SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
October 27, 2021  

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Attendees

Name
Mr. Ricardo Alfaro 
Mr. Robert Ballou 
Mr. Kevin Basquill 
Mr. Michael Baxter 
Mr. Edmund Berkey 
Ms. Anne Brooker-Grogan 
Mr. Ken Cardosa 
Mr. Joseph Davis 
Ms. Mary Diaz 
Mr. James Dugan 
Mr. Joseph Fleming 
Mr. Steve Floyd 
Mr. John Footen 
Mr. Mike Friedman 
Mr. Ed Grogan 
Mr. Willy Halla 
Mr. Wayne Hart 
Ms. Jasmin Henderson 
Mr. J. Eric Hoehn 
Ms. Heidi Holmstrom 
Mr. Karl Jackson 
Mr. Spike Jones 
Mr. Al Kenyon 
Mr. Kent Kramer 
Mr. David Layer 
Mr. Louis Libin 
Mr. Bill Magliocco 
Mr. Horace Murray 
Mr. James O'Neal 
Mr. Macie Ochman 
Mr. Brian Oliger 
Mr. Tim Popham 
Mr. Andrew Prouse 
Mr. Michael Rhodes 
Mr. Christopher Root 
Mr. Daniel Ryson 
Mr. Tim Sawyer 
Mr. Rick Singer 
Mr. James Snyder 
Mr. Jonathan Solomon 
Mr. Norman Stein 
Mr. Carl Swanson 
Mr. Eric Wenocur 
Mr. Peter Wharton 
Mr. Chris Wilde 
Mr. Kelly Williams 

Inauguration - Frequency Coordination Overview

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Guest Speaker: Louis Libin

January 5, 2021

With the Presidential Inauguration once again upon us, our January 5th, 2021 guest speaker was 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. This meeting joint meeting of SBE Chapter 37 and the Washington, DC section of SMPTE was attended by current Washington and Baltimore frequency coordinators Jim Dugan and Mike Rhodes, as well as prior frequency coordinator James Snyder.

Major event frequency coordination is always a challenge. One significant difference in 2021 was the pandemic, which changed the logistics significantly. [Notably, the January 6, 2021 riot and violent attack at the U.S. Capitol further changed logistics.  However, this was unknown at the time of our meeting on the evening prior to the attack.] 

This presentation discussed 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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