability and promptness in a lot of our operations here in Colorado Springs.


Randy, Ron, Joey, Spencer, and Alan from Salem Corp IT setting up new computers at Salem CS


Spencer setting up a new sales staff computer

At the Salem Denver stations, Cliff (NØZUQ) and Derek (KCØLCD) spent the better part of two weeks gutting a studio and installing a new Omnia Axia console and system. The room had been full of miles of wire, some of it not used in a while, and had become quite a problem child for Cliff's operations. He finally was able to get the go ahead and to build a new studio, and now has a wonderful studio that interfaces to all in his plant much more efficiently and easily handles the needs of the facility.


The new console installed at Salem Denver

One fine day in January, Ray (AAØL) and I spent a day on Cheyenne mountain and really had a great workday changing out a 4CX13000 tube in his KKMG transmitter next door to my KGFT room. We then changed out a line section in my KGFT antenna feed line and finally (if you remember when last year I described a real power problem reading discrepcency we had with KGFT) got all of the readings to match. Essentially Coaxial Dynamics fixed the meter problem, sent it, the line section and slug back to me calibrated and ready to go. Man, I am glad that is finally over!


Ray measuring a resistor                     Installing the tube                 Mel Rauh & Ray

One of my other "hobbies" (and about the only "video" game I play with) is Flight Simulator 2004. I have downloaded many airplanes for this off websites that offer free aircraft that people have developed, and can even land Air Force 1 now! My son Aiden, who is 9, has just become interested in building model airplanes, and so we bought a Revell Kit for a P-38 lightning and have had fun building that. So, I downloaded a P-38 for Flight Simulator, and here is Aiden flying it over scenery from Chattanooga Tennessee. We have had a lot of fun building models, and of this writing are building a MIG21! I encourage you dads to spend some time with your boys (or girls too) like this! It is a great amount of fun and good for the boys!


Aiden flying the P-38 in Flight Simulator 2004 in the KEØVH Hamshack!

There is a great website produced by Barry Mishkind at http://www.thebdr.net/ with all kinds of articles and information for broadcast engineers and anyone interested. The website has news, articles, links to vendors, services, support, resources and much more pertaining to the world of broadcasting. It is almost a one stop spot for anything and everything of interest in our field. I would encourage you to stop by and check it out when you have the time and opportunity.

One beautiful day in January I decided to go up and inspect our dishes on the roof of our building at Salem Colorado Springs and was pleased to find everything sealed, in order and not exhibiting any problems save one. I found that the LNB cover on one of our dishes, the smaller KU band dish, had blown off in the winds we had experienced in the past few days. Don't forget regular inspections of these dishes, especially if yours is at a remote transmitter site. Out of site out of mind in this case is NOT a good thing! My 2 C-Band dishes though were in great shape and an inspection can provide great peace of mind too if everything is OK!


C Band dish at Salem Communications Colorado Springs


Oovoo connection on the left, VPN via PCAnywhere to Enco on the right

When I arrived and Salem CS, the promotions and air staff were and as of this writing still doing remotes over the phone. Or even worse the cell phone. And, it sounded like it. One of the innovations that I am working on is the capability of doing remotes via IP over the internet. A couple of Salem stations has been using Skype with great success, even doing full sporting events over the internet via Skype. I am experimenting at this point with Oovoo, and Skype competitor that at this point seems much more stable, with a voice clarity even beyond what Skype offers. Above is our testing and practice setup with the Oovoo screen on the left, and our interface via VPN to the KBIQ Enco on air screen for automation control. I will report on this more next month as by then we will have given it a full up try from a remote location. Our evening guy Maui will be doing a remote broadcast by then and we will see. IN the meantime, we will have a POTS line Comrex Vector standing by for backup in case. ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP!

And finally, THE HAMSHACK OF THE MONTH this month is from Crawford Broadcastings contract engineer Steve Minshall, WA6VCR. Steve is also the CE at the Clear Channel Modesto facility. Some really outstanding vintage gear here AND nicely laid out for sure.


WA6VCR, Steve Minshall

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

CLAY'S CORNER FOR February 2011

Wow ! ...Did this month go by fast or what? For those of us up here in the PNW we had been led to think that this winter was going to be rough, i.e., lots of snow and cold. It started out that way, however, of late, it's been rather mild. We had Alan Robinson all ready to provide multiple trips to the mountain top broadcast sites and he has received no calls. While we have been basking in relatively mild weather the rest of the country, especially the Northeast, have been getting slammed. To underscore the situation, just this morning I saw a Robin in my back yard.

Thanks to all of you that turned out at the last meeting. You have heard me talk about how our State is making great progress with its EAS system, for those of you that attended, now you know why I have been so excited. About 230 I check the time and, to my surprise, our meeting was at the two and a half hour point when I thanked everyone for attending. No one had left the room! To keep up on what's happening with EAS in our state there are a couple of things you should do:
1 - Make sure you are subscribed to the Washington State EAS Remailer. This is where our states EAS system is managed between the by-monthly SECC meetings. Go to the following address and sign up - http://sea.sbe16.org/mailman/listinfo/eas-wa
2 - To keep up on what's happening on the national scene - Go to the following and subscribe - http://eas.radiolists.net/

In - both cases - I highly recommend that you subscribe to the 'Digest' form. This will keep your mail box from being filled with emails. The Digest form will, periodically, send you a list of postings to the system, along with the titles, enabling you to quickly see if you want to scroll down and read a submission, or press the delete key.

Here's a trivia question for yah....For what invention was Patent Number 223,898 issued? The answer was the Light Bulb to Tom Edison. The Date - ? January 27, 1880. Roughly 131 years ago. Wonder what Tom would say if he knew that his invention is being phased out? Governments, all over the place, are putting limits on energy use. But suppose you still want to have a, soon to be old fashioned, 100 watt light-bulb in that lamp next to your recliner? There are some alternatives. I've read how some are buying up life-time supplies of Edison's creation, knowing that the day is fast approaching when you won't be able to buy one. Over in Germany, where they are facing the same issue, one fellow has come up with a work-around. Recognizing that light bulbs, of the Edison type, produce more heat than light, is now offering 75 watt and 100 watt incandescent light bulbs for sale as heaters, dubbing the bulbs "heatballs".

So why all the fuss? Apparently someone has figured out that if we got rid of Tom's invention we would save enough energy to supply a small country. With all this being said...What do you want to bet that industrial users will get a waiver? Think about the light bulb energy use on the Las Vegas strip! We are not likely to see those chasing light arrays converted to CFL's. LED's...Well that's another matter. Some of the new LED offerings look pretty good. The big issue is, of course, price. For the time being CFL's are making a lot of headway in putting Tom's invention out to pasture.


As we near Super Bowl time, folks in Yakima may have some concerns, however. Apparently there is a dispute over there regarding rates between Direct TV and KCYU-TV that will carry the game. Is this a growing problem or just my imagination?

Looks like the economic picture is getting a bit brighter as indicated by a number of recent transactions involving broadcast properties. Here are some examples of what I mean - The mega deal between Comcast and NBCU -- The big shuffle in the Yakima valley involving a number of Radio stations. -- Entercom's purchase of an FM in the Bay Area of California -- The attempt to purchase Fisher here in Seattle. -The Bonneville/Hubbard deal ...etc. Before the recession hit, I was constantly writing about stations changing hands. Some local stations are likely to move now that 'conditions' are better. The AM/FM in Forks and the 104.5 FM here come to mind.

Here's a way to sell your radio station. Instead of using a broker, use Craigslist. This is exactly what a station in Georgia has done. WSBX-AM.

According to SMPTE, 2010 was the year of the tablet. One can not help but note the nifty promo that KOMO-TV did recently featuring the devices. Their popularity is certainly on the rise. Wonder if they will really save trees? Related... Comcast recently announced live TV streaming for tablets.

If you have been using 2-way radios at your station or on the job...you might want to consider what happened to an Arizona auto dealer. He got hit with a $10,000 FCC fine! In this case these were operating on GMRS frequencies that require a license. The FCC stated that these units are supposed to be used by "persons for short-distance two-way communications to facilitate the activities of licensees and their immediate family members." Only individuals may obtain them. The FCC now has decided that the dealer "apparently willfully and repeatedly" violated the law, and that as a business, it is not even eligible for a GMRS license. Unfortunately for the dealer, the base forfeiture amount for operation of a radio station without commission authority is $10 grand, and the commission staff was unyielding in adjusting that amount. "Lack of specific intent to violate commission rules (even based on a lack of knowledge) is not a mitigating factor that warrants a downward adjustment," the staff wrote. It said the owner's manual also had made clear that "serious penalties" could result. They rejected the dealer's other arguments for a reduction of fine as well. Yeeouch !

As you may know, certain AM stations are now receiving authorization to operate a relatively low powered FM, in this application referred to as a translator. KMAS, an AM Station licensed to Shelton, has recently filed an application with the Commish for one in that Mason County community.

Grass Valley, a long time producer of gear for the TV industry is (again) under new owners. This time it's Francisco Partners who have stated they are committed to make the company a technology leader by committee about 15% of their annual sales to developing new products.

Cox, owner of KIRO-TV here in Seattle, has a new name at the top of their technical operations. He is Dave Siegler who moves up from operations director at their Charlotte market.

WSU recently replaced their old Harris FM25K in Tri -Cities with a new Nautel NV30. Wazzu's Northwest Public Radio's KSWS in Centralia is awaiting delivery of a new Nautel VS2.5.

U-Dub is installing new equipment at King Mountain in Bellingham; in this case, a new Nautel VS1 is in the package.

A good indication of the conjunction of wireless devices and legacy radio took place recently in Boston where Entercom's WEEI generated more than 10,000 entries to their Text-to-win contest in 10 Minutes. Many broadcasters have been scratching their heads trying to figure out how to integrate their stations into today's world of wireless devices.

I love it when a piece of our industry is selected as a historic item. I was recently announced that the WSM power in Nashville as been selected by the Tennessee Historical Commission as a nominee to join the National Register of Historic Places. The classic, diamond shaped, tower was erected back in 1932.

On the topic of historic towers, I could not help but notice the series of pictures in the Seattle Times Sunday magazine taken from the Smith Tower. Wow, Queen Ann Hill looks funny without towers.

Then there is what's going on in Great Falls, Montana. A new radio station in the Montana city has upset county officials who suggest that the station should have talked with them before they erected their 164 foot tower. The county has stated that either the tower has to be moved, or needs to request a re-zone of the area to a classification that permits towers. Guess that would not likely happen in King County?

Here's a cool little site with some interesting information and pictures - Check out - http://www.theonlineengineer.org/

Slowly HD Radio is adding more auto manufacturers to the list that provide HD-R in new vehicle. Most recently, VW and Toyota have been added. I was talking with a local engineer the other day about the acceptance of HD. He told me about a management level person that had no use for HD ...That is until he purchased a new vehicle with it built in. Suddenly HD is cool.

One thing that appears to be moving forward on its own is Web radio and TV. With so many on-line computers and faster connection speeds broadcasters of all types are being forced to re-focus their efforts. Gone is the day that 100% of your audience is connected via RF...That is, unless it's RF associated with computers.

With the FCC relaxing their rules for adjacent channels on FM, granting translators to AM's ...Now TIS wants more. TIS or Travelers Information Stations are those little low powered operations that highway signs reference from time to time, or like the one at the airport etc. Since the service was started back in 1977. You will now find TIS broadcasting NOAA weather, local tourist information and other things that appear to be contrary to the purpose as set out in the beginning. So the Commish has issue an NPRM as a means of finding out where things should go. Should they permit the airing of Amber Alerts or other public service programming, should they be allowed more flexibility in where the transmitters are placed etc.

By now you heard that a federal appeals court threw out a 1.2 mega-buck penalty against 44 ABC stations for airing an episode of NYPD that showed a woman's bare back-side. The FCC had proposed a $27.5K fine against each station. The poor FCC they get criticized for what they do and if they don't do it. At least, in this case, they have a Court decision. Meanwhile, back to the project of re-writing what a broadcaster can and cannot do. Sure would not want to be on that project.

Remember the story about Galaxy 15, the satellite that got a mind of its own and wandered off back in April? Well something happened. The theory is that the bird became aimed the wrong way and with its solar panels no longer pointing toward the sun it, somehow, reset itself and started accepting commands from the Intelsat control center. Engineers put the bird in what they call 'safe mode' where it is no longer a threat.

Well, my friends, I am late getting this column into circulation so had better end it at this point, however, I would like to leave you with the following, much of which this writer can relate to.

YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2011 WHEN:

You accidentally enter your computer password on the microwave.

You forgot when you last played solitaire with real cards.

You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you

You email the person who sent you an email asking that you call them on the phone

Your mother doesn't hear from you anymore because she does not have email

Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen but they leave out the address.

You cannot leave the house without your cell phone...and if you did, you turn around to go and get it..

You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

Until next month - Hope to see you on the 10th in the Meadow Room at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field.
Clay, K7CR, CPBE

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Amateur Radio News

Compiled By Tom Weeden, WJ9H
Thanks to Madison Chapter 24

When US Representative Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), learned December 16 that he will be chairing the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet in the 112th Congress, he let the world know about it by "tweeting" the news in Morse code on his Twitter account. "Just the ham radio operator in me having fun," he posted in a follow-up message.

According to its web site, the subcommittee has jurisdiction over "interstate and foreign telecommunications including, but not limited to all telecommunication and information transmission by broadcast, radio, wire, microwave, satellite or other mode." An article on the Oregon Public Broadcasting web site said, "Using a communications method that's been around more than 150 years alongside one that's been around for just four, is somewhat appropriate for the new chairman." OPB reported that Walden and his wife owned and operated a group of local radio stations in Hood River and the Dalles for more than two decades before selling them off some years back.

A secondary allocation to the Amateur Radio Service at 461-469 and 471-478 kHz gained inter-American support in meetings held last month in Bogota, Colombia, with the Permanent Consultative Committee II of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) adopting the US position for the medium frequency (MF) allocation. World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 Agenda Item 1.23 calls on participants "to consider an allocation of about 15 kHz in parts of the band 415- 526.5 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis, taking into account the need to protect existing services." If eventually approved, this allocation would open up a portion of the spectrum that early hams used before operations were restricted to wavelengths of less than 200 meters (1500 kHz and up), nearly 100 years ago.

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


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Two Video Services End Operations

From Chapter 24 - Madison

Two video services are ceasing operations. They are Flo-TV by Qualcomm and Sezmi.

Qualcomm (press release here) announced that they were shutting down their Flo-TV operation in March of 2011 and selling the spectrum to AT&T for $1.925 billion. Qualcomm had previously announced that they were ceasing to sell their Flo-TV receivers directly, but would continue to offer the 20 channels of video to cell phone providers. Flo-TV operated in Channel 55, which was a national license that Qualcomm held, and on channel 56 in markets where they held regional licenses. Doug Lung, in one of his online articles for TV Technology, estimated that a UHF channel value was $18 million. He arrived at that value by dividing the $1.925 billion by the 107 markets Flo-TV was operating in. When figuring the markets that operated on two channels and the markets that were not operational, the value would even be less. Nearly all stations in the larger and middle markets are worth more then $18 million and when the lesser value of spectrum is considered in smaller markets, stations in those markets would probably be worth more then the cost of spectrum. And even if the FCC were able to pay the stations to give up the spectrum, those stations would only receive a portion of the auction proceeds which would be, for many stations, worth less than the value of their station.

The second video service that ceased operation was the Sezmi Select Plus service. Sezmi (www.sezmi.com) has developed a set top box that was an ATSC receiver and DVR with Internet connectivity to receiver to receive video programming. The service charges a monthly fee of $4.95 with an additional per program or movie fee. In Los Angeles, Sezmi also offered a scrambled cable type service using excess spectrum From local broadcasters. This was the Sezmi Select Plus service. This service is similar to the USDTV service that was operated in Slat Lake City, Las Vegas and Albuquerque. The service shut down a couple of years ago after operating for a little over a year. The main difference between the two services is that Sezmi used MPEG4 encoding instead of MPEG2 in order to save bandwidth. Sezmi will continue to sell their set-top boxes and service in the 37 markets that they operate their Internet services in and they plan on expanding into other markets.

 

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Monthly Local Oscillator

Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD
Crawford Broadcasting Company

The February issue of The Local Oscillator is hot off the virtual presses and available for your online perusal and amusement at   This Link   to download your pdf copy.

 

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FCC TV News

From Tom Smith
Thanks to Chapter 24

CONGRESS PASSES TWO ACTS AFFECTING BROADCASTERS
Congress has passed two Acts affecting broadcasters and one has been signed into law. The Act that President Obama signed into law on December 15th was the CALM ACT (download pdf) which requires the FCC to set standards on audio loudness. The FCC will have one year to write the rules. The Act affects TV stations, cable operators and multichannel video providers such as satellite services and the phone companies. The act requires that all those affected by the law to follow the ATSC standard A/85, Recommended Practice and Techniques for Establishing and Maintaining Audio Loudness fro Digital TV. To be in compliance, video providers will have to install, maintain and utilize equipment that meets the standards requirements.

The FCC may grant waivers to the law for good cause to any video provider or class of provider such as TV stations or cable systems under a certain size. The second Act (download pdf) passed by Congress is not yet law, but has been passed by both houses. The law allows for low-power FM stations to operate on the 3rd adjacent channel to a full-power or FM translator station. Stations providing reading services to the blind will continue to receive 3rd adjacent protection. New LPFM stations will have to make periodic announcements for the first year of operation concerning filing interference complaints from their operation and notify the FCC of those complaints and take actions to address those complaints.

The FCC will also be required to accept interference complaints from those by the transmitter site of a LPFM station, mobile reception interference complaints and accept informal evidence and engineering reports on interference issues. FM translator stations will also receive protection from interference on input signals that are 3rd adjacent to the LPFM stations. The bill passed the House on December 20th and a similar bill had passed the Senate earlier last fall.

 

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SBE News

SBE at the 2011 NAB Show

February 3, 2011 - The Society of Broadcast Engineers has been NAB's organizational partner for the presentation of the NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference (BEC) since 1995. Following previous years, this year's BEC will be the largest and most comprehensive broadcast technical conference in the world. The conference begins with the SBE Ennes Workshop on Saturday, April 9 and ends on Thursday, April 14. SBE will be very active with a full slate of meetings and events and will have a busy exhibit booth during the week. SBE Exhibit Booth SBE's exhibit booth will be on the second floor concourse of the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall, Lobby Booth 29. The location is just up the escalator from the South Hall main entrance and just outside the entry to the exhibits on the second floor. This is the same location as in recent years. The BEC technical sessions will be located nearby, in the South Hall second floor meeting rooms.

Be sure to plan to visit the SBE booth while at the convention. We will have all of the SBE published handbooks, technical books from major publishers and the SBE CertPreview. There will also be several of our popular SBE logo items for sale. Membership renewals and new memberships may also be transacted at the booth. SBE staff and national Board members will be at the booth to answer your questions about membership, certification, educational programs and regulatory issues.

Booth Hours
Sunday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday - Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

SBE Spring Membership Meeting Highlighting the week for SBE will be the annual spring Membership Meeting, held on Tuesday, April 12 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the South Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center (room to be announced). We will be recognizing a number of our local chapter certification chairs during the meeting. Prizes will be given away to those who attend.


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


SBE Fellow Nominations

SBE Fellow Nominations due by March 25
The Fellow designation is the highest level of SBE membership and recognition presented by the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Nominations for 2011 must be received no later than March 25 for consideration this year. Information on how to submit a nomination is available at the SBE website


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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