Category Archives: Meetings

May 2013 Meeting – Nautel

Ellis Terry visited Chapter 36 this month to update us on new technology at Nautel. Their Analog NVLT FM transmitter series now includes models from 3.5kW to 40kW, and they introduced a Nautel NT series of low power TV transmitters with the Nautel AUI and built-in test instruments.

Many thanks to Nautel for the lunch and to KGTV for hosting the meeting at its facility.

March 2013 Meeting: All About the High Efficiency Video Codec

Just when you thought your H.264 codecs were about as efficient as possible for transmitting your media files, along comes H.265. This new HEVC is likely to change everything. But how much more efficient is it? What exactly is different about it? How are vendors gearing up for the new codec? When will it be ready for prime time?

Chapter 36 is fortunate enough to bring to our March meeting highly regarded speaker Joel Wilhite from Harmonic.

Be sure to mark your calendar for 6:30 PM, March 28th at the KGTV studios, 4600 Air Way, near where the I-805 and CA-94 freeways meet. Note this special evening time and day. Harmonic will provide dinner at 6:30, followed by a brief business meeting and the presentation. RSVP so that we can get a good count for dinner to

Joel Wilhite has been a Broadcast Solutions Manager for Harmonic for 18 years, designing media compression and storage systems for news and programming originators. He’s frequently called on to update groups like SBE with technology presentations.

February 2013 Meeting: Not Your Father’s 2-way Radios

Many thanks to Sean Melia of Bassett Sales for coming to San Diego to explain today’s communications backbone systems and buy us lunch. They sell 2-way radio systems and can hook you up with a highly versatile system, whether buying or leasing.

This month’s meeting was hosted by Martin Banks at Video Gear in the Miramar area. Video sells and rents cameras, lighting, and really every product necessary to get your video production recorded and edited. Another great venue!

Annual Holiday Banquet with Steve Lampen Speaking

Thanks to all of you who took time out from your day to join us at this year’s SBE banquet at Cozymel’s in UTC. 

Veteran Belden spokesman Steve Lampen took a few minutes to speak to us about the up-and-coming Ethernet Audio Video Bridging protocol and was very informative.

None of the 20 attendees walked away without a gift from our generous vendors. Many thanks to:

  • Doug Tharp of SCMS, giving an AKG professional microphone
  • Mike Uhl of RF Specialties
  • Mike LaPorte of Security Network Representatives
  • Glen Thompson of Piper Digital
  • Ken Tondreau of Grass Valley
  • Barbara Lange of AV Supply

Doug Alman mentioned our new lineup of officers, mentioned elsewhere in this blog.