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EAS Update

September 5, 2018
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Update FEMA Security Certificates by Sept. 24, 2018
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Upcoming Live Webinars

September 4, 2018
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Wednesday, September 12, 2 pm – 3:30 pm ET more…

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

Recognize Excellence and Submit a Nomination in the SBE Awards

April 18, 2018
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Nominate SBE members and chapters for the 2018 SBE award season. Consider your chapter and chapter members when you think about these awards. There may be an individual in your chapter who has been an outstanding engineer, educator or mentor for new broadcast engineers. Recognize that person by nominating him or her for the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year or the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year awards.

This will be the sixth year that the Chapter Engineer of the Year award is nominated by SBE Chapters. Each chapter has the opportunity to nominate one of their own members. Chapter s are ecouraged to take this opportunity.

The SBE Freedom Award recognizes an individual or group that has performed extraordinary service to the United States through the use of media technology. The SBE Technology Award recognizes the person, group or company that has developed innovative new technology or systems for media technology. Maybe someone you know has written a notable technical article or presented a technical paper at a meeting or program. These are a few of the awards that are presented each year by the SBE.

Of the 13 awards that are presented each year, the local chapter or SBE members nominates for 10 of them. Many SBE members are highly qualified and deserving of recognition. Likewise, many chapters do an excellent job promoting the ideals and goals of the SBE. Please nominate these members and chapters so they can receive the recognition they deserve.

Find all the details on the SBE awards at sbe.org/awards. If you have any questions or need more information, contact Certification Director Megan Clappe at mclappe@sbe.org or SBE Awards Committe Chair Jason Ornellas at jornellas@sbe.org.

November 19, 2017
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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.

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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.

 

 

 

Heading to NAB2017?

March 22, 2017
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Check Out These SBE Meetings and Events

2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 22 – 27

Discount Available to SBE Members more…

SBE Alert -Audio Streaming Devices

February 15, 2017
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–OK, so this may be old news, but it never hurts to be prepared

The SBE is sharing the following message with our members at the request of the FCC. more…

Got Membership?

February 14, 2017
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Membership Drive

The 2017 SBE Membership Drive Begins March 1 more…