SBE Publishes Broadcast Engineering Handbook

The Society of Broadcast Engineers and McGraw-Hill Education have released the SBE Broadcast Engineering Handbook: Hands-on Guide to Station Design and Maintenance. This new book offers detailed practical information on video, audio and broadcast transmission systems from dozens of the field’s foremost experts. Featuring everythingfrom basic principles and formulae to the latest technologies and engineering trends, this hands-on resource offers practical and up-to-date coverage of all major broadcast technologies for radio, TV and related fields.

The SBE Broadcast Engineering Handbook features in-depth tutorials that stress key topics throughout, complete coverage of radio and television technologies, and is written from the perspective of the broadcast engineer. More than 50 authors have contributed their expertise to the ten sections of the book. These authors, recognized authorities in their fields, have volunteered their time to create this valuable resource. The handbook has been deftly assembled by Jerry Whitaker, CPBE, 8-VSB, editor-in-chief. He is vice president of standards development for the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) in Washington, DC, and also the author or editor of more than 40 technical books. Mr. Whitaker is a Fellow of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

The book covers every aspect of broadcast engineering in seven sections: Regulatory Issues, RF Transmission, DTV Transport, Information Technology Systems, Production Systems, Facility Issues, Broadcast Management, plus three reference annexes.

The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) is the only organization devoted to the advancement of all levels and types of broadcast engineering. With more than 5,100 members the SBE provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of information to help members keep pace with a rapidly changing industry.

The book is available from the SBE Bookstore. SBE members can purchase the book at the member discount price of $159 through the SBE Bookstore. The book is also available through and online retailers for $199.

SBE pays tribute to Battison at National Awards Dinner

Watch the touching tribute to John Battison presented by Radio magazine Editor Chriss Scherer CPBE CBNT, editor of Radio magazine and past president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers at the SBE Awards Banquet at the 2012 National Meeting in Denver on October 24, 2012. Battison was the founder of the SBE and former technical editor of Radio magazine. Click here to view a video of the tribute.

Visit the John Battison tribute page on the SBE website to find out more about his legacy.

Congratulations 2012 SBE National Award winners!

Wiely Boswell

Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year Wiely Boswell, CBRE

Wayne Pecena

James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT

Individual Awards

  • Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year Award – Wiely Boswell
  • James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year Award – Wayne Pecena
  • Best Technical Article Award – Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB, from the Radio magazine December 2011 issue titled “Ethernet-based Audio Routing: A How-to Guide”
  • SBE Technology Award – Orban, for its free BS.1770-2/R 128 and CBS Loudness Meter
  • Best Social Media Site – SBE Chapter 15, New York City
  • Best Frequency Coordination Effort – SBE Chapter 15, New York City
  • Best Regional Convention -SBE Chapter 24, Madison, Wis.
  • Best Chapter Newsletter – SBE Chapter 24, Madison, Wis.
  • Best Chapter Website – SBE Chapter 24, Madison, Wis.

Chapter Awards
The SBE statistical awards recognize two chapters, 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 Award
A – Chapter 146, U.S. Virgin Islands
B – Chapter 35, Kentucky

Most Certified Chapter Award
A – Chapter 96, Rockford, IL – tie
A – Chapter 118, Montgomery, AL – tie
B – Chapter 24, Madison, WI – tie
B – Chapter 131, Inland Empire, CA – tie

Highest Member Attendance Award
A – Chapter 136, Rio Grande Valley – tie
A – Chapter 145, Magic Valley, ID – tie
B – Chapter 76, Eugene, OR

All awards will be presented during the SBE National Awards Recognition Dinner and Reception on Oct. 24, 2012, during the SBE National Meeting held in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Audio/Video Expo and the Engineer’s Boot Camp in Denver.

Read more about the 2012 SBE National Awards in Radio magazine.

Are you ready for the CALM Act? Check out this article and seminar to help you prepare

I ran across an article from TV Technology from last month on A Systems Approach to Implementing the CALM Act, written by Mary Gruszka. Some key points are outlined to help stations be in compliance with these rules by December 13, including establishing a company standard, and understanding where the various types of content come from and how to ensure they meet your company’s standard.

With this important deadline just around the corner, the SBE and ATSC have put together a day-long seminar geared toward helping you plan and implement your solution.  The Audio Loudness Management Seminar Series takes place in Chicago on August 23, in Los Angeles on September 27, and in Atlanta on November 13.

Station engineers, broadcast executives, cable operators, satellite TV providers, the content creation community, and other professionals affected by this act will have the opportunity to hear about important updates in DTV audio loudness standards.  Topics include the FCC rules and updated information on the CALM Act, practical solutions for implementation, loudness measurement and monitoring technology, receiver processing and equipment solutions, and an in-depth tutorial on ATSC’s Recommended Practice A/85.  Those contributing to this seminar include Jerry Whitaker, ATSC; Jim Starzynski, NBC Universal; Pat Waddell, Harmonic Inc.; Steve Lyman, Dolby Labs; and Steve Silva, Fox.

If anyone has any comments or helpful articles about the CALM Act, feel free to post them here by clicking on the bubble at the upper-right hand side of this post.

Kimberly Kissel
SBE Education Director

How certification essay exams are graded

Are you contemplating taking an exam with an essay? Here is a recent article written by Joe Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB explaining how a certification exam with an essay is graded. Snelson is a member of the SBE National Certification Committee.

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.