SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
January 21, 2021  

Our Next Meeting

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Meeting Date:

January 5, 2021 at 6:30 PM


Virtual Meeting via Internet


Due to COVID-19, our meeting will be virtually. 
Please Register in advance for this meeting using this URL.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We typically open the meeting 30 minutes prior to the scheduled meeting time to give everyone time to mingle and visit prior to the business meeting and presentation.

Inauguration - Frequency Coordination Overview

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Guest Speaker: Louis Libin

The Presidential Inauguration is once again upon us. Our January 5th guest speaker will be Louis Libin of Broad Comm, Inc. Louis has managed Presidential Inauguration frequency coordination since 1981 and has once again been appointed the Designated Frequency Coordinator for 2021. Local frequency coordinators Jim Dugan and Mike Rhodes will also participate in this meeting.  This will be a joint, virtual, meeting of SBE Chapter 37 and the Washington, DC section of SMPTE.

Major event frequency coordination is always a challenge. One significant difference this time around is the pandemic, which will change the logistics significantly. This presentation will discuss the process for "Full Spectrum" Frequency Coordination, a new concept to everyone. Despite best efforts, interference incidents can still occur. For example, if a broadcaster interferes with public safety or law enforcement, how do the two parties attend to such incidents? Full Spectrum now means that broadcasters are now on the same committee and communications channel as all the Federal and State agencies. With improved means of communication, it just might work! Even the RF War Games are now being coordinated with all law enforcement, public safety, as well as military. This is another level of insurance for all RF users. We will discuss the process of coordination planning and RF enforcement at the event.

In 1996, Louis founded Broad Comm, Inc., a consulting group specializing in cyber security, advanced television broadcast, interactive TV, Intellectual Property and wireless communications and is chair of ElectionWireless2021 (EW2021), the Political Conventions, and Presidential Inauguration Frequency Coordination Committee, an FCC recognized position.

Louis is Vice President for Spectrum Engineering and Strategies at Sinclair Broadcast Group responsible of spectrum scenarios and national development and deployment (more here). Louis sits on ITU committees and the WRC23 FCC Advisory committee.

Louis Libin was Chief Technology Officer for NBC and was responsible for satellite, wireless, and communication issues for General Electric and NBC.

Thanks to sponsors Paul Fitts and Owen Garland of Vertical Technology Services, LLC for their recent financial support of Chapter 37's recent Zoom sessions and other technical support costs.

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