SBE Announces Winners of 2015 National Awards

The Society of Broadcast Engineers announces the recipients of the 2015 SBE National Awards. The awards recognize excellence and achievement by individual members, SBE chapters and Sustaining Member companies. The two highest individual awards are the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year and the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year.

Presented to a member who has excelled in his or her career while furthering the mission of the SBE, the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year is awarded to Roswell D. Clark, CPBE, CBNT, of Clearwater, FL. Clark is a member of SBE Chapter 39 Tampa Bay, FL, where he serves as treasurer. He is a past chairman of Chapter 39.

The recipient of the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year award is recognized for outstanding service and excellence in sharing knowledge through teaching other broadcast engineers. The winner of the award is SBE Chapter 39 Tampa Bay, which began hosting an annual day-long technical training seminar in 2009 and has held it every year since.

Roz Clark has worked in broadcast engineering for more than 30 years. Currently, Roz is the director of technical operations for Cox Media Group in multiple markets. He is also a facilitator of Chapter 39’s one-day symposium that provides an educational experience for the regional engineers who cannot attend the NAB Show or similar events. Roz was a leader in the implementation of HD Radio and adoption of radio’s part in social media and other platforms.

2015 marks the third year that the Chapter Engineer of the Year Award has highlighted the achievements of members within their chapters. This year, nine chapters selected their own award recipients. Each winner will be presented with a special certificate and will be recognized nationally on the SBE website and in a future issue of The Signal. The nine chapter winners also were automatically nominated for the national Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year Award.

Members of SBE Chapter 39 have produced a one-day educational technical training seminar for the past six years. Various speakers are invited to make presentations focused on technology and without a sales pitch. Every seminar brings a mixture of major companies as well as local companies working in the industry at a low cost to attendees. The 2015 Symposium is scheduled for November 12. Chapter members who have been a part of the planning are Roz Clark, Dylan Scott, Larry Stephen, Bill Brown, Paul Kempter, Ralph Beaver, Mike Galik, Jake Tremper, Sheila Cowley, Mike Cernack, John Collinson and the late Steven Hess.

Blackmagic Design is awarded the 2015 SBE Technology Award for its 12G-SDI, which has a high data throughput and allows for SD, HD and Ultra HD video to be sent via a single BNC cable. The increased bandwidth also supports the emerging high frame-rate Ultra HD 60p format.

The winner of the Best Technical Article, Book or Program for his article in the October and December issues of The Signal and an issue of the Chapter 24 newsletter is Tom C. Smith of Sun Prairie, WI, for Look at TV Repack Scenario, Chapter 24.

Chapter Awards
Best Chapter Website and Best Social Media Site
Chapter 80 of Fox Valley, WI

Best Chapter Newsletter (tie)
Chapter 24, Madison, WI, and Chapter 70, Cleveland, OH

Best Regional Convention or Conference
Chapter 24, Madison, WI, and the 2014 Broadcasters Clinic

Several SBE National Awards recognize chapters for growth in membership, percentage of certified members and highest average attendance at chapter meetings. These awards are based on statistics kept at the national office, as submitted by all chapters. Two awards for each category are presented, based on chapter enrollment. Class A represents chapters whose membership is less than the national median. Class B includes chapters with a membership greater than the national median.

Greatest Growth in New Members
A: Chapter 111, Huntsville, AL
B: Chapter 45, Charlotte, NC

Most Certified Chapter
A: Chapter 118, Montgomery, AL
B: (tie) Chapter 24, Madison, WI; Ch. 131, Inland Empire CA

Highest Average Member Attendance
A: Ch. 85, Central Western OK
B: Chapter 34, Albuquerque, NM

Nominations for the 2016 awards will open in February.

All the awards will be presented during the SBE National Awards Dinner on October 14, at the SBE National Meeting in Madison, WI. The National Meeting is being held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Broadcasters Clinic.

SBE Publishes Book on TV Master Control Operations

TV OperationsThe Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, has released its latest publication, Television Operations – A Handbook of Technical Operations for TV Broadcast, On Air, Cable, Mobile and Internet, written by Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, and Nicholas Grbac, CBT, CTO.

The book covers the basics of TV master control operations to familiarize an operator with the concepts, practices and the regulations inherent in the job. The book is specifically designed for those with a minimum to moderate amount of master control exposure. Experienced operators and non-technical managers will also benefit from the text.

SBE President Joe Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB, said, “The Society of Broadcast Engineers has increased its educational efforts over the past few years. This book is just one of the ways we’re providing technical resources to our members and all broadcast and multimedia technology professionals.”

The book is available through the SBE Bookstore for digital purchase on Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com. A print-on-demand version will be available about August 31.

A Top Ten List of Most-certified SBE Chapters

by John Poray, CAE
SBE Executive Director

There are a number of ways to gauge the vitality of a chapter of the SBE. The number of active members and how many quality meetings held each year are two ways that are often used. Another is to measure the percentage of SBE members in each chapter that hold one or more SBE certifications.

Though SBE certification is an optional program, we of course recommend it highly. It is the most recognized measure in the broadcasting business today of technical knowledge and experience. I took a look at SBE chapters that meet the requirements to be a SBE Quality Chapter (who earned a chapter cash rebate from the national SBE for 2014) AND, that had 50% or more of its members certified through the SBE, and created a “SBE Top Ten” list; or in this case, Top 11.

During this 40th anniversary of the SBE Program of Certification, we’re pleased to recognize the Top 11 Chapters, their chairmen and certification chairmen, who play a significant leadership role in establishing a high level of chapter programming and a high percentage of member participation in the SBE certification program.

Rank Chapter % SBE Certified Chapter Chairman Certification Chairman
1 118, Montgomery, AL 68% Wiely Boswell, CBRE, CBNE Charles Grider, CBRE, CBNT
2 131, Inland Empire, CA 67% Don Bartie, CPBE, CBNT Paul Claxton, CPBE, CBNE
2 24, Madison, WI 67% Kevin Ruppert, CPBE, CBNT Jim Hermanson, CPBE, CBNT
4 86, Greenville, SC 63% Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT Robert Maw, CSTE
5 55, St. Louis, MO 62% Terrence Dupuis, CBRE, CBNT Don Strauss, CPBE
6 52, Central Ohio 55% John Owen Roland Elikofer, CPBE
7 28, Milwaukee, WI 54% Todd Boettcher, CPBE Rick Ryan, CPBE
7 3, Kansas 54% Vern Wirka, CPBE Robert Locke, CPBE, CBNT
7 96, Rockford, IL 54% Ben Pflederer Chuck Ingle, CPBE, AMD
10 7, Jacksonville, FL 51% Craig Butler, CSRTE Alan Alsobrook, CSRE, AMD, CBNT
11 102, Grand Rapids, MI 50% Glenn Gunnufsen, CSTE, CBNT Philip Schmitt, CBRE, CBT

No matter what stage you are in your career as a broadcast engineer or master control operator, obtaining SBE certification can be helpful to you in your own professional development. Your chapter’s certification chairman can help you get started and answer any questions you may have. You can also check the Certification section at the SBE website, http://www.sbe.org, or contact SBE Certification Director Megan Clappe at the SBE National Office.

2015 Membership Drive Adds 41 New Members

Forty-one new members were sponsored through the 2015 SBE Membership Drive, which carried the theme “Get the Advantage, Join the SBE.” Each member who recruited a new member was entered into a drawing to win prizes donated by several SBE Sustaining Members and the SBE. The recruiters also earned $5 off their 2016 SBE membership dues for each new recruit.

The Grand Prize winner, who will receive an expense-paid trip to the SBE National Meeting in Madison, WI, this October, is Robin Heslop, CTO, of Davie, FL. Other prizes and winners include:

Gerald Agresti, CPBE Leawood, KS Heartland Video ceramic mug
Cris Alexander, CPBE, DRB, AMD Aurora, CO SBE tumbler
Steven Barousse, CSTE, CBNE Washington, DC Orban PCn 1600
Jim Bernier, Jr., CPBE, CBNE Alpharetta, GA Heartland Video calculator and cell phone stander
Tom Bole, CBNT, CTO Las Vegas, NV Tascam DR-05 from BSW
Michael Bove Oro Valley, AZ DVEO logoed t-shirt
Wes Boyd, CBT Girard, OH Thompson Video Systems long-sleeve logoed shirt
Steven Browneller Ventura, CA Heartland Video knit hat
Tom Dailey, CBNT, CTO Denver, CO Copy of SBE CertPreview
Robert Dickinson, CBTE St.Thomas, VI Comrex BRIC-Link II
Michael Doty Stephens City, VA Heartland Video ceramic mug
Joseph Durham Vinton, VA Heartland Video flash drive and flashlight key chain
Dennis Dutra, Jr., CBTE Eliot, ME Heartland Video pint glass
Gary Fullhart Sylvania, OH Tieline Technology barbecue set
Sam Garfield, CPBE, CBNT Raleigh, NC Heartland Video flash drive & flathead screwdriver
John George, Jr. Lexington, SC Heartland Video pint glass
James Grace, CBT Mitchell, SD Thompson Video Systems long-sleeve logoed shirt
Dale Harry, CPBE Rocklin, CA Wheatstone FM-55 digital audio processor
Ken Holden, CPBE Fresno, CA Heartland Video ceramic mug
Mark Humphrey, CPBE Exton, PA Heartland Video flash drive and flashlight key chain
Mark Jacobson, CBTE, CBNT Streamwood, IL Dielectric logoed t-shirt
Chuck Kelly, Jr. Noblesville, IN SBE membership pin
William Lee Jenks, OK Four Maine lobsters from Dielectric
Marc Lehmuth Kennesaw, GA Tascam DR-05 from BSW
Steve Mankowski, CPBE, CBNT Palmdale, CA Heartland Video calculator and cell phone stander
Ascencion Marquez, CEV Bethesda, MD Heartland Video t-shirt
Ed Martin, CPBE Maryville, TN DVEO logoed t-shirt
Robert McCormick, CBT Chicopee, MA Heartland Video flash drive and flashlight key chain
Joseph Patriss, CBT Newington, CT Registration to SBE University or SBE webinar
Jason Pepino, CBT Odenton, MD Tieline Technology logoed t-shirt
Arthur Reis, CPBE, CBNT, DRB, AMD New Lenox, IL Heartland Video flash drive & flathead screwdriver
Scott Richards Halethorpe, MD Heartland Video ceramic mug
Jack Roland, CBRE, CBNT, AMD Wheat Ridge, CO Dielectric logoed t-shirt
Harold Schardin, CPBE, CBNT Forest Lake, MN Heartland Video flash drive & flathead screwdriver
James Schoedler Denver, CO Thompson Video Systems long-sleeve logoed shirt
Blake Thompson, CBNT Akron, OH Heartland Video pint glass
Sean Torbett Redwood City, CA Heartland Video pint glass
Timothy Van Den Bos Tigard, OR Heartland Video t-shirt
Len Watson, CSBE Chicago, IL Heartland Video flash drive & Phillips screwdriver
Joel Williams Northridge, CA Heartland Video calculator & cell phone stander

FCC Issues NPRM To Propose New EAS Event Codes

In a notice of proposed rulemaking adopted July 8, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission proposes to revise the FCC Emergency Alert System (EAS) rules, as set forth in a letter and subsequent comments filed by the National Weather Service (NWS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Specifically, the NWS requests that the Commission add three new EAS event codes, covering extreme wind and storm surges, as well as revise the territorial boundaries of the geographic location codes for two offshore marine areas listed in the EAS rules as location codes 75 and 77. The FCC agreed with the NWS that targeted, specific warnings “will help the public and emergency officials better respond to local threat(s).”
The codes specifically requested by the NWS:

Extreme Wind Warning (EWW)
To provide advance notice of the onset of extreme sustained surface winds (greater than or equal to 115 miles per hour) associated with a major land-falling hurricane (category 3 or higher). The NWS explains that using the Tornado Warning (TOR) event code caused confusion when used to warn of Hurricane Charley’s high winds in 2004. The NWS started using the EWW code during the 2007 hurricane season.

Storm Surge Watch (SSA) and Storm Surge Warning (SSW)
The NWS says the Storm Surge Watch/Warning will be issued when there is a significant risk of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the ocean. In the event of a storm surge, a watch (SSA) would be issued 48 hours in advance of the event taking place and a warning (SSW) would be issued 36 hours in advance of the event, and will help to mitigate damage from storm surge, the leading cause of death in tropical cyclones. The NWS currently does not issue explicit storm surge warnings, although the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has advocated for a storm surge watch and storm surge warning for a number of years. The NWS explains that the current hurricane watch/warning does not provide clear or sufficient information to allow citizens to determine if they are threatened by wind or storm surge or both.

The FCC seeks comments on adding these codes.

The NWS also requests that the Commission revise the areas defined in the geographic location codes identified in section 11.31(f) of the EAS rules as location codes 75 and 77, which cover offshore marine areas. These location codes, and their defined areas, like all the offshore (marine areas) location codes contained in the EAS Protocol, were originally adopted in 2002. Currently, the marine area defined for location code 75 covers “Western North Atlantic Ocean, and along U.S. East Coast, south of Currituck Beach Light, N.C., following the coastline into Gulf of Mexico to Bonita Beach, FL, including the Caribbean,” while location code 77 covers “Gulf of Mexico, and along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the Mexican border to Bonita Beach, FL.” The NWS indicates that it has changed the end point it uses for generating weather alerts for both of these areas from Bonita Beach, FL, to Ocean Reef, FL, and, accordingly, requests that the area covered by location code 75 be changed to “Western North Atlantic Ocean, and along U.S. East Coast, south of Currituck Beach Light, NC, following the coastline to Ocean Reef, FL, including the Caribbean,” and that the area covered by location code 77 be changed to “Gulf of Mexico, and along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the Mexican border to Ocean Reef, FL.”

The FCC also proposes revising footnote 1 of section 11.31 to delete the reference to a past deadline and to clarify that the numbers assigned to the offshore marine areas listed in the table of geographic areas in section 11.31(f), while consistent with the format of the state and territory location codes derived from the ANSI standard, are not a product of that standard, but rather were assigned by the NWS.

PS Docket No. 15-94

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Audible Crawls Implementation and FCC Comment Deadlines Set

On May 28, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission released the Second Accessible Emergency Information Order, which adopted additional rules under the authority of Sections 202 and 203 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) to make emergency information in video programming accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. First, the Second Accessible Emergency Information Order requires multichannel video programming distributors (MVPD) to pass through a secondary audio stream containing audible emergency information when they permit consumers to access linear programming on second-screen devices, such as tablets, smartphones, laptops, and similar devices. Second, the Second Accessible Emergency Information Order requires manufacturers of apparatus that receive or play back video programming to provide a mechanism that is simple and easy to use for activating the secondary audio stream to access audible emergency information. The Commission stated that the Second Accessible Emergency Information Order would become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The Federal Register published a summary of the Second Accessible Emergency Information Order on July 10, 2015. Accordingly, the rules adopted in the Second Accessible Emergency Information Order will take effect on August 10, 2015.

In the Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopted with the order, the Commission seeks comment on additional issues related to making emergency information audibly accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including: how to prioritize aural emergency information on the secondary audio stream; whether to continue to require school closing information to be included aurally on the secondary audio stream; and whether to require MVPDs to ensure that the devices and applications they provide to subscribers include a simple and easy to use activation mechanism for accessing audible emergency information on the secondary audio stream. The Commission set deadlines for filing comments and reply comments at 30 and 60 days, respectively, after publication of the Second Further Notice in the Federal Register. The Federal Register published a summary of the Second Further Notice on July 10, 2015. Accordingly, comments must be submitted no later than Aug. 10, 2015, and reply comments must be submitted no later than Sept. 8, 2015.

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MB Docket No. 12-107