The May Chapter 67 meeting on Thursday the 26th at Gilligan’s
ATC Repack Perspectives
Jim Stenberg and Neil Searls from
American Tower Broadcast Division

will present a discussion on the FCC RF Repack program
Including:
• FCC Repack Update
• American Tower’s Repack Preparedness
• ATC’s Dallas Repack Solution

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


We’ll be back at Gilligan’s
As always, everyone is welcome. So bring someone along and join us
for Dinner provided by ATC at 6pm and the meeting at 7pm.

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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.
For Membership information and to Join click here


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The largest state Broadcast Convention in the Nation is open for Registration.

Texas Association of Broadcasters
63rd Annual Convention & Trade Show on August 10-11


A sample of events includes:

–Troubleshooting the Broadcast IP Network with Wayne Pecena, CPBE, Texas A&M,
–TV Spectrum Re-Pack Moderated by Jay Adrick from GatesAir, Don Doty with FDH Velocitel, Cindy Cavell representing Cavell Mertz & Associates, Inc. and
Christopher Wieczorek from T-Mobile;
–ATSC 3.0 Update with Kevin Gage, OneMedia;
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For more information, click here
For a full Schedule, click here

The event will return to the Renaissance Austin Hotel and, with 1,100+ annual registrants, it usually sells out early.


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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 1, 2016
SBE Launches the 2016 Membership Drive
The theme for 2016 is SBE Membership: The Road to Success

The SBE wants your help in recruiting new members, and you can win rewards for your efforts. Sponsor a new Member, Associate Member or Sustaining Member between March 1 and May 31, 2016, and you will be eligible for the prize drawings. For each approved new member application you sponsor you will earn $5 off your 2016 membership dues, up to $25. Each new member application may have only one sponsor. Applications must be received at the SBE National Office between March 1 and May 31, 2016, to be eligible. Drawing for all prizes will be completed by June 7, 2016.
Complete details, prize rules, prize listings and membership forms are posted on the 2016 Membership Drive page

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


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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

Review the StreamS product catalog at indexcom.com
Read John’s Radio World Article “The Evolution of Streaming” Here
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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][3] 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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Get the latest Technical News relative to Broadcasting or Get an Education or Get a job or find out what’s happening at other Chapters.
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


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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 next round of Cert Exams are scheduled for August 5-15.
The new application Deadline is June 3rd, 2016 for those Exams
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.

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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