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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.

 

 

 

July Meeting: Thursday July 27, 2017

July 25, 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

June Meeting: Thursday June 29, 2017

June 20, 2017
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7:00 PM

Pizza and Beverages Provided by SBE 66

Tour of KVPR FM89

2589 ALLUVIAL AVE. CLOVIS

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After many seasons of planning and fundraising, a year of design work and another year of construction Valley Public Radio moved into its new home in Clovis on May 19th 2016. The 10,500 foot state-of-the-art broadcast center is located in Clovis, at the corner of Temperance and Alluvial Avenues in the Portal Sierra Research and Technology Park. The project includes new broadcast studios for the station, more than doubling the studio space when compared with the station’s old home.

Join SBE66 as they host their June Meeting (Thursday June 29 at 7PM) from the new KVPR facility. Pizza and beverages provided, plus a tour of the station with broadcast engineer Scott Dean.

RICE-NESHAP Regulations Apply to Broadcasters

May 19, 2017
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By Mike Hendrickson, CPBE, CBNT 

Are you familiar with the term RICE-NESHAP? You may have seen it in what you considered an annoying notice from a meaningless agency because you only have an “emergency” generator. If that was what you thought, you need to think again! more…

April Meeting: Thursday April 27, 2017

April 26, 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

Job Opportunities

April 24, 2017
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KFSN-TV ABC 30 FRESNO CA  more…

DTV Repack

April 23, 2017
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Here is a Partial List of California Station Assignments more…

March Meeting: Thursday March 30, 2017 12:00 Noon

March 27, 2017
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DTV RepackHow Smooth Will Your Transition Be?

Presentation and Hosted Lunch

Antenna replacement? How to prepare for a smooth and affordable transition. Plus, information on FM and DTV antenna systems.jamproantennaas

Mark Felig, Senior Systems Engineer for Jampro Antennas visits SBE66 for this presentation to take the ‘pack’ out of the DTV Repack. Information on FM & DTV antenna systems and installations available.

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                                                                         Mark Fehlig, P.E., CPBE
                                                 Senior Systems Engineer Digital Television Jampro Antennas, Inc.

Jampro Antennas Inc., is a leading supplier of antennas, combiners & filters and RF components for every application in the broadcast industry. From the first system delivered in 1954 to those installed today, Jampro builds each system to the specifications of the individual broadcaster. Today, over 25,000 broadcasters worldwide benefit from the quality and performance provided by Jampro systems. 

Mark Fehlig is a veteran communications engineer who has decades of experience at national and global brands such as Scientific Atlanta, Harris Corporation, Wavestream, Osborn Engineering and Georgia Public Broadcasting. He was involved in the early years of developing satellite uplink and video compression technologies at Scientific Atlanta and Harris Corporation where he also contributed to sales, marketing and engineering as a TV District Manager. He led the transition from analog to digital for both DTV and IBOC FM radio as Director of Engineering for Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Mark Fehlig holds numerous professional memberships and certifications. They include the SBE’s CPBE as well as national board member for SBE, a Life Senior IEEE BTS member, AFCCE Full Board Member, ARRL-VEC and a Registered Professional Engineer with NCEES Council Record. An FCC licensed Lifetime General Radio Telephone and Amateur Extra (WA6NCG), Mark earned his BSEE from The Missouri University of Science and Technology (UMR) and an MBA from Quincy University (IL).

 
 

Meet Mark Fehlig at the upcoming SBE 66 meeting Thursday, March 30th 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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