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FM Stereo: The History of the Making of a Standard

Since FM stereo broadcasting has existed for virtually all of our adult lives, some may take it for granted.  However, that would never happen to Richard W. Burden, one of the pioneering engineers instrumental in bringing stereophonic FM to the public.  Richard Burden was our June 1st guest speaker.   According Read more…

Remote Production – How Remote Do You Need to Be?

The pandemic brought on a wave of new ways broadcasters needed to work remotely. Rob Lewis, Calrec Audio Ltd.'s US Technical Sales Manager, walked us through several example workflows of how to achieve this with his presentation titled, "Remote Production, Working Remote, Cloud based Production... How Remote do you Need Read more…

Audio Processing for Streaming & OTA Broadcast

Mike Pappas of Orban Labs, Inc. will discuss some best practices for audio processing for online and over-the-air broadcasting, with specific focus on the OPTIMOD XPN-Enterprise ecosystem. OPTIMOD XPN-Enterprise is an easy-to-use, customizable Linux-based processing platform for multiple broadcast stations or streaming services, with centralized control. It provides Orban’s proprietary Read more…

Bringing to Light: Changes in Tower Lighting

The regulations and state-of-the-art for tower lighting are regularly changing as evidenced by the FAA's recent circular.  Our April meeting, featuring Mike Thompson and Bear Poth from LumenServe℠, Inc., will review key aspects of the regulations that you need to know.  LEDs have been around for many years, however in Read more…

SBE Regulatory Issues and You!

The SBE is an advocate for its members on regulatory and legislative issues at the FCC, NTIA, Capitol Hill, and beyond that affect broadcast engineers.  The Society's focus on these issues is driven by the SBE Board, Government Relations Committee, General Counsel, as well as interested members like you. In Read more…

Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program

Our June meeting focused on the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program - what is it, why it's a good idea, what stations typically miss, and what we look for. Our guest speaker, Tom Ray of Tom Ray Broadcast Consulting, LLC has been conducting ABIP's for 9 years now, starting with the Read more…

Shifting to ATSC 3 – NYC’s Lighthouse Alternative

ATSC 3.0 is a subject much in the news today.  Our July meeting highlighted an important anticipated milestone in the format’s implementation with plans to initiate ATSC 3.0 broadcasting in U.S. market number ONE: New York City.  (More here.)  Guest speaker Skip Pizzi, Senior Consultant to Public Media Venture Group, Read more…

Tower, Line, Signal & Data Grounding & Protection

With electrical storms commonplace this time of year, our August 9th meeting topic couldn't have been more timely.  Sam Chreitech, principal and founder of Critical Systems Consulting Group (CSCG), gave a presentation (here) and shared his insight on the following topics: Bonding for Equipotential - Single Point Grounding TechniqueGrounding Electrode Read more…

SBE Chapter 37 Picnic and Board Nominations

WFED-AM Transmitter Site 2015 University Blvd West, Wheaton, MD

Getting back to tradition, SBE Chapter 37 held our annual picnic at the WFED (formerly WTOP) historical art deco transmitter site in picturesque Wheaton, MD.  We began September 24th at noon.    The picnic is an opportunity to meet with broadcast engineering friends along with their families, spouses, and significant Read more…

Mechanics of Audio and Streaming Formats

Virtual Zoom Meeting Register Here

During this hour-long discussion, Jacob Daniluck of Tieline discussed live streaming compression and uncompressed streams of audio and video that need to be ingested into your production environment. The first part of the discussion reviewed compression algorithms, and uncompressed algorithm requirements, followed by a discussion pertaining to streaming this data Read more…

NBS/NIST Radio Station WWV – The Story of an Old Timer

Goddard Space Flight Center (Visitor Center) Register Here 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, Maryland

John Lowe, who served as Broadcast Manager for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) radio stations WWV, WWVH and WWVB in Colorado and Hawaii, will present a program on the history and operation of these very unusual — and very essential — shortwave and low frequency radio broadcast Read more…

Annual SBE & SMPTE Holiday Party

Busboys & Poets (Shirlington) Register Here 4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA

The SMPTE Washington DC Section and SBE Chapter 37 invite you to join us for our annual holiday party. We'll have an open bar 6:30-8:00 PM and heavy hors d'oeuvres. All members, colleagues, family and guests are welcome! Please register in advance so that we can provide an accurate headcount Read more…

$25 – $100