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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Board and staff of the SBE wish a Happy Holiday Season to all SBE members and their families!
- 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.
- 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).
- 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
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|
|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|
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 www.fcc.gov/general/eas-test-r