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June 2020 Chapter News and Notes

Our June meeting will be held online using Microsoft Teams on Tuesday, June 16th at Noon.

A short business meeting will be followed by a presentation from Michael Guthrie, Technology Specialist with Harmonic on ATSC 3.0 current status overview. Michael has over 20 years of experience serving Harmonic’s customers with the deployment of media processing and delivery solutions for broadcast, ATSC transmission and satellite distribution. He served previous roles with ABC, SSL, McCurdy Radio, Telex and Drake Automation.

Please see the newsletter for more information on connecting to the meeting.

Our use of Teams is through the courtesy of Heartland Video Systems and our Program Chair, John Pfankuch. If you plan to log in on a mobile device please consider downloading the Teams app. Chapter officers tested the platform on Friday afternoon using PCs and phones with good success.

The June Newsletter is available below.

May 2020 Chapter News and Notes

Our May meeting will be on Tuesday, May 19th at 12:30 PM through Zoom. There will be a short business meeting followed by a presentation from Nick VanHaaster of GatesAir. He will provide a brief snapshot of what GatesAir would have shown at NAB. He will also give us his view of what to plan for in 2020 and share feedback from broadcasters around the country about what matters most in the days of Covid-19.

If you are a registered member of the chapter, you will receive an email with the meeting information. If you are interested in joining, please check the newsletter for more information.

Our May newsletter is available.

April 2020 Chapter News And Notes

Our April meeting will be held online using Zoom at 12:30 PM on Tuesday, April 21st. Our discussion topic will be “Pandemic Responses, Impacts, Challenges, and Success Stories.” How has your station or business adapted to social distancing? Our meeting will be limited to 40 minutes by Zoom.

Chapter Chair Bill Hubbard will send an email to registered members of Chapter 80 with connection instructions, log-in information, and helpful hints. If you are reading this and are not a chapter member but would like to participate in the virtual meeting, please email Bill. Include your name, email address, and affiliation. To minimize the risk of an outside party disrupting our session, only individuals known to the chapter in advance will be admitted to the meeting room.

The April newsletter is now available.

March 2020 News and Notes – MARCH MEETING CANCELLED

After consulting with our SBE Chapter 80 leadership, I have decided to cancel our March meeting.  Travel restrictions imposed by the company our presenter works for do not allow him to attend at this time.  His presentation will be rescheduled for a later date.  Most organizations have put pandemic response protocols in place and are activating those now.  Some local companies are also discouraging their employees from attending group gatherings.  While this may seem like an overabundance of caution due to the possible spread of the COVID-19 virus I feel it is the most practical choice given the circumstances.  Thank you for your understanding and I hope you will all be safe and healthy when this threat has passed. 

Please remember that you can still purchase gas cards, in support of the Don Borchert Fellowship, by sending your payment to Steve Brown and he will forward the cards to you. 

Due to the cancellation of NAB this year our April meeting will be held on our normal meeting day, Tuesday April 21st at noon at the Out-O-Town Club.  If you have any business that we need to attend to please notify me and I will put it on the agenda for April.  Hopefully we will be back on track by then. 

February 2020 News and Notes

Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 18 at Noon at the Out-O-Town Club in Kaukauna.

We do not have a formal program for this month so we will complete a business meeting and proceed with a discussion of upcoming events. Planning will begin soon for the WBA Summer Engineering Conference on June 17th in La Crosse. We need your input to make this event a success again this year. Please bring your thoughts and suggestions to the meeting.

The February newsletter is available now.

January 2020 News and Notes

Our January meeting will be on Tuesday, January 21st at the Out-O-Town Club in Kaukauna. Our presenter will be Bill Bennett of ENCO Systems. He will be sharing information about disaster recovery. This program is made possible by the efforts of our Program Chair, John Pfankuch and the Milwaukee and Chicago chapters for their continued cooperation.

The January Newsletter is now available.

September 2019 News and Notes

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 17th at noon at the Out-o-Town Club in Kaukauna. Our guest speaker will be Nick vanHaaster, Regional Sales Manager for GATESAIR. Nick will present “Taking Your HD Signal to the Next Level using Gen4 Technology.” He will give a complete walkthrough to better understand the differences between the current Gen3 HD Radio technology and the latest Gen4 release. This presentation will address important features such as automatic time & alignment, SFN integration and increased HD with the implementation of HCFR (Hybrid Crest Factor Reduction).

Lunch will be provided courtesy of GatesAir.

The September newsletter is available below.