Boston Suburb of Danvers is Site of the 2018 SBE National Meeting

The Society of Broadcast Engineers will bring the 54th SBE National Meeting to Danvers, MA, just outside of Boston, on October 2-3. The event will be held in conjunction with the Media Resource Expo (MRE), an annual New England regional exposition and educational event. The MRE includes a media equipment and services tradeshow and multiple technical sessions of interest to all media engineers, technicians, post-production, A/V and media IT professionals.

Serving as event host is SBE Chapter 11 of Boston. The SBE National Meeting begins on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 2, with the fall meeting of the national SBE Certification Committee from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The fall meeting of the SBE Board of Directors will take place from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Attendance at the Board meeting is open to any SBE member. On Wednesday, activities begin with the annual SBE Fellows Breakfast, a reunion of SBE Fellow members including this year’s inductee, Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT. In the afternoon, the one-hour SBE Annual Membership Meeting will be webcast live to members around the world.

The SBE Annual Awards Reception and Dinner also takes place on Wednesday. The dinner will feature a guest speaker and the presentation of the society’s major awards, including the Robert L. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year and James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year awards. The dinner program will conclude with the presentation of the Fellow honor to Massey.

The SBE chapter and individual awards will be presented during the dinner program. For chapters, they include the Best Chapter or Regional Educational Event, Best Chapter Communications, Most Certified Chapter, Highest Member Attendance and Greatest Growth in New Members.

Individual (or company) awards include: Technology Award, Facility Innovation of the Year, Best Technical Paper, Article, Book or Program by an SBE Member; Best Article, Paper or Program by a Student Member and the new Freedom Award.

The MRE is a one-day event, held on Wednesday, Oct. 3. MRE session topics and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The SBE National Meeting and the MRE will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Boston North Shore. The hotel is located 19 miles north, up I-95, from downtown Boston and Logan Airport.

Information about MRE registration and other details will be released later this summer.
Registration for the SBE National Awards Reception and Dinner is made through the SBE website. Reservations are required ($16) and made online at the SBE website by calling the SBE National Office at 317-846-9000. There is no other registration fee to attend SBE National Meeting events.

Make hotel reservations at the Doubletree by Hilton Boston North Shore by calling 978-777-2500 and ask for the Society of Broadcast Engineers SBE discount. A special rate of $149 per night plus tax has been arranged for the event.

Save the dates and plan to make your way to Boston for this year’s SBE National Meeting and the Media Resource Expo.

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SBE Officer, Director Candidates Announced for 2018 Election

Each year the SBE membership elects members to serve on the national Board of Directors; the governing body of the society. This includes all four officers for one-year terms and half the 12 directors for two-year terms. The slate of candidates assembled by the Nominations Committee includes:

Officers:
James LeiferPresident: James Leifer, CPBE; Chapter 11 Boston; Andover, MA
Vice President: RJ Russell, CPBE; Chapter 18 Philadelphia; Middletown, DE
Secretary: Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE; Chapter 99 Bryan, TX, College Station, TX
Treasurer: Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE; Chapter 5 Atlanta; Alpharetta, GA

Directors:
(top six vote getters will be elected):
Stephen J. Brown, CPBE, CBNT; Chapter 80 Fox Valley; Appleton, WI
Roswell Clark, CPBE, CBNT; Chapter 39 Tampa Bay Area; Clearwater, FL
Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE; Chapter 103 Nashville; Nashville, TN
Gary Kline; Chapter 5 Atlanta; Atlanta, GA
Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT; Chapter 22 Central New York; Syracuse, NY
Thomas R. McGinley, CPBE, AMD, CBNT; Chapter 16 Seattle; Missoula, MT
Jason Ornellas, CBRE, CRO; Chapter 43 Sacramento; Sacramento, CA
Shane Toven, CBRE, CBNT; Chapter 48 Denver; Laramie, WY
Daniel N. Whealy, CBTE; Chapter 96 Rockford; Sumner, IA

Additional candidates may be nominated by the membership. Any eligible member proposed by at least ten members to the national Secretary by July 6 will be added to the ballot. The election will take place July 20 through August 22. Balloting will be via the election website, except for those members who have opted out of electronic voting this year or who have not provided the SBE national office with their email address. They will receive their ballots through the mail.
For more information about candidacy, contact Secretary Wayne Pecena at wpecena@sbe.org, or Executive Director John Poray at jporay@sbe.org or 317-846-9000.

FCC Extends C-Band Earth Station Filing Window

In a public notice, the International Bureau of the FCC announced a 90-day extension, to October 17, 2018, to the filing window for fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations currently operating in the 3.7-4.2 GHz frequency band as announced in public notice DA 18-398 on April 19, 2018. The earlier notice announced a temporary freeze on new or modification applications, and established a 90-day filing window for existing entities to voluntarily register or license their FSS earth-station facilities. The FCC also waived the coordination report requirement for the duration of the freeze. That filing windows was due to expire on July 18, 2018.

Since the beginning of the freeze, many parties have submitted to the record their concerns about the volume of unregistered earth stations and the difficulties that many of these operators have faced in preparing the information for filing. These parties indicate that without some relief many operators will be unable to satisfy the filing deadline and the Commission will be without accurate information for its deliberations in the Mid-band Proceeding. To address these concerns, the International Bureau now extends the 90-day filing date for an additional 90 days, until October 17, 2018, in order to provide operators with more time to file applications, should they choose to do so. Only earth stations constructed and operational as of April 19, 2018 are eligible for filing during this window.

The FCC also clarified that applications to register multiple FSS antennas operating in this band that are located at the same address or geographic location may be filed in the International Bureau Filing System (IBFS) by using a single registration form and paying a single fee (fee code CMO, currently $435). Finally, the FCC announced the availability of an additional option to facilitate the registration of large numbers of geographically diverse earth stations by filing an application for a single “network” license and paying a single fee in IBFS (fee code BGV, currently $10,620).

SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, and SBE General Counsel Chris Imlay visited representatives from the FCC International Bureau and the Office of Engineering and Technology on May 22 with specific requests to ease the registration burden to broadcasters. The SBE is pleased that the FCC implemented most of what the SBE requested.

The SBE’s requests were to extend the filing window, which it did, and to eliminate the filing fee. If the filing fee could not be waived, the SBE suggested a method of bulk filing for multiple stations or locations, which the FCC granted.

Read the FCC public notice

DA/FCC #: DA-18-639
Docket/RM: 17-183, 18-122

Info on registering Earth station sites

Hand Appointed to Fill SBE Board Vacancy

SBE President Jim Leifer has appointed Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, to fill an open position on the SBE Board of Directors. The SBE Executive Committee ratified the appointment during its meeting on June 8. The Board seat opened when Barry Thomas, CPBE, DRB, CBNE, resigned from the Board. Hand fills Thomas’ unexpired term that will end in the fall 2019.

Ted HandHand is director of engineering/operations at Cox Media Group – Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. He has been an SBE member since 1981, and was elevated to the member grade of Fellow in 2017. He has been involved with SBE chapters in Hampton Roads, VA, and Charlotte, NC. He is a member of Chapter 45 Charlotte. He has served on the SBE board of directors as a director and as secretary. He is a Fellow member of the SBE.

On the appointment, Leifer said, “Ted has served the SBE locally and nationally for many years, and I welcome him back to the board of directors. At the same time, I’m sorry that Barry Thomas has decided to step down, but I understand his professional reasons.”

“I promise to keep working hard as I have in the past years to support the needs of the Society and its membership, especially in supporting the Society’s education goals,” said Ted Hand on the appointment. “Education is the key to staying ahead in knowledge.”