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Find, Post Jobs on SBE JobsOnline

February 6, 2012

Many broadcast engineering positions are regularly listed on SBE JobsOnline. Members who are out of work or looking to make a move, can benefit from the only comprehensive job-posting site dedicated solely to broadcast engineering and other technical or semi-technical positions.

The tool is a great benefit of membership as full position descriptions are only available to members of the SBE. A very helpful feature of the site allows users to search for job listings based on six different criteria you choose, including type of facility, job title, location, position level, supervisory responsibility and salary range.

Users can save search criteria and have emails automatically sent by SBE JobsOnline when a new job is posted that matches your search criteria.


Don’t forget to check the Jobs tab on this site – postings are sporadic, but always relevant to this community!

Learn About Event Frequency Coordination

February 6, 2012

Need to learn about Event Frequency Coordination?

SBE offers a three hour webinar available on-demand.

This two-part webinar series embarks on event frequency coordination from beginning to end. This includes understanding the importance of coordination, where to get wireless channels, and the types of users. The FCC rules and regulations as they pertain to frequency coordination will also be reviewed. Details related to both technical and non-technical aspects of coordination are also examined, including how to communicate with the media, finding users, how to find a coordinator in other cities, and the step-by-step technical process of coordination. Click here to learn more.


February 1, 2012

Newsletter Publishing

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Garneth M. Harris

Tom Goldberg – On-Line Editor

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December 2011 Meeting Report

January 7, 2012

Annual Holiday Luncheon at Park Hill

Proposed Front Range 450 MHz BAS Band Plan

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Time: 11:30AM to 1PM
Location: Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 E. 35th Avenue, Denver, CO 80207
Topic: Proposed Front Range 450 MHz BAS Band Plan
Cost:  Bellaire Buffet, $15 per person
Presenters:  Ray Benedict, SBE Frequency Committee Chair; Paul Deeth, KCNC

Meeting Report:
The December meeting was held at the Park Hill Golf Club where members and guests enjoyed the usual delicious Holiday Buffet provided by the club’s catering staff. Following the meal SBE national board member Ray Benedict and Paul Deeth of the KCNC engineering staff provided a entertaining and informative talk on their efforts to license a new Motorola digital 2-way radio system in the 450/455 MHz Broadcast Auxiliary spectrum. The process has been hindered by regulatory confusion about the emission designators that can be licensed. Once this issue has been resolved, KCNC and KMGH will take advantage of new features such as GPS location information and multiplexed transmissions that the new radios enable. A new 450/455 MHz band plan will facilitate migration to the new digital service without disruption to existing analog frequency assignments. Mr. Benedict also discussed SBE’s educational efforts and other member benefits.

Notice of SBE Election:
At the December SMPTE-SBE48 meeting, SBE members elected Tony Roccanova or 5280 Broadcast as Chairman and Shane Toven of Wyoming Public Media as Vice Chairman of SBE Chapter 48. We would like to thank immediate past chairman Scott Barella of Larcan for his service to the Chapter.

Lunch included Park Hill’s Bellaire Holiday Buffet:

  • Baby Spinach, Dried Cranberries, Candied Pecans, and Feta Cheese with a Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Waldorf Salad
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Old Fashioned Stuffing
  • Sage Roasted Turkey with Sherry Mushroom Gravy
  • Sliced Smoked Ham with a Maple Glaze

We would like to thank 5280 Broadcast (Tony Roccanova), BTX (Cliff Wernet), Burst (Kirk Basefsky and Robin Heywood), KCNC (David Layne), and RF Specialties of TX (Denver Office – Jim Schoedler) for sponsoring the Holiday Luncheon. Their contributions to this event make it possible to keep the cost to members low.


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


KEØVH Hamshack for January 2012

January 7, 2012

Jack Roland KEØ


HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope and pray that all of you will enjoy a prosperous and joyful 2012 with the Lord, your families, and at your work.

Last month I had the picture of the General Electric radio that my wife and I bought from a used furniture store in downtown Denver in the December article.  We have really enjoyed listening to KEZW in Denver, which is a Standards/Nostalgia station in the area on this radio.  I have really enjoyed the big band/hits format of the station, especially when working on old tube radio’s.  They just sound better playing the older hits!  (BTW, Rick Crandall, the PD of the station, is a MOST EXCELLENT programmer).  We really enjoyed listening to the Christmas music on the station.  But I digress.

As my wife and I were listening to the radio in the kitchen during the holidays, I happened to notice these are the dial of the radio.

I saw the old “CD” for Civil Defense markings, “CD Mark” symbols like this (though generally shown as simple white triangles) were on every radio sold in the U.S., at the 640 kHz and 1240 kHz frequency points, to help listeners find the CONELRAD  stations.  There is some interesting information on all this at  Also about amateur radio in this wikipedia article, it states:

“Beginning January 2, 1957, U.S. amateur radio came under CONELRAD rules and all stations, while operating, were required to verify at least once every 10 minutes that a normal broadcast station was on the air. If not, the amateur operators were required to stop transmitting. Several companies marketed special receivers that would sound an alarm and automatically deactivate the amateur’s transmitter when the monitored broadcast station went off the air.”

A very interesting cold war amateur radio rule I didn’t know about.  There is a very interesting web site with all things Civil Defense at  There are many interesting websites and videos to be found on the net regarding this subject.

One fine day before Christmas I had to spend some time on Cheyenne Mountain cleaning and working on my transmitters, then took some lunch time and drove over to an adjacent hilltop close to the transmitters and operated 10 meter mobile for a lunch hour.  It was a great time, as I worked a bunch of east coast stations and back thru Pennsylvania, AND 1 station in New Zealand even!  25 watts out of my Realistic HTX-10 to a unity gain mag mount mobile antenna on the Durango.

The Durango on the mountain top                  

HTX-10 on 28.480 mHz

It was fun to be on the “DX” station end, as I had a mini pileup on me when I called “CQ from the top of 9600 foot Cheyenne Mountain near Colorado Springs”.  I worked solid stations calling me for about 30 minutes, including the New Zealand station.  LOTS of ham radio fun!  Try it sometime from one of your transmitter sites if you are so equipped.  With 10 meters being open as of late, a great time is to be had!  6 Meters has been open a lot lately too, so I think I may try to contrive a 6 meter antenna (I have a dipole I cut for my trip operating 6 meters from the top of Mount Lincoln back in August of 2008.  You can read about that ham radio adventure at  I think I may take the Ranger RCI-5054 DX-100 up Cheyenne Mountain sometime towards the summer season and see what I can work from the same spot.

Don’t forget the SBE IRLP/ECHOLINK Hamnet, the 1st Saturday of the month and the 3rd Thursdays now.  Details on how to join us are at


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