Next SBE Chapter 59 Meeting
When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (Note – one week later than usual)
Where: Zarda BBQ; 11931 W 87th St.; Lenexa, KS
Gather for lunch at 11:30 a.m., meeting at noon
Rohde & Schwarz – Transmitter Technologies. With Total Cost of Ownership increasing for TV and FM broadcasters, there is an increasing need to reduce these costs over the life-cycle of the transmission system while improving performance and reducing ongoing maintenance costs. From alternative cooling systems to more efficient designs, from reductions in required floor space to reducing service costs by minimizing required maintenance, there are a number of factors that reduce the cost of ownership while improving up-time and performance. We will look at TCO and some of the advanced transmitter technologies that enable reduction in operating costs, both for Radio and TV transmitters. We’ll also discuss some forward looking technologies like the HD Radio Generation 4 platform.
Lunch will be provided by Rohde & Schwarz. When you arrive at Zarda proceed to the back room for lunch and the meeting.
About the Presenter:
Don Backus is Account Manager, Radio Transmitters for Rohde & Schwarz, handling Canada and the United States. Prior to joining Rohde & Schwarz in mid-2017, Don was Eastern US Sales Manager for Broadcast Electronics for five years. Don was previously VP of Sales & Marketing at ENCO Systems for 13 years and prior to that, held a number of positions in radio as an on-air personality, production director, general manager and chief engineer. He has presented to a number of professional broadcasting organizations including the Audio Engineering Society, a number of international, state and regional conferences and several SBE chapters. Don has served two terms on the board of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and has recently completed serving a second term on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation board. Don is a member of the SBE.
Future Meeting Programs:
June 12: Orban
July 10: TBD
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:
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:
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:
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:
He also supplied a link to another source of up-to-date information:
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….
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
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:
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:
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:
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):
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