Welcome to SBE Chapter 33

SBE Chapter 33 represents the Society of Broadcast Engineers and its members in Southwestern Ohio, which includes the Cincinnati and Dayton metropolitan areas.  If you work in a technical capacity at a broadcast or related facility in our area, or are a contract engineer or broadcast consultant based in Southwest Ohio, please consider joining our Society.


Our Next Meeting

SAVE THE DATE – Monday June 1 at 7:00PM for SBE-33’s first Virtual Meeting.

The folks at Copper Mountain will be hosting a presentation on VNA’s and test equipment.

In order to fill out the roster for SBE HQ we will need to know who is participating, so please RSVP to Jim Stitt by Friday May 29th at 12N.

Because it has been traditional that refreshments are made available to those attending a meeting, for this inaugural virtual meeting everyone who RSVP’s will receive a $10 gift certificate for grub.

We will be sending out an email with presentation details and the link to join the meeting.

News from the FCC

It’s been a busy week at The Commission (sounds like organized crime, doesn’t it?) with regard to broadcasters.

Chairman Pai Proposes New 6 GHz Band Rules to Unleash Unlicensed Use

So what bad things could possibly happen from this action? PLENTY! Download the news HERE.

Chairman Pai Moves Forward to Establish 5G Fund for Rural America

Proposal Would Distribute Up to $9 Billion to Bring 5G to Rural Communities and Support Connectivity Needs of American Farms and Ranches. Download the news HERE.

FCC Seeks to Amend DTS Rules to Facilitate Next Generation TV

FCC adopts a NPRM seeking comment on whether to modify the Commission’s rules governing the use of distributed transmission systems by broadcast television stations. Download the info HERE.

Defining Significantly Viewed Local TV Stations

Commission adopts NPRM seeking comment on whether to update the methodology for determining whether a television broadcast station is significantly viewed in a community outside of its local market. The news is HERE.

News from the SBE

Did you know the SBE has a YouTube channel? Check it out at YouTube.

As you most likely have heard, the NAB announced on March 11 that it has “decided not to move forward with the NAB Show in April,” due to the evolving situation involving the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The SBE events and meetings scheduled to coincide with the April NAB Show have been cancelled. This includes the SBE Ennes Workshop held in conjunction with the BEIT Conference. The SBE at PBS TechCon educational programs have also been cancelled.

The NAB has indicated that it is looking at potential alternatives to hold the show at a later date. Like everyone else, the SBE will await further word from the NAB and consider options for taking part.

Your SBE membership was due for renewal April 1st. You can still renew on-line at sbe.org or by mail or fax, using the renewal form you received in early February.

Our LAST Meeting

Our first SBE-33 meeting for 2020 was Monday, February 24th for a “Lunch and Learn” at Staco Energy Products’ new factory in Miamisburg. A Powerpoint presentation on Lithium Ion battery technology will be available for distribution shortly. For more info, contact towerjimsk@gmail.com.




SBE Keeps It’s Eye Open On Spectrum Turbulence

An interesting article posted yesterday on the Radio World website, a perspective regarding the SBE and “spectrum turbulence.” We can’t imagine anything more turbulent than Repack, but as the saying goes, it could always be worse. Click HERE.

How Repack Affects the Operation of Wireless Microphones

A phone call from SBE 33 Vice-Chair Jerry Erwin prompted a little research.  Here’s what the FCC says: Operation of Wireless Microphones.

Here is a link to a YouTube video of a presentation titled, “Building the Advanced RF Transmission System at One World Trade Center” that was made October 27, 2017 as a part of the AES Convention in New York City.

Building the Advanced RF Transmission System at One World Trade Center