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December 2009 Newsletter

SBE Chapter 48 / SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section

November 2009 Meeting Report

SBE Ennes Workshop:

New Media Bootcamp

The SBE Ennes Workshop - New Media Bootcamp was an all-day seminar / workshop sponsored by SBE Chapter 48 and the Rocky Mountain Section of SMPTE.

Date:         Thursday, November 12, 2009
Time:         8AM to 4:30PM
Location:   Starz Entertainment, 8900 Liberty Circle, Englewood, CO
Topic:        SBE Ennes Workshop - New Media Bootcamp 

For over a decade SBE Chapter 48 and the Rocky Mountain Section of SMPTE have brought technical presentations and educational opportunities to our members through the annual "Boot Camp" series. These all-day seminars have been well attended by the Rocky Mountain engineering community. This year we joined with the SBE national organization to present this event under the aegis of SBE's Ennes Workshop titled New Media Bootcamp.

The theme of this year's workshop was technology related to new ways of delivering content to the end user including streaming, ATSC mobile/handheld, digital signage, HD Radio, and 3D television.  The day long event was jam packed with interesting presentations - you can still download the presentation schedule to see what topics were covered.

A special thanks to Jim Schoedler, Fred Baumgartner, Kimberly Kissell, and John Poray of the SBE for their time and effort in organizing and producing this seminar.


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Harris Grand Opening

Date:        Tuesday December 1, 2009 2PM to 9PM
Location:  Harris Corporation
                 9800 S Meridian Blvd
                 Englewood, CO 80112
                 (in Meridian office park, near I-25 and Lincoln Ave)

Harris Corporation held an open house for the grand opening of the Harris Lab for Automation Innovation and Research, a new facility for R&D, interoperatbility, testing and demonstrations focused on ADC and D-Series Automation and Harris Digital Signage.

Attendees were treated to tours of the lab, explanations about the various products and test stations throughout the lab and a full review of the racked equipment installed by 5280 Digital required to support all the activites within the lab. A fine spread of snacks were also included - Thanks to Harris for sharing with our members.


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Random Radio Thoughts

Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD
Crawford Broadcasting Company

A Christmas Wish
Last month, I had the privilege of test-flying Potomac Instruments new AM field intensity meter, the PI-4100. A product review will be published in an upcoming issue of Radio World, so I don’t want to give away too much in these pages, but here’s a brief sketch.

Potomac’s new offering is quite a departure from previous FIM designs. For decades, AM FIMs have been of the “antenna in the lid” design, and this has served us very well. The PI-4100 is more like something Dr. McCoy might have waved over a body before proclaiming, “He’s dead, Jim.”

The -4100 is lightweight, operates on a rechargeable internal battery pack and has an integral antenna that is perpendicular to the main body of the instrument. It also features a wet compass on the top of the antenna, which is a very helpful feature (and reminds me somewhat of the Red Ryder BB Gun with Compass in the Stock™).

It is self-calibrating, contains an internal flash memory, and has a built-in GPS receiver. It takes a few minutes to get it set up to take a series of measurements, but once that’s done, you’re off to the races. Find the point, orient the antenna toward the station (using the wet compass and the GPS-computed magnetic bearing to the station) and press the save button a couple of times. Repeat at subsequent locations. Back at the office, plug the unit into your PC and dump the data. Open the resulting spreadsheet and analyze the data. Could it be any easier?

I really want one of these, so if one of you is so inclined, you can get me one for Christmas. But brace yourself – the cost is somewhere “north of $14k.”

A Stocking Stuffer
Looking for that perfect stocking stuffer for that hard-to-please colleague? You might think about the Mighty Red HD, which just hit the market in late November. I ordered one but haven’t yet received it.

Looking at the photo, it appears to be identical in everything except color and logo to the Insignia portable that Best Buy is selling for $50 (broadcasters can get them in lots of five or more for $34).

Incidentally, Best Buy can’t seem to keep the Insignia HDs on the shelf. Despite what you might read on some anti-HD blogs, they really have turned out to be a popular item. Soon after getting a batch in, they’re gone, sold out. Glad I got one early!

You can order a Big Red HD online at:

A New Gig
Congratulations to Jack Roland, net control of the SBE IRLP Hamnet, who recently landed a job as chief engineer of Salem’s Colorado Springs cluster. Jack might win the prize for the longest commute (well, if we don’t count Fred Baumgartner’s commute to San Diego), but I know he is glad to have a job and is enjoying the challenge. He might have a thing or two to say about the road up Cheyenne Mountain by the time spring arrives!

Merry Christmas, and may all God’s blessings be yours in 2010!

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


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The KE0VH Hamshack

Jack Roland

Greetings to all this month, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and may the Lords Blessings of the season be with you and your family!

I have been very busy the past month as I am now the full time Chief Engineer for Salem Communications in Colorado Springs. We have 2 FM’s here, KBIQ and KGFT, and one AM, KZNT on 1460 kHz. It is a 2 tower pretty simple pattern nighttime and NDA daytime at 4 kw and 540 watts day and night power. I have really enjoyed working on these and getting them up to speed both in paper work and operationally, with a LOT of cleaning of the sites. They weren’t visited often before I arrived and had accumulated a lot of dust and debris, plus were in need of tuning up and installing some new gear, plus making sure that all were legally operating within licensed parameters. I have had a lot of help from Derek Jackson (KCØLCD), Cliff Mikkelson (NØZUQ), and Ray Uberecken (AAØL) on getting up to speed and getting things up to par. Ray is also the Chief Engineer for the Citadel stations here in Colorado Springs.

One of the first things on the agenda was to get the KGFT (100.7 mHz) Continental 816R-4C transmitter back up to full power. When I arrived it was only operating at about 17-19 kilowatts and it is licensed at 22. So Cliff and I installed a refurbished 4CX15000 and tuned it up, but then we ran into wattmeters that were only saying it was putting out about the 17 kilowatt level but the plate voltage and plate current meters were saying via the indirect method we were at licensed power. So while I ordered a new slug for my wattmeter on the output we stayed there until it came in. Sure enough, when it did and I put it in the wattmeter stayed the same. SO, Ray and I tuned it up to ready about 20-21 kilowatts on the wattmeter and measure the plate voltage supply. I found an older Simpson model 303 VTVM with a 30 kv probe, and very carefully measure the plate voltage supply, and instead of the 9200 volts the transmitter voltmeter reads the Simpson said it was at about 8300. Ah, the dropping resistor stack feeding the voltmeter on the transmitter is faulty, so that is where we are at this point in time. Later we will pull this out and find the culprit resistor.

The Simpson 303

Old tube removed, in need of refurbishing

The road up Cheyenne Mountain with snowfall - what a beautiful drive

Ray Uberecken assisting me with measurements on the Plate Voltage meter during troubleshooting

KGFT PA section

What the wattmeter reads now after the work       Incorrect Plate Voltage reading

I also have a new automation system to learn, and it is going very well. The interior engineering room for the stations is very well done and is easy to work on. So I am having lots of fun.

As you can tell, I am really excited and happy with my new job. Engineering is so much fun and Ray is an inspiration. He says “I don’t ever want to retire!” I hope I will be of the same mind. And thanks to Derek, Cliff, and Cris Alexander for all their help and support.

I also had another fun project that I completed on a Saturday which I believe may have a connection with the AM project Tim Cutforth has going on as Cris Alexander wrote about last month with a new CP. I spent the day driving and measuring monitor points for 2 AM’s in Denver and one in Colorado Springs along an east west line thru Castle Rock just south of Denver. What made this a lot of fun other than just the work was the field strength meter I was using. It was a Potomac WX-20 tubed FIM. Probably circa late 50’s to early 60’s old, and in incredible shape. I borrowed this from Cris Alexander, and he had “calibrated it” against one of the new Potomac PI-4100 FIMS that are on the market now. It measured up to what the new one says in its readings, and so I had a lot of fun with the old FIM and those measurements.


From the ham radio world, we are still having our SBE Hamnet twice every month on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 11am Mountain, 1pm Eastern on the IRLP. Details on how to join us are at Check it out and join us please!

As this season is upon us, I would like to take a moment here and say how grateful and thankful I am for this new job, my family, and most of all my faith that keeps and sustains me. 2009 has been a difficult year in many ways. The changing of jobs and being out of work for a while was a big hurdle indeed, and I am grateful to the Lord above for His Love, Provision, patience with us His children, and never ending supply of Grace. I hope that the season and next year finds you all blessed, fed, clothed, housed, employed and provided for. And, I hope that you will find the Peace and Joy that only HE can provide.

73’ for this 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

Before I forget it – Seasons Greetings to one and all !

Hard to believe that Christmas is just about here and another year has passed..

Of late I have been working on the 1210 Night Site on the east side of Auburn. For those of you that have not been paying attention to the Green River and Howard Hansen Dam situation….The dam has some issues that are preventing it from holding back water like it has been doing since 1962. This has caused a rush to plan for high water in the Green River Valley all the way to Tukwila. To help put this into perspective, should we get a big dose of Pineapple Express and they have to let the water pass through the dam, the resulting damage would be (according to those who know) on a par with Katrina. The Army Corp of Engineers have been working on a temporary solution to the problem that has, apparently, been somewhat successful to the point that they reduced the chance of flooding from 1 in 4 to 1 in 24. Now back to the 1210 site. This 4 tower AM array, very near the Green River, was built back in 1990 and was constructed at an elevation that would be above what we were told was the 100 year flood level. Now that I think about it, how in the world could they project a 100 year flood in 1990 if the dam was built in 1962? Oh well. Bustos Media, owner of the station, was working toward elevating the transmitting equipment by 8 feet to be above the 6 feet of water that local Emergency Management folks were projecting. Our plan was to raise the roof of the building, construct a second story and let the river run under. Now, with the improved odds, we decided to try and keep the water out by making modifications to the building) and by moving everything up to survive 4 feet of water. This project will be completed the weekend of the 12th – Hopefully Mother Nature and the Dam will cooperate until that point. Moving the 10 Kw transmitter, equipment racks, electrical systems etc about 20 feet horizontally and 4 feet vertically requires Ripping out everything I did 20 years ago and starting over. Not too much fun!

Speaking of AM transmitter sites and starting over – I recently learned from Andy at KRKO. Apparently it will be spring when we see the replacement towers erected. Still have not heard anything about them catching the people responsible for taking them down.

Hey what about California? S’poze you heard that they are going to mandate energy efficient TV sets? The California Energy Commission estimates that 10% of a homes electricity use is for TV sets. Apparently when you add up millions of TV’s in the state you are talking serious power. They figure that they can avoid building a 500 Megawatt power plant via the new rules. As an example they figure a 42 inch Hitachi plazma consumes 313 watts. I have to wonder about the power consumption of that old, tube type, Magnevox, Sylvania or Hoffman. You’d think that the replacing of standard light bulbs with CFL’s would have compensated….But guess not. So now, just like with cars, there will be the ‘California Model’. Under new regulations, all new TVs distributed in California must cut their energy use by 33% for the 2011 model year, and by 50% in 2013. The rules, when fully realized, will be the toughest such restrictions in the world, and you guessed it- the CEA is not a happy camper.

Rumor is that Washington State is considering the same thing. I do know, for sure, that PSE is trying to reduce electrical consumption. They recently paid a huge percentage of the cost of my new gas water heater to get me to get rid of the old electric model….Not to mention their campaign to get to you trade your old light bulbs for free CFL’s Question is – Where is this going and what else could be on their radar? What about limiting the power of stereo equipment? Or….The 0-60 time of electric cars? Or power output of TV and Radio stations?

Not often you have a chance to share a meal with your ex-boss. But that’s exactly what happened there other day as I met former KBSG GM, Chuck Maylin for breakfast. Chuck is now selling telephone systems.

I see where KGY may not have to move from their long time waterfront location in Olympia. Likely the economic situation and diminished need for port expansion had something to do with it. Speaking of which, It’s been nice to see GM Dick Pust attending the last couple of EAS- SECC meetings.

Ah yes, EAS. Yes we are still going to have a revised and improved EAS system, it’s just taking longer than some would have liked.

Meanwhile the FCC fined a station for messing up an EAS test. This resulted in all the state broadcaster associations calling on the FCC to back off, which they did. This matter is far from over for it underscores some of the severe problems with EAS in some parts of the country. If you are curious about what’s going on and would like to know more - Here’s an invitation to join the SBE EAS Exchange. This Remailer is the place to find the answers. Sign up info is on the SBE Web Site – under Government Relations/EAS. While I’m at it – If you are not subscribed to the Washington State EAS Remailer – You are not able to fully participate in our states system. Go to - and get connected !

Looking at economic issues –
According to some of their creditors, Tribune Co. management should not be given sole control over the filing of a bankruptcy reorganization plan. Sounds like the mess continues at high levels. Tribune owns two TV’s in Seattle.

The Washington Post is shutting down some of its U.S. bureaus o concentrate our journalistic firepower on our central mission of covering Washington DC. Translation – economic mandated contraction.

According to Mediaweek’s report on Radio - The digital segment, saw a sales increase 14% to $126 million in Q3. Local and national ads were off by 19% to $3.4 billion, network radio revenue fell 11% to $253 million and sales from off-air sources dropped 9% to $335 million. RAB reported Q3 Revenue was down 16%

It’s not just radio. Local TV revenue was down 27% in the first half of the year, and the Newspaper Association of America reports revenue fell 28% in the third quarter to $6.44 billion.

The bottom line – Just about everyone says the worst is behind us and have reason to believe that things are looking up.

Oprah’s big news came as no surprise as she announced that next year would be the last for her long-running TV show aired locally by Channel 5. Rumor is that she will be creating a cable channel. Is this another loss for Broadcast TV.

Not everyone it thrilled with PPM. Could it be that Congress feels they can ‘fix it’? December 2 is the day for a House Committee to start their hearings into just how the Arbitron system works. The company has said that they are looking forward to it.

The FCC has been busy – here is a sampling -
You would have thought by now that every broadcaster understood that not having their tower fenced is a big NO-NO. Proving that timing is important ….KCNL-AM Carson City NV suffered the misfortune of having much of the fence around its tower blow down – and an FCC field agent happened by for an inspection before it was able to put the fence back up. Despite a number of interesting circumstances, the station will pay $3500.

The FCC has advised Clear Channel that they’d like a check for $8000 for the un-authorized transfer of control of WOLL –FM. This one sounds like a large box of lawyer fodder to me.

A cable TV system has been issued a citation for excessive leakage.

A pirate radio station on 107.9 in Lompc has been issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation.

A New Mexico FM station has been fined 20 Grand for operating from the wrong city, 34 miles from where it was supposed to be. (DUH!)

The FCC is seeking comment on issues related to children's use of electronic media. The FCC's Notice of Inquiry on Empowering Parents and Protecting Children in an Evolving Media Landscape can be found at Comments are due January 25, 2010 and reply comments are due February 22, 2010.

The NOI seeks information on the extent to which children are using electronic media today, including television, cell phones and other mobile devices, DVD players and VCRs, video games and video game players, iPods and other MP3 players, and the Internet. The NOI also asks about the benefits and risks these technologies bring for children and the ways in which parents, teachers, and children can help reap the benefits of electronic media while minimizing the risks.

Meanwhile, in Oregon - The FCC has ordered KRAT-FM/Altamont, OR, off the air, saying it didn’t have a license to operate since a license renewal application was dismissed back in 2007…Reportedly, the real owner of the station fraudulently filed for the license renewal under another person's name.

Remember that big judgement over a death related to a radio contest in Sacramento? Well the stations owners, Entercom, reported the amount was fully covered by their insurance.

Folks at KPLU are not likely too happy with the news that the frequency of their long standing translator at View Park that provided great a great signal in downtown Seattle will be replaced by a new, full power, FM on 88.1 from Capital Peak near Olympia. The station is KLOP licensed to Ocean Park. Capital Peak is also the site of Clear Channels KNBQ on 102.9.

Speaking of things on the FM band that make you wonder…..I noted on I-5 in the Federal Way area, between 320th and SR18 you can hear an XM radio channel quite well. Additonally I was listening to Howard Stern talk about female body parts the other day just north of downtown on Northbound I-5. Apparently someone also re-broadcasting an XM Radio channel.

Reading in the latest issue of Radio World a piece by Randy Stine talking about the aftermath of the fires in the LA area that threatened Mt Wilson. The take away from this is the importance of having back-up or auxiliary transmitting facilities that are truly redundant, ie, not at the same location. Here in the Seattle area only a hand-full of FM/s have this ability. Granted TV stations today can loose their off-air signal due to the level of cable penetration, however radio is not that lucky. The time may come that these facilities will discover how lucky they have been over the years, lets hope not.

We’ve all been subjected to the call for bans for distractions while driving. No more talking on the phone, texting, reading a news paper etc etc. Thankfully no one has Called for a ban on operating Amateur Radio equipment in a vehicle, especially when the equipment is push to talk and laid out so as to not cause the driver any distraction.

Doug Irwin, former CE of Clear Channel Seattle, was in town recently. We had lunch and discussed what its like to work in NYC. Did not realize that he still has his home here. Get the feeling he would love to come back to the PNW. If anyone knows of An opening, let him know….I’m sure he’d appreciate it.

I found out after I sent out last months edition that George Bisso has been in the hospital. Apparently something quite serious. Get well soon George!

Remember the great KOMO power failure of a couple months back? Well this time the spinning knife stopped at KING-TV. City light was having trouble in the area of the KING Transmitter and the power failed, when it did things apparently did not go well within the plant on QAH. I don’t have any details.

Recent power problems stuck the KDDS Transmitter on South Mountain with failure of their rotory phase converter and then, a short time later, their auxiliary transmitter resulting in silence on Thanksgiving Day at 99.3.

In Georgia recently something took place that we have all worried about. A 2 man crew for WSB-TV had just finished a live-shot from the Fulton County Jail and started to leave the scene. Only one little problem – Their mast was still up. As they moved the mast came into contact with high voltage power lines and the resulting explosion ripped off the mast and left a crater under what was left of the truck. The two occupants were checked out at a local hospital and are expected to be OK. You have to wonder about the training, or lack thereof, at WSB-TV…..Additionally, why did they not have an interlock circuit that would have prevented the vehicle from moving with the mast up?

There must be something going on that we don’t know about….This month another live-truck problem. This time KFSM (In Arkansas) was setting up for a live shot when (for reasons not stated) their truck rolled into a river. Preliminary damage estimates ….$250,000

Some good news for Radio Broadcasters as Apple introduced an FM tuner for its iPod and the MSFT Zoon received some good reviews.

Very much enjoyed having Hal Kneller of Nautel at the November Chapter Meeting. Apparently the major factors dealing with the matter of increasing the power of HD-Radio transmission are now in agreement on asking the Commish for a 6 db increase. This would increase the HD Radio power level from 20db below FM to 14db below. Proponents of the increase would like to get to -10, however concerns about adjacent channel interference appear to have been heard. Possible means of dealing with that involves operating with one set of carriers (above or below the FM) at different levels. One station in our area, 96.5, has been operating with HD-R levels of -15 and the 5 db increase is quite impressive. This is not just a matter of turning up the power on an existing transmitter as most stations don’t have over sized HD transmitters. Then there is the issue of up-sizing down stream components. HD Radio power is not the same as FM power due to the differences in Peak to Average Ratio. Some stations opted to purchase single tube transmitters operating in Hybrid (FM + HD) Mode. These units were designed for -20 HD levels and not -14 or more. Bottom line – getting that extra 6 db is going to be very expensive. All this is, of course, dependent on the FCC approving the request.

HD radio continues to make progress with an increasing number of auto makers announcing that HD would be standard in their new models. Rolls Royce just joined that club. Unfortunately Toyota has not. I just purchased a 2010 model and they were of no help.

Sad to report the passing of Louis King. He was the founder of Kintronic Labs. Kintronic Is probably the leading supplier of phasing and matching equipment used in AM stations. He was 94.

Let me leave you with the following questions – Perhaps 2010 will be the year when we discover the answer to these ?–

  • Why do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?
  • Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke?
  • Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters?
  • Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage?
  • Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darkens our skin?
  • Why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed?
  • Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?
  • Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?
  • Why is it that doctors and lawyers call what they do 'practice'?
  • Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
  • Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
  • Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
  • Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?
  • Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
  • Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
  • Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
  • Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
  • Why If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

Let me end this edition with my sincere wish for a very happy new year and the very best in 2010.
Clay, K7CR, CPBE


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TV Spectrum Under Seige Again

By Tom Weeden, WJ9H
Madison Chapter 24

Once again the spectrum allotted for television broadcasting is under siege. In the 1970’s the translator band on channels 70-83 was taken for cell phone use. In the 1980’s the land mobile interests were seeking use of part of the UHF TV band and one or two channels between 14 and 20 were assigned for land mobile in several large markets. During the 1990’s, the FCC in their quest to find spectrum to auction in order to satisfy Congress decided to reallocate channels 51-69 for various wireless and public services. And most recently, the FCC allowed unlicensed broadband devices to share the TV spectrum. There are now calls for TV broadcasters to give up some or the entire TV spectrum for use by wireless services to deliver Internet and other broadband services to mobile and fixed devices.

On October 7th FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski made a speech ( attachmatch/DOC-293891A1.pdf) before the CTIA which is the wireless industry's trade group about the need to free up more spectrum for broadband. In the speech he noted that spectrum for wireless and broadband had been increased by 3 times, but traffic is projected to increase by 30 times in the future. He said that the spectrum would need to be reallocated from other users.


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NPR & Ibiquity Strike Deal on HD Radio Power Increase

Thanks to Chapter 124 – Oregon
November 5, 2010, Washington, DC

iBiquity Digital Corporation and NPR announced an agreement for managing an HD Radio™ power increase that will significantly improve reception of HD Radio signals. The two organizations are jointly presenting their recommendations to the FCC today and encouraging the Commission to move to adopt the power increase quickly.

“We are delighted that the radio industry is now poised to push this technology ahead together. We’ve found practical and balanced solutions that will greatly improve reception while limiting interference to existing analog operations,” said Bob Struble, President and CEO of iBiquity Digital Corporation.

The agreement proposes that the Commission authorize a blanket 6 dB increase for all commercial and non-commercial radio stations’ digital power from the current level of -20 dBc to a power level of -14 dBc; this is four times the current power level. NPR and iBiquity consulted with a broad spectrum of commercial and noncommercial stations over the last few weeks, and identified several conditions and criteria to manage the power increase process. These conditions were informed by NPR Labs recent field research, “Advanced IBOC Coverage and Compatibility Study,” filed with the Commission earlier this week. Conditions of the blanket increase included commitment by iBiquity and NPR to additional enhancements to the HD Radio™ system. The development work of the two organizations will focus on single frequency networks to fill gaps in digital coverage, asymmetrical digital sidebands to reduce the potential for digital interference to short spaced first adjacent analog stations, and low bitrate codecs and conditional access crucial to moving radio reading services into the mainstream of digital radio broadcasting.

Notably, the two organizations offered an approach to additional power increases beyond a 6 dB increase, depending on spacing criteria and conditions that limit harmful interference, and initial models suggest most stations will be able to exceed 6 dB.

Mike Starling, Executive Director of NPR Labs, said “We are optimistic about the future of HD Radio broadcasting, and eager to continue to work with iBiquity on the developments that will make this power increase work to everyone’s advantage – stations, listeners, and receiver makers.”

"I am thrilled that a workable and efficacious compromise has been agreed to on this extremely important and controversial issue," said Milford Smith, Vice President of Radio Engineering at Greater Media, Inc. "Replication of analogue coverage by the new, digital service is absolutely critical to the continued successful roll out of HD Radio technology." iBiquity and NPR encouraged the Commission to act on unresolved complaints in cases in which interference is shown to cause a problem. The agreement also proposes a series of steps drawn from the current AM rules for interference to be applied to qualifying and limiting harmful interference with analog at the 6 dB increase level (-14 dBc). These steps would remediate harmful interference from any stations increasing power above the existing -20 dBc power level.



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October 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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SBE News

A Word from the SBE President Vinny Lopez

Greetings to all SBE members. When I was elected, I had told all of you that I would be open, and provide plenty of information on the Society. The first SBE President's netcast is posted on The link is on the center of the home page. Netcast #2 will be coming out this week. I plan to introduce video netcasts at some point as well. I have also started my blog, it is available at We plan on more initiatives soon, so as we say, stay tuned.

The SBE Roundtable

From Jim Leifer There is a new Moderator to the SBE Roundtable.

Jim Leifer will be the new moderator and he encourages you to ask more questions and remember to keep the talk on point. Let's not flood everyone's inbox.

The purpose of the SBE Roundtable is to provide a forum for discussion about the SBE and technical issues related to the broadcast industry. It's a great place to ask a technical question as more than 500 members of SBE will see it.

We do have an alternative, that is SBE CHAT, where the range of topics is open beyond that of broadcast.

Here is the link to subscribe to SBE Chat. For SBE Chat, members will have to log-in to the website to subscribe. And for those who are concerned about the volume of email, perhaps, you should consider the digest version of the SBE Roundtable. This may be a good alternative for those of you who want to keep up with what is going on.

Our latest improvement to this remailer is that we are asking our Board of Directors to ask those tuff questions, and answer any questions you might have. So this is your new SBE Roundtable 2.0. Hopefully this will be another benefit for you.


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.

Career Helper and Job Search Tips

We’ve run articles in the past about portions of this valuable series on career assistance. Here is a comprehensive listing of articles by Deborah Walker, CCMC Resume Writer / Career Coach.

Check out this link:

Excelsior College announces Certification Courses

by Rebecca Troeger
Excelsior College

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

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

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

College Credit for Your SBE Certification:

The Society of Broadcast Engineers and Excelsior College have teamed up! Your current SBE Certification may qualify for credit towards a degree from Excelsior College or could help you finish that degree you’ve been working on at another institution. If you’re interested, contact Excelsior College by calling toll-free at (888) 647-2388 to learn about the details.

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

Megan Clappe

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

SBE CertPreview Software

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

Certification Exam Session Dates:

The SBE National Certification Committee certification exam session dates for 2009 are listed below. Check the list below for the exam period that is best for you. For more information about SBE Certification, see your Chapter Certification Chair or contact Megan Clappe, Certification Director at the SBE National Office at (317) 846-9000, or

Exam Dates Location Application Deadline
November 6-16, 2009 Local Chapters September 18, 2009 Date Past
February 5-15, 2010 Local Chapters December 31, 2009
April 13, 2010 NAB Convention March 26, 2010
June 4-14, 2010 Local Chapters April 16, 2010
August 6-16, 2010 Local Chapters June 4, 2010
November 5-15, 2010 Local Chapters September 17, 2010

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.
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