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Registering C-Band Receive-Only Earth Stations by October 17, 2018 FCC Deadline

August 25, 2018
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Satellite Provider SES to Reimburse Qualfying Stations for the $435 Filing Fee

The FCC issued a public notice imposing a temporary freeze on applications to add or modify fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth station licenses and receive-only registrations in the 3.7 – 4.2 GHz frequency band. more…

Sage Digital ENDEC Model 3644 UPDATE

August 21, 2018
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Sage has released a firmware update (si-rev5) that you must install to permit your ENDEC to continue to receive EAS CAP alerts from FEMA. A FEMA signing certificate will expire at 11:55pm EDT on September 24, 2018; if you do not install this update, you will not receive CAP messages from the IPAWS system after that date. This update will install the new certificate. Although this is similar to the update we issued in May, this August update is for a different certificate, you must also install this update.

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July Meeting: Thursday July 26, 2018

July 23, 2018
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Antenna and RF System Design for the FCC Repack 

                    How Does Antenna Design Influence Radiation Patterns?

                    Evolution of Antenna Design and Manufacturing

                    Software Tools and Optimum Solutions for the DTV Repack and Beyond

Presentation and Hosted Lunch

Eddy Vanderkerken, Director of Sales RFS Broadcast division, visits SBE66 for this presentation to help ‘unpack’ the mystery of the upcoming DTV repack.
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With a worldwide customer base and 80 years of experience in the broadcast industry, RFS is widely recognized as a specialist in the design and manufacture of multi-channel antenna and transmission systems. The company has comprehensive broadcast manufacturing capabilities and engineering expertise based at its U.S. headquarters in Meriden, Connecticut. Its ability to service the entire process simplifies every installation, and its logistics and project coordination support assists broadcasters in accelerating deployments.

Meet Eddy Vanderkerken at the upcoming SBE 66 meeting Thursday, July 26th 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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Random Noise: July 2018

July 20, 2018
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DENNIS THOMPSON

DENNIS THOMPSON

As many of you know, there is another nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System coming up on Thursday September 20th. This test will also includes a WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) test message to be sent to cell phones. Be aware that, on or before 11:59 p.m. EDT, the day of the test (Sept. 20, 2018), EAS participants must file the day-of-test information sought by ETRS Form Two. This Newsletter includes information on what FEMA will do the day of the test, as well as some links to help you prepare.

Steve Dresser is taking a quick summer break from the FCC applications and actions desk, but will return next month.

We have a great meeting coming up featuring a presentation by Eddy Vanderkerken, director of sales from the Broadcast division of RFS (Radio Frequency Systems). They’ll be hosting the July lunch meeting at the Mitsui Buffet. As always, bring any questions, concerns, and updates you may have for the meeting before the RFS presentation. Hope to see you there.

National EAS Test Scheduled for Thursday September 20, 2018

July 18, 2018
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In 2007, FEMA began modernizing the nation’s public alert and warning system by integrating new technologies into the existing alert systems. The new system, known as the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) became operational in 2011. more…

June Meeting: Thursday June 28, 2018

June 25, 2018
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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

FCC Extends C-Band Earth Station Filing Window

June 18, 2018
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In a public notice, the International Bureau of the FCC announced a 90-day extension, to October 17, 2018, to the filing window for fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations currently operating in the 3.7-4.2 GHz frequency band as announced in public notice DA 18-398 on April 19, 2018. The earlier notice announced a temporary freeze on new or modification applications, and established a 90-day filing window for existing entities to voluntarily register or license their FSS earth-station facilities. The FCC also waived the coordination report requirement for the duration of the freeze. That filing windows was due to expire on July 18, 2018.

Since the beginning of the freeze, many parties have submitted to the record their concerns about the volume of unregistered earth stations and the difficulties that many of these operators have faced in preparing the information for filing. These parties indicate that without some relief many operators will be unable to satisfy the filing deadline and the Commission will be without accurate information for its deliberations in the Mid-band Proceeding. To address these concerns, the International Bureau now extends the 90-day filing date for an additional 90 days, until October 17, 2018, in order to provide operators with more time to file applications, should they choose to do so. Only earth stations constructed and operational as of April 19, 2018 are eligible for filing during this window.

The FCC also clarified that applications to register multiple FSS antennas operating in this band that are located at the same address or geographic location may be filed in the International Bureau Filing System (IBFS) by using a single registration form and paying a single fee (fee code CMO, currently $435). Finally, the FCC announced the availability of an additional option to facilitate the registration of large numbers of geographically diverse earth stations by filing an application for a single “network” license and paying a single fee in IBFS (fee code BGV, currently $10,620).

On May 22, SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, and SBE General Counsel Chris Imlay called on representatives from the FCC International Bureau and the Office of Engineering and Technology with specific requests to ease the registration burden to broadcasters. The SBE is pleased that the FCC implemented most of what the SBE requested.
 
The SBE’s requests were to extend the filing window, which it did, and to eliminate the filing fee. If the filing fee could not be waived, the SBE suggested a method of bulk filing for multiple stations or locations, which the FCC granted.

Read the FCC public notice

Sage Alerting Systems and Digital Alert Systems Unit Update

June 17, 2018
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Emergency alerts and tests issued in the CAP format have, for security reasons, specific signed certificates. These certificates are routinely updated. FEMA, the agency that issues IPAWS alerts and tests, has scheduled an update to its security certificate on June 24 at 11:24 a.m. ET.

Both Sage Alerting Systems and Monroe/Digital Alert Systems have released updates that users must upload to their units to make the devices compliant. Stations that do not update their EAS equipment will not be able to receive required tests and/or alerts from the IPAWS server after June 24.

Digital Alert Systems

Sage Alerting Systems

Larry Wilkins, CPBE, AMD, CBNT
Chair, SBE EAS Advisory Committee

May Meeting: Thursday May 31, 2018

May 29, 2018
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Join us for the SBE66 May Meeting

Thursday May 31

12:00 Noon  No-Host Lunch

458 W Shaw Ave Clovis – Shaw & Peach Shopping Center
Pay as You Enter

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Fresno Area Television RePack – A Preview

May 20, 2018
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As part of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is authorized to repack the television band, so it can sell channels 38-51 (614-698 MHz) to wireless carriers. more…