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FCC Compliance monitoring – February presentation

Jay Gedanken of Actus Digital will be speaking about FCC compliance monitoring and recording.

Prior to joining Actus Digital, Jay Gedanken held a variety of leadership roles in the industry, including former vice president at Scopus Video Networks and founder of the company’s North American operation. His vast array of experience includes sales and management positions at Visionetics, Optibase, Adtec, and Sencore. Over the years, Gedanken has developed a deep understanding of broadcast workflows and expertise in providing simple and complex solutions for all levels of broadcasters, from single local affiliates to national networks.

Actus is a 15+ year old company with hundreds of installed systems. We offer global 24/7 support with support staff in the USA and other countries.  Our customer base includes some of the biggest broadcasters worldwide such as COMCAST, SKY, and FOX to name a few.

Date:Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Time:6:30 PM
Location:Muerelo Media (2600 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91505)
Parking:Street parking only
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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.

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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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Liquid cooled transmitters are coming – July 2019 Presentation

With Total Cost of Ownership increasing for TV and FM broadcasters, there is an increasing need to reduce these costs over the life-cycle of the transmission system while improving performance and reducing ongoing maintenance costs. From alternative cooling systems to more efficient designs, from reductions in required floor space to reducing service costs by minimizing required maintenance, there are a number of factors that reduce the cost of ownership while improving uptime and performance. We will look at TCO and some of the advanced transmitter technologies that enable a reduction in operating costs, both for Radio and  TV transmitters.

We’ll also discuss some forward looking technology initiatives including HD Radio Generation 4.

Our meeting will be at Denny’s (3060 N San Fernando Rd.) at 11:30 AM.

Hosted by Rohde & Schwartz.

Don Backus is Account Manager, Radio Transmitters for global communication technology leader and innovator Rohde  & Schwarz, handling Canada and the United States. Prior to joining Rohde & Schwarz in 2017,  Don was Eastern US Sales Manager for Broadcast Electronics for five years.  Don was previously VP of Sales & Marketing at ENCO Systems for  13 years and prior to that has held a number of positions in radio as an on-air personality, production director, general manager, and chief engineer. He has presented to a number of professional broadcasting organizations including the Audio Engineering Society, a number of international, state and regional conferences and several SBE and IEEE chapters. Don has served two terms on the board of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and has recently completed serving his second term on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation board. Don is a member of the SBE.

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January 2019 Presentation

Our presentation for January 8 is Hank Landsberg.

Hank will show The Sportscaster which was released a few months ago and the Guest Pod which has not been released as of yet.

Hank will also talk about products and the process of developing a new product. Hank will tell us how he goes through the various steps of designing a new product, overall concept, user interface, and controls, mechanical layout. Schematic and PC Board Design and the revisions to fix his mistakes. Sounds Interesting.

We will be meeting at Denny’s on Tuesday, November 13 at 11:30 AM.

Chapter Elections

There is also a bit of business to take care of such as Chapter Elections. Right now we have four nominations for the four positions that are up for election.

  • Chair: Matt Anderson
  • Vice Chair: Maria Lang
  • Secretary: Marcos O’Rourke
  • Treasurer: Jason Beaton

Quick Info for the presentation

PresenterHank Landsberg
WhatThe development cycle of a new product
WhenTuesday, January 8 at 11:30 AM
WhereDenny’s
3060 North San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065
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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.