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SBE Chapter 48 /
SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section

February 2011 Meeting Report

Annual Awards Dinner

Date: 

Thursday, February 24, 2011 

Time: 

6:00 PM No Host Cash Bar, 7:00 PM Dinner, Reservations Required 

Location: 

Green Gables Country Club, 6800 W Jewell Ave, Denver, CO 80232  

Topic: 

Holiday Luncheon 

Cost:  

$30 per person (member and one guest), $50 per person for non-members 

Honoree:  

Mr. Fred Baumgartner, Director of Broadcast Operations, Harris Corporation  

SBE / SMPTE Chapter 48 enjoyed another outstanding awards banquet this year at Green Gables Country Club.

Our honoree, Fred Baumgartner, humbly accepted the joint SBE / SMPTE award from SBE vice chairman, Tony Rocannova, and SMPTE chairman Jim Schoedler.

This award recognized Fred for his years of engineering and innovation to the entire broadcast industry. Fred's leadership can be seen throughout the industry and is enjoyed by many through certification and education programs.

Fred enjoyed his evening with his wife Jody, son Eric and daughter in-law, along with Fred's brother. Fred shared a walk down memory lane from years in the radio, television, and cable markets. Pictures of these travels were enjoyed by many with chuckles rising all around the room. ... and the tower now happily stands without conflict!

Without the generous support from our valued sponsors, this event would not be possible! Sincere thanks to those who continuously support the Denver SMPTE and SBE chapter.

Report by Brad Torr

 

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Random Radio Thoughts


Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD
Crawford Broadcasting Company

Colorado Springs Interference
It's been my experience that Colorado Springs is an interesting place for AM. There are some strong signals down there, and there are plenty of reradiators and "non-linear devices" to produce all kinds of third-order products.

In May of 2010, I was asked to assist down there with an apparent interference situation between KCMN (1530 kHz/15 kW) and KREL (1580 kHz, 10 kW). The specific complaint was that KCMN was audible on top of KREL in the Citadel Mall area (Platte north of Academy). This location was significant because a KREL client's place of business was just across from the mall on Chelton.

I made a trip down in May with the FIM and Spectrum Master and took a look at the situation. I noticed right away that I could indeed hear KCMN audio in there with KREL, and I noticed that KREL was noisy and subject to power line fade in areas where it should not be. The spectrum analyzer and FIM told the story: KCMN (and its collocated sister station KCBR) was clean and well within the FCC-specified emission mask; there were no observed harmonic or third-order IM products; the KCMN signal was very strong, and the KREL signal was very weak.

It was that last observation that really tells the story. At the Citadel Mall observation point, KREL should have almost 45 mV/m of field intensity and it only had 3.5 mV/m. KCMN had 320 mV/m at the same location. Need I say more?

After measuring at several other locations in the area, I reported my findings to all the parties and didn't hear anything more until August. At that time, the KREL folks were complaining once again, so I returned and took another look. The situation was the same and I reported as much. A couple of weeks later I was asked to come back for one more look. This time, KREL's signal was way up, 22 mV/m at the Citadel Mall location. I noticed that the power line fade was gone, as was the KCMN audio in with the KREL audio at the observation points. Clearly something had changed for the better at the KREL site, although the signal was still 3 dB below what it should be.

Fast forward to February of this year. Once again, the KREL folks are complaining of interference in that same area. This time, I opted not to make a trip down until the KREL folks provide a set of close-in radial measurements showing that their inverse distance field is what it should be, and a field intensity measurement at the Citadel Mall observation point. I have a hard time believing that the issue is anything other than what it has historically been - weak KREL signal in the area near the KCMN transmitter site.

Hopefully that is what the problem is, and hopefully the KREL folks will get a handle on what is going on with their antenna. Their engineer insists that the transmitter has been putting out full power all along (and I believe him). But that power is evidently going somewhere other than into the E and H fields.

Fountain AM
Tim Cutforth is getting close to having KJME, his 890 kHz 5 kW six-tower Fountain AM, licensed. At press time, Tim is hard at work running the antenna models and preparing the application and exhibits.

This whole project has been vexing for Tim. The train left the tracks when he discovered during the underground utility locate that there was a buried AT&T fiber trunk directly beneath where a couple of the tower bases needed to be. The site is triangular (really a trapezoid with a narrow end) and Tim didn't have the option of moving the entire tower line a few feet, so he had no choice but to offset those two towers. That put them outside the FCC-specified tolerance for moment-method model licensing, so he had to file a new 301 with the new array geometry. He's now about done with the process and I know he will be very glad to have it behind him.

Radio Engineers' Luncheon
Up here in Denver, we have had several impromptu radio engineers' luncheons in recent months. Last month, Jay Tyler from Wheatstone joined us at Ajuua! Mexican restaurant in Aurora. The crews from Salem's Denver and Colorado Springs shops, Wilkes and Crawford were there, and we had a great time visiting and networking. Thanks to Jay for providing the grub and educating us on Wheatstone's new products as well as showing us some tips and tricks.

If you would like to be part of our next get-together (hopefully later this month), drop me an email and I'll make sure you get an invitation. Again, these are more or less impromptu, but we generally give a week or more notice.

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 March 2011
Greetings all, remember the picture of the old Starguide receiver that I told you was going to "evolve" in a previous article? Well, it has just that. And, being limited in budget and time, I have tried to keep in standing with the long time amateur radio "can do" attitude to whatever you may want to accomplish. For a long time I have wanted to consolidate my digital interface, rotor, and a couple of auxiliary power supplies into a box that I can mount in my racks in the shack to save space and have switches for audio feeds and mics and such in one easy to reach spot. The Starguide satellite programming platform has all but totally gone away, and there are now receivers for the asking at just about any radio station facility. These rack mountable boxes, when cleaned out, are great for just about any kind of project that you can dream up. Remember the picture of the cleaned out box I had from a previous writing a few months ago?


Old Starguide III Receiver cleaned out!

Well, now it has a "population" of a CDE Antenna rotor controller, audio routing switches for different mics and computer audio to feed into my HF radio for digital and SSTV modes, two power supplies to power relays for my amplifier and extra 12 volt gear, and a station speaker!

Here is the new "configuration" with the rotor controller on the left, the audio switches, the station speaker outlet using the old keypad holes plus some, the red "Transmitting" light, along with a manual PTT switch, another mic and key input, and main power to the box switch.

Here you see my laptop running the free "Hamscope" software (www.qsl.net/hamscope/) which is what I use for all my digital modes, have been for 10 years or so now. The laptop is keying the digital interface lighting up the "transmitting" light during testing and will key the radio thru the connections on the back.

The interior of the box, with the rotor controller lower left, audio switches and wiring, and power supplies on the right along with the PTT software keying interface on the upper right next to the AC input. Now, I know it is ugly, and it isn't totally finished just yet, still some wiring to be done, wire ties and wraps and such, but man I think this is pretty cool. Also, if you have any interest in schematics for the digital and audio interfaces, I will have them available soon. And, next month I will have a picture of the completed unit in the rack in the KEØVH shack!

And, to save money and time having to go buy parts, I came up with a new idea for standing off the PTT/Serial interface to isolate computer from radio using opto isolators (I used 4N33's for this project). You can see I used small wire nuts and hot glue to secure the circuit board to the box chassis.


                     Wire nut standoffs          The Opto isolators (4N33's) Keying interface

My friend Cliff, NØZUQ is the featured "shack" this month. Cliff owns property in Falcon, about 10 miles NE of Colorado Springs, and has spent a great deal of time there fixing it up and getting it ready for new tenants. He also has a shed "Shack" out back that he will be hooking up to operate remotely via Ham Radio Deluxe and some sort of VOIP system (Skype or the like) as time goes on. He will then be able to operate this fine location from his home in Windsor (covenant restricted), or anywhere in the world for that matter via the Internet. He also has taken time to work on his antenna farm there, quite impressive with a 3 element tribander at about 70 feet, and a G5RV too.


Cliff on the tower at about 70 feet                        The ShedShack            


NØZUQ talking on 20 meters

I would really like to feature your shack here sometime! Please email me a picture and description at ke0vh@q.com.

We are now able to announce the latest news regarding the SBE IRLP "Reflector" 9615. It is now enabled on Echolink. We will be giving more details on this as it becomes available, but now there is another way for us to keep in touch via ham radio linking into the internet. Here is the official announcement from Tom, K8TB:

There has been a major addition made to the Great Lakes IRLP SBE Reflector 9615. This conference bridge is now in tandem with an Echolink conference bridge. You may connect to the Conference Bridge from the Echolink side, by looking for the "SBE" reflector, or Conference Bridge # 310390. The two conference bridges are tied together all time. If you come in on the IRLP side on 9615, you will also go out on the Echolink side and vice versa.

If your local repeater has an EchoIRLP node, I recommend that you use the IRLP link as the audio quality is better. But if you would like to be at home and get into the Broadcast Engineering "bridge", you can simply install your own Echolink system.

Don't forget to join us on the SBE IRLP Ham net, details are at www.qsl.net/ke0vh/sbehamnet.

And finally, from Jim Langsted, KCØRPS:

This is a picture from 1956; any guess as to what it is before you see the answer below?

A 5 megabyte "hard drive" storage unit, Jim writes: "this will make you appreciate your 4 gigabyte flash/thumb drive even more now!

73 for this month
de KEØVH
www.qsl.net/ke0vh
www.qsl.net/ke0vh/sbehamnet

 

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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 March 2011

A lot going on in the news these days. At this writing we are having snow and cold (very unusual for this time of years) Gas prices are heading skyward due to all the changes in the Middle East etc. Makes the news that I have to report rather tame by comparison.

The good news is that all the economic indicators for our business appear to be heading in the right direction with major radio and TV groups reporting business is getting better.

As we predicted last month, a good deal of activity in the area of ownership shuffles. The big item recently has been the deal between Cumulus and Citadel. These two radio outfits are coming together to form a rather impressive operation. Reports are the deal is worth about 2.5 Big ones. Not a lot of impact in this area as neither one of these firms operate stations here in Washington State. Cumulus operates 4FM's and 2 AM's in Boise, including KBOI, while Citadel has the same count in Eugene. Citadel owns KGO in San Francisco. An interesting side-bar - It was reported that Entercom was involved in the bidding for Citadel. This is interesting as Entercom has tried for some time to become much larger with little success. Entercom owns 4 FM's in Seattle.

For some time we have been following the multi-moving parts process that saw a radio station licensed to Hood River Oregon, KMCQ, move to the Seattle area and become licensed to Covington, with a transmitter on Cougar Mt (albeit low powered). Apparently the outfit that did all this has been trying to find a buyer with little success. From the looks of things, it appears that the wheels may have fallen off their financial wagon as certain assets of the company were recently sold at an auction to the owners lenders, sort of a Repo I guess. Of course, that does not include the stations FCC license as the FCC frowns on having ownership changes via someone elses auction. Other stations were involved at the same time in other markets.

While I'm on the topic of changes - Two stations in Mt Vernon are going to be changing hands. The FCC has received an application that would change the ownership of KAPS and KBRC in Mt Vernon. Price, including their FM Translator, just over 1 Megabuck.

There is also a rumor that perhaps the stations in Forks are going to have new owners

The Feds are staying the course as they continue to give in to the new monster called 'Broadband'....This monster appears to be crawling all over WDC looking for food. What does the Broadband Monster eat you say ? Why it's Spectrum. A few Megahertz here and there at a time. Here's a thought - Lets, quickly, re-brand TV as ' Broadband Video Distribution Service'....At least with the work 'broadband' they are less likely to want to take our spectrum away. I can't believe how the FCC (and those in high places in WDC) have become so fascinated with this. It's the current bright shiny thing. So just how much money are we talking about should the FCC auction off a big chunk of TV spectrum ? Estimates are in the range of 30 Billion Dollars....Not that money has anything to do with making the right decisions. IMHO, the biggest problem here the fact that a lot of people in high places are of the opinion that spectrum is much like space with an unlimited supply. What happens when you tell the Broadband Monster that here is nothing more to gobble? Whoa - Don't want to be around for that one!

The latest area the Feds are looking at, called HR - 607, is not for Broadband, but for what's call - First Responders Act of 2011. The thinking is to come up with paired spectrum (making it easy to build repeaters) 420- 440 and 450-470. It would force us give up our 450 band. Gee, just think - No more spectrum to worry about for RPU's, TRL's, News Dispatch systems. To add insult, the bill does not propose what should be done with the existing users of this spectrum. (Nice) I would hope that this is a call to action on behalf of all broadcasters. SBE is already urging its members to fight this move. I can tell you who will also raise a stink over this one...Its Amateur Radio. Hams are heavy users of the 420-450 band, immediately adjacent to our 450-451 allocation.

Belo's TV stations across the country are ramping up for the small screen, the really small one often called Mobile DTV. This was the big talk at NAB a couple of years ago. Obviously the industry has taken a long look at the demise of the Qualcomm/MediaFlo system, but they, along with others see a future here. Belo is currently on the air is KING-TV here in Seattle....They also own and operate KONG...who else is doing the same thing here?

I suppose you heard about the two couples that were recently killed by Somali Pirates. One of the couples was from Seattle. Ham Radio operators learned that 3 of the 4 were licensed Amateurs, including Bob Riggle who was KE7IIV.

On the subject of Amateur Radio - We have a couple events for which you might wish to mark your calendar - March 12th is the Annual Mike and Key Club Flea Market at the Puyallup Fair Grounds. June 3-5 is the Sea-Pac gathering at Seaside Oregon.

Here's an item that Hams in the group will appreciate. It's a neat site with some pictures of old radios etc. You want to make sure that your speakers are turned up as the music is great. I have to admit, I've never heard this song before, nor did I ever thing anyone would sing about this item. Let me know what you think - www.antiqueradiomuseum.org/

A lot of EAS activity in our area ahead of the FCC deadline this fall for installation of new, CAP compliant, equipment. I'm now receiving several calls a week from those that have their new equipment ordered or in house. Here in our State, as you found out at the January Chapter Meeting, already rolling out our new CAP based system. As the guy that tries to manage the Monitoring Assignments, I am being kept very busy updating our State EAS Plan - Tab 10. If you do purchase a new EAS endec, you will want to get in touch with Don Miller at WEMD so he can relay the 'secret sauce' that will get your new device connected to the CAP service. For lack of a better name, I have been calling it CAP-Net. There will be some changes in Monitoring Assignments. Stay tuned to the WaState EAS Remailer for details. Don't forget the next meeting of our States EAS Committee, (the SECC) will be on March 9th. The location, this time, will be the King County DEM facility in Renton. There will be details on the EAS Remailer.

If you are an old coot like me, you have a lot of fond memories building electronic gizmo's from kits. Remember Eico (I still have a battery charger that works great that I built while in High School) Of course there was the big guy in that field, Heath. Remember the Knight Kits from Allied Radio? Here's a link to something that will bring back those memories - www.ohio.edu/people/postr/bapix/KnightWB.htm

Congrats go out to Robert du Treil and Tom Keller for being awarded an Engineering Achievement Award.

Interesting how Magnetic North is moving at a rate of about 40 miles per year. Right now it's heading for Russia, away from Canada. If you use GPS, you are probably OK until a giant solar storm wipes out the satellites, but if you use a compass, things are not as they were in the amount of about one degree difference over 5 years. One thing is impacted....How they name airport runways. They are always based on compass headings. The cost of changing runway numbers, signs, publications etc can run up. Next time you see a fellow out there painting new numbers at the end of Boeing field, you will know why.

The FCC has granted a CP to a couple of NCE FM's. As reported a while back, KXOT will be moving from Indian Hill (between Tacoma and Federal Way) to Gold Mountain (Same mountain as KCPQ and KTBW TV) and Bellevue Community College's KBCS will be moving from their present location to Cougar Mountain.

What should you do if someone wants to take a look at your public file? >>You let them see it<<

Apparently the FCC came knocking at KCET-TV in L.A. recently. The stations security guard was obviously thinking more about security than FCC rules when he told the agents they first needed an appointment. Making matters worse, the agents came back and were told the same thing. OOOOOP's .....About a 10 Grand fine. I recall when I was on the road for the company walking into stations and asking to see the public file and being told a number of things that would likely not please an FCC inspector. At our next meeting, Jim Dalke is going to be discussing this kind of thing I'm sure.

One of the major topics in the news of late has been government budgets. Interesting to note that the President has proposed a 5.6 percent increase in the FCC's 2010 budget. This would mean an additional 18.4 million....Now just what do you propose some of that money be used for? Why of course - to implement the National Broadband Plan.
You knew that...didn't you?

The House is messing with another broadcast related item. They are proposing to remove federal funding for public radio and TV. Now I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I have to believe if NPR had not fired Juan Williams this would not be the case. Or if NPR had been right-leaning. Ain't politics wonderful? Remember how Satellite Radio was a bad idea and few years ago ? Well perhaps having two companies doing it was bad....Apparently with only one in the business, it's good for about 22,000,000 subscribers.

I a recent thread on a remailer devoted to EAS and public warning matters, the conversation has been on where do people get their news when things go bump in the night. If you add the power is off to that thought... you pretty much eliminate cable and TV due to the lack of battery powered TV's these days that can receive ATSC. This leaves radio for a number of reasons. Even if you don't have a battery powered radio, there is always one in your vehicle. Now then, would you tune to AM or FM?. I want to share with you a quote - This from Warren Shulz from Chicago - "The end of the world will be broadcast on an AM station." What do you think? Chapter 124 in Portland are going to have an interesting program this month. Local electronics firm, Tektronix, will be there discussing measuring loudness as a result of what's call the 'Calm Act'. It will be on March 8th if you can make it down. Check out the PDX SBE 124 web-site for info.

Here's a scary thought - apparently the folks that make GPS equipment are concerned that a proposed (here's that word again) Broadband Internet network could do a decent job of jamming GPS devices. Can you imagine what that would do? Perhaps create a need for classes to learn map-reading?

Here's a web site you should check out - www.frolympia.org/ - This is for Free Radio Olympia who is, apparently, proudly operating with 100 watts on 98.5. Interesting how folks like these are so boldly challenging the authority of the FCC.

Can't believe someone has done it again...Broadcasting a telephone conversation without first getting permission of the caller to do so. Happened in South Carolina, the tab....$4K.

Every once in a while I like to offer some tech-tips - Here are a couple that perhaps should made into sign for posting in the shop at your station -

  1. You only need two tools in life - WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move, and should, use WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.
  2. If you can't fix it with a hammer, it must be an electrical problem.
  3. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
  4. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
  5. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.
  6. Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material

That's it for this month - Hope to see you at the next Meeting of Chapter 16 at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field. March 10th - 1130 AM

Clay, CPBE, K7CR, AAWP
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FCC News

FCC releases Third Report and Order on national EAS test

The FCC has released its Third Report and Order, amending FCC Part 11 rules governing the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to provide for national testing and the collection of data from those tests.

Elements of the FCC national test requirements include:

  • Require all EAS Participants to participate in national EAS tests as scheduled by the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) in consultation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA);
  • Require that the first national EAS test use the Emergency Alert Notification (EAN), the live event code for nationwide Presidential alerts;
  • Require that the national test replace the monthly and weekly EAS tests in the month and week in which it is held;
  • Require the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) to provide at least two months' public notice prior to any national test of the EAS;
  • Require EAS Participants to submit test-related data to the Bureau within 45 days following a national EAS test;
  • Require that test data received from EAS Participants be treated as presumptively confidential, but allow test data to be shared on a confidential basis with other Federal agencies and state governmental emergency management agencies that have confidentiality protection at least equal to that provided by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); and
  • Delegate authority to the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to determine, in consultation with FEMA and with other EAS stakeholders, as appropriate, various administrative procedures for national tests, including location codes to be used and pre-test outreach.

Damon Penn, Assistant Administrator of the National Continuity Programs (NCP) Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, when asked when he expected the first national test to take place, said, "this fall." Penn was a panelist on a live EAS webinar sponsored by the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations and the NAB.

First Responders Act

H.R. 607, the "Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011" threatens 450 MHz RPU band
A Bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 10, states that within 10 years after the Act is adopted, the entirety of the paired spectrum between 420-440 MHz and 450-470 MHz must be auctioned by the FCC for commercial use. This includes the BAS allocation at 450-451 MHz and 455-456 MHz. There is no proposed replacement spectrum for displaced BAS licensees.

The spectrum targeted is used heavily by commercial radio broadcasters for remote pick-ups, as well as by many other civilian and defense users.

The Bill was introduced by Representative Peter King, (R-NY) who serves as Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee. The "Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011," has ten cosponsors as of now, including members of both political parties.

SBE has informed the House Homeland Security Committee that it is firmly opposed to the inclusion of Section 207(d) in this Bill. SBE is actively opposing the Bill in its present form in order to protect the important uses made daily by radio broadcasters in the 450-470 MHz band. SBE is urging that this Bill be amended without delay by the deletion of Section 207(d) from it.

SBE encourages members to contact their Representatives and ask them to support the deletion of section 207(d) from H.R. 607.

 

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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.

SBE Exams held during the NAB Convention

SBE will hold exams during the 2011 NAB Convention on Tuesday April 12th from 9AM - Noon at the Las Vegas Hilton.

See the certification dates section below for more information and other dates.

If you have any questions, please contact the Certification Director, Megan Clappe.


BROADCAST ENGINEERING AND THE SPECTRUM REVOLUTION

Chris Imlay, SBE's General Counsel, has authored a White Paper on the NBP, offering his views on how it will affect the broadcasting industry and more specifically, the broadcast engineer. Chris says, "This is a revolutionary period in domestic spectrum allocations. The White House's National Economic Council stated recently that freeing up 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband connectivity over the next ten years is a "national imperative." CTIA, representing wireless carriers, has estimated that it is more like 800 megahertz of spectrum needed in order to keep pace with consumer demand for smartphones and tablet computers."

Chris goes on to predict, "If the allocations envisioned for mobile broadband are implemented on the timetables proposed domestically and internationally, the demand for and the work of television broadcast engineers, radio broadcast engineers and the profession of broadcast engineering will inevitably change substantially. Broadcast engineers stand to be directly and adversely affected by the NBP, and by the worldwide effects that have been triggered by it."

The complete text of Chris' White Paper on the National Broadband Plan is posted on the SBE website.


Reminder about the new Chapter Calendar

The new national SBE website includes a new feature, an interactive chapter calendar system. Each chapter has access to their own chapter calendar pages and you can input your own meeting, program dates and information. The calendar will be helpful in directing prospective members to your chapter meetings as well as many vendors who are interested in when SBE chapters meet.

Each chapter chair was provided with a unique password to access their calendar to make updates. If you've lost track of it, contact the SBE National Office (chapter chairs only, please) and we'll be happy to give it to you.

We have posted on the SBE website some instructions on how to use and update the calendar. These include written instructions, a recording of the ten minute webinar on this subject held recently and a copy of the Power Point slides used on the webinar. All are available at sbe.org under Chapters/Chapter Administration.

If you have any questions, please contact John Poray, CAE, SBE Executive Director at jporay@sbe.org or (317) 846-9000.


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 National Award Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 SBE National Awards. These chapter and individual awards recognize achievements made between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011.

To nominate your chapter or an individual, complete the Awards Nomination Form on the SBE website and submit to the National Office by June 15, 2011.

Award winners will be notified in July and will be recognized at the 2011 SBE National Awards Dinner held during the SBE National Meeting in Columbus, Ohio on September 28.


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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