When: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Where: Zarda BBQ; 11931 W 87th St.; Lenexa, KS
Gather at 11:30 a.m., Lunch served at 11:45; meeting at 12:00
Engineering Tips & Tricks. Jeff Welton of Nautel will give an information filled 'tips & tricks' presentation. As more engineers are handling more stations with lower budgets and fewer resources, demands on time are increasing. We’ll discuss how maintenance can reduce “fire calls”, how focusing on grounding and air handling can improve equipment reliability, safety steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of injury (or worse), especially when you need to make an emergency transmitter site visit after a full day at the studio. The presentation will borrow from papers on maintenance, safety and engineering on little or no budget and highlight practical solutions based on first hand experience with engineering a local community station and twenty-five years of wandering through transmitter sites all over the world.
Lunch will be provided by Nautel. When you arrive at Zarda proceed to the back room for lunch and the meeting.
Future Meeting Programs:
August 3: Steve Lampen, Belden
September 14: TBD
October 12: TBD
At the regular chapter meeting in August, 2014, Perry Priestley of Anywave Communication Technolgies gave a presentation on DTV transmitter efficiency. Here are the slides from that presentation in PDF form:
At the May, 2014, monthly chapter meeting a new piece of legislation in the neighboring state of Oklahoma related to broadcasters and emergency situations was discussed.
The final version of the act can viewed on-line here:
Further research showed that a similar bill was being considered this year in Missouri:
The Missouri House Bill 1582 “First Informer Broadcasters Act” will have to be taken up this fall as the Missouri Legislature ended its session on Friday, May 16th (2014). The bill “establishes certification (for) radio and television broadcasters under the "First Informer Broadcasters Act" in order to prepare for and respond appropriately to an emergency or disaster.”
At the October, 2013, SBE meeting Kirk Chestnut mentioned a local organization that is involved in promoting science, mentoring, and hosts a city-wide science fair that is in need of judges/volunteers. Here is a link to their website:
Here is a link to the volunteer sign-up page:
At the monthly meeting on October 9, 2013, chapter member John Gray gave a presentation on quantum physics and the double slit experiement. Below are links to some YouTube videos on the topic presented by Richard Feynman.
Presentation from 1964 (worth it just to watch the intro):
Four part Feynman lecture from 1965 (each is a little over an hour long):
Part 1: http://youtu.be/eLQ2atfqk2c
Part 2: http://youtu.be/kMSgE62S6oo
Part 3: http://youtu.be/jNNXD7fuE5E
Part 4: http://youtu.be/UigjOJm6F9o
At our April meeting chapter member Ed Treese brought in an item that was located in engineering storage at 1480.
It is made of rubber and has a small weep hole. So - what is it?
Chriss Scherer, CPBE CBNT, editor of Radio magazine, past president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), and local SBE chapter 59 member paid tribute to the founder of the SBE and former technical editor of Radio magazine, John Battison (1915-2012), during the SBE's Awards Banquet at the 2012 National Meeting on Oct. 24, 2012.
At the meeting on Thursday, March 8, 2012, Greg Best presented a program titled "Spectrum Analyzer 102+".
During his presentation Greg referenced the book "Fundamentals Of Spectrum Analysis". A PDF version of this book can be found on-line and is available for free download here: http://www.ictregulationtoolkit.org/en/Publication.3588.html
Chapter member Kit Peters presented a discussion on the basics of IP and best practices for security IP-based devices at the meeting on April 21, 2011. The slides from that presentation can be found online here: