Broadcast Activity Report

Steve Dresser

Steve Dresser


Central Valley

FCC Applications and Actions

August 2018


Sage Digital ENDEC Model 3644 UPDATE

Sage has released a firmware update (si-rev5) that you must install to permit your ENDEC to continue to receive EAS CAP alerts from FEMA. A FEMA signing certificate will expire at 11:55pm EDT on September 24, 2018; if you do not install this update, you will not receive CAP messages from the IPAWS system after that date. This update will install the new certificate. Although this is similar to the update we issued in May, this August update is for a different certificate, you must also install this update.


July Meeting: Thursday July 26, 2018

Antenna and RF System Design for the FCC Repack 

                    How Does Antenna Design Influence Radiation Patterns?

                    Evolution of Antenna Design and Manufacturing

                    Software Tools and Optimum Solutions for the DTV Repack and Beyond

Presentation and Hosted Lunch

Eddy Vanderkerken, Director of Sales RFS Broadcast division, visits SBE66 for this presentation to help ‘unpack’ the mystery of the upcoming DTV repack.
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With a worldwide customer base and 80 years of experience in the broadcast industry, RFS is widely recognized as a specialist in the design and manufacture of multi-channel antenna and transmission systems. The company has comprehensive broadcast manufacturing capabilities and engineering expertise based at its U.S. headquarters in Meriden, Connecticut. Its ability to service the entire process simplifies every installation, and its logistics and project coordination support assists broadcasters in accelerating deployments.

Meet Eddy Vanderkerken at the upcoming SBE 66 meeting Thursday, July 26th 12:00 PM at the Mitsui Buffet in Clovis

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                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

Random Noise: July 2018



As many of you know, there is another nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System coming up on Thursday September 20th. This test will also includes a WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) test message to be sent to cell phones. Be aware that, on or before 11:59 p.m. EDT, the day of the test (Sept. 20, 2018), EAS participants must file the day-of-test information sought by ETRS Form Two. This Newsletter includes information on what FEMA will do the day of the test, as well as some links to help you prepare.

Steve Dresser is taking a quick summer break from the FCC applications and actions desk, but will return next month.

We have a great meeting coming up featuring a presentation by Eddy Vanderkerken, director of sales from the Broadcast division of RFS (Radio Frequency Systems). They’ll be hosting the July lunch meeting at the Mitsui Buffet. As always, bring any questions, concerns, and updates you may have for the meeting before the RFS presentation. Hope to see you there.

National EAS Test Scheduled for Thursday September 20, 2018

In 2007, FEMA began modernizing the nation’s public alert and warning system by integrating new technologies into the existing alert systems. The new system, known as the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) became operational in 2011. more…