Chris Tarr Appointed to Fill SBE Board Vacancy
February 1, 2019
SBE Board of Directors Executive Committee, at its meeting on Jan. 26,
2019, approved the appointment of Chris Tarr, CSRE, AMD, DRB, CBNE, to
fill an open position on the SBE Board of Directors. The Board seat
opened when Kim Sacks, CBT, resigned her position on the board for
personal reasons. Tarr fills Sacks' unexpired term that will end in the
Tarr is director of technical operations for Entercom
Milwaukee/Madison, WI. He lives in Mukwonago, WI. Tarr served a previous
term on the board as a director from 2006 to 2008. He will also take
over as the chair of the SBE Mentor Committee. On his appointment, Chris
Tarr said, "As someone who is passionate about the future of our
industry, and an SBE mentor of two engineers, I'm honored to be able to
continue the great work Kim Sacks has done with the Mentorship program."
On the appointment, SBE President Jim
Leifer, CPBE, said, "Chris has a boundless energy for broadcast
engineering. With his previous experience on the board, I anticipate
Chris will continue to grow the SBE Mentor Program, continuing on the
great work Kim Sacks started."
SBE Leadership Development Course Set for August 6-8, 2019
February 8, 2019
The Society of Broadcast Engineers will hold
the 2019 SBE Leadership Development Course Aug. 6-8, 2019, in Atlanta,
GA. This three-day course is an intensive study of successful leadership
and management, designed specifically for broadcast engineers.
The course explores the nature of leadership, the difference between
being a manager and being a leader, how to build a winning team, the
importance of attitude in the leadership position, communication
insights and so much more.
Instructing the course for the 11th year will be Rodney Vandeveer,
professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision at Purdue
University. Vandeveer brings more than 30 years of experience in human
resources management, training, development and manufacturing. Vandeveer
also owns a leadership training business, VanTech Training. A previous
course attendee said, "Rodney [Vandeveer] knows this stuff inside and
out and makes it interesting as well. Plus the real-life examples from
his careers help prove the points."
To register for this professional development opportunity, go to sbe.org/ldc.
The enrollment fee is $670 for SBE members and $725 for non-members.
The course will be held at the Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport-South. A
special room rate of $118 per night is available. Mention the SBE
Leadership Development Course when booking by phone, or reserve a room online. Questions? Contact SBE Education Director Cathy Orosz at email@example.com.
The SBE has presented the SBE Leadership
Development Course since 1997. The NAB sponsored the course from 1965 to
1995. This intense course is designed specifically for broadcast
engineers who have or aspire to have management responsibilities.
Details on the course and registration information are available at sbe.org/ldc.
SBE WEBxtra Begins Pilot Run
February 4, 2019
Following the SBE strategic planning conference held in Jun 2018, the
SBE has created several task groups to investigate and develop plans
based on 46 action steps to accomplish the objectives of growing and
retaining membership, attracting new and younger members to the SBE, and
increasing participation in SBE activities among members. One of those
action steps was to create a monthly virtual program for member
engineers, technicians and other broadcast professionals, wherever they
The task group, under the leadership of SBE Board Member Kirk
Harnack, launched a three-episode trial of the SBE WEBxtra. The first
episode aired live on Jan. 25. (Watch that episode now.)
Additional episodes will air in February and March as part of a pilot
program to evaluate the YouTube live stream. Harnack and his task group
will present its collected information to the SBE Board of Directors at
its meeting on April 7 in Las Vegas at the 2019 NAB Show.
The SBE WEBxtra is being developed as an SBE chapter of the web. It's
not intended to replace the function and interaction of local chapter
meetings, but to enhance member participation. This may be beneficial to
SBE members who do not live near a local chapter.
For those holding SBE certification, viewing the SBE WEBxtra
qualifies for 0.5 points in category G (attendance), just like attending
a local chapter meeting.
The dates and guests for the February and March episodes will be announced as they are finalized.
Physical Layer Tutorial Set for SBE at PBS TechCon
January 31, 2019
ATSC 3.0 and the rapid launch of NextGen
Broadcast are the drivers behind the first-ever SBE/PBS TechCon
collaborative tutorial day, which takes place Saturday, April 6, 2019 at
held at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel. Open to anyone eager to learn
what ATSC 3.0 means for the future of broadcast, the tutorial takes
place the day after TechCon, is affordable ($95 for SBE and PBS
members), and open to all. Online registration is now open for the event
Fay, senior manager technical standards, Sony Electronics US Technology
Standards Office, is involved with the development of the next
generation of broadcast television in a variety of standards
organizations and their efforts to educate members of the new
possibilities available with ATSC 3.0. He is the vice-chair of the
Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) Technology Group 3 (TG3),
chair of ATSC TG3 Specialist Group on Physical Layer and vice-chair of
ATSC TG3 Specialist Group on Interactive Environment for ATSC 3.0.
In his session, 3.0 PHY, Luke will provide a concise tutorial on the
physical layer (PHY). The fundamentals of transmission change
dramatically compared to 8-VSB or any other more traditional broadcast
modulation scheme. Originally, this alone was the motivation for
replacing ATSC 1.0. It is the Physical Layer (PHY) that enables
single-frequency networks and mobile reception. Beyond OFDM, a
“bootstrap” signal and Physical Layer pipes (PLPs) empower NextGen
(NGBT) over-the-air (OTA) TV to reach receiving devices in an extremely
broad set of circumstances and for a multiple of uses.
Make plans to attend SBE at PBS TechCon on Saturday, April 6, 2019, held at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel. Register now: bit.ly/SBEatPBS.
EAS Blue Alert Code Becomes Effective January 18, 2019
By Larry Wilkins, CPBE, chair, SBE EAS Advisory Group
January 10, 2019
In January 2018 the FCC amended its regulations governing the
Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to add a
new event code, BLU, to allow alert originators to issue an alert
whenever a law enforcement officer is injured or killed, missing in
connection with his or her official duties, or there is an imminent and
credible threat to cause death or serious injury to law enforcement
Delivery of Blue Alerts over EAS will be implemented January 18, 2019.
Sage Endec users: Updated firmware will be available next week.
DasDec users: The BLU event code is in the v4.0 software update.
Trilithic/Viavi: includes BLU event code in its v18.10 software update.
Gorman-Redlich: has an update, contact the company for details.
As a reminder the BLU event code is in the "voluntary" list, that is,
it is not one of the FCC required relay alerts (EAN, NPT, RMT).
Stations can elect to relay these alerts or not, with guidance from
their state and local EAS plan.
Broadcasters and Cable Operators should watch for information updates from your SECC (State Emergency Communication Committee).
Blue Alerts over WEA takes effect July 18, 2019.
SBE Files FCC Comments on Flex Use of 3.7-4.2 GHz
October 30, 2018
Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and
multimedia technology professionals, filed comments on Oct. 29, 2018,
with the FCC in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking (FCC
18-91), released July 13, 2018. That notice sought comment on various
proposals for transitioning all or part of the 3.7-4.2 GHz band for
flexible use, terrestrial mobile spectrum, and explores options for
more efficient and intensive fixed use of the same band, all while
protecting incumbent C-Band satellite earth stations from harmful
SBE comments constitute a counterproposal that offers a reasonable
alternative to dividing the 3.7-4.2 GHz band, a reverse auction, or
other action that would not protect incumbent C-band receive-only earth
stations. The SBE suggests that, given the huge number of C-band
registrations since the opening of the window (now reportedly greater
than 16,000), the FCC's initial premise that the C-Band could be shared
with 5G as an overlay was simply wrong.
that the European 5G proposal is 3.4-3.8 GHz, and since that offers 1
MHz of overlap with the U.S. proposal, the U.S, should adopt the
European allocation, put the commercial broadband providers in the
3.4-3.7 GHz band and use the small overlap segment with C-band for
local, private 5G networks critical for next-generation manufacturing
and industrial applications. That is actually workable with C-band in
the 100 MHz overlap segment. It leaves the vast majority of the
spectrum, 3.8-4.2 GHz, intact with no 5G.
contrast to other proposals, nothing is lost for current C-band users
with the SBE plan. 5G moves into military radar spectrum, which was
already designated years ago for broadband reallocation as part of the
National Broadband Plan.
Read the SBE filing.
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
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 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.