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March 2010 Newsletter

SBE Chapter 48 / SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section

Febrary 2010 Meeting Report:

Annual Banquet
Honoree for 2010: Mr. Ray Millius

Date:                 Thursday, February 25, 2010
Location:          Green Gables Country Club, 6800 W Jewell Ave, Denver, CO 80232
Time:                6:00 PM No Host Cash Bar, 7:00 PM Dinner, Reservations Required
Honoree:          Mr. Ray Milius, SVP Programming Operations, Starz Entertainment LLC
Special Guest:  Mr. Bill Myers, President, Starz Entertainment LLC

This year's award banquet recognized Ray Milius for his engineering leadership in developing the Starz Entertainment technical facilities and his strong support for the local chapters of SBE and SMPTE. Ray and his staff have been our hosts for many of the annual Bootcamp seminars held in November. Many of Ray's staff joined another well attended gathering at Green Gables Country Club for our traditional annual dinner event.

Scott Barella makes the Award Presentation to Ray Milius
accompanied by Bill Miller and Jim Schoedler

Ray and his wife with Bill Miller

A room full of attendees enjoy dinner

Bill Myers, president of Starz. joined us in honoring Ray, relating some of the major accomplishments spearheaded by Ray over his many years in the industry. Bill the proceded to share his thoughts on the current status and future of our industry in a highly informative presentation. He has kindly shared his slide set with us and you can download a pdf of this enlightening presentation by clicking here.

Bill Miller talks about the state of TV

Jim Schoedler MC's the event as usual

Jim Schoedler acted as master of ceremonies once again, tying the whole event together with his inimitable style. This annual event is well appreciated by all attendees and has become a highlight each year as an outstanding and delicious opportunity to recognize members of our community.

Report by Tom Goldberg

 

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Random Radio Thoughts


Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD
Crawford Broadcasting Company

Best Wishes to Cris
Cris Alexander is still on the road to recovery and his "Random Radio Thoughts" Column will resume in April.

We continue to wish him well as he recovers from back surgery.

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

One of the things I love to do best in Amateur Radio is to work Special Event stations, especially when they are part of something I am really interested in. The 21st Winter Olympic games held last month in Vancouver were some of the most inspiring and exciting Olympics I think I have seen.

The special event station run by the Vancouver Olympic Amateur Radio group (http://www.voarg.ca/) are running their stations thru the end of March, being manned by many different amateurs over the period using the calls VG7V, VG7W, and VG7G indicating the Vancouver Winter Games. I had been on the hunt for VG7G by looking at the DXSummit website, and the Eham.net DX cluster spotting page, but had been unlucky and co-coordinating my time in the shack with when they were on. But finally, Saturday February 27th, I finally was able to sit down at the TS-120s and see that they were spotted on 20 meters just 5 minutes before. Sure enough, tuning to that frequency, there was Bill, operating VG7G. After he finished the QSO with the station he was talking to, I put out KEØVH, and he came right back to me, giving me a 59 signal report and getting me into his log. I couldn't have been more excited. Immediately I got on the 449.450 repeater and called Cris, W5WCA, and told him of where VG7G was operating, and soon thereafter Cris was in his log, then Cliff, NØZUQ came on the repeater and I told him, and soon then Cliff worked VG7G. What an exciting thing! Almost like winning a medal myself! Then I called Kenny, K4KR and Jim, KCØRPS to let them know, but didn't get answers at that time. A little later in the evening, I AGAIN heard VG7G on 40 meters, and worked Ben who was manning the station at that time. I had collected the QSL's from the stations working the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic games, K7O and W7U back in 2002, and really wanted to obtain the special QSL being put out for Vancouver. Ben on 20 meters told me that the QSL will be something really special! Again, you can work the stations thru the month of March as they will be operating also to commemorate the Paralympics games right after the regular Olympics. If you go to the above website you will find links to bands and times that they will be operating. And by the way, there are many special event stations each month working around the world. Check out events, schedules and operating information monthly at http://www.arrl.org/contests/spev.html . When I get the QSL from Vancouver, I will report on that here. Have some fun, and good luck!

I guess there may be some problems if you operate APRS like I do. You can see where I am at http://aprs.fi and enter in the call sign search KE0VH-2, or go to map.findu.com/ke0vh-2 and you will see my beacon when I have it running. I guess there may be some sort of date problem with the almanac data being transmitted out the data port to the APRS device. The complete article is at http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?t=236508. I will have to check this out on my Garmin Streetfinder 3 unit and report back here on it further "down the log".


KEØVH-2 APRS Track.

This past month I sold some gear that was just cluttering up my shack that I never used, and wanted to use the money gained for some other purposes. I was successful at using the QRZ.com classified forum, plus Craig's list and Eham.net. My venerable old Hallicrafters SX-110 found a new home in the shack of Jim, WA4KQV, and it really looks great with his other vintage gear in the rack at his operating position. Here is a picture:


WA4KQV in his shack with the Hallicrafters SX-110 in the rack on the upper right

Our friend Cliff, NØZUQ, who is also the Chief Engineer for Salem Communications in Denver, likes to cook sometimes while he is at a transmitter site, and as we all know, you can get really hungry while working all day or night at a transmitter site. So Cliff came up with this handy invention:


Warms your heart too doesn't it?

I am now back on 6 meters thanks to my friend Ray, AAØL, the Chief Engineer for the Citadel stations in Colorado Springs. Ray is an avid moon bouncer and VHF/UHF SSB enthusiast, and had an Icom 551 6 meter rig that he is letting me borrow with an "option to buy or trade". This is an all mode 10 watt out rig. I am really appreciative of this as I love 6 meters, and had sold my other rig recently.

Icom IC-551

Moxon Antenna diagram.

Now, the next project is to replace my 6 meter coaxial dipole with a moxon directional antenna in a horizontal polarized configuration. This will give me a projected 6 or so db gain over the dipole. The dimensions basically for the diagram to resonate on 50.200 MHz are as follows: A = 83-1/8", B = 10-1/2", C = 3-1/4", D = 15-7/8", E = 29-3/4" Cris, W5WCA, did some modeling of the pattern that should be developed for me and this is what his EZNEC program came up with for the proposed KEØVH Moxon.

As you can see too this antenna can provide 24 db or so front to back ratio, with a pretty good 3 db beamwith of 78.9 degrees too. You can see the entire project built originally by N2NH at this website: http://www.moxonantennaproject.com/n2mh/n2mh.htm. This antenna is scalable to other bands as well. I built a satellite antenna of the same basic design yet utilizing paired moxons for 440 and 2 meters in a turnstile type configuration for low earth orbit satellites back in 2001. This produced a "dome" pattern. Most of the Moxon designs were pioneered by L.B. Cebik, W4RNL, who is now a silent key. There are also Moxon calculators online to design your own for whatever frequency, a really good one is at http://w4.vp9kf.com/moxon_design.htm. You can also find multi element versions of this antenna that will make all the above measurements even better. I will take pictures of the construction process and report back on this in a later issue.

And finally,
What was it like to work in Radio as an engineer in the 1950's? I love this site: http://www.bayarearadio.org/schneider/belmont.shtml with great old pictures and a story about KNBC radio then. Man, I bet being an engineer then was really a much bigger job than it is now, but we sure do have fun don't we? And, there is an entire website dedicated to the history of the bay area radio here: http://www.sfradiomuseum.com/.

73’ for this month
De KEØVH

 

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HPA Technology Retreat Report

by Tom Goldberg
Cache-A Corp.

I had the pleasure of attending an event this past month that has been growing in importance year by year since its inception. The Hollywood Post Allianace annual Technology Retreat is held in February in Palm Springs and features lectures on all the cutting edge technologies emerging in the Television and Film industries. When I first attended in the late 90's the event included maybe 200 attendees and has grown to approaching 500 this year including many of the true luminaries in our industry. Discussions run the gamut from High Dynamic Range Imaging to the latest emerging consumer trends. The Keynote and a number of the presentations focused on the latest developments in 3D television.


Broadcaster Panel Discusses the future of OTA in all its forms

Of particular interest to our membership, the Broadcasters Panel shown above included such notables as Matthew Goldman - Ericsson, Moderator, Bob Seidel - CBS, Richard Friedel - Fox, Bob Allen - KESQ, Art Allison - NAB, Thomas Bause - NBC Universal, and Jerry Butler - PBS. Each panelist highlighted their views on the major industry issues as they percieved them including discussions on emerging Mobile TV technologies, how multi-casting is being deployed, and how content is being deployed on all alternative platforms. For a complete report on this panel go to Adam Wilt's excellent blog at http://provideocoalition.com/index.php/awilt/story/hpatr2010_2/P1/ and check out the links in the right column to reports on the rest of the retreat sessions

The HPA Demo Room was like a science fair
featuring the industry's most cutting-edge developments

A growing part of the 4 day event is what is somewhat inappropriately called the "Demo Room" where selected manufacturers are allowed to bring their latest developments and show off new technologies before they appear at NAB. Because manufacturers are not allowed signs or datasheets on their tables and are really talking technology not product, this event is clearly something between a full-up trade show and a Science Fair. My company, Cache-A, was fortunate enough to be a participant of this event showing off our latest archival data solutions for file-based workflows and we were nestled in between more 3D, color correcting, signal processing, asset management and JPEG2000 solutions than I could take in during the event. To see a full listing of all the companies involved and the technologies they were showing click here.

This event has been a pet project of Mark Schubin, the technical genius behind the PBS "Live at the Met" series amongst a long list of other accomplshments. Mark is easily recognized anywhere he shows up by his trademark loud t-shirts and bushy grey beard. During the second evening of the event, the retreat held a "Mark Schubin Roast" dinner recognizing Mark's many contributions and spending most of the time highlighting his exploits and signiture attire. Pictured left was a large group of his closest friends all dressed in t-shirts and beards performing a highly amusing recitation!

 

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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

As I write this I am about to head for Washington DC to participate in the annual EAS Summit sponsored by NAB and NASBA. This event is a great opportunity for many of the stakeholders in the EAS process to come together to discuss the process of improving our public warning system. My first meeting will be between members of the SBE EAS Committee (I am no longer chair, but still participate) and the group that leads the PEP (Primary Entry Point) effort. After that will be a meeting with Antwane Johnson, Division Director of IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) at FEMA?.and so it will go through Sunday and into Monday. I can only assume that you

May be wondering what's really going on with what some are calling Next-Gen EAS... Ask me when I get back and I will be able to much better answer that one. Certainly reporters from media-mags will be there so you will be able to read about the Event as well. If you are interested in EAS and what to keep up with all this - I encourage you to subscribe to the SBE EAS Exchange. Instructions on how to subscribe to this remailer are on the SBE Web Site under Government Relations. To keep track of what's happening to EAS in our state, the Seattle Chapter of SBE in cooperation with Hatfield and Dawson have a remailer for that purpose - contact me for information on how to subscribe.

Well is this a winter for the books. El Nino has been doing a number in California with torrents of rain the rest of the country has had record setting amounts of winter weather. Meanwhile, just as predicted, we have had a very mild one. Understand that January was the warmest in history. For those of us that travel to West Tiger to work on things up there we have not had to put on chains thus far (knock-knock). With that being said, I have seen snow up there into April- but that was a 'normal' winter. It's hard believe that I have been mowing my lawn in February! Thanks to the coverage of the Olympics from nearby Vancouver, everyone is not only able to see our unusual weather this winter, but they are also able to see just how beautiful this part of the world is. I understand that ratings for the TV coverage have been very good, in one case, they beat American Idol.

The HD Radio power increase remains one of the topics of conversation in the Radio Biz… Many stations are doing the math to determine exactly how much more power they can run and are trying to figure out how to do it without expending huge sums of money. Early on, a lot of stations installed systems using a 10 db combiner. This meant that 90% of their digital power went into a dump load. These folks may not need an expensive new transmitter if they can figure out how to get more of that power into the air. Several outfits are thinking the same thing and trotting out new offerings. The up-coming NAB show in Las Vegas will likely have renewed interest in this topic. Perhaps it needs to be underscored that not - all - stations will be able to operate with HD power at 10% of analog, it all depends on others stations whose contours are close to or touch the proponents. What this will mean is that some stations will be able to operate with higher digital power than others. Perhaps one day this will be a factor in the 'value' of the property.

Here's a headline that is, perhaps, a little hard to believe -

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed revising some of its rules as part of its effort to make processes more efficient.

Apparently so. The Commish is looking at ways to improve. Among one its more radical ideas is to start using more email and less snail-mail (Shocker) Look for an NPRM out shortly.

The FCC also is looking at getting more people connected to the Web via broadband. A recent announcement showed that about one-third of the country does not have a broadband internet connection at home. To a Broadcaster - This is a problem? Seems to me that the more people have broadband the more likely they are to not listen and/or view over the air products. Guess we should not expect the FCC to only look out for our interests?

As they say... But wait, there is more!

The Commish is proposing an auction be set up that will allow TV broadcasters to voluntarily sell their spectrum for a share of the proceeds. Kind of like a commission on the sale? This one is not going to go away soon as the FCC is trying to come up with spectrum from- anyone they can.

Got a note the other day from old friend Jack Barnes (ex KOMO). He reported that he was going to get a replacement knee. He added-

Other than the knee problem I am still doing ok and enjoying retirement. I still dabble in Amateur Radio and also astronomy. I just picked up a Kenwood TS-940S in good condition and have been checking out all the digital modes. This is my largest technology leap in many years. I am slowly moving away from tube gear but at a measured pace.

I still don't do 'Texting', 'Facebook' or 'Twitter'? ...guess my standards are just too high.

Are you going to NAB this year? Time to get those reservations made. I do understand that the economic situation is still keeping room prices down. It's April 12-15 this year.

Looking at how the economy is impacting our biz here are some items that caught my eye this past month-
> RAB says the 2009 was one of the worst for Radio.
> Entercom's CEO is quoted as saying that his company is having a revenue recovery... Their published results for 2009 were 15% below 2008.
> ABC News has announced that they are going to lay off perhaps as much as 25% of their personnel.
> Legendary rock & roll KSTN in Stockton California has gone dark.
> CBS reports that both their Radio and TV efforts are improving despite another bad Q4.
> A federal bankruptcy judge has given Tribune more time to put together a plan to get out of Chapter 11.
> Penton Media who publishes Radio and Broadcast Engineering magazine has filed for Chapter 11 with reportedly 270 million in debt.

Down in Portland, there have been some major changes at their major TV outlets, KPTV, KOIN and KATU with layoffs, consolidation and automation of their news casts. KPTV's parent company, Meredith, is outsourcing their master control operations to Phoenix. In all, a number of jobs will be lost in PDX. The consolidation of master control operations is, of course, nothing new in this industry where this cost saving effort has been ongoing for several years, even before the recession.

Congratulations to Dwight Small who recently passed the 25 year mark working for most of the same stations. If I am successful in staying with Entercom through May, it will be 28 for me.

Some time ago, after the crash of a TV chopper, I openly asked why more markets don't share a single chopper. I thought it was wasteful to see multiple birds circling the same event. In Denver they are doing just that where two stations have been sharing, come April 1- a 3rd will join the plan where one helicopter races out for that breaking news video.

Remember Allen Hartles early electronic billboards where you could see the title of the song displayed? It all stated here in Seattle. Now Clear Channel is taking this another step in 29 markets. Their billboards will give you traffic updates. Have not heard if they will be doing this in Seattle but I would not be surprised.

Coverage of the disaster in Haiti have been interesting. Heartwarming is all work that our industry put forth to help raise funds and needed items. A little station in market # 159, Ashville, NC, reportedly raised some $ 272,000. Understand that there were about 50 stations in the country prior to the quake, only a handful survived.

Here's the latest in radio formats- Spanish News/Talk, Bustos did it recently in Portland. On 1010 AM.

I am hearing reports that 104.5 KMCQ may indeed have new owners coming. Rumors of the sale have been running around town of late. It's been well known that First Broadcasting has been actively trying to find a buyer. Perhaps by next month, we will know who.

It seems that just about every issue I report on the passing of someone in this business I had worked with in the past. In this case, it's Paul Herlinger who passed on February 2nd. A very nice and gracious man. Thanks to David Christian for letting us know.

Everyone involved in Broadcast Engineering has had something to do with NIER, certainly those that work near or with transmitters and perhaps ENG microwave etc. The latest issue of Popular Science has a very interesting piece about a fellow living in Sweden who reported gets very sick when exposed to minute quantities of the stuff. An interesting read.

Here's a sobering stat - Over 60 Million are listening to Internet Radio every week.

From the "You'd think they would have known it by now" department comes news that the FCC has recently fined two radio stations for not telling callers that they were on the air, prior to being placed there. Wow!

From the what's a name department comes word that P Harris Morris is the new president of Harris. Probably did not hurt that Harris is his middle name.

As usual, I like to leave you with something not so serious... This month, with sincere thanks to Lowell Smith, we have the -

ENGINEER IDENTIFICATION TEST
You walk into a room and notice that a picture is hanging crooked. You...
A. Straighten it.
B. Ignore it.
C. Buy a CAD system and spend the next six months designing a solar-powered, self-adjusting picture frame while often stating aloud your belief that the inventor of the nail was a total moron. The correct answer is "C" but partial credit can be given to anybody who writes "It depends" in the margin of the test or simply blames the whole stupid thing on "Marketing."

FASCINATION WITH GADGETS
To the engineer, all matter in the universe can be placed into one of two categories:
(1) things that need to be fixed, and
(2) things that will need to be fixed after you've had a few minutes to play with them.
Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems. Normal people don't understand this concept; they believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet. No engineer looks at a television remote control without wondering what it would take to turn it into a stun gun. No engineer can take a shower without wondering if some sort of Teflon coating would make showering unnecessary. To the engineer, the world is a toy box full of sub-optimized and feature-poor toys.

FASHION AND APPEARANCE
Clothes are the lowest priority for an engineer, assuming the basic thresholds for temperature and decency have been satisfied. Anything else is a waste.

DATING AND SOCIAL LIFE
Dating is never easy for engineers. A normal person will employ various indirect and duplicitous methods to create a false impression of attractiveness. Engineers are incapable of placing appearance above function.

Fortunately, engineers have an ace in the hole. They are widely recognized as superior marriage material: intelligent, dependable, employed, honest, and handy around the house. While it's true that many normal people would prefer not to date an engineer, most normal people harbor an intense desire to mate with them, thus producing engineer like children who will have high-paying jobs.

HONESTY
Engineers are always honest in matters of technology and human relationships. That's why it's a good idea to keep engineers away from customers, romantic interests, and other people who can't handle the truth.

Engineers sometimes bend the truth to avoid work. They say things that sound like lies but technically are not because nobody could be expected to believe them.

POWERS OF CONCENTRATION
If there is one trait that best defines an engineer it is the ability to concentrate on one subject to the complete exclusion of everything else in the environment. This sometimes causes engineers to be pronounced dead prematurely. Some funeral homes in high-tech areas have started checking resumes before processing the bodies. Anybody with a degree in electrical engineering or experience in computer programming is propped up in the lounge for a few days just to see if he or she snaps out of it.

RISK
Engineers hate risk. They try to eliminate it whenever they can. This is understandable, given that when an engineer makes one little mistake the media will treat it like it's a big deal or something.

EXAMPLES OF BAD PRESS FOR ENGINEERS
* Hindenberg
* Space Shuttle Challenger
* Apollo 13
* Titanic
* Ford Pinto
* Corvair
And a bunch of stuff invented for no other purpose than just because we could.

Being practical people, engineers evaluate this balance of risks and rewards and decide that risk is not a good thing. The best way to avoid risk is by advising that any activity is technically impossible for reasons that are far too complicated to explain.

If that approach is not sufficient to halt the project, then the engineer will fall back to a second line of defense: "It's technically possible but it will cost too much."

EGO
The fastest way to get an engineer to solve a problem is to declare that the problem is unsolvable. No engineer can walk away from an unsolvable problem until it's solved. No illness or distraction is sufficient to get the engineer off the case. These types of challenges quickly become personal -- a battle between the engineer and the laws of nature.

Nothing is more threatening to the engineer than the suggestion that somebody has more technical skill. Normal people sometimes use that knowledge as a lever to extract more work from the engineer. When an engineer says that something can't be done (a code phrase that means it's not fun to do), some clever normal people have learned to glance at the engineer with a look of compassion and pity and say something along these lines: "I'll ask Bob to figure it out. He knows how to solve difficult technical problems." At that point it is a good idea for the normal person to not stand between the engineer and the problem. The engineer will set upon the problem like a starved Chihuahua on a pork chop.

Enjoy Spring - Catch you next month.
73,
Clay, K7CR, CPBE

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Amateur Radio News

Compiled By Tom Weeden, WJ9H
Thanks to Madison Chapter 24

In a posting on January 28 to the FCC's blog, Mindel DeLaTorre, the Commission's International Bureau Chief, noted how Amateur Radio operators are assisting with communications support in earthquake ravaged Haiti. "The amateur radio community is also contributing to the relief efforts," she wrote. "In the aftermath of the earthquake, the amateur radio community in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere has dedicated equipment and spectrum resources to the relief efforts." DeLaTorre reiterated that those who want to assist in the relief effort must go through the proper channels: "For anyone wanting to help, to protect against harmful interference, it is important to go through the Haitian government before any radio equipment or spectrum resources are used in Haiti."

2009 was a banner year for new Amateur Radio licensees. According to the American Radio Relay League's Volunteer Examiner Coordinator Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, the FCC issued more than 30,000 new ham radio licenses. "In 2009, the demand for Amateur Radio exam sessions remained elevated and is still running at a higher rate than before the FCC's restructuring of the license requirements in 2007," Somma said. "This high level of exam session activity has produced an elevated influx of new applications, far outpacing recent years." A total of 30,144 new licenses were granted in 2009, an increase of almost 7.5 percent from 2008 and an 84 percent increase over 2005.

UW-Madison's Space Place Amateur Radio Center in conjunction with the Four Lakes Amateur Radio Club and other local clubs will offer a Technician license class on February 13-14. This weekend class will conclude with the license exam given on Sunday. (Morse Code is no longer a requirement.) The classes will be at the UW Space Place in the Villager Mall, 2300 South Park Street, Madison. These classes are free but some advance study from the ARRL license manual is expected. More information is available at www.flarc-hams.org.

(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 12 FM HD signals (nine with HD2, one also with 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 http://www.hdradio.com/buyers_guide.php.

The FCC approved increased power for FM HD Radio stations. From 1% of analog to 4%, and to as much as 10% with an application upon approval. The FCC text is here. As I have reported before, it's not that easy to do without replacing an existing transmitter with an even more expensive transmitter, and very interesting for high-level-combined stations. In densely populated sections of the country, interference between stations will take years to resolve.

The Wall Street Journal had a good article all About HD Radio aimed at consumers. The 2:44 video explanation is good, too.

We added HD3 to 99.5 KWJJ, a simulcast of 1080 KFXX (ESPN Sports Radio 1080 The Fan). I'm still amazed how an HD 2+ channel is created in software, and you don't know if it's working until you see/hear it with a receiver.

A NEW USE FOR LONGWAVE
As a Science Fair project, a kid from New Mexico devised a way to send text messages to and from underground caves. He won the 2009 International Science Fair for inventing this cave-texting device .

A SECOND KINTRONIC KINSTAR AM ANTENNA FOR OREGON
The Radio Journal reports that 1490 KBZY Salem will be the second station in Oregon to get a Kinstar low-profile transmit antenna. The first one has been on the air for a year at 1250 KCST Florence. The antenna system was developed by the Star-H Corporation, and is sold by Kintronic Labs. KBZY has been using a longwire for an antenna since their original tower site became a parking lot a couple years ago.

It looks a lot like four inverted-L antennas.

"LIVE CODE" EAN TEST GOES WELL IN ALASKA
Details here, in a blog by two cynical Emergency Management guys who don't appear to be totally knowledgeable about EAS. I listened to it online. Contrary to how an Emergency Action Notification-coded alert is supposed to work, some stations repeated it.

CAUGHT HAMMING BY THE "HANDS-FREE" BILL?*
ARRL Oregon Section Manager Bonnie M. Altus AB7ZQ recommends that you keep a copy of your ham license in your wallet or purse, and carry a copy of the Oregon "Hands-free" cell phone bill in your vehicle, to avoid getting cited for using your ham radio while driving. Licensed amateur radio operators are exempt.

 

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FCC Rulemakings

Compiled by Tom Smith
Thanks to Chapter 24

EB Docket No. 04-296
Review of the Emergency AlertSystem

The FCC adopted a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on January 12th and released it on January 14th. In this notice (http://hraunfoss. fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/ FCC-10-11A1.pdf) the FCC is proposing a yearly National EAS test with participants filing a report of the results of the test with the FCC. The FCC is also seeking comment on how the operation of the various EAS encoders/decoders will operate during a national test include the reception and relaying of header codes and how they operate with failures in the daisy chain relay network. The notice was published in the Federal Register on January 29th with comments due March 1st and replies due March 30th.

 

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FCC RULES ON WIRELESS MICS

From Tom Smith
Chapter 24

On January 14th, the FCC issued a Report and Order and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (http:// hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/ attachmatch/FCC-10-16A1.pdf) concerning wireless microphones. In the report and order, the FCC stated that use of wireless microphones operating on TV channels 52-69 must cease operation on June 12, 2010, one year after the end of the digital TV transition. Any wireless microphone that causes interference to a new licensed user on channels 52-69 must cease use immediately. They also prohibited the manufacture, sale, import, lease, import or the offer of wireless microphones that operate on channels 52-69 in the United States. The final ruling in the report and order will allow those operating without authorization to operate under Part 15 until the FCC takes action on the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. This would include all those not eligible for a part 74 license including such places as churches, theaters, stadiums and arenas and concert venues.

The Commission is requiring manufacturers of wireless microphones to place a disclosure statement on new wireless microphones about use and licensing as well as requiring manufacturers to send information about the June 12th deadline to those that filled in warranty cards and place deadline information in their ads and on their websites. The FCC will seek contact with organizations whose members use wireless systems and has a website (www.fcc.gov/cgb/ wirelessmicrophones) which has information on the deadline, user eligibility and a list of all the brands and models of wireless microphones that are affected by the June 12th deadline.

In the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC is proposing that wireless microphones be allowed to operate on the TV bands as unlicensed devices under Part 15 of the rules, be limited to 50 milliwatts, not be connected to the public telephone system so not to be used as cordless headsets for phones, must operate with under the same spacing requirements as Part 74 system to co-channel TV stations as well as the same technical requirements for channelization, frequency stability, and bandwidth. They also asked if part 74 licensing be extend to cover more then broadcasters, cablecasters, and motion picture and TV producers. Some of those that could be licensed include stadiums and arenas, Broadway and similar theaters, churches, entertainment complexes, educational and government facilities, convention, The notice was published in the Federal Register on January 29th with comments due March 1st and replies due March 30th.

 

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FCC Seeks Comments

From Tom Smith
Chapter 24

COMMENTS SOUGHT ON FUTURE OF MEDIA
On January 21st, the FCC issued a notice (http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_ public/attachmatch/DA-10-100A1.pdf) asking for comment on the Future of Media and Information Needs of Communities in A Digital Age. They issued a preliminary list of six areas of questions. They include Information Needs of Communities and Citizens, which asks for information on media platforms, formats and geographic focus including how the media handles emergencies, how various groups use media and how government and education support media. Other subjects include requests for information on Business Models and Financial Trends: Commercial Broadcast TV and Radio, Cable and Satellite: Noncommercial and Public Media; Internet and Mobile; and Newspapers and Magazines. The Commission asks for information on trends in usage, finance, and future trends. The final question asks for what other questions about media should be addressed and gives a list of FCC proceedings that may be relevant to the inquiry.

 

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SBE News

SBE at the 2010 NAB Show

The SBE is NAB's organizational partner once again for the NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference (BEC), held as part of the 2010 NAB Show. Beginning with the Ennes Workshop on Saturday, April 10 and ending on Thursday, April 15, the BEC will feature dozens of broadcast technical presentations. SBE will have a full slate of meetings and events during the week and we'll have a busy exhibit booth that will open beginning Sunday afternoon with hours through Thursday.

SBE Exhibit Booth
SBE's exhibit booth will be located on the second floor concourse of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) South Hall, Lobby Booth 29. 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.

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

SBE Spring Membership Meeting
Our annual spring SBE Membership Meeting, sponsored by Vislink, will be held on Tuesday, April 13 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the South Hall of the LVCC (room to be announced). There will be member recognitions, prizes and the highlight of the meeting will be the announcement and presentation of the SBE Lifetime Achievement Award to an SBE member.

SBE will hold several other meetings during the 2010 NAB Show that may be of interest to you. (Located at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel unless otherwise indicated)


SBE Announces 2-Part Event Frequency Coordination Webinar

Local frequency coordination is recognized as an important tool allowing broadcasters to fulfill their regulatory obligation to avoid mutual interference in their use of shared Broadcast Auxiliary Service frequencies (for wireless microphones, cameras, cueing systems or the like). Many major sporting events, pre-planned news events or other public events attract media regionally and/or nationally who bring large amounts of wireless equipment. For these events to be successful, frequency coordination is a must. The Society of Broadcast Engineers recognizes frequency coordination as an important, yet often misunderstood part of executing events such as sporting events, political conventions, and other pre-planned events. In addition, training on frequency coordination has become very necessary given continually changing FCC rules, technology and the needs of broadcasters. This two-part webinar series embarks on event frequency coordination from beginning to end, and includes the step-by-step technical process of coordination. Instructing this course is longtime SBE Member, broadcast consultant and frequency coordinator Ralph Beaver, CBT. The cost for SBE Members is $99 and is $139 for non-members. The webinars take place March 11 and March 30 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern. For more information and to register, go to: http://www.sbe.org/edu_seminars.php#efc.



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.
Click here for more information about SBE Certification.

 

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