OF INTEREST TO THE
PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY
28, SOCIETY OF BROADCAST ENGINEERS
THIS MONTH'S MEETING
Review of the
Wisconsin Broadcasters Association
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
11800 W Grange Avenue
Hales Corners, Wi 53130
will be starting Dinner at 6 pm. Following
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.
of Tuesday, Sep 18,
Location: Entercom Communications Milw
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.
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
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
Meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.
FCC Extends C-Band Registration Deadline
to Oct. 31, 2018
October 18, 2018
2018 SBE Board Takes Office,
Committee Chairs Assigned
October 12, 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.
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.
EAS National Test Reminder:
Do Not Air Alert Tones as Examples
September 14 2018
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 email@example.com.
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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