The next SBE Chapter 67 Meeting will be in January, 2021
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——————————— November 2020 Meeting————————————–
The November SBE Chapter 67 Meeting was held on Wednesday, November 18th at Noon CST
“RF Layer Signal Monitoring Solutions”
was Presented by William Smith
US Sales Director at Avateq
Thanks to Will and Alex for an excellent program. 36 Attendees participated in the virtual program with demos of the newest ATSC Layer monitoring equipment including ATSC 3.0
Hundreds of AVQ1020s are currently monitoring TV transmitters. Avateq Corp, established in 2009 and headquartered in Canada, is the leading manufacturer of precision RF Layer Monitoring Receiver solutions for the broadcast industry. Now in its second generation, a fully redesigned AVQ1020 – RF Layer Monitoring Receiver is being deployed with O&Os and station groups to monitor hundreds of transmitters in the United States.
The flagship solution AVQ1022m – RF Signal Analyzer is a mobile unit used by transmitter field engineers and consultants for proof of transmitter performance. In addition to analyzing transmitter signals, the unit can also perform measurements on off-air signals.
At NAB 2019 Avateq launched the AVQ200 Signal Inspector, a portable unit for off-air signal monitoring and with the availability of multiple standards. It is being sought by engineers to set up SFNs (Single Frequency Networks).
All mentioned products support ATSC 3.0 NextGenTV standard allowing in-depth RF parameters and signal structure analysis.
To review the Avateq product portfolio, click the Avateq link
At NAB2019, Avateq introduced a 2nd generation of the AVQ1020. The new generation of the device brings real-time updates, a re-designed web interface and new tools and options for more efficient transmitter monitoring. The AVQ200 – RF Signal Inspector for monitoring off-air signals. With its SFN monitoring capabilities and easy-to-carry packaging, AVQ200 is an excellent tool for in-field signal analysis.
William Smith started his career in a TV broadcast industry in 1985 as a Sales Manager for New York, NY with Videotek Inc. In 1990, Will joined Tektronix with sales responsibility for the key USA house accounts and coordinating Tektronix product managers on the development and enhancements of TV test equipment. In 1995, William was promoted to the position of the USA Sales Director for Tektronix.
In 2011, Will joined Avateq Corp., a young Canadian company entering the US market with innovative RF signal monitoring solutions. As the Director of USA Sales, William applied his expertise and consulted the engineering team on the required functionality and features. This approach led to the development of products highly praised by the industry experts and installed at hundreds of TV stations across the United States.
The meeting was held online joined by Chapters 56 in Tulsa and 85 in Oklahoma City.
As always: SBE members, guests and other interested industry professionals attended!
——————————— October 2020 Meetings——————————
On Tuesday, October 27, a Lunch meeting was held at Gilligan’s
Sponsored by Broadcasters General Store.
Opening at 11:30 am, Dave Kerstin from BGS hosted Lunch and a Discussion from some of the vendors about products in “The Next Best Thing” show which was cancelled due to weather.
The meeting started around 11:30 am and included Lunch around Noon.
Our sincere thanks to Dave with Paul Stewart from Summit Tech Group, Chris Crump from Comrex, Jeff Williams at Yellowtec and the group.
The October 2020 Chapter 67 Meeting, was hosted virtually at Noon CDT on October 21st via Zoom.
The presentation included video, slides, and live demonstration, and provides an overview of the applications for Fiber Optics in TV and Radio Broadcast. We will discuss the different types of fiber optic cables, connectors, and Media Converters used in broadcast applications, including SMPTE, opticalCON, and Tactical Fiber products. We will also cover installation considerations and maintenance, both for inside plant as well as for mobile broadcast. Next, we will demonstrate cleaning and testing procedures including interferometry and insertion loss, with the opportunity to ask any questions.
Nemal Electronics is an active member of SBE as well as NAB, Avixa, and NAMM, and designs and manufactures a wide range of standard and custom AV, RF, and broadcast cables for most of the principal camera manufacturers and broadcast networks throughout the Americas. headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Miami, Florida.
Benjamin Nemser founded Nemal Electronics in 1979 and is currently its CEO. Ben graduated from University of Miami (BBA and JD) in 1981, and holds a FCC General Radio Telephone Certificate as well as an Amateur Extra Class License (WA4DZS). He is also a bizjet captain, flight instructor, and distance runner, and holds the rank of Major in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol. Ben has more than 45 years of experience in the design, manufacture, installation, and troubleshooting of cabling systems for AV, Broadcast, and RF.
Daniel Ritts is the VP of Engineering at Nemal and is a leading expert on broadcast fiber optic cables. Danny has more than 35 years of experience in planning, building, and testing SMPTE and opticalCON cabling systems for HDTV camera infrastructure and mobile broadcast. Danny has designed and built large scale SMPTE camera interconnect systems for many of the leading US TV networks including NBC, Telemundo, Univision, and others.
——————————— September 2020 Meeting——————————
The September 2020 Chapter 67 Meeting, was held at Noon CDT on September 23rd via Zoom.
To contact Wes in Dallas, his email is: wes@HighwayMarketing.com
and his office number is: (972) 490-0691 x107.
Wes has over 20 years’ experience as a concert sound engineer. He has worked with acts of all sizes and genres, and his experience also includes studio design and engineering. lives his passion for audio and especially the technical aspects of production, which makes him an incredible resource for knowledge. His love of the industry and the great state of Texas led him to his current role as the Territory Manager for Technical/Pro/Retail at Highway Marketing, where he is one of the staff consultants introducing the newest technology in the AV industry.
Joining in the presentation will be Jenn Liang-Chaboud with Shure. Ms. Liang-Chaboud has a wide range of experience in live production sound, not only as having been a product manager for Shure, but working on the development of products from initial conception, working with high-end users to develop new ideas, to writing code, to user case studies after product release — and as a user, since she’s a live performer and choreographer herself. She covered topics ranging from recent FCC Policy and future developments, understanding what spectrum is available for live sound and how to get the most efficient use out of it, and how to engineer the most robust wireless transmission for the most demanding environments. FCC Spectrum Policy
This meeting will be held online joined by Chapters 56 in Tulsa and 85 in Oklahoma City. Zoom access info will be emailed on Monday 9/21/20.
If you don’t receive the access email, send your email address request to: RSVP@SBE67.INFO
As always: SBE members, guests and other interested industry professionals are invited to attend!
——————————— August 2020 Meeting——————————
The August 2020 Chapter 67 Meeting, at Noon CDT on August 26th via Zoom featured Spencer Slack from Copper Mountain Technologies
presenting “Broadcast Measurement and Analysis”
About 40 SBE Members, guests and interested industry professionals attended this virtual meeting to learn about major new developments in RF test equipment – like USB VNAs.
Copper Mountain Technologies develops innovative RF test and measurement solutions for engineers worldwide. Their development and production teams create solutions that enable RF and Microwave engineers to extend their reach through access to Test and Measurement gear at affordable prices. Copper Mountain Technologies is based in Indianapolis, IN, with sales offices in Singapore, London, and Miami.
Spencer Slack joined the Copper Mountain Technologies team in October of 2019 as the South Central US territory Sales Manager. Spencer has over 27 years of experience in metrology based service and hardware industries. He started his career spending 6 years in the United States Air Force as a PMEL (precision measurement equipment laboratory) technician. Spencer gained a wealth of calibration experience in many disciplines to include DC low frequency, RF microwave, physical dimensional linear measurements, radiation detection devices, temperature, pressure, torque, and jet engine test cell calibrations for F15, F16 and C130 aircraft. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1997 Spencer went on to work for a number of 3rd party calibration labs and metrology self-maintainers in the south central US and those include Davis/Inotek, GE Instrument services division, BBA aviation/Dallas Airmotive and EVANS Analytical Group which was responsible for all the calibration at all US Freescale/Motorola sites in the US .
It was at EAG that Spencer discovered his passion for sales and began to sell calibration service contracts and move out of the calibration laboratory. Spencer then went on to very successful sales careers for companies like Alltite as a national sales manager, Mensor an industry leading manufacturer in metrology grade pressure instrumentation. Spencer was the west coast regional sales manager at Mensor and managed a group of 4 rep companies and 2 distribution partners. He moved on from Mensor to go to work at Keysight Technologies as the south central US services sales manager before finally getting to Copper Mountain Technologies family in October of 2019.
Spencer grew up in Dallas TX and now has a home based office in Wimberley TX right between Austin and San Antonio. He enjoys spending as much time as possible with his beautiful family, and he and his family are active in the local church and community. Spencer is an avid fan of just about every sport known to man and he enjoys playing golf and fishing if and when he has any free time at all.
——————————— July 2020 Meeting——————————
The July Chapter 67 Meeting, was at Noon on Wednesday, July 22nd via Zoom
Our thanks to:
Doug Ferber and Jacob Daniluck for Presenting
“Remote Broadcasting Connections:
A Codec Solution for Everyone”
With the COVID‐19 emergency forcing social distancing upon us all,
radio and television broadcasters require contingency plans allowing station talent to stay safe and go live on‐air remotely from home. Tieline has been creating IP remote broadcast solutions featuring multiple layers of redundancy and remote control capability for decades. As a result, there is already a large range of flexible and rock solid streaming solutions to suit every budget.
Doug Ferber has been involved in the Media and Communications industries for over 30 years. He began his career as an entry level sales trainee for Bonneville International Corporation in 1984 at KIRO-AM/TV in Seattle Washington. He completed his MBA from Southern Methodist University in 1989 and went on to work as an Account Executive for Capital Cities/ABC Radio in Dallas, Texas. From 2003 until 2010 Doug was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas-Dallas where he taught graduate level classes in Sales Management.
Doug serves as Tieline’s Vice President of Sales for the Americas
SBE Members, guests and interested professionals joined us at Noon on Wednesday for another Virtual meeting in concert with Chapter 56 in Tulsa and Chapter 85 in Oklahoma City on Line.
——————————— June 2020 Meeting——————————
In November 2019, the FCC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) under the docket for revitalization of the AM broadcast band. The purpose of the NPRM was to solicit comments on the use of MA3, all digital AM broadcasting, using HD Radio™ technology.
This presentation discussed the structure of the MA3 signal, benefits it can offer and the gotchas as related to the average station: What needs to be addressed, what might need improvement, what will work as is.
The goal wasn’t to argue whether IBOC is the best solution or not, but how to make it work to the best of our ability and raise awareness of possible issues, before they become problems.
Jeff Welton, CBRE, has worked with Nautel for 30+ years. He is currently the Nautel sales manager for U.S. Central Region. Previously he spent 16.5 years as a Nautel customer service technician, and was involved in the 2015 MA3 field tests with NAB Labs. A regular speaker and contributor on broadcast engineering, Jeff has been recognized with the following awards: 2020 NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award; 2019 APRE Engineering Achievement Award; and 2018 SBE Educator of the Year Award. He’s also contributed to the most recent edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook and performs several presentations a year in the area of broadcast engineering.
——————————— May 2020 Meeting——————————
For May 2020, our meeting was Virtual via Zoom
The meeting was held online Tuesday, May 26th at Noon and our thanks to Chapter 56 in Tulsa, OK for arranging and sharing the program hosted by Steve Moreen, Western Region Sales Manager for
“Radio and TV Antennas and RF Components”
Filters, Line monitoring, Feedline, etc.
Plus a picture tour of Dielectric Manufacturing Plants in Raymond and Lewiston, Maine.
Steve discussed Dielectric’s work to wrap-up Repack and featured a picture tour of Dielectric manufacturing plants in Raymond and Lewiston, ME. As the U.S. spectrum repack advances toward conclusion, Dielectric is hard at work preparing for the next generation of over-the-air broadcast opportunities for Radio and Television Stations. With Dielectric completing its remaining shipments for Phase 10 — the final repack phase for higher power stations — the company is ready to tackle the NextGen TV transition. Dielectric established a manufacturing strategy across two facilities that focused on advance production, assembly and stocking of antennas and supporting RF systems. This ensured that Dielectric could not only reliably deliver orders across strict repack timelines, but also accommodate emergency requests and fill new orders unrelated to repack.
Steve Moreen, KA6UGS is the Western Region Sales Manager for Dielectric and has been a Ham since 1967. Steve’s first job in commercial broadcasting was as a high school student in 1969, Since that time, he has worked as both technician and chief engineer at various radio and television stations as well as president and general manager of a commercial satellite teleport
>——————————— March/April 2020 Meetings——————————
The March and April of 2020 Meetings were suspended and will be rescheduled to a later month due to the Covid-19 Virus.
——————————— February 2020 Meeting—————————
The February Program was on Thursday, February 27, 2020
In February 2020 we featured, Jay Gedanken, Vice-President of Business Development at Actus Digital
Presented “AI to Enable Intelligent FCC Media Monitoring”. We were at
At J. Gilligan’s 400 E Abram in Arlington, TX with Dinner provided at 6 pm and the Presentation at 7 pm
With a sophisticated, expandable Record and View platform for FCC Compliance monitoring.
Programming and Production staff will also benefit from a discussion of Actus media management, clip creation and redistribution with ClipFactory
Actus is a 15+ year old company with hundreds of installed systems with global 24/7 support in the USA and other countries. The Actus customer base includes some of the biggest broadcasters worldwide such as COMCAST, SKY, and FOX to name a few.
Jay Gedanken, former vice president at Scopus Video Networks and founder of the company’s North American operation, has a vast array of experience in sales, sales engineering, 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.
——————————— January 2020 Meeting——————————
The January Chapter 67 Meeting was Thursday the 30th, 2020
Thanks to Rob Belle-Isle from Toshiba for presenting his
“What’s Under the Hood Tour”
An excellent discussion of new technologies along with Dale Dalesio from Continental explaining how those new technologies are used in their new TV Transmitter. Flash Memory - Flash Memory vs Hard Disk Drives in Video Servers, Gallium Nitride vs LDMOS in TV transmitter Power Pallet designs, IGBT Rectifiers for UPS - new IGBT rectifiers designs for UPS systems All At J. Gilligan's 400 E Abram in Arlington, TX Dinner provided at 6 pm and the Presentation at 7 pm
———————— October 2019 Meeting ————————-
The last Chapter Meeting was on October 31, 2019
John Lackness from BE led an active discussion around
“What’s new from Broadcast Electronics”
All At J. Gilligan’s 400 E Abram in Arlington, TX
Dinner provided at 6 pm and the Presentation at 7 pm
About our Presenter: John Lackness started his career in high school in Floresville, Texas, doing ascertainments for a new station in his hometown. After a year as a jock at KWCB, he went on to work as a DJ in San Antonio. It is there that he met and was mentored by Richard Schuh, the chief engineer as to what the heck goes on at the transmitter site and studios. And that is where his adult life radio illness started.
He has been chief engineer for KRNN, San Antonio, KRIA, San Antonio, KBTS, Austin, and did contract work for 10 stations in Southeast Texas and western Louisiana. He has since worked for companies such as Proaudio.com, RF Specialties of Texas, SCMS, Broadcast Depot, Tieline the codec company, and is now on his second revolution with Broadcast Electronics.
———————- August 2019 Meeting ————————
On September 26, 2019 there was no Formal Presentation
but we met for Dinner and discussed future program ideas
At J. Gilligan’s 400 E Abram in Arlington, TX
——————— August 2019 Meeting ————————
The August Chapter 67 meeting on the 29th featured
“The Future of Automated Closed Captioning”
From Link Electronics
In an excellent meeting, Tricia McRae conducted a lively discussion about major advances in modern Automatic Voice to Text technology used in closed captioning for live Broadcast, Post Production, Streaming, Gaming, Municipalities, Houses of Worship and Sports Venues.
Closed Captioning is created through speech to text technology similar to AI devices but using a variety of sophisticated elements including ASR (Automated Speech Recognition).
We learned about uses for Automated Captioning in multiple simultaneous live video streams created along with a live Broadcast and also its use in archival encoding.
Auto Sensing for Real-Time closed captioning can be implemented for incoming live feeds, such as Live 24/7 storm and emergency on-the-fly coverage.
Tricia demonstrated how the new advances in complex speech recognition and Automatic Closed Captioning can be configured for many languages and accents simultaneously and Live multiple language Translations can be displayed simultaneously on screen with dual closed captioning encoders.
A long Q&A session followed the regular presentation.
Hope you were there to Learn the Latest!
Dinner was provided at 6pm and the Presentation at 7pm
At J. Gilligan’s 400 E Abram in Arlington, TX
See you next month on the 26th?
——————————————– July 2019 Meeting ————————————
Jacob Daniluck from Tieline; The Codec Company,Presented a Web Based Discussion
Jacob discussed what IP Audio consists of and what can be done to broadcast reliably. We also talked about some of the common problems and troubleshooting tips developed over time from the folks at Tieline.
At Gilligan’s 400 E Abram in Arlington Dinner was provided at 6 and the Meeting at 7 pm
——————————————– June 2019 Meeting ————————————
At the June SBE Chapter 67 meeting on Thursday June 27th 2019
Don Backus – US/Canada Account Manager for
Rohde & Schwarz Radio Transmitters Presented
Liquid Cooled Transmitter Technology
We were back at Gilligan’s 400 E Abram in Arlington
Dinner provided by R&S at 6 and the Meeting at 7pm
Summary of 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 and 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 up-time and performance.
Don took us through some of the advanced transmitter technologies that enable reduction in operating costs for both for Radio and TV transmitters. And we discussed the Cost vs Price equations for a better understanding of the real TCO.
We’ll also discussed requirements and effects of some forward looking technology initiatives including HD Radio Generation 4.
———————————————May 2019 Meeting————————————
The meeting in the CBS11 site featured an interesting presentation with an informative ATSC Update by Steve Rossiter GatesAir TV Specialist
The great food from Campuzano’s was supplied by GatesAir and we took a tour of the CBS11 Transmitter Milton site with GatesAir.
———————————————April 2019 Meeting————————————
Thursday April 25th 2019, Chapter 67 hosted Eddy Vanderkerken from RFS
At the American Tower Milton Site in Cedar Hill for
A Live Demonstration of the RFS Tuneable Mask Filter Plus A look at the new ATC Milton Tower Site RFS Multi-Station Combiner
Everyone met at 1360 W Belt Line Rd in Cedar Hill for BBQ from Soulman’s at 6pm and Eddy’s Presentation to follow
—————————-February 2019 Meeting————————–
The February 2019 Chapter 67 Monthly ,/p>
held on the 28th, 2019 at Gilligan’s,
Chuck Barry VP of Sales for
Staco Energy Products
presenting an interesting discussion
“Are Lithium Batteries ready for Data Center/Broadcast Applications?”
Given some of the recent hoverboard and Samsung battery “events”, there is a lot of discussion about whether lithium-ion batteries are a safe solution for the data center and broadcast applications.
This presentation discussed the evolution of the various lead-acid batteries currently available, but the main focus was about the future of energy storage, especially lithium-ion.
Barry weighed the tradeoffs between the various lithium-ion chemistries, discussed how lithium batteries are constructed, explained what a battery management system is, which regulatory requirements should be considered, and fire-mitigation/safety concerns. Further attention concerned the future. Given the amount of money flowing into alternative energy storage, what is beyond lithium-ion?
Dinner provided by Staco Energy at 6pm was followed by the meeting at 7pm
————————————–The 2019 Kickoff Meeting——————————–
The January 2019 Chapter 67 Monthly meeting was held
at Gilligans on Thursday, January 31st 2019
Our Thanks to John Schilberg
US Central Regional Sales Manager for Utah Scientific
for an interesting discussion
“From Pocket Protectors To Packet Sniffers – IP In Broadcast”
Over the past 40 years, the world of radio and TV Broadcasting has changed from analog, to serial digital, to IP. Years ago, we carried three main tools – the Xcelite R181, the R3322, and the P12S. The only “password” required was knowing how to operate the rack tray cover.
Times have changed, and now we’re working with signals that are carried on copper or fiber optic cables and function at blazing speeds!
The group enjoyed a bit of a trip back, and a look forward on what we might be able to expect in the future.
Dinner provided by Utah Scientific, was followed by the meeting
Join us next month – Everyone is welcome at J. Gilligan’s 400 E Abram in Arlington, TX
—————————-October 2018 Meeting————————–
The October Chapter 67 Monthly meeting was
on Thursday, October 25th, 2018
Director of Sales-Broadcast at
Antenna and RF System design for the FCC Repack:
This was a clear expalnation into how antenna design influences radiation patterns, how the design and manufacturing of antennas and RF filters has evolved, and the software tools that can be used to select the optimum solutions for the TV broadcaster during the FCC repack and beyond
Eddy Vanderkerken has over 30 years experience in the sales of TV and Video Test and Measurement equipment, TV broadcasting products, as well as managing and directing sales teams.
Born in Belgium, he received his MSEE degree in Electronics from the Erasmus University College in Belgium, and is fluent in five languages.
For 15 years, Eddy was responsible for the sales of Rohde & Schwarz T&M products in Belgium, focusing on Video and TV applications. In 2001, he moved to the USA with his family, to help expand the Rohde & Schwarz USA sales organization, and was their Director of Sales for the broadcast T&M and transmission products for 10 years.
Eddy founded his own business in 2014, SOURCERER LLC, reselling T&M equipment for the TV, video and broadcast markets in the USA, based out of Dallas,Texas.
Currently he is the Director of Sales for the broadcast division of Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) in the USA, and is actively engaged in the ongoing FCC Repack.