Mile High City hosts 2012 SBE National Meeting

The 2012 National Meeting of the Society of Broadcast Engineers takes place October 23-24 at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport in Denver, Colo. The event is being held in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Audio/Visual Expo and the SBE/SMPTE Broadcast Engineer’s Boot Camp. The local host is SBE Chapter 48 of Denver.

For more than 20 years, the Rocky Mountain Audio/Visual Expo has been a major regional event for video, audio, integration, AV and broadcast professionals. Attendees come primarily from the Rocky Mountain region and Great Plains states. The exhibit floor will be open both days. The expo also includes a number of keynote speakers, workshops and a free reception. The Crowne Plaza property includes a large meeting and convention center that enables the expo to feature in excess of 120 companies in more than 100 booths.

SBE Chapter 48, along with the Rocky Mountain Section of SMPTE, will present a half-day version of their popular Broadcast Engineer’s Boot Camp on Wednesday, October 24. The boot camp will include presentations on broadcast technology of interest to television and radio engineers and technicians.

Among the SBE National Meeting events is the Annual SBE Membership Meeting, which is scheduled to be streamed live via the Internet, and the annual SBE National Awards Reception and Dinner.

More information about the SBE National Meeting will be available later this summer. Watch for more information in The Signal, SBE-news, and on the SBE website. Members who live in, or are within several hours drive of the Denver area, are encouraged to attend. Save the dates: October 23-24 for the 2012 SBE National Meeting.

Cleveland Ennes Workshop presents latest trends in broadcast engineering

Cleveland Ennes Workshop participants

Jon Hanson of SPX Communication Technologies explores the advantages of electromagnetic simulation.

The Cleveland Ennes Workshop, a day jam-packed with the latest in broadcast engineering, took place yesterday, June 13. It was good to see everyone having  a great time connecting with other engineers while learning about audio compression, the future of ENG technology, trends in TV infrastructure, the advantages of electromagnetic simulation, RF power meter selection, broadcast structures, and so much more. Thanks to SBE Chapter 70 for hosting this program and the sponsors and presenters.

Lynn Strube of Bird Technologies discusses selecting a RF power meter.

Workshop participant Ed Miller, CPBE, said, “Topics were timely, substantive and efficiently presented…very cost-effective format.”

Kudos to all involved. If you are interested in attending an Ennes Workshop, check out the Orlando Ennes Workshop, which takes place Friday, October 5.

Only two days left to nominate a member or chapter for an SBE award

Is your chapter deserving of an award? Is a fellow member deserving of one of the many individual awards? 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 Friday, June 15.

Awards will be presented at the SBE National Meeting in Denver, Colo. on October 24 at the awards dinner and reception. See a list of awards and links to past winners below.

Individual Awards

Chapter Awards

Sage Alerting System Releases IPAWS Support Filmware

Sage Alerting Systems has posted a message on their site saying:

We plan to release the IPAWS support firmware before 1:00pm EDT today. This is, as always, subject to a little drift.
• This web site is a finite resource. If everyone tries to download at 1:00pm, it won’t be pretty.
• Our support lines are a finite resource as well. If you need to call us, and you get voice mail, leave a message. Don’t try to call back later, assuming we’ll answer the phone then. Leave a message, and we’ll return your call in the order we received it. Don’t try the sales or business office extensions, they can’t call support either if the lines are busy.
• Please read and follow the steps in the release notes carefully. If you haven’t tried to add an IPAWS server by hand, and if your ENDEC is able to sync up to a network time source, the install will go very well. If you have tried to get the ENDEC to poll IPAWS by using instructions from a source other than Sage, you will have problems. Those CAP server entries, with things like “ipaws”, or “http” or “https” followed by anything, won’t work, and will result in a “CAP offline” message. If you can access your ENDEC, you might want to do a little prep work, remove those servers, and upload the settings before you upload the firmware. This is especially true if you used the ENDECSetd included in release 74-2, and built a CAP server with a type of “IPAWS OPEN” and an incorrect URL. Keep any server that is currently working for you, this includes any MyState server or GSS satellite server.

The other EAS encoder manufactures also have information available.

Visit the Emergency Alert System Issues page on the SBE website for more information.

Scott Mason, CPBE, CBNT, SBE EAS Education Committee Chairman

Advertising spots available in August issue of The Signal

The Signal April 2012 IssueAdvertising spots have opened in the August issue of The Signal. Space is limited, so contact Debbie Hennessey today if you are interested in advertising your product or service to the industry’s leading technical experts. Members of the Society of Broadcast Engineer are the leaders, the trendsetters – the people who can drive your product or service to new levels of success.

The bi-monthly, 16 page, printed newsletter provides members with timely articles on various broadcast-related topics, information on upcoming events, recognition of members’ activities and achievements and details of the SBE services.

To see an example of the new layout, which debuted in April click here. Download and return the advertising rate card and reservation form by June 25. For questions contact Debbie at (317) 846-9000 or by email.

How do you get approval to take continuing education?

As the education director at SBE, I often wonder how you, the broadcast engineer, get approval to participate in continuing education offerings. Help your fellow engineer by completing the short poll and posting your comments by clicking on the icon to the right of the title on how you’ve gotten approval to take continuing education.

Exactly how do you convince your manager that it’s a good idea for you to be away from the office? How do you get your company to finance it? I have provided some ideas on the SBE website, but I’d like to hear from you.

The SBE education program offers various ways for you to continue to learn. Have you found it easier or harder to gain approval for any of the following types of educational programs?

Webinars by SBE is quite popular since there are no travel costs or extra time away from the office.  Webinars are convenient for engineers with hectic and unpredictable work schedules.

SBE University is popular due to the fact that the courses are available online anytime.  Courses on SBE University offer a more in-depth look at specific subjects.

The Ennes Workshops offer engineers an affordable day out of the office to gain insight into new technology in the industry, as well as face-to-face time with other engineers.

The SBE Leadership Development Course is a three-day course offered to engineers to refine their leadership skills while understanding and improving interactions with others.

The Society works tirelessly to offer you affordable educational opportunities and we want to be sure you have all the tools you need to take advantage of these programs.

– Kimberly Kissel

SBE TV and radio operator handbooks now available in digital format

The Society of Broadcast Engineers has published handbooks for radio and television operators for more than 15 years and now they are available in digital format. The SBE Television Operators Certification Handbook and the SBE Certification Handbook for Radio Operators can now be purchased through and They can be read using those companies’ popular Kindle and Nook capable devices and apps.

Purchase of the digital version of either book does not include the corresponding SBE operator certification exam. The exam can be purchased separately through the SBE website. The combined cost of the digital book and the separate exam is the same as the cost for the traditional paper book that includes the exam.

“These two handbooks represent the first of many digital books and other educational material the SBE plans to publish going forward,” said SBE President, Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNT. Hogan also said, “Publishing in digital form helps to meet the needs of our members who want educational material available in traditional and digital versions. Providing both will offer options to the broadcast engineer who routinely uses electronic devices in their daily jobs.”

The digital versions of the operator handbooks provide the added value of convenience and mobility. The digital editions have exactly the same content as the current paper editions and include practice questions at the end.