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SBE Chapter 48 / SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section

September 2010 Meeting Report:

DirecTV Castle Rock Tour


Thursday, September 16, 2010 


6:15 PM Refreshments, 6:45PM Meeting and Tour 


DIRECTV Castle Rock Broadcast Center (see directions below) 


Tour and Explanation of CRBC Network Operations Center 


Mr. John Stuart, Vice President, DIRECTV Regional Channel Operations 

This month's meeting consisted of a tour of DirecTV's Castle Rock facility, built in the mid-1990's as DIRECTV's first operations and uplink site. The Castle Rock Broadcast Center has evolved into the network control point for all local-into-local satellite programming provide by the company. The CRBC monitors approximately 2,000 channels, partnering with a nationwide network of uplink centers to ensure DIRECTV's programming is always on air.

This meeting was especially valuable to TV station engineers whose signal is carried to a large number of home viewers via DIRECTV satellite. Kirk Beery conducted the tour.

Jim Schoedler, SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section Chairman
Scott Barella, SBE Chapter 48 Chairman


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Random Radio Thoughts

Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD
Crawford Broadcasting Company

The Big Facility Move
Those of you who noticed this column absent in July and August probably figured out why - I was in the middle of The Big Facility Move. This was my first in 23 years and it was all-consuming. I wouldn't want to make a living at it.

The thing that was different about this particular move was that the studio cabinets and equipment were all too new (and expensive!) to replace; it all had to be moved to the new facility. The trouble was, we had to do our best to keep four radio stations on the air while we were moving them! This was something like trying to keep a patient alive during a brain transplant!

About the best way I could think of to pull this off was to pre-wire the new facility to the degree possible, making at least part of the move "plug and play." Of course we couldn't really do that in the studios themselves since the cabinets would remain at the old location until the move, but we could pre-make all the cables and have them ready to install. That we did, and it really saved a lot of time during the actual move, allowing us to do things right even under the time pressure presented by the move.

Amanda and I also prewired the engineering room - all the racks, blocks, etc. On moving day (moving night, actually) we were able to relocate all the equipment from the engineering room including servers, audio servers, switchers, Intraplex units, satellite switching equipment and the like and simply plug it in.

Nothing is really that simple, however, and we did run into all kinds of issues, but not with the pre-wiring. We had equipment that didn't work, microwave link trouble, T1 trouble, transmitter trouble, stuff missing... you know the drill. But we worked through it. We kept three of the four stations on the air through most of the move (except for a few hours in that first overnight and some hit-and-miss outages here and there from T1 trouble). The fourth station had a mysterious and vexing Intraplex problem that several of us looked at but none could diagnose. We finally cleared it but never did figure out what the problem was.

My heartfelt thanks to the great engineering crew I had to help with this project: Stephen Poole (CBC-Birmingham), Art Reis (CBC-Chicago), Jack Roland (Salem - Colorado Springs), Cliff Mikkelson (Salem - Denver), Derek Jackson (contract engineer), Robert Payne (contract engineer), Barry Walters (Wilkes - Denver), Amanda Alexander (CBC - Denver) and Keith Peterson (CBC - Denver). What a great bunch of folks! They worked hard and got the job done.

The new facility is really nice, and the new location is great - great neighborhood and location, modern, plenty of parking, elevators that travel twelve floors in the time it took the elevators at the old place to travel four. If you get a chance, come see us. We're on the twelfth floor of Pavilion Tower Two at 2821 S. Parker Road.

Amanda continues to work through minor issues and we still have some things left to do, like installing Sonex panels here and there to dampen out echoes, but everything is working and looking good.

Next month I'll tell you about our telco and microwave adventures.

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 September 2010

I had the fortunate pleasure this past month of getting to get in touch with a couple of guys who I shared my first days in radio with, as a part time 16 year old DJ at WFLI in Chattanooga Tennessee.

WFLI Studios

Some of the airstaff, man that 70's look!

I have a couple of air checks of the guys I worked with (none of me from that era though, must say I am kinda glad, but not really of course). David Carroll, who I worked with at WFLI then later at WSKZ-Fm has been a TV personality now at WRCB-TV for many years, and is in the process of getting a book together about Chattanooga's broadcasting history.

The WFLI "Light in the Sky"

I also got in touch amazingly with the guy I first learned about being a DJ with, Mike "Machine Gun" Green, after just randomly looking for information on the internet about WFLI, and coming across a site that had an air check of him from those days. WFLI is a 50kw Daytime 2500 watt nighttime station on 1070 khz, and was back in the 70's a dominant mid south AM top 40 station.

Another interesting bit of information about the station, and I am trying to get pictures, is of the old 50 kw transmitter which is still there. Totally home made essentially, cooled by distilled water, and now used in a backup capacity.

The WFLI control room in 1977, note the 5 spotcaster cart machines, And the Gates console!

A piece of my very start in radio history. I have really enjoyed being back in touch with some of these folks, and being a part of the history of a very fun and at one time prominent radio station.

And while looking up old nostalgic radio stuff about WFLI, I ran into this website which is very interesting too, a rundown of a visit to Chattanooga's broadcasting sites: The folks who wrote that also visited the WSM Nashville Tower and transmitter

This was sent to me by Bob Heil of Heilsound:
Here is a fascinating article about Bob Gonsett and his father Faust Gonsett that help to create the excitement on the VHF amateur airwaves. Many of us learned so much from those early days of VHF experimenting and operating with those loveable little 'Goonie Boxes' Read on - another great career all founded upon amateur radio.

And yes, DTV is even reaching into Amateur Radio. I haven't had the chance to check all this out, but Ed, WA6RZW, has a webpage with information on the new mode on the bands. The project to be the first amateur digital TV station in Denver goes on. I have finally got the basic web pages created to document the project. There remain a lot of gaps and undocumented areas. As the project progresses I will update the web pages, so check back regularly. If you have questions, comments, suggestions, or want to tell me to forget it, just send an email. Web site address:

It is our intention to have the SBE IRLP Hamnet back on the air in September. We have had troubles as reported here before with our WA2YZT repeater system and IRLP access. I will be emailing out information on that as it becomes available.

Have a great month!


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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


Big news for me this month is the fact that I am now the Chapter Chairman of SBE-16. All I can remember is that it was in the 70's the last time I was Chairman. I do remember the Vice Chair was Bill Pickering. A lot can fade in 30 years. If anyone can dig up what year that was, I'd appreciate it.

For those of us that go up into the mountains to work on broadcast 'stuff'... The words of Ted Buehner, NWS's WCM, are constantly being replayed in my mind. At the last SECC Meeting he told us about how La Nina' is in full swing with winter temperature projections heading downward. Translation - It's likely we are going to have a return to a snowy winter.

I have been really enjoying my new work with WSU's Northwest Public Radio. As they predicted, lots of travel involved visiting most of their sites in Western Washington. Two locations have consumed a lot of this time. The installation of a new station, KSWS, at Crego Hill Southwest of Chehalis, as well as KVTI in Lakewood. Coming up will be a project installing a new transmitter at Johnson Butte in Tri-Cities. While over there recently I was struck by how different things look on the dry-side of the mountains. A mountain top with no trees! This project will involve a number engineers as we replace a mature transmitter with a new Nautel NV30.

Business indicators appear to be mainly headed upward. CBS's Mooves recently was quoted as being bullish about Q3. Noting that their TV stations are up by over 20% meanwhile Radio is up single digits. CBS owns Channel 11 as well as 3 FM's and an AM in the Seattle Market.

The folks at Channels 13 and 22 have got to be wondering if it will ever be over as the struggle to exit Chapter 11 continues to drag on. Meanwhile Ch 22, KMYQ has changed call letters to KZJO calling itself JoeTV. Perhaps folks remember calls like KOMO, KING and KIRO...I'd bet that hardly anyone can tell you the call letters of other TV stations in this market.

The FCC has announced that 147 FM CP's are going to be on the auction block as they gear up for auction # 91. None in Washington State, but there are 5 of them in Oregon.

Likely the biggest news item this month is that FCC, Yielding to the pressure for more wireless gizmo spectrum, has opened up more spectrum for more high-speed Internet connections for smart phones, tablets and computers. The order, approved unanimously by the five-member commission, is a win for giants Dell, Microsoft and Google, which have lobbied for the use of the airwaves known as "white spaces." Those are parts of the broadcast spectrum that sit between television channels.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the decision as part of his effort to significantly extend broadband connections in the United States. He added - "This new unlicensed spectrum will be a powerful platform for innovation, and as we've seen time and again, when we unleash American ingenuity, great things happen."

Underscoring how much money is at stake here, Microsoft commissioned a report last year that estimates white spaces would generate $4 billion in annual revenue for device makers and Internet service providers.

The FCC tried to appease groups that oppose the use of white spaces by rewriting technical details of the order for Thursday's vote that specify the engineering of devices to ensure they do not interfere with broadcast channels. And the FCC said it would reserve two channels on the lower range of the spectrum, for wireless microphones. One area of concern to Engineers was dealt with by the Commission - The new order eliminates a requirement that devices scan the airwaves for available signals. Rather, they can rely on a database of digital signals, updated daily, for use in locating an available channel on which to transmit.

Will new cell-phones be required to have FM receivers? This is an issue that is not likely to die anytime soon. The NAB is pushing the idea while the CTIA is pushing the other way. The parties have now involved members of congress. It's not that this is a difficult issue, technically, as there are several phones that already come that way.

New data is showing that radio reaches more than 239 million people over the age of 12 each week. That's 4 million more than a year ago. Interesting how some are stating that radio is a dying breed as part of their argument that there is no reason to include FM radios in cell-phones. Which group uses radio more? Hispanics and African Americans.

On the subject of cellphones - Here's an idea - A new nanomaterial can convert sound waves into electricity. Combine this with your cell phone and your talking on your phone could charge it batteries. The developers have some other ideas. Using sound walls along freeways to generate electricity. The idea is not really new with piezoelectrics having been around a long time. (remember the crystal microphone) however recent advancements have made the process much more efficient.

.Poor Andy Skotdal at KRKO. Once again some residents, who are still fighting the decision to permit the construction of the KRKO array near Everett, have come up with a new tactic. Not only would this situation impact KRKO, but it could, potentially impact a number of broadcast stations in this state. On behalf of our Chapter I, worked with Andy and SBE Council, Chris Imlay, to draft and submit a letter in defense of KRKO. This threat is not over. I've asked Andy to write a piece for the Waveguide to summarize the situation, perhaps he can attend a future Chapter 16 Meeting and further bring us up to date. If you recall, KRKO was the victim of significant vandalism in the past by those that appear to be unwilling to accept the station in the valley.

NAB is out with Satellite Uplike operators training course. For more information on the 4 day course, contact Cheryl Coleridge at NAB - 202-429-5346.

Remember those TV Stations that operated like radio stations on Ch 6? These, so called "Franken-FM" stations has dealt them what may be a fatal blow announcing that low power TV's are going to have to convert to digital or go off the air. In several markets 87.75, the Channel 6 aural carrier frequency, has been the home of outside the FM band FM' operations. None that I know of in the Seattle area. However we continue to find pirate FM's operating below the conventional FM band limit.

This brings up a bigger issue. Now that the Commish has put LPTV stations on notice and proposed a date in 2012 that all of them must convert to digital, many of these stations owners are now faced with how to pay for the change.

We received word today that Ken Casey, the owner of KPST-TV Channel 44 (old analog Ch45) passed away recently.

Proving that once again the FCC takes Public Files very seriously, the Commish has slapped an AM Radio station in Illinois with a 10 Kilobuck fine. The University of Southern Mississippi will get to pay $3.5K for unauthorized operation and a late renewal filing. I find it to be somewhat amazing that broadcasters continue to draw these fines, it's not that these are new rules.

The FCC has fined Nounoune Lubin of North Miami, Fla., $20,000 for operating an unlicensed station on 90.1 MHz. Field strength measurements made on Sept. 9, 2009, indicated that the signal was 7,746 times greater than the maximum allowed for a non-licensed Part 15 transmitter. Field agents took field measurements in April and May of this year and found she was still operating a pirate station. The measurements on April 22 indicated that the signal was 6,757 times over the Part 15 limit. Yikes....Will they ever learn? Perhaps it's like operating a vehicle texting or holding a cell phone. Apparently no amount of fines and penalties is likely to change anything.

Local broadcast Crista has launched Spirit 105.9 in Austin Texas. This is the 4th station for Crista who operates Spirit 105.3 and KCIS here in Seattle and Praise 106.5 in Lynden.

The FCC is saying goodbye to CDBS with their promised that the new database will be greatly improved. CDBS was launched 10 years ago. They are now promoting what's called it's License View - On line dashboard. While they are at it, the FCC appears to be throwing in the towel on the 2nd and 1st class Radiotelegraph licenses. The latter a reflection of these changing times.

Remember the story about the wandering satellite? Intelsat's Galaxy 15, which lost contact with ground controllers back in April - Continues to follow a stable path but its transmitters are stuck on and refuses positioning commands and to shut off. It's present drift is putting it closer to Mexico's Satmex 5. This is no little bird, weighing in at over 4,000 pounds. Interestingly the act of one satellite passing another is called a 'flyby' and has occurred in the past. The birds owners are hoping that it will loose its ability to generate power due to it being in the wrong position and eventually run out of power and thusly become a part of the half-million other pieces of space junk out there. Speculation is that an intense solar storm may have cause the problem. This is not good news as solar storms are expected to increase.

A great deal of excitement was created by a recent radio spot that ran what sounded like EAS tones. In fact, some EAS Boxes actually tried to decode it. SBE and others jumped on this one and the stop was pulled. I'll be that the creators of the spot never heard of a rule that makes it clear that no one is to use EAS tones as sound effects for spots.

Barry Miskind continues to serve our industry, more recently with his BDR or Broadcasters Desktop Resource. Take a look at see what I mean at Thanks Barry !

What should you do if you miss receiving an EAS Test? The answer - The first thing you do is to determine whether or not the problem is with your stations equipment. If it is not, contact the station, or system, you monitor to determine whether or not they failed to send one (it happens). If they did not send it - As them to post this information on the Washington State EAS Remailer. All stations that monitor that system should then print a copy and attach it to their stations EAS Log. Failure to have an explanation for not receiving an EAS test (RMT or RWT) can generate a hefty FCC fine. I recommend that EAS logs be checked weekly, perhaps on Monday's, to see that you have received at least 2 RWT's. A good idea is to monitor more than 2 sources, the added sources could pay dividends by reducing or eliminating FCC actions.

Want to feel a little older (as if you needed my help) The TV show Star Trek started back in September of 1966 - Some 44 years ago. Perhaps that explains why William Shatner looks the way he does?

American Tower continues to expand in Latin America They recently announced the purchased 458 additional communications sites in Columbia. ATC operates a number of sites in this area. In fact the majority of FM's in the Seattle market are at ATC sites.

Another - end of an era - story. GE has closed the last major factory making light bulbs putting 200 out of work. All this is likely as result of conservation laws. Certainly there are energy consumption advantages to using CFL's. It's sad that GE could not make CFL's in this country. The reason they don't is that they would cost 50% more due to wage scales and regulations. The workers in GE's old light bulb plant made about $30/hour. The shift to off shore production of new-tech items is likely to continue, despite what the politicians claim. Take the new lithium-ion batteries, they come from China. Nano technology continues to make the news. Scientists at Rice University and Hewlett-Packard are reporting that they can overcome a fundamental barrier to the continued rapid miniaturization of computer memory that has been the basis for the consumer electronics revolution. Bottom line - Look for more storage in smaller sizes. Remember the 8 inch floppy?

Well, my friends, that's it for this edition - Thanks for the read, Lord willing, same place next month.

Til next month -
Clay, K7CR, CPBE


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Amateur Radio News

Compiled By Tom Weeden, WJ9H
Thanks to Madison Chapter 24

The amateur radio station at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, WX4NHC, activated the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) on Monday, August 30, as Hurricane Earl threatened the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla. The HWN was deactivated later that day as Earl pulled away from lands and moved more out into the open ocean. Hurricane Earl was expected to remain a major hurricane for several days as it traverses just off the US East Coast. When active WX4NHC monitors the Hurricane Watch Net on 14.325 MHz. Secondary HF frequencies are 7.268 MHz and 3.950 MHz +/- QRM, should propagation be lost on 20 meters.

An Oklahoma town has agreed that its radio interference ordinance does not apply to ham radio operators after intervention by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). A ham in Midwest City (suburban Oklahoma City) was notified that he "was in violation of the ordinance as the result of radio frequency interference appearing in a neighbor/complainant's home electronic equipment. The licensed radio amateur was ordered to remedy the problem in one day, under penalty of a sanction assessed against the real property of the radio amateur."

On July 21, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, notified Midwest City officials that only the FCC is empowered to regulate such matters. Imlay asserted, "The City in fact has absolutely no jurisdiction whatsoever over radio frequency interference. Such regulation is exclusively within the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission and all regulation of radio transmission and interference phenomena is preempted by Federal law." Two weeks later, Midwest City Assistant City Attorney Randal D. Homburg sent an e-mail to the ham to let him know "the previously delivered notice is hereby rescended [sic]. There will be no citations issued and thus, the issue is moot." (Chris Imlay is also General Counsel to SBE.)

(Excerpts from the American Radio Relay League's web site
and VoIP Hurricane Net web sites


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Static Line

Newsletter Editor: R.W. Abraham
Chapter 3 - Kansas

What Is It?

I had three guesses on the "What is it?" posted in the July newsletter. All were correct. They are channel 11 tuner strips from a Standard Tuner Company turret tuner. In this case, they were removed from the tuner and a pair of UHF single channel strips were inserted that would tune Channel 16. In the early days of TV, most sets did not have UHF tuners yet. When KEDD-16 went on the air in Wichita (located where KWCH studios now reside), a substitute pair of UHF strips allowed viewers to tune that channel on their VHF sets!

The broadcast stations should be rolling in revenue from the number of political spots that are running. One source quoted a figure of $1.6 Billion spent in the Wichita-Hutchinson market. Apparently there are so few avails, that the new school bus company in town was unable to purchase the number of spots they wished on the commercial channels. They did rework a spot or two and were able to run them under the category of "Underwriters of Programming" on the local PBS station. What I do know is that I'm already tired of dodging the mud coming from my TV, but it should subside a bit after the primary. I can't remember such a dirty campaign, ever!

GE has requested spectrum from the FCC in the 2360-2400 Mhz band now occupied by Boeing, whose use at the present is for flight test data. Appropriation of this space would cost Boeing $50K/Hr. The FCC views it as additional income for the General Fund if they decide to auction the spectrum, where it could bring as much as $3-6 Billion. Walmart is raising privacy concerns as they seek to expand their use of RFID's from pallet or case lots to individual clothing. Those concerned are afraid of personal preference tracking, since the RF tags continue to be active, even in the waste basket or trash dump. Walmart sees it as a way to maintain a full inventory for consumer selection, since they would know immediately if a certain size of clothing was exhausted on the sale rack. It seems like a natural progression to me, but that the tags remain active and do not decompose with time, may pose a problem with RF pollution - which might be cured with a kill wire that could corrode apart with time! 30.


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Monthly Local Oscillator

Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD
Crawford Broadcasting Company

The November issue of The Local Oscillator is hot off the virtual presses and available for your online perusal and amusement at   This Link   to download your pdf copy.


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From Tom Smith
Chapter 24 - Madison

On August 5th, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and a Notice of Inquiry concerning various microwave issues and spectrum. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerns the use of broadcast auxiliary spectrum for broadband back haul usage, licensing additional "auxiliary links" to a primary microwave link and allowing adaptive modulation standards to allow for bandwidth reduction to compensate for signal fading. The Notice of Inquiry concerns efficiency standards in rural areas, Part 101 antenna standards and other issues concerning Part 101 of the Rules. TV broadcasters would be directly affected by the proposed rule that would allow fixed microwave stations, carrying non broadcaster traffic, to share the 6875-7125 MHz band and the 12.7 to 13.2 GHz band. TV broadcasters already share this band with cable providers. Cable companies have used the 12.7-13.2 GHz band for distribution of their signals from their headends to outlaying systems. That use is being phased out in favor of fiber-optic cables, except for some small rural systems. For broadcasters, the biggest issue is how these proposed rules would affect mobile operations such as news ENG operations.

The FCC did offer broadcasters one rule change that could be to their advantage: allowing broadcasters to license their studio to transmitter link in any fixed microwave band. Currently broadcasters can use the other fixed microwave bands for intercity links and other links they may need to get a signal to the studio, but they must use a broadcast auxiliary band frequency to get to the transmitter. They have two exceptions, they are the 17.7-18.58 and the 21.2-23.6 GHz bands which broadcasters are able to share with all other fixed service licensees.

The so-called auxiliary link proposal could allow a licensee for a fixed-link station to operate, on a secondary basis, a number of low-powered links on the same frequency from the main transmitter site. This would create a small-point to multi-point system for distribution. In the Notice of Inquiry, the Commission is proposing to allow fixed links in rural areas to use lower payloads on their carriers, such as 4 or 16 QAM, instead of 64 QAM. This allows for longer paths or lower power. They are also proposing the use of smaller antennas to allow for less loading on towers and reduced objection by the public when towers are zoned. They did note the current requirements for the use of Category "A" antennas over Category "B" antennas to reduce interference. The final part of the inquiry is a request for any other information on how Part 101 rules could be changed to better use the various fixed microwave bands.


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SBE News

Registration opens for Ennes Workshop

Ennes Workshop - San Diego
Registration is now open for an upcoming Ennes Workshops. The San Diego Ennes Workshop takes place Saturday, October 16 at the Doubletree Hotel San Diego Downtown. The cost for members is $35. The workshop is encouraging local students to attend.

SBE Chapter 53 Encourages FEMA Training

Chapter 53 in Miami is encouraging it's members to get certified FEMA training through FEMA's EMI program. Find out more here.

SBE Career Services Can Help

The state of the national (and world) economy continues to have its affect on most industries, including broadcasting. In these uncertain times, your professional association can serve as a valuable source of available broadcast engineering jobs across the U.S.
Your membership in SBE gives you access to SBE's career service tools. These services can be a big help if you need to find a new job. Employers can also make use of these services when they need to fill positions with qualified engineers. The SBE JobsOnline members-only service is free. On a typical day, more than 100 broadcast engineering jobs are listed and the list is updated almost every business day as new job postings are received by the SBE National Office.
SBE members may also post their resume for free with the SBE Resume Service. Anyone can view the resumes at the SBE website, with the names and contact information hidden from view. For a small fee, employers can request copies of the resumes they are interested in, which then includes the names and contact information.
SBE also has begun a new SBE service called SBE InternshipsOnline. Similar to the SBE JobsOnline, employers can post engineering internships for free. Anyone can view the postings (also free). The new service is intended to help match those who offer engineering internships with students looking for those opportunities.
Do you make your broadcast engineering services available on a contract basis? The SBE maintains an SBE Contract Engineer Directory. This alphabetical list, organized by state, lists the name, technical services offered, geographic area covered and the contact information for each contract engineer listed. For a small annual fee, contract engineers may be included on this list.

Information about all of these services can be accessed at the SBE website, on the Career Services page or click the links above in this article.

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 Updates CertPreview Software - Now Available

The newest version of SBE CertPreview is available as an instant download or as a CD that will be mailed to you to install onto your computer and will be machine specific. The program will be available for Windows and Mac. Each sample test contains 100-150 questions typical of those found on an actual exam. You will take the exam in its entirety and be able to mark and review questions before scoring your sample exam. By scoring the exam, you will be given a percentage and a breakdown of categories contained within the exam. This will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. You will also be able to revisit questions that you answered wrong.

The SBE CertPreview sample test software will give users an idea of what to expect on SBE certification exams. Each certification level on the software will have approximately 100-150 sample questions that users can take as a 50 multiple choice question sample exam.

Certification Exam Session Dates:

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

Exam Dates Location Application Deadline
February 4-14, 2011 Local Chapters December 31, 2010
April 12, 2011 NAB Convention March 25, 2011
June 3-13, 2011 Local Chapters April 15, 2011
August 5-15, 2011 Local Chapters June 3, 2011
November 4-14, 2011 Local Chapters September 16, 2011

Fees are as Follows:

Certification Level Member Non-Member
Broadcast Technologist $45 *$45
Broadcast Technologist $45 $111
Broadcast Networking Technologist $55 $121
Broadcast Engineer $60 $126
Audio/Video Engineer $60 $126
Senior Broadcast Engineer $85 $151
Professional Broadcast Engineer $110 $176
Specialist Certification    
AM Directional Specialist $55 $121
8VSB Specialist $55 $121
Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist $55 $121
  *does not include first year membership    

Please note: SBE Certification exams are administered only by SBE and are proctored in-person by qualified and approved representatives of SBE. No other organization is authorized to administer SBE exams.
Click here for more information about SBE Certification.


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