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Random Noise February 2021

February 21, 2021
By
Dennis Thompson

Dennis Thompson

The realization that COVID-19 has been with us too long just hit home. I noticed that I’m wearing last years face covering. I hate being out of fashion. more…

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December 29, 2020
By
Dennis Thompson

Dennis Thompson

It is the last day of the year and my new year’s resolutions are to keep an ample supply of face coverings, remember to wash my hands, and safely distance from others. I should not have any problem keeping any of these, as I have had plenty of practice for the last nine months. What will the new year bring? You can count on a new FCC commissioner, Ajit Pai will be stepping down. Radio Disney won’t be the happiest place on earth, they will cease operations in Q1 2021. Location, location, location. . .that prime spectrum real estate in the 3.7-3.98 GHz band — a portion of the C-band, is going to net the treasury in excess of 70 billion dollars. NAB2021 isn’t happening in April, it has been moved to October (not holding my breath). There is possibly a vaccination (or two) heading your way. And the new normal has replaced the old normal, even though no one can remember quite what normal was and if they would recognize it, if and when it does return.

We will be attempting our new normal once again, as the SBE zoom-room will be open at noon on Thursday December 31st. Look for an accompanying email to this letter for the link.

 

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October 24, 2020
By
Dennis Thompson

Dennis Thompson

Greetings from somewhere. It’s still 2020, but if you have made it this far you’ll probably do OK for the rest of the ride. more…

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April 27, 2020
By
Dennis Thompson

Dennis Thompson

Greetings! Just a reminder, that since it appears likely that our next few chapter meetings may be in the form of a Zoom video conference, more…

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October 21, 2019
By
Dennis Thompson

Dennis Thompson

Because of the recent PG&E outages, I hope you are not reading this by candle light . . . more…

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May 28, 2019
By
DENNIS THOMPSON

Dennis Thompson

Join SBE 66 on Thursday May 30th for the monthly meeting and hosted lunch presentation at the Mitsui Buffet in Clovis. Joining us will be Buck Waters, Sales Manager at Broadcasters General Store (BGS) and Paul Kriegler, US Sales Manager, Radio Processing at Omnia. SBE 66 Chairman Jaime Gonzalez is out of town so look for Vice Chairman Tom Whitlock to be wielding the come-to-order gavel.

Random Noise: March 2019

March 25, 2019
By
Dennis Thompson

Dennis Thompson

It’s NAB time again, boys and girls! The usual Las Vegas venue commences Saturday April 6 and runs through Thursday April 11. If you have a paid SBE membership you’ll be eligible for some free prizes, more…

Random Noise: December 2018

December 18, 2018
By
DENNIS THOMPSON

Dennis Thompson

The amended and updated San Joaquin Valley (SJV) Emergency Alert System (EAS) Plan has received approval from the State of California. One immediate change of note, will be the even month EAS RWT. Previously being originated from KMJ (LP-1 station) they will now originate from KVPR FM (LP-2 station).  more…

Random Noise: October 2018

October 22, 2018
By
DENNIS THOMPSON

Dennis Thompson

The October meeting for SBE Chapter 66 has been dropped. The November meeting has a scheduled presentation from Orban, at this writing. We’ll keep you posted on the time, date and location once it’s finalized. more…

Random Noise: August 2018

August 27, 2018
By
DENNIS THOMPSON

DENNIS THOMPSON

A new definition of pie in the sky. Rumor has it that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai donned the necessary safety gear and climbed a 131 foot cell tower. There’s photographic proof on his twitter account of his effort to make a point about worker safety and the necessities of wireless infrastructure. Pai-in-the-sky, indeed! more…