Next SBE Chapter 59 Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Where:  Entercom Communications, 7000 Squibb; Mission, KS; 913-744-3600

Gather at 11:30 a.m.,  Lunch at 11:45; meeting at 12:00

Program:

Radio/TV/Streaming Processing.  Bob Orban will present a program, by way of teleconference, on loudness control and audio processing for radio, TV, and streaming.

Lunch will be provided by the Orban. When you arrive at Entercom, proceed to the lobby on the second floor from which you will be directed to the meeting location.

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About Bob Orban:

In 1970, Bob founded Orban Associates, originally as a manufacturer of studio equipment. In 1975, Orban Associates introduced the original Optimod-FM 8000, which was the first in a long line of broadcast audio processors for AM, FM, TV and digital broadcasting from the company. Orban has also been involved in professional recording for many years and has mixed several records released on the Warner Brothers label, as well as on small independent labels. As a composer, his music has been heard on classical radio stations in New York and San Francisco, and his score for a short film, “Dead Pan,” was heard on PBS television in Chicago. He has designed studio reverberators, stereo synthesizers, compressors, parametric equalizers, enhancers, and de-essers under both the Orban and dbx brand names.

Bob Orban has been actively involved in NRSC committee AM improvement work. He has been widely published in both the trade and revered press (including Audio Engineering Society, Proceedings of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and SMPTE). He co-authored the chapter on “Transmission Audio Processing” in the NAB Engineering Handbook, 10th edition. He currently holds over 20 U.S. patents. In 1973 he was elected a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society. In 1993, he shared with Dolby Laboratories a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 1995, he received the NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award. In 2002, he received the Innovator award from Radio Magazine.

Recently Orban introduced the Optimod PCn 1600, the first Optimod that runs natively on the host computer's Intel x86 processor; the software does not use dedicated DSP chips.

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Future Meeting Programs:

Apr 12:  Logitek - IP Protocols for Audio and Video

May 10:  TBD

June 14:  TBD

AMC 8 Transition Information

On February 8, 2017, Chris Childs of Satellite Engineering Group (SEG) gave a presentation to our SBE chapter on the AMC 8 satellite transition.

Here are his presentation slides:

http://www.sbe59.org/files/special/AMC8_Transition_Radio.pdf

He also supplied a link to another source of up-to-date information:

http://www.amc8migration.com/docs/RNUG_FAQ.pdf

National EAS Test Update (2016)

September 28th 1:20 PM central time.....that is the official date and time for the next National EAS test.

The FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has officially published notice that all EAS Participants are required to participate in the nationwide test.

In case anything arises to delay it (such as a real emergency, during which a test could cause confusion), a secondary test date is set for Oct. 5.

Items stations must take care before that date....

1.  Make sure your EAS equipment is programmed with the new national location code of six zeros (000000).  This new code covers every state and county in the United States and should be programmed with National Periodic Test (NPT) event code. Deadline to have the new  code programmed is July 30th.

2.  All EAS Participants must register with new EAS Test Reporting System.  Click on ETRS registration page (you must have station FRN user name and password to enter this page).

You will be emailed a special user name and password for use to access the forms.  You must file ETRS Form One by Aug. 26.  Form two will be filed on the day of the test (September 28th) and form three must be filed by November 14th.

3.  Check you EAS logs to make sure you are receiving the IPAWS Required Weekly Test (RWT) each Monday at 11:00 AM local time.

"The test message will clearly state that the alert is only a test of the EAS," the FCC bureau stated. "FEMA's alert will be transmitted in English and Spanish and include both audio and the text of the test message, which can be used to populate an accessible video crawl. These improvements will help ensure that all members of the public, including non-English speakers and individuals with disabilities, will receive emergency information.


This information is courtesy of Larry Wilkins, Alabama Broadcasters Association

American Tower Corporation TV Repack Program

Our monthly meeting on May 18, 2016, was hosted by American Tower at one of their Kansas City area sites.  They presented a program about the FCC's spectrum auctions and the TV repacking to follow.  Here are the slides from that presentation:

DTV Transmitter Efficiency Presentation (August, 2014)

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:

http://www.sbe59.org/files/special/Anywave SBE Presentation 2014.pdf

Oklahoma First Informer Broadcasters Act

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:

https://www.sos.ok.gov/documents/legislation/54th/2014/2R/HB/3156.pdf

Further research showed that a similar bill was being considered this year in Missouri:

http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1582&year=2014&code=r

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.”

Science Pioneers

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:

http://www.sciencepioneers.org

Here is a link to the volunteer sign-up page:

http://www.sciencepioneers.org/support/volunteer-information-sign-up-form

The Double Slit Experiment

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):

http://youtu.be/hUJfjRoxCbk

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

What is it?

At our April meeting chapter member Ed Treese brought in an item that was located in engineering storage at 1480.

What is it?

It is made of rubber and has a small weep hole.  So - what is it?

Tribute to John Battison

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.

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