The next regular Chapter 67 meeting will be on January 26, 2017.
More here soon.
The Chapter 67 Christmas Party
was held on Tuesday, December 13th 2016
at Dunston’s Prime Steakhouse in Dallas at
8526 Harry Hines Blvd
Thanks again to our hosts:
Dan Sessler & Wray Reed and all the folks at
RF Specialties of Texas
Dan & Tim Giesler and everyone at GBS-Giesler Broadcast
–Your Suppliers with answers!
The final Chapter 67 Monthly meeting was October 27th, 2016 at Gilligan’s.
Our thanks to David Sanderford from Marsand, Inc
for an interesting and educational presentation of a new comprehensive, low cost approach to Radio and TV
Program transmission and Remote control systems.
featuring the recent multi-site installation by Marsand
for KERA-TV and Radio: Implementing television and radio content delivery and transmission facility control/maintenance over IP utilizing microwave STL’s and virtual machines.
The description and discussion of this unique system was interesting and educational for everyone.
David is Vice President of Marsand, a graduate of Georgia Tech with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Microsoft Certified Engineer and a member of the SBE.
Matthew A. Sanderford, Jr., P.E., President of MARSAND, INC. is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, has a CPBE from the SBE, serves on the Board AFCCE. Matthew is a UT graduate (UTEP) with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering.
Marsand, Inc is situated in Alvarado, TX, 25 miles south of Fort Worth. With 14,000 square feet the facility is stocked with components and test gear and able to accommodate complete Digital Studio pre-assembly. Portable/Mobile facilities allow construction, troubleshooting, alignment and transmitter Proof of Performance for both NTSC and Digital systems anywhere in the field.
We met at Gilligan’s for Dinner provided by Marsand at 6pm and the presentation at 7pm.
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Eddy Vanderkerken from Sourcerer.biz and
AVBB AudioVideo BrandBuilder Corporation
presented and demonstrated
an eye opening array affordable 8-VSB, IP and related Test and Measurement equipment.
Including the PHABRIX® line, Copper Mountain Network Analyzers,
DekTec ASI test gear,
and names like Aim TTi handheld analyzers and ProMax Spectrum analyzers, Avanteq, DeVeo, and Triveni.
Plus Cinedeck® and the IS-Mini
Eddy offers Belgian roots and Texas based 30 years of experience in consultative sales and sales management of RF, microwave, audio, radio, TV and video Test & Measurement instruments, as well as TV Broadcasting equipment, at your service. Eddy says SOURCERER offers awesome, cool T&M tools that mirror the need of the modern technician or engineer for compact, light, multi-functional and affordable equipment. And, SOURCERER is likely to offer a better price, increased warranty, or to include freebies such as adapters, cables, carrying or transport cases, depending on the product of your choice.
The next round of SBE Certification Exams are scheduled for February 3-13, 2017.
The application Deadline is December 31, 2016 for those Exams
The next round of SBE Certification Exams are scheduled for February 3-13, 2017.
Neil Searls ATC Repack Presentation from the May Meeting
is now available Here
A new Comprehensive listing of All DFW TV Stations – with Frequency, Owner, sub-channels, Power, Tower heights, etc
is now posted HERE
Click the “Listed Licensee” for specific detailed information at FCCinfo.com
At the last Regular Chapter 67 Meeting on August 25th
Thanks to Mike Van Hooser with NovaElectronics
for a presentation of some of the recent projects from Dallas based Nova Electronics.
NOVA ELECTRONICS is a Broadcast Engineering and Consulting firm located in Dallas, Texas, serving the broadcast industry worldwide. Skilled in all aspects of broadcast engineering and construction. Nova can build, rebuild or repair your station in a time and cost efficient manner.
The engineering staff has a combined experience of over a century, and whatever your engineering needs, has the knowledge and tools to do the job right.
One of Nova’s specialties is the construction and/or repair of AM Directional systems, they are thoroughly qualified in all aspects of AM/FM/TV/SW transmission and handle all construction needs in house, from dirt work through tower construction, so you save the expense and headache of dealing with numerous subcontractors, their mistakes, and delays.
The July meeting was at Gilligan’s on the 28th
Thanks to Lukas Hurwitz – Sales Engineer for Wheatstone for presenting Advancements in Audio over IP Networking
The presentation covered the latest developments in audio networking with WheatNet-IP. Lukas also discussed the major benefits for Radio and TV broadcasters with examples of the integrated software and hardware tools currently available.
WheatNet-IP is a network system that enables audio to be intelligently distributed to devices across scaleable networks using Internet Protocol.
It enables all audio sources to be available to all devices – mixing consoles, control surfaces, software controllers, automation devices, etc – and controlled from any and all devices.
WheatNet-IP is AES67 compatible, yet is unique in that it represents an entire end-to-end solution, complete with audio transport, full control, and a toolset to enable exceptionally intelligent deployment and operation.
Lukas recently joined Wheatstone after more than 15 years’ experience in the audio, music and broadcast industries, including recent duties as the Sales and Marketing Manager for radio equipment manufacturer Inovonics. Previously, Lukas served as a training and software specialist for Apple products, and has produced and arranged original music for indie labels. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Hurwitz holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and is an avid fan of all things related to great audio.
The June meeting was held on Thursday the 30th
Thanks to Scott Trickey from PhaseCom for
“Proper Cable Termination”
Scott and Dan demonstrated common mistakes made terminating coax cables and what happens to RF/electrical performance. Examples are double crimping, melting the dielectric when soldering and improper spacing of the components.
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PhaseCom, Inc. is an RF and Microwave manufacturers’ representative covering the four-state area of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. PhaseCom was established to serve the dynamic wireless market with a dedication to total customer satisfaction. PhaseCom provides engineering consultation services for telecommunication, military and industrial markets and aids in the selection of components.
The meeting was at Gilligan’s with Dinner at 6pm and the meeting at 7pm.
The May Chapter meeting on the 26th at Gilligan’s featured
ATC Repack – TV and FM Perspectives
Thanks to Neil Searls and Jim Stenberg from
American Tower Broadcast Division
for an informative and educational presentation and discussion on the FCC RF Repack program covering Radio and TV issues
A comprehensive FCC Repack Update,
A view of American Tower’s Repack Nationwide Preparedness
and lot’s of specifics for the DFW market.
Most of the full power TVs and many FM here will be impacted.
The American Tower Broadcast Team has been preparing for the 2016 Incentive Auction and repack – identifying and developing strategies to assist broadcasters with channel repacking and construction.
Pete Starke, American Tower’s Vice President of Broadcast, shares some high-level topics to keep in mind in his recent article Putting Repack in Perspective
The April Chapter 67 meeting was held on Thursday, April 28th at Gilligan’s.
Our thanks to Dave Davis
for a presentation on the SBE Certification Program. The next round of Cert Exams are scheduled for August 5-15 and the new application Deadline is June 3rd, 2016 for those Exams
So you have plenty of time to apply and study for an exam in August.
Find out more about the SBE Certifications available and find one that will benefit you here. Dave also covered how to apply and prepare for an exam, what study aids are available and how and where exams are given.
We also heard from some members that attended the NAB Show last week with an update from the big show.
The 80th Birthday party for Jerry Ernest, our Program Chairman,
was Sunday April 24th at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church,
1615 W. Airport Fwy. between MacArthur Blvd and Story Rd
A big crowd filled the Fellowship Hall to wish Jerry well.
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April 17, 2016
SBE Named Three Members to Fellow
The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) has elevated three members to the membership rank of Fellow.
The SBE Board of Directors elected Jay Adrick; Wayne M. Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE; and Joseph L. Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB, at its meeting held Sunday, April 17 in Las Vegas during the 2016 NAB Show.
Click here for all the details
March 25, 2016
The Society of Broadcast Engineers and McGraw-Hill Education have released the SBE Broadcast Engineering Handbook: Hands-on Guide to Station Design and Maintenance.
Click on picture for more.
This new book offers detailed practical information on video, audio and broadcast transmission systems from dozens of the field’s foremost experts. Featuring everything from basic principles and formulae to the latest technologies and engineering trends, this hands-on resource offers practical and up-to-date coverage of all major broadcast technologies for radio, TV and related fields.
The SBE Broadcast Engineering Handbook features in-depth tutorials that stress key topics throughout, complete coverage of radio and television technologies, and is written from the perspective of the broadcast engineer. More than 50 authors have contributed their expertise to the ten sections of the book. These authors, recognized authorities in their fields, have volunteered their time to create this valuable resource. The handbook has been deftly assembled by Jerry Whitaker, CPBE, 8-VSB, editor-in-chief. He is vice president of standards development for the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) in Washington, DC, and also the author or editor of more than 40 technical books. Mr. Whitaker is a Fellow of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
The March meeting was held on Thursday, March 31st at Gilligan’s.
Our thanks to Bob Ferguson
Regional Sales Engineer for Broadcast & Audio Video products at Belden
for Dinner and some helpful new information including
4K video and beyond and making cabling choices from coax
– including 179DT Ultra-Miniature “truck Cable”
to category cables
– why Cat6A cable and connectors are important for future planning.
Following the presentation were some hands-on demos of impressive new termination products and compression tools from Belden for coax and Cat 6A, with time to talk about other cables and answer questions.
Also at the Meeting:
Certification Chair Dave Davis reminded us the new exam application deadline is April 15th.
Frequency Coordinator Johnny Stigler reports activity for Wrestlemania and Nascar.
And a big 80th Birthday Party is planned for Jerry Ennest on April 24th. More on this soon
The Right Signals Blog offers up tons of information in all cable related areas from industry experts.
Bob provided Dinner at 6pm at Gilligan’s
The February meeting was on the 25th
Thanks to John Schaab for discussing Streaming
and presenting some new StreamS Products from Modulation Index
Like the StreamS Live Encoder
that won Best of Show at last years NAB.
On their website, checkout the StreamS
Tick TockNetClock NTP Server
that delivers time synchronization for network applications
Chuck Conrad sends the following:
Would it be possible to steal a couple of minutes to talk about my current project. The Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications
We actually have a building, and I’m in the process of getting it up to current code standards. This has turned into a bigger project than I imagined.
I need help, both financially (no surprise) and in labor and expertise. We are also looking for equipment donations. WFAA has been particularly helpful. Maybe other DFW broadcasters would be interested as well.
“After more than 30 years of collecting vintage broadcast equipment and memorabilia, we are searching for ways to share some of these broadcasting memories with the general public. Although the web site will give you a good idea of some of the treasures on display, the best way to experience it is to pay us a visit in Kilgore, Texas. We plan to open to the public sometime in the late spring of 2016. We need your help!
The museum is funded entirely through donations, both in cash and in kind. When we move into our new building there will be a nominal admission charge, with special rates for students and seniors.
We are an IRS recognized 501[c] not for profit Public Charity. As such all donations are deductible to the full extent of the IRS Code.”
The site is at txmbc.org
The monthly Chapter 67 meeting was Thursday, January 28th.
Thanks to Ray Allen, Area Sales Manager
Sennheiser Integrated Systems
who presented the Program
at J. Gilligan’s 400 E Abram in Arlington
Ray introduced a couple of products for both TV and Radio broadcasters from Sennheiser including a new ENG Camera mount wireless mic system called AVX It snaps right onto the camera and is totally care free even on the busiest of days in the field.
And, there’s a new IOS Clip Mic Digital that uses a “Lighting” connector on iPhones and iPads.
Checkout the Sennheiser Frequency Finder for the entire US and see below to print the finder for DFW.
As a bonus, we got a brief update on the spectrum repackaging as it relates to wireless mic systems.
Join us for dinner at 6pm and the meeting at 7pm.
Click for a Printable Frequency Finder for DFW
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Check out the SBE National sites at sbe.org
Here are some of the stories from SBE National:
FCC Announces Incentive Auction-Eligible TV Facilities.
In a public notice released June 9, the FCC announced each station facility eligible for protection in the repacking process and for relinquishment in the reverse auction (the eligible facilities). To see if your station is on the list, check here or read more
FCC Field Office Closures: A Compromise Solution
In April, news of an FCC plan to close a majority of its field offices and retire the affected staff became widely circulated. This caused quite a stir among many groups, including broadcasters. Now, under the compromise plan, field offices or resident staff will be maintained in New York; Columbia, MD, Chicago; Atlanta; Miami; Dallas; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Portland, OR; Denver; Boston; New Orleans; Honolulu; Anchorage and San Juan. Read more.
All the SBE Chapter Calendars are on line. Check to see what’s happening at other chapters around the country here
SBE Filed with FCC to Delay Audio Crawl Deadline and the FCC has now responded
April 20, 2015
On April 9, 2015, the Society of Broadcast Engineers filed comments with the FCC in response to the public notice in MB Dockets 12-107 and 11-43. A favorable response from the FCC has been announced. Read More…
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