OF INTEREST TO THE
PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY
28, SOCIETY OF BROADCAST ENGINEERS
THIS MONTH'S MEETING
T-Mobile's Acquisition of
the 600 MHz Band
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
WMVS/WMVT Ch. 10 & 36
1036 N 8th St
will start with Dinner provided by T-Mobile at 6 pm.
Topic: Scott Hewett T-Mobile's National Outreach - Spectrum Management
Consultant will give a presentation on T-Mobile's recent acquisition of
the 600MHz band and how and when it will affect wireless Mics, IFB's, IEM's and other TV white
space devices in the Milwaukee & Chicago PEA.
Enter the MATC "C" building at the corner of 8th and Highland and take the elevator to "TV" (4th floor).
street parking after 6pm. Paid surface lot and structure parking is
available across the street on 8th st. between State & Highland.
For further information, please contact:
414-297-7611 (Ofice w/ VM)
of Tuesday, May 15,
Location: Milwaukee Radio Alliance
Program: Antenna & RF Design for the Repack
Attendance: 13 Members (7 Certified) & 1 guest
Meeting was held at the offices and
studios of Milwaukee Radio Alliance, on Good Hope Road, Menomonee Falls.
After a meal of sub sandwiches and
soda, the meeting was called to order by Chairman Chris Tarr at 6:08pm.
Minutes of the prior month, were
approved by voice vote.
Frequency Coordination… there was one
request for Miller Park at the end of the month for three or four channels of
T Mobile, the cellphone carrier is
sending a representative from Oregon to coordinate ‘Repack’ issues, and there
is a tentative meeting, between interested parties for July 10th.
There will be coordination by and between the markets of Green Bay,
Milwaukee and Chicago. The meeting place is currently unknown.
There will be a reach out to IATSE members to ask for their input, as
In the event that this meeting is
scheduled as a hard date in July, the SBE meeting for June would be cancelled,
and rescheduled for this July date.
Treasurer’s Report… There is
$4,478.00 in the treasury, and questions were raised why Chapter 28 did not
receive their rebates from Indianapolis for the past two years. Chairman
Tarr said he would reach out to Scott at National HQ to try and resolve this
issue. (rebates are substantial and overdue for years ‘16/17 and ‘17/18.)
Certification… The deadline has passed
for certification tests scheduled for early June, and also a June 1st
deadline is approaching for the August Certification exams.
Picnic in summer? Maybe next
Mark Heller asked if Chapter offered
Certification Reimbursement for members who desired to take the test.
Chairman Tarr said such a program is currently in effect, but interest
has languished for a long time.
EAS. Information was shared about
the use of Multi-Lingual EAS tests, and the deadline has now passed to submit
the number of people who were in the plans.
Spanish language radio stations
Milwaukee County EAS test was held two
weeks ago on a Wednesday. The alert, treated like a RWT was received via
the CAP EAS box.
Translators were approved for 101.1 in
Waukesha for WAUK-AM 540 Jackson, and 99.9 was approved for the Sussex Expanded
Band AM (Immac. Heart Media) licensed to Pewaukee.
Meeting adjourned at 6:27pm, and a
presentation followed by Eddy Vanderkerken, Director of Sales for Radio
Frequency Systems of Dallas, Texas.
Presentation ended at 7:30pm.
Remaining members were then given a
guided tour of the studios and offices of Milwaukee Radio Alliance (WLUM, WLDB,
WZTI). Tour ended by 8:05pm.
WBA Fellowships Available
March 26, 2018
Boston Suburb of Danvers is Site of the
2018 SBE National Meeting
June 27, 2018
The Don Borchert Broadcasters Clinic Fellowship honors the founder of
the Clinic by providing the recipient and expense free trip to the
event, which will be held Oct. 9-11 in Madison. This fellowship is made possible through the financial support
of the Wisconsin SBE Chapters and the Wisconsin Broadcasters
To apply, CLICK HERE for the Borchert application
The WBA Engineering Fellowship
provides a stipend for Broadcast Engineers serving Wisconsin member
stations to acquire continuing education in broadcast
engineering. The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and the WBA
Foundation will award up to (5) $1000 Grants statewide, which can be
used for courses in Information Technology/Networking, Engineering
Leadership/Management (such as the SBE Leadership Seminar), Electrical
Engineering/Transmission courses, or other "new technology".
To Apply, CLICK HERE for the Engineering application.
The Society of Broadcast Engineers will bring
the 54th SBE National Meeting to Danvers, MA, just outside of Boston, on
October 2-3. The event will be held in conjunction with the Media Resource Expo
(MRE), an annual New England regional exposition and educational event.
The MRE includes a media equipment and services tradeshow and multiple
technical sessions of interest to all media engineers, technicians,
post-production, A/V and media IT professionals.
Serving as event host is SBE Chapter 11 of Boston. The SBE National
Meeting begins on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 2, with the fall meeting of
the national SBE Certification Committee from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The fall
meeting of the SBE Board of Directors will take place from 6:00 to
10:00 p.m. Attendance at the Board meeting is open to any SBE member. On
Wednesday, activities begin with the annual SBE Fellows Breakfast, a
reunion of SBE Fellow members including this year's inductee, Jerry
Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT. In the afternoon, the one-hour SBE
Annual Membership Meeting will be webcast live to members around the
The SBE Annual Awards Reception and Dinner also takes place on
Wednesday. The dinner will feature a guest speaker and the presentation
of the society's major awards, including the Robert L. Flanders SBE
Engineer of the Year and James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year
awards. The dinner program will conclude with the presentation of the
Fellow honor to Massey.
The SBE chapter and individual awards will be presented during the
dinner program. For chapters, they include the Best Chapter or Regional
Educational Event, Best Chapter Communications, Most Certified Chapter,
Highest Member Attendance and Greatest Growth in New Members.
Individual (or company) awards include: Technology Award, Facility
Innovation of the Year, Best Technical Paper, Article, Book or Program
by an SBE Member; Best Article, Paper or Program by a Student Member and
the new Freedom Award.
The MRE is a one-day event, held on Wednesday, Oct. 3. MRE session topics and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
The SBE National Meeting and the MRE will be held at the Doubletree
by Hilton Boston North Shore. The hotel is located 19 miles north, up
I-95, from downtown Boston and Logan Airport. Information about MRE registration and other details will be released later this summer. Registration for the SBE National Awards Reception and Dinner is made through the SBE website. Reservations are required ($16) and made online at the SBE website by calling the SBE National Office at 317-846-9000. There is no other registration fee to attend SBE National Meeting events.
Make hotel reservations at the Doubletree by Hilton Boston North
Shore by calling 978-777-2500 and ask for the Society of Broadcast
Engineers SBE discount. A special rate of $149 per night plus tax has
been arranged for the event.
Save the dates and plan to make your way to Boston for this year's SBE National Meeting and the Media Resource Expo.
SBE Officer, Director Candidates Announced
for 2018 Election
June 26, 2018
Each year the SBE membership elects members to
serve on the national Board of Directors; the governing body of the
society. This includes all four officers for one-year terms and half the
12 directors for two-year terms. The slate of candidates assembled by
the Nominations Committee includes:
President: James Leifer, CPBE; Chapter 11 Boston; Andover, MA
Vice President: RJ Russell, CPBE; Chapter 18 Philadelphia; Middletown, DE
Secretary: Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE; Chapter 99 Bryan, TX, College Station, TX
Treasurer: Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE; Chapter 5 Atlanta; Alpharetta, GA
(top six vote getters will be elected):
Stephen J. Brown, CPBE, CBNT; Chapter 80 Fox Valley; Appleton, WI
Roswell Clark, CPBE, CBNT; Chapter 39 Tampa Bay Area; Clearwater, FL
Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE; Chapter 103 Nashville; Nashville, TN
Gary Kline, CBT; Chapter 5 Atlanta; Atlanta, GA
Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT; Chapter 22 Central New York; Syracuse, NY
Thomas R. McGinley, CPBE, AMD, CBNT; Chapter 16 Seattle; Missoula, MT
Jason Ornellas, CBRE, CRO; Chapter 43 Sacramento; Sacramento, CA
Shane Toven, CBRE, CBNT; Chapter 48 Denver; Laramie, WY
Daniel N. Whealy, CBTE; Chapter 96 Rockford; Sumner, IA
Additional candidates may be nominated by
the membership. Any eligible member proposed by at least ten members to
the national Secretary by July 6 will be added to the ballot. The
election will take place July 20 through August 22. Balloting will be
via the election website, except for those members who have opted out of
electronic voting this year or who have not provided the SBE national
office with their email address. They will receive their ballots through
For more information about candidacy, contact Secretary Wayne Pecena
at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Executive Director John Poray at email@example.com
Get Ahead With the SBE
Membership Drive 2018
FCC Extends C-Band Earth Station Filing Window
In a public notice, the International Bureau of the FCC announced a
90-day extension, to October 17, 2018, to the filing window for
fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations currently operating in the
3.7-4.2 GHz frequency band as announced in public notice DA 18-398 on
April 19, 2018. The earlier notice announced a temporary freeze on new
or modification applications, and established a 90-day filing window for
existing entities to voluntarily register or license their FSS
earth-station facilities. The FCC also waived the coordination report
requirement for the duration of the freeze. That filing windows was due
to expire on July 18, 2018.
June 21, 2018
Since the beginning of the freeze, many parties have submitted to the
record their concerns about the volume of unregistered earth stations
and the difficulties that many of these operators have faced in
preparing the information for filing. These parties indicate that
without some relief many operators will be unable to satisfy the filing
deadline and the Commission will be without accurate information for its
deliberations in the Mid-band Proceeding. To address these concerns,
the International Bureau now extends the 90-day filing date for an
additional 90 days, until October 17, 2018, in order to provide
operators with more time to file applications, should they choose to do
so. Only earth stations constructed and operational as of April 19, 2018
are eligible for filing during this window.
The FCC also clarified that applications to register multiple FSS
antennas operating in this band that are located at the same address or
geographic location may be filed in the International Bureau Filing
System (IBFS) by using a single registration form and paying a single
fee (fee code CMO, currently $435). Finally, the FCC announced the
availability of an additional option to facilitate the registration of
large numbers of geographically diverse earth stations by filing an
application for a single "network" license and paying a single fee in
IBFS (fee code BGV, currently $10,620).
SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, and SBE General Counsel Chris Imlay
visited representatives from the FCC International Bureau and the Office
of Engineering and Technology on May 22 with specific requests to ease
the registration burden to broadcasters. The SBE is pleased that the FCC
implemented most of what the SBE requested.
The SBE's requests were to extend the filing window, which it did,
and to eliminate the filing fee. If the filing fee could not be waived,
the SBE suggested a method of bulk filing for multiple stations or
locations, which the FCC granted.
Read the FCC public notice
DA/FCC #: DA-18-639
Docket/RM: 17-183, 18-122
Info on registering Earth station sites
March 1, 2018
Help your colleagues develop their professional careers:
have them join the SBE today.
The SBE wants your help in recruiting new members, and you can win rewards for your efforts.SBE Leadership Development Course
Set for August 7-9, 2018
February 5, 2018
Sponsor a new Member, Associate Member or Sustaining Member between
March 1 and May 31, 2018, and you will be eligible for the prize
drawings. For each approved new member applications you sponsor,
your will earn $5 off your 2019 membership dues, up to $25. Each
new member application may have only one sponsor. Applications
must be received at teh SBE National Office between March 1 and May 31,
2018, to e eligible. Drawing for all prizes will be completed by
June 26, 2018.
New in 2018: If you recruit three or more Regular or Associate Members, or one Sustaining Member, you will also receive an upgrade to SBE MemberPlus for the remainder of the 2018 membership period.
New members are welcome throughout the year. Here's the link to the member application: SBE Membership application
A trip to the SBE National Meeting
held in conjunction with the annual Media Resource Expo 2018 in
Danvers, MA, Oct. 2-3, 2018. Prize package includes round trip airfare
for one from within the continental US to the meeting; all SBE National
Meeting and engineering conference events; and two nights at the host
Society of Broadcast Engineers will
hold the 2018 SBE Leadership
Development Course Aug. 7-9, 2018, 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 seventh
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
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
The SBE CertPreview is a preparation for the
* Certified Broadcast Technologist® (CBT)
Certified Broadcast Technologist® (CBT)
Certified Broadcast Networking
Certified Audio Engineer® (CEA®)
Certified Video Engineer® (CEV®)
Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer
Certified Broadcast Television Engineer
Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE®)
Certified Senior Television Engineer
Directional Specialist™ (AMD™)
Specialist (8-VSB) ™
Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist™
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 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.
Fees for 2018 are as follows:
Radio Broadcast Specialist
include first year membership
support our sustaining members
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