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 Meetings

Thursday Nov 14th at the Midwest Broadcast and Multimedia Technology Conference at the Columbus Convention Center, sponsored by the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, Kentucky Broadcasters Association and Indiana Broadcasters Association in partnership with SBE and SMPTE. Let’s plan to meet during the lunch and exhibit session. For more information go to http://mbmtc.oab.org/.

Tuesday Dec 10th at the VOA Museum 8070 Tylersville Road, West Chester Township. Refreshments at 6:30PM to celebrate the holidays and a presentation on ATSC 3.0 at 7PM by Jay Adrick. The Museum just celebrated 75 years of VOA and will also be open ($10 admission).

Our Last Meeting

The Chapter visited the National Weather Service forecast station in Wilmington on Monday, September 23rd, 6:30pm.

NEW from the SBE

1. The SBE National Meeting will be in Madison, WI on October 15-16. If you can’t be there in person, we encourage you to tune in to the live webcast of the Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 4:00 pm EDT. Access the webcast by going to sbe.org and clicking on the Membership Meeting webcast icon on the homepage within 15 minutes of the start of the webcast.

2. Two new SBE webinars in September coming up are: Thursday, September 19 at 2 pm EDT. The topic is FM Filters and Combiners, presented by Tom Silliman, President of ERI. It’s part of the SBE Advanced RF webinar series.

The second is Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 2 pm EDT. Fundamentals of SNMP – Part 1, presented by Wayne Pecena of Texas A&M University. Register on-line for both at the SBE website. They are free for SBE MemberPlus members.

Our LAST Last Meeting

    DATE/TIME: Monday, August 26th, 2019 / 12:00pm (that’s noon, in case you wondered)
    PROGRAM: Mike Thompson from Lumenserve.

“Bringing To Light: The Changes In The Tower Lighting World – The FAA has been changing the rules of compliance for tower lighting. Mike Thompson of LumenServe℠ will discuss some of the lesser known changes in these rules. LEDs have been around for many years, however in the tower lighting world their usage is creating big changes. In addition, the traditional practice of maintenance and monitoring has a new model: Tower Lighting as a Service®. LumenServe℠ is at the forefront of this new methodology of tower lighting, and Mike will explore its advantages and implications.

“Mike Thompson is the Vice President of Sales for LumenServe℠ and has an extensive sales and marketing background in technology, telecommunications and media over a 25+ year professional career. His experience includes overall management of fiber build outs in high rises for Comcast in Chicago, senior product management for telecom start-ups (Knology & Clearsource) and national sales and marketing roles for Viacom. He received a BA in Business from Vanderbilt University and a MBA from Xavier University. He handles all sales for LumenServe in the eastern US.”

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.

Ray A. Dearing, R.I.P.

It’s with great sorrow to report that Harris and GatesAir TV technician Ray A. Dearing succumbed to cancer on July 3rd. Ray helped countless customers, co-workers, and Harris/GatesAir contractors over his career, always with professionalism and always direct.

You are invited to visit the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home website for more information or to leave your condolences.

You DID file Form One, right?

The deadline to file 2019 EAS Test Reporting System Form One WAS July 3rd, although the FCC will accept late filing as of this writing (7/10). For more information, go HERE.

Our LAST Monthly Meeting

Friday, June 7th, 11:30am

Location: Montgomery Inn Boathouse

This “meeting” was actually a luncheon of members and guests, sponsored by Mary Schnelle of Broadcaster’s General Store (BGS). Thanks, Mary. The ribs were excellent, as usual.


FCC Announces Test of the Emergency Alert System on August 7, 2019. Details may be found HERE.

Ron Rackley, R.I.P.

Click here for more info.

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