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SBE Chapter 48 /
SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section

August 2011 Meeting Report

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Random Radio Thoughts

Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD
Crawford Broadcasting Company

It's hard to believe that another Colorado summer is already just about in the books. I trust that each of you completed your outdoor projects while we had the good (and hot!) weather. Now, think snow!

New AM Station
Tim Cutforth got some great news last month. The FCC granted program test authority for KCEG, his new Fountain, Colorado station on 780 kHz.

Tim started on this station many years ago, getting the CP and all the FAA and local/county approvals for the six-tower directional array. Then, as he was preparing to break ground on the tower foundations, the utility locator discovered a cross-country fiber-optic cable (I believe it was AT&Ts) running under the property directly beneath the base of one of the towers. There was not enough real estate to shift the whole array a few feet, so he had no choice but to offset that one tower by a few feet to avoid the cable.

That relocation of one tower started a chain of events that produced delays that would push the completion of construction right up to the CP expiration date. Tim opted to go the moment-method route, but the offset tower was outside the permissible error allowed by the FCC for array geometry, so he had to file a 301 modification of CP application simultaneously with the 302-AM license application. Because the CP had by then expired, Tim was not authorized equipment tests wherein he could fire up the transmitter to make the required reference field intensity measurements, so he had to file the 302-AM without them, requesting authority to bring up a carrier to complete the work. That was all eventually granted, and now at long last he can fire up his new station.

KCEG will operate with 1.9 kW day and 720 watts night, directing its signal north through Fountain to Colorado Springs.

Final RF Link
Along with eliminating the Fairness Doctrine rules from Part 73 of the Code of Federal Regulations last month, the FCC has also proposed elimination of the "Final RF Link" prohibition in Part 101. This prohibition was specifically designed to keep broadcasters from using private fixed microwave links as STLs, forcing them instead to Part 74 frequencies assigned to broadcasters.

While the original purpose of the "Final RF Link" prohibition is somewhat understandable in context of the time in which it was enacted, to say the least the times have changed. We now live in the HD Radio and DTV world, both of which place demands on STL bandwidth that cannot in many cases be met with Part 74 frequencies.

This demand for bandwidth has perhaps hit radio harder than television, since radio has only 950 MHz frequencies available under Part 74 (except for those who have grandfathered 18 GHz frequencies). There simply are not enough frequencies nor enough bandwidth available in the Part 74 950 MHz band to accommodate the bidirectional throughput rates that we need to feed multiple streams of audio for analog, HD and multicast channels plus PSD and auxiliary date, remote control, security, satellite feed backhaul and all that stuff that goes along with radio these days. Long gone are the days of feeding the composite output of the processor to a composite STL and connecting the output of the receiver right to the transmitter's exciter, at least in the major markets.

With the "Final RF Link" prohibition gone, broadcasters will soon have broadband STL/TRL options on 11, 18 and 23 GHz along with other bands. Radios and antennas for these frequencies are available from Trango Systems and Dragonwave (and probably a few others as well).

Are we having fun? We must be, because time is certainly flying. It's hard for me to believe that it's already been two years since I got the FCC grant on my first moment-method AM "proof." That means that the biennial recertification of the sample system is due this month, and those measurements have already been completed for my station. KCKK's biennial recertification was due last month.

If you have news to share with the Rocky Mountain radio engineering community, drop me an email at


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The KEØVH Hamshack

Jack Roland

The KEØVH Hamshack for August 2011

The ARISSat 1 Project was successfully released after an initial balk by the astronauts aboard the ISS.  They initially believed that an antenna was missing.  But later they were instructed to go ahead and release the “bird”.  It is operational and details on how to operate and hear the satellite are at  This is a view from a youtube video of the astronaut getting ready to hand release the satellite.

I am now using a new software package (FREE via the website) that allows me to control my older Yaesu FT757GXII rig.  While Ham Radio Deluxe is the mainstream control program of choice for many these days, I found that my older radio, although it has CAT control capabilities, was not a supported radio for HRD.   Kenny, K4KR and Jim, KCØRPS are using the HRD software to control and use their rigs even from remote locations via Remote Desktop and Skype for audio back and forth from their laptops or out of shack operating.  I have wanted to at least have rig control from the computer, and the DXLABSUITE offers many capabilities too numerous to write about here, so check out the website.  All of the software is free as well, so as we say, the price is right.  And, in keeping with trying to fit a large amount of capability into my ham shack, and wanting to tinker with one link doing several different things, I got the idea to build a box to plug in my USB to TTL cable that I got for my Wouxun HT that I am also using to program my Yaesu VX-6.  Since both HT’s AND the FT757GXII use TTL levels in and out, I thought, there must be a way to adapt the programming cable to work with ALL 3!  Sure enough, another project was born!  So, I decided to create a switch able box that would allow the Wouxun cable to adapt out to either the FT757 or the VX6.  The Wouxon USB to TTL cable terminates in a dual 2.5/3.5 mini stereo plug.  I also found out though before I came to this solution that the Yaesu FT757GXII doesn’t use serial levels as the manual more or less says it does for the CAT interface.  It indeed uses TTL like the HT’s, so when I originally direct connected serial from PC to Radio, it freaked out and had to be reset.  So I thought about the other radios, changed to the USB to TTL cable, did some clip lead experimentation and sure enough, it works!  Very cool, here are some pictures.

The interface switchbox being tested.           The “Commander” software.

My FT757GXII being controlled by the software as seen above.

The software also has many interfaces to DX spots and logging programs, all available thru the DXLab website listed above.  Plus it has great information on how to get it all going, and while I am not familiar with HRD and all it does and the radio’s it interfaces with, the list for this software includes many older CAT equipped radios.  I will be experimenting with more of this software in the upcoming months and will report on that here. 

As I mentioned last month, my APRS in a case project

And, if you love old vintage gear, and really enjoy seeing some classic restored old broadcast gear in particular, check out this video on YouTube:  The first audio console I worked on as a young DJ at WFLI in Chattanooga is the old Mono Gates console you will see in this video, among others.  Makes me proud to own a Sparta AS-30 mixing console as part of my Hamshack, which I use for audio production and to feed the Yaesu FT757GXII for great rag chews and digital modes from the computer on the HF bands.


The KEØVH Hamshack with the AS-30 stereo console, and all the gear!

Ed Delaney, N5FGV, sent me an email stating that it looks as though the old Heathkit company will start making kits again.  You can read all about it at  Maybe they will offer Ham Radio kits again?  Stay tuned!

That’s it for this month!  73’ from the Shack!



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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 September 2011

This month all the news is being made on the other coast.

When I head about the little earthquake on the East Coast I was instantly reminded of many conversations I had with folks while 'back-east' where they would tell me that they just could not live on the West Coast because ' you have earthquakes'. I remember telling them that no-one is really immune from them. This all comes down to the fact that people have a greater fear of something that they have not experienced. As if this were not enough, right on the heals of the quake they experienced a big hurricane the result of which was a massive amount of damage from winds, flooding, power outages etc.

From what I have read, less than a hand-full of broadcast stations were forced off the air, the majority of which did what we broadcasters always do, provided listeners and viewers with the kind of information they so badly needed by dropping their normal programming, and spots to go wall-to-wall with storm coverage. Let's face it, Broadcastings Point-Multi-Point distribution system is very efficient. Let us hope that those in Government that want to take away our spectrum for broadband gizmo's will learn from this experience......Well, we can always hope.

Here's a stroke of good timing.....NAB is working with FEMA and some other entities as they launched campaign for National Preparedness Month. Probably don't have to tell the folks impacted by Irene about the necessity to prepare for emergencies. Events like this should be a call for all of us to double check our preparedness level. Let's face it, we may not get hurricanes... but we certainly can have extended power failures, earthquakes etc. NAB continues to pound away on the idea that all cellphones should have FM radios installed and hopes that these natural disasters will help make their case.

Meanwhile, we have been enjoying wonderful summer weather that has gone a long way toward helping us forget that we were all openly wondering if it were ever going to start. Thankfully, unlike Texas, it's been quite mild with only a few days into the 80's. Looking at the calendar you have to know that it will be over soon. According to those that get paid to make predictions, we are once again looking at a La Nina situation that could/should/might mean a repeat of this past winter with lotsa snow in the mountains and who knows where else.

For some time your local SBE Chapter 16 has hosted a Remailer to enable us to all communicate with each other, not to mention this is our primary method of letting you know about Chapter activities. From time to time one of our members will post something that will greatly increase the level of activity and traffic on the system. John Price and Dwight Small, both Engineers at Entercom recently significantly increase the amount of email traffice with the announcement of the formation of BARCS (Broadcasters Amateur Radio Club of Seattle). Along with the announcement came word that they had applied for and were granted a Club-Call for the new outfit - K7KXA...The last 3 letters having a great deal of significance to local broadcasters. KXA was one of Seattle's early radio stations (Now KTTH on 770). Another announcement was that Dwight had just upgraded his Amateur License to Extra Class.

So what is to become of this new entity? I quote John Price -
"No BARC's rules yet. No website. The club station is in planning stage. Goal is to get on 14MHz first". John explained that much of the inspiration for this effort came from New Orleans where several broadcasters, that were also licensed Amateurs, (Hams) decided to form a group...In the case of NOLA, they got the call letters W5WWL ...WWL is, of course, the historic station in that area. John added -"Thanks to everyone for all the responses to the K7KXA post and the side track threads that grew out of it. Seeing guys like Dick Harris, Schneider and Walt chime in makes it all worthwhile. Will keep you all in the loop as we move forward"

Understand that the amount of activity on this Remailer has been quite light...That's a big 'was'. Seemingly out of the woodwork came people I have not heard from in years...Here's a sample...

Dick Harris, WYVCD, who wrote "Hi guys! Great to know I'm not the only "oldtimer" still around. Retired, yes, but still active at 86" Dick was on radio for years here.

John Schnieder, W9FGH, who operated the RF Specialties branch in Seattle for years and was very active in the Chapter . John wrote "This is great news, congratulations! Why didn't you guys get a ham club together when I was living in Seattle? It would have been fun for me to participate. When you get on the air on 20 meters we can set up a schedule. I am W9FGH and need a reason to get on the air more often".

Others heard from included - Lee Hurley, WA7PBK who is retired in California - - - Nels Harvey, WA9JOB from Wisconsin (I had no idea we were connected that far away) - - - Mike Bach, WB6FFC, who works with Scala near Medford Oregon - - - Al Sarri who said he has been licensed for over 42 years, Walt Jamison, W7PRB (retired from KOMO) - - - Marty Hadfield, WB7FFV - - - Jim Stevens, KL7FIR - - - Jim Dalke, W7PB...., and this is just a sample.

Along the way there have been a few that have asked to be removed from the Remailer either because of the amount of email or because they can't relate to the topic. The solution to the first issue is to subscribe to the system in 'Digest Mode'. This means you will receive the days postings in one email permitting you to review what was discussed and from that determine if you wish to read it....or push the delete key. As for relating to the topic...A number commented that they had always wanted to get a Ham-License but the requirement to send and receive Morse Code was an obstacle. The good news is that the code requirement has been dropped.

I was very pleased with the amount of traffic on our Chapter Remailer...Now I hope that some of you will feel led to come to our Chapter Meetings. And a big thanks to John and Dwight for K7KXA and BARC...You have inspired many.

SBE's National Election Results are in -
· Ralph Hogan is the new President.
· VP - Joe Snelson
· Secretary - James Leifer
· Treasurer - Jerry Massey

Each of these follows terms is one year.
Elected to the Board of Directors, and serving a 2 year term are -
· Ray Benedict
· Paul Burnham
· Mark Heller
· Charles 'Ched' Keiler
· David Priester
· Gary Stigall
These newly elected members of the BOD will join the other 6 to form the 12 man group. Vinny Lopez, the immediate past president will also serve another year.

One news Item recently was likely received well by broadcasters...The announcement that the, so called, Fairness Doctrine is gone for good. The courts struck down the regulation back in 1987. In a recent clean-up of obsolete media rules, some 83 of them were wiped off the books including some left over items from the F.D.

This item caught my attention recently. Someone was trying to describe how drivers in various parts of the country act. When it came to Seattle, the writer put it this way -
"One hand on latte, one knee on wheel, cradling cell phone, foot on brake, mind on game" .....Maybe.

One by one automakers are adding HD Radio to their model lines. Toyota finally announced they will join the club with their new Camry. This will be part of a larger project to add a number of features to the audio systems in their newly designed 2012 models. Automakers are doing all they can to install all the electronic-entertainment gizmo's they can to their dashboards. Not that long ago that Radios were optional.

If you are a member of SMPTE....You are aware of their 2011 Technical Conference and Exhibition. Oct 24-27 in Hollywood, Ca.

This past month saw a man climb up a tower in Tulsa, Ok and refuse to come down. Finally, after several days, he was talked into climbing into a bucket and lowered to the ground. Can you imagine what would happen if this was on one of the big TV towers in Seattle? Time to have security check?

The FCC reported some good news recently that Radio and TV Complaints were down. Normally the majority of these are related to programming, but this is good news.

Broadcasters have been victims of copper and metal theft for some time. Recently I reported on how local electrical utilities have ramped up their theft prevention efforts. From time to time you hear about someone stealing wire from street lights. A couple of years ago someone was so bold as to steal wiring for lighting along SR16 near Gig Harbor. Now comes the story that Copper Thieves have struck along i-95 in Florida. In this case it was not just a few feet of wire, but over 30 miles worth. They are talking about 175,000 feet of copper wire! Yikes !. According to the story they are trying to set up a system whereby the thieves would be caught as they try to sell the wire. My question is - Can't they do more to prevent the theft in the first place? How is it that 175,000 feet of wire can be removed and with it turning off a whole bunch of street lights and no one notices?? Can an alarm system be that difficult?

Sorry to report the passing of Peter Dahl. If you worked around transmitters you probably knew his name as a maker of fine transformers.

Another passing is William Moulic. Mr Moulic owned Sono-Mag which developed a number of pieces of broadcast radio equipment, perhaps the most famous was the Carousel that was used in countless radio automation systems, some 10,000 were sold.

Local TV Station, KFFV, has new owners. They contacted me the other day saying they were looking for an Engineer. I asked for something in writing and posted the info on the Chapter Remailer (see it's not all talk about Ham Radio). The stations transmitter was recently re-located from West Tiger to the Richland tower on Capital Hill.

You have, no doubt, heard of 802.11 the protocol for the distribution of data that's used widely. The IEEE, on August 1st announced a new standard - 802.22. The main use will be for WRAN's or Wireless Regional Area Networks. Now where do you think they came up with spectrum for this ?? ....Whitespace turf in the VHF and UHF TV Bands, of course.. These new systems may cover an area as large as 12,000 square miles or a 60 mile radius. This is similar to the area served by an FM Station at West Tiger Mt. Data rates of 22 Mb/second are in the works.

The FCC did something this past month that I thought I'd never see.....They released new rules for Part 101, Fixed Microwave Services. The headliner in this change was the elimination of the rule that prohibited Part 101 frequencies from being used as the final link in an STL system. This rule was a huge obstacle for many a station and engineer. To get around the rule required a waiver that, at times, was very difficult to get. Hats off to the FCC for this one!

The big TV stations have all made the transition to Digital, but not the little ones. Now the FCC made it clear....There will be no delay in the digital deadline for lower powered TV stations. For a number of reasons, many are predicting that a number of these facilities will go dark.

After 9/11 the TV stations that were at 'World Trade' began transmitting from the Empire State Building. Now that a new building is under construction, and already about 80 some stories high. The owners of the, soon to be 1776 foot sky-scraper are trying to get the stations to move away from Empire. Will be interesting to see what happens.

I recently reported that, once again, there were complaints that the RFR levels at L.A's Mt Wilson were too high. So who they turn to? Why our very own Hatfield and Dawson. They came, they measured and they found the RF Levels to be compliant with FCC Rules. Perhaps you guessed that this would be the case.

Cord cutting continues to make the news. The term refers to those that elect to discontinue purchasing TV from Pay-TV suppliers. Reasons cited include - Economic where some have 'cut the cord' to save money, while others are now obtaining content in other ways. Who knows, perhaps have discovered that you don't have to pay for TV and have installed that new device called an antenna?

According to recent radio ratings, KISW is the top station in this market. KOMO remains the only AM station on the top-10.

Well, my friends, that's about it from this end for this month. Quick, go find some sunshine and soak it up....You know what is coming....Fall, Holloween, Winter, Christmas. Wow, where did this year go.

Hope to see you at the next SBE Chapter Meeting.


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FCC News

7 and 13 GHz Band Operations

FCC Decision To Allow Fixed Service Operators In 7 and 13 GHz Bands May Degrade Mobile ENG Reliability

The FCC released on August 9, 2011 a Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Memorandum Opinion and Order regarding WT Docket 10-153. This was also an item on the agenda of the FCC open meeting on August 9. The document on the FCC website states, "The steps we take will remove regulatory barriers that today limit the use of spectrum for wireless backhaul and other point-to-point and point-to-multipoint communications. We also make additional spectrum available for wireless backhaul - as much as 650 megahertz - especially in rural areas, where wireless backhaul is the only practical middle mile solution. By enabling more flexible and cost-effective microwave services, ... deployment of fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband infrastructure across America."

The FCC decision to permit fixed service (FS) operators to occupy the 6875-7125 MHz and 12700-13100 MHz bands currently used for Fixed and Mobile Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) and Cable TV Relay Service (CARS) in rural areas where those bands are not currently licensed to TV mobile pickup stations was no surprise to the SBE. It was a decision that the FCC had already made more than a year ago. The SBE board was well-aware that the FCC prejudged this matter. Even so, in SBE's three written submissions to the FCC in this docket and in an extensive in-person meeting with numerous technical staff members of the FCC last fall, the SBE explained the technical reasons why this was an unworkable proposal for broadcasters. While the decision, as expected, provides difficult challenges for mobile ENG at news or sporting events that occur in areas outside the normal market areas for TV pickup stations, the decision was not as bad as it could have been.

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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.

Frequency Coordination Meeting

Frequency Coordinators To Gather At 2011 SBE National Meeting-
SBE Frequency Coordination Chairman Joe Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB, will lead a meeting of local frequency coordinators during the upcoming SBE National Meeting. The meeting will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 at The Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Snelson, along with SBE General Counsel Chris Imlay, will bring frequency coordinators up to date on current coordination issues.

All frequency coordinators are invited to attend. We particularly hope that those from Ohio and surrounding areas will plan to attend the OAB Engineering Conference, trade show and SBE National Meeting.

On-Line Calendars

SBE Offers Each Chapter Its Own On-line Calendar
A number of chapters have started to take advantage of the new Chapter Calendar feature on the SBE national website. This feature was part of the rollout of the new SBE national website last January.

The on-line Chapter Calendar is intended to help prospective members, vendors, the media and others, learn the details of your chapter's upcoming meetings. We have created a blank 2011 calendar that resides on the SBE national website for each chapter.

The chapter chairman, or someone you appoint from your chapter such as the secretary, webmaster or program chair, can regularly access and update your chapter's calendar. There is a link to detailed instructions below. Don't worry how long they look. It's really quite easy to do. If you did not retain your unique login and password we sent last winter, chapter chairmen may contact Scott Jones at (317) 846-9000 or email to obtain the information.

Instructions on how to update online chapter calendars are available on the SBE website. A 10 minute PowerPoint tutorial is also available. The tutorial is posted on the Chapter Administration page of the SBE National website. If you appoint someone to handle the calendar responsibility, please let them know about this free webinar.

We hope your chapter will fully utilize this new calendar tool, which will help inform prospective members, potential speakers, the media and others about your chapter and its events.

SBE RF Safety Course

SBE RF Safety Course Webinar October 18
The SBE is presenting the next RF Safety Course on Tuesday, October 18 from 2:30 to 5:45 p.m. EDT. The course is designed for broadcast station personnel, including chief and assistant chief engineers, transmitter site engineers, ENG and SNG maintenance personnel and management that need an understanding of RF safety issues and regulations. Instructing the course is noted RF safety expert, Richard Strickland of RF Safety Solutions.

The SBE RF Safety Course provides an overview of RF radiation issues and practices for broadcasters, including biological effects of RF radiation, FCC and OSHA regulations, workplace hazards, remote operations, unique issues at AM stations, RF hazard protection equipment and signs.

The completion of this webinar qualifies for one credit, identified under Category I of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications.

Cost for SBE Members is $85. Cost for non-Members is $125. This cost is up to three times less than other RF Safety courses.

Log-in ports for this webinar are limited. SBE chapters and broadcast stations are encouraged to secure a site where several participants may view the webinar. There is no fee to host a site; just the individual registration fee. When a log-in port has been reserved by a chapter or company, the location will be posted under 'Confirmed Viewing Locations' and individuals may register using our online system and a credit card to attend at that location.

Individuals can register on the SBE website. If you have questions regarding this course, contact Kimberly Kissel via email or by phone at (317) 846-9000.


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 or, or contact the SBE National Office for a copy. When you've completed the form, e-mail, fax or mail it to Megan Clappe, Certification Director at the SBE National Office, who will prepare your transcript and send it to Excelsior College.

Megan Clappe

Certification Director Society of Broadcast Engineers
9102 N. Meridian Street, Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN 46260

SBE Updates CertPreview Software - Now Available

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

Certification Exam Session Dates:

Certification exam session dates for 2011 are listed below.  Check the list for the exam period that is best for you.  For more information about SBE Certification, contact Chapter Certification Chair Rick Ryan at 414-223-2600 ext. 5730 or, or contact Megan Clappe, Certification Director at the SBE National Office at (317) 846-9000 or

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


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