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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…

SBE Webinar – Transmission Lines March 2

February 14, 2017
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The eight-part SBE RF101: Broadcast Terrestrial Transmission Systems webinar series continues on March 2 at 2 p.m. ET with RF101: Module 2 – Transmission Lines
Instructor Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT more…

The Society of Broadcast Engineers Forms EAS Advisory Group

January 20, 2017
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The Society of Broadcast Engineers has actively worked as a source of information for the Emergency Alert System since it was launched.
As the system has developed and evolved to include new technologies and alerting partners, so has the SBE adapted to be the most effective and thorough resource for broadcasters to use to implement their EAS efforts. more…

Initial Findings of the 2016 EAS Nationwide Test

January 17, 2017
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At the end of December, the FCC released an initial overview of the nationwide EAS test results and highlighted several opportunities for strengthening the EAS. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) and the National Weather Service (NWS), conducted a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) more…

SBE Introduces RF101: Broadcast Terrestrial Transmission Systems Course

December 18, 2016
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Module 1 – Introduction to Radio Frequency (RF)

Instructional MethodLive webinar, January 26, 2017    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET more…

National SBE Election Deadline August 25

August 19, 2016
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SBE Members whose dues are paid should cast their votes by August 25
sbe_circle_logoThe annual election of national SBE officers and directors will end on August 25. A special election email message with a link to a ballot unique to each voting member more…