Morris to speak at 2012 SBE National Meeting

Harris Morris, president of Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Communications Division, is the keynote speaker for the 2012 SBE National Meeting. The National Meeting is being held in conjunction with The Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo (AVX 2012) and the SBE/SMPTE Engineering Boot Camp October 23-24 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado.

Morris is scheduled to speak at the SBE National Awards Dinner, sponsored by The Telos Alliance on October 24 at the Crowne Plaza DIA Ballroom. Morris oversees 1,960 employees working globally across the division’s media and workflow, infrastructure and networking and transmission business units.

The dinner includes the presentation of the SBE National Awards including the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year Award to Wiely Boswell, CBRE of Chapter 118, Montgomery, Ala. and the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year Award to Wayne Pecena, CPBE, AMD, DRB, 8-VSB, CBNE of Chapter 99, College Station, Texas. Chapters and individual members will also be recognized during the dinner.

Others to be recognized include SBE Sustaining Member, Orban, for their free BS.1770-2/R 128 and CBS Loudness Meter. Doug Irwin, CPBE, AMD, DRB, is the Best Technical Article Award winner for his article, “Ethernet-based Audio Routing: A how-to guide.” SBE Chapter 15, New York City is being recognized for Best Social Media Site and Best Frequency Coordination Effort. SBE Chapter 24, Madison, Wis. is being recognized for their achievements over the past year with three awards including, Best Regional Convention, Best Chapter Newsletter and Best Chapter Website. Visit the Awards & Recognitions page on the SBE website for a complete list of award recipients.

Participants are invited to attend the SBE National Awards Reception, sponsored by Vislink Broadcast, at 5 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza DIA Atrium Terrace before dinner. Tickets for the reception and dinner are $15 and can be ordered at

Other SBE events during the national meeting for Tuesday, October 23 include the SBE Certification Committee Meeting at 2 p.m. and the SBE Board of Directors Meeting at 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza DIA Hotel.

Meeting events for Wednesday, October 24 begin with the Fellows Breakfast for invited guests, sponsored by Kathrein, Scala Division at 8 a.m. A Frequency Coordinators Meeting takes place at 1 p.m. and the Annual SBE Membership Meeting, which includes updates on SBE membership, finances and programs takes place at 4 p.m.  The meeting also includes the induction of newly elected officers and board members. The winner of the 2012 SBE Membership Drive drawing, Aaron Savage, CBT of Chapter 53, Hawaii and the two chapters to receive the Golden Recruiter Awards will also be recognized.

The membership meeting is being streamed live courtesy of Advanced Broadcast SolutionsComrexDVEO and Orban. To view the meeting online, click on the Annual Membership Meeting icon posted on the SBE website home page prior to the start of the meeting.

The AVX, consists of broadcast, audio, video, animation, production and media sessions, will include the annual Broadcast Engineer’s Boot Camp, presented by SBE Chapter 48 and the Rocky Mountain Section of SMPTE. A tradeshow of approximately 130 companies in more than 100 booths takes place both days. There is no cost to attend the expo, SBE/SMPTE Engineering Boot Camp and most sessions. The AVXPO has several optional workshops available at a small cost. All registration for the SBE National Meeting and AVXPO can be made online at Registration is required for the AVX and the SBE dinner.

To make hotel reservations, call the Crowne Plaza DIA direct at (303) 371-9494 and ask for the special Society of Broadcast Engineers rate of $105 plus tax per night. The reservation deadline is October 1. Visit the SBE website for more information.

RF Safety Course offers simplified registration and participation on September 25

Strickland monitoring RF

The SBE RF Safety Course, presented by Richard Strickland of RF Safety Solutions, takes place at noon ET on September 25.  Registration has been simplified so that attendees can participate from any location with Internet access. Among other topics, Strickland will discuss how to prove compliance at a broadcast site, the biological effects of RF radiation and the distinct differences between RF radiation and ionizing radiation, FCC and OSHA regulations and RF hazard protection equipment. A previous attendee of the course said, “Richard did a great job of providing examples, answering questions, and keeping the material interesting. I appreciate the ability to download slides for future reference.”

The course is designed for broadcast station personnel, including chief and assistant chief engineers, transmitter site engineers, ENG and SNG maintenance personnel and management that need to have an understanding of RF safety issues and regulations. For more information and to register click here.

SBE elects Hogan president

Ralph Hogan

Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNE returns as president of the SBE for 2012-13. The society elected 10 members to join the board for the upcoming year.

Results are in for the 2012-13 SBE National Board of Directors after the society’s first online election. Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNE remains as president for a second term.

“I am looking forward to continuing the excellent progress the Society has made in the past year and begin exploring the recommendations of the strategic planning committee with the board of directors at our October National Meeting,” said Hogan.

Officers are elected to serve one-year terms on the Society of Broadcast Engineers Board of Directors. Returning to the board as officers are Hogan, director of engineering for KJZZ-FM/KBAQ-FM, Tempe, Ariz. as president; Joe Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB, vice president of engineering at Meredith Corporationin Las Vegas, Nev. as vice president; James Leifer, CPBE, director of engineering & IT at Clear Channel South Florida in Miami, Fla. as secretary; and Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT, corporate regional engineer and DoE at Entercom Communications in Greenville, S.C. as treasurer.

The election of six directors, for two-year terms, includes the return of Tim Anderson, CPBE, DRB, CBNT, manager, strategic radio market and product development, Harris Corporation Broadcast Communications Division in Mason, Ohio; Gary Kline, CBT, CBNT, senior vice president of engineering, Cumulus Media in Atlanta, Ga.; and Scott Mason, CPBE, CBNT, west coast director of engineering, CBS Radio in Los Angeles, Calif.

New to the board as directors are Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO, senior director of engineering 
and operations, WNET in New York, N.Y.; John Heimerl, CPBE, vice president of strategic technologies, WHRO-TV, WHRO-FM, WHRV-FM in Norfolk, Va.; and Wayne M. Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB AMD, DRB, CBNE, director of engineering, Texas A&M University-Educational Broadcast Services in College Station, Texas.

2012 was the first year the society offered online voting, which saw a 64% increase in ballots cast from the previous year. The total number of ballots cast was 1,313, which were 511 more ballots than in 2011.

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 October 24 during the SBE Membership Meeting. The newly elected will join the other six directors who have another year remaining in their terms as well as immediate past president, Vincent Lopez, CEV, CBNT.

The National Meeting is being held in conjunction with The Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo (AVX 2012) and the SBE/SMPTE Engineering Boot Camp. The event takes place in the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel in Denver Colorado October 23-24, 2012.

John Battison at 2011 SBE Membership Meeting

Battison VideoView a video of SBE Founder John Battison P.E., CPBE, speaking with SBE President Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT, at the 2011 Membership Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. John was honored with the re-naming of the SBE Lifetime Achievement Award to the John H. Battison Award for Lifetime Achievement in April 2011 after receiving the award himself in 2006.




SBE mourns John H. Battison

John Battison

SBE Founder John H. Battison

The Society of Broadcast Engineers mourns the loss today of its founder, John Battison, P.E., CPBE. Our sympathies are extended to his wife Sara, daughter Victoria, son Mark the entire Battison family and his many friends and colleagues.

John’s dream to form an organization devoted solely to the professional development of broadcast engineers and the field of broadcast engineering was realized far beyond what he had imagined. For more than 48 years, the organization, which was fueled in its early days by his vision and passion, has positively affected the lives and careers of thousands of men and women who have made broadcast engineering their career. All of us, who have benefited from our affiliation with the SBE during our careers, owe a debt of gratitude to SBE Member #1, John Battison.

Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNE
SBE President

New SNMP course available on SBE University

The SBE now offers a new course on SBE University, “Use of the Simple Network Management Protocol in Broadcast Monitoring and Control Systems.” This course provides an introduction and overview of the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

“The SNMP SBE University course will give broadcast engineers another set of tools to put in their bag. Using SNMP, everything from monitoring analog and or digital signals, controlling equipment, alarm status, and even to dispatching of repair personnel can be exploited. SNMP can be an effective tool, but it’s only one item in your toolkit, and it can be used more effectively when it is part of your total network monitoring solution,” said SBE President Ralph Hogan.

With IP networking becoming an ever-increasing part of a broadcast engineer’s environment, there is an opportunity to utilize this legacy IT protocol for our benefit. SNMP is a way to monitor data points and control different functions in remote equipment, using an existing IP network. Much of the latest generation broadcast equipment supports this protocol, and facility control devices are appearing on the market that can incorporate data and control functions obtained via SNMP alongside information and controls that use traditional hardwired inputs and outputs.

The course describes how SNMP works, including the structure and types of SNMP messages, how they are transported over the network, and how they can be used to monitor and control remote equipment. Students will learn about the data distant equipment might return, and how best to integrate it into an overall facility control plan. Also covered are the types of equipment that support SNMP communications, as well as using the protocol for site-to-site communications.

Tony Peterle, CSRE, of WorldCast Systems Inc., is the author of the new course. Peterle performs training, technical support and instillation as the US subsidiary manager at WorldCast Systems. Peterle’s experience includes chief engineer positions in Honolulu, Kansas City, and Wichita. His resume also includes a commercial pilot’s license and several years as a traffic reporter before receiving CSRE certification from the SBE in 2005.

This course is being offered to members of the SBE for a special price of $65 through September 1. The cost is $105 for non-members and $85 for members of the SBE after September 1. To enroll, visit the SNMP SBE University course on the SBE website.

For more information about SBE University and the SNMP course contact SBE Education Director Kimberly Kissel at or (317) 846-9000.

Webinar focuses on OSI Model, and Physical, Network and Transport Layers

The SBE is planning a series of webinars that take an in-depth look at several areas of IP Networking for Broadcast Engineers.  These webinars will help broadcast engineers gain more knowledge in audio and video over IP for broadcast, digital content management, video systems in an IT world, and data transmission systems and practices.

The first webinar in the series explores the OSI model and layers and takes place on September 11.  It’s important to note that these webinars will not only help you in your current position, but will also help prepare you to take the Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE) certification exam. Presenting these webinars is Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE. He is one of the first people to take and pass the CBNE exam.  Pecena frequently presents for the SBE on networking subjects.  Craig Tayerle found a presentation of Pecena’s to be helpful: “This workshop was very valuable on many levels. I intend to explore some of the material discussed more in depth on my own. Many Thanks!”

Subjects discussed in this first webinar  include the OSI Model, TCP Model, and the application to the Physical, Network, and Transport layers as applied to IP Networking as utilized in broadcast distributions systems.

Participants can expect to learn:

  • How network models related to the development of standards and practices
  • Physical layer implementation of Ethernet technology in wired and wireless environments
  • Physical network addressing and role of the network layer in Ethernet networks
  • TCP & UDP and the role of the transport layer in IP networks
  • Why UDP is utilized in the broadcast network environment

This webinar costs $49 for members of the SBE and $75 for non-members.  Click here for more information and to register.