The Next Regular Chapter 67 Monthly Meeting will be July 30, 2015 at Gilligan’s

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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.

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At the June meeting…

Jacob Kinsey from Cobalt Digital
presented an interesting discussion
regarding the FCC’s Audible Crawl Rule.
The SBE petitioned the FCC to delay the May 26th mandate for
Rule 21CVAA for 6 months and it has now been delayed until November 30th.

In accordance with equal services for disabled persons, the FCC has mandated that any textual emergency information that is crawled as text in television broadcast must also be played aurally on the secondary audio program or SAP channel. Jacob’s talk focused on the intricacies of developing effective systems for broadcasters to comply with the mandate and what types of tools are available on the market today including some demonstrations of actual voice from text systems.

For the last 7 years, Jacob has been the Central US Sales Manager for Cobalt Digital, provider of video and audio infrastructure for the live television broadcast market. During his time at Cobalt, Jacob has worked with with many broadcasters and station groups to successfully implement FCC mandates for CALM and Closed Caption compliance. With the recent release of Cobalt’s new Text-to-Speech generator on an advanced audio routing platform, Jacob has helped over a hundred television stations comply with the new rule already.
Dinner at 6pm was followed by his Presentation at 7pm at J. Gilligan’s 400 E Abram in Arlington, TX


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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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The Texas Association of Broadcasters 62nd Annual Convention & Trade Show, has been set for August 5-6, 2015 at
the Renaissance Austin Hotel
Get a good seat – Early discounted Registration opened on May 1, 2015 and ends on July 5th. After that the price goes up.

————- In Certification News————-

The June 5th, 2015 Deadline for SBE Certification Exam applications has expired. Cert Exams are scheduled here in August.
The new application Deadline is October 2, 2015 for Exams to be given locally between November 6-16, 2015
For detail, Contact Dave Davis – Certification Chairman, Phone Number (817) 235-4300 for Certification information and check the links posted on the Certification Tab above.

The May meeting was on the 28th at Gilligan’s

Dan Sessler from RF Specialties presented a program on RFS – Radio Frequency Systems

Radio Frequency Systems is a global designer and manufacturer of cable and antenna systems plus active and passive RF conditioning modules, providing total-package solutions for wireless infrastructure
RFS serves OEMs, distributors, system integrators, operators and installers in the broadcast, wireless communications, land-mobile and microwave market sectors providing RF Systems solutions for cell-based mobile communications, in-building, in-tunnels, television & radio, radio-link networks, LMR/PMR and HF & defense.

Dan also reviewed the Nautel line of FM Transmitters and the new Nautel TV transmitters.

The April Chapter 67 Monthly Meeting was on April 30th, 2015 at Gilligan’s


Ray Allen Area Sales Manager
Sennheiser’s Systems Integration division
did an informative and engaging presentation for the crowd on wireless mikes – their history, present and future – highlighting the latest products from the Sennheiser family, new frequency use information and all the details.
For further reading, actual regulations and up to the minute Wireless information from the FCC’s Wireless Pages, click Here


Johnny Stigler won the drawing for a Sennheiser HD6Mix professional headphone at this meeting and
Dave Davis was presented with a pin from the SBE National in recognition of his work as Certification Chairman.

Our Host: Raymond Allen is the Area Sales Manager for Sennheiser’s Systems Integration division, covering all of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.
His formal education at Ouachita Baptist University centered on TV Broadcasting and Journalism. He has worked in the A/V industry since the early 80s doing large format concert touring, as well as sales and design of commercial audio systems. He has worked extensively with wireless microphone and has a good grasp on the history and future direction that is coming to wireless microphone technology.
In this presentation he discussed several topics from the viewpoint of a leading manufacturer of wireless microphones. Including major changes to, not only the frequency ranges in which they will be able to operate, but also the technology that will accompany these changes. We discussed the movement from analogue to digital transmission, what frequency ranges will be available for use and the trade-off for each of these changes.
See you on the 28th of May…..More here soon


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The March Meeting was on March 26th, 2015 at Gilligan’s.
New Officers were elected for Chapter 67. Click on the Chapter Info Tab above for more.
Kenny Miller, National Director of Sales for
Suitelife Systems
presented a program on Monitoring & Management Systems, focusing on the proper feature set for technical monitoring applications.

For many broadcasters, the primary and largest application for fault monitoring is the Transmitter Remote Control system. Additionally, Full Facility monitoring is growing in various forms at radio and TV facilities for Studio and MCR power and facility management and network health monitoring. Many monitoring applications in use are provided by proprietary hardware manufacturers and some are facility or network based.
This presentation outlines proper feature sets for monitoring systems and how consolidated monitoring environments can work. When the technology is properly applied, a more efficient response by engineers to fault occurrences is prevalent.
Many stations in this market use the SuiteLife Statmon AXess System. With the aid of visual data displays operators may be involved, allowing engineering a greater focus to support the business of news or program production.
SuiteLife Systems, a division of NFB Consulting is a leading solution provider for Management, Monitoring and Control solutions specializing in the integration of facilities and disparate systems and equipment across multiple site networks up to a single screen.

TM Television hosted the February meeting
on the 26th.
Chad Rounsaval presented an excellent program on Closed Captioning and Voice Recognition by

Nexidia is an amazing search product for locating media in your library in seconds.

The meeting was held at TM Headquasrters with Dinner provided at 6pm by TM Television and the Presentation at 7pm at TM Television 2440 Lacy Lane Suite 110 in Carrollton, TX 75006

The spoken word – narration, dialogue, etc. is both the richest and the most under-developed source of metadata in digital media. Turning that spoken word into searchable, time-based metadata has always been costly and time consuming.
Nexidia’s patented dialogue search, alignment and analysis technology finds words or phrases which are spoken in either live or recorded media streams. 100,000 hours of media can be searched in under a second. Even transcripts and captions can be timed within 100th of a second.

Always bring a friend or colleague each month and learn.
Our meetings are 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 on the last Thursday of each month.

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