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November Meeting: Thursday November 30, 2017

November 28, 2017
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12:00 Noon    No-host Lunch

Mitsui Buffet

117 West Shaw  Clovis

(Wild West Village Shopping Center between Villa and Minnewawa on Shaw-North Side)

Mention you’re with the SBE group when you enter for seating

November 19, 2017
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SBE MemberPlus Available January 2
An important membership enhancement option will soon be available with the introduction of SBE MemberPlus. The Board of Directors of the Society of Broadcast Engineers adopted the new member benefit during the SBE National Meeting in Denver, CO, on Oct. 25. It will be available beginning Jan. 2, 2018.

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October Meeting: Thursday October 26, 2017 12:00 Noon

October 24, 2017
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Presentation and Hosted Lunch

RF Specialties of California, Inc.

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Tom Driggers of RF Specialties of California will present a demonstration of the Anywave Encoders. . .and more!

With over 150 years in combined development experience, Anywave is proving to be a world leader in the design and manufacture of broadcast transmission equipment. Anywave Communication Technologies Co. Ltd was established in 2007. It is a high-tech enterprise that integrates R&D, manufacturing, sales and service. The company is dedicated to providing high performance digital TV and mobile multimedia broadcasting equipment. With offices in Chicago, IL and Shanghai China, it is proving to be one of the fastest growing broadcast equipment suppliers in the world.

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Find out more about the Anywave Encoders at the upcoming SBE 66 meeting Thursday, October 26th at 12:00 PM at the Mitsui Buffet in Clovis

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12:00 Noon HOSTED LUNCH PRESENTATION

                117 West Shaw Clovis 
(Wild West Village Shopping Center between Villa and Minnewawa on Shaw-North Side)  Mention you’re with the SBE group when you enter for seating
 
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Meadow Lakes BBQ/Picnic and Transmitter Tour

September 11, 2017
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 Saturday September 16, 2017  12:00pm – 3:00pm

Meadow Lakes Picnic Area

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It hasn’t been a year already-Has it?

Well, technically speaking it hasn’t. But 364 days is close enough.

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun:

You would think these two retired gents, who’ve spent most of their professional days trying to keep things from going up in smoke, wouldn’t have a clue about the fine art of grilling—but you’d be WRONG. They’re experts at letting the smoke out.

IMG_0164 (640x480)Come see for yourself, by taking the short drive up to the  Meadow Lakes picnic area Saturday, September 16th. Remember, this is an SBE66 family-and-friends event, so you better not be the only one in the buggy on the drive up the hill. As always, SBE will provide the Tri-Tip BBQ and refreshments, but there’s more. That’s where you come in. This is a pot-luck event. Attendees whose last names end in A-K should bring salads and/or side dishes. Names ending in L-Z should bring dessert items. It’s OK to break the rules if you have a special dessert or side dish you want to bring. Ice for the drinks is always welcome. The festivities officially start at noon, but help setting up the tables is always appreciated if you can arrive earlier. We’ll also figure out how to throw in an official SBE66 meeting (short) somewhere along the way.

After you can eat and drink no more, join the caravan for a quick tour of your favorite Central Valley broadcast transmitter facilities. Where you’ll be able to ask our experts questions like this:IMG_0183 (640x480)

“Whoa, I bet you can talk to the whole universe with that honkin’ tower!”

See you at Meadow Lakes, Saturday September 16, at Noon.  Don’t miss it!

SBE RF Safety Course November 9

September 3, 2017
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Mark your calendar and plan on participating in The 2017 SBE RF Safety Course on Thursday, November 9 at 1 p.m. ET. This course is approximately three and a half hours long and provides an updated overview of RF radiation issues and practices for broadcasters, including:

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August Meeting: Thursday August 31, 2017

August 30, 2017
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12:00 Noon    No-host Lunch

Mitsui Buffet

117 West Shaw  Clovis

(Wild West Village Shopping Center between Villa and Minnewawa on Shaw-North Side)

Mention you’re with the SBE group when you enter for seating

Broadcast Activity Report

August 30, 2017
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Steve Dresser

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Random Noise: August 2017

August 30, 2017
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Dennis Thompson

Dennis Thompson

The EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) Form One filing deadline was August 28th. The FCC is excepting late filings due to the disruption of Hurricane Harvey. more…

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August 30, 2017
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Statement from SBE President Jerry Massey Regarding Hurricane Harvey

Like everyone, we are watching with tremendous concern at the historic flood water levels, the destruction and the disruption of lives in that area.
We encourage SBE members to make financial contributions to the Red Cross, Salvation Army or other appropriate disaster relief agencies.
We recognize the broadcasters in the region who are working around the clock to bring emergency information to the public, with special recognition to the broadcast engineers who are working to keep those stations on the air.

Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT
President, Society of Broadcast Engineers

Transition Begins for Broadcasters Leaving 600 MHz Band

August 30, 2017
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Regulatory Update

The SBE has noted recently that users of wireless microphones and UHF low-power auxiliary devices at the close of FCC Auctions 1001/1002 have significant options for continued access to the UHF television band. Among these options is the continued availability of the 600 MHz band (614-698 MHz, above TV Channel 37) during the 39-month transition period that is scheduled to end on July 13, 2020. At the end of this transition period, all television stations that participated in the auction will have cleared the spectrum between 614 MHz and 698 MHz.
During the 39-month transition period, wireless microphones, intercoms and other low power broadcast auxiliary devices can continue to operate normally in the entire 614-698 MHz band. However, it will be necessary during this entire period to protect any broadband systems that acquired the spectrum in the auction that begin operations during the transition period.

The difficulty for broadcasters and video production entities in the use of wireless microphones and low-power auxiliary devices in the 614-698 MHz band during the transition is that we have no way of knowing precisely when a particular auction winner plans to light up in a given area. T-Mobile, which was one of the larger successful bidders at the auction, has been in close touch with the broadcast community on this subject. We have not heard from other auction winners about their scheduled deployment in the 600 MHz band.

T-Mobile helpfully has released a list of counties in which they intend to commence operations before the end of November 2017. The list comprises counties in which, generally speaking, there are no television stations subject to rebanding. There are numerous western areas that are largely rural on this list. T-Mobile will release subsequent lists as its rollout plans develop. If you plan to deploy wireless mics in any of the listed counties in the 614-698 MHz band (other than in the guard band or the duplex gap) subsequent to November 2016, you are obligated to ensure that no use of the band by auction winners has actually commenced by that time.