From the Chair – May

Brian Walker

It appears that Spring has Sprung, and while access to the FM and TV sites is getting much easier, access to the AM sites can be a battle because of all the flora coming to life.  I don’t know about you, but I can practically see the grass growing in my yard…

On the subject of Spring and AM Transmitter sites, now is a good time to schedule the annual NRSC test for your AM station(s).  It’s also a good time to take a peek in the ATU and see what has been hibernating in there since last fall.

The slate of Candidates for SBE National Positions has been announced.  Additional floor nominations are being accepted until June 23.  The National Election is scheduled for August 7th.

It’s not too late to renew your SBE membership.  Click on this link: fill in some information and you are a member in good standing until March 31, 2025.  Your membership is how most chapters raise money to cover their expenses.  Thank you to all the Chapter 16 members who have already renewed and “thank you in advance” to all the members who are about to renew!

The Society of Broadcast Engineers has released the new Broadcast Station Self-Inspection Guides for FM and TV broadcast stations. The SBE partnered with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to produce the documents, which are the first part of a planned series to cover all broadcast services. These Guides are designed to aid stations and Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) inspectors in evaluating a broadcast station’s compliance with FCC rules and regulations.

The Guides were developed to replace the FCC Self-Inspection Checklists that were first released in the 1990s, but have not been updated for nearly 15 years. While the previous Checklists only provided references to rules, the new SBE Guides include recommended practices for stations to establish policies and procedures for their own stations to ensure overall regulatory compliance.

The project was announced at the SBE National Meeting held in September 2023, and received widespread support from state broadcaster associations, many of which are actively involved in their own ABIP programs.

The SBE Government Relations Committee, chaired by Charles “Ched” Keiler, CPBE, 8-VSB, ATSC3, CBNE, formed a working group of SBE members in April 2022 to review and update the Guides. The first Guides to be released will cover FM and TV broadcasting. Additional Guides for AM and other services are under review and will be released later.

SBE President Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, ATSC3, DRB, said, “These updated and improved Self-Inspection Guides have been on engineers’, ABIP inspectors’ and broadcast stations’ wish lists for some time. With the assistance from the NAB, we’re looking forward to sharing them with the industry.

The Guides are available for download from the SBE website under the Legislative/ Regulatory and Resources tab. They are free to SBE members.

The SBE is conducting its annual Compensation Survey. Please take a few minutes and complete the survey.

Responses are confidential. The report, released in July, is free to all SBE members:

From the SBE Events Calendar:

May 4, 2024 – SBE Ennes Workshop: Los Angeles

May 8, 2024 – Quarterly Mentor Webinar

May 9, 2024 – Webinar: LTE Interference

May 20, 2024 – SBE WEBxtra

May 23, 2024 – Webinar: The Network Analyzer

June 8, 2024 – SBE Ennes Workshop: Syracuse, NY

June 15, 2024 – SBE National Awards Nomination Deadline

June 17, 2024 – SBE WEBxtra: 

June 19, 2024 – SBE Ennes Workshop: Quincy, IL

June 23, 2024 – SBE Election Nominations Due

July 1, 2024 – SBE Dues Renewal Grace Period Ends

July 13, 2024 – Seattle SBE16 Picnic at KIRO AM’s Transmitter Site on Vashon Island

August 7-9, 2024 – 2024 SBE Leadership Development Course

September 10 – 11, 2024 – Midwest Regional Broadcaster’s Clinic

Let’s talk next month.

Brian Walker

Seattle SBE16 Chapter Chair