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.
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
Random Radio Thoughts
Best Wishes to Cris
We continue to wish him well as he recovers from back surgery.
If you want to wish Cris well, drop him an email at email@example.com.
The KE0VH Hamshack
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
73’ for this month
HPA Technology Retreat Report
by Tom Goldberg
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.
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
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!
Featuring News, Rumors and Views
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-
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 -
Enjoy Spring - Catch you next month.
Amateur Radio News
Compiled By Tom Weeden, WJ9H
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."
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)
The YXZ Report
by Kent Randles K7YXZ CBRE
LIFE WITH HD RADIO
Compiled by Tom Smith
EB Docket No. 04-296
FCC RULES ON WIRELESS MICS
From Tom Smith
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.
FCC Seeks Comments
From Tom Smith
COMMENTS SOUGHT ON
FUTURE OF MEDIA
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 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.
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.
Excelsior College announces Certification Courses
by Rebecca Troeger
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees are as Follows:
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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