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October 2018
Volume 34 Number 8 

INFORMATION OF INTEREST TO THE 
MILWAUKEE AREA
BROADCAST ENGINEERING COMMUNITY 
PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY
CHAPTER 28, SOCIETY OF BROADCAST ENGINEERS 
THIS MONTH'S MEETING
 

Review of the
Wisconsin Broadcasters Association
Broadcasters Clinic
 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
6:00 pm

Entercom Communications Milwaukee
11800 W Grange Avenue

Hales Corners, Wi 53130
414-427-1966

(map)
(Street View)


We will be starting Dinner at 6 pm.  Following dinner, we will conduct a short business meeting.

This evenings program will be
Chris Tarr's review of the WBA Broadcasters Clinic and some of the topics presented.
Meeting of Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018

Location
:
     Entercom Communications Milw

Host:            Chris Tarr
Program:      Fundamentals of Optical Fiber
Attendance:  9 Members & 2 guests

Meeting called to order at 6:30 pm.

The July 10th, 2018 minutes recorded by Ron Pellegrini were read and approved.
Committee reports:
Frequency (under 1GHz): Nothing to report
Frequency (Above 1GHz): No movement yet on T-Mobile. Brewers m1y be in the playoffs, might require games to be coordinated.
Treasurer: No reimbursements, $4463.
Old business: None.
New business: The question was raised if anyone would be willing to handle sustaining membership - no  memberships have been done in a few years.
Ron Pellegrini reports that the FAA is talking about requiring IR lights on towers with LEDʼs.
Chris Tarr discussed the possibility of the SBE National Meeting being held in Madison next fall. Also brought up the National EAS test delay.
Program Began at 6:50pm. Dan Weiner of Corning Optical discussed the latest developments in fiber optic cables, as well as new splicing and termination tools.
Meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.
Respectfully Submitted,
Chris Tarr
Chairman
  

SBE Short Circuits
by John Poray

FCC Extends C-Band Registration Deadline
to Oct. 31, 2018
October 18, 2018
In a public notice, the FCC announced a two-week extension, through Oct. 31, 2018, to the filing window for fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations currently operating in the 3.7-4.2 GHz frequency band (C-Band) announced previously in Public Notice DA 18-398 on April 19, 2018.

The FCC previously announced that the C-Band filing window would close on Oct. 17, 2018. Due to the large influx of applications filed near the mid-October deadline, the International Bureau Filing System (IBFS), which handles the registration, experienced intermittent difficulties that have prevented some applicants from filing for license or registration. Because of this, the filing window has been extended for an additional two weeks.

2018 SBE Board Takes Office,
Committee Chairs Assigned
October 12, 2018
The Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, held its National Meeting Oct. 2 and 3 in Danvers, MA, in conjunction with the Media Resource Expo. Among the events during those two days, the SBE Board of Directors met, and the SBE held its annual Membership Meeting.

At the Membership Meeting on Oct. 3, the 2018-2019 officers and directors were sworn in to begin their new terms. (The results of the SBE election were announced on Aug. 23.) SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, also announced his committee chair appointments for the coming year, which were reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors at its meeting on Oct. 2. The committee chair assignments follow.

Committee Chair
Awards Tom McGinley, CPBE, AMD, CBNT
By-Laws Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB
Certification Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNE
Chapter Liaison Mark Fehlig, CPBE, 8-VSB
Education Wayne Pecena,CPBE,8-VSB,AMD,DRB,CBNE
Fellowship Troy Pennington, CSRE, CBNT
Finance Roswell Clark, CPBE, CBNT
Frequency Coordination R.J. Russell, CPBE
Government Relations Kevin Trueblood, CBRE, CBNT
International Charles W. Kelly Jr.
Membership Steve Brown, CPBE, CBNT
Mentoring Kimberly K. Sacks, CBT
Nominations Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT
Publications Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO
Social Networking Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE
Sustaining Membership Stephen H. Lampen, CBRE
Technologies Shane Toven, CBRE, CBNT

On the committee assignments, President Leifer said, "We have a wide range of talent and skills represented by our committee chairs. I look forward to working with all of them in the coming year to further the goals of the SBE and enact the plans being laid following our strategic planning conference held earlier this year."

The national board of directors of the SBE is responsible for the development of policy and determines the programs and services the society provides to its more than 5,000 members.

EAS National Test Reminder:

Do Not Air Alert Tones as Examples
September 14 2018
As you prepare your station for the EAS and Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA) national test on Sept. 20, 2018, remember that the FCC forbids airing the audio attention signal or EAS tones for any reason other than a genuine alert, authorized test, or approved public service announcement. Remind your news and programming operations of this rule.

Any transmission, including broadcast, of the WEA or EAS attention signals or codes, or a simulation of them, under any circumstances other than a genuine alert, authorized test, or approved public service announcement violates the Commission’s rules and undermines the important public safety precautions that WEA and EAS provide. See 47 CFR §§ 10.520(d), 11.45.

While the FCC encourages improving public awareness of WEA and the EAS, including the upcoming nationwide test, broadcasters and cable providers are reminded to exercise caution and avoid inadvertently broadcasting the WEA or EAS tones in a news story.

Any question or concerns with the upcoming nationwide test can be directed to the FCC at alerting@fcc.gov.


SBE Re-elects Jim Leifer as President
August 23, 2018

The  Society of  Broadcast  Engineers, the  association
for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, announces the results of the 2018 election for the national board of directors. Jim Leifer, CPBE, was re-elected as the society's president. Leifer is senior manager of broadcast operations at American Tower Corporation, Andover, MA.

Regarding the election, President Leifer said, "I thank SBE members for their support and the Board of Directors for their work over the last year. Looking ahead, I am eager to discuss the ideas from the SBE strategic planning meeting held in June, and then implement those approved by the SBE Board of Directors. This will enhance the membership experience as we embrace new technologies and new ways of performing the work of the SBE."

Others serving one-year terms as officers, which begin on Oct. 3, are:

Vice President: Robert "RJ" Russell, CPBE; president, Technical Broadcast Solutions, Inc.; Middletown, DE

Secretary: Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE; director of engineering, Texas A&M University - KAMU-FM & TV; College Station, TX

Treasurer: Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE; senior director, Techwood Engineering; Turner; Atlanta

   

Serving two-year terms on the board of directors, which also begin Oct. 3 are:

   

   

• Stephen J. Brown, CPBE, CBNT; director of broadcast engineering, Woodward Radio Group; Appleton, WI
• Roswell Clark, CPBE, CBNT; senior director of radio engineering, Cox Media Group; Clearwater, FL
• Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE; senior solutions consultant, Telos Alliance; Nashville, TN
• Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT; chief engineer, WSTM/WTVH/WSTQ-TV; Syracuse, NY
• Thomas McGinley, CPBE, AMD, CBNT; president, McGinley Enterprizes; Missoula, MT
• Shane Toven, CBRE, CBNT; field engineer, Educational Media Foundation; Laramie, WY

The national board of directors of the SBE is responsible for the development of policy and determines the programs and services the society provides to its more than 5,000 members. Those elected will begin their terms on Oct. 3, 2018, during the SBE Membership Meeting. They will join the other six directors who have another year remaining in their terms (Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO; CTO, WLVT-TV, Roseland, NJ; Mark Fehlig, PE, CPBE, 8-VSB, senior systems engineer, Jampro Antennas/Alan Dick, Walnut Creek, CA; Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, director of engineering/operations, Cox Media Group, Charlotte, NC; Stephen H. Lampen, CBRE, consultant, San Francisco, CA; Kimberly K. Sacks, CBT, director of engineering, iHeartMedia, Loveland, CO; Kevin Trueblood, CBRE, CBNT, director of engineering, WGCU Public Media, Estero, FL; and Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, director of technical operations, Entercom Greenville Spartanburg, who remains the immediate past president.

The SBE National Meeting will be held Oct. 2-3, 2018, in Danvers, MA, in conjunction with the Media Resource Expo (MRE).


SBE Joins Professional Certification Coalition
August 15, 2018

Since February 2018, a number of states have considered legislation that could restrict how holders of SBE certifications, and hundreds of other non-governmental certifications, are able to use them. The intent has been to remove perceived employment barriers and is focused on state professional licensing laws. However, language affecting voluntary certifications offered by private organizations has been swept up into these bills.

The legislation varies by state. Some define certifications as solely created by the state, while others limit holders of certifications from using them to promote their business, or indicate their knowledge and experience to current or potential employees.

Legislation in Louisiana was successfully amended earlier this year, but a new law in Missouri went into effect earlier this summer that defines certification as only authorized by the state. Legislation is pending in Ohio, Illinois and Michigan.

The SBE has joined the Professional Certification Coalition (PCC), which was formed to challenge these legislative efforts. The coalition is led by the American Society of Association Executives and the Institute for Certification Excellence. It currently numbers more than 50 organizational members. The group is waging a campaign focused on educating state legislators and their staffs on how this legislation will negatively affect thousands of their constituents. Their aim is to modify the bills to remove any effect they have on certifications offered by private, non-profit associations and other certification granting organizations.

The SBE will be an active participant in this effort and may call on individual SBE members who hold SBE certifications to contact their state legislators. Watch for further updates in The Signal, SBE-news and SBE Legislative Updates and Alerts.


SBE CertPreview™
certification exam preparation software
SBE
 

SBE CertPreview sample certification test software is available. It's a downloadable version with 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 approximately 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™)

Cost for each SBE CERTpreview practice test is $32 for the download version or $36 plus $3 shipping for the CD. To order a copy, visit

https://www.sbe.org/certpreview/index.php.

CERTIFICATION EXAMS
The Certification exam session dates for 2018 are listed below.  For more information about SBE Certification, contact Chapter Certification Chair Rick Ryan at (414) 305-9374 or RickRyan@wi.rr.com, or contact Megan Clappe, Certification Director at the SBE National Office at (317) 846-9000 or MClappe@sbe.org.
Exam Dates
Location
Application Deadline
Nov 2-12, 2018 Local Chapter Past
Feb 1-11, 2019 Local Chapter
Dec 31, 2018
Apr 9, 2019 NAB, Las Vegas Mar 1, 2019
Jun 7-17, 2019 Local Chapter Apr 19, 2019

Fees for 2018 are as follows:  
Certification Level
Member
 
Non-Member
Radio Operator
$54

*$54
TV Operator $54
*$54
Broadcast Technologist $56
$141
Broadcast Networking Technologist
$65

$150
Audio/Video Engineer
$70

$155
Broadcast Engineer $70
$155
Broadcast Networking Engineer $83
$168
Senior Broadcast Engineer
$95

$180
Professional Broadcast Engineer
$120

$205
Specialist Certification


AM Directional Specialist
$65

$150
8VSB Specialist
$65

$150
Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist $65
$150
 
*Does not include first year membership
Please support our sustaining members

Chuck Janzer
David Janzer
Associated Technical Services
10010 W Schlinger Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53214-1129
414-476-4200
414-476-8417 fax
cjanzer@atswi.com
djanzer@atswi.com
http://www.atswi.com

David Kerstin
Broadcasters General Store
3840 SW N Street
Richmond, IN 47374
765-935-6707
765-935-6158 fax
dave@bgs.cc
http://www.bgs.cc/

GEPCO International
a General Cable company
1770 Birchwood Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60018
847-942-7990 (cell)
http://www.GEPCO.com/

Dennis Klas
Heartland Video Systems
1311 Pilgrim Road 
Plymouth,    WI  53073
800-332-7088
920-893-4204
920-893-3106 fax
dklas@hvs-inc.com
http://www.hvs-inc.com

 
IBEW Local 715 
Wisconsin Broadcast Engineers
633 S Hawley Road, Suite 107
Milwaukee, WI 53214-1948
414-479-0580
414-479-0582 fax

Randy Ross
Industrial Electronics
by Ross 
3256 S 92nd St, 
West Allis, WI 53227
414-327-1555
414-327-0577 fax
indelect@execpc.com
http://www.industrialelectronics.biz/

David R. Pritchard
Pritchard Consulting
7583 Dada Drive 
Gurnee, IL 60031 
847- 207-6111
W9QL@att.net

Tony Coleman
Hearst Television, Inc.
WISN-TV
759 N 19th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
414-937-3375
414-342-2657 fax
tcoleman@hearst.com
http://www.wisn.com

Sinclair Broadcast Group 
WVTV/WCGV
11520 W Calumet Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53224

414-815-4100
414-815-4103 fax

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc.
9102 North Meridian Street, Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Phone: (317) 846-9000
Fax: (317) 846-9120
http://www.sbe.org

Edited by volunteer members of SBE Chapter 28, Milwaukee, WI.  Opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the SBE or Chapter 28.  Material for publication may be submitted electronically to Newsletter@sbe28.org.  Reprint permission granted to other SBE Chapters.  Please credit this newsletter and original source if indicated.
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