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

January 20, 2020

Our SBE-33 February meeting will be a virtual presentation on Tuesday Feb 2 at 7:00PM EST. < >The Program is entitled “Tower Sites I’ve Known and Photographed” by Scott Fybush

To join the meeting click on the link below between 6:45PM and 7:00PM on Feb 2.


Scott Fybush wears many broadcasting hats: a news anchor (now with WXXI in Rochester) for 30 years; a journalist covering the industry for his own NorthEast Radio Watch (fybush.com) and Current; an engineering consultant focusing on signal improvement and FCC regulatory issues; a station broker (StationSale.com); chief engineer for Rochester’s WDKX; treasurer of SBE Chapter 57.

Happy New Year to all of our SBE-33 members

January 4, 2020

1. The new SBE Technical Professional Training (TPT) program begins January 1, to help encourage and train new people in the broadcast/media technical field. Stations, station groups, networks and state broadcaster associations are encouraged to cover the $475 cost to sign up their new or newer engineers. The TPT includes SBE MemberPlus membership (gives access to all SBE webinars), one download of the SBE Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT) CertPreview (exam prep software), SBE CBT exam session, a copy of the SBE Broadcast Engineer Handbook and participation in the SBE Mentor program. See the SBE website for details.

2. SBE membership renewal is coming soon. Watch for the renewal letter in the mail in early February. All membership dues levels are remaining the same for 2021.

Please join me in congratulating John Poray on his retirement, and thanking him for his many years of service. We welcome Jim Ragsdale as the new SBE Executive Director.

Jim Stitt CPBE
Chair SBE-33

Our LAST Meeting

December 17, 2020

Our final SBE-33 meeting for 2020 was via Zoom on Wednesday December 16th at 12:30PM EST. The subject was Fiber Optics for HD Broadcast presented by Nemal Electronics. Their webinar also qualifies for 1RU credit for AVIXA certification and 1 Bisci CEC credit.

Social Distancing Our Studios

December 4, 2020

Here’s an interesting video on YouTube from our friends at Wheatstone. Support Engineer Robert Ferguson tells us how we can social distance our studios. Check it out at https://youtu.be/PXV2vniM1wU. You don’t need to wear a mask while watching.

To Our Dayton-area TV Station Engineers from your SBE33 Frequency Coordinator

November 19, 2020

Please be advised that the Navy and Marine Corps Spectrum Center in Ft. Meade, MD, has asked for coordination of a year-long test of a mobile CubeSat command and control ground station uplink at Wright Patterson AFB. This testing is scheduled to begin in February, will utilize 2037.5 MHz, operate at no more than 30 watts TPO into a 35dBi parabolic antenna, and use rather narrow-band (compared to TV usage) emission designators 400KG1D and 100KG1D (essentially 400kHz and 100kHz phase-modulated single-carrier digital telemetry).

As you know, 2037.5 MHz is the channel edge between channels A1 and A2 in that band. Stations utilizing the upper 6 MHz of channel A1 or the lower 6 MHz of channel A2 during the testing period MIGHT experience some interference, but given the modulation, RF power, and proximity of stations’ 2GHz auxiliary equipment to Wright Patterson, that likelihood is probably small. The modulation is not one TV broadcasters use (read big military secret) and satellite control ground stations usually have their antennas pointing up; however, these are LEO satellites (low earth orbit) and will be moving horizon to horizon, and 14.77dBW into a 35dBi antenna is nearly 100,000 W EIRP. While the satellite(s) should be “well lit,” we don’t know side-lobe/splatter characteristics of the antenna, and stranger things have happened. Hence this head’s up to you.

BTW, we just can’t say “no” to the DoD. The FCC requires us to share this band and play nice, and so we will. However, if your station has a legitimate beef with the proposed activity, by all means let me know, and I’ll be happy to pass it along. Send your concerns to russ@wb8zcc.com.

You can review the coordination request HERE.

You can also read more about this project at https://directory.eoportal.org/web/eoportal/satellite-missions/c-missions/circe.

Lastly, not that I wish to hurry you, I have 10-15 days in which to respond. Thanks.

Russ Hines, SBE33 Frequency Coordinator


News from the SBE

Updated September 3, 2020

The SBE will present the SBE Annual Membership Meeting and National Awards Presentation via the internet at 7:00 p.m. EDT/4:00 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Details on how to watch the webcast will be shared via the SBE website, SBE-news email newsletter and social media in the next week.

Interconnecting AoIP Systems – Making It All Work Together, will be presented by Shane Toven, CSRE, CBRE, CBNT on Thursday, September 10 at 2:00 m EDT, this is Module 7 of the SBE AoIP webinar series. Toven is senior broadcast engineer for Educational Media Foundation.

Fiber Optic Cables for HD Broadcast, an SBE webinar, will be presented Sept. 29 at 2:00 pm EDT by Benjamin Nemser, CEO of Nemal Electronics and Daniel Ritts, VP of engineering at Nemal. Register and get more information about both webinars at the SBE website, sbe.org/Education/Webinars page.




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