A monthly newsletter by Society of Broadcast Engineers Chapter 48

June 1999

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The June Meeting
Upcoming Meetings And Happenings
SBE/SMPTE Gets Legal?
Nominations Committee Announces Candidate Slate
Make 1999 The Year You Become SBE Certified
Be Proud of Your SBE Certification
Amateur Radio News
Bits and Bytes
Clay's Corner
Employer Terms
Fun with Fred

The June Meeting

Meeting Date: THURSDAY JUNE 17, 1999
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Ceavco Audio Visual - 1650 Webster St. Denver

Webster Street is located east of Wadsworth and north of Colfax.

6th Ave to Wadsworth, North on Wadsworth, cross Colfax proceed 1 block, east to Webster Topic: The presenter will be Jim Peacher, Leitch, who will show the new ASC Newsroom system.

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Upcoming Meetings And Happenings

THURSDAY June 17 Time: 5:30 pm at Ceavco Audio Visual - 1650 Webster St. in Denver (near Wadsworth and Colfax) - Presentation by Jim Peacher, Leitch, who will show the new ASC Newsroom system. Libations and munchies provided.

July 21 World Famous Picnic on Lookout Mountain

August 31 - September 3 NAB Radio Show, Orlando, FL

August 18 Backup Power - Dennis Roundtree - Plannergy, Inc.

September 15 Burst Video will host our meeting.

September 24 - 27 Audio Engineering Society 107th Convention - Jacob K. Javits Center, New York, New York

September 29 - October 2 RTNDA - International Conference & Exhibition, Charlotte, NC

October, 1999 Rocky Mountain Film and Video Expo

November 1999 Chapter 48 Elections

November 19 - 22 141st SMPTE Technical Conference & Exhibit, New York, NY

December 15, 12 noon Lunch at NDTC

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SBE/SMPTE Gets Legal?

Fred Baumgartner

For some time, the SBE and SMPTE offices have strongly suggested that we incorporate our chapter, mostly for reasons of liability and avoid any issues of taxation. This isn't that easy of a project, and we've never had either much exposure to liability or taxes. So being true engineers, we pretty much didn't think this was worth the effort.

Since we've decided to proceed down the course of setting up a community radio station as a chapter project, we have no choice but to make the chapter a legal entity. We simply can't even fill out the FCC forms at without going this next step. So, I've had the opportunity to collect all the material from the SBE on how to do this, and a couple of months ago, I put together a proposed set of By-laws, and Articles of Incorporation. This was sent to everyone I know of with an e-mail address. The next step is to review them at a meeting, make any amendments, and vote on them.

I wish we could send these out with the newsletter, but, at six pages, it's not all that practical... and frankly, they are very boilerplate and boring. If you would like a copy, please call me at 303-486-3946, and give me your FAX or address, or better yet, E-mail me at baumgartner.fred.m@tci.com .

It appears that the next major event is the picnic 21 July. I'll have copies at the next meeting in June, but I'm hoping we can approve them on Lookout Mountain. The next step is to turn them over to a lawyer, and get them filed. Now, here is the rub. While I do have a lawyer in mind, I'd appreciate any other recommendation. This process will cost us a few hundred dollars, so we'll need to approve that expense also.

When that is all done, we can proceed to the next step. Tim Cutforth has volunteered to prepare the FCC engineering filing, and Keith Ericson has offered us tower space at his place to put the station on the air. We're hoping that as time proceeds, a series of applications for Lookout will have been resolved, and we can move the station to a higher and better location.

Putting a station on the air is a long process, but well worth the effort. "Front Porch Radio" is designed to allow many of the educational, and public service organizations access to the airwaves. KFPR (assuming we can get those call letters) will have good auto coverage throughout the Denver Metro area, and we expect that the programming will be as exciting and as varied as Denver.

Once the license is filed, we'll need to discuss the organization of the station itself. I wish there was space to go into how we might deal with appropriately divvying up the air-time. But that's something for future newsletters and meetings.

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Nominations Committee Announces Candidate Slate

Richard Farquhar, CPBE, SBE Nominations Chairman, announced the slate of candidates who will run for the Board of Directors and for four officer positions later this summer. Candidates must be SBE certified at an engineering level and be members in good standing. They agree to participate in Board and/or Executive Committee meetings and represent the full membership.

Officer candidates are as follows:

President - James (Andy) Butler, CPBE Alexandria, VA
Vice President - Richard L. Edwards, CPBE Coral Springs, FL
Larry J. Wilkins, CPBE Montgomery, AL
Secretary - Barry Thomas, CSRE Los Angeles, CA
Treasurer - John A. Batson, CPBE Birmingham, AL

Candidates for six seats on the Board include:

Roger Bishop, CSTE Indianapolis, IN
Tom Daniels CPBE Ft. Worth, TX
Dane Ericksen, P.E., CSRTE San Francisco, CA
Clay Freinwald, CPBE Seattle, WA
R. Dale Gehman, CPBE Akron, PA
Ralph R. Hogan, CPBE Pullman, WA
Keith Kintner, CPBE Los Angeles, CA
Steve Levine, CEV Pasadena, CA
Vinny Lopez, CEV Syracuse, NY
Chriss Scherer, CSRE Overland Park, KS
Tom Weber, CPBE Indianapolis, IN

Additional details about these candidates will be available in the May/June issue of the SBE SIGNAL and later, in a special ballot mailing to all voting members in August.

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Make 1999 The Year You Become SBE Certified

Look below to find the best time for you to become SBE Certified! For more information about SBE Certification, see your Chapter Certification Chair or contact Linda Godby-Emerick, Certification Director at the SBE National Office at (317) 253-1640 or lgodby@sbe.org.

Exam Date(s) Location Application Deadline
August 18 - 28 Local Chapters July 5, 1999
November 12 - 22 Local Chapters September 30, 1999

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Be Proud of Your SBE Certification

Use the Proper Designation!

                Certified Radio Operator                        CRO 
                Certified Television Operator                   CTO 
                Certified Broadcast Technologist                CBT 
                Certified Broadcast Engineer Radio              CBRE 
                Certified Broadcast Engineer Television         CBTE 
                Certified Audio Engineer                        CEA 
                Certified Video Engineer                        CEV 
                Certified Senior Broadcast Engineer Radio       CSRE 
                Certified Senior Broadcast Engineer Television  CSTE 
                Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer       CPBE 

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Amateur Radio News

Tom Weeden, WJ9H

Amateur Radio rules enforcer Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, addressed hams attending an Amateur Radio reception in April at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas. The annual get-together for hams drew upwards of 1000 people. Hollingsworth credited both his boss, FCC Compliance and Information Bureau Chief Richard D. Lee, and FCC Compliance Division Chief Pamera Hairston for setting the events in motion to secure better Amateur Radio enforcement. "Pam and Rich went to the chairman [William Kennard] last October and asked for amateur enforcement," he said. "At the time they went and asked for it, they were totally loaded up with pirate broadcaster cases, and the last thing they needed was more work." But Hollingsworth said Lee, a former Marine, was serious about enforcement and, like the Marines, wants it done right. As Hollingsworth prepared to leave the podium, Lee got the last laugh by quipping, "So, are we going to take this opportunity to retest everybody?" (...at which there were many loud moans from the crowd, including from myself. WJ9H)

The organization coordinating amateur radio aboard the International Space Station, "ARISS," has announced that one of the upcoming crew members will be a ham. Expedition commander William Shepherd, a US astronaut, recently passed his amateur radio examinations but had not yet received his call sign. The first crew deployment on the ISS is expected next January. Due to lack of rack space on the Russian-built service module, the initial complement of amateur radio gear will be attached to the wall using Velcro.

(Excerpts from "The ARRL Letter," May 1999 "QST" Magazine, and personal observations...)

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Bits and Bytes

Richard Jones, Chapter 16

In the realm of Internet broadcasting it appears that the concept has not died yet. Although many have predicted the demise of Internet radio many new "stations" are coming online all the time, many with very sophisticated programming. It does not sound at all amateurish as many would expect. The biggest of all, Broadcast.com, has recently gone public, becoming worth millions almost overnight. Other stations are former or current pirate stations looking for legitimacy. As for audio software, Real Networks, the producer of RealPlayer G2 and others, has updated its program and is now competing with its archrival Microsoft, which has produced the Windows Mediaplayer. Since this software is free all it requires is a sound card and speakers. Quality is getting better all the time. It's possible now for anyone to sell advertising over the Internet on one's own little radio station and actually make money. Not much perhaps but this trend is growing.

Microsoft has announced a Y2K bug fix for Windows 95 users that is downloadable from their web site on the Internet. It is free. Microsoft says it intends to continue supporting its "older platforms" until such time as the user wants to upgrade to Windows 98. Win 98 already has the bug fix built in, according to Microsoft.

You may have noticed the ads for new computers are now including the poor man's Pentiums: Celeron processors. The Celerons do not appear to be selling as well as the Pentiums --at this point due to the fact that when the Celerons were first produced they had little or no caching, thereby reducing their performance. As a result many buyers have shied away from them. Since then, Intel has added cache and beefed up their performance abilities but still users are shying away from them preferring the famous Pentium names.

Prices for computers are still dropping. This is resulting in the fact that 60% of U.S. households now have computers, and many companies are still having financial problems due to price wars.

Again, as usual if you have any comments please email me at: richard@serv.net

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Clay's Corner

Clay Freinwald, Seattle Chapter 16

In the past few months the Chapter Board has been toiling away trying to come up with a set of bylaws that will be used as a foundation for our SECOND attempt at getting this thing right. Let's hope that we remember that, just like EAS, the outcome of this work is ENTIRELY dependent on what WE do or DON'T do. This new Committee is going to need our help and support as they undertake their task. I look at it this way: serving on the WWFCC is sort of like Jury Duty. It's not something that we normally volunteer to do because you love to do it rather it's something you do because you, as a responsible Broadcaster, have an obligation to serve.

I understand that Fujitsu and Hitachi have formed a joint venture to produce DT sets, 50 inchers at that. They will be out next year with prices in the $4 grand area. Hard to say it, but this is an improvement in price.

In the event you have not done so, mark your calendars for our fall show, Sept 30th and Oct 1st at the usual location in Bellevue.

The new Sputnik 99 satellite has the Amateur Radio community in an up-roar with the announcement from the Swatch Group, Ltd., that the bird will be transmitting on the amateur 2 meter band. The projected life span of the 100Mw transmitter is 30 days with an operating frequency of 145.815 MHz. I get the feeling that the economic situation in Russia these days is a big part of this activity.

Here's a stat for you: DBS now has over 9 million subscribers. Meanwhile, Cable has just under 70 million.

Ten-Tec has joined Sony and Icom by offering a new radio that is basically a Black box that plugs into your computer. Add a little software and the radio control panel appears on your screen. If you have not seen one of these, take a look.

Mike McCarthy, an old friend who operates an independent contract business in the Chicago area, noted that there are three Radio technical staff openings in the Chicago area. He remarks that the shortage of qualified personnel is getting more acute.

The FCC has recently modified their tower rules. Tower owners must now paint cables attached to them. (Come to think of it some of the towers have a big black stripe of coax cables running up their sides.) And flashing Beacons must now all flash at the same time (as opposed to some alternate flash schemes) This is the bad news. The good news is these rules apparently apply to only new structures, i.e., grandfathering will let some of the older structures off the hook. More bad news: UNLESS the FAA thinks that the old structure should be up-graded to meet the new rules. In some cases this could mean spending a serious quantity of money. For details of this one check out: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Orders/1999/fcc99040.txt

The FCC's top amateur enforcer, Riley Hollingsworth, recently made a bunch of hams very happy by acknowledging that the ARRL OO, or Official Observers, are official, in his words "Failure to take the notices seriously and to take correction action where possible will not be tolerated by the Commission." He added, "The volunteer work of these Official Observers is a critical element of the Commission's enforcement program," adding that failure to act on an OO notice could lead to fines and other sanctions.

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Clay Freinwald, Chapter 16

Let's take a look at what some of those Employer Terms really mean...

COMPETITIVE SALARY: We remain competitive by paying less than others.

OUR FAST-PACED TEAM: We have no time to train you.


DUTIES WILL VARY: We will re-assign you the first chance we get.

MUST HAVE AN EYE FOR DETAIL: We don't have a quality control system.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE: We have really filled the job, this is just a formality.

MANAGEMENT TRAINING PROVIDED: You will have management responsibilities immediately, but without the pay to go with it.

GOOD COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS REQUIRED: You will be required to listen to your boss.

CAREER MINDED: Looking for someone that wants to stay in the same job forever and will not challenge the boss

FLEXIBLE HOURS: You do like working split shifts and graveyard, don't you?

RF EXPERIENCE A PLUS: The tower needs paint and the weeds are getting tall.

GOOD COMPUTER SKILLS A PLUS: No one else can figure out the software.

BROADCAST EXPERIENCE A PLUS: We'll take anyone that knows anything about Broadcasting.

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Fun with Fred

Fred Baumgartner

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and were still smelling pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.

Baths equaled a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

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Newsletter Committee

Bill Harris........(303)756-4843 email: bharris4@ix.netcom.com
Garneth M. Harris..(303)756-4843
Andre' Smith.......(303)556-3549 email: asmith@carbon.cudenver.edu

Views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the official positions of the Societies, its officers, or its members. We regret, but are not liable for, any omissions or errors. The Denver SBE and SMPTE Newsletter is published approximately twelve times per year. It is prepared with a combination of text and graphic data. Submission deadline is 10 days before the last day of each month. Other SBE or SMPTE chapters are permitted to use excerpts if attributed to the original authors, sources, and/or the Denver SBE/SMPTE Newsletter.