Category Archives: Meetings

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.

November 2012 Meeting: Introducing SNMP

Attendees report a successful meeting November 14 at Clear Channel studios in San Diego, with both radio and TV engineers there to learn about SNMP. Many thanks to Tony Peterle of WorldCast Systems for the presentation, to he and Steve Moreen of distributor RF Specialties for lunch. John Rigg of Clear Channel did a great job of set-up.

Discussion during the meeting included the upcoming December luncheon and new officers.

The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) has been a part of computer and networking systems for many years. Now, this standardized control language is migrating into more and more broadcast-oriented equipment and systems, and new facility control software is being developed to enable the use of this powerful tool to monitor and manage equipment as part of an overall broadcast facility control plan. Tony’s presentation introduced us to SNMP, explaining the best practices and describing some common mistakes and challenges. He used real-world examples to demonstrate how using this protocol can allow engineers to monitor and control more different types of equipment in more locations with less time and effort.

About the Presenter

Tony Peterle grew up in Central Ohio and began taking things apart at an early age to find out how they worked. Fortunately for his parents’ sanity, he quickly learned how to put things back together, and graduated from the College of Wooster in 1981. He has been involved in radio broadcasting continuously since high school, working in Ohio, Kansas, Hawaii and Washington State, both on air and engineering. Tony has held Chief Engineer positions in Honolulu, Kansas City, and Wichita. After attaining his commercial pilot’s license, Tony spent several years as a traffic reporter in Kansas City, Honolulu and Seattle before receiving CSRE certification from the SBE in 2005. Shortly thereafter, he came to work for Worldcast Systems where he now manages sales and support for all of the Americas, and enjoys helping customers solve problems, traveling, contributing to the design of new products, and seeing familiar faces at NAB and SBE events.

October 2012 Meeting: Digital Broadcast Archiving

Our speaker at the October 17 meeting, Arnold Taylor of Digital Broadcast, will discuss the three levels of archiving—online, near line and off line. What purpose does each serve and how are they intelligently managed in a newsroom or master control environment?

Arnold has been with Digital Broadcast for nearly 10 years, first as an Area Manager for the Southwest based in Plano, TX and now a VP of the Western Area including the Southwest and Western Regions. He was a radio CE with a First Class Radiotelephone license, a TV engineer, worked for Ampex for over 13  years as a field service engineer, and later in technical sales for Sony, RCA, and Compact Video. He served as CEO at Quanta and later Rank Cintel.

A New Venue

Join us October 17 at noon at Sizzler restaurant, 3755 Murphy Canyon Road at Aero Drive, I-15 freeway convenient from the Aero Drive exit. This will be conducted in the tradition of Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles chapters as you buy your own lunch. We have the banquet room in the back. Get in line as you come in, ordering a steak or sandwich, or a plate for their enormous salad bar (recommended). They will serve you in the banquet room if you didn’t buy the salad bar.

Making this a regular venue will depend on high attendance, so we would appreciate your making a special effort to join us this month. As always, members and guests are invited.

We should be finished by 1:30PM.