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October 16 Meeting: Laguna Designs

Designing and building well-regarded audio-video furniture requires a disciplined combination of form, function, and craftsmanship. We are privileged to have just up the freeway in Laguna Niguel one of the greats of building both for broadcast radio and post-production television. Mitch Strohman of Laguna Designs will visit this month to show us some design considerations and ideas that he’s turned into functional art.

Join us Wednesday, October 16 at 12 noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Road, San Diego. Laguna will buy a lunch and then give a presentation. SBE members and guests are always welcome. Take a few minutes out of your day, learn something new, and make some friends.

About Mitch

Mitch Strohman started Laguna Designs Inc. in 2002 as a premier, solutions provider for Broadcast and Post Production technical millwork. “Having 20 years of design and project management experience as well as an entrepreneurial flair, we recognized the need for the specialized demands of the entertainment industry. We are a boutique shop that remains entirely focused on a relatively small market niche. We strive to provide personalized and innovative solutions with focused expertise.”

September 2019 Meeting – Single Frequency Networks for Radio

You should be able to drive around our terrain-challenged media market and receive excellent FM broadcast reception everywhere. Till now you haven’t been able to because of signal shadows and multipath. GEO Broadcast Solutions has been working on this throughout the nation and this year has been helping Entercom’s KWFN (FM) locally extend their 97.3 MHz signal through a series of boosters extending their coverage into northern San Diego County. The science of this is more complex than you might imagine; boosters have to be in-phase to the digital bit to work effectively. How do they do that?

Bert Goldman, advisor to GEO Broadcast Solutions, discussed at our September chapter meeting the science and implementation of what they call “Maxxcasting™,” SFN’s for FM broadcast transmission. They’re also working on a related technology, “ZoneCasting™” that could allow geographic targeting of ads within Maxxcasting™ regions.

Many thanks to GEO Broadcasting Solutions and the attendees who made this meeting a great success.

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June 2019 Meeting: Dielectric and Local TV Repack Projects


Now that the dust has settled on the TV channel repack projects in Southern California, how did it go? What were the challenges and how were they met? Steve Moreen will discuss the current status of the TV repack with updates on the TV markets of Los Angeles and San Diego.  The second part of the presentation will review the technical specifications and assembly drawings of the new KPBS-TV antenna, illustrating the inner workings of a slot style UHF TV antenna.  The final segment will include a short visual tour of the Dielectric factories.

Join us Wednesday, June 19 at 12 noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive in San Diego. Lunch will be provided by Dielectric. You’re always welcome to attend whether a member or not.

About Steve Moreen and Dielectric

Steve Moreen is a member of the Los Angeles SBE Chapter 47 with a background in radio and television broadcasting and satellite communications dating to the 1960s.  Prior to his position as the Western Region Sales Manager of Dielectric, Steve was the owner and General Manager of RF Specialties of California and a member and officer in the San Diego chapter of SBE.

Based in Raymond, Maine, Dielectric LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group. Dielectric is a leading provider of innovative broadcast products. Having celebrated its 75th year of operation, the company builds and delivers antennas and RF systems optimized for every TV and FM radio broadcast need since 1942. Dielectric is an innovative, customer-centric organization with a long history of engineering excellence in designing and manufacturing high-quality broadcast solutions. As a trusted partner of broadcasters worldwide, Dielectric maintains its legacy of advanced, precision RF solutions while building in features that prepare broadcasters for the future. More information can be accessed at www.dielectric.com.

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.