Next SBE Chapter 59 Meeting

When: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Where:  

Lunch: Burnt End BBQ; 11831 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas 66210

Program:  Sprint Executive Briefing Center; 6220 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251   [Directions]

Gather for lunch at 11:30 a.m., SBE business meeting at lunch, program at 12:30 at Sprint

Program:

Tour the 5G Future.   This month we will tour the “Sprint 5G Experience”, an immersive walk-through venue located in on the Sprint campus in Overland Park. They worked with Ericsson, Intel, LG, Nokia, Qualcomm Technologies, and Samsung Electronics to bring it to life. At Sprint 5G Experience, we can explore more than a dozen stations and demonstrations using augmented reality, virtual reality and simulations. Exhibits will show how 5G can power smart cities and make cities safer, connect billions of things through IoT, and change the way people live, work and play.  ( official website: https://business.sprint.com/sprint-5g-experience/ )

We’ll meet at Burnt End BBQ for lunch. Just order in the line and look for members of our group to sit with in the dining area. We will do the business portion of the SBE meeting at lunch and then head over to Sprint for the program.

RSVP Required – For security purposes Sprint has asked that we submit a list of attendees and the companies they work for to them prior to the tour. Please RSVP if you plan on attending the tour by Monday, October 7 here:

http://www.sbe59.org/contact/?Name=RSVP

Parking – Near the building where the tour is there is a parking garage with parking that is specifically labled “Sprint Executive Briefing Guest Parking”.  See the directions PDF for more instructions and a map.


Future Meeting Programs:

November 13:  TBD

December 11:  TBD


OCCU-TEC Fuel Management

At the August, 2019, monthly chapter meeting Brendon Butler and Jason Swan of OCCU-TEC Inc. presented a program on fuel maintenance for backup generators.  The slides from the presentation are here:

http://www.sbe59.org/files/special/OCCU-TEC_Aug2019.pdf

Rohde & Schwarz Transmitter Technologies

At our May, 2019, monthly chapter meeting Don Backus gave a presentation on Rohde & Schwarz liquid cooled transmitter technology and total cost of ownership.  Here are some of the slides from his presentation:

http://www.sbe59.org/files/special/LiquidCooled_TCO_May2019.pdf

Kansas City Shuffle – November 2017 Program

At our monthly chapter meeting on November 8, 2017, chapter member and broadcast consultant Greg Best gave a presentation on the 2017 FCC spectrum auction’s impact on the Kansas City television landscape.  The slides from the presentation can be found here:

http://www.sbe59.org/files/special/Kansas_City_Shuffle_KC_SBE_Nov_2017.pdf

SBE 59 August Meeting – Wireless Spectrum

At the August monthly chapter meeting Chris Castro presented a program on wireless micrphones and spectrum coordination.  Here is the powerpoint file for that program:

http://www.sbe59.org/files/special/SBE59_Aug2017_The%20Future%20of%20Wireless%20Mic.pptx

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 newEAS 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.

  1.  Check you EAS logs to make sure you are receiving theIPAWS 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:

http://www.sbe59.org/files/special/ATC_Kansas%20City_MarketPresentation_May%2018th%202016.pdf

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

See more items from previous meetings….