SBE Chapter 36

Society of Broadcast Engineers, San Diego

SBE Chapter 36 - Society of Broadcast Engineers, San Diego

June Meeting: Lectrosonics to Talk About Wireless Mic Spectrum

With the FCC auctioning UHF-TV broadcast spectrum to telecom, “white space” is destined to be a mostly obsolete concept.lectrosonics

  • Will there be replacement spectrum for our wireless microphones?
  • How soon will we have to change channels again?
  • Will broadcasters and other users be reimbursed?
  • Can we use Part 74 spectrum for wireless mics and IFB?

Kelly Fair of Lectrosonics will discuss wireless microphone and IFB spectrum at  a Chapter 36 SBE meeting 12 noon on June 15, 2016 at KFMB Stations, 7677 Engineer Road, San Diego. Kelly will provide a lunch in the station deli, then move on to Studio A for the presentation. SBE members and guests are welcome.

About Kelly Fair

Kelly has been in technical broadcast audio sales for 27 years, representing Sennheiser, Riedel, Wohler, and most lately, Lectrosonics. Kelly lives, and occasionally beats a set of drums, in Los Angeles.

Time Warner Cable Purchased by Charter Communications

In much of San Diego County, your cable service provider is soon to be renamed. Charter Communications, who took over Time Warner Cable and Bright House Communications on May 18, is rebranding the combined company “Spectrum.” Support phone numbers are remaining the same as for Time Warner for the time being, but Charter is claiming their support staff is being brought back to the US from overseas, so presumably they will centralize. If you receive commercial fiber service from the old Time Warner system (TW Telecom), that part of the business was sold to Level 3 Communications in December 2014.

May 18 Meeting: RTS and Dante

By now, you’ve likely heard about the audio-over-IP protocol called Dante. It’s low-latency so that you can use it with live audio, and can pass through most data switches. Many of the largest broadcast suppliers have adopted it. RTS, the intercom company that has been around since the 1970s, will come to town and explain why their latest generation of products is knee-deep into Dante.telex-rts-logo

They can answer a few questions you might have:

  • What data rates are used?
  • What is the packet structure?
  • Does it play well in my network?
  • How many audio channels can fit at a time?
  • What is its latency? Will my air staff hear an echo?
  • When should I favor analog audio, if at all?
  • Are there phone apps that work with intercom systems now?

Jeff Shorsher of RTS/Telex will sort out these topics and more in a meeting Wednesday, May 18 at 12 noon at KFMB Stations, 7677 Engineer Road in Kearny Mesa. Join us for a lunch provided by RTS, then a general meeting and presentation. Members and guests are all welcome.

About the Presenters

Jeff Shorsher is new to RTS, but has a long history in broadcast engineering, most recently as sales representative for Commscope. He worked as engineer at KTTY (now Fox 5), Paramount Pictures, and National Mobile Television. He has math and computer science degrees from UCSD and broadcast engineering training from Palomar College.

Calvin Ogawa has served as Field Support Engineer for RTS since 2011, but has served many broadcast engineering roles in southern California, including those for Fox Sports West, ABC Network News, Paramount Studios, KCET-TV, and NPR.

KURS Hit with FCC Fine and Short-Term Renewal

The FCC in mid-April announced it had issued a $12,000 monetary forfeiture and short-term renewal for KURS(AM) 1040 kHz, San Diego, CA for failure to retain issues and program’s lists in the Station’s public file and to file biennial ownership reports. Quetzal Bilingual Communications, Inc. owns the station, which shares the self-supporting tower along I-5 near its junction with CA-15.

Chapter Adds Several New Members

SBE Chapter 36 welcomes three new members: Josh Moran and Anthony Carmody, both maintenance engineers at KGTV; and Jesse Aceron, an operations engineer at KFMB. Manny Cervantes, maintenance engineer at XETV, and Nigel Worrall, Application Engineer at RF Specialties, have rejoined the chapter.

KNSD Moves to Granite Ridge

NBC Universal O&O KNSD (TV) created its first newscast from new digs at 9680 Granite Ridge Road last night. Director of Technology David MacKinnon said the move to the 52,000 square foot, two-story building, has gone smoothly.
KNSD on Granite RidgeSystems integration was done by Technical Innovation Broadcast Systems Group (TI BSG) of Norcross, Georgia, led by Project Manager Brian Kincheloe. The company also built NBC Universal master control hub facilities. Continue reading

KFMB Picks New Director of Engineering

KFMB Stations named Gary Stigall to the Director of Engineering position effective April 4th. He most recently served as KGTV’s Assistant Chief Engineer.

Gary returns after 12 years to where he had worked as staff engineer from 1990 till 2004, when he left to become Chief Engineer for XETV’s US operations. He also serves as SBE Chapter 36 Chairman.

March 16th Meeting – Cobalt Digital

Some of what’s going on in TV broadcasting would have been impossible just a few years ago. For example, stations are now converting their news or event ticker text to speech on a secondary audio channel for the visually impaired, bringing them information never before heard. We can now normalize audio levels within an MPEG transport stream.

Cobalt started as a video accessories company in the analog broadcast era, but has taken on serial digital and now transport stream processing. Come see what solutions they have to offer. Cobalt Digital visits Chapter 36 Wednesday, March 16 at 12 o’clock noon at KGTV, 4600 Air Way, San Diego to discuss these technologies and more. Cobalt will provide lunch.

About the Presenter

In his role as Cobalt Digital’s Director of Product and Business Development, Jesse Foster helps to develop new products, does technical sales, marketing, and customer support. He is also a fiber optics and compression product specialist. Before joining Cobalt nearly four years ago, Foster spent eight years at Evertz, two in customer service and six in a senior technical sales position. Foster is a certified fiber-optic technician well-versed in large video-routing systems, multiviewers, video and audio processing, fiber optics, RF, streaming media/compression, live production, postproduction, and broadcast.

KSDS Chief Engineer Arrested on Theft Charges

According to a news release from City College, the San Diego Community College District Police have recovered four stolen cameras reported missing from their Radio, Television, Film (RTVF) Department. The four digital cameras, valued at $13,300 were reported missing in mid-January on return from the winter break session.

Following an exhaustive search by the college police, the four cameras were located at local pawn shops. A San Diego City College employee, Gerald “Larry” Quick, has been arrested and charged with the theft of the cameras. Quick, the RTVF Chief Broadcast Engineer has been employed with the District since 1978.

Larry Quick was held in the San Diego County Jail awaiting arraignment.

The police are continuing their investigation and working with the District Attorney’s Office regarding the campus theft.

According to a report on KFMB-TV, Larry was arrested at the Aurora Behavioral Health Center.

February Meeting: Wheatstone

Lukas Hurwitz, West Coast Sales Engineer for Wheatstone, will present on Advancements in AoIP Networking.

The presentation will cover the latest developments in audio networking with WheatNet-IP. Additionally, Lukas will go over the major benefits for Radio and TV broadcasters and provide examples of the integrated software and hardware tools currently available.

Join us Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 12 noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive, San Diego. Wheatstone buys lunch. Members and guests welcome. Continue reading

KNSJ Forced Off-air by Ice

(By KNSJ Staff) KNSJ Radio (89.1 FM Descanso) is off the air after the station’s transmitter on Mount Laguna froze and broke during storms the first week of January.  The repair estimate is $1,500, said Martin Eder, founder of KNSJ, a public nonprofit radio station that serves East County and San Diego. Continue reading