TV broadcasters – looking for an online reference you can access anytime? SBE members save $20

One of the courses on SBE UniversityTelevision Video and Audio – a Ready Reference for Engineers, is being offered at a discounted rate for SBE members only through June 30. The course, which can serve as an online reference guide, gives the television engineer a solid grounding in the various aspects of video and audio for television, and to serve as a ready reference to the pertinent standards. This course provides an overview of video and audio for television, from the dawn of analog television broadcasting to today’s digital television transmission.

NTSC_Figure 2This course is for anyone who needs a good grounding in television video and audio, from the relative newcomer to the field who needs to learn all about how television video and audio work, to the seasoned engineer who needs to know something about digital. It also serves as a ready reference for the working engineer.

Topics include NTSC video and transmission, component video, analog resolution and aspect ratio, digital video, digital scanning formats, other SD and HD video characteristics, baseband signal interfaces, video compression for DTV, video storage, analog audio, digital audio, digital audio compression for television and audio storage.

The special rate for SBE Members is $79 (normally $99). The cost for non-members is $149. Act now to save money, and don’t forget, you will always have access to any of the courses you purchase on SBE University, including any course updates that are made.

New SBE University course helps broadcast engineers embrace media systems engineering

Philip Cianci, CSTE wrote an inspiring, informative course for the SBE on the challenges of a contemporary technologist who works in the broadcast or media industry. The online course, titled “Adaptive Media Systems Engineering“, offers techniques to ease the transition from Broadcast Engineer to Media Systems Engineer. Each chapter provides practical suggestions and solutions for the digital era. Subjects include an introduction to media systems engineering, the role of the media systems engineer, the importance of professional societies and standards bodies, project management techniques, the planning process, process improvement, organizational efficiency and more.

“The author uses lots of industry standards and relates them very well to the broadcast industry. This is a thought provoking course that guides the project engineer to new methods of managing the unmanageable task of today’s broadcast IT-centric projects.” – Paul Claxton, CPBE, CBNE, Course Reviewer

Help your non-technical staff safely set up a great live shot in the field

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Photo Courtesy of Frontline Communications

The SBE offers a course on SBE University on ENG Truck Operations.  The course, designed for non-technical personnel, covers the basics necessary to produce a safe, good quality field produced shot from both microwave based vehicles and satellite uplink vehicles.  It begins with a concentration on safety, advances to the basics of microwave principles and operation, then on to audio, video, various IFB techniques, lighting basics, use of wireless microphones and some advanced applications.

Courses on SBE University are set up like textbooks, divided into 8-14 chapters.  There are quiz questions, graphics, a glossary, and a final exam.  Once you purchase a course on SBE University, you will always have access to it, including any updates made to the course.

$20 off Computer Networking online course for SBE members through December 31

Looking for a way to use your time wisely over the holidays? The SBE is offering a $20 discount on its most popular online course from SBE University – Computer Networking for Broadcast Engineers.  Purchase this course before the end of the year, and you will have unlimited access to it, including any updates made to the course. The discounted cost is $79 for members of the SBE.  Click here for more information on the course and to register.

The purpose of this on-demand course is to give the student an introduction to the fundamental concepts of computer networking. The course will cover computer topologies (both physical and logical), media types, the OSI model, and local area networking. It will cover some legacy material but is primarily about Ethernet, TCP/IP and other current computer networking protocols. Hardware such as switches and routers will be covered and software such as VLAN, VPN, and NAT as well. Some basic troubleshooting, security, and administrative procedures will also be reviewed. The course is meant as an introduction, covering many subjects at a high level in order to assist the broadcaster in passing the Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist exam. There are several quiz questions at the end of each chapter to help the student ensure he/she understands the material.

What education are you looking for in the coming year?

As I plan the webinars and courses SBE would like to offer in the coming year,  I thought what better way to find out what our members would like to know more about than to ask them!

Next year we are planning to release a systems integration course, an advanced course on computer networking,  several webinars on IP networking, and a webinar on FCC enforcement actions.  Comment on this post to let us know what else you would like offered in the way of a webinar, online course, or live seminar. You can leave your comment by clicking on the bubble to the right of the title.

Kimberly Kissel, SBE Education Director

Special pricing for SBE University online course on 8-VSB through November 30 – check out a preview of the course

SBE Members can take advantage of a $20 savings by purchasing the 8-VSB course on SBE University by the end of the month.  This course, written by Doug Garlinger, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNT, provides an overview of the 8-VSB system from end to end, providing all the basic information needed to understand the nature of 8-VSB modulation and to recognize deficiencies in the transmitted signal. This information will be invaluable in installing, maintaining and operating a digital television transmitter facility.  Much of the material contained in this course will aid the student in his or her efforts to obtain the SBE 8-VSB Certification.

The course has 14 chapters, and includes graphics, a glossary, quiz questions, and a final exam. Subjects include an introduction to 8-VSB, video compression, DTV audio, active format description, PSIP, 8-VSB signal and channel occupancy, the 8-VSB transmitter, 8-VSB spectral display and mask, television power and DTV service areas.  

The courses on SBE University are made up of 8-14 chapters.  They can be viewed unlimited times.  Courses also contain graphics, a glossary, quiz questions, and a final exam, all to compliment the course.  In addition, you can view a preview of this course, and any of the courses on SBE University.

Miss the SBE Membership Meeting? Watch a recording now!

You’re in luck if you missed the fall membership meeting of the SBE in Denver. You can watch it online, now! Thanks to, Advanced Broadcast SolutionsComrexDVEO and Orban for sponsoring the meeting. They made it possibly to view, for those of you who were unable to be in Denver. A big thanks to SBE Immediate Past President Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT and SBE Chapter 48 Chairman Tony Roccanova, along with their team, for their great work on the live stream and recording.

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.

New SBE University Course, Simple Network Management Protocol – special member pricing until Sept 1

The newest course on SBE University explains how the Simple Network Management Protocol (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.

Even though SNMP is still rather new to most broadcast engineers, it is an established protocol that has been in wide use across the IT community for decades. Robust and relatively simple to use, it can be a powerful part of a facility control plan at many different kinds of sites, and for broadcasters of any conceivable size. Early adopters of this technology are finding it invaluable for site-to-site communication and control, and the pool of broadcast equipment that supports the SNMP protocol is growing at a brisk pace.

Just as standards like HTTP, AES, MP3, and IBOC were once little known or understood in the broadcast community, SNMP is at the threshold of wide-scale adoption and acceptance. Engineers who make the effort to learn about this capability now will reap the benefits in the (near) future. The intelligence of the facility control software is currently the key. Software that can generate SNMP GET and SET commands, integrate those results smoothly with data gathered through traditional I/O channels, and generate alarms or automatically take action, is the software that will drive the next generation of facility control products and solutions for all of us.

The course was written for SBE by Tony Peterle, CSRE. Peterle is technical support manager for Worldcast Systems. In the span of his career, he has held chief engineer positions in Honolulu, Kansas City, and Wichita. After attaining his commercial pilot’s license, he spent several years as a traffic reporter in Kansas City, Honolulu and Seattle. In his current position, Tony enjoys helping customers solve problems, traveling, contributing to the design of new products, and participating in NAB and SBE events.

Members of the SBE can enjoy a special rate of $65 for the course until September 1. That’s $20 off the already discounted price of $85.  The cost for non-members is $105. Visit our website for more information and to register.

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