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May 15 Chapter Meeting – AM Audio Processing & Visual Radio

BSW Director of Business Development John Lynch will feature two products for display and demonstration. The first is the new AM Processor from Orban, six years in development. The XPN-AM-ND is an entirely new concept from the legendary Bob Orban. Longtime broadcast engineer and Vice President of Orban Labs, Mike Pappas, will make the presentation.

Participating via SKYPE will be Alex Bonello, also a veteran broadcast engineer and President of INSOFT LLC. His company created the BSW exclusive Visual Radio System known as HDV-Mixer.

Join us Wednesday, May 15th at 12 noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive in San Diego. Lunch will be provided by BSW. You’re always welcome whether a member or not.

No Chapter Meeting in April— See you at the NAB Show!

If you find yourself at the NAB Show in Las Vegas this year, make yourself an appointment to join us at the SBE national meeting, Tuesday, April 9 at 5:00 PM in Room N234, upstairs in the North Hall. These meetings move fast, and there are nice door prizes given at the end of the hour. A Membership Reception starts immediately thereafter and across the hall. This is a great opportunity to network with industry leaders and fellow engineers.

Yours truly will receive an award at the national meeting for having served for ten years as the Chapter 36 Certification Chair.

Also consider stopping by the SBE booth, LN4, meet your officers and administrators; buy a T-shirt, book, or cap; and enter the daily drawings for a giveaway prize.

On Saturday, April 6, just a few blocks away at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel, the SBE is presenting a full-day tutorial on ATSC 3.0 organized by SBE Fellow Fred Baumgartner. Fred, past manager at Qualcomm MediaFLO, is now director of the Next Gen Broadcast Implementation at One Media – Sinclair Broadcast. This comprehensive, all-day learning opportunity is open to all and costs $95 for SBE members and PBS member station employees and includes lunch. Register here.

Bonus March Chapter Meeting: SAS and Recent Digital Audio Protocols

While AES-67 Audio over IP and now AES-70 (GPIO and Control over IP) are popular in the radio broadcast world, a little known standard called IEEE-802.1 (also called AVB), is continuing to grow in the TV/Film, Production, Automotive and Consumer Industries. AVB (“Audio Video Bridging”) is an Audio over Ethernet (AoE) mechanism with auto QoS. With its growing popularity many other industries, the IEEE is positioning this technology to replace HDMI in entertainment systems, gaming consoles and TV Displays. AVB provides a mechanism for intuitive control and discovery. AES-67 is an Audio over IP (AoIP) topology, and while development is ongoing for “control and discovery”, (as is AES70), it’s poised to become the industry standard for radio broadcasting. We’ll outline key differences and typical applications for each protocol.

Al Salci of Sierra Automated Systems and Engineering Corp. visits us Wednesday, March 27 at 12 noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive, San Diego. He provides lunch, then will give the presentation. Members and guests are all welcome.

About our Guest Speaker

Al Salci is a veteran analog and digital designer, and software engineer with over 35 years experience in broadcast communications. Originally from Toronto Ontario, Al holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Toronto College of Electrical Engineering & Technology. Al started his career in Television Broadcast designing time code products for Telcom Research, Evertz Systems and Leitch Video. Al moved into radio in 1983 as Director of Engineering for McCurdy Radio Industries where he developed audio consoles, switchers, intercoms, and other audio products.

Later, Al joined RTS systems in Burbank as Senior Digital Design Engineer and developed 4-wire intercom systems to enhance their 2-wire TV camera communications networks. Al Salci teamed up with Ed Fritz, another veteran design engineer in Burbank and started Sierra Automated Systems & Engineering Corp. that specializes in high-density digital audio distribution and management systems, audio control console surfaces, large-scale AoIP systems, and fully integrated intercom systems. SAS is celebrating over 34 years.

March 13 Meeting: DVEO and Developments in OTT, IPTV

Over-the-Top and IPTV continues to evolve with more infrastructure bandwidth and more bandwidth-efficient compression schemes. Learn about Dozer™ ARQ and other protocols now built in to some of the encoder/decoder pairs DVEO offers that give live media transmission a whole new level of dependability.

Local supplier DVEO representative Nicholas Joseph will present “OTT/IPTV: One of the Futures of Content Delivery” at the next SBE Chapter 36 meeting. Join us Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 12 noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive, San Diego. We’ll have his presentation after a free lunch.

About Our Speaker

Nicholas K. Joseph was born and raised in San Diego and earned an EE degree from San Diego State University. In 2011 he was hired at DVEO for sales support, and has since become Senior QA and Tech Support Engineer for DVEO video streaming products.

ATSC 3 Roadshow Coming to Las Vegas, Phoenix

The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society will be hosting the ATSC 3 Roadshow at locations throughout the United States.  BTS will be hosting the one-day course on the new ATSC 3 digital television (DTV) transmission system, taught by expert Gary Sgrignoli of Meintel, Sgrignoli, and Wallace, the noted digital TV transmission consulting firm. 

This course will develop a fundamental understanding of the ATSC 3 digital transmission system’s Physical Layer, provide attendees with practical application ideas and update them regarding the progress of the spectrum repack and ATSC 3 deployment.  Attending the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society’s ATSC 3 Roadshow will earn attendees SBE credit towards re-certification and can facilitate preparation for the upcoming SBE ATSC 3 Specialist Certification exam. 

Dates               Location               Venue               Registration Link

March 7, 2019  Phoenix, AZ         Arizona PBS             Register Now

April 6, 2019   Las Vegas, NV      Flamingo Hotel       Register Now