Category Archives: Local

CBNE Course in a Day, Test the Next

Advanced IP Networking for Broadcast Engineers is an intensive instructor led day long course. It is assumed that student attendees have experienced the “IP Networking for Broadcast Engineers” course or webinar series, or have a solid understanding of IP Networking fundamentals. This course will focus on deeper understanding and application of the fundamentals in real-world IP networking environment. Emphasis will be placed upon designing an IPv4 Addressing plan, IP Subnetting, Ethernet Switching with VLAN implementation, IP Routing, Network Security, and transport of audio and video content in an IP network infrastructure. Additional topics will include an overview of related content found on the Society of Broadcast Engineers CBNE examination including a practical exercise designed to help prepare for the CBNE exam essay question(s).

In order to take the certification exam on Saturday, June 28th you must fill out the CBNE or CBNT application and mail, email, or fax it to Megan Clappe, Certification Director by June 13th.

This seminar is designed to be a tool to prepare you for the CBNE exam not CBNT. However, both exams will be available to take on Saturday.

A big “thank you” to SBE Chapter 47 for hosting this workshop and certification exam opportunity. Continue reading CBNE Course in a Day, Test the Next

FCC So Far Not Allowing Area Low Power FM CPs

To date, numerous applications for low power FM stations in San Diego county filed during the October-November 2013 window have been dismissed due to violations of 2nd adjacent channel spacing rules.

In March, applications by Dennis Newsome and The Rice Church for 101.1 MHz stations were rejected. Each is inside the 2nd adjacent channel interference zones for KFMB-FM and KGB-FM in San Diego. Other applicants for 101.1 have yet to be addressed.

An application for 99.5 MHz in Fallbrook dismissed in January has been appealed after moving transmitter location and is awaiting approval.

The FCC requires that applicants have no potential listeners in the calculated 2nd adjacent interference zone, making it virtually impossible to create a low power FM station in a highly populated area or between large markets.

A number of other local applications were objected to by REC Networks earlier, with some of those applications having been withdrawn and others not addressed yet by the FCC. Those objections were based on the allegation that hundreds of applications were filed by the same entity. The FCC requires that each LPFM application be filed by a unique, local person or group.

Interestingly, numerous 2nd adjacent FM stations co-exist just across the border in Tijuana. The practical interference zone for these stations decreases to zero when stations are co-located.

Chapter 36 Announces New Officers

Current Chairman Doug Alman announced the results of the online election of new officers for the 2014 – 2015 year starting in April. All positions were unopposed, and an additional question asked for nominees for the appointed position of Program Chair.

Here are the newly elected leaders:

  • Chair – Andrew Lombard, CBTE, Director of Engineering at KGTV/Scripps Media
  • Vice Chair – Manny Cervantes, Chief Engineer, U-T TV
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Matthew Schiller, CBT, Engineer at KGTV

Andrew will pick a Program Chair, either from the nominees or from the chapter at large.

Jon Crick Retires From San Diego TV Engineering

You would have to have been around Jon Crick during the whole of his broadcast engineering career to appreciate the enormous breadth of his talents and experience. He fixed fixed radio and TV transmitters, enormous videotape machine pneumatic systems, digital videotape recorders, big audio mixing consoles, the Sony Library Management System robotics and studio camera robotics. He operated satellite news trucks big and small, wired 100-amp UPS devices, planned multi-camera shoots, and installed production switchers. The documentation was always before he started a project. Then there are the multiple musical instruments Jon can play with complete competency. 

I met Jon Crick when I started at KFMB in 1990 and had the distinct honor of being able to work with him again at XETV from the time he followed my move there in 2005 until I left in 2010. He retired from channel 6 in March this year.  Continue reading Jon Crick Retires From San Diego TV Engineering