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.


A Webinar For Radio Folks

February 5, 2024

Here’s one that’s not networking- or video-centric. And it’s this Thursday, February 8th, at 2:00pm. More info can be had at https://sbe.org/webinars/about-your-air-chain/.

HINT: It’s about your air chain.

Merry Christmas from the SBE

December 21, 2023

Happy Holidays everyone. We are about to turn the corner on a new year, and I’m optimistic for what lies ahead. In the new year, the SBE will continue to develop more educational opportunities for our members, with the plans already being laid for the NAB Show among other events. Our widely recognized Certification Program continues to keep up with new technologies. We’ll launch the updated station self-inspection guidelines for broadcast inspections. There’s plenty more in the works as the SBE continues to identify ways to better serve you, the SBE member, and broadcasting in general.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Reach me at president@sbe.org.

Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, ATSC3, DRB
SBE President


December 12, 2023

The holiday dinner and tour of the new Hubbard Radio studio facilities on Monday, December 11, 2023, was a SUCCESS!  Many thanks to our hosts, Drew Kirkman and Thomas Getter from Hubbard Broadcasting, and Mary Schnelle from Broadcast Depot.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and warmest wishes to you and yours for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Regulatory Alert

Deadline Looms on 13GHz

November 22, 2023

The deadline for submitting 13GHz info is November 29th. Go to the SBE Website for more info.

Verify 13GHz ENG Licenses in FCC ULS

June 28, 2023

The FCC has established GN Docket 22-352, titled Expanding Use of the 12.7-13.25 GHz Band for Mobile Broadband or Other Expanded Use. In this proceeding, the FCC has proposed repack and/or relocation of broadcast (and other) existing authorizations in the 12.7-13.25 GHz band. A forthcoming certification deadline for existing, incumbent 12.7-13.25 GHz broadcast licenses operating under Part 74 is outlined as part of this proceeding, but the FCC has not yet set the actual deadline by which such certifications must be filed. Accordingly, the SBE does not yet know when the FCC will require licensees to file such certifications or how well that date — as well as the requirements for making such certifications — will be communicated to licensees.

It is imperative that you verify all license data in the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) related to your 13GHz broadcast auxiliary services licenses as soon as possible. In addition, if you are currently using 13GHz for ENG, not fixed links, please notify SBE Frequency Coordination Manager RJ Russell at rjrussell@sbe.org of the licensee callsign and designated market area.

More information is available at https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-23-36A1.pdf, paragraphs 83-84 and 143-147 of which further explain the need to confirm the accuracy of ULS data for your 13GHz licenses and prepare to certify as accurate all information on such licenses that fall under Part 74.

Our LAST (as in most recent) Chapter Meeting

Updated June 30, 2023

Our LAST SBE-33 meeting was Tuesday June 20th at 6:30PM at the WLWT-TV tower site for a tour of their Gatesair ULXTE-80 transmitter system.

It’s never too late to renew or join the SBE. Do it today!

News From The SBE

Updated June 30, 2023

2023 SBE Membership Drive Draws 68 New Members

Candidate Slate Announced for 2023 SBE Elections

More NEWS from SBE

Ohio’s EAS Monthly Test Schedule for 2023

December 27, 2022

The 2023 schedule for EAS Required Monthly Tests is available here. More information, including the state of Ohio’s EAS plan, is available on the EAS page on the OAB’s website.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Ohio SECC Chair Greg Savoldi at gregsavoldi@iheartmedia.com.

The schedule is also available via FTP from the sbe33.net website. Click on the “Emergency Alert System” menu tab above.

Our LAST Chapter Meeting 0f 2022

Updated December 3, 2022

Our LAST meeting was Tuesday, November 29th, a Zoom meeting (virtual meeting) with Paul Shulins about VSWR Protection Monitoring and Thermal Imaging of RF Transmission Lines.



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