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SBE Chapter 48 / SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section

The webmaster apologizes for the late posting of the September newsletter as I was out of the country working IBC... sorry folks!

August 2007 Meeting Report

No meeting was held in August due to late summer doldrums. Look for a good meeting in September and followup reports.

Date Selected for Annual Holiday Luncheon

Date: Friday, December 7th, 2007
Location: Park Hill Golf Club
Time: 11:30 to 1:00

Our annual holiday luncheon is now planned and will appear in the home page meeting notice as details are finalized. Make note now of this fun event on your calendar.


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Random Radio Thoughts

Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD
Crawford Broadcasting Company

At long last, on August 15, the new terrestrial digital rules were published in the Federal Register. This starts the official clocks ticking on when these new rules go into effect. I say “clocks” (plural) because some parts of the new rules require Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act. Only those portions that require the filing of some form or paperwork are subject to OMB review. My interpretation of this is that it will affect the portions that have to do with FCC notification of digital operation. OMB review will take another 60 to 120 days, so if you have an STA or experimental authority related to digital broadcasting that would need to be renewed before the year’s end and you were thinking that the new rules would do away with the need for such renewal, you may be out of luck this time around. My advice to you would be to consult with your communications counsel. Personally, I can’t imagine that the FCC would hammer someone for operating their HD multicast with an expired experimental authority after September 14. That would be really “feather-legged.”

I’m sure many Front Range radio engineers have been reading the trade press coverage of AM HD-R nighttime for the past few months. There are generally two camps: the proponents (led by WOR’s Tom Ray) and the naysayers (led by Canadian engineer Barry McLarnon). A third camp that hasn’t received too much coverage is the “wait and see” group. You could probably label this group as “cautious optimists.” I tend to be more in this last group than the first. I’m definitely not part of McLarnon’s “the sky is falling” group.

The naysayers evidently believe that on September 14, the date that the new terrestrial rules go into effect, the AM nighttime band will end in a mushroom cloud of interference. I saw one prediction that the night limit for WJR in Detroit will rise to something like14 mV/m as the result of WBBM’s digital carriers. I ran the numbers myself and came up with 2.5 mV (email me if you want to see my math on this).

No doubt about it, there is going to be added interference. It’s inevitable. If stations radiate more energy, there will be more interference. You can’t get away from that physical law. The question, then, is, “How much and where?”

I think most of the interference will be outside the present interference-free contour. One case that has been cited in the trade press and on the message boards is that of WYSL in Avon, NY. WYSL operates with 500W night on 1040 kHz. A good bit of its night revenue undoubtedly comes from nearby Rochester. The owner of that station is worried that first-adjacent WBZ in Boston will wipe out his night coverage with its night HD signal. I did the math on this using worst-case values and I came up with a night limit from the WBZ HD carriers of about 2.5 mV/m. The limit produced by WBZ alone is about 6.25 mV/m. So the addition of the WBZ HD carriers raises the contribution of WBZ to 6.73 mV/m, a 7% increase. But the real story is that this small increase is lost in the interference from the primary contributor, co-channel WHO in Des Moines. That station produces a 50% RSS night limit of 13.87 mV/m. I just don’t see how the 7% increase from WBZ is going to make a whit of difference with all the hash coming from WHO!

Some folks urged the FCC to take a phased or stepped approach to AM nighttime digital implementation. Their reasoning was to give the FCC and stations a chance to assess the impact of the interference caused by nighttime HD Radio before allowing everyone to run with it. I don’t necessarily disagree with this reasoning, and I don’t think the FCC’s full authorization will deprive us of this opportunity. Here’s why:

There are presently 227 AM stations operating in the digital mode. That’s not a big number. Within Crawford Broadcasting Company, we have 15 AM stations. Looking at our facilities, out of those I have only six that are ready to go (or soon will be) with nighttime HD signals. The others will all require some additional investment and work, either because the nighttime transmitter has not yet been converted, the night antenna needs work or both. So 40% will presumably be on the air with digital signals at night in the next couple of months. Assuming that the facilities in my company are fairly representative of the entire industry’s stable of AMs, we can apply that percentage to the number of operating AM digital stations. Using that reasoning, you can look for about 91 stations to go on the air with nighttime digital signals in the short term. That’s less than 1% of the total number of AM stations.

That low number will give us the chance to evaluate the interference caused by AM digital nighttime signals on a case-by-case basis. It does not represent the “apocalypse” as some claim.

Certainly there are some out there that have held off converting their AMs to digital pending resolution of the nighttime issue, and a few of those may well now make that move. But I think that many more will take the more reasoned “wait and see” approach before they sink $30,000 or more into a digital conversion. And quite a few of the 227 may take the same approach. Also keep in mind that some of the 227 are daytime only, which may further reduce the number in the initial nighttime group.

The next few months will be interesting, and we should learn a lot during that time. We should look at this as a grand experiment and take advantage of the opportunity to gather data. Based on what we learn, we as an industry will have to decide the viability of AM nighttime HD Radio.

But we have no reason to think the apocalypse is coming on September 14.
If you have news to share with the Rocky Mountain radio engineering community, drop me an email at


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Compiled By Tom Weeden, WJ9H
From Chapter 24 - Madison

On July 31, the American Radio Relay League filed its reply brief at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. This brief follows the FCC’s brief that attempted to rebut the ARRL’s challenge to the FCC’s Broadband over Power Line (BPL) rules enacted in late 2004 and affirmed by the agency in 2006. According to ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, "The FCC’s brief does not accurately describe ARRL’s arguments concerning harmful interference." The ARRL, in its reply brief, accuses the FCC of, "engaging in misdirection – rebutting hyperbolic arguments ARRL never made, refusing to address the precedents ARRL cited and attempting to rewrite the Orders as if they made factual rather than legal determinations."

The ARRL’s reply brief looked at four main points:
• The FCC’s failure to reconcile the Orders with the FCC’s decades-old interpretation of Section 301.
• The FCC’s failure to justify its nondisclosures of portions of the studies on which the Orders were expressly based.
• The FCC’s failure to justify its refusal to consider contrary evidence, as well as a proposed alternative to its extrapolation factor for measuring interference.
• The FCC’s failure to justify its summary dismissal of an alternative that could have accommodated BPL without causing the same harmful interference.

The ARRL’s brief states that this case "is about an unlicensed operator’s legal duty to cease harmful interference once it arises, not the standard for authorizing unlicensed transmissions."

For decades, the FCC has interpreted Section 301 to mandate two restrictions on unlicensed operators: The proposed operations will not have a significant potential for causing harmful interference, and; if harmful interference does occur, the unlicensed operations are to cease immediately. For the first time ever, the FCC excluded mobile operators from the second part of the mandate.

ARRL asked the Court in its brief "to enforce the FCC’s ‘duty to consider responsible alternatives to its chosen policy and to give a reasoned explanation for its rejection of such alternatives.’" Pointing out the "multiple legal errors in the Orders," the ARRL stated in the brief that the FCC "require[d] a remand.

When the Court remands the Orders, it should direct the FCC to give this alternative the careful consideration required by law."

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


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The KE0VH Hamshack.doc

Jack Roland
Entercom Denver

One of the things that I have wanted to do since moving to Colorado and becoming aware of them was to climb a 14er. The term “fourteener” refers to Colorados mountain peaks that are over 14,000 feet in height above sea level. This is something that many people do each summer here in Colorado. Some of the peaks you can even drive up to the top and hike the last 130 feet or so, as in the case of Mount Evans just west of Denver, and of course we are all probably familiar with Pikes Peak west of Colorado Springs.

Now, I have driven with 3 of my sons to the top of Mt. Evans, but I have always wanted to hike some of the other peaks and while I was at it, operate some sort of Amateur Radio. So, this past July 19th, I finally had that opportunity. My father in law, Bill, who was visiting from Indiana, and has been a runner for many years (his resting heart rate is an incredible 55 or less) was interested, and I asked my sons Levi and William (William is KCØYPJ) to come along, and we invited their cousin Michael too. So early on that morning, we left Denver and arrived at the trailhead, up a 3.8 mile bone jarring dirt road ride in our minivan off the “Bakerville” exit on I-70 just west of Georgetown. Now, “Bakerville” may have been a location at one time, but is now simply an exit.. We started out the hike about 8:30am, going across the bridge that marks the beginning of the 3.75 or so miles to the summit. The hike through the bush area along a well kept trail took a little getting used to due to the altitude. We were all feeling it except Bill, who set a pace and continued on, totally non-stop to the top. Myself, Michael, Levi and William did stop to rest occasionally, drinking water to stay hydrated, and the higher we got the more beautiful the surrounding scenery became. The “mountains majesty” in the song was very apparent, the snowfields still there were amazing, and the alpine flowers and tundra were simply breathtaking. As we came to the place called “Rock Tower”, after traversing the back side of a ridge facing Grays twin peak Torreys, we stopped and could see all the way back down to the treeline area where the beginning of the trail was. And, as we continued on the way to the top, I talked with my daughter Emily, also a ham, KCØYYG on the Colorado Connection repeater which I could hit then before we got to the summit.

By this time, myself, William, and Michael could see Bill and Levi sitting on the summit! In just a little while and a couple of switchbacks later, we all stood on the summit at 14,270 Feet!

What a great feeling of accomplishment, and after we took some pictures, I settled down for a few minutes of working some hams on the Colorado Connection repeater. Of course Emily KCØYYG, and also KCØKBP, KCØRPS, KCØQPJ, NØNKG, and KEØMT, and I also worked Cris, W5WCA on the WA2YZT repeater, which I wasn’t hitting great on the rubber duck. I also was able to talk to my wife third party via Emily. I had brought along my Arrow 2m/440 beam antenna, but with the approaching thunderstorms didn’t take the time to assemble it and work any simplex as a lot of amateurs like to do that.

We thought, after about only 10 or 15 minutes we better start heading down. On the way down too William had a QSO (chat) with Emily back home. It took us a little longer coming down, but as we did the views were absolutely incredible. And I got to work a little ham radio on the side. And speaking of which, I created a special “QSL” or confirmation of contact card to mail out to those I worked from the top. In August of each year too, there is a special “14’ner” ham radio event where hams operate from as many of the peaks as possible. They hike up, and then set up radios and antenna’s, or just the rubber duck off an HT, and away they go. From my home on the NW side of Denver, I worked several of them during this years event.

For more information on that you can go to

73’ until next month de KE0VH!


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FCC Issues White Spaces Study

By Tom Smith
From Madison SBE Chap. 24

The FCC has issued two reports on equipment tests concerning interference from proposed devices to allow broadband Internet transmissions in the so called white spaces in the TV band. One of the reports was on tests to measure interference from the broadband devices into TV’s connected to cable systems. The second was on tests of two prototype devices on their ability to detect off-the-air DTV signals and wireless mike transmissions.

In the test for interference to reception to cable TV reception, the report stated that the sets received interference for the test generator at both 2 and 10-meter distances. This interference varied depending on the orientation of the set in relation to the test generators antenna. The tests were very real world and were conducted in a single-family home and a townhouse with gypsum firewalls between the set and the generator. They used three different sets and a cable box to receive the cable signal. The generator emitted a 5 MHz wide ODFM carrier similar to that of a WIMAX transmitter. They also conducted a test outdoors with no structure between the set and the generator.

The second report was on the test of the two prototype WIMAX transmitters and receiving devices. These tests were to test sensing systems to be used to detect over-the-air NTSC and DTV signals and wireless mike operation. Neither prototype was able to reliably detect transmissions from TV stations, even when there was a nearby set receiving the station reliably. Neither device meets the minimum threshold level that the FCC has specified even though one box was somewhat better than the other. In detection of wireless mikes, one device was unable to detect wireless mikes and the second device, while able to detect wireless mikes, it was not able to do so reliably. Both devices were examples of something in early development and rather crude. Considering the resources of the companies interested in getting the devices to market and the pressure they have been exerting to get the TV white spaces open, they do not seem to be very far along in their research and development. The writers of the report stated that there should not be any further consideration and testing of these devices for the time being.

With the earlier FCC report concerning interference susceptibility to DTV sets not showing great improvement over NTSC sets, it would seem that the move to open the TV white spaces to unlicensed devices should be slowed down or put on hold. We should know by the end of October, as that is when the FCC had proposed to issue the rules on unlicensed devices. The FCC is asking for comments on these reports by August 15, with replies by August 27. —Links to the reports are available on the FCC’s home page.

From FCC Releases (


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FCC Seeks More Information on Ownership Rules

by Tom Smith
Chapter 24

In the last month, the FCC has announced a number of actions concerning the broadcast ownership rules. On July19, the FCC announced that it would hold the sixth on a series of hearings on broadcast ownership rules and localism in broadcast program in Chicago on September 20. The FCC has not given the time and location of the hearing or the agenda and the speaker’s list. The commission usually doesn’t announce the final plans until a few days before the event. The FCC had planned on six of these hearings, so this should be the last one until the next required review of the ownership rules.

On July 31, the FCC announced that it would seek comment on 10 studies on ownership and localism in broadcasting. The titles of the studies are:
1. How People Get News and Information
2. Ownership Structure and Robustness of Media
3. Television Station OwnershipStructure and Quantity and Quality of TV Programming
4. News Operations
5. Station Ownership and Programming in Radio
6. The Effects of Cross-Ownership on Local Content and Political Slant of Local Television News
7. Minority and Female Ownership in Media Enterprises
8. The Impact of the FCC’s TV Duopoly Rule Relaxation on Minority and Women Owned Broadcast Stations 1999-2006
9. Vertical Integration and the Market for Broadcast and Cable Television Programming
10. Review of the Radio Industry, 2007

Comments are due on October 1 with replies due on October 16. Democratic FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathon Adelstein issued statements objecting to the length of the comment period. They stated the more time should be allowed for those wishing to comment to prepare their comments due to the volume of the studies.

In one final action concerning ownership rules, the Commission issued a Second Further Notice of Rulemaking at the request of the Diversity and Competition Supporters (MMTC), which filed a motion of withdrawal of an earlier Further Notice of Proposed rulemaking and for a revised issuance of the Notice of Rulemaking. The FCC did not rescind the earlier notice, but will seek comments on 13 proposals that the group has filed with the FCC. MMTC consists of 18 groups that represent minority media and policy organizations. These groups represent Latinos, Native Americans, African-Americans and women. The comment period is the same as that for comments on the 10 studies.

Further information can be obtained from links to the various notices and studies on the home page of the FCC’s Web site.

From FCC Releases (


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Clay’s Corner for September 2007

Featuring News, Rumors and Views
From Usually Reliable and Irrefutable Sources

By Clay Freinwald
SBE Seattle Chapter 16

Hard to believe that I am sitting in front of this computer writing this column for the September issue – where has this year gone?

Some interesting items in my life of late –

First of all I received a call the other day from Paul McLane, editor of Radio World Magazine. He started off the call by saying congratulations – I immediately said (being suspicious) ‘for what?’…he went on to explain that I was receiving an award from their magazine. In reading their press release I am happy to know that one of the reasons I was selected was for my work with EAS. Considering that this is my volunteer work, and the pay is terrible, It’s nice to have recognition. It’s my understanding that I will receive a plaque, possibly at the SBE Annual Meeting in Pittsburg on Oct 11th.

As you know, from reading this column, and a recent presentation I did at the Chapter meeting, big changes are coming to EAS. The SBE EAS Committee I chair has been busy working on this project. The Committee recently posted on the SBE Web-Site – - A summary of the FCC Report and Order as well as a list of FAQ’s. I highly recommend that you go there and check it out. As a vehicle to exchange information about EAS, the Society has a Remailer dedicated to EAS. We call it the SBE-EAS Exchange. You are more than welcome to participate. Information on how to subscribe is also on the SBE Web-Site.

In doing research on the changes in EAS that will be impacting us all I spoke with folks at the FCC as well as DHS/FEMA. My quest for information turned into a job. SBE will be working with NASBA and NAB representing our industry and meeting with DHS, NWS and others, in mid October in WDC, to determine requirements and assign working groups to look at issues that need to be addressed to implement the transition from the EAS we know today to the new CAP based EAS. The thought of chairing this meeting is a bit daunting.

The changes to EAS will have an impact here as well as it will require re-writing many of our EAS Plans, both at the state and local levels. The question I get asked the most often is – will this mean that stations will have to purchase new EAS Equipment. At this point I can’t say for sure, but the odds are yes. I would hope that more SBE members would volunteer to get involved with EAS for there is going to be much to be done. The next State EAS Meeting will be on Sept 12th, come join us in person at Camp Murray or via the conference bridge. Instructions are always on the Washington State EAS Remailer. Kudos to Phil Johnson the Central Puget (LECC) EAS Chairman for holding interesting and topical meetings for the local EAS group. One problem however, lack of Broadcaster participation. The new rules are going to require Broadcasters to carry certain messages that now are voluntary. It seems to me to be a no-brainer that increased broadcaster participation in EAS is going to become very much in our best interest.. I don’t mean just Engineers….I’m talking program and news directors and management. For more details, drop Phil or I a note or give me a call

The latest radio-ratings are out – Couple of observations –

KMPS just barely squeaked out a first place. KCMS continues to climb, now #2. This must be the highest they’ve ever been for the Christian station. Proving that this format is indeed viable. KOMO continues to benefit from the Mariners MoJo. None of the traditional talk stations, conservative or liberal, appear to be doing all that well. Will be interesting to see how the changes Bonneville has made to KIRO and KBSG play out.

The winner for the Latino listener appears to be going to KDDS edging out KKMO that was not on the list.

Hats off to the FCC for their recent study of whether or not to let unlicensed devices operate in what’s called ‘white-spaces’ without causing QRM to DTV viewers. We all held our breath, and….Surprise ! – The technical side prevailed.
Marty Hadfield and Entercom are heading in different directions. Marty has been VP of Engineering for the company for a number of years. Marty has formed the Hadfield Group and is turning his attention to other clients. Meanwhile, Entercom is reportedly looking for his replacement.

Where are all the RF guys going to come from? I’m not the only one that is nearing retirement time. In the next few years a number of local Radio and TV RF guys are going to be joining the rocking chair crowd. Granted the old NTSC rigs will all be gone in TV and but, as anyone knows, there is plenty to go wrong still. Seems to me we have a couple of choices here – 1) New folks getting into the biz are mainly in I.T. Perhaps it’s time to start cross training these folks? 2) Turn the RF plants over to contractors that specialize in the ‘heavy-hardware’. 3) Start recruiting. One of the biggest problems is the fact that many in management fail to understand the necessity of keeping the RF plan running and what’s involved in doing so. My crystal ball is telling me that there are going to be some rude awakenings in the future.

Did you follow that copter crash recently in Phoenix? A tragic situation, to say the least. Is it just me, but would it not make sense to have these stations get together and agree to work cooperatively? What I have in mind is rather than having 3 stations, each with choppers covering the same chase….Rotate the duty. It would work this way. The first news story of the day would mean that station A would send their copter out to cover the story and they would feed B and C. The next event, could happen at the same time, station B would go out and feed A and C and so on. Not only would this reduce the amount of air-traffic in a given area, but would have the benefit to all co-op stations of being able to get chopper video from 3 different events at the same time. Probably too logical.

SBE recently filed a request with the Feds to standardize the NAD’s, if adopted coordinates would all be based on the same parameters ending the confusing process of changing coordinates to fit the other guys system. Long long overdue.

It seems that I all to frequently write about the passing of a friend and engineer. In this case it’s to note someone that most of you don’t know, but a few in this area learned to know and appreciate. Jim Kemman passed on July 25th at the age of 70. I first got to know Jim in his role as an engineer with ERI back in about 1986 as we were planning for the areas first FM station combiner for the then new transmitter site at W.Tiger. Jim came out and made a presentation. I recall asking him how their proposed antenna would work in heavy icing conditions that West Tiger was famous for. He said that he did not know, but would find out. A few months later my phone rang…it was Jim reporting that the antenna would be just fine. The weather at the ERI plant had turned cold and a prototype bay was setting outside with a sprinkler spraying water on it and it was a block of ice and the network analyzer was displaying a happy Smith display. ERI won the contract to build the antenna and Jim watched that combiner grow from 4 to 10 stations over the years. My last chat with Jim was about 3 years ago when we were working together figuring out how to back-feed the array for HD Radio. Jim was a true gentle man with a wry wit and a razor sharp mind, I was proud to call him a friend. To this day you will find Jim’s name on the computer that monitors the FM combiner at that site as we have a parameter measured in Kemmans. We miss you gentle Jim, you left your mark in the Seattle area on that little mountain East of Issaquah and many of us that have worked up there have many fond memories.

I spoze you have heard, the FAA has a new reporting number for tower light issues etc. Its 1-877-487-6867. While you are at it, it’s a good time to change all those signs, notes and rolodex cards.

Could the FCC permit AM’s to use FM translators? Sounds strange, but it’s being seriously considered. Not going to happen in Western Washington as the FM band is crammed.

And from the - just what we needed department – A South Korean study suggest that children who live near AM transmitter sites have an increased risk of getting leukemia. Like most studies, they concluded that more research is needed.

Let me leave you with this one – How can you tell if a person is – really – a psychologist? ………… He’s the fellow that watches everyone else when a beautiful girl walks into a room.

Have a great, what’s left of, pretty cool and wet summer – The ‘wet’ is surely on its way.

Clay, CPBE, K7CR


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Web Site of the Month

What is CAP? For those wanting more info on the Common Alerting Protocol to be used with the new EAS system, the most reliable and authoritative site, is It is run by "The Father of CAP", Art Botterell, and he calls it the CAP Cookbook. You can even get CAP caps, and other CAP-wear there!

(thanks Gary Timm) (Thanks SBE Chapter 80)


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SBE Certification News

SBE to Offer New Specialist Certification

Following recent changes in the FCC rules recognizing the viability of digital radio and the official endorsement of multicasting, the National Certification Committee of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) is proud to announce its next specialist certification, Digital Radio Broadcast (DRB). This specialist certification will qualify an individual's knowledge of digital radio broadcasting including audio processing, studio-to-transmitter links and transmission of multi-channel digital program streams. The official roll-out of this specialist certification will be during the SBE National Meeting, held in conjunction with SBE Chapter 20’s, Pittsburgh Regional Convention, October 10-11, 2007, in Monroeville, PA.

SBE President, Chriss Scherer, CPBE CBNT remarked that, “while broadcast and media engineering continues to evolve to cover a broad range of technologies, certain aspects of broadcast engineering have a specific and specialized knowledge base. This is why the Specialist Certifications were developed.”

The specialist will include knowledge of importers, exporters, the various methods of combining analog and digital transmitters to antenna systems, delivery of digital audio signals and data to transmitter sites, transmitter emission mask measurements, AM and FM FCC rules, monitoring of digital signals and bandwidth requirements for AM antenna systems.

Digital audio broadcasting (DAB) enhances a broadcast licensee’s ability to not only better serve the public, but to provide means of additional revenue in this highly competitive industry. Station owners will rely on the knowledge and expertise of station technicians and engineers to implement this service for their companies. With this specialist certification, the engineer or technician carries the credentials needed for successful installation of digital radio transmission systems. The specialist certification will focus on the current in-band, on-channel transmission system being deployed in the U.S., and will be called the SBE Digital Radio Broadcasting Specialist.

By becoming a certified specialist, a radio broadcast engineer can assure his or her manager that he or she is up to date on the latest technology. Digital audio broadcasting is different than traditional analog services. An individual's ability to certify his or her knowledge of the entire system rather than just a single part will bring confidence to both the individual and station management.

To apply for the SBE Digital Radio Broadcast specialist certification, applicants must currently hold SBE certification at the Broadcast Engineer, Senior Broadcast Engineer, or Professional Broadcast Engineer certification level. The exam will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions and one essay question. Following the roll-out of the specialist certification, the SBE will release an update to its CertPreview software of practice tests. To obtain an application for the Digital Radio Broadcast specialist certification, go to on the SBE website or contact the SBE National Office.

College Credit for Your SBE Certification:

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 2007 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 10-20, 2007
(reminder only)
Local Chapters

June 8, 2007
(deadline past)

Nov 9-19, 2007 Local Chapters September 21, 2007

Fees 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

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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