Free Webinar on IP Microwave STL’s presented by DoubleRadius

The FCC abolished the last link rule opening up Part 101 licensed frequencies to broadcasters. New frequencies have opened up that can be used for reliable STL’s. These frequencies, like 950mhz, 7ghz, and 13Ghz are licensed frequencies but with the ability to run high speed bi-directional data rates. These frequencies have the ability to provide up to a gigabyte of bi-directional throughput to your transmission sites.

Taking place June 27, this webinar will inform you on these new licensed frequencies and the design do’s and don’ts for these frequencies. The webinar also looks at a live path profile showing what can be done today.

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Thanks to DoubleRadius for allowing us to make this webinar free to members of the SBE!

3 hour online webinar offers affordable RF safety training

Strickland monitoring RF

The SBE RF Safety Course, presented by Richard Strickland of RF Safety Solutions, takes place at 1:30 p.m. ET on July 24.  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.

Welcome to the fold, Blonder Tongue!

Welcome to new SBE sustaining member, Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. They provide system operators and integrators serving the cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional and professional video markets with comprehensive solutions for the provision of content contribution, distribution and video delivery to homes and businesses. Blonder Tongue designs, manufactures, sells and supports an equipment portfolio of standard and high definition digital video solutions, as well as core analog video and high speed data solutions for distribution over coax, fiber and IP networks.

Know someone interested in getting into the technical side of engineering? Pass along these scholarship opportunities

The Ennes Educational Foundation Trust offers scholarships to those aspiring to a career in the technical aspects of broadcasting. Scholarship awards are used for tuition, room and board or textbook costs at post-secondary educational institutions, or for other technical training programs approved by the Scholarship Committee. Preference will be given to applicants who are members of the SBE; however, any individual otherwise eligible is encouraged to apply.

Candidates considered for any of the four scholarships will have a career interest in the technical aspects of broadcasting. These scholarships are typically presented to applicants who have some work experience in broadcast engineering and who are interested in continuing their education in order to advance their careers. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2103. Here is the application.

Embrace and extend your inner introvert

The contrast between my extroverted social worker wife and my introverted engineer self could not be made more clear than when one of us travels, leaving the other behind. When I leave, she goes on outings with her friends. When she leaves, I find myself reading or experimenting with radios and computers. 

The broadcasting technology world is quietly run by introverts like you and me. We tinkered with radios as teens, showed up at a local radio or TV station and eventually took a job caring for the equipment while others pursued the more social aspects of sales, news, and promotions. 

While technical introverts should feel no shame in embracing our lonely preferences, I recommend taking inventory of how your behavior may be limiting your career and ultimately a more full life. If you are not networking with other engineers, vendors, and broadcast managers, you are in danger of being left in the cold when looking for a new job, in line for a promotion, hiring help, or attracting clients as an independent consultant. 

You may not feel the need to build relationships when you have a long-time relationship with your present employer, but to do so is dangerous to your career. I’ve observed conditions change radically for well-respected engineers when employers review their budgets and decide that an engineer is suddenly deemed too expensive, or they decide to outsource. As a consultant, what if your client decides to cut you in favor a newer, less-expensive engineer?

Ask yourself a few questions:

  • Is the management team you answer to aware of all of your station improvement initiatives? 
  • Do you know what your colleagues in sales or news do when they are away from the station?
  • Are you attending SBE meetings to network with your colleagues? 
  • When you do attend an SBE meeting, do you make it a point to introduce yourself with a smile and ask questions of a previously unfamiliar attendee? 
  • Do you volunteer as a leader for your local SBE chapter, scout troop, or as a mentor for a young person learning your trade?
  • Do you spend uninterrupted, quality time with your key vendors, sharing information about your goals so that they can keep you in mind when another client needs technical help?
  • Are you spending time with friends and family away from technology?

I recommend you push away from your big, comfy computer desk chair and get out a bit. Break through your comfort zone and over time–trust me–you will reap great benefits.

Gary Stigall, CPBE

SBE Board Member

Gary’s views do not reflect those of the SBE, or its Board of Directors.

Like it or not, we are all leaders. What kind of leader are you?

I came across an article that described how most managers are concerned with ‘what’ people do, and not ‘why’ they do it.  In other words, managers are more concerned with employee’s actions, rather than their internal motivations. To do this, leaders would need to take time to gain insight into where a person is coming from, and interact on a more personal level.  So, how do we do this?

One way I found is to explore different types of personalities, and understand how best to communicate and work with each personality type. By understanding your personality type, and that of those around you, you’ll have a basic understanding of what type of person they are and what they respond positively to. First, you would need to find out what personality type you are first, so you know how best to interact with the others. There is a leadership style assessment in the SBE Leadership Development Course, taking place August 13-15 in Atlanta, that does just that – helps you understand what type of leader you are, and how best to communicate with other personality types.

Other than understanding personality types, are there any tricks you have come across to deal with challenging people in the workplace?

Kimberly Kissel, SBE’s education director