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SBE Chapter 48 /
SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section

April 2011 Meeting Report

-no meeting due to NAB-

But - - a few photos of members caught at the show courtesy of
our on-the-scenes reporter Duane Evarts

Tony Rocconova and Steve Peck of 5280 Broadcast and Ross Video

Jim Schoedler of
JB Schoedler Associates LLC


Larry Roberts of
RIA Corporation

Dr. Byron St. Clair, President National Translator Association


Fred Baumgartner walking forward to receive recognition from SBE

Fred Baumgartner receiving
recognition from SBE


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The KEØVH Hamshack

Jack Roland

The KEØVH Hamshack for April 2011
By now the Tornado Outbreak in the south and southeast last April 27th will be older news (except for those involved and those who lost loved ones and property). Kenny, K4KR of Chickamauga, Georgia, south east of Chattanooga Tennessee, shot a video of a tornado that day just west and north of his property. Here is the link to the video on YouTube:

From Kenny's front yard Looking WNW

The path of the Tornado in the video - Kenny lives at the end of the arrow

An exciting additional note to this, due to the possibility that this may be the only video of the tornado that hit the Chattanooga Valley/Walker County area, Kenny's video was requested to be used by CNN!

Now, this is the area where I grew up, and being as my mom and uncle live in the area, I was pretty concerned. My mom lives just east of Flintstone Georgia, just north and west of Kenny! Seeing this video that Kenny took and knowing his property layout, I thought, oh no, that's in my mom's general area! Sure enough, I couldn't get thru on the phone to mom, and then next morning as soon as he could Kenny drove to my mom's house, and they were ok! BUT, there were downed trees literally less than 150 feet from my mom's property and news reports confirmed the storm pictured above passed less than one half mile from her house.

This may have been the storm too that wrecked havoc just south of Chattanooga and on into Ringgold, Georgia, which was decimated. Just prior to this storm, people had been killed just south and west of Chattanooga in Dade County from the same severe thunderstorm, traveling at about 55 mph on to the north east. And earlier in the day Chattanooga had a lot of damage all around the city due to early morning storms, Kenny's folks in East Ridge, north of his QTH, had sustained damage from large old trees falling on their vehicles and damaging their home. Fortunately they were ok, but the damage was bad.

Also, that tornado outbreak was responsible for many many deaths that day, as of this writing they are still counting, and more than 100 tornadoes across the region. As broadcasters and some of us being ham radio operators, what can we do to either help in these situations, or be prepared for disaster assistance when we can?

I took this picture watching the Weather Channel on April 27th of the massive tornado that caused so much destruction west and north of the downtown Birmingham Alabama area, and as told to me by Cris Alexander, passed very close to the 50 kW WXJC facility of Crawford Broadcasting. As reported by the ARRL, many EOC's and ARES groups responded and assisted area's all over the country affected as most regular communications systems went down. As of this writing I still couldn't contact my mom in one of the affected areas. Thank God for Kenny! Kept me from worrying about them!

With the 6 meter, VHF and UHF season upon us, I am re-running part of an article where I found a great website for generating equidistant maps of the world, North America, or wherever your QTH might be, great for beam headings to wherever that DX station you could hear is operating from. The website allows you to input your QTH longitude and latitude and generate a really nice map that you could put in a frame for your shack or use for other purposes. I own a really old rotor controller with a nicely re-furbished motor that I am going to use on my 6 meter antenna that I have written about. The controller is ready to go in the old Starguide satellite receiver box that I have written of (more below), and works great. This website, setup by Joe, NA3T, and Michael, NV3Z is at . I have generated maps for my QTH and they really look great. You can make different maps with different distance resolutions too, for instance that have a full world setting and one they call a "setting for when 6 meters is open"

The maps setup for full size 8x11 sheets, and really look great full size

When I put my Old Starguide/Interface box in so that I could begin its use as my station interface for audio and digital modes on HF and recording of audio out of my radios, I neglected to put in an isolation audio transformer in the line out to the HF radio audio input. I chased my tail for a couple of days trying to figure out why when I keyed the D-104 mike and/or the audio from the computer to the radio thru the switches I kept getting a terrible pulsing "looping" static. I was thinking RF into the Starguide box but it was well grounded and an aluminum closed chassis. Then, I tried the balanced mike input, using my trusty Heil Classic Pro mike into the box, and everything worked just fine. THEN I remembered I had a 1 to 1 audio transformer in the line after the balanced mike XLR connector and went............. Oh Yeah! I needed to isolate the whole circuit, not just the balanced mike. The schematic below shows where I put the transformer in.

Works beautifully now, and I have had reports on how my audio is really great! With this arrangement showing the Interface box in the rack on the right, I can use a balanced mike, the D-104, or any source from the mixer in my shack that I want, including all digital modes from the computer, or the Heil PR-40 on a boom mount that is run thru my mixer for audio production and my voice tracking that I do at Dial Global (formerly Jones Radio Networks).

On a lighter note, a few months ago I wrote about another hobby I enjoy, using my 5.1 inch Kronos telescope in the backyard with the kids. Recently I was able to take this picture of planet Saturn, and though the image isn't the sharpest, it isn't bad though for a blackberry camera held up to the viewing lens.

You can tell it has rings!

And, you never can tell who you might meet up with when you go to Centennial Electronics in Colorado Springs. One day, Ray, AAØL, and I went there to pick up some parts for the transmitters, and we ran into John Wayne!

One of Rays all time heroes!

I think sometimes we have TOO MUCH fun!

And, it is with great sadness too that I report here the passing of Wayne Kimmell, KA9SIM, who for many years has been an engineer in Colorado Springs and was formerly the contract engineer here at Salem Communications where I am now the Chief Engineer.

73' and Go with God Wayne.


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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 April 2011

For my readers here in the Seattle area ...This is the winter that just won't go away. At this writing (April 29) the snow level is expected to dip to 1000 feet. This means snow at Cougar Mt and - More snow - at West Tiger. In fact, I just got an email from Arne Skoog from CBS. He was looking at his West Tiger Outdoor camera and reported it was 29 degrees and snowing hard!

In the 20 some years I've been going to West Tiger, this is the latest winter I can recall. Some are saying that this may be the coldest April on record. Crystal Mountain is talking about skiing until July. So while I look out the window at cool and moist - the folks in the southeastern portion of the country are dealing with severe storms and tornado's I've seen reports that several broadcast towers have been taken down already. Apparently these storms are linked to our weather here as colder than normal air from the PNW moves southeast and collides with warm moist air from the south. I would not want to be in that part of the country...and most of those folks would not want to be in the PNW ....After all we have earthquakes and volcanos.

The big news in our town is the battleground at 4th and Denny, aka, Fisher Plaza. In all my years I've never seen such a scene here locally. Leading up to their showdown meeting on May 11th, both sides have been firing salvos at each other. Kind of reminds me of a political battle with both sides accuse the other of being unfit to hold office etc. Wonder what it's like to work there with all this going on?

Did I tell you last month that KAPS and KBRC in Mt Vernon are being sold? I spoke with Jim Keane the other day and he said it was time to move on. The new owners have a name that should bring back a lot of memories for many of you- Dimeo. Good luck John.

Every year the RTDNA announces the winners of their Edward R Murrow Awards. Region 1- Radio Large Market Awards this time around have largely been awarded to KIRO-FM and KPLU-FM. On the TV side - KING, KIRO and KOMO were honored. Edward R Murrow was, of course, a grad of WSU. To this day the school at WSU is named in his honor.

NAB announced their 2011 Crystal Radio Award Winners...And, no one from the Seattle area was among the winners. The closest winner was KRLC-AM in Lewiston, Idaho

The battle between Broadcasters, NAB etc and the Feds continues. The FCC feels the need to go after spectrum for new broadband users and has made it clear that TV broadcasters are on their hit-list. Recently, our side has been asking whether there actually is a spectrum crunch. A new report from NAB makes the claim that there actually is not a spectrum shortage. This is an issue that is not likely to go away, as long as the broadband alliance is the darling in WDC.

All reports are that the economy is perking up and the worst of the recession is behind us. Money must be starting to flow if the recent mega-sale of Citadel to Cumulus is any gauge. Cumulus did not fund this move with cash from their corporate mattress. But did come up with the 4 billion to pull it off with funds from a number of sources that included half if the tab from bank financing. It's reported the new outfit will have nearly a 72 megabuck line of credit. Of course there is the $39 billion dollar deal between AT&T and T-Mobile - Looks like the banks are lending to me.

Another sign that money is flowing is this item - It's reported that the board of CBS awarded their CEO a 27.6 megabuck bonus. Things must be doing well at CBS. Wonder how their success translates into CapEx for equipment?

The present occupant of the Whitehouse appears to be a pretty heavy user of the teleprompter. He should be thankful that Hubert Schlafly invented the device. Mr. Schlafly recently passed, he was 91. He established TelePrompTer Corporation. Come to think of it...What would any TV news program look like without one today? Remember when the talking heads actually had to read what was printed on paper and divided their time looking up at the camera? Ah....those were the days.

The ATSC is working on a new broadcast TV Standard. Gee I thought we just started using it. The new one will be ready in five to ten years (you don't want to rush into these things) and will deal with things like mobile TV. Uhhh, like don't we have one of those now?

This item comes from John Price, Entercom Corporate dude. How about a tower made of wood? Check these links for a better look -

And a close up picture at -

Reported to be the tallest wooden, self supporting tower at 385 feet. It went into service back in 1935. Now you would have thought (or should that be wood have thought) that a tower like this would be here in the Pacific Northwest, what with our rich history of logging etc.

I remember, years ago, when broadcasters were adding FM signals to their AM stations (for reasons not fully understood at the time). Often those FM's shared the programming of their AM brother. Now that FM has overtaken AM as primary aural delivery mechanism, we are seeing an increase in the number of AM stations that are simulcasting on FM. Here in this area KOMO has been doing this for some time. I vividly recall having an FM-Converter in the glove box of my 1963 VW Beetle...It was fun to amaze people with my ability to drive places where they knew AM fared poorly while listening to a station that appeared to have no problem.

Here's something you don't see very often - an offer of a free FM transmitter. In this case it's a 'seasoned' 2.5kw Collins 831C. According to Jeff White, the rig was recently taken out of service. For more info - Contact Jeff at Grays Harbor Radio. His email address is -

With broadcasters wondering what the rules are regarding indecency...The FCC is trying to get the Supreme Court to clarify the issue. This is going to be interesting. Are they going to tell the FCC how to write their rules?

It seems like only a couple of years ago that scientists pondered whether or not there were any other planets orbiting stars out there. Recently they have discovered a bunch of them...some of which some are saying could support life. Meanwhile the SETI program has been looking and listening for ET. Now, on the heals of budget woes are all levels, it appears that funding for the program is being cut. Gary Engard points out - As soon as we shut this down, that's when the aliens will invade. Hmmm - Good point Gary.

So now that we have switched from analog to digital TV...What percentage of homes actually have digital TV sets? Reportedly - 60%. Gee, that means the 40% of TV viewers are looking at down-converted 4x3 pictures. Here are a couple more stats - only 40% of TV stations accept spots in HD. Wow - and HD Radio is having a hard time getting accepted.

Remember a while back when SBE was trying to get more technical expertise on the FCC? Well the pressure to get the FCC more technically savvy continues. Recently Senators Snow and Warner have introduced a bill they claim will provide greater technical resources to the FCC Commissioners. (Does this mean that they might become more objective about Broadband?) SBE leadership has made some 12 visits to congressional offices pushing the idea. The new bill would add scientific expertise at the FCC's policy level by requiring new assistants be either electrical engineers or computer scientists. Keep your fingers crossed....or, better yet, encourage your congressman to support this effort.

Another battle going on in WDC and supported by NAB as well as other broadcast entities is the effort to get FM receivers in cell phones. This one is not looking all that good with opposition from the cellular industry and their organizations. The FCC is seeking comments regarding public files. Whereas many Engineers are tasked with this responsibility, you might want to read more about it - Here is the link

From time to time I like to mention stations that the FCC has fined. My primary reason for doing so is to alert my readers in this industry as to things the FCC is acting on that perhaps should be checked at the station you work for. Periodically, the Commish will issue a stiff fine or NAL. We don't often hear about FCC actions for non-broadcast violations. Here's one from that category....Security First of Alabama has been requested to pay-up to the tune of $342, 000....For making 43 unsolicited robocalls...Yikes !

The world of EAS is watching with great interest as the FCC is about to issue their NPRM dealing with changes to the EAS rules or Part 11. According to the FCC, the document has been drafted and will be released any day. Here in our State we are, slowly but surely, ironing out the bugs in our own CAP based system. The next SECC meeting, May 11th at WEMD at Camp Murray promises to be very interesting. If you can't attend in pe

rson, you may do so via telephone Conference Bridge. The number to call, and agenda, is on the State EAS Remailer. The FCC's deadline is fast approaching for you to have your new EAS equipment installed. Most of the folks I work for have either already received their new equipment or have it on order. I would not recommend waiting for the last minute. If you would like to stay up on what's happening with EAS, there are a couple of remailers I highly recommend 1) The Washington State EAS Remailer. You can sign up by going here - I also encourage you to sign up for the EAS Forum where you can keep up to speed with the latest in EAS happenings on the national and regulatory level - Sign up by going here -

The FCC has spoken out regarding HD Radio. Peter Doyle, the chief of the Audio Division said he was encouraged by the opportunities HD radio provides broadcasters but he is not please with how long it's taking radio stations to get with the program. Reportedly only 16% of radio has added the system and the adoption rate has slowed to a trickle. He noted concern that very few stations have opted to increase their digital power.

It's quite likely that a number of stations have held off on adding this equipment due to the state of the economy, however with that improving???

This market has a lot of HD Radio to choose from and, with our high elevation transmitter locations, it works quite well. I still am puzzled that the local Fisher Station appears to just about the lone hold-out. Interestingly, during a recent trip to Tri-Cities, I found only a couple stations running HD. Smaller market stations are apparently very reluctant to, as Peter Doyle put it, 'Get with the program'. I have to wonder if the reluctance is philosophical or economic? With the number of auto manufacturers installing the system in their new vehicles, I have to wonder how long these stations can hold out. It's really too bad when you think of all the pressure there was to develop a digital radio system. I remember taking a bus-ride during NAB so we could hear digital radio actually work. Funny when you think about that rack of equipment they had in the front of the bus for a receiver. There appears to be many broadcasters that simply don't believe that digital radio is worth the effort or the money. The problem is that those that feel that way are contributing to the very problem that they are critical of. The success of digital radio depends on stations taking the lead in the process, in all market sizes. Well folks...

Well folks, that's it for this Month - Think Summer, or at least, think spring. Catch you next month.


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Amateur Radio News

Compiled By Tom Weeden, WJ9H
Thanks to Madison Chapter 24

Amateur Radio operators became involved in the rescue effort soon after the March 11 8.9 earthquake and devastating tsunami that hit northern Japan, and that effort continued nearly two weeks later. "In the early stage following the earthquake and tsunami, several radio amateurs were able to activate their stations with car batteries or small engine generators, despite the electric power outages," according to Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP, International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3 Secretary. "They transmitted rescue requests and information on the disaster situation including refugee centers and their needs — and the availability of basic infrastructures, such as electricity, water and gas supplies." After the earthquake and tsunami, there was no electricity, water or gas service in many of the affected areas.

n his report to the American Radio Relay League, Yamamoto said that the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) quickly activated JA1RL, its headquarters station in Tokyo, to assist in the rescue effort. With the help of many other amateurs, it also activated its regional headquarters station JA3RL in Osaka to communicate with amateurs in the areas devastated by the tsunami, including its Tohoku headquarters station JA7RL in Sendai. "The communications were mostly on the 7 MHz band in daytime and the 3.5 MHz band at night," Yamamoto explained. "Short range communications were also made on the 144 and 430 MHz bands.

The information gathered through Amateur Radio communications was reported to the rescue and disaster relief organizations for their appropriate deployment. Some other amateurs accepted health-and-welfare inquiries from the [impacted] areas and then posted the information on the Internet."

Even though they aren't scheduled to go to the International Space Station (ISS) until 2013, two astronauts — Chris Cassidy and Luca Parmitano — are now licensed amateurs. Cassidy, who received the call sign KF5KDR, is scheduled to head to the ISS in March 2013 as part of Expedition 35. Parmitano, who is KF5KDP, goes up three months later in May, as part of Expedition 36. " Our aim is to have at least one crew member licensed and trained in on-air protocol, who is somewhat excited about ham radio and the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station program (ARISS), per expedition," explained ARRL ARISS Program Manager Rosalie White, K1STO. NASA ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, told the ARRL that both Cassidy and Parmitano are "excited and interested in the educational aspects of Amateur Radio on board the ISS."

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

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The YXZ Report

by Kent Randles K7YXZ CBRE
Chapter Secretary/Newsletter Editor secretary
SBE Chapter 123

ANOTHER TIME-WASTING LINK .  They have somehow archived whole web sites starting in the 1990s.  I was the first webmaster of and there is a copy of it from 1996.  Unfortunately they don't have when it was only on AM.

They have revamped  They finally removed all the former CBS-Portland stations which never added HD. There are 14 FM HD signals (twelve with HD2, and two of those have an 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 the buyer's guide here.

Just when you thought you could forget about ionizing radiation exposure...  Here's a link to a graphic that shows that it is all relative.  (Thanks to the CGC Communicator for the link.)

All the current exposures are in micro- and millisieverts.  Remember rems?  1 sievert = 100 rem.  From Wikipedia:  "Professor Rolf Maximilian Sievert (6 May 1896 - 3 October 1966) was a medical physicist whose major contribution was in the study of the biological effects of radiation."



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SBE News

Kelly, Lebermann and Thomas Elected SBE Fellows

April 11, 2011, Las Vegas, NV - The Board of Directors of the Society of Broadcast Engineers has elected Charles W. Kelly, Jr., Arthur Lebermann, CPBE and Barry Thomas, CPBE, CBNT to the membership grade of SBE Fellow. All three were elected during the Board of Directors meeting held during the 2011 NAB Show on April 10.

Kelly is the Director of International Sales for Nautel, Limited, based in Nova Scotia, Canada and is a member of SBE Chapter 49 in Central Illinois. Kelly is a past national president of the SBE and currently serves as chair of the SBE International Committee.

Lebermann is transmitter supervisor for KGO and KSFO, San Francisco and KMKY, Oakland. He is the chairman of SBE Chapter 40 in San Francisco.

Thomas, CPBE, CBNT is the corporate Vice President of Engineering for Radio, Lincoln Financial Media. He is Immediate Past President of the SBE and is a member of SBE Chapter 5, in Atlanta.

The SBE Fellow Award recognizes members who have rendered conspicuous service, or who have made valuable contributions to the advancement of broadcast engineering or its allied professions, the dissemination of knowledge thereof or the promotion of its application in practice.

Following the election, SBE President Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT remarked, "The Society is pleased and honored to add Kelly, Lebermann and Thomas to the highest level of SBE Membership, the SBE Fellow. All three have contributed greatly to the SBE over many years."

The three recipients will be recognized and formally receive their Fellow designation during the SBE National Meeting in Columbus, Ohio on September 28, 2011.

Lifetime Award Renamed

SBE's Lifetime Achievement Award to be named for SBE Founder - SBE president, Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT, announced at last week's national Spring SBE Membership Meeting that the SBE Lifetime Achievement Award will be re-named the SBE John H. Battison Award for Lifetime Achievement. Battison is credited as the founder of the SBE for his organizational efforts in the early 1960's. He also served as the SBE's first national president.

Battison was recognized with the SBE Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Others to have won the award include Terry Baun in 2010, Richard Burden in 2005, Richard Rudman in 2002, Morris Blum in 1998, Philo and Elma Farnsworth in 1997, and Jim Wulliman and Ben Wolfe in 1995.

EAS Webinar Available On-Demand Free

- SBE presented a webinar that provided an update on the Emergency Alert System and the move to CAP as it pertains to broadcasters 2010. This webinar is now available on-demand. One attendee to the live webinar said, "My time was well spent in this webinar. I have had a lot of questions about CAP and didn't have the time to do the research. The presenter did a good job of encapsulating the essentials.". Thank you to the following companies who made it possible to offer this webinar at no cost to you: Digital Alert Systems, Gorman-Redlich and Sage Alerting Systems.

Board authorizes e-voting

beginning in 2012 - Next year, SBE members will be able to receive their ballots and vote electronically for members of the national Board of Directors. At their meeting on April 10, the SBE Board approved a motion that authorizes electronic balloting beginning with the 2012 election. The Board also voted to amend the SBE By-laws to allow voting by electronic means as well as by mail.

Because of the ease and convenience of electronic voting, it is expected that the number of SBE members which participate in the selection process of the national Board by casting their votes, will increase. In 2012, for those voting members who wish to still vote by mail will have the opportunity to opt-out of e-voting and receive their ballots in the traditional paper format.

Other benefits of an electronic voting system include higher security and accuracy as well as lower costs to conduct.

The 2011 election, held this summer, will be conducted using only paper ballots. To begin the transition to e-voting, members will be asked to confirm that the SBE National Office has their correct email address.

Newest SBE University Course

Newest SBE University Course - Broadcast Audio Processing
The newest course on SBE University, Broadcast Audio Processing, was created for the intermediate-to-experienced broadcast engineer who is already familiar with the basics of good broadcast engineering. A member of the SBE who recently took the course said, "This is the second course I have taken in the past two months and both experiences have been extremely positive". The course has nine chapters and depending on your knowledge of the subject, could take 5-8 hours to complete. Topics include loudness and the human ear, the basics of broadcast audio processing, the basics of gain control, limiting and clipping, adjusting a wideband processor for voice and multi-band processing. The Society thanks SBE Member Stephen Poole, CBRE, AMD, CBNT for his work in developing this course. The cost is $80 for SBE Members and $105 for non-members. Click here for more information on the course.

Webinar on Disaster Recovery

by Jack Roland

Free to SBE members - Greetings all, be sure to check out this information on a FREE to SBE members webinar on disaster recovery!

Good for recertification credits!

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 or, 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

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, or contact Megan Clappe, Certification Director at the SBE National Office at (317) 846-9000 or

Exam Dates Location Application Deadline
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.
Click here for more information about SBE Certification.


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