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SBE Chapter 48 /
SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section

September 2011 Meeting Report

Impact of IPV6 on Broadcasters


Monday, September 19, 2011


11:30 AM Lunch; 12 Noon Program


Rocky Mountain PBS (KRMA), 1089 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204


Impact of IPV6 on Broadcasters


Mary Ann Seidler, Tieline Technology


Sandwiches, chips, cookies, and soft drinks provided.
A donation of $5 was suggested

This well-attended presentation focused on the coming Internet Protocol (IP) revolution that has major implications for broadcasters: Due to a looming shortage of IP addresses under the current IPv4 architecture, a new IPv6 infrastructure will soon sweep through the Internet.

Mary Ann Seidler discussed the numerous benefits and opportunities this will provide to broadcasters in areas such as networking, service quality, multicasting, security, and wireless capability. She also reviewed potential challenges broadcasters may face with equipment compatibility issues. This interesting presentation raised more questions than it answered!

Photos by Tom Goldberg


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Random Radio Thoughts

Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD
Crawford Broadcasting Company

EAS Stuff
Late last month, a number of Colorado broadcast engineers met along with the president of the Colorado Broadcasters Association as the Colorado State EAS Advisory Committee in an effort to identify those issues that face broadcasters in both metro and rural areas as we approach the revised CAP compliance deadline. The committee got off to a good start in this regard, and we now have a rough plan to work with the CBA to make sure all broadcasters and cable system operators in the state are ready when the time comes.

A good bit of our discussion concerned the upcoming national test. With the focus in Washington clearly being on broadband these days, we recognize that we have got to ace the national test when it takes place next month. Following the lead of Nevada, California, Oregon and other states, we would very much like to run a state-wide test this month, probably in place of the regular RMT, to make sure that nothing is broken. Committee members and the CBA will be working to set this up, and notifications will be sent out through the CBA once things are finalized.

For the national test next month, the FCC has announced a web-based reporting system. The FCC's Homeland Security Bureau Policy Division associate chief Gregory Cooke said that the web-based reporting system will put a lesser burden on EAS participants and give everyone more real-time information about how the test worked. The FCC says its web-based "Emergency Alert System National Test Reporting System" will be online and ready to go by mid-October. Cooke encourages stations to preload station information so that the post-test process can take place more quickly. In a webinar on October 1, Cooke said, "This is a voluntary system but we really encourage EAS participants to use it because it will be a lot easier than filling out paperwork and it will be able to give us rich data that will help us to learn where and how the system worked."

As I understand it, stations will have 45 days following the test to file information on the test including reception, transmission and type of equipment used. Cooke said during the webinar that it's unlikely any station that fulfills the participation requirement will be fined. He said, "This is a learning task. We want to diagnose the system. Our real emphasis is on participation and making sure the system works rather than to ding any EAS participant." He went on to say that technical glitches aren't enforcement issues, so any station that isn't able to send or receive an alert should have no fear about reporting what happened to the FCC.

In my view, if stations have good, working EAS equipment in place and are monitoring the proper LP-1 and LP-2 assignments, the test should go very well. The only questions in my mind are, is the link between the NWS and the LP-1/LP-2 stations good, and will the test properly terminate (there has been some speculation that some older EAS equipment may not respond to the EAN termination)? A statewide pre-test will resolve the NWS link question, but we'll have to wait for the actual national test to see if the termination works. Stations should be ready to manually terminate following the EOM if termination doesn't take place automatically.

Going forward, we'll do our best to disseminate critical information on any statewide EAS test as well as the national test and CAP conversion as that information becomes available. Stay tuned...

MoM Recertification
It's hard to believe it's been two years already since the first round of moment-method AM license applications were granted, but here we are. That means that the mandatory two-year sample system recertification measurements are due (the FCC says the two years is measured from date of license grant, not the date of the original measurements, so check your license if you have an MoM license).

As Amanda and I began making the recertification rounds, we found one interesting but not necessarily unexpected phenomenon: the sample lines resonated on a frequency several kilohertz from the frequencies originally measured. That means that technically, the sample systems do not comply with the requirements of §73.155 that state: "The frequencies measured must be the same as were measured in the most recent proof of performance and must demonstrate that the sampling lines continue to meet the requirements of §73.151(c) with regard to their length and characteristic impedance."

We (the AFCCE group that works with the FCC on moment-method issues) contacted the Media Bureau folks and explained the situation to them. Evidently others are having the same issue with resonant frequencies - again, no surprise since transmission lines expand and contract with temperature. The MB folks told us that they are much more concerned about the differentials in electrical length and characteristic impedance than they are in absolute resonant frequency values, so until the rules are revised to remove the same-frequency requirement, that is what we will be looking for. In our case, the lines had the same differentials as they did in the original proof.

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 October 2011

IS Ham Radio dying out, going the way of the 8-track, Video Cassette, or Analog Television. You might be surprised, check out this article at:

I don't think so either!

And it also contains the answer as to why our hobby is called "Ham" Radio!

There is a great website I just discovered for those wanting to become new ham operators. Check out

I love seeing video's of ham operators on YouTube. This one is about K6BBQ working the amateur station on the U.S.S. Pampanito, a WWII sub moored in San Francisco. Really cool stuff!

See the latest edition of my "techham" webpage at I update it regularly, and right now it contains pictures of my latest projects in the Hamshack!

And one day on Cheyenne Mountain:

View East from the top of Cheyenne Mountain

Visitors to a home on the way up the mountain

The NORAD complex visible near bottom. We are moving the second net meeting of the month to the 3rd Tuesday of the month to try to see if that will help folks who may want to participate but cannot on Saturday. Email me at for more information.

Short article this month, will be back next 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

Clay's Corner for October 2011

The last Quarter of 2011...Wow! Fall is certainly in the air here in the great Pacific Northwest...At this writing, we have already had a couple previews of wind and rain and the snow level is down to 5-6000 feet a sure sign that summer is gone.

Some not so good news to report this month as one of our own, Marty Hadfield, recently suffered a heart attack. Thankfully a stent was installed (he said it looked like coax braid) and he is on the mend. This serves as a firm reminder of how fragile we all are. Take it easy Marty - We are all praying for a fast and complete recovery. Marty joins Jim Dalke who is a fellow stent-man. Marty recently returned to the Seattle area from Portland as chief at Clear Channel and has been a fixture in Seattle Broadcasting for many years.

Everyone was wondering if the FCC would delay the required date for all stations to have new, CAP capable EAS equipment. In the end, this is exactly what they did....Pushing the deadline to next June 30th. There were a number of reasons why I feel this was a wise decision - First of all, broadcasters were being asked to purchase new equipment to be compliant with rules that have yet to be adopted...Secondly, the Feds have yet to complete their CAP Based distribution system. For those stations that were fearing not having this equipment in time, this is certainly some relief. Here in Washington State things are quite a bit different as we are one of the very few that have developed our own CAP based distribution system, this started almost a year ago. Some are saying that the new FCC EAS rules could be out in December. I will be forwarding onto the Washington State EAS Remailer all the latest info ....You are a subscriber are you not?

If your station has purchased a CAP Capable EAS endec, there are a couple of things you need to do -
1- Contact Don Miller at Washington Emergency Management - . Don can provide you with the information you need to connect your new unit to WaCAP, the Washington State CAP Server.
2- When you have your unit connected, and are receiving messages from WaCAP, you need to let me know so the Monitoring Assignments can be modified to reflect this new capability. You can contact me in a couple of ways - a) Post a message on the Washington EAS Remailer or, b) Send me an email direct -

The NRSC, working with NAB and the CEA, have adopted a new IBOC standard called NRSC-5-C. Included in the new version are details about the use of asymmetric digital sidebands or carriers. As Radio broadcasters look to increase their HD Radio power we will see more use of this technique. I know of at least one of the West Tiger FM's that will, one day, make use of it. One of the fellows working on this was Andy Laird who is VP and CTO for Journal Broadcast Group. Andy, for a while, worked here in Seattle.

Another new technique has recently been blessed by the FCC - MDCL. You may well have not heard of MDCL or Modulation Dependent Carrier Level. Basically the way is works is an AM station would be able to vary it's carrier level with modulation . The FCC has had a long standing rule governing 'Carrier Shift' that had to be modified to make this possible. The advantage of this technique is a rather significant increase in transmitter efficiency, in the neighborhood of 20 to 40%. For power hungry AM s, this is great news. Reportedly Nautel and Harris are ready to ship transmitters with this new technology. Those of us that have been playing around with Single Sideband Amateur Radio equipment for years are quick to point out that AM is a very wasteful system. Sounds like MDCL is a good compromise.

Another modification of an historical modulation mode is being challenged. Omnia Audio wants to shortly begin field testing of an FM stereo single-sideband suppressed carrier system. Just when you have been exposed to MDCL for the first time....Here comes SSBSC. The developer, Frank Foti, believes that the system will be compatible with existing receivers and provide a reduction in multipath and an improvement in Signal to Noise Ratio. NRSC has convened a sub-group to look at the proposal.

The economy continues to be on most peoples minds. Perhaps a silver lining is on its way for some broadcasters ....The elections are likely to bring some serious money into our industry. An example is the millions that are being spent on the proposal to get our state out of the booze-biz.

One of my favorite things to write about is pirate radio. For some odd reason there seems to be an endless supply of people who are willing to openly violate FCC rules. Sometimes the Commish gives them a break. This was the case recently in Orange Park, Florida. The Feds found that a fellow was operating a pirate station from his home and suggested he pay 15 Grand. It seems the poor fellow convinced the FCC that he could not afford to pay $15,000 so they reduced it to $300. His troubles might not be over, however, as it's against Florida laws to operate a pirate station. Here's the capper - This guy told the FCC that he had been in broadcasting for 19 years and knew he was breaking the law....and....He's 60 years old, normally old enough to know better.

Down in California, Free Radio Santa Cruz, has been running 50 to 100 watts on 101.1. In this case the FCC managed to convince their landlord that this was not wise. Now the station is looking for a new location.

Our areas own Allen Hardle explains his latest creation that will permit radio stations to show pictures on radios. This new creation is the subject of an interesting article in the latest issue of Radio World magazine. It's been revealed that Allen has been working with a local Seattle Station, KNDD. For those that have not followed Allen - He was a Seattle radio chief (way back when) and developed the billboard that displayed the name of the song being played. Later he would go on to develop systems that would do the same on RDS equipped radios. Way to go Allen !

So how big is social media ? According to recently reports, there are about a billion tweets a month.

In one of the fastest re-paint jobs in recent memory following the change from Qwest to Century Link. Seems like you see those green vehicles all over. One, perhaps funny, impact of this change has been the re-naming of Qwest Field to Century Link Field. Didn't take long for everyone to shorten this one to 'Clink'. One would expect this to happen in a city with a South Lake Union Transit etc.

Found it interesting that KIRO radio went from AM -FM Simulcast to separate programming and now their AM is being simulcast on their FM HD-2.

In Oxford, Mississippi, a local radio stations tower was struck by lightning taking out their tower lights. Unfortunately, for them, it was not reported to the FAA (a big no-no). This was followed by an FCC inspection which uncovered issues with the stations public files (The snowball was starting to move) In the end of a rather complicated sequence of event, the station will contribute about 10 grand to a cash strapped government.

The Commish recently was doing their job in Gretna, LA, where they discovered that a local AM radio station has been operating at night, past it's signoff time, for a number of years. The owners, Crocodile Broadcasting, will pay - 14 Grand is the tab.

The most interesting action of the past month was in Dunellon, FL where the Feds are asking for 12 Grand. In this case the owner, hopefully, learned a couple of lessons - 1) You don't cause a problem with the FAA and 2) When confronted by the FCC about the problem, you don't refuse to turn off your transmitter (That what the stations operator did)

With the Feds scrambling for funds, one piece of the puzzle is raising eyebrows. The White House has sent a bill proposing to raise nearly $5 Billion via new spectrum and use fees from broadcasters and other wireless users. For sure NASBA, NAB and other will be fighting back.

KBOO, a long time NCE operation in Portland is moving north a bit with the FCC recently granting of an application for a new station on 98.7 in Chehalis, over the objection of the Chehalis Valley Educational Foundation.

Citigroup recently released a report that is certain to make a few folks un-happy. The report states there is no spectrum shortage. Their research shows wireless carriers are only using 192 MHz of the 538 MHz of spectrum they have with another 300 in reserve. NAB is certain to 'make hay' with this finding....especially in light of the FCC's view of broadcasters. This is like finding that global warming is a hoax. Meanwhile - the NAB continues to fight those that now would like to have a second DTV transition in order to gain more spectrum.

The CTIA, an association of wireless outfits, continued to battle NAB over the idea of making it a requirement to have FM radios built into wireless devices. NAB is using countless examples of where cellphones became useless in the wake of the recent east coast storms. This battle appears to be one that will continue for some time to come.

I have been writing about copper theft of all kinds, not just from Broadcasters. Most feel that this is going on to fund drug activity....But, as I recently learned, this is not always the case. According to police a couple in PA cut down wire from 18 poles. The reason cited by the 24 and 23 year olds? They wanted money for their wedding. Copper theft continues to be a big problem for broadcasters and others in the communications industry. In Southern California, Verizon has been hit hard to the point they are asking the public to help catch the thieves, additionally, they are offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrests and convictions. The Department of Energy has recently installed new, anti-climb fences, intrusion detection equipment , cameras etc to try and put a stop to their losses. The good news is that those that invest in high-tech prevention techniques report great success. Likely causing the thieves to seek less secure victims. As the price of copper goes up, so does the level of theft problems. Unfortunately, in many cases, little effort is made to prevent the loss until after the fact. Something about the horse and the barn door is suspect. Over in Spokane in late July, a station discovered that a 6 bay FM antenna was taken, the thieves, apparently liked the 'find' and returned for more goodies from the site. What do you want to bet security was minimal?

Our medias media has been, this past month, giving a lot of coverage to the merger of Cumulus and Citadel. Uniquely this has no impact our 'neck of the woods' as neither firm owned stations in Western Washington.

In the land where we love to sue the other guy....There is the big lawsuit against several large radio groups regarding the use of computer hard drives to play music on radio stations by a group that claims that they have prior rights. Named are a couple of firms that do business in Seattle, CBS Radio and Entercom.

I love the names that people come up with for their company. A new rival for Pandora is calling itself ''. Nothing like having a retro name for a new company. Funny too how the word 'Radio' is losing favor and yet Wireless is gaining. Guess older is better. Wonder if Ham-Radio should become Ham-Wireless. How about KOMO Wireless....or Wireless Announcers?

Arbitron is out with their new market rankings - Here is a look at how PNW markets stack up - The following is market rank, name and population -
13- Seattle-Tacoma- 3,470,400
23 - Portland - 2,120,500
93 - Spokane - 526,000
101 - Boise - 488,000
149- Eugene - 310,000
177 - Wenatchee- 237.000
188 - Tri-Cities- 211,100
201 - Yakima - 194,200
213- Bend, Or- 174,300

Big surprise for me here was Wenatchee - I had no idea it was that big. What happened to Bend, Oregon - wow!

I found it interesting that exec's from Ford came out with a clear message to radio...Telling them to get with it and get HD Radio stations on the air. Broadcasters have, for years, been talking about the 'Chicken and Egg' situation, ie, they don't want to spend money on adding HD until there are more radios to make it instantly financially viable. Now that the auto makers are calling on broadcasters to get those HD signals on the air, it will be interesting to see if this will get fence-sitting radio owners moving forward. I find it interesting that you can drive around the Seattle area and have a ton of HD Radio choices and yet go to Tri-Cities and you only find a couple of stations operating the mode. I've talked with folks in Tri-Cities about HD Radio and their response is simple...Not until there are more radio stations doing it. Appears there are a number of chicken and egg situations. Admittedly the present economic situation is not helping anyone getting off the fence.

I received a surprise call the other day from Dale Fultz. Dale is helping out a small church owned radio station with EAS in Roy. Dale was formally with KIRO and Bates in Tacoma. Other than some medical issues, he seemed to be in good spirits.

Finally, the FCC is out with their long awaiting draft on dealing with birds and towers. No comment from me on this one. If you really need to know about this - go here -

To close out this session ....Results of an interesting study. Scientists have discovered that, most of the time, our first decision IS the right one. You are more often right when you go on your gut feelings when setting goals. This study, conducted at the University of Alberta, has discovered that our subconscious mind is smarter than you think. Bottom line - Go with your instinct, your first thoughts is often the best.

A recent piece in Discover Magazine about our subconscious mind is a great read too. We often don't give credit to our 'other' mind because we take it for granted and don't communicate with it. There are some interesting examples - Using a keyboard (aka typing) we don't have to stop and think what fingers are doing what. We let our subconscious to the work and don't give it a 'thought'. Driving a stick shift or dealing with things using a process we call habit. The list goes on. We learn how to do something, or train our subconscious mind , using our conscious mind and then move the chore to the other cranial department so we can 'think' about other matters. Apparently we get in trouble when we make some decisions based solely on conscious thought and ignore our 'other' systems output. Perhaps this is also where bad habits go and what makes them so hard to erase.

That's it for this month - Hope to do it again in a month. Meanwhile, time to start thinking about Christmas Shopping....or perhaps better not...Then again.....

Hope to see you at the next SBE Chapter Meeting.


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Amateur Radio News

Compiled By Tom Weeden, WJ9H
Thanks to Madison Chapter 24

Heathkit Lives Once Again

A notice on the Heathkit website announced that the venerable kit manufacturer, well known to all Amateur Radio operators of a certain age, would be reentering the kit business in late August. The notice stated, in part: "Heathkit will debut their new line of Do-It-Yourself kits for common around-the-house items. The first kit will be a Garage Parking Assistant (GPA). The Garage Parking Assistant kit lets you build your own system that uses ultrasonic sound waves to locate your car as it enters the garage. The system signals to the driver using LED lights mounted on the wall when the car is detected and in the perfect spot for parking." Next on the market will be a Wireless Swimming Pool Monitor kit followed by many more. Heathkit wants to continue to bring to its customers interesting, unique Heathkit products.

Heathkit is interested in learning what types of products kit builders would like to build. Kit builders can submit their suggestions through this website using the Contact Us email." Although there's no indication that Heathkit Educational Systems is planning to reenter the Amateur Radio market, the St Joseph, Michigan-based company is actively looking for kit suggestions. After several decades of successful kit manufacturing, Heathkit left the kit business in 1992. Heath sold Amateur Radio equipment, at first only kits and later its own line of non-kit products, from 1954 to 1992. The company has been sold a number of times since its founding back in 1912 as an aircraft company.

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FCC News


From Tom Smith
Chapter 24

In May, the FCC put its new website on line. They had beta tested it for a couple of months and asked for comments during that time. The site has a completely new look and functions much differently than the old one. The old site had the latest releases of FCC actions on the home page, as well as direct links to the bureaus and other important sections of the website. The new website has links to other parts of the website more by subject, as well as highlighting subjects that the FCC is placing much importance on. To get to the bureaus and other parts of the website that were previously linked directly from the front page, you either go to a link or a pull down that will take you to an intermediate page that will link to where you need to go.

In the Media Bureau home page, the news link gives you all of the information released by the Media Bureau including things that used to be found in the daily digest, which is the FCC's daily report on most of its releases. Because of the amount of information in the news link, one must page through many pages of information to find anything that is more than a few days old. It used to be that most of the rulemakings and major releases for the year took a few pages and could be found easily, not things such as the daily application notices and grant lists and other minor actions that are now listed on the news page. The Commission still has some direct links to things such as the comment filing pages, but the website requires more searching to find things.

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SBE News

SBE Members Elects Ralph Hogan Next SBE President

Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNT has been elected to serve as the next president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Hogan is the associate general manager of Engineering and Technology for MCTV/KJZZ-FM/KBAQ-FM Sun Sounds of Arizona in Tempe, Ariz. Hogan has been with Sun Sounds since 2008. His career has also included stints with the Northwest Public Radio and Television and Academic Media Services at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., the Boise State Radio Network in Boise, Idaho, KSLU in Hammond, La. and Pan American Films and Video in New Orleans.

Also elected to serve as an officer on the Board of Directors were:
Vice President - Joseph Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB, Meredith Corp., Henderson, Nev.
Secretary - James E. Leifer, CPBE, Clear Channel Communications, Boynton Beach, Fla.
Treasurer - Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT, Entercom Communications, Greenville, S.C.

Elected as directors were:
Raymond Benedict, CPBE of CBS, Washington, D.C.
Paul Burnham, CPBE, e2v Inc., Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Mark Heller, CPBE, CTO, WTRW Inc./WGBW Radio, Two Rivers, Wis.
Charles "Ched" Keiler, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNT, Reach Communications, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
David Priester, CPBE, Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y.
Gary Stigall, CPBE, TV Magic, San Diego, Calif.

Officers will serve one-year terms while directors will serve two-year terms, beginning on September 28.

SBE RF Safety Course

Still time to sign up for the SBE RF Safety Course Oct. 18
The society is pleased to announce that the next SBE RF Safety Course will take place on Tuesday, October 18. The SBE RF Safety Course provides an overview of RF radiation issues and practices for broadcasters, including transmitter sites, ENG and SNG trucks, remote operations, RF hazard protection equipment, biological effects of RF radiation and more.

This training course is unique in comparison to other RF safety courses. The SBE RF Safety Course is taught by Richard Strickland, a renowned expert in the subject area. Because Strickland personally prepares content covered, he is able to fine-tune courses while in progress, so all students comprehend. Students who take the SBE RF Safety Course fully understand and can apply the skills learned to future real-world situations. Visit the SBE Safety Course page for more information.

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.

Step Up your Certification

Something you may consider - when you apply for certification is your option to request that a letter be sent to your employer from the SBE President. This letter would state that you have obtained a level of SBE Certification. While the certification itself looks good on a resume, this letter "steps it up" to acknowledge your efforts for career improvement in the broadcast engineering field.

Certification applicants can request the employer letter when filling out the certification or recertification application The employer letter is only sent when the applicant passes an exam. If you have any questions, please contact the Certification Director, Megan Clappe.


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.

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 2011-2012 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
November 4-14, 2011 Local Chapters September 16, 2011
February 3-13, 2012 Local Chapters December 31, 2011
April 17, 2012 NAB Convention March 23, 2012
June 1-11, 2012 Local Chapters April 13, 2012
August 3-13, 2012 Local Chapters June 1, 2012
November 2-12, 2012 Local Chapters September 14, 2012

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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