Next SBE Chapter 59 Meeting

When:  Wednesday, August 7, 2024

Where: ATC 35238; 1603 S. Menown Ave.; Independence, MO

Gather at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 11:45, meeting at noon


Engineer Appreciation Event.   All Kansas City area broadcast engineers are invited and encouraged to attend. The program will consist of a welcome and Q&A from Jim Leifer and Chris Nixon of American Tower.  A tour of the tower facilities at the Menown tower site will follow.

American Tower Corporation will be serving Jack Stack BBQ at this event!

In order to make sure we have the right amount of food, tables, chairs, etc., please use this web page to RSVP and let us know you are coming:

Future Meeting Programs:

September 11: Lumenserve

October 9:  TBD

SAF ATSC 3.0 STL Requirements

At the chapter meeting on July 10, 2024, Kevin Dennis, Regional Sales Director of SAF North America, discussed some history of TV broadcast microwave solutions that support ATSC 1.0 signal transmission along with the technical considerations needed to convert and support ATSC 3.0 Next Generation Television signals. A unique “hybrid” microwave solution was also presented which can simultaneously support ATSC 1.0 and 3.0 signal transmission from the television studio to the transmitter site and is both robust and highly reliable.  Here are the slides from the presentation (6.5 MB):

LAWO – The Broadcast Industry’s Transition to IP. 

At the May, 2020, monthly chapter meeting Austin Thomas gave a presentation on transitioning to IP based systems.  The slides from the presentation are here (53 MB):

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:

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….

  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:

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: SBE Presentation 2014.pdf

See more items from previous meetings….