The next Regular SBE Chapter 67 Monthly Meeting will be on
Thursday April 24th at Gilligan’s, 400 E Abram in Arlington

Don’t Miss This One
Dave Davis, P.E., CPBE, Chapter 67 Certification Chairman will Present
“SBE Certification”
Dave will delve into the
Program, Process, Preparation and Payoff
of SBE Certification
With the ever shrinking job market and always changing job descriptions, this is a program that can really help you move up or move into a position of interest. Come and hear what it’s all about, what Certifications are available, why do you need one and how to prepare to take the exams.
SBE Certification and the long list of SBE Educational opportunities – many of them FREE – can help you stand out from the crowd by adding that extra spark to your resume.
This meeting is FREE, casual and open to anyone interested in a better future in Radio, TV, Audio/Video Production, IT and all the related fields – SBE Membership is not required (but you’ll probably want to join eventually) – and we all get together for Dinner provided at 6pm followed by the meeting at 7pm. Join some of the areas most experienced Broadcast Engineers and some of the newest at
J. Gilligan’s
400 E Abram in Arlington, TX

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Bring a friend or colleague and learn.


The SBE Chapter 67 March Meeting was on
Thursday March 27, 2014 at Gilligan’s, 400 E Abram in Arlington

Thanks to John Pichitino, Technology Evangelist for Ensemble Designs for an interesting program on
With the proliferation of HDMI devices destined for use in the broadcast environment, cleanly routing, integrating and switching between HDMI and SDI sources can be a challenge. Not only do the HDMI signals need to be switched cleanly and instantaneously, but also need to be available along side SDI signals from traditional sources.
This presentation outlined the characteristics of HDMI connections (which differ greatly from SDI connections) routing switcher architecture to incorporate HDMI as well as SDI sources and the proper frame sync design to provide consistent, instantaneous, clean and quiet switching using HDMI and SDI sources in a routing environment.
John demonstrated the brand new BrightEye NXT 410 Compact Router with appropriate sources to demonstrate the architecture described in the presentation AND everyone was able to get up close and personal with this sophisticated piece of technology.

Our Presenter: John Pichitino is Technology Evangelist for Ensemble Designs in Grass Valley, CA. Before joining Ensemble, he was founder and CEO of PichPix, a post-production services company.
Before he started PichPix, John was the Director of Marketing for ImMIX and Scitex Digital Video, manufacturers of broadcast non-linear editing equipment, and Senior Applications Specialist with Grass Valley Group digital switching and effects.
He’s also an award winning video editor and served as Production Manager at broadcast facilities in the Miami and New York Markets.


Our Friend Doc Masoomian passed away Friday Morning, October 11, 2013 at his home in Plano, Texas.
For more about Doc’s amazing life, comments from all around and information on that KTVT Video of American Legion Awards ceremony, click on the “Doc Masoomian Comments” post to the right.


Regulatory Alert re: 2 GHz UPDATE, August 23, 2013
By Chris Imlay, SBE General Counsel
For those SBE members whose work involves television ENG, you need to read this, right now. There are ongoing, fast-moving negotiations among SBE, NAB, the Department of Defense, and NTIA that will likely have a profound effect on broadcasters’ use of the 2 GHz BAS band in the very near future. None of the following information will be a surprise to regular readers of the SBE Signal, but recent negotiations necessitate this update. Read More here

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June 6, 2014 is the deadline for the next round of SBE Certification Exams to be given at the local Chapters between August 8-18, 2014.
Certification information and links are posted on the Certification Tab above.

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EPA RICE NESHAP Regulations went into effect on May 2, 2013
Regulating the use of Diesel Generators.
The new regulations require your facility to limit the use of affected compression ignition (diesel) engines to 100 hours per calendar year for emergency demand response, maintenance and testing. Emergency use (e.g., lights out) is unlimited per the NESHAP, but check state and local regulations.
Check the EPA Website for more details. Read the Summary of the EPA Report here

Should the Entire TV Band Be Repurposed?
According to The National Broadband Plan the amount of over-the-air viewing doesn’t justify the number of broadcast stations, and that the FCC could use incentive auctions to re-pack broadcasting into a smaller band of spectrum.
Read John Hane’s story at CommLawCenter

Japan to launch the world’s first Ultra HDTV broadcast next year
According to Reuters – Japan will launch the world’s first 4K TV broadcast in July 2014.
Read more at: This Just In

FCC Chief Needs More Spectrum for Wireless
Announcing, “It doesn’t make sense in New York to have 28 full power licenses.” as he explains his plan at CES to expand Wi-Fi spectrum by as much as 35%.
More at: This Just In

Search the spectrum on The FCC Spectrum Dashboard
View the interactive maps and find out who owns the Spectrum
More at: This Just In

Area Jobs available
are posted on the Jobs Tab

The US Appeals Court in DC strikes down FCC set-top box rule.
More at: This Just In

Information on all Chapter Meetings since July of 2009 are posted at: Previously at Chapter 67

SBE releases a new CBNE Certification
Eligible engineers may now apply for the new engineering level Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer exam. Learn more and find out how to prepare for it, Click Here

Time-Lapse Video: World’s highest broadcast tower in Tokyo is now complete
Standing 2,080 feet tall, the Tokyo Sky Tree is a new digital broadcast tower built on reclaimed land in the Japanese capital. Engineers are confident it won’t topple in an earthquake.
See the Video and Read more…

FCC 11-120 – The Latest from the FCC on changes to the use of Microwave for Broadband Ops is posted Here

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