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Membership Drive 2018

Help your colleagues develop their professional careers: have them join the SBE today.

Membership Drive 2018The 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, 2018, and you will be eligible for the prize drawings. For each approved new member application you sponsor you will earn $5 off your 2019 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, 2018, to be eligible. Drawing for all prizes will be completed by June 26, 2018.

New in 2018: If you recruit three or more Regular or Associate Members, or one Sustaining Member, you will also receive an upgrade to SBE MemberPlus for the remainder of the 2018 membership period.

New members are welcome throughout the year. Here’s the link to the member application: SBE Membership application

Grand Prize

A trip to the SBE National Meeting held in conjunction with the annual Media Resource Expo 2018 in Danvers, MA, Oct. 2-3, 2018. Prize package includes round trip airfare for one from within the continental US to the meeting; all SBE National Meeting and engineering conference events; and two nights at the host hotel.

Additional Prizes are donated by SBE Sustaining Members and our bookstore publishers. See the list at sbe.org.

Golden Recruiter Award

This award recognizes a chapter in each size division recruiting the most new members during the Membership Drive.

Category A and B are based on chaper enrollment, Class A represents chapers whose membership is less than the national median. Class B includes chapters with a membership greater than the national median. Plaques will be awarded during the SBE National Awards Dinner on Oct.3 in Danvers, MA.

Membership Drive FAQs

Where do I find new members? Prospective members can be non-members attending chapter meetings, fellow engineers at work or other stations, suppliers or educators.

How do I get credit for new members? Direct prospective members to the SBE website to join online or provide them with a copy of the membership application and ask him/her to fill in your name on the line “Sponsor’s Name/Who introduced you to SBE.” Once the new member’s membership application has been approved, your name will be placed in the prize drawing, which takes place in June 2018.

Official Rules: Only members of the SBE in good standing (national dues paid) are eligible. All applications are subject to approval by the admissions committee per the SBE By-laws. Only sponsorships of new applications for Member, Associate Member and Sustaining Members are eligible for the prize drawings. Each approved application will earn $5 off the recruiter’s 2019 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, 2018, to be eligible. Drawing for all prizes will be completed by June 26, 2018. Winners will be notified by mail. Grand prize winner may choose $500 cash in lieu of the trip package. There are no other prize substitutions. Winners are responsible for any taxes on prizes. Employees of the SBE and their family members are not eligible to win. Contest void where prohibited. Entrants agree that their name and likeness may be used by the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc. for promotional purposes.

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SBE MemberPlus Shows Early Success

SBE MemberPlusOn January 1, the Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, launched its new member benefit, SBE MemberPlus. Adopted by the SBE Board of Directors at its meeting in October 2017, the enhanced member benefit allows Regular, Senior or Associate members to upgrade their membership with full access to the more than 62 Webinars by SBE.

The SBE’s relatively low dues already provide access to SBE publications, social media outlets, job listings, compensation survey results and access to a life insurance program, as well as member discounts for SBE certification, education programs and purchases at the SBE Bookstore. SBE MemberPlus provides more value to members who choose to enhance their membership.

Initial response to SBE MemberPlus has been positive. For less than the cost of two Webinars by SBE, SBE MemberPlus members have access to more than 62 online education programs that cover a wide range of technical broadcast and media topics.

SBE annual membership runs from April 1 to March 31. SBE members received their renewal notices in early February, and already, more than 125 members have renewed their memberships or joined the SBE and added the MemberPlus benefit.

On the initial success, SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said, “The SBE Board of Directors expected SBE MemberPlus would be an attractive option to our members, but the response in the first several weeks of 2018 has doubled our exceeded our projections. SBE MemberPlus is an obvious value to SBE members.”

Individuals can join or renew their traditional SBE membership as a Regular, Senior or Associate member (based on eligibility) at the rate of $85, and purchase any SBE online education program a la carte. SBE MemberPlus has all the benefits of traditional SBE membership and includes access to all the live and archived Webinars by SBE in the SBE catalog plus any new webinars the SBE adds during the membership year, but at a higher cost ($175).

The SBE has prepared a video explaining SBE MemberPlus.

Access to the SBE webinars through the SBE MemberPlus program is limited to the member-purchaser only. They are not permitted to distribute, sell, copy, share, project or otherwise make the webinars available to any other individual or group without express written permission by the SBE.

More information about SBE MemberPlus
Video Outlining SBE MemberPlus

SBE Leadership Development Course Set for August 7-9, 2018

The Society of Broadcast Engineers will hold the 2018 SBE Leadership Development Course Aug. 7-9, 2018, in Atlanta, GA. This three-day course is an intensive study of successful leadership and management, designed specifically for broadcast engineers.

The course explores the nature of leadership, the difference between being a manager and being a leader, how to build a winning team, the importance of attitude in the leadership position, communication insights and so much more.

Instructing the course for the seventh year will be Rodney Vandeveer, professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision at Purdue University. Vandeveer brings more than 30 years of experience in human resources management, training, development and manufacturing. Vandeveer also owns a leadership training business, VanTech Training. A previous course attendee said, “Rodney [Vandeveer] knows this stuff inside and out and makes it interesting as well. Plus the real-life examples from his careers help prove the points.”

SBE Leadership Development COurse class of 2017

The SBE Leadership Development Course class of 2017

To register for this professional development opportunity, go to sbe.org/ldc. The enrollment fee is $670 for SBE members and $725 for non-members. The course will be held at the Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South; 1899 Sullivan Rd.; College Park, GA. A special room rate of $126 per night, plus tax, is available through July 7, 2018. Questions? Contact SBE Education Director Cathy Orosz at corosz@sbe.org.
The SBE has presented the SBE Leadership Development Course since 1997. The NAB sponsored the course from 1965 to 1995. This intense course is designed specifically for broadcast engineers who have or aspire to have management responsibilities. Details on the course are available at sbe.org/ldc.

Tony Peterle Appointed as Ennes Educational Foundation Trustee

The SBE Board of Directors, at its meeting on Oct. 25, 2017, approved the appointment of Tony Peterle, CPBE, to fill an open trustee position on the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust. The trustee position opened when Leonard Charles, CPBE, resigned from the Trust to devote more time to his retirement. Charles had served as a trustee since 2011. Trustees have no term limit.

Tony PeterleTony manages sales and support for the Western Hemisphere for broadcast equipment and systems manufacturer Worldcast Systems, which is based in Bordeaux, France. He joined Worldcast in 2005 as the manager for technical support in the US, and moved into the management position a few years ago.

Tony has actively been involved in broadcasting since the mid-1970s. He was the chief engineer of a 250W FM station during college, and started working professionally in Ohio, originally with WMRN in Marion and WCOL/WXGT in Columbus in on-air positions. Tony’s career then took him to Wichita, KS, where he obtained his pilot’s license with multiengine and instrument ratings, and got back into engineering with a 100kW FM and a 10kW directional AM. Engineering became Tony’s ticket to Hawaii, where he spent three years as chief engineer for KQMQ, KPOI and KINE before the open skies of Kansas City beckoned. For several years he combined his piloting and on-air skills as a traffic reporter and pilot, before becoming chief engineer for KPRS AM/FM. In 1996, Tony and his then-wife Kelly moved back to Hawaii and started their own traffic reporting service, at their peak delivering reports and information to more than 20 radio and TV stations across the islands. The post-9/11 economic downturn hit the Hawaii economy hard, and Tony sold the traffic reporting service and moved to Seattle, serving as traffic anchor for Entercom’s KIRO for several years until he was hired by Worldcast Systems.

Tony earned SBE CPBE certification in 2015 and has presented many times at SBE meetings, NAB, AES and other industry shows. Most notably, he spent several years teaching about the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and its application to broadcast operations. Those efforts garnered him the James Wulliman Educator of the Year honors from the SBE in 2017.

“I’m honored to be appointed to the Ennes Foundation Trust board. For me, one of the most enjoyable and beneficial parts of being part of the SBE is the enormous reservoir of knowledge and experience represented. I look forward to continuing the efforts of the Ennes Trust to help share that knowledge with all our members.”

Three trustees are appointed by the Society of Broadcast Engineers Board of Directors and are responsible for the operation of the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust. Also serving as trustees are Frederick M. Baumgartner, CPBE, CBNT, of Denver, CO, and Douglas W. Garlinger, CPBE, CBNT, of Fishers, IN.

On the appointment, SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said, “Tony has been active with the SBE for many years, and he has provided many educational presentations to chapters and regional and national conferences. His knowledge of SNMP in particular is outstanding. Because of his educational efforts, he was a natural choice to serve as an Ennes trustee.”

The Harold Ennes Scholarship Fund Trust was initiated by Indianapolis Chapter 25 in 1980 in memory of Harold E. Ennes, author of many textbooks for broadcast and broadcast-related communications training and a member of the Indianapolis chapter. Ennes (pronounced “ENN-ess”) was a member of the SBE’s national Certification Committee and made many contributions to the early development of the Certification Program. To encourage greater growth, the Scholarship Trust was transferred by Chapter 25 to the SBE national organization to administer in 1981.

Over the years, the purposes of the Trust were expanded. In addition to granting scholarships, the Trust now is involved with the funding and presentation of broadcast engineering-related educational programs, seminars and workshops. It also helps to underwrite costs associated with educational projects, including publishing technical books and manuals.

The name of the Trust was changed in 1995 to the “Harold Ennes Educational Foundation Trust” to fully embrace its expanded role. Some of the goals of the Trust are to encourage the entry of minorities and women into broadcast technical fields, to evaluate technical training courses and to act as a liaison with similar international organizations to develop and enhance common technical training courses.

Each year, the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust offers scholarships to deserving candidates who aspire to a career in the technical aspects of broadcasting. Donations to the scholarship fund can be sent to the SBE National Office.

Siegler Appointed to Fill SBE Board Vacancy

Dave SieglerThe SBE Board of Directors, at its meeting on Oct. 25, approved the appointment of David Siegler, CPBE, to fill an open position on the SBE Board of Directors. The Board seat opened when Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE, was elected to the office of SBE treasurer in the recent election. Siegler fills Bernier’s unexpired term that will end in the fall 2018.

Siegler is VP, technical operations, of Cox Media Group. He is based in Atlanta. He is also a member of the AFCCE, ATSC, IEEE, and SMPTE, and serves on the board of directors of the ATSC and the Journal Award Committee for SMPTE. He is a SMPTE Fellow Member and was awarded Broadcast & Cable’s Technology Leadership award in 2015.

On the appointment and after the swearing in of the board and officers, SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said, “Dave had previously expressed an interest in serving on the Board, so it was a natural choice to ask him to join the Board now. I’m glad to have him with us.”

SBE Adds MemberPlus Benefit

The Board of Directors of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, during its National Meeting held in Denver Oct. 25-26, adopted a new member benefit that will be available beginning January 1, 2018, called SBE MemberPlus.

SBE MemberPlusSince the society’s beginning, SBE membership, with relatively low dues, has provided access to SBE publications, social media outlets, job listings, compensation survey results and access to a life insurance program at no additional cost. An SBE member’s dues has also provided member discounts for SBE certification, education programs and purchases at the SBE Bookstore. It also has given members the opportunity to participate in local chapters affiliated with the national SBE.

SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said, “The SBE MemberPlus option will provide more value for our members who choose to take advantage of this membership enhancement. We also believe it will help to attract new members to the SBE because of the extensive educational value it brings.”

The SBE MemberPlus Option

Beginning January 1, 2018, individuals can choose to join or renew as a Regular, Senior or Associate member (based on eligibility) at the traditional low-cost rate of $85, and purchase any SBE online education program a la carte. SBE MemberPlus has all the benefits of Regular SBE membership and includes access to all the live and archived Webinars by SBE in the SBE catalog plus any new webinars the SBE adds during the membership year, but at a higher cost ($175). Currently, there are 61 webinars archived and available online, and the SBE will add one more before the end of 2017.

Free access to the extensive SBE webinar education resource is an enormous benefit. For less than the cost of two Webinars by SBE, the member who opts for SBE MemberPlus will have access to more than 62 online education programs that cover a wide range of technical broadcast and media topics. This includes the eight-part SBE RF101 series, the five-part Fundamentals of IT Networking, and many more.

SBE MemberPlus FAQ

Q: Is SBE MemberPlus a new member category?
A: No. SBE membership categories remain unchanged. SBE MemberPlus is still a Regular (or Senior or Associate) membership, but adds the benefit of full access to all Webinars by SBE.

Q: Can I upgrade my Regular membership to SBE MemberPlus at any time?
A: Yes. Annual membership renewal takes place on April 1, but an SBE member can pay the difference from Regular membership to SBE MemberPlus at any time to add the benefit. There will be no proration regardless of when the member makes the change.

Q: If I join the SBE midyear, can I prorate any portion of my dues?
A: New SBE MemberPlus members who join from Oct. through December will pay the full SBE MemberPlus rate, and then will pay a prorated SBE MemberPlus amount at their first renewal cycle the next year, just as Regular members do. This will coordinate those members with the April 1 – March 31 renewal cycle.

Q: Can I add SBE MemberPlus to my SBE Student, Youth or Life membership?
A: No. Members in these categories have the option of paying the full SBE MemberPlus rate if they wish. The difference between the SBE MemberPlus and Regular member rate cannot be added to the Regular dues rates for Student, Youth and Life members.

Q: Can I renew before April 1 to take advantage of SBE MemberPlus?
A: Yes. Members can elect to renew their membership as early as January 2 each year to access the SBE MemberPlus program. The Regular membership year cycle remains April 1 through March 31.

Q: What if I do not renew my SBE membership by April 1?
A: SBE MemberPlus members who do not renew by April 1 lose the SBE MemberPlus benefit at that time. Their membership reverts to Regular membership and is active until the three-month grace period ends June 30. The SBE MemberPlus benefits will be reinstated if the member renews after the grace period ends.

Q: May I share the link to SBE webinars with others?

A: Access to the SBE webinars through the SBE MemberPlus program is limited to the MemberPlus-purchaser only. You are not permitted to distribute, sell, copy, share, project or otherwise make the webinars available to any other individual or group without express written permission by the SBE.

SBE 2017 National Meeting

October 25-26, 2017

Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center, Denver, CO

Robert WellerAwards Dinner Keynote Speaker: Robert Weller, VP Spectrum Policy, NAB

As the vice president for spectrum policy at the National Association of Broadcasters, a position he assumed in July 2014, Weller is responsible for developing and implementing spectrum policy for the NAB.

Prior to joining the NAB, he served in a number of technical and management roles at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and as an engineering consultant to the telecommunications industry. During his 15 years at the FCC, Weller was the chief of technical analysis in the Office of Engineering and Technology. Earlier in his FCC career, Weller was director of Denver District Office where he was responsible for the agency’s enforcement, engineering, and public relations activities over a five-state area.

Before that he was a senior consulting engineer with Hammett & Edison. He started his career at an AM/FM combo in the San Francisco Bay Area and has changed his share of aviation beacons. He is a three-term president of the AFCCE and a two-term director of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society. He earned his master’s degree in electromagnetics from The George Washington University and his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in California and Colorado.

The annual Society of Broadcast Engineers National Meeting will be held in Denver on Oct. 25-26, 2017, in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Audio/Video Expo.SBE members from the region and across the country are invited to attend. The SBE national Meeting includes the SBE Annual Membership Meeting and annual SBE National Awards Reception and Dinner. Program details are below. Admission to the SBE National Meeting requires registration to the Engineering Conference. (all times are Mountain Time.)

SBE Schedule

October 25

 SBE Certification Committee Meeting

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Crowne Plaza

 SBE Board of Directors Dinner

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Crowne Plaza

 SBE Board of Directors Meeting

6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Crowne Plaza

October 26

 SBE Fellows Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Crowne Plaza
Sponsored by Kathrein

 SBE Annual Membership Meeting

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Crowne Plaza

The meeting will be streamed live online.

Webcast sponsored by AC Video Solutions, BlackMagic Design, Dielectric, DVEO, HD Radio/DTS and Micronet Communications.

AC Video Solutions
Blackmagic Design
Dielectric
DVEO Broadcast
HD Radio logo
Micronet Communications logo
 SBE National Awards Reception
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.Crowne Plaza

Sponsored by Comrex

Comrex logo
 SBE National Awards Dinner
5:00 – 7:45 p.m.Crowne Plaza

Sponsored by The Telos Alliance

The Telos Alliance is providing a $250 Amazon gift card as a door prize during dinner

Telos Alliance

Registration for the SBE Awards Reception and Dinner has closed.

Event sponsorships are available. Contact Debbie Hennessey (317-846-9000) for information.

Rocky Mountain Audio/Video Expo (AVX)

■ Conference Info

■ Program Schedule

■ Conference Exhibitors

■ Register for the Conference

Accomodations

Reserve a room at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport. Use the booking code XVA

Ennes Educational Foundation Trust Announces Scholarship Recipients

The Ennes Educational Foundation Trust has awarded four scholarships for 2016. Winners were chosen from applications received by July 1, 2017, from the previous 12 months.

The Harold E. Ennes Scholarship, Robert D. Greenberg Scholarship and John H. Battison Founder’s Scholarship are awarded to individuals interested in continuing or beginning their education in broadcast engineering and technology. The Youth Scholarship is specifically for a graduating high school senior interested in broadcast engineering as a career. Each scholarship awarded this year is for $1,500.

Clifford WhiteThis year the Harold E. Ennes Scholarship recipient is Clifford White of Tyler, TX. Cliff grew up near Tyler, TX, in a very technically inclined family. His father, Steve, has owned a small computer software company since the 1970s. Being around this technology, coupled with a unique curiosity, and nurtured a desire for all things technical. He discovered amateur radio at the age of 14, and within two months earned his Extra Class license. Being one of the few younger members of the local ham radio club, many of the older Elmers would give him old or broken equipment, which he would learn to fix. He learned most of knowledge of electronics from reverse engineering and repairing these old radios, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, and similar other devices. Several of his ham radio acquaintances worked in the broadcast industry, and he soon began following them around learning about the big radios. He is currently a senior at LeTourneau University, where he is studying for an engineering degree. When not in school, he works as a consulting engineer for many radio stations in the East Texas area.

Thomas CarlisleReceiving the Robert Greenberg Scholarship is Thomas Carlisle of Mesa, AZ. Tom began his career in broadcast working as a freelance system design engineer focusing on recording studios, post-production facilities, and broadcast facilities in 2000 while based in New York City. In Dec 2004, Tom joined the staff of Trade the News. For the next eight years he helped design and expanded its web-based subscription Squawk Box service. In 2012, Tom joined Fox News as a broadcast maintenance assistant of the Quartermasters department. In 2014, Tom moved to Phoenix, AZ, to join the staff of NBC-affiliate KPNX as the staff broadcast maintenance engineer. In 2016, Tom jointed the staff at Sneaky Big Studios as studio engineer and currently manages all broadcast and technical operations. Tom received his CBTE in 2017, and is furthering his education at Mesa Community College to focus on preparation to take the test for his CBNE and CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) in 2018 upon completion of the Cisco Networking Academy – CCNA program.

Timothy KyobeThe John H. Battison SBE Founder’s Scholarship has been awarded to Timothy Kyobe of Kampala, Uganda. Timothy started his professional journey as a radio broadcast and IT engineer seven years ago at the age of 25 at Capital Radio Limited, Kampala, Uganda, which is part of Radio Africa Group. That same year he completed his two-year university diploma in telecommunications engineering at the Uganda Institute of Information And Communications Technology. He is proud to be a Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer and Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer through the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He joined the SBE in 2015 when his employer sponsored him to attend the 139th AES convention in New York, where he met two SBE members whom he looks up to as role models. He had never known of any certified broadcast engineer in his country and is proud to be the first and only certified broadcast radio engineer and certified broadcast networking engineer in Uganda and East Africa.

Katy GerberKaty Gerber of Anaheim, CA, received the Youth Scholarship. As an incoming freshman attending California State University of Monterey Bay, Katy will study human communications and cinematic arts. With this education, she will enter the field of broadcast media to direct and inform an audience on ways to go about conscious living and consumerism. She currently works as a paid intern at Empire Media Productions where she provides media services to local government.

SBE President Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT, said, “Education continues to be a focal point of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and through the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust, we can assist deserving candidates with Ennes Scholarships to support their education in broadcast engineering.”

The Harold Ennes Scholarship Fund Trust was initiated by Indianapolis Chapter 25 in 1980 in memory of Harold E. Ennes, author of many textbooks for broadcast and broadcast-related communications training and a member of the Indianapolis chapter. Ennes was a member of the SBE’s national Certification Committee and made many contributions to the early development of the Certification Program. To encourage greater growth, the Scholarship Trust was transferred by Chapter 25 to the SBE national organization to administer in 1981. The name of the Trust was changed in 1995 to the Harold Ennes Educational Foundation Trust to fully embrace its expanded role.

SBE Elects Jim Leifer as President

Jim LeiferThe Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, announces the results of the 2017 election for the national board of directors. Jim Leifer, CPBE, was elected as the society’s president. Leifer is senior manager of broadcast operations at American Tower Corporation, Andover, MA.

Regarding the election, President-elect Leifer said, “I look forward to serving the Society and its members. I would first like to thank my friend President Jerry Massey. We all appreciate your efforts and leadership over the last two years. I look forward to continuing your outreach to the military. I also look forward to working with the Board of Directors and the membership so we can expand our membership and outreach to the media professionals among us.”

Others serving one-year terms as officers, which begin on Oct. 26 are:

■ Vice President: Robert “RJ” Russell, CPBE; VP engineering and operations, WTXF-TV; Philadelphia, PA

■ Secretary: Wayne Pecena, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE; director of engineering, Texas A&M University – KAMU-FM & TV; College Station, TX

■ Treasurer: Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE, senior director, Techwood Engineering; Turner; Atlanta

RJ Russell  Wayne Pecena  Jim BernierServing two-year terms on the board of directors, which also begin Oct. 26 are:

■ Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO; managing partner, AC Video Solutions; Roseland, NJ
■ Mark Fehlig, P.E., CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNT; senior systems engineer, Jampro/Alan Dick Antennas; Walnut Creek, CA
■ Stephen H. Lampen, CBRE; multimedia technology manager/product line manager – entertainment products, Belden; San Francisco
■ Kimberly K. Sacks, CBT; director of engineering, iHeartMedia; Loveland, CO
■ Barry Thomas, CPBE, DRB, CBNE; director of engineering, KSE Radio; Denver, CO
■ Kevin Trueblood, CBRE, CBNT; director of engineering, WGCU Public Media; Estero, FL

Andrea Cummis  Mark Fehlig  Stephen Lampen

Kimberly Sacks  Barry Thomas  Kevin Truelblood

The national board of directors of the SBE is responsible for the development of policy and determines the programs and services the society provides to its more than 5,000 members. Those elected will begin their terms on Oct. 26, 2017, during the SBE Membership Meeting. They will join the other five directors who have another year remaining in their terms (Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE; senior systems consultant, Telos Alliance; Nashville, TN; Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT; chief engineer, WSTM/WTVH/WSTQ-Sinclair Broadcast Group, Syracuse, NY; Jason Ornellas, CBRE, CRO; director of engineering, CBS Radio Sacramento; Sacramento, CA; Marcelo Sanchez, CPBE; director of broadcast operations and engineering, WFOR-TV/WBFS-TV; Miramar, FL; Justin “JT” Tucker, CSRE, AMD, CBNE; regional director of engineering Southwest, Cumulus Media Charleston; Charleston, SC) and Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, who becomes the immediate past president. Jim Bernier had one year remaining in his director term, so a replacement will be appointed to fill the remainder of that term when the new officers and directors are in office.

The SBE National Meeting will be held Oct. 25-26, 2017, in Denver in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo (AVX).

Preparing For the September 2017 National EAS Test

By Larry Wilkins, CPBE, chair, SBE EAS Advisory Group

All engineers should be aware by now that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has scheduled the 2017 national EAS test for Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 2:20 p.m. ET. This test will be originated and distributed via IPAWS only; the same manner as the 2016 National Test. The test will be sent with the event code NPT for National Periodic Test. All stations are expected to receive the NPT message from IPAWS or off-air and then to relay the NPT message on-air using their normal studio EAS equipment. The message will be sent with both English and Spanish language text and audio.

In preparation for the test a few items engineers need to check.
1. Verify each EAS unit has the correct time displayed. We have seen a number of units that are off by several minutes or on the wrong time zone. Equipment should be programmed to automatically synchronize to an internet time source. Even if it is set to a time server, check the clock for the correct time.

2. Verify you have a local incoming filter programmed to receive the NPT code, and it is set to automatic relay and not log only. The originator should be set to Primary Entry Point, and the event should be set to National Periodic Test (NPT).

3. Verify your station is receiving the IPAWS Required Weekly Test (RWT) on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. local time. This will assure your equipment is polling the IPAWS national server correctly.

4. If your station plans to rebroadcast the alert in Spanish, verify that the correct settings are programmed to access the Spanish version of the message. Since the procedure varies among equipment, contact the support number for your EAS unit.

5. Engineers should (if possible) be on site for the test on Sept. 27. This way you can verify firsthand the proper reception and relay as well the quality of the audio transmission.

Remember also that the FCC will require all stations to report the reception and relay of the NPT via the Commission’s EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS). The user name and password used for the 2016 test will not gain access to the ETRS for this test.

Filers can access the ETRS home page by visiting the ETRS page of the Commission’s website. Instructions for setting a new user name and password as well as filing the proper forms are available on the ETRS site.

All EAS participants must submit Form One on the FCC ETRS site no later than Aug. 28, 2017.

Multiple Streams on a Single Station
Analog and digital broadcast stations that operate as satellites or repeaters of a hub station (or common studio or control point if there is no hub station) and rebroadcast 100 percent of the programming of the hub station (or common studio or control point) may satisfy the requirements through the use of a single set of EAS equipment at the hub station (or common studio or control point) which complies with §11.32 and §11.33.

In other words, if you have one hub station feeding 100 percent of its programming to several other stations, submit a Form One only for the EAS unit at the hub station. If a station has its own programming, it should be filing at least one copy of Form One.

Concerning digital FM stations with auxiliary streams (HD-2 or HD-3) and television stations with auxiliary streams (.2 or .3) these EAS participants should only file for auxiliary streams if they have their own dedicated EAS units.

For example, if the main channel has one EAS unit and the HD-2 and/or HD-3 stream has a separate EAS unit, they should file a separate set of forms. If all three channels share a single unit, they should file one set of forms.