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Short Circuits is the online newsletter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. We hope you find this communication helpful and an added benefit of your SBE membership.
John L. Poray, CAE
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Refreshments will be served, so come early and be sure to bring a guest! .
Find out more information by clicking on the links to the left. Previous news and events articles can be found here,
SBE Chapter 53 Hosted the 'Advance IT and CBNE Seminar Workshop' in October, 2014
SBE Chapter 53 hosted the 'IT Seminar and CBNE Workshop' on October 17 and 18, 2014. The seminar was a success.
We want to thank our supporters - American Tower, Broadcaster's General Store and Nemal Electronics for their generous support of our seminar. We also want to thank all who attended. If you attended, we would like to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you attended previous workshops, please let us know your thoughts on the workshop.
Florida EAS RMT Schedule
For the 2012 RMT schedule, click here.
For 2011 click here.
SBE 53 Encourages FEMA Training
Chapter 53 in Miami is encouraging it's members to get certified FEMA training through FEMA's EMI program. Find out more.
Illegal Radio Stations?
On October 8, 2010 authorities dismantled a "pirate radio station" in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. You can watch the action here. Check out our radio information page for more details on reporting these types of activities..
Congress Clears Way for LPFM Filing Window
On December 18, 2010 both the Senate and House passed a comprehensive bill that will ultimately clear the way for a new LPFM filing window. The Federal Communications Commission is expected to enact new rules and regulations that will greatly ease the inference standards for LPFM stations with respects to other broadcasters..The FCC also expects to have a filing window in October of 2013. You can read the bill here. Please let us know your thoughts on this.
Copper Thief Hit Brevard County
Brent Gene Williamson was arrested June 15 for the theft of copper and broadcast equipment at a transmitter site in Brevard County, Florida.
The Brevard County Sheriff's Office was able to recover all of the stolen equipment. Mr. Williamson lived two doors down from the transmitter site. We want to thank the Brevard County Sheriff's Office for their responsive work.
Copper Thieves Hit AM Station
As the price of copper keeps climbing, so does the number of incidents at radio transmitter sites. The latest to be hit is Black Crow Broadcasting’s “News 1150” WNDB, Daytona Beach. Thieves ripped copper straps off the station’s towers this week causing $10,000 in damages. The station tells the Daytona Beach News-Journal they lost another $10,000 in ad revenue since the damage knocked WNDB off the air for eight hours.
Florida Law Attempts to Curb Copper Theft
2008 - A Florida law makes it harder for people trying to sell stolen copper. It means those who give false contact information to metal recyclers will face felony charges. Lawmakers hope better record keeping will help stop copper thieves.
You can find a copy of Florida Statue 812.145 here. In addition, all 'secondary metal recylers' must maintain records of purchase transactions - FS 538.19..
FCC Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Low Power FM and LCRA
On July 12, 2011 the Federal Communications Commission announced that it is seeking comments on a proposal to modify the rules with regard to LPFM's and the Local Community Radio Act of 2010.
Please let us know your thoughts on the subject.
"REGARDING JOINT PARTIES’
REQUEST FOR FM DIGITAL POWER INCREASE AND
ASSOCIATED TECHNICAL STUDIES"
On May 22, 2009 the Federal Communications Commission announced that it is seeking comments on a proposal to allow an increase to the IBOC subcarrirer levels from there current levels of -20 db relative to carrier to -10 db relative to carrier. You can find the Public Notice here. Please let us know your thoughts on this.
Please let us know what you think about these issues - SBE53. We will forward your ideals to the appropriate organizations..
This early promotional video was produced for the 1939 World's Fair by RCA. Pay close attention to the production techniques of that time.