SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
July 26, 2021  


Thank you for visiting the Washington DC Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. We're glad you're here!

The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) is the only organization devoted to the advancement of all levels and types of broadcast engineering. With more than 5,000 members and 114 local chapters, the SBE provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of information to help you keep pace with our rapidly changing industry. The SBE amplifies the voices of broadcast engineers by validating your skills with professional certification, by offering educational opportunities to maintain and expand those skills, and by speaking out on technical regulatory issues that affect how you work.

SBE Chapter 37 is a very diverse group, including a variety of media professionals in the Nation's Capitol. Our members include local radio and television engineers, national and international network technicians, consulting engineers, electronics manufacturers and Federal employees working in media and broadcast related positions.

Regardless of your area of broadcast interest, you are sure to find a warm welcome at the Washington DC Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Please join us at our next meeting and try us out for size. We hope you will enjoy your visit.

Upcoming Events

Please check out details of our next meeting. We hope to see you there!  Future SBE events include: 

  • August 12th (6:30 PM):  Our August meeting topic is Broadcasting with Software Defined Hardware.  Chuck Kelly of Broadcast Electronics (part of the Elenos Group) will be our guest speaker.  Please see our next meeting page for details.

SBE News and Events

From April 1 to June 15, 2021, the Society of Broadcast Engineers conducted its sixth annual compensation survey to determine salary levels and benefits among broadcast and media technology engineers. This survey provides a wealth of useful information, and it adds to the baseline being developed for subsequent surveys to establish compensation trends.

The complete results of the survey are available at no charge to SBE members as a benefit of membership. The survey is available through the SBE Bookstore. SBE members will login to view and download the report.

The survey included 23 questions that gathered information about job titles, broadcast market size and compensation in dollars and offered benefits. SBE membership was not required to take the survey. About the survey, SBE President Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, ATSC3, DRB, CBNE, said, “The SBE Compensation Survey garners interest from SBE members and non-members. We provide this information as a service not only to our members, but the industry. We appreciate the support of those who participated in providing data.”

While all responses remained anonymous, demographic data collected included market size, job category/title, age, years working in broadcasting, salary, benefits received, and any certification held. The data is split into radio or TV results, with greater detail on job category and market size. President Pecena added, “Once again, the survey shows that individuals who hold SBE Certification on average earn a higher salary than those who do not hold SBE Certification. In short: SBE certification pays.”

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SBE EAS Advisory Group; Larry Wilkins, CPBE, chair

As you should be aware by now, FEMA along with the FCC has scheduled the 2021 National Periodic Test (NPT) for Aug. 11, 2021, at 2:20 p.m. EDT. Should conditions arise that interfere with the transmission of the test on Aug. 11, the backup date is Aug. 25.

The test itself will be distributed via the Primary Entry Point (PEP) system and will not be available via the IPAWS network. This test will be conducted using the over-the-air daisy-chain system, where the message will be received by a state’s PEP station and then passed from station to station based on monitoring assignments set out in each station’s statewide EAS plan.

To ensure a station’s EAS equipment is set up correctly to receive and relay this test, engineers should verify the following:

  1. Verify the EAS equipment is operating properly with the most up-to-date firmware and security patches. Contact he equipment supplier for information about the latest version.
  2. Verify the EAS equipment system clock is correct and locked to a national time server.
  3. Check with the state EAS plan to see what the assigned monitor sources for your area are (this does not include National Weather Service or IPAWS). These monitor sources are listed in the state EAS plan. If you are unable to receive the stations assigned, contact your State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC) or State Broadcasters Association to request an alternate source.
  4. Verify the audio quality and level from both the required sources. Audio should be clean with no crosstalk, or hum, and the input level of the sources should be set to match your loop-through program audio.
  5. Ensure you are receiving the Required Weekly Test (RWT) from both required sources.
  6. View the incoming filter list in the EAS decoder. There should be one labeled NPT, with the originator listed as Primary Entry Point, event as National Periodic Test (NPT) and location left blank.
  7. It is highly suggested that the station engineer or other responsible employee be on hand the day of the test to ensure the test is received and relayed properly with clean audio. This information will be needed when reporting results to the FCC via the ETRS (Emergency Test Reporting System) by Aug. 12, 2021. Note the reception and relay of the test or any problems in the station log.

Take time now to check all the above, so you can rest easier as we approach the test day of Aug. 11, 2021. Should you have any questions contact your SECC or State Broadcasters Association early.

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Add Power to Your ProfessionEach year, the Society of Broadcast Engineers conducts a member recruitment drive. The drive calls on current SBE members to encourage their non-member colleagues to join the association. This year, 47 individual members and two sustaining members were recruited.

The SBE Membership Drive ran from March 1 until May 31, 2021. As a recruiting incentive to members, the SBE asks for prize donations from SBE sustaining member companies. In addition, the recruiter will earn $5 per new member (up to $25) off his or her 2022 membership dues. 10 sustaining member companies plus the SBE provided prizes this year, ranging from shirts and hats to broadcast equipment. The SBE donated logo items, a copy of CertPreview, and a free Webinars by SBE registration. The theme for the 2021 drive was Add Power to Your Profession.

All the recruiters were eligible for the Membership Drive Grand Prize: A trip the SBE National Meeting this fall. (A cash prize option is available if the winner is not able to travel to the SBE National Meeting.) That meeting is currently planned to be held during the 2021 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The Grand Prize winner this year is Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD, DRB, of Crawford Broadcasting Company, Aurora, CO. The SBE thanks the sustaining members who provided prizes.

Prize DonorPrizeWinnerLocationChapter
SBEtrip to the 2021 SBE National MeetingCris AlexanderAurora, COChapter 48
Comark12oz drinking tumblerJim OsterChandler, AZChapter 37
Comark12oz drinking tumblerJohnny StiglerEuless, TXChapter 67
Comarkzippered portfolio with techtrap elastic organizerAnthony DimsdaleGreenville, SCChapter 86
Davicom/ComlabDigital Temperature Probe Interface (DTPI) with two temperature sensorsJohn GarmendiOld Bridge, NJChapter 15
DielectricDielectric-logoed polo shirtScott MasonAlbany, NYChapter 58
DielectricDielectric-logoed polo shirtHoward FineSherman Oaks, CAChapter 47
Heartland Video Systems$100 Amazon Gift cardJoshua BakerBoulder, COChapter 48
Heartland Video Systemsnotebook and mousepadJeffrey JunietCasselberry, FLChapter 42
Heartland Video SystemsRocketbook Matrix smart notebookDustin PamplonaTwin Falls, IDChapter 145
Heartland Video Systemstravel packLandis SchrockRoanoke, VAChapter 78
Heartland Video Systemswireless charger and mini notebookWalter StrogoffCallahan, FLChapter 74
Heartland Video Systemszippered throw and tote bagThomas McNichollWhitesboro, NYChapter 22
LBA$250 in LBA online safety coursesCris AlexanderAurora, COChapter 48
Orban1101e card and breakout cableChristopher TarrMukwonago, WIChapter 28
Shively Labs$200 Amazon gift cardJeffrey DinsmoreIndianapolis, INChapter 25
Telos AllianceOmnia VoltScott MasonAlbany, NYChapter 58
Telos AllianceTelos swag packJT TuckerCharleston, SCChapter 107
Tieline$25 Amazon gift cardMartin StabbertReno, NVChapter 139
Tieline$25 Dunkin gift cardMatthew DombardHuntingdon Valley, PAChapter 18
Tieline$25 Dunkin gift cardDaniel UllmerSalem, VAChapter 78
Tieline$25 Starbucks gift cardBarry FisherEmmaus, PAChapter 18
SBE$25 gift certificate to the SBE Store/SBE BookstoreBarry FisherEmmaus, PAChapter 18
SBEcopy of CertPreviewChris SwisherColumbia, MOChapter 143
SBESBE coffee mug and magnetKen HoldenClovis, CAChapter 66
SBESBE coffee mug and magnetMartin StabbertReno, NVChapter 139
SBESBE-logoed hatBrian OligerHaymarket, VAChapter 37
SBEWebinars by SBE registrationConrad TrautmannTrumbull, CTChapter 15

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