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January Meeting: Thursday January 25, 2018 7:00PM

January 21, 2018


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Be There or Be Hungry

Random Noise: January 2018

January 18, 2018
Dennis Thompson


As we begin 2018, I would like to say thanks to all our sponsors (many long time) who have supported us throughout the year(s).  Thanks also to our presenters who hosted meetings and provided informative presentations.  We look forward to their continued support in the upcoming year.  As always, the Central Valley SBE welcomes businesses who can benefit by sharing their products and services in presentations or Newsletter sponsorships. more…

Valley Public Radio Mourns Death Of Longtime General Manager Mariam Stepanian

January 14, 2018

As many of you have heard, Mariam Stepanian, president and general manager of Valley Public Radio died Thursday Jan. 18 in Fresno, following complications from an illness. Those who attended the June 2017 SBE meeting got a chance to meet Mariam before the tour of KVPR FM 89 (see photos).img_1624

Stepanian began her tenure at the station in 1980, first serving as development director. She soon became general manager and helped guide the organization into a period of financial stability, growth and community service. Under Stepanian’s leadership, Valley Public Radio became one the region’s leading providers of news and cultural arts media. 

December Meeting: Thursday December 28, 2017

December 26, 2017

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

December 20, 2017
Steve Dresser



Central Valley

Applications and Actions

December 2017


November Meeting: Thursday November 30, 2017

November 28, 2017

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
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.


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

October 24, 2017

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.


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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                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

Meadow Lakes BBQ/Picnic and Transmitter Tour

September 11, 2017

 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
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: