Mt. Woodson at Dusk in the Fog

Mike Curran, SBE 36 Vice-chair, was caught by the Mt. Woodson UCSD HPWren webcam leaving the site in his Jeep.

Says Mike about this photo: “It’s very rare that I windup in my own weather picture. As I hung out after a service call up on Mt Woodson, I wanted to catch a sunset shot, but as you can see the fog, drizzle, and clouds had a different plan. Just by chance my buddy Drew over in Phoenix was watching the UCSD HPwren cam and was able to grab a screenshot of me leaving in my Jeep. Foggy and windy conditions are not much fun driving down that road, but it sure beats the heck out of driving a desk! Like Julia Roberts said in Oceans 11, ‘You should know, somebody’s always watching.'”

Online Meeting November 18 – Cyber Security

This month we join Chapter 9 Phoenix for an online presentation by Tony Sollars, CTOO and partner with Roland, Schorr, & Tower. Learn how to protect yourself and survive in today’s connected world.


  • The seven layers of cyber security
  • Perimeter security
  • NextGen firewalls, VPNs, DNS protection.
  • Ransomware and the inside look at a cyber attack.
  • Industry statistics about how security affects small and medium businesses.
  • Business Continuity – The WHY of data backups and disaster recovery.
  • Who is Roland Schorr and how we can help.

About Tony Sollars

He’s been a Microsoft Certified Engineer for more than 18 years and involved with management and technology for more than 22. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, cooking great food, music and was a soccer coach for 10+ years.

Join on your computer or mobile app

November 18 at 11:00 AM PST/12:00 PM MST

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+1 425-629-9305,,833226917# United States, Seattle
Phone Conference ID: 833 226 917#

Dennis Younker Retiring from Long Career at Cox Communications

If you’ve been in TV broadcast engineering management at any time over the past 27 years, you’ve had the pleasure of working with Dennis Younker, Cox Communications Headend Manager, regarding getting your signal on cable TV. He’s told you if you had issues with color, lip-sync, signal dropout, and even digital drift or jitter. In other words, he’s had your backside. After 43 years in the business, he’s hanging up his keys and will be doing exactly what he wants to from now on. Dennis sat down and wrote this memoir about the cable business and his part in it for SBE 36. Enjoy.

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Time to Update Your EAS IPAWS Certificates

By Larry Paulausky, Vice-Chair Arizona SECC

A reminder for those who may have missed this info:  a digital signing certificate used by FEMA for its IPAWS service will be expiring in the next few days.  Certificates like this are designed to help recipients automatically authenticate IPAWS messages, and by design these certificates regularly expire to be replaced by updated versions.

To continue to receive IPAWS messages on your EAS devices, most end users like broadcasters and cable systems will need to update the certificate settings in their device.  Please check with your device’s manufacturer for instructions on how to do this.

For Sage’s ENDEC systems, have a look at their home page at

For Digital Alert System’s DASDEC devices, see their field service bulletin accessible at .

For most users whose devices are otherwise at current software levels and already receiving IPAWS messages, these updates are free to download and install.  Please do so by the expiration date to keep receiving EAS messages (for example, AMBER alerts and Required Monthly Tests) via IPAWS.

By the way, the next certificate will be valid until August 21, 2021, so you may want to mark your calendars for July of next year to check again with your device’s manufacturer at that time for the next needed update.

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