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July 2014 Meeting: QPC Fiber

It’s quite possible you don’t know as much about fiber optic transmission of data as you think you do. Like every other technology, fiber is a moving target and there have been several advances in the past decade.

As luck would have it, we have experts in the neighborhood. QPC fiber from San Clemente will appear at our next SBE meeting Wednesday, July 9, at 12 noon at KGTV, 4600 Air Way, San Diego. QPC will buy lunch there in the cafeteria, then we’ll meet in a studio. Members and non-members are welcome.

Steve Wilkes of QPC will go over some current fiber terms and common industry fiber connector types. He’ll discuss expanded beam vs. physical contact pro’s & con’s, then give a live demonstration of the practical limits of different types of fiber optic assemblies. Continue reading July 2014 Meeting: QPC Fiber

Western Radio Returns to Kearny Mesa

Mike Richards of Western Radio Electronics reports, “As of June 23, 2014 Western Radio Electronics has a new principal owner and relocated to 7374 Convoy Court, San Diego, CA 92111. Our primary phone and fax number will remain the same and for the immediate future you may contact me via email at mike@emailwre.com.”

Mike says the new owner has asked him to stay on as Store Manager. “This will be a new challenge for me, but having worked with many of the SBE members over the last 30 years, it can be successful implementing a focus on customer service and day to day inventory stock for the broadcasting industry here in San Diego. I look forward to talking with engineering staff and management over the next few weeks to get feedback on products we can provide at competitive pricing and good service.

“I will soon be looking for qualified sales persons to maintain contact with our client base. If any person may be interested in full or part time work, please feel free to email me your resume for consideration. I am especially interested in at least one person with recent military service to call on San Diego area installations.”

June 2014 Meeting: Path1 PiXiE

At our June meeting, Bart Schade, President and CTO of Path 1, discussed the technology behind the new Internet video streaming standard MPEG DASH, and how it contrasts to traditional real-time broadcast video transport. This was another presentation that could make you rethink your concept of codecs, since what you are sending with DASH technology are actual files–not just a stream of framed packets.

PiXiE is a contribution codec supporting SD/HD SDI and using MPEG-4 AVC video compression, HE-AAC/AAC-LC audio compression and pass-through audio. For those wanting advance information, see Bart’s recently released white paper “Real-Time Broadcast Video Services over the Internet using MPEG-DASH.”

Many thanks to KGTV for hosting the meeting.

CBNE Course in a Day, Test the Next

Advanced IP Networking for Broadcast Engineers is an intensive instructor led day long course. It is assumed that student attendees have experienced the “IP Networking for Broadcast Engineers” course or webinar series, or have a solid understanding of IP Networking fundamentals. This course will focus on deeper understanding and application of the fundamentals in real-world IP networking environment. Emphasis will be placed upon designing an IPv4 Addressing plan, IP Subnetting, Ethernet Switching with VLAN implementation, IP Routing, Network Security, and transport of audio and video content in an IP network infrastructure. Additional topics will include an overview of related content found on the Society of Broadcast Engineers CBNE examination including a practical exercise designed to help prepare for the CBNE exam essay question(s).

In order to take the certification exam on Saturday, June 28th you must fill out the CBNE or CBNT application and mail, email, or fax it to Megan Clappe, Certification Director by June 13th.

This seminar is designed to be a tool to prepare you for the CBNE exam not CBNT. However, both exams will be available to take on Saturday.

A big “thank you” to SBE Chapter 47 for hosting this workshop and certification exam opportunity. Continue reading CBNE Course in a Day, Test the Next

May 2014 Meeting: Nautel

At our regular May meeting, Chapter 36 welcomed new chairman Andrew Lombard of KGTV to the helm and thanked Doug Alman for two great years of service. Ellis Terry updated us on what’s going on at Nautel with a look inside Nautel’s new GV Series.

Many thanks to John Rigg and Clear Channel Communications for hosting the meeting.