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SBE at the NAB Show

Every year I look forward to the NAB Show. It’s this great change from the daily grind where I get to see old friends and new technologies, often in the booths at the very back of the exhibit halls. And the parties. Did you see Kool and the Gang at the CNN party a few years ago? Wow.

My first was in 1983, when the big exhibitors were RCA and Ampex, both showing off their amazing new 1″ tape machines, their commercial playing robotics systems, and Plumbicon low definition cameras with $30 – $100K price tags.

This year will be #30, after having missed a couple of years in the middle.

The SBE has some great stuff planned for this year. If you have time for nothing else, please make time for the 50th Anniversary Open House Tuesday. And did I mention certification points for attendance?

2014 Ennes Program at the NAB Show  

The annual Ennes Program opens the NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference at 8 am on Saturday, April 5, and runs until 5 pm. The program theme is “Best Engineering Practices,” and includes a diverse list of topics and subject matter experts.

SBE Meetings and Events at the 2014 NAB Show Saturday, April 5
SBE National Frequency Coordination Committee Meeting
3:00pm – 5:00pm, Conference Room 8, Las Vegas Hotel

 

Sunday, April 6
SBE Board of Directors Meeting*
8:30 am-12:00 pm, Conference Rooms 8-9, Las Vegas Hotel 

Tuesday, April 8
SBE Certification Exams
Must be pre-registered
9:00 am-12:00 pm, Conference Rooms 9-10, Las Vegas Hotel

SBE Frequency Coordinators Meeting
8:30-10:30 am, Conference Rooms 13-14, Las Vegas Hotel

SBE Membership Meeting
5:30-6:30 pm, Room S225, LVCC

SBE 50th Anniversary Reception
6:30-8:30 pm, Room S219, LVCC

February 19 Meeting: Orban Update

Radio broadcast engineers have been battling a certain inelegance in system design since the advent of hybrid analog/digital FM broadcasting. When you combine the complexities of stereo pilot, stereo L-R, and SCA subcarriers with the complexities of the Ibiquity digital sidebands, you’ve got some serious filter design issues and a lot of hardware.

On February 19th, 2014, Orban Founder and VP of Engineering Bob Orban gave a presentation via Skype reviewing his “A Full Bandwidth Standard” Radio World article discussing a new compositing standard designed to simplify the hybrid FM broadcast and decrease filter aliasing. Additionally, he commented on efficient codecs for audio streaming.

Many thanks to Orban’s rep David Rusch and RF Specialties rep Steve Moreen for lunch, a terrific presentation, and to John Rigg of Clear Channel for hosting the meeting and giving us a full tour of his plant. The place is really buttoned down. Continue reading February 19 Meeting: Orban Update

November 20th Meeting – LED Lighting at Video Gear

Professional video lighting continues to evolve toward the LED fixture. Low heat, less power draw, and ideal color temperatures are all major reasons for this evolution. Come see the new products on the market and compare features and discuss specifications. We’ll talk about applications for studio and location shooting.

The team at Video Gear invites SBE Chapter 36 for a gathering and lunch in their showroom. Which LED devices work best for providing affordable, professional lighting?

Please join us Wednesday, November 20th at 12PM at 8969 Kenamar Drive, behind the pyramid building off Miramar Road about halfway between the 805 and 15 highways.

IEEE BTS Offers Broadcast Video IT Course in LA

The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society is offering a two-day IT training course called “Bridging the Gap: Video and IT Technology for Engineers” October 25 and 26 in Los Angeles.

  • Location: Fox Engineering and Operations, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Bldg. 103, Room 1150A, Los Angeles, California 90064
  • Dates: Friday & Saturday, 25 & 26 October
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Registration: http://www.cvent.com/d/84q721
  • Cost: $395

Taught by well-known broadcast industry experts Wes Simpson and John
Luff, “Bridging the Gap” training is ideal for engineers and senior level technicians responsible for designing, upgrading, and maintaining broadcast facilities. Professionals taking the course will walk away with a deeper understanding of a wide range of current and emerging technologies used in broadcast facilities, including baseband digital video transport, video servers, data networking for broadcast facilities, metadata, archiving, and video
compression, enabling them to more efficiently resolve day-to-day issues.

Attendees receive a printed copy of the course materials featuring detailed diagrams and tables for future reference. Continuing education credits are available to those who complete the course.

Questions? Contact Amy Reeder at IEEE via email or phone 732-562-5416.