OF INTEREST TO THE
PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY
28, SOCIETY OF BROADCAST ENGINEERS
THIS MONTH'S MEETING
Due to vacations,
end of year activities, lack of a program, and other issues, the
December meeting has been cancelled. Please watch next week for
the notice of reservations for our
Annual Sustaining Member "Holiday" Banquet,
Which will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Saz'z Statehouse Restaurant
beginning with our gathering and cash bar at 5:30 pm
and Dinner at 7:00 pm
of Tuesday, Nov 20,
Location: Entercom Communications Milw
Program: IP STL for Radio Audio
Attendance: 7 Members (5 Certified) and 1 guest
Meeting was called to order by Chairman Chris Tarr at 6:30 pm.
The minutes of the
meeting of October 23 were read and approved.
Dave Janzer reported no action this month. Ron Pellegrini responded to a question about
T-Mobile’s build out. He reported that although
there have apparently been notices to vacate frequencies by the end of the year
that they intend to use, there has been no buildout started according to their
local engineering representative.
Chuck Janzer reported a balance of about $4264 in the treasury.
Report: Rick Ryan reported that one person
had taken the Certified Television Operator exam during the recent November
With little other discussion,
the business meeting ended at 6:42.
Chris then began the
program presentation for the evening, which was a discussion about changing his
STL from a T1 to a 950 MHz IP Radio and a DSL.
He employed a Gates Air Intraplex IP Link 200, and discussed the various channels that
could be set up, and demonstrated the setup software. At 7:22, the discussion ended and the meeting
concluded with a tour of the local transmitter site and the STL chains for the
remote transmitter facilities.
The meeting was
adjourned at 8:00 pm.
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.
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.
||Tom McGinley, CPBE, AMD, CBNT
||Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB
||Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNE
||Mark Fehlig, CPBE, 8-VSB
||Troy Pennington, CSRE, CBNT
||Roswell Clark, CPBE, CBNT
||R.J. Russell, CPBE
||Kevin Trueblood, CBRE, CBNT
||Charles W. Kelly Jr.
||Steve Brown, CPBE, CBNT
||Kimberly K. Sacks, CBT
||Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT
||Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO
||Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE
||Stephen H. Lampen, CBRE
||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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAS National Test Reminder:
Do Not Air Alert Tones as Examples
September 14 2018
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
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
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
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.
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