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Job opening at Bext

Bext has now an opening for an RF technician or an electronics technician willing to learn RF on the job.

Duties and responsibilities will include testing broadcast equipment, understanding schematic diagrams, troubleshooting equipment to component level, tuning items such as RF Filters, RF combiners and antennas, customer support, editing technical documentation, some warehouse work and interaction with customers.

We offer a professional yet friendly work environment. We are the quintessential small company with big opportunities and we encourage you to send us your resume, your history of previous jobs and references to be considered. This is a full time job opening, but company is willing to potentially consider part time for
the right candidate. Compensation is to be determined based on experience and skills. Company sponsored health coverage plan and retirement plan are available.

To contact Bext and apply for the position please go to:
https://bext.com/careers-at-bext/

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Meeting in person?

At the May SBE 47 meeting, we discussed a survey to judge when it would be good to meet in person again. You can find a link to that survey below.

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Broadcast Virtualization, from Concept to Real-World Workflows

The year is 2020. There is a pandemic. People need to keep their distance, but broadcasting cannot shut down. This is a catalyst for virtual operations. Back-office workflows have migrated to off-site locations, but broadcast operations have depended on ‘in situ’ equipment for 100 years.

Forward-thinking broadcasters are starting to virtualize at least some of their infrastructure. Others, such as BBC Local Radio, already have.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
11:30 AM


Kirk Harnack, CBNE, CBRE, brings 40 years of hands-on experience in broadcast engineering and education to his position as Senior Solutions Consultant at the Telos Alliance. His expertise in putting technology to work in broadcast facilities has driven notable expansion in Audio over IP, VoIP for broadcast, audio processing, and virtualized technology adoption by content creators.

Kirk maintains an active, hands-on role in broadcast engineering through his positions as a partner and VP-Engineering of South Seas Broadcasting, Inc., Delta Radio, LLC, and Kaua’i Broadcast Partners, totaling 14 AM and FM radio stations. He is a Broadcast Meteorologist (WSMV, Nashville), fixed-wing private pilot, FAA Part 107 SUAS pilot, and licensed General Class Amateur Radio operator (KD5FYD). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and is Program Chair of SBE Chapter 103 in Nashville.

Kirk founded and hosts the Internet video netcast, “This Week in Radio Tech” or “TWiRT”. This 1-hour weekly video netcast, features regular contributors and guests from the world of radio engineering.

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Controlling your facility from your home office

Our next SBE Chapter 47 presentation is Tuesday, May 12 at 11:30 AM.

Just because we can’t meet in person, doesn’t mean we can’t meet online!

WorldCast Systems comprises the broadacst industry leading brands of APT (IP Audio Codecs), Ecreso (FM Transmitters) and Audemat (Telemetry and Monitoring). Within recent times a start-up company, WorldCast Connect, has also launched an innovative NMS/OSS cantered also on broadacst, the KYBIO management software.
 
The presentation will center on solutions from the APT brand and the KYBIO Software that enable broadcasters to broadacst and support their operations from home. The presentation will conclude with an explanation of the packages WorldCast has put together to assist broadcasters through the COVID-19 crisis.

Check your email for the link to the online meeting.


Presenters

Kevin Campbell

Kevin has a degree from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and a Postgraduate Diploma in ITC from Ulster University, Belfast. He started his career in IT Networking moving quickly into Telcom’s, working with Nevada Telecom supporting SDH Networks and legacy Frame Relay / ATM Networks. Today Kevin Campbell is Sales Director for the APT brand of codecs within the WorldCast Group, responsible for delivering the global numbers on that brand and directly selling to the N American and Asian markets. Kevin has also joint responsibility for product strategy related to the APT brand. In some specific territories of the world Kevin is representing all the WorldCast brands including Ecreso FM Transmitters, Audemat Monitoring and Telemetry and the WorldCast Manager. Kevin is “celebrating” his 17th year with WorldCast / APT!

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August 2019 Presentation at KCRW

Join the Society of Broadcast Engineers and Key Code Media for a behind the scenes tour of the KCRW radio station headquarters. This $38-million new facility was a big upgrade for the station, giving their staff access to improved transmission, Audio over IP (AoIP) networked on-air control rooms and larger performance studios.

SCHEDULE:

6:30pm – Doors Open / Food Served / Social
6:45pm – Technology Brief | From Concept-To-Live
7:30pm – KCRW Facility Tour
8:30pm – Doors Close

Our meeting will be at KCRW’s facility (1660 Stewart St., Santa Monica, CA 90404) at 6:30 PM.

Hosted by Key Code Media, Ross Video, Avid Technology

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SBE Updates

  1. The fourth module of the SBE ATSC 3.0 webinar series has been set for Wednesday, January 30 at 2 pm EST.   MPEG Media Transport (MMT) will be the topic. Register at the SBE website.  SBE MemberPlus members register for free.
  2. Have you made a career move, promotion, new job, or maybe received an award or been recognized by your employer?  Share the news with your fellow SBE members. Send your news to Chriss Scherer, SBE Member Communications Director, and we’ll publish it in the Members on the Move feature of The SBE Signal. You can reach Chriss at cscherer@sbe.org.
  3. The Board and staff of the SBE wish a Happy Holiday Season to all SBE members and their families!
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KLAA Engineer position available

Assistant Chief Engineer for KLAA.

The Assistant Chief Engineer will assist the Chief Engineer with overseeing the day to day operations of the Engineering Department and is responsible for the maintenance of all broadcast technology and equipment at the studio, transmitter and remote sites. The position requires not only extensive experience in engineering work but also proven experience in the ability to communicate complex technical information to non-technical broadcast staff. The station is the flagship for both an MLB team network and an NHL team. There is no out of market travel required.

Click here to apply.

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August 2018 presentation powerpoint

If you wanted a copy of the presentation slides from the August 2018 presentation about Frequency Coordination, it’s linked below.

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Some notes from the SBE Executive Director

  1. Module 3 of the SBE Advanced RF webinar series is Thursday, August 30. Tom King, President of Kintronics, will cover AM Directional Antenna Systems at 2 pm ET.
  2. The first webinar of a SBE ATSC 3.0/NextGenTV series, Introduction to ATSC 3.0, will be held on Wednesday, September 12 at 2 pm, conducted by Madeleine Noland, Chair of the ATSC Technology Group ATSC 3.0 (TG3).
  3. The election of national SBE officers and directors continues through August 22. Please cast your ballots! There are nine candidates for the six available director seats.

John L. Poray, CAE
Executive Director | Society of Broadcast Engineers

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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