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March 2019
Volume 35 Number 3


Rhode & Schwartz Relay Caster
Technology and Products

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
6:00 pm

Entercom Communications Milwaukee
11800 W Grange Avenue

Hales Corners, Wi 53130

(Street View)

Following dinner at 6 pm, we will conduct a short business meeting, including nominations for our elections which are scheduled for next month (April).

This evenings program will be presented by Greg Martin of Rhode & Schwartz.  Greg will  discuss their RelayCaster IP based streaming encoder. 
This technology allows up to 50% Packet recovery and jitter elimination for content over an IP Network.  Example….  STL backup feed over public IP.  This seems to be a very good topic considering the savings cost for a backup STL.  A second fiber line or microwave could be eliminated for substantial savings.  This is a proprietary technology that integrates with any existing IP network. 

Meeting of Tuesday, February 19, 2019

     Milwaukee City Channel 25 Studio

Program:      Tour and Discussion of City Channl Oprations
Attendance:  6 Members  (3 Certified) and 1 guest

Meeting was called to order by Rick Ryan at 7:16 pm.  Attendance sheet was passed, and seven were in attendance.  Chairman Tarr was called away to Chicago on work emergency.  January minutes were read.  Motion to approve by Heller, seconded by Dave Janzer.   Motion passed.

Treasurer report.  Amount was disclosed, and a discussion of how SBE headquarters dispenses rebate checks in the Summer was mentioned. 

Former SBE Member, Nolan Tobias, passed away recently at age 67.  He was a member until 2003.   Former WEZW Chief Jeff Nordstrom also passed, and funeral services were recently held in Racine. 

Certification report.  Local deadlines have passed.  Next opportunity will be at NAB Show in Vegas, however our chapter has a willing Proctor who can be flexible, if needed.

Frequency Coordination:  There was a request from Cable Channel  FS1 for the Marquette Girls Basketball Team from McGuire Center in early February, (Feb 6-7).

A discussion was held over the announcement of the launch details of 5-G rollout over Milwaukee County, now scheduled for 4th Quarter of
2019, by T-Mobile.

New Business:  A discussion was held about supplying a Vice-Chair to
assist on meetings, when the Chair is absent / excused.  

The next meeting will have a presentation by Rohde-Schwartz on liquid-cooled transmitters,  with a location to be determined.  One location mentioned, might be disqualified due to conflict by an athletic event, nearby.

Meeting adjourned at 7:55 pm.

A tour of the Milwaukee City Channel was then conducted by Manager, Bobby Smetana. We saw the Master Control, including fiber feeds to local cable, U-Verse and remote access at the 809 North Broadway building, then toured the Conference Room, Control and Equipment rooms and then the City Hall Chambers on the third floor of City Hall.

- - Minutes submitted by Mark Heller, Secretary.

Dems Pick Milwaukee
To Host 2020 National Convention

Democrats are picking Milwaukee as the host city for the Democratic National Convention in 2020, four years after presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's loss in Wisconsin contributed to the election of President Trump.


Clinton was the first Democrat since Walter Mondale to lose Wisconsin to a Republican, and she has taken criticism for not visiting or paying attention to the state.


The decision to put the convention in Milwaukee signals the party's commitment to retaking Wisconsin in 2020. Democrats got a head start in the state in 2018 when they defeated longtime GOP Gov. Scott Walker. 

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced Milwaukee had beaten out Houston and Miami to host the convention, which is slated for July 13 through July 16, 2020, and will be held at the Fiserv Forum. The arena was opened last year and is home to the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.


The DNC noted that this is the first time the party will hold a national convention in the Midwest outside of Chicago since 1916. The party's convention in 2016 was in Philadelphia.

SBE Short Circuits

by John Poray

Chris Tarr Appointed to Fill SBE Board Vacancy

February 1, 2019

The SBE Board of Directors Executive Committee, at itsChris Tarr 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 fall 2019.

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."

Essential Program for Broadcast Engineers
on ATSC 3.0 NextGen Broadcast

By Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, CBNT

March 4, 2019

For some 25 years, the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust with the Society of Broadcast Engineers has presented a day-long tutorial the opening Saturday of the spring NAB Show in Las Vegas. We've always aspired to "give broadcast engineers what they most need to know this year." Over the years, this is where many of us got our first crash courses on everything from IP to SDI. HD to DAI. Transmission to test gear.

Along the way, we made arrangements for the PBS TechCon attendees and attendees of the Association of Public Radio Engineers conference to also have access to the program. There is something good about having commercial and non-commercial broadcast engineers in the same room for a day. It also made the day attractive to the best teachers and justified the incredible work that these presenters put into a great tutorial. Over the years, there have been some awesome tutorials.

While the SBE continues this year with the tradition of providing an excellent Ennes program at the beginning of the NAB Show, the SBE has also joined with PBS TechCon to provide a full-day, broadcast technology tutorial on ATSC 3.0 - NextGen Broadcast. It's on Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel, tacked on to the end of the PBS TechCon conference and open to everyone. It's affordable: $95 for SBE members and employees of PBS member stations, and includes lunch.

Invest in Yourself, Invest in Your Future, Join the SBE
Membership Drive 2019
Help your colleagues invest in themselves
and their professonal careers by joining the SBE

The SBE wants your help in recruiting new members, and you can win rewards for your efforts. Sponsor a new Member, Associate Member or a Sustaining Member between March 1 and May 31, 2019, and you wll be eligible for the prize drawings.  For each approved new member application you sponsor, you will earn $5 off your 2020 membership dues, up to $25.  If you recruit three or more Regular or Associate members, or one Sustaining Member, you will also receive an upgrade to SBE Member Plus for the remainder of the 2019 membership period.

Each new member applicatons may have only one sponsor.  Applications myust be received at the SBE National Office between March 1 and May 31, 2019 to be eligible.  Drawing for all prizes will be completed by June 26, 2019

New members are welcome throughout the year. Here's the link to the member application: SBE Membership application

Grand Prize

A trip to the SBE National Meeting held in conjunction with the annual Broadcasters Clinic in Madison, WI, Oct. 15-17, 2019. Prize package includes round trip airfare for one from within the continental US to the meeting; all SBE National Meeting and engineering conference events on Oct 15 and 16; and two nights at the host hotel (Oct 15-16).

Additional Prizes

From the SBE

An upgrade to SBE MemberPlus for the remainder of 2019 (members who currently don't have SBE MemberPlus) or an upgrade to SBE MemberPlus for 2020 (members who already hold it in 2019)

A copy of SBE CertPreview

One free SBE Webinars by SBE registration

One $25 gift certificate for the SBE Store/SBE Bookstore

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 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

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 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 may be.

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 PBS TechCon, 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 at

Luke FayLuke 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:

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 officers.

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

The 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 interference.

The 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.

Recognizing 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.

In 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.

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 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

The Certification exam session dates for 2019 are listed below.  For more information about SBE Certification, contact Chapter Certification Chair Rick Ryan at (414) 305-9374 or, or contact Megan Clappe, Certification Director at the SBE National Office at (317) 846-9000 or
Exam Dates
Application Deadline
Apr 9, 2019 NAB, Las Vegas Past
Jun 7-17, 2019 Local Chapter Apr 19, 2019
Aug 2-12, 2019 Local Chapter Jun 3, 2019
Nov 1-11, 2019 Local Chapter Sep 24, 2019

Fees for 2019 are as follows:  
Certification Level
Radio Operator

TV Operator $54
Broadcast Technologist $56
Broadcast Networking Technologist

Audio/Video Engineer

Broadcast Engineer $70
Broadcast Networking Engineer $83
Senior Broadcast Engineer

Professional Broadcast Engineer

Specialist Certification

AM Directional Specialist

Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist $65
8VSB Specialist


*Does not include first year membership
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