SBE Membership Drive ends May 31

SBE Membership DriveThere is still time to sponsor a new member and be entered into the prize drawing. Sponsor a new member by Thursday, May 31 to be eligible for the 2012 SBE Membership Drive prizes.

The Grand Prize is a trip to the SBE National Meeting in Denver, Colorado, October 23-24. The prize package includes round trip airfare for one from within the continental US to the meeting; all SBE National Meeting events; and two nights at the Denver International Airport, Crowne Plaza hotel.

Find additional prize details and  an online or a printable version of the membership application on the SBE website.

Who will you nominate for an SBE award?

Is your chapter deserving of an award? Is a fellow member deserving of the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year Award? Nominate your chapter or an individual for a 2012 SBE National Award today! Download an individual or a chapter nomination form and return it to the SBE National Office by June 15. Awards will be presented at the SBE National Meeting in Denver, Colo. on October 24 at the awards dinner and reception.

The Ennes Workshops – an affordable day of continuing education and networking

I visited El Paso to help with the El Paso Ennes Workshop last Friday.  What a beautiful town, as you can see below.  The mountains are nothing short of spectacular. The statue pictured below, which is called “The Equestrian”, is located right outside the airport and the hotel where the workshop was held.  I didn’t realize this statue, which is apparently the world’s largest equestrian statue, salutes the conquistador who reportedly gave El Paso its name, and honors Hispanic people for their contributions to building the American West.

Traveling with the Ennes Workshops is one of my favorite parts of my position here at the SBE.  It allows me to see you, the broadcast engineer that I serve, which always helps me put things in perspective.  It gives me a renewed sense of purpose.  It helps ensure that I am on the right track of providing various forms of continuing education to keep you informed about the industry and where it’s going. 

The Equestrian

There were some interesting topics presented, including sending video quickly over the Internet, and how Ethernet can be used in ways not previously considered for audio and video. In addition, a tutorial on the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) was added to the schedule which proved to be quite interesting and detailed.  Tony Peterle showed us how engineers can use this protocol to operate all kinds of broadcast equipment remotely.  We heard about trends in TV infrastructure, including audience measurement.

Norbert Miles said of the workshop, ”The Ennes Workshop plays a very important part and key element and tool for keeping up with today’s technological advances in the broadcasting industry.”

Steve Lampen at the El Paso Ennes Workshop

All in all, it was a great day for learning and networking.  It was great to see the engineers having a day for themselves – and the food was good too! And I gained a fresh perspective on my role here at SBE.  Thank you SBE Chapter 38 for bringing the workshop to your members!

If you are interested in attending a workshop, check out the Cleveland Ennes Schedule.  This workshop takes place Wednesday, June 13.

Kimberly Kissel, SBE Education Director

SBE University – online courses on your time

SBE University was created with the busy engineer in mind. The courses on SBE University can be taken anytime on your own time wherever it’s convenient for you.  These courses are typically made up of 8-14 chapters, quiz questions, a glossary, and a final exam, all to help ensure you learned the material.  You can access the courses again and again, and once a course is purchased, you will have access to the course for as long as it is available.

Todd Creamer, a member of the SBE in Marion, Illinois, said, “After going through several other interactive courses since the SBE 8-VSB course, I can honestly say it is top notch in its course presentation. I do look forward to taking other courses as well.”

The SBE is committed to providing continuing education to its members.  Current courses include 8-VSB; AM Antenna Computer Modeling; AM Antenna Systems; Broadcast Audio Processing; Computer Networking for Broadcast Engineers; ENG Truck Operations; FM Transmission Systems; Matching Networks and Phasing; Television Video and Audio – a Ready Reference for Engineers; The New Lifecycle of Media – IP and File Based Architecture and Workflows; and Voice Telco Networks and Studio Interface Systems. Visit SBE University today and learn for yourself about what a great resource it can be for you.

Ennes Workshops coming to Cleveland and El Paso

Hartford Ennes Workshop, photo courtesy of Jim Peck
May 2011
hosted by SBE Chapter 14 and the Connecticut Broadcasters Association

Cleveland and El Paso are both hosting the Ennes Workshop, presented by SBE, this spring.  These workshops are affordable, day long programs geared toward broadcast engineers.  The Ennes Workshops are packed with information, technology and helpful tidbits for the busy engineer who cannot afford to get away from his or her job often.  A light breakfast and lunch are included, and the program runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The program varies from area to area.  Subjects for both of these workshops include audio compression technology, designing and implementing a broadcast facility control and monitoring system incorporating SNMP, sending video fast and inexpensively; the future of radio automation; TV and radio broadcast structure engineering, and more. 

Thank you to SBE Chapter 70 and SBE Chapter 38 for hosting these workshops.

Tune into ‘This Week in Radio Tech’ tonight

Don’t forget to listen to SBE Executive Director John Poray, on “This Week in Radio Tech” Wednesday, May 9 EDT. Hear the live recording by visiting http://twit.tv/twirt at 8 p.m. EDT tonight. Poray plans to discuss the paper he presented at the NAB Show in April, “The Shortage of Broadcast Engineers – is there, or do we just need to know where to look?“, as well as other current initiatives of the SBE.

Poray is guest on ‘This Week in Radio Tech’ May 9

SBE Executive Director John Poray, is Wednesday’s guest on “This Week in Radio Tech“. Listen the live recording by visiting http://twit.tv/twirt at 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 9. Poray plans to discuss the paper he presented at the NAB Show in April, “The Shortage of Broadcast Engineers – is there, or do we just need to know where to look?“, as well as other current initiatives of the SBE.