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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
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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 www.fcc.gov/general/eas-test-reporting-system. Instructional videos regarding registration and completion of the ETRS Forms are available on the ETRS page.

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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.

Send RSVPs to scfcc93906@gmail.com.

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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.

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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.

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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.