Next SBE47 meeting 8/14, 6:30 PM

To date, the best spectrum for studio and field wireless microphones and IFBs has been unused TV channels. With the recent FCC spectrum auction, much of that spectrum disappears next April in Los Angeles. But there remain a few places to use your wireless devices, and we’ll cover that.

Gary Stigall, contract broadcast engineer for Signal Wiz and NFL frequency coordinator since 2012, will speak about the disappearing spectrum and give some solutions you can use for your TV or radio station.”

This month’s meeting will be at Denny’s, 3060 N San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065. Located north of the I-5 and CA-2 interchange in Glassell Park. From the 5 Fwy take the 2 (Glendale Freeway) north one exit to San Fernando Rd. Turn left, and it’s a block away on the left before the El Pollo Loco on the corner at Fletcher Drive.

Who: All RSVP’d SBE Chapter 47 members and guests
What: Wireless devices
Where: Denny’s, 3060 N San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065
When: Tuesday, August 14, 6:30 PM
Why: Discussing where to find spectrum for wireless devices

National EAS Test Scheduled for Sept. 20

The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) has announced that a National EAS test will be sent on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. There is a difference between this test and the two previous tests. At 2:18 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), FEMA will send a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test message to all WEA capable wireless devices throughout the entire United States and territories. Immediately following the WEA nationwide end-to-end test, at 2:20 p.m. EDT, FEMA will conduct a live test of the Emergency Alerting System (EAS). All EAS participants are required to participate in this nationwide test. The EAS message will be disseminated via the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).

Stations are encouraged to verify that their EAS units are communicating correctly with the IPAWS server. Review your station logs (which should be checked once each week by the chief operator) to ensure you are receiving the Required Weekly Test (RWT) from IPAWS. This RWT is fed every Monday at 11:00 a.m. local time. Contact your equipment representative for details on setting up your EAS decoder to properly receive and relay the National test.

EAS participants are reminded that they are required to register with the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) and must complete the filing of ETRS Form One on or before Aug. 27, 2018. Then on or before 11:59 p.m. EDT, Sept. 20, 2018, EAS participants must file the day-of-test information sought by ETRS Form Two. On or before Nov. 5, 2018, EAS participants must file the detailed post-test data sought by ETRS Form Three.

Filers can access ETRS by visiting the ETRS page of the Commission’s website at Instructional videos regarding registration and completion of the ETRS Forms are available on the ETRS page.


SCFCC Picnic 9/5/2018

The SCFCC is pleased to announce the 37th annual SCFCC annual meeting and BBQ. It will be held at the Mt. Wilson Observatory on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Lunch will follow at noon in the picnic area.

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Extension to register your C band downlink

Your opportunity to register your C band downlink has been extended to October 17, 2018.


SBE National Board of Directors election starts 7/20

The SBE National Board of Directors election will begin Friday, July 20. Be sure to complete your online ballot, or if you opted out of electronic balloting, submit the paper ballot you’ll receive in the mail.


Next SBE Webinar 7/26/2018: Advanced RF 101, Module 2

The next SBE live webinar is Thursday, July 26, 2 pm ET when Tom Silliman, President of ERI, will present SBE Advanced RF Series: RF 201: Module 2 – FM Antenna Systems. Register at the SBE website. It’s free to SBE MemberPlus members.


Annual SBE Compensation Survey Results

The annual SBE Broadcast Engineering Compensation Survey results will be available beginning Monday, July 9. Members that subscribe to SBE-news will receive an email that contains a link to the survey results. Those who don’t subscribe can go to the SBE website ( News & Headlines section and click on the Compensation Survey article. Then click on the survey results link.

Meeting Notice

Monthly Meeting 7/10: Live Audio Streaming — a new approach

How can the radio business model remain relevant going into the 21 st century? There was AM, FM, HD, and now IP radio. It’s a technology progression, not a digital disruption.

Your traditional audience is changing, aging, and going away. Your new audience awaits, but they now consume media in different ways. New radios are scarce. Today it’s all about smartphones, devices, new automotive dashboards, and smart speakers such as Alexa.

Automotive dashboards like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay now include smartphone functions including streaming audio, which can provide far greater coverage and audio quality than any terrestrial or satellite radio services. Many new cars are not equipped with AM receivers. Some have no FM receivers. Not embracing this tech now simply devalues your radio properties while listeners continue to fade away, like the radio waves that deliver it.

How does it make sense to invest millions in limited terrestrial coverage to compliment your main AM and/or FM signal with FM translators, boosters, and costly class A FM’s when, for only thousands, you will achieve global coverage with the vastly superior quality of streaming?

Our guest this month

Greg Ogonowski, President of Modulation Index, LLC dba StreamS Hi-Fi Radio™. They are the leading provider of professional streaming audio technology, software and systems with encoders in use by some of the largest content providers in the world. Greg will show how standards-based audio codecs using AAC, HE-AAC, and xHE-AAC are replacing obsolete SHOUTcast and Icecast MP3 technology developed by hobbyists. He will explain how to reduce streaming costs while increasing reliability for content providers and their customers while offering proven superior audio quality for consumers that surpasses AM, FM, HD, and satellite radio specs.

A free lunch will be provided by SBE Chapter 47.

Don’t be left on the tarmac while your competitors jet off into the future. RSVP now for this free, informative presentation that could redefine your career.

RSVP now

Who All RSVP’d SBE Chapter 47 members and invited guests.
What Live audio streaming — a new approach
Where iHeart, 3400 W Olive Ave Ste 550, Burbank, CA 91505
When Tuesday, July 10, 11:30 AM
Why Greg’s presentation will describe a standards-based method of quality live streaming audio with dramatically decreased operating costs, increased reliability, professional features, and a better user experience.
Parking Parking underneath building, enter off S California St, take a parking ticket, they will be validated after meeting.
Food Food will be provided by the chapter.