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SBE Chapter 48 /
SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section

June 2011 Meeting Report

Planning for Deployment of ATSC-M/H

Date: 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Time: 

6:15PM Refreshments. 6:45PM Program

Location: 

KUSA, 500 E Speer Blvd, Denver, CO

Topic: 

Planning for Deployment of ATSC-M/H

Presenter:  

David Benco, National Key Accounts Manager, Transmission,
Rohde and Schwarz

Topic:  

Planning for Deployment of ATSC-M/H

Synopsis: The presentation included an overview of the new A/153 standard and how it is different from A/53 in the physical layer. Required changes to station infrastructure to implement and deploy mobile services were discussed with a focus on the equipment changes and upgrades that are needed, along with related considerations when selecting equipment. Also, a short review of the Mobile DTV business environment was included, with examples of typical service profiles suggested by the broadcast community.

Presenter Bio: David has over 15 years experience in terrestrial broadcasting including not only UHF and VHF television, mobile television and distributed transmission systems, but also 2.5 GHz MMDS systems. He was an active participant in the ATSC activities surrounding ATSC Mobile DTV, and a member of the TSG/S4 and TSG/S5 groups.

Prior to joining Rohde & Schwarz, David was the Director of Sales for Axcera's broadcast products and held technical sales positions with Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Indus International. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University as well as Master of Business Administration from Waynesburg College.

Host: Our sincere thanks to Ken Highberger of KUSA for agreeing to host this meeting.

Jim Schoedler, SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section Chairman

Scott Barella, SBE Chapter 48 Chairman

 

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Random Radio Thoughts


Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD
Crawford Broadcasting Company

Moves
Barry Walters, long-time CE of the Denver Wilkes (formerly CBS) cluster, has taken a new job with Wide Orbit. Those of you who use Wide Orbit (or Google... or Scott Studios...) digital media systems may find yourselves talking to Barry somewhere down the road. Barry will continue to live in Denver, but he will no doubt become well acquainted with the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport in a hurry. Barry will also continue to take care of KBNO's facilities as contract engineer.

Mark Smith has taken Barry's slot at Wilkes, which was a natural move for Mark. Having helped Barry build out the new studio complex, he is well acquainted with the facility and known to the staff. Wilkes couldn't have done any better than Mark.

We wish Barry and Mark the best in their new billets.

One more (belated) move notice - Harry Russell has taken over the market CE slot for Clear Channel in Colorado Springs. Darren McMullen was transferred to the Sacramento market by Clear Channel.

Transmission Line Burnout
Crawford's 50 kW KLTT (670 kHz) burned out a transmission line early last month. Evidently, lightning hit one of the high power towers in the three-tower daytime directional array, and for the few RF cycles it took the Nautel transmitter to figure out that something was wrong with the load, the power distribution was upset, sending a lot of power into the low-power tower's 7/8-inch transmission line. That produced an arc in the line in the underground transmission line vault, ruining a three-foot section.

Parts, including a section of line and EIA connectors, were on hand, so repairing the line was a fairly simple matter of cutting out the bad piece of line, installing an EIA connector on the remaining ends, then building a short EIA flanged jumper to go between the two cut ends.

The phasor is equipped with an adjustable ball gap at the #2 transmission line output, the purpose of which is to arc over if the power at that point exceeds 5 kW or so (depending, of course, upon impedance). That gap, it was discovered, was opened up with almost a half inch of space, making it useless for protecting the line. It has since been clamped down so that nuisance trips are occasionally produced, which is the optimum setting. Hopefully if the circumstances are repeated in the future, the ball gap will flash over and not permit excessive power to go into the line.

ENDEC Enigma Revisited
Last month, I wrote about a vexing problem with the four new Sage 3644 Digital ENDEC EAS units that Amanda Alexander installed in the CBC-Denver facility. The issue was that that the ENDECs would be hit or miss on LP-2 weekly and monthly tests from KYGO while tests from LP-1 KOA were decoded without fail.

Amanda tried everything she and the Sage folks could think of, changing levels, even replacing the receiver used for KYGO. Finally, the Sage people asked her to record the audio from a test from KYGO and send the file to them. She did, they fed it to an ENDEC on the bench and had the same experience that Amanda was seeing - hit or miss decoding of the header.

There was a slight amount of noise on the audio, at probably -40 dB or so, but that didn't seem to be the issue. Sage did some tweaking of its DSP code to broaden the robustness of its decoder, and they put the new firmware up for download and installation. Amanda updated all four ENDECs in the CBC-Denver facility, and all have flawlessly received the KYGO tests ever since. Problem solved.

Another Endec Mystery
Jack Roland reports another interesting and vexing problem with one of Salem's FMs in Colorado Springs. When the station transmits an EAS test, it kicks the transmitter off the air. There is no indication, no overload, nothing. I had initially thought that perhaps the LF EAS data tones were overmodulating the transmitter, pushing it out of the passband of the filter feeding the master antenna, but that would produce a VSWR fault or some other indication. Jack says it's as if someone pushes the "plate off" button. There is no connection between the EAS unit and the remote control system. In fact, the R/C runs on a separate data circuit and does not operate off a subcarrier on the STL.

This is a real head-scratcher. I'll be looking forward to hearing what the cause is finally determined to be.

I hope to see a bunch of you at the annual Lookout Mountain picnic on July 22!

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 July 2011

(From the LIVE broadcast)

Bob with Co-Host Gordon West, WB6NOA

Bob Heil, K9EID, whom many know of course as the founder of Heil Sound, the maker of really great microphones and other audio accessories is now producing a weekly Pod cast about Ham Radio! In keeping with the tradition of "Ham Radio Today" and the "DX Partyline" which for years was a staple broadcast on HCJB radio's shortwave broadcast to the America's, which of course ended several years ago, Bob saw the need and got together with Leo Laporte of TWIT. Bob is a VERY enthusiastic ham radio operator in addition to all of his other expertise in the field of audio and sound re-enforcement. The show is broadcast every Tuesday evening at 8pm Central on the TWIT (This Week in Technology) Internet network. Each week Bob has special guests on discussing the different aspects of amateur radio and all the hobby offers. Bob's first show guests were Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, and Dave Jennings, WJ6W, and they simply discussed all the fun aspects of ham radio, and how it had been their beginnings in their respective fields. The second week focused on coverage of the Joplin Missouri tornado disaster and emergency teams of hams that went into the area and assisted with disaster communications which were vital to the community. The show has video and audio downloads after it airs for ease of listening to at a later time. The website for the TWIT network live feed is at http://live.twit.tv/, and Ham Nation can be accessed anytime at http://twit.tv/hn1 for downloads of the video or audio.

Wouxun (pronounced Oh-Sheng) is a new HT that is on the market now, a dual band rig with FM broadcast band receive capabilities too. And, the biggest selling feature is ITS PRICE! Online you find the rig for sale for $100 or less, and the programming software is very in-expensive too.


Wouxun KG-UV20           Connection to computer via USB to Serial cable

The radios manual indeed, like many have written, leaves a lot to be desired. However, I found some instructions for programming the radio from the front keyboard, and it makes it simpler if you don't have the software. Be sure to send me an email if you would like a copy. The software though is simple to use too and works very well. The only problem there is that you cannot import an excel spreadsheet into the software........Yet. Now, I just downloaded the "Commander" software, written and free by KC8UNJ (www.kc8unj.com/) and it works extremely well with the Wouxun cable, which is a USB to TTL essentially as the radio uses TTL signals that must be converted into Serial to USB.

stuartl.longlandclan.yi.org/blog/2010/01/04/cloning-the-wouxun-kg-uvd1p/ has much more information on the pinout and characteristics of the cables and signals used.


The Wouxun programming software screen.

Again, the biggest feature for this radio is its selling price. You will have NO trouble finding anything on the radio on the internet. And, this one, I hope will be going to my son Doran, who is in the process of getting ready for his Tech test even as I type. One thing I will say, is that the radio is good and solid, has a great feel, and the supplied antenna works really great. The only negative in my opinion at this point is there is only a 5 and 4 watt output setting, which a lower setting would be a great asset. BUT, Tom, KQ7T, and Wayne, WA2KEC as far as I know were the first ones in our repeater chatting group (449.450, 141.3pl in Denver, JOIN us sometime!) to own these, and have nothing but high praise for the radio, and incidentally its battery life too. So far, I agree. I have really enjoyed using it. It comes with a drop in charger with a real wall outlet 110 volt plug (no wall wart here) and the audio is really great from this radio. I have no trouble hitting the repeaters I want to talk to with it, and I am used to programming it by hand now so I really like the radio. If you need a really inexpensive HT that has a lot of great features to offer, you should check into one of these. WHILE the price is still low, although according to the guys that were selling them at the Dayton Hamvention, this is the price that will remain. Guess we will see.

By the way, how DOES it sound when you pronounce it correctly? Go to this site:
www.wouxun.us/content.php?content_id=1005 and she will tell you how.

The 2011 VHF contest was a lot of fun for me. Last month I featured pictures of my 6 meter beam and Ranger RCI-5054 DX-100 that fulfilled all my wishes for a lot of fun during the contest. I had never operated a contest like that before, and in about 3 or 4 hours total operating time worked 192 different 6 meter ham stations. I haven't counted the total grid squares worked as of this writing, but I did work in Nassau in the Bahamas, and way up into central and eastern Canada too. And the most fun of all was to go away from the rig for awhile, then come back on giving out a CQ Contest, KE0VH, and work 10-20 stations wanting to work me! Kind of know now what being on the receiving end of a pileup feels like. Man, WAS THAT COOL!


CQ CONTEST CQ CONTEST FROM KEØVH

The Latest Project. Can you turn a really great old Cobra 139xlr 40 channel AM/SSB radio into a REALLY useful 10 meter rig? Will answer this in a future article.


The Latest Project...


And, the HAMSHACK of the Month!

Here is Jim, KCØRPS, at the 6 meter station for the Colorado QRP Club Field Day station WØCQC at Golden Gate Canyon this past June 25th. Yes, he and I had a 6 meter QSO both running 5 watts or less!

73' for this month, happy SUMMER!
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 July 2011

For the first time in the twenty something years I have been writing this column....I am not sitting at home in the Hamshack on the desk top PC. Right now I am sitting in my pickup at the Radio Club of Tacoma Field Day site where I will be, off and on, operating 15 meters during this annual Ham Radio event.

It was great to see so many turn out to our last chapter meeting in Bellingham at the Electricity and Radio museum. I suspect that we will be looking for more interesting things to do like this in the future. For those that attended, if you are like me, you got a thrill out of seeing that giant Tesla Coil throw energy around the room.....And,if you are like me (an old timer) you enjoyed looking at things that are older than you!...If did not attend, make it a point to so see this place...very cool.

Are you ready for the FCC deadline and have your new EAS Equipment installed? I know there are those that have been dragging their feet in the belief that the Commish is going to extend the deadline...thus far, no sign of it. There are a couple of other EAS related items in the minds of many...

The FCC has released the, long awaited NPRM that will have the effect of making many changes to the EAS rules we are to obey. If you have not looked at this item...You should. Remember, if you don't make any comments you are telling the FCC that you will be happy with whatever anyone comes up with.....

The other matter is the upcoming National Test. Just the announcement of this event has caused many to look into what the impact will be and already there have been calls to make tweaks to the system before the big day this fall. My take on this is that we should let the chips fall where they may and let the failures take place. It's likely that this is the best way to get the attention of those in government who need to find out.

Your Washington State EAS Committee, the SECC, is going to have it's hands full dealing with all the related issues...and boy...we could really use your help. If you have an interest in helping, please contact me directly. As you know, our state is one of the first to roll out a CAP based system....the good news is that we are ahead of others in many respects. When you get your new CAP EAS box, you will need to contact Don Miller at Washington Emergency Management so he can get your device connected to the Washington State CAP Server. When you are connected and receiving messages your next step will be to contact me so I can update the records.

We will be making changes to many of the monitoring assignments, therefore, I need to know a couple of things - 1) When you are now receiving CAP Message and, 2) What your station is monitoring. Please direct this information directly to me at - k7cr@blarg.netI

I did have a bit of bad news since I wrote my last column. My trusty desk top machine, for reasons that remain unkown, decided to get a corrupted XP dll file thereby telling me it was time to spend some money. A new, much bigger hard drive, more RAM, Win 7 etc. Going to miss XP I'm sure...but time to move on.

Just today I read a piece in the paper about a move to permit power companies to deviate from 60 Hz. Wow! All those devices that are locked to the power line frequency that would suddenly be thrown a curve. Will be interesting to see how many utilities actually agree to do this....Is there nothing sacred anymore?

Are you like me and get frustrated when you hear some technophobe reporter explain something to the masses that you know the laws of physics don't allow? Recently a substation suffered a fire near Redmond causing a pretty good sized power outage and, of course, lots of smoke. On the scene was the reporter to explain to us all what caused it. The story -It was caused by mineral oil used in the transformer. Oh really ??? I supposed, using their logic, the fire could have been caused by any material or substance on the site. I can see it now ....Electrical fire caused by copper wire. Do these news organizations tell the reporters to just make up something based on their belief that the masses will believe anything tossed their way? Then again it would likely violate all kinds of corporate policy to run a technical story by an engineer before airing. In another recent story there was a cellphone tower on fire. I was listening to the radio at the time and was waiting for Mr Technogaff to make comment...

Recent radio ratings came out and the results must have a number of programmers scratching the heads trying to figure out how that little 'peanut whistle' of a radio station could possibly generate bigger numbers than stations operating with thousands more watts. I'm talking about little KMCQ of course. I am reminded of how the radio technophobes will blame engineering rather than content when the 'numbers' are bad....How do you explain that this situation to that radio program director??? Love it !

If you think that we have had a very cool spring and start of summer, you are very correct. Here's a couple of stat's for you - At this writing we have had 296 days with the high temp below 80 degrees, the 5th longest such streak on record. - - The latest date for the first 80 degree day was July 21st back on 1980 - - 1954 set a record that I hope we don't come close to...in that year the temperature only exceed 80 on two days. - - In the last 2 weeks the snow level was below 5000 feet too.

Some states faced with economic troubles are looking at selling their state owned broadcast stations for cash, or having an adjacent state run them. This is the case in New Jersey where they are considering turning over the control of WNJN-TV to New Yorks WNET.

Ever wonder just how much NAB spends on lobbying in WDC? Reports are that they spent almost 4 megabucks doing it...and that was just in the first quarter of 2011

43 State Broadcaster associations are asking the FCC to change the rules regarding public files. They point out that many of these rules are 45 years old and much of their contents are of little interest to the public yet the Public File is an enforcement priority and source of many FCC fines etc,. Seems to me, as one that looked after public files for many years, that much of this type of disclosure could be handled on-line. Why you have to keep on files every comment being made about a station is beyond me. Perhaps It's time that the FCC look at doing here what they have done with so many other rules and bring them into this century.

Meanwhile, WLSW, a small station, got hit with a $15,000 fine because Quarterly Issues was missing in their Pub-File. Tower lights, EAS and Public Files - the three FCC Hot-buttons.

In the nations larger markets, cable subscriptions are down almost 4 percent. Are people loosing interest in the zillions of channels cable offers...or, are they becoming un-wired due to the prices charged? Seems to me that the prices paid for cable continue to increase.

I recently started receiving emails from Inside ERP. Certainly, as a broadcast engineer, those letters mean Effective Radiated Power...In this case it stands for Enterprise Resource Planning. Not sure how I got on their list.

If you are a pirate radio station operator there is one mistake you don't want to make....Interfere with FAA signals at a major airport. In this case, that's exactly what took place in Boston, near Logan Airport. The operator was introduced to federal officials, who had a warrant, and who took away his equipment and will likely further enhance his penalty with economic sanctions. Will they ever learn?

The New York legislature has passed a bill that would go beyond the FCC's wrist slap and fines by adding jail time for those convicted of operating a pirate radio station. Florida and New Jersey have similar laws. Wonder what it would take to get the Washington State legislature interested in doing the same. Perhaps this is something that WSAB is working on? But again, we, thankfully, don't have the same degree of unlicensed operations.

Yes, Florida does have a law dealing with pirate radio operations. The Palm Beach Post reported that Broward County Sheriff recently shut down an unlicensed station and confiscated their equipment.

A bright light at the end of the tunnel for broadcasters is coming into view as the political machines start to gear-up for the next round. In our state we are going to have a new governor that will mean a lot of money flowing to broadcasters, not to mention the spending for other offices. The national picture will also be a great revenue generator.

Things are still looking a bit grim for newspapers as revenue continues to fall. Gannett recently announced that they are laying off 700. The Seattle times is now selling, as an option, their TV program guide clearly as a means to increased revenue.

Entercom's Dwight Small forwarded me a note from Moseley advising everyone that they are about to end their support for the legacy 606 series of radio STL equipment due to many of the parts being no longer available. Their 303 and 505 series have met the same fate. Looks like a lot of Starlinks are going to be ordered. This will end the long run of analog STL systems.

Here's an item from KDKA....According to their story, thousands of people were left without power in Cranberry Township because someone broke into a substation and stole a lot of copper wire. Looks like copper thieves are not content with radio stations and street lights and are now going after where the power comes from.

In Pontiac Michigan copper thieves were blamed for an early morning house explosion...The 4th one reported this year in that area. In this case the culprits were not just taking copper wire, but copper pipes. Apparently the thieves turn the gas meter off, go into, or under, the house, take the pipes then turn the gas valve back on....Wow!

HD Radio took another step forward with the recent decision of COFETEL (Mexican equal of our FCC) to approve the use of the Ibiquity system for that country's Radio stations. This begs the question of what about Canada. When will the FM Stations in Vancouver and Victoria be adding HD to their stations. Gee, they could put French on every station this way!

Speaking of HD, during a break from operating 15 Meters at Field Day I was chatting with a fellow Ham and he told me that he liked a certain type of music. I told him that it was available 24/7 on a local stations HD-2. The next step was a demonstration in the cab of my pickup. One of my demo stations was KIRO-FM. On FM/HD1 was Cisco talking gardening, on HD2 was Viet Nam Rock and on HD3...The Sunday church service from Salt Lake....Who would have thought radio would be 3 channels?

Jon Kasprick recently reported that Green River College station KGRG has added HD Radio. It appears that you can easily count on one hand the number of stations in the Seattle-Tacoma market that are - not - operating HD. Wonder how long Fisher will remain a hold-out at their 101.5?

Received a surprise note from Chris Pannell. You may recall Chris when he was selling for Harris at many of our chapter meetings. He tells me that he purchased a medical sale company and is happy building his business. I remember when our Chapter Meetings were always attended by several vendors...Those were the days.

Our BAS group, under the leadership of Greg Thies of KING-TV had a meeting on June 21 to discuss home and alternate channel allocations. As you know we have been loosing spectrum. I look forward to hearing how it went.

Speaking of shrinking spectrum, Gary Engard, our Program Chair, is working on a Chapter Meeting that will deal with the matter of wireless mics that are being squeezed out of their legacy spectrum....Stay tuned.

Did you see the piece in the paper about power hungry devices in the home? The New Yorks Time writer showed how a typical HD TV set up consumes more power than does the refrigerator. At the Freinwald house we have Cable TV, and I can tell you that that HD Cable box puts out a whole lot of heat. Remember the old days when turning something off meant just that? The average home has a number of devices that are consuming power despite being turned off. The advent of the 'wall-wart' alone has greatly contributed the problem.

The FCC recently came out with a reminder that TV stations are required to make emergency information available to those with hearing and vision disabilities. This means if a station runs an emergency message (EAS and otherwise) the must keep those who are blind or cannot hear in mind and provide that information on their air. The FCC made very clear there are no exceptions. Read that - You will get fined if you don't obey. And if you are a small station...You are not off the hook either.

Well that's it from this end for this month...
Have a wonderful summer - Hope to see you at the Picnic, in the backyard, at KOMO-AM on Vashon on the 23rd.

Clay, CPBE, K7CR, AAWP
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Amateur Radio News

Compiled By Tom Weeden, WJ9H
Thanks to Madison Chapter 24

The National Weather Service has updated its Memorandum of Understanding with the American Radio Relay League. The updated MoU serves "as a framework within which volunteers of the ARRL may coordinate their services, facilities and equipment with the NWS in support of nationwide, state and local early weather warning and emergency communications function." In May, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed on behalf of the ARRL, and in June, NWS Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services' Director Dave Caldwell signed on behalf of the NWS. The ARRL and the NWS have had a formal working arrangement since 1986.

Natural disasters kept hams busy in June. The Wallow Fire, which began in Eastern Arizona on May 29, burned across the state line into New Mexico on June 11. On Sunday, June 12, high winds and low humidity helped the half-million acre fire to easily jump its containment lines. According to Charlie Christmann, K5CEC, New Mexico Amateur Radio operators were near the fire lines, providing updates to the State Emergency Operations Center via the MegaLink repeater system. Elsewhere, residents in Minot, North Dakota, were under orders to evacuate their homes as the Mouse River rose. On June 22, the North Dakota Amateur Radio Emergency Service was activated for support, according to ND Section Manager Lynn Nelson, WØND.

When 23,000 people in Lincoln, Nebraska lost their digital phone service on the morning of June 22, local Amateur Radio operators were called in to help provide local residents with a connection to the 911 dispatchers. Lancaster County [Nebraska] Emergency Manager Doug Ahlberg activated ARES because Time Warner Cable lost a significant portion of its digital phone service, according to ARRL Nebraska Section Manager Art Zygielbaum, K0AIZ. "More than 30 ARES members were deployed along major roads throughout Lincoln and at major intersections to help people who might need emergency services. The outage lasted close to 12 hours." This is the second time in 16 months that radio amateurs have been asked to provide support due to 911 service disruptions in Nebraska. In April 2010, almost 40,000 people-including Lincoln's government, business and emergency centers-found out that they had no landline telephone service, as well as spotty cell phone coverage, thanks to an equipment malfunction at a Lincoln switching facility owned by Windstream Communications.

According to news reports, residents of 12 counties were unable to contact 911 and dispatch centers used local radio amateurs to help provide communications support.

(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

COMCAST SPORTSNET HAS AN OPENING IN PORTLAND
Online here.

THEY WANT TO FOOL WITH THE LINE FREQUENCY
http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110624/ap_on_hi_te/us_sci_power_clocks When I've taken tours of hydroelectric dams, they always said that they don't worry much about frequency, other than being really close before they put a generator on line. The grid tends to force things to be on frequency.

FIELD DAY IS COMING
But, every five years my wife and I go on a trip to celebrate our wedding anniversary. This year we stayed in a BLM campground near Frenchglen, OR and explored SE OR. I had intended to operate mobile using my Yaesu ATAS-100 vertical, but there was no way to get ground on top of a rented SUV, so thanks to my wife's brilliant idea, I bolted the mount to the campsite's BBQ grill. While fending off mosquitoes, I worked a station in IL, two in MN, and one in VT on 20 meters.

LIFE WITH HD RADIO
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.

 

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SBE News

2011 SBE's National Meeting

Columbus, Ohio to Host SBE's National Meeting - The 2011 National Meeting of the Society of Broadcast Engineers will be held on September 27-28 at the Crown Plaza Hotel and the Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The National Meeting is being held in conjunction with the Ohio Association of Broadcasters' Ohio Broadcast Engineering Conference.

The Ohio Broadcast Engineering Conference is an annual event attended by broadcast engineers from across the state of Ohio and neighboring states as well. The Conference is in its ninth year and includes technical papers and an equipment trade show on the 28th.

All National Meeting activities will take place at the Crown Plaza Hotel with the exception of the Annual Membership Meeting at 4 p.m. on the 28th. That will be held at the convention center across the street from the hotel in a room adjacent to where the trade show has just wrapped up. Other events include a Certification Committee meeting and Board of Directors meeting on the 27th and the annual Fellows Breakfast and Awards Reception and Dinner on the 28th.

The dinner program will include the presentation of the SBE Broadcast Engineer of the Year and the SBE Educator of the Year Awards, to be announced later in June. Three members will be recognized with the highest membership rank awarded by the SBE, the SBE Fellow: Chuck Kelly, Halifax, N.S., Chapter 49; Art Lebermann, CPBE, San Francisco, Chapter 40; Barry Thomas, CPBE, CBNT, Chapter 5, Atlanta, Ga.

Chapters and individual members will also be recognized during the dinner for best technical article, best chapter newsletter, website, regional conference, most certified chapter and chapters with the greatest percentage growth and highest average member attendance at chapter meetings.

Tickets for the reception and dinner are just $15 and can be ordered online or by calling the SBE National Office at (317) 846-9000.

A special guest room rate of $99 for single and double occupancy has been arranged for attendees of the SBE National Meeting and OAB Engineering Conference. The rate includes complimentary Internet connection. To make reservations, call (614) 461-4100 and ask for the special OAB rate. The cutoff date for reservations is August 27. After the deadline, rooms are available subject to a space and rate-available basis.

We hope to see many of you in Columbus for this year's SBE National Meeting and the Ohio Broadcast Engineering Conference.

Don Borchert Broadcasters Clinic Fellowship

2011 is the kick-off year for the Don Borchert Broadcasters Clinic Fellowship. The Fellowship presents the opportunity to attend the Clinic to someone who would not have otherwise been able to attend for financial reasons. This program will cover all expenses for the recipient(s) under the financial support of all four Wisconsin SBE Chapters and independent donors. In addition the WBA will provide complimentary Clinic registration. If you or someone you know might benefit from this Fellowship please go to http://www.sbe24.org and click on the "Broadcast Clinic" button. There you will find an application form.

Education by SBE coming your way!

The SBE is raising the bar by providing more and more relevant, affordable education to its members using various instructional methods. Many educational opportunities are coming up in the next few months.  Click on any of the links below for more information.

June 16 - Live Webinar by SBE on Creative Strategies for Translators and Boosters

June 21 - Live Webinar by SBE - the SBE RF Safety Course

July 20 - Live Webinar by SBE on Managing a Project and Outside Contractors for Success

July 23 - New York City Ennes Workshop, presented by SBE and hosted by SBE Chapter 15 and Columbia University

August 2-4 - SBE Leadership Development Course, Atlanta, GA

Kimberly Kissel
Education Director

SBE EAS Alert

National EAS Test Set for November 9 - Rear Admiral James Barnett, Jr., Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, has announced that the National Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test will take place November 9, 2011 at 2pm EST. The announcement was made during a regularly scheduled FCC Meeting.

"With the date of the National EAS Test now set, broadcast stations will now be able to make their plans to participate. SBE will continue to provide information to our members to assist in their preparation," said SBE President, Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT.

Watch the EAS pages on the SBE website for updates to the SBE's FAQ section that reflect this and other EAS announcements.

FEMA Training

SBE 53 Encourages FEMA Training - Chapter 53 in Miami is encouraging it's members to get certified FEMA training through FEMA's EMI program. You might want to know as well. Find out more here.

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

A new version of SBE CertPreview sample certification test software is now availablel. It's an upgraded, downloadable version with more features to help review your areas of knowledge. 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 contain approxomately 100 questions each. You can review and change answers prior to scoring the sample exam, and can revisit the questions within the sample exam after the scoring process. You can also see the results by topical category, which helps you identify strengths and weaknesses.. It provides a list of resources from which to learn more about a subject.

The SBE CertPreview is a preparation for the following exams:
* Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT) - Radio
* Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT) - TV
* Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT)
* Certified Audio Engineer (CEA)
* Certified Video Engineer (CEV)
* Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer (CBRE)
* Certified Broadcast Television Engineer (CBTE)
* Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE)
* Certified Senior Television Engineer (CSTE)
* AM Directional Specialist (AMD)
* 8-VSB Specialist (8-VSB)
* Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist (DRB) (COMING SOON)

Cost for each SBE CERTpreview practice test is $29 for the download version or $33 plus $3 shipping for the CD. To order a copy, visit www.sbe.org/certpreview/index.php.


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
Oct 23, 2011 AES Convention pre or on-site
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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