Monthly Meeting

November Meeting: Thursday November 20, 2014 12:00 PM

November 19, 2014

     Clovis HomeTown Buffet

     No Host Lunch Meeting

Meeting to be held at the tables just outside the Banquet Room

     (Pay as you enter)

October Meeting: Thursday October 30, 2014 12:00 PM

October 28, 2014

Clovis HomeTown Buffet

No Host LUNCH  Meeting

Back Banquet Room  (Pay as you enter)

Meadow Lakes BBQ/Picnic and Transmitter Tour

September 10, 2014

Saturday September 20, 2014  12:00pm – 3:00pm

Meadow Lakes Picnic Area

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 Dude, Where’s my Tri-Tip?

Although this question has been asked many times before, the answer has always been less than satisfactory–until NOW!

Just ask these two guys:

You would think these two retired (dudes), 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)In fact, Ken Holden and Ron Hunt can also cook it, slice it and serve it. (Dude, we’re talking about tri-tip here.) According to Pat Fennacy, “That Holden could never figure out what was wrong with my Continuum Transfunctioner but he can cook-up one hellava tri-tip!” 

Dude, we have finally found your tri-tip. Come and pick it up yourself by taking the short drive up to the  Meadow Lakes picnic area Saturday, September 20th. 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.IMG_0183 (640x480)

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

See you at Meadow Lakes, Saturday September 20, at Noon.  Don’t miss it!

August Meeting: Thursday August 28, 2014 12:00 PM

August 26, 2014

      Clovis HomeTown Buffet

No Host LUNCH  Meeting

Back Banquet Room  (Pay as you enter)

July Meeting: Thursday July 31, 2014 12:00 pm

July 21, 2014

      Clovis HomeTown Buffet

No Host LUNCH  Meeting

Back Banquet Room  (Pay as you enter)

June Meeting: Thursday June 26, 2014

June 22, 2014


Remote Site Monitoring and Control Systems

Presentation and Hosted Lunch

at the Clovis HomeTown Buffet



Paul Easter, CPBE, representing Davicom
will be the guest presenter
Paul, a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer has over 35 years of broadcast engineering experience.  Paul grew up in Lubbock, Texas.  He attended an electronics class at Monterey High School, where he learned electronics and was involved in the radio station (KOHM) at Monterey.  Paul has built well over 25 broadcast facilities.  Paul currently serves as the Technical Director of Houston Christian Broadcasters (KHCB Radio) a network of over 30 radio stations and translators throughout the southwestern United States.  Paul has two sons, Adam and Paul Jr.

  Leading broadcasters and telecom operators around the world

                            rely on Davicom solutions to remotely monitor and control their transmitter sites and unattended studios, allowing them to reduce their operating costs and downtime. These best-in-class, stand-alone monitoring and control units interface easily with virtually any type of remote site equipment and sensors, which ensures maximum flexibility and expandability.

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Your opportunity to meet Paul Easter and learn more about remote site monitoring applications is Thursday June 26, 2014 at noon, at the Clovis Hometown Buffet, Shaw and Peach.

May Meeting: Thursday May 29th 2014 12:00 pm

May 27, 2014

SBE:  The First 50 Years

           –Video Presentation–

We will be showing a 50th year commemorative video presentation on the history of the SBE from National Headquarters


Clovis HomeTown Buffet

No Host LUNCH  Meeting

Back Banquet Room  (Pay as you enter)


April Meeting: April 24, 2014 12:00PM

April 21, 2014




Thomas Driggers, RF Specialties of California, Inc.   &  Ellis Terry, Nautel West Region Sales Manager


    Ellis Terry

Ellis Terry has been doing RF sales in the West Region of the US since 1998. Prior to joining Nautel, Ellis worked at Harris and BE (Broadcast Electronics) in the same capacity.  Ellis also has an engineering background of 30 plus years having worked as staff engineer, Chief Engineer and Director of Engineering in Chicago, Washington DC, Houston, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco markets.
Ellis was also SBE certified as a Broadcast Technologist and is a graduate of DeVry Institute, and holds a MBA from Chadwick University.

Tom Driggers

Tom Driggers provides broadcast engineering services and web design services.  In addition, he handles equipment sales with RF Specialties of California, in the Central California region, and RF Specialties of Washington, Inc. in the Pacific Northwest region.  Tom’s 35 years of experience in radio and television, began when he entered the broadcast industry at age 13.  From small to major markets, Tom has designed, built and maintained everything from studios to high power transmitter facilities.  He has complete end-to-end knowledge and experience in all functions of a broadcast facility, including building construction and modification, computer/IT, audio, video, RF, preventative maintenance, procedure, documentation and FCC law compliance. Tom has also owned and operated radio stations
–Your chance to meet Ellis Terry and Tom Driggers is, Thursday April 24th, at the HomeTown Buffet in Clovis.  This hosted lunch presentation from RF Specialties and Nautel is the April meeting for Central Valley SBE chapter 66.  Meet in the back Banquet room.

March Meeting: Thursday March 27th 12:00 pm

March 24, 2014

      Clovis HomeTown Buffet

No Host LUNCH  Meeting

Back Banquet Room  (Pay as you enter)

February Meeting: February 27, 2014 Thursday 12:00 PM

February 21, 2014


Presentation and Hosted Lunch

at the Clovis HomeTown Buffet

Presentation by – John Pichitino, Technology Evangelist


       Hands-on demonstration of the Ensemble Designs

     BrightEye NXT 410 Clean HDMI Router

The new BrightEye NXT 410 Clean HDMI and SDI Router cleanly and instantly switches your HDMI sources. Your monitor will never go to black when switching between HDMI sources! The HDMI output switches instantaneously, never a glitch or pop. Feed the BrightEye NXT 410 routing switcher with cameras and other HDMI sources and take the output to projectors, flat screens and production equipment. The built-in frame synchronizer provides two clean switched outputs. The HDMI output always clean switches and you can assign the NXT’s second clean switch to one of the SDI or SFPoutputs. Great for fly packs, video conference rooms and anywhere you need a small router, this new BrightEye has incredible power in a small, less than a half rack 1RU high by 1/3 RU wide footprint – small enough to hold in one hand. The exclusive front panel LCD displays realtime full motion video of your HDMI and SDI router sources.


  John Pichitino, Technology Evangelist for Ensemble Designs and founder and CEO of PichPix, will be this months presenter at the Central Valley SBE February meeting. Based in Nevada City, California, and founded in 1989, Ensemble Designs is a leading provider of signal processing and infrastructure products to the professional broadcast industry, and other government and commercial applications.  This presentation will outline the characteristics of HDMI connections (which differ greatly from SDI connections) routing switcher architecture to incorporate HDMI as well as SDI sources and the proper frame sync design to provide consistent, instantaneous, clean and quite switching using HDMI and SDI sources in a routing environment.
Before he started PichPix, Pichitino was the Director of Marketing for ImMIX and Scitex Digital Video, and Senior Applications Specialist for Grass Valley Group. He’s also an award-winning video editor and served as Production Manager at broadcast facilities in the Miami and New York markets.
Your chance to meet John Pichitino is Thursday, February 27th at noon at the HomeTown Buffet in Clovis.