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2017 Broadcasters Clinic Wins SBE Award

From Chapter President Steve Brown –

Very proud to accept this award tonight on behalf of the Clinic planning committee and all the attendees. This award is from the Society of Broadcast Engineers National Meeting. The 2017 Broadcast Clinic was named the Best Regional Educational Event. Special recognition should go to our Chair Kent Aschenbrenner (Milwaukee Chapter 28), Linda Baun (who we all know does so much for Broadcast Clinic, and to Leonard Charles, immediate past Chair of the Clinic Committee. These individuals and countless others worked very hard in 2017 and every year to put together a great event.

You can still make plans to attend this award-winning event – takes place in less than two weeks! For more information on this year’s event, click here.

September 2018 News and Notes

Our September meeting will be on Tuesday, September 18th at Noon at the Out-O-Town Club in Kaukauna. Our program will be “Fiber 101.” This will be an interactive presentation. We will start with a summary of the fundamentals of fiber optic systems and their uses in today’s business world.

The September newsletter is on the Newsletter page.

Dave Driessen named Chapter Engineer of the Year for 2018

Dave Driessen is the unsung hero of SBE Chapter 80. In submitting his nomination for SBE Chapter 80 Engineer of the year, we have an opportunity to sing his praises and he deserves this recognition. Dave has been an active member of the SBE since the mid-1980s. His career choices have kept him at one station for over 30 years but he is by no means complacent. A consistent course of increasing responsibility led to his current role of Director of Engineering-Scripps Green Bay operations.

Dave is currently in the midst of the mandated TV Repack. The project affects all three of the stations for which he is responsible. Working to modify existing infrastructure while keeping the stations on the air is not just a skill but an exercise in logistics, communication, management, and operation all rolled into one. He has handled each critical step in the process with great attention to detail including notification of adjacent business radio service licensees.

Senior Director of Engineering-Scripps Media, Kent Aschenbrenner, describes Dave as an engineer’s engineer. “The dictionary definition includes; a person that designs, builds and maintains. I will add, in Dave’s case, with passion. Through lean capital budget years, Dave kept his stations on the air and competitive. This happens because of his passion and creativity. A gifted software programmer, Dave wrote a number of routines that enhance the technical operation. Dave’s attitude can best be described by the children’s book, “The Little Engine That Could.” Never a complaint, instead a passion to get the job done.”

Dave’s former General Manager at WGBA NBC26, Joe Poss, has this to say about his technical ability and character. “I had the great fortune to work with Dave Driessen for ten years of my career and we tackled many significant projects together in our time. Dave was one of the original engineers to sign on channel 26 and continues to help build the station for the future. Dave is a person of integrity, uncompromising character and unmatched technical knowledge. There is nobody more loyal than Dave. He comes to work every day to make the NBC26 operations a better place. His thoughtful diligence and hard work are fundamental to who he is as a leader and a person. He is a great broadcast engineer and has incredible skills in making a plain cheese sandwich. This recognition is absolutely deserved and I wish Dave only the best.”

Dave Driessen has been consistently involved in the operation of SBE Chapter 80 currently serving in the role of Newsletter Editor, a position he has held for many years. Always quick with a camera to snap a photo at a meeting and always meeting distribution deadlines, he is the foundation of our Chapter communication.

In a move that pressed him out of his comfort zone, he has also presented programs at our chapter meetings, freely sharing his knowledge and expertise. When manufacturers present programs at our monthly meetings, Dave has the ability to ask questions that use relevant examples from his stations, their infrastructure, and his experience.

We are pleased to recognize Dave Driessen as our SBE Chapter 80 Engineer of the Year.

Submitted by Bill Hubbard, CPBE
On behalf of SBE Chapter 80
Fox Valley, WI

July 2018 News and Notes

Our July meeting will be on Tuesday, July 10 – one week earlier than normal – at the Out-O-Town Club in Kaukauna. Speaking will be Scott Hewett of T-Mobile discussing T-Mobile’s testing and rollout of their systems in the Chicago DMA prior to the first repack phase.

The July newsletter is on the Newsletter page.

May 2018 News and Notes

Our May meeting will be Tuesday, May 15 at the Out-O-Town Club at Noon. Our program will be “Antenna and RF System Design for the FCC Repack” by Eddy Vanderkerken of RFS World. This presentation will give insight into how antenna design influences radiation patterns, how the design and manufacturing of antennas and RF filters has evolved, and the software tools that can be used to select the optimum solutions for the TV broadcaster during the FCC repack and beyond.

The May newsletter is posted on the Newsletter page.

Regulatory Alert: Register Your C-Band Receive-Only Earth Station Now

I’d like to take a moment to call your attention to this important notice from the National SBE OfficeThis impacts any broadcaster that uses a C Band satellite dish to receive programming for rebroadcast. 

Please strongly consider licensing your satellite dish during this brief window.  I will keep a file of vendors providing this service in an effort to find the least costly way for you to do this. Yes I understand it is an unplanned expense, but the costs of NOT doing so might be much more. Protect your broadcasts and license that earth station!  

This affects ALL RADIO STATIONS with the large satellite receive dishes.  Reach out to your smaller broadcaster friends and clients – be sure they understand this issue!

If you have questions about this issue, e-mail me at [email protected] and I will attempt to find answers for you.

This is from one vendor that can assist in registration

These are some “do-it-yourself” instructions