Next SBE Chapter 59 Meeting

When: Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Where:  Godfather's Pizza; 7002 Johnson Drive, Mission, KS 66202

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

Program:

Radio and Television Transformed.  Steve Lampen, Multimedia Technology Manager at Belden, will present a program on the transformation of radio and television. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that things are changing for every broadcaster. And these changes will have profound effects on not just you, but companies like Belden. Clearly, we have to focus our crystal ball on what’s coming. For instance, one company has announced that next year they will be the largest broadcaster in the world. And that company is Netflix. Now what exactly is a broadcaster? And what should you do about it? If you have an opinion or two, this might be an intense discussion and not just a presentation.

About Steve: Steve Lampen has worked for Belden for twenty-five years and is currently Multimedia Technology Manager and also Product Line Manager for Entertainment Products. Prior to Belden, Steve had an extensive career in radio broadcast engineering and installation, film production, and electronic distribution. Steve holds an FCC Lifetime General License (formerly a First Class FCC License) and is an SBE Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer. On the data side he is a BICSI Registered Communication Distribution Designer. In 2010, he was named “Educator of the Year” by the National System Contractors Association (NSCA), and in 2011 was named “Educator of the Year” by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE). His book, “The Audio-Video Cable Installer’s Pocket Guide” is published by McGraw-Hill. His blog appears weekly at www.belden.com/blog

Godfather's offers a lunch buffet. When you arrive go to the counter, pay for your lunch, get your food, and then meet us in the front banquet room for lunch and the meeting.

Future Meeting Programs:

September 14:  TBD

October 12: TBD

November 9: TBD

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.

Spectrum Analyzer 102+

At the meeting on Thursday, March 8, 2012, Greg Best presented a program titled "Spectrum Analyzer 102+".

PDF Version of Greg's Power Point Presentation

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

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