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SBE Chapter 48 / SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section

July 2008 Meeting Report

17th Annual Lookout Mountain
SBE 48 & Rocky Mountain SMPTE Luncheon

Date:           Friday, July 18, 2008
Location:     Lookout Mountain Park
Time:           11:30AM to 1PM

This year's annual picnic was once again a great success. We had a huge turnout and everyone had a great time. This traditional event was true to form and lived up to it's reputation as the networking event of the year. Even better, lunch followed by a fascinating tour of Lake Cedar Group's new transmission facility.

We had an even bigger-than-usual turnout

A fine barbeque spread was served up by Bennetts once again

With all the sponsors this year, there were so many prizes everyone got one

Everyone seemed to be having a great time

The new Supertower facility was truly impressive

And even more impressive up close and personal

If you'd like to see more pictures of the picnic event and lots more of the Lake Cedar facility, please visit this link - be sure to let me know if you want to add any of your own.

Thanks to our unprecedented long list of generous sponsors: 5280 Broadcast, Azcar, Belden, Broadcaster's General Store, Burst Communications, Gepco, Graham Studios, Harris Broadcast, Isilon Systems, Larcan, Leader Instruments, Omneon, Pro-Bel, Quantel,
Rocky Mountain PBS, Rohde & Schwartz, Sony Broadcast, SpectraLogic, and Sundance!

I'd like to add my personal thanks to Jim Schoedler and Brad Torr as well as all our managers for all the work they put into these events.

Report and photos by Tom Goldberg


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Random Radio Thoughts

Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD
Crawford Broadcasting Company

Wasting Time and Money
If it’s not one thing, it’s another. I’ve found myself grumbling that sentiment quite often of late as I have spent inordinate amounts of time dealing with “stuff” that has nothing to do with radio engineering. A few months ago, I dealt with the copper theft issue we were experiencing in Alabama and elsewhere. I wasted a lot of time dealing with that, and my company spent a lot of money both repairing the damage and armoring our sites against future copper theft. Having talked with Bill Harris and others about this, I know that many of you have been doing the same thing. 

This time, it’s graffiti at the KLZ transmitter site. We have a barn at the KLZ site that was very likely used to store implements and other site maintenance equipment back in the 1960s. We use it for the same purpose, storing our tractor, brush hog, riding mower, lawnmower, snow blower and all that within its metal walls (and Tim Cutforth keeps some of his stuff in there, too).

Probably seven or eight years ago, the barn got “tagged” by local hoodlum “graffiti artists.” We called the Adams County Sheriff’s Office to report the incident, and they came out and took a report. They also came back a few days later with a “chain gang” of juvenile offenders that painted over the graffiti. As I recall, this happened a couple of times as part of a program that the county had instituted to get graffiti cleaned up without cost to the property owner. It was a good solution – that is, until some group made enough noise about “cruel and unusual punishment,” youth work laws, etc. to derail the program.

With our only option to paint over the graffiti ourselves, we started just letting it go. Very soon, every inch of the barn that wasn’t protected by a fence – three sides and the roof – was covered with the stuff. It wasn’t worth messing with.

And then we got a letter back in late May from Adams County Code Enforcement. The letter informed me that the graffiti was in violation of Section 4-02-02 of the Adams County Development Standards and Regulations. It gave us ten days to get rid of the graffiti or be subject to a $100 fine, ten days in the county jail or both for each day of the violation (that last part was underlined).

The whole thing seemed simple enough, but knowing what I do about the area and the history we have with the local hoodlums, there were several problems with simply painting over the graffiti. First, we’re talking about a lot of prep, primer and paint to cover up three sides and the entire roof of the barn. The low bid was over $3,000! Second, my prediction was that if we spent the $3k and painted the barn, before the job would even be complete, we’d have an overnight visit by the criminals responsible for “tagging” it in the first place and receive a fresh batch on the clean canvass we would be providing them.

The long-term solution, then, would be to keep the future inmates from getting to the barn in the first place, so we priced out a barbed wire topped fence to fully enclose the structure. That came in at over $5,000, so we’re looking at $8k+ to take care of the problem and bring it into compliance.

But here’s the thing that just galls me. KLZ is twice a victim in this. First, we were victimized by the criminal mischief of the graffiti, wherein our real property was defaced. That was bad enough, but we had over the years achieved a certain equilibrium. Then along came the county to victimize us again! With the threat of fine and imprisonment, the county compelled us to spend thousands of dollars!

Had we not invested in the fence, I could very easily see a never-ending cycle: defacement by the criminal element, inspection and enforcement by the county, repainting, defacement, enforcement, repainting… It’s nuts! And where is county law enforcement in all this? It’s nearly impossible to get them to even make a report let alone try and catch those responsible. Makes me wonder if the whole thing isn’t just a racket.

Whatever the case, we are the losers here. Nothing happens to the criminals responsible for the crime. They aren’t punished. We – the victim – are. There’s just something wrong with that. So much for liberty and justice for all.

So, as I wrap up this rant (which I apologize for… I’m usually not given to such lengthy tirades), I just received a new photo from Ed Dulaney. Now the KLZ transmitter building is being tagged. Like I said, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. And it’s a complete waste of time and money, both of which are in short supply around here.

E-H Antenna Update
Last month, I mentioned that we were building a scale cylindrical E-H antenna for concept testing. You might recall that the loop-type E-H antenna made a better dummy load than antenna when we tried it on Tim Cutforth’s antenna range northeast of Pueblo.

By way of update, I got the antenna built, but I haven’t had much luck tuning it. At present, I have the R at 50 ohms and the X at -100. It would seem like a simple thing to install a series +j100 coil to wash out the reactance, but not so! Somehow, the “source” coil (the sole purpose of which is to wash out the reactance) is interacting with the “tuning” coil, transforming the impedance to some wild value. I’m confident that I will eventually get it to 50 j0, feed it with 100 watts and use the FIM-41 to measure the radiation, but I’ve been a little short on time lately… too busy painting barns

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The KE0VH Hamshack

Jack Roland
Entercom Denver

On Sunday July 20th, my friend Jim, KCØRPS and myself were fortunate enough to have a beautiful day in which to hike up 14060 feet on Mount Bierstadt.  After meeting around 6am, Jim and I drove to Georgetown up I-70, and then drove through the sleeping town up the road to Guanella pass.  We arrived at the Mount Bierstadt trailhead at 7:30am, got out our packs, made sure we had our supplies all together (including sunscreen), our HT's, my Arrow dualband handheld beam, and hit the trail.  After the first mile or so through the valley which includes walking through fairly dense willow bushes (the trail was great though and even includes well maintained wooden boardwalks through the really wet parts) you descend about 200 feet before beginning the real hike up.  As you clear the willow bushes and begin the hike up the grassy part of the first ridge, you start to see other peaks off to the west, and have a great view of the summit of Bierstadt and the Sawtooth almost the whole hike anyway.  The ascent then becomes pretty steep.  I was surprised that this seemed a lot steeper than the hike up Grays Peak last year.  After topping the first ridge we sat down on a couple of rocks for a breather and talked with some other hikers on their way up as well.  Lots of people were making the trek up the ridge at that point, and looking back over the valley of the willows we had just crossed.  

We could see many more people starting to make their way up the mountain. The hike up the ridge, while steep, wasn't too bad until we came to the part where the tundra growth stopped and the rocky part of the ridge began.  But now, when we hit this part we could already see figures on the summit, but they sure did look small!  We could see more above us on the "summit ridge", and noticed this time right below the real summit was a smaller lower area that also could fool you to thinking it may the top.

The way to the top is also marked by several “cairns” (stacks of rocks to mark the trail in the winter with a lot of snowfall.) that were plainly visible from a distance to mark the way.  Hiking up the rocky part was sometimes easy like stepping stones but other times you had to scramble a bit to get to the place you were headed.  But, by 10:30 we were on the summit with about 20 or so other people, most sitting down to get a bite to eat.  Jim and I immediately broke out the VX-6 and Arrow antenna.  While I was assembling the antenna, Jim made a couple of contacts on his HT with a larger whip.  Then, we put the Arrow and VX-6 on the air, but were wondering why the first two stations contacted sounded really distorted and weak.  Turns out, I looked down and for some reason we were transmitting in AM on 2 meters.  How did that happen?  Well, instead of wasting time figuring why, we just changed the mode to proper FM and started making contacts on the Colorado Connection repeater we could hit.  (  We were on the 145.31 frequency that covers Denver, and if you are not familiar with the Connection, many repeaters across the state are connected together and it makes a great statewide network to keep in touch.  The problem can be though that you are tying up a lot of repeaters.  So, we moved over to see if we could hit the WA2YZT repeater system back in Denver.  Now, Mount Evans is literally right between Mount Bierstadt and Lookout Mountain near Golden where the WA2ZYT repeater system lives.  I could not hit it on the UHF frequency, but on the 2 meter side, (again with the Arrow 3 element beam) it was solid copy, almost full signal strength.  Now, I was getting this pointing the beam slightly SE.  And since the repeater was located WNE of my position, I assume I was getting a really good bounce off one of the mountains I could see in the SE direction, who knows, since I could see the backside of Conifer mountain from there, maybe that was my bounce point! 

Here we are on the summit with Grays and Torreys in the background.

We worked about 20 stations total on both the above mentioned machines, and mostly though direct on 146.52 simplex on 2 meters.  We spent an hour and a half on the summit then, after eating a little lunch, headed down the “hill” and while it took 3 hours to get up, it only took 2 going back.  I couldn’t believe this, but several people were on their way up even at that late hour.  The weather was really nice though, with no impending storms in the area.  And, Jim and I are sending out this QSL card to those stations we worked.
And yes, those are pictures of us operating from the top.  The Arrow beam is lightweight and easy to assemble, and disassembles just as easily.  The picture of Jim in the QSL by the way is looking at Mount Evans, which has a road to drive up and the final hike to the summit is easily made.  The picture above and on the QSL of Mount Bierstadt is taken from the parking area, easily reached via the Guanella pass road out of Georgetown, Colorado.   Now, if you are interested and read this before August 10th, Jim and I are planning as of this writing to be on Mount Lincoln, another of the 52 14er’s in Colorado for the ham radio Colorado 14ner event.  This is where amateurs climb up different 14000 foot plus peaks and activate them for amateur radio on VHF and UHF frequencies.  The primary goal is to work as many of the peaks possible, and others off wherever.  I worked several peaks from my home in Wheat Ridge last year, and it is always fun!  The website to check for this event is Jim and I will be operating on 2 meters, and probably 220 mhz and 6 meters.  I have a small QRP powered 6 meter SSB rig that I hope to operate along with me.  I should be able to report on that day in the  September newsletter.  If you would like to check out a 14er hike someday, they also have a great website with trip reports, all kind of pictures, and a lot more at  A great map of the 14ers is on this page too, and as you mouse over the mountains shown on the map it will give you the names of the particular mountain in question. I modified this one to show 3 14ners I will have climbed by the end of August.

Also, for all SBE members in the Denver area, the September chapter meeting will be at the Entercom Studios in the Tech Center.  More information is forth coming on that, so be sure to check back to the main website here: .

An announcement from Paul, WA2YZT about the repeater system here in Denver, is that during the Democratic National Convention to be held in Denver, the ARES District 0 will be conducting nets on any and all WA2YZT repeaters as needed from August 18th through August 31st. 

Also, the SBE IRLP ham net will not be operating during the month of August, as I am taking the month off from those duties, the next net will run September 6th.  All of the details as always are at  I certainly hope to hear from all of you who are also ham operators.



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Have you hugged your Beam Transformer Lately?

(The rebuilding of a T/R set diode stack)
By Duane M. Evarts, CBT

In June of 2006, KWHD TV-53’s Harris 1200UX transmitter experienced a “major-malfunction”. After some preliminary tests, Chief Engineer Ron Vincent determined that one of our two beam transformers had died.

The three-phase 460-500 volt AC input, to 24-27 kilovolt DC output transformer was manufactured by NWL in 1990 specifically for Harris. NWL was founded in the 1930's by John Nothelfer as a transformer repair shop named Nothelfer Winding Laboratories, hence NWL. For more information visit:

Ron thought this would be another one of those “great opportunities” for me to learn the “shocking truth” about high-voltage capacitors; the purpose and typical lifespan of bleeder resistors and the proper use of the “Jesus Stick.” I simply had no idea just how “educational” this “opportunity” would be for me.

Ed: This submission was too long for our newsletter, but to read the whole story, please download this pdf.


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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

A great time was had by all on Vashon Island as, this year, Chapter 16, moved its annual picnic to the Vashon including a tour of the 5 transmitter sites housing 7 of this areas AM radio stations.   A whole bunch of broadcast history over there.  Thanks go out to the engineers for those stations for taking the time to open the doors on often unseen facilities.   We ended up in the KIRO backyard for a great picnic and good conversation.  Speaking as only one, I would like to see us make the KIRO backyard our picnic location for next year, perhaps with some games etc.

The big news in Radio these days is the debate over increasing the power levels for FM- HD-Radio.   Presently FM HD operates with powers 20 db below their FM counterparts.  Some are suggesting that this power should be increased by 10 db to help the new mode overcome coverage issues.   NPR Lab’s just completed a study stating that a 10 db increase would likely cause significant interference.   I guess the goal now is to find out how much of an HD power increase is possible without causing significant problems.  In the mean time, many stations, with good reason, are taking a wait and see attitude before making any transmitter purchases.   This has caused the sale of HD equipment to slow down dramatically.   IMHO, we will see some sort of an increase, but will likely have to wait for some time to find out what that magic number is.

Could we find that Radio broadcasters are looking toward leasing their digital channels to others?   This idea seems to make sense to me.   HD-R has the capacity to deliver a very high quality platform for program providers, something the old SCA channels could not do very well.  

After all the huffing and puffing by NAB and others,  the FCC has finally given the green-light to the XM – Sirius merger…with conditions.  The scrapping is not completely over yet as there are conditions on the deal and there remain those that are not very happy about the matter. One of the conditions sought was to make a requirements that HD Radios be included in new equipment…..they lost.   One good part of all of this was this agreement was the fact that XM and Sirius will be paying some $20 Million for their un-authorized use of terrestrial relay stations.     The deal creates a company with some 18 Million subscribers.  Wow, I recall when this all started many broadcasters were predicting only a fraction of this number.

Have you been up to Cougar Mt lately?  If it’s been some time, you are in for a surprise as the old familiar dirt 173rd is completely remodeled up to the Ratelco North Lot entrance.

The FCC has taken action against an unlicensed station in Largo, Florida to the tune of 18 Grand.   What’s interesting about this case is the party, named John Doe, is accused of operating a station on the International Distress, Safety and Calling Channel and transmitting false signals of distress.

The FCC also recently took action in a matter involving a station that reportedly accidently aired EAS tones but no message and EOM data bursts.   This little ooops will cost the station 5 Grand.   This should serve as a warning that the FCC does not take kindly to stations that don’t have means to insure that EAS is not accidently set off.  In another action, the FCC is taking action in the case of a California station that failed to monitor the LP1.  The Commish has asked Frank Rodriquez to contribute $10,000 for operating an un-licensed station on 90.5 in a suburb of NYC.

Our own Ben Dawson will be joined by Ron Rackley and Jerry Westberg in an NAB AM Antenna Computer Modeling Seminar on November 20th and 21st.

Where do we go from here with what’s call NextGen EAS?   A number of organizations, including SBE, NAB, NASBA and others have formed an organization called the CAP Advisory Council to monitor this activity.   The basis of this is the SBE CAP ‘Roadmap’ that can be found on the SBE website –

Looking for something to do in September?   The NAB Radio show will be Sept 17-19 in Austin, Texas this year.

KPLU has recently increased power from 58 to 68 Kw.  I’ve not heard what those extra watts are doing for the station in terms of coverage.  Other stations at the same site are in the process of doing the same thing.

KMIH, Mercer Island, has been turned down in their attempt to change to a higher class.l Objecting were KPLU and KNHC.

Over the objections of many, they are stacking steel for the new KRKO facility in Everett.  Andy Skotdal, owner of the station, was at the SBE gathering on Vashon recently.  I told him he should write a book about his adventures in overcoming objections to a new tower site….He said that he already has 2 chapters completed.  This will be a must-read.

As we all know, the economy is suffering, big time.   When we have these down-turns, advertising is early to take the hits.  Recently Ford announced that they are cutting their advertising budget by 2/3.   In early July I was traveling through Utah and saw miles of rail cars used to transport vehicles…all parked waiting for a better day.  The impact on our business is, in many cases, is becoming severe. 

In an apparent suicide, it was reported that someone climbed a tower on West
Tiger Mt and jump to their death.   A reminder to make sure that your fences are secure and your tower has anti-climb protection on its ladders etc.

The whole matter of what is indecent has been put back in limbo with the action of a court of appeals who tossed out the FCC’s $550,000 file against CBS for the, now famous, wardrobe malfunction.   Looks like this is an issue that the Supreme Court will have to handle…In the mean time……..Who knows.

The latest Radio Ratings are out for Seattle-Tacoma – From this we learn that KUBE is back on top…followed by KMPS, KOMO and KIRO.

Another great has passed, this time it’s Carl G. Eilers who is given credit as being the father of FM Stereo.  Carl was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame back in 2000 joining names like Marconi, De Forest and Hertz.  Carl was 83.

Back in June a capital group, FrontFour,  offered to purchase Fisher Communications for what was reported to be a 35 to 40 percent premium based on the price, at the time, of Fisher stock.   Have to wonder if this issue has died or is just simmering? 

On the news today…we are under 100 days until the next presidential election.  I guess I have mixed emotions about this….On one hand, I am happy to see the political money flow into our business, on the other hand…sure will be glad when it’s over.  

Time to leave you with some things to ponder –

> What if there were no hypothetical questions?
> If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?
> Is there another word for ‘synonym’ ?
> Where to forest rangers go to get away from it all?
> What do you do when you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?
> Would a fly without wings be called a walk?
> If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?
> How do they get deer to cross to the road only at those yellow signs?
> What was the best thing before sliced bread?
> If you ate both pasta and antipasto would you still be hungry?
> If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
> Why is there an expiration date on sour cream?

That’s it for this month – Enjoy Summer, our shortest season.

Clay, CPBE, K7CR et al


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The YXZ Report

by Kent Randles K7YXZ CBRE
Senior Engineer Entercom-Portland
Co-Chair, Portland/Vancouver ECC
Chapter 124 Secretary
water-cooled at sbe124 dot org

There are now 12 FM HD signals (nine with HD2) and four AM HD signals on the air in the Portland market. Go here for a complete list.

Last month, thirteen broadcast groups petitioned the FCC to raise the FM HD Radio power by as much as 10 dB, raising the ratio from 100:1 to 10:1.  The presenter at our last meeting, Tim Bealor of Broadcast Electronics, outlined the problems stations will face, including transmitters that can't yet put out more digital power, combiners that will need to be up-sized, isolation between the analog & digital, and potential interference in crowded radio markets.    

Spanish-formatted 1040 KXPD, Tigard got their HD going after months of adjusting their ATU and filter for the Oaks Park tower they share with 1410 KBNP, Portland.  It sounds really good. 

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Compiled By Tom Weeden, WJ9H
Thanks to Madison Chapter 24

Hands-free in effect in Calif.
A new California hands-free cellular telephone law went into effect July 1. It, like many others around the country, prohibits using mobile telephones while driving, unless a hands-free device is utilized. The American Radio Relay League has received numerous questions about its application to the use of mobile Amateur Radio stations by licensed amateurs. The law states in part:
"23123. (a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving."

ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, advises that "The definition of prohibited behavior in California’s recent statute does not include a prohibition of operating a mobile, licensed Amateur Radio station while driving, because Amateur Radio transceivers are not telephones. While ARRL cannot guarantee that this statute will not be interpreted by law enforcement officers or the courts of California more broadly than that, it is our view that a fair reading of the statute excludes mobile operation of Amateur Radio equipment by licensed radio amateurs.
As Imlay notes, the language of the statute does not appear to include amateur mobile operation. Unfortunately, you could have to go through the inconvenience of appearing in court to contest a citation.

Hams solve mystery in Penn.
When residents of a Philadelphia suburb complained to an area television station about how their remote car door entry devices wouldn’t work in the parking lot of a local department store, an investigative reporter for NBC-10 (WCAU) called everyone she could to help her discover why. No one knew anything — until she called on some local ham radio operators.

"Many people lock and unlock a car by remote and don’t even give it a second thought unless it doesn’t work," said NBC10 reporter Lu Ann Cahn.

"The mystery problem repeatedly occurs outside the Kohl’s store in Royersford. When I went into Kohl’s [to ask about this], they told me they had no idea [about this]."

Shoppers theorized that it was the local power plant causing the interference, but Cahn said that officials at the plant said it wasn’t them. Others thought that cellular telephone towers might be the culprit, but there are no cell towers in the area. "Police tell us that they can’t figure it out either," Cahn said.

So after calling numerous places to help her out with this mystery, Cahn happened upon Reggie Leister, N3KAS, and Bob Rex, K3DBD, of the Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club. And as hams do, they were quick to volunteer to help out.

Leister and Rex accompanied Cahn to the parking lot in question. Rex built an antenna out of aluminum tubing and hooked it up to a spectrum analyzer.

"Somewhere in the vicinity of this parking lot," Leister said, "there is a big source of radiation, some sort of signal." When Leister aimed the antenna in the direction of the Kohl’s store, he hit pay dirt. "There are actually two signals there. It looks like [they’re] coming from the building," Rex said when he read the analyzer.

Leister and Rex moved in closer to the building and pinpointed that one signal was coming from one set of doors, while the other signal emitted from another set of doors. Rex, an engineer, said that the thing that bothers him about this is that the signals "are running constantly." When Cahn approached Kohl’s management with their findings, she was told that "they will look into it."
Three days after Leister and Rex located the source of the interference, remote car door lockers worked again. "Kohl’s will only say that they’re working on it," Cahn said. "The FCC says it does sound like something malfunctioned and they have had reports of similar incidents in New York City and Tampa, Florida."

Cahn was quick to give on-air credit to the local hams who stepped up to the plate and helped crack this mystery: "We here at NBC10 were so curious as to why these remote car locks would just stop working, so we thought we should really try to solve this mystery. I have to give kudos to Reggie Leister and Bob Rex with the Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club. They were so great and so excited. You don’t know how many people we called — police, Triple A, car dealerships — we called so many people trying to figure this out and nobody knew anything until we talked to these ham radio operators. They were so wonderful and they knew all about radio signals. They created their own gadgets to help us figure this out. We really want to thank them for their help with this."

Excerpts from the American Radio Relay League’s Web site,

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Avoiding Fires

Chairman’s Chat
By Robin Cross
Thanks to Chapter 59 – Kansas

My operating method is to work to prevent fires at the stations I have worked for. This is difficult to describe without a graphic.  Imagine a square grid that is 10 × 10, with 10 being the highest. Label one side Important (10). Label the opposite side Unimportant (1). Label one side on the other axis Pressing (10), and conversely label the opposite side Not Pressing (1). (See page 2.) Everything (project, action, equipment, etc.) falls on this grid. A fire is important (10) and pressing (10).  Some fires are unpreventable. Most fires are preventable.

If you assign every item a place on this grid it is much easier to allot money, time or manpower to items. It would seem that drawing diagrams for your station would tend to fall in the area of not pressing and important. This is the quadrant that will prevent the most fires. Testing a generator is also in this area.

I was just e-mailing a fellow chief engineer about the process I set up for maintaining a generator. It was cycled every week for an hour. It was checked by maintenance every month. The maintenance contract required the oil to be changed at a specified number of run hours, which was usually once a year. I also had the main studio and transmitter breakers opened once every year. This tested the transfer switch and the generator, but it also provided a shakedown on equipment that would not stand the transfer.  If you lose equipment at transfer, replace it with something else (another brand). When a piece of equipment fails I don’t want it to fail during another power failure.

What else falls into the not pressing and important quadrant?  How about installing an ac surge suppressor or line filter at the studio and transmitter? The list can go on. If it falls in this area, it will become a fire at some point.  Preparing your taxes for the IRS is not a fire until April 14.  I don’t like fires. They require immediate and all-consuming attention. Do you want to be a fireman?


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SBE News

2008 Broadcasters Clinic

From Leonard Charles
Programming Committee

The program schedule has been set for the 2008 Broadcasters Clinic. This year the SBE National will be holding their annual Fall meetings in Madison in conjunction with the clinic. Save the dates October 14, 15, and 16 and check out the program at this web address:

Chapter 24 To Co-Host SBE National Conventions

By Dennis Baldridge
Chapter 24 Chair

The hosts for the 2008 SBE National Meeting are SBE Chapter 24 of Madison and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA). The event will take place at the Madison Marriott West Hotel, located in Middleton on Madison’s west side, October 14-16.

The SBE National Meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual Broadcasters Clinic, a three-day event that features broadcast technical presentations for radio and television engineers and a broadcast equipment expo.

This year’s Broadcasters Clinic is dedicated to Don Borchert. Don is an exemplary member of SBE Chapter 24 and a faithful and enthusiastic supporter of the annual Broadcast Clinic.

Excelsior College announces Certification Courses

by Rebecca Troeger
Excelsior College

Excelsior College, in partnership with the Society of Broadcast Engineers, offers college credit to enrolled students for the completion of select SBE certifications. Apply up to 11 credits earned through SBE certifications plus any credit earned from other approved sources toward any of Excelsior College's more than 40 degree and certificate programs. Of particular interest to SBE members are the Associate Degree in Electronics Technology, Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology, and Associate or Bachelor's Degree in Technology with a specialty in Electronics/Instrumentation Technologies.

Complete your degree requirements with Excelsior's flexible learning options including online and CD-ROM courses. You can maximize your SBE Certifications with Excelsior College. The following SBE certifications have been evaluated toward Excelsior College credit:
Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer
Certified Broadcast Television Engineer
Certified Senior Broadcast Radio Engineer
Certified Senior Broadcast Television Engineer
Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer

For more information check out SBE's partnership page on Excelsior College's website at

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 CertPreview Software

SBE CertPreview sample certification test software is now available. It’s Microsoft Windows-based and replaces the previous DOS-based software. New sample tests are available for Broadcast Technologist, Audio Engineer, Video Engineer, Broadcast Networking Technologist, Broadcast Engineer and Senior Broadcast Engineer in both radio and television. Sample tests include 50 to 100 questions and indicate when an incorrect answer has been given. It provides a list of resources from which to learn more about a subject. Cost for each SBE CERTpreview practice test is $27 plus $3 shipping. Contact the National Office to order a copy.

Certification Exam Session Dates:

The SBE National Certification Committee certification exam session dates for 2008 are listed below. Check the list below for the exam period that is best for you. For more information about SBE Certification, see your Chapter Certification Chair or contact Megan Clappe, Certification Director at the SBE National Office at (317) 846-9000, or

Exam Dates Location Application Deadline
Aug 8-18, 2008 Local Chapters Jun 6, 2008
Nov 7-17, 2008 Local Chapters Sep 19, 2008

Fees for 2008 are as Follows:

Certification Level Member Non-Member
Broadcast Technologist $40 $103
Broadcast Networking Technologist $55 $118
Broadcast Engineer $55 $118
Audio/Video Engineer $55 $118
Senior Broadcast Engineer $80 $143
Professional Broadcast Engineer $105 $168
Specialist Certification    
AM Directional Specialist $50 $113
8VSB Specialist $50 $113
Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist $50 $113

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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