Category Archives: Meetings

January 18 Meeting: NextGen TV and Advanced Emergency Alerting

I think most of you would agree that with all the technology we come in contact with daily, we could collectively do a better job of alerting each other of imminent dangers and solutions to those dangers. If you can transmit a couple of dozen TV channels simultaneously, and they come and go dynamically, what do you do about EAS? What about broadcast data that isn’t video?

SBE and NextGen leader Fred Baumgartner will give an online talk about the future of broadcast alerts. Join us Wednesday, January 18th at 11:30 PST via Zoom. Register in advance for this meeting at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvduqgrD8sHdyiCiMUEU4M3C95hNgs5hMa. This will be a joint, online meeting with Los Angeles Chapter 47 and Phoenix Chapter 9.

Fred Baumgartner retired this month from his job as Director of Sinclair Broadcast’s ONE Media NextGen TV Implementation that started in 2017. He’s been a long-time SBE leader within the SBE community associated with educational projects like the annual SBE learning sessions at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. In San Diego, he helped lead the Qualcomm MediaFLO experiment from 2005–2010.

In-person Holiday Luncheon Planned at iHeart

Chairman Tony McDaid has invited Chapter 36 members and others in the broadcast technical community to meet at the iHeartMedia studios at 9660 Granite Ridge Road. The Thursday, December 16 at 12-noon outdoor gathering (weather permitting) will include food and drinks provided by the chapter. 

If you’d like to join us, please send a message to RSVP@SBE36.ORG telling us your name(s) and any food preferences or restrictions. This will help us plan for the number of chairs and food servings. No presentation—just a social gathering to get caught up. 

October 20 Online Meeting: What’s Up with Frequency Coordination?

When the FCC sold off the 600 MHz band to telecom, it left wireless microphone and foldback monitor device operators scrambling for workable spectrum, especially in the largest metro areas.

I’ve been coordinating frequencies for the NFL since 2012, and now perform the pre-game coordination for the Chargers, Rams and 49ers. Monitoring and enforcement means travel to Los Angeles on some game days. With the Super Bowl coming up this February in Los Angeles, we’re preparing to jam more wireless gear into more diverse frequency bands.

In an online presentation, we’ll review current options for wireless options in each available band. What are power users buying? What spectrum is best to use for your applications in LA, San Diego, and Phoenix? What spectrum must be avoided? What’s new with NFL coordination? What’s been happening at recent Super Bowls? 

Join me Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 6:30 PM. SBE Members and all interested are invited. Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUuduGqrDksH9eN3ZJk2dejComqrvevg8vl

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Chapter 36 Calls a July Beach Party

Says Chairman Anthony McDaid, “It’s been 15 months since Chapter 36 had an in-person meeting. so I thought it would be nice to have a day at the beach as a way to socialize and find out what everyone has been up to during that time.”

“Please join us July 30th at Mission Bay. Pizza and drinks will be supplied but feel free to bring your own. Parking is nonexistent so best to ride share. Meeting point is 815 Coronado Court, 92109. I will be there from 12:00 noon and will have an easy-up and some chairs already set up on the bay side nearby.”

If you can’t find parking on Mission Boulevard, consider parking at the public lot across Mission Blvd. from the Belmont roller coaster, then walking the quarter mile to Coronado Court.

You’re welcome to bring your significant other. No presentations, just sun and conversation.

Sounds like a good time to celebrate the opening up of COVID protocols. See you there!

SBE Online Presentation: All About WebRTC by Comrex

When Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla team up, you might think, “Nothing good is going to come of this.” You’d be so wrong. An Open Source project is typically the last thing these tech behemoths would ever want to be involved in, let alone with their fiercest rivals. WebRTC is a fascinating example of how good things can be born of necessity and how they can foster cooperation on multiple levels. We’ll discuss the basics of WebRTC and the multitude of applications that are already using it to change the way the world communicates.  This is especially important in light of the rapid evaporation of our “traditional” telco infrastructure. We’ll also cover broadcast-specific applications and the future of live content creation.

SBE members and guests are welcome to join us online Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 6:30 PM PDT/AZT.

Register in advance for this Zoom meeting here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About the Presenter

Chris Crump has served as the Sr. Director of Sales & Marketing for Comrex since 2004.  In 1987, he began his professional radio career at ABC/Cap Cities Detroit before taking the Features Editor position at MediaBase Research/Monday Morning Replay. On-air, remote broadcast engineer, Creative Services Director roles followed for Capitol Broadcasting (subsequently Paxson Communications) in Orlando and the Ron & Ron Radio Network in Tampa/St. Petersburg. 

In 1996, Crump moved to the manufacturing side of the broadcast business performing sales & marketing roles for Spectral, Inc., Euphonix, Symetrix and Klotz Digital America.  Crump resides in Buford, Georgia (outside of Atlanta) with his wife Seval, 16 year-old daughter Zara and their Affenpinscher Olive.  He is a CBNE certified member of SBE Chapter 5 in Atlanta as well an Assistant Scoutmaster in Dacula, GA.