CHAPTER 24, Inc., MADISON, WI
Our Next Meeting:
Thursday, November 17th
The Changing Face of Audio Processing
by Angry Audio
Michael Dosch, "Catfish" to his friends, is the founder and owner of Angry Audio and one of the broadcast industry's most prolific product designers. He is probably best known for his work as founder/president of Axia (Telos) leading the team that introduced AoIP into broadcast. Angry Audio was a side project where Catfish could create some small problem-solving products more for fun than profit. But demand was far greater than expected and he soon devoted his full time energy to it. In 2020, Angry Audio acquired the company formerly known as Radio Systems and continues to manufacture the popular StudioHub line of products alongside the Angry Audio offerings.
Cornelius Gould is a Cleveland radio voice veteran who migrated to engineering and gravitated towards getting the most out of the signal he had to work with. He became part of the development team at Omnia instrumental in designing the Omnia.11 and Volt products. For Angry Audio He took everything he has learned and programmed it into a chip for his latest project.
Chameleon is the first audio processor line that relies on program content to determine how to process it delivering consistent program level with big sound and great presence. There are currently three models in production with several more coming.
We hope you will join the discussion.
Meeting/Program begins at 7pm
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This meeting will be virtual.
Details will be distributed
on the Chapter's email group
in the days prior to the meeting.
February 27, 1949 - October 22, 2022
It is with sadness that we note the loss of long time SBE Chapter 24 member and lifelong Southern Wisconsin broadcast engineer, Tom Smith, at the age of 73. Over many years and in many capacities Tom served Chapter 24. He was Frequency Coordinator from 1992 until he passed, served as the Chapter's Secretary in 1985, and again from 2006 to 2009, as its Vice Chair from 1999 to 2001 and again from 2003 to 2005, and as its Chairman from 2001 through 2003. In addition Tom kept the Chapter informed by authoring FCC News in the Chapter's monthly newsletter beginning in 1993 through present. Tom's impact on the success of the Chapter was immense.
For a complete obituary Click Here.
Last Meeting Minutes
The SBE Chapter 24 meeting was called to order by Matt Mommaerts at 06:05pm on October 12th, 2022 at the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Broadcasters Clinic, Marriot West, Middleton, WI.
Submitted by Mike Travis, Secretary
Matt thanked and welcomed fellow members from Chapter 28, 80 and 112 as well as from other chapters. He then introduced SBE National Executive Director Jim Ragsdale to talk. Following that talk, Matt thanked meal sponsors Cavell & Mertz and introduced Jeff Welton of Nautel for the evening's program of "War Stories."
Matt made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Andrew Kennedy. Meeting Adjourned at 6:15pm
Chapter 24 Needs Your Help
Since 1983 Leonard Charles (aka: Chuck) has been involved in the operations of Chapter 24 at all levels. Chuck says "every minute has been an absolute honor and pleasure to serve, but it's time to call it a day". That means that his current duties to the Chapter will need new people to take over. Chuck will gladly help train. Here is a list awaiting new volunteers:
Maintaining the Chapter 24 web site
eNews letter editor and distribution
Nominations Committee Chair including Electronic Elections
If you are interested in taking over any of these tasks please contact Chapter Chair Matt Mommaerts (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FCC News Author is Needed
The monthly publication of the Chapter 24 eNews letter is looking for a FCC News author. If you regularly follow the movements of the FCC particularly as they relate to Wisconsin Broadcasters, or if you are interested in doing so, please consider sharing your knowledge with the members of the Chapter by writing the FCC News column each month. If you are interested or have questions please contact Lcharles@sbe.org.
Program Ideas Appreciated
The Chapter 24 2023 meeting schedule is available here. If you have any suggestions for program topics you'd like to see, or if there is a topic that you'd like to present at an upcoming meeting, please contact Matt Mommaerts or one of the Chapter 24 officers .
Amateur Radio News
Compiled by Tom Weeden, WJ9H
FT Myers ARC ARISS Event
Student Radio Contact with the ISS Inspires Hurricane-hit Community
Students from Canterbury School in Fort Myers, Florida, were able to spend a few minutes on Monday, October 24, talking with Astronaut Josh Cassada, KI5CRH, onboard the International Space Station (ISS) using ham radio. The radio contact, arranged by the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, provided hope for a community devastated by Hurricane Ian. School officials estimated that 30% of the school's faculty, staff, and families were left homeless after the hurricane passed through their area.
The contact was made just after 1:30 PM EDT, and students were able ask Astronaut Cassada questions ranging from, "Is the sun brighter in outer space?" to "What's your favorite meal?" The contact lasted just over 10 minutes, when the ISS was over the Caribbean Sea.
Members of the Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club, an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Special Service Club, supported the school by providing students with technical instruction and radio equipment. The club's call sign, W4LX, was used to operate the ground station that established and maintained the contact with the ISS. Several students built a satellite tracking antenna system capable of locking onto and tracking a satellite while in range to receive the ISS signal.
An ARISS news release described that as the students were preparing for the big day, "they saw the first pictures of Hurricane Ian, as seen from the ISS, bearing down on the coast of Florida. Evacuations were ordered in advance of the catastrophic winds and storm surges, which eventually affected many of the homes of students, faculty, and staff. In the wake of this destruction, it was uncertain whether the ARISS contact could occur. However, if only for a moment of reprieve from their loss and destruction, the entire Canterbury school community, including the school's staff/faculty, amateur radio operators, students and students' families, decided to pull together to support the ARISS contact and thereby renew their sense of hope and inspiration in human space exploration."
The Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club website has a link to a video of their entire contact with the ISS. Link Here
HAARP Antenna Array
Amateur Radio Operators Invited to Participate in Scientific Experiments
The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) conducted their largest-ever experiment and research campaign from October 19-28. Amateur radio operators were invited to listen and participate.
The research lasted for 10 days and included 13 experiments. The transmission experiments included moon bounce, Jupiter bounce, high-frequency ocean scatter, and ionosphere satellite interactions. Amateur radio operators were asked to monitor the times of the transmissions and signal quality.
This was the most scientifically diverse campaign ever conducted at HAARP. Particularly notable experiments included a first-of-its-kind attempt to bounce a signal off Jupiter, investigation into possible causes of the airglow phenomenon known as STEVE (Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement), and testing the feasibility of using radio transmissions to measure the interiors of near-Earth asteroids.
"The October research campaign is our largest and most diverse to date, with researchers and citizen scientists collaborating from across the globe," said HAARP Program Manager Jessica Matthews. Learn more about it.
(Excerpts from the American Radio Relay League's arrl.org web site)
More EAS Changes Proposed
The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC-22-82A1) to bolster the operational readiness and security of the nation's public alert and warning systems, the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts. The Commission proposes to:
•Protect against cyberattacks by requiring Emergency Alert System participants, such as broadcasters and cable providers, to report incidents of unauthorized access to their Emergency Alert System equipment to the Commission within 72 hours.
•Promote security by requiring Emergency Alert System participants and the wireless providers that deliver Wireless Emergency Alerts to annually certify that they have a cybersecurity risk management plan and implement sufficient security measures for their alerting systems.
•Guard against false alerts by requiring participating wireless providers to transmit sufficient authentication information to ensure that only valid alerts are displayed on consumer devices.
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking also seeks comment on the effectiveness of the agency's current requirements for ensuring that Emergency Alert System equipment is ready to transmit alerts, and whether there are any alternative approaches that improve readiness.
EAS State Plan Updates
The FCC has begun reviewing the required updated EAS State Plans from each state. Engineers need to stay in close touch with the State Emergency Communication Committee (SECC) in your state about any changes in the required EAS monitoring assignments.
The Commission is requiring SECC's to develop redundant sources for the reception and relay of National level alerts (EAN) to act as a backup to the Primary Entry Point (PEP) source in your state. The recommended sources are the National Public Radio squawk channel NPR-1 and the barker channel 1 on SiriusXM.
Another requirement is for stations to ensure the security of the EAS device. This includes installing the most recent software updates, password management, and maintaining the EAS devices behind a secure firewall.
For more information in Wisconsin contact Gary Timm, broadcast chair of the State Emergency Communications Committee.
Newest SBE Chapter
At the beginning of 2022, the SBE was contacted by Davit Robakidze, a broadcast engineer in the Republic of Georgia, about working with the SBE to provide SBE member benefits to broadcast engineers in Georgia and surrounding countries. The SBE was able to meet with Robakidze at the 2022 NAB Show to discuss ideas and establish a practical plan.
Discussions continued over the summer, and a course of action was established. Ten engineers in the Republic of Georgia have become SBE members with the intent to form an SBE chapter that would serve engineers in the countries of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova.
The group has already incorporated in the Republic of Georgia as the Incorporation of Eastern Europe Broadcast Engineers (IEEBE). As per SBE by-laws, the group held three organizational meetings on Sept. 15, 16 and 19, 2022, and chapter officers were elected at those meetings before applying for chapter status. The new chapter officers are Chair Davit Robakidze, Vice Chair Zurab Gegenava, and Secretary/Treasurer Nino Koberidze.
The SBE Board of Directors approved the new chapter application at its meeting on Sept. 28, during the SBE National Meeting. The new chapter is 148 Eastern Europe.
The SBE has two open surveys and are asking for your input. Please take the SBE Strategic Planning survey and the SBE Disability survey.
All responses are confidential. The information will be used internally for the SBE. Some general data may be shared, but no individual responses will be attributed to anyone.
Shocking Time of Year
As the Winter season approaches and the air becomes more and more dry, a common seasonable problem is about to descend upon defenseless electronic equipment at the hands of station operators. Static shocks are on the way. The Broadcasters' Desktop Resource editor, Barry Mishkind, has tips on how to deal with this problem. Tech Tip: A Shocking Reminder
Certification and Education
SBE Chapter 24 Certification Exam Reimbursement
compiled by Jim Hermanson
Each year, account balance permitting, Chapter 24 will reimburse half the application fee to any member of Chapter 24 in good standing who successfully obtains any SBE certification level not previously held by that member. Contact the SBE Chapter 24 chairperson or certification chairperson for more information.
When you are ready to take an SBE exam, note the open exam schedule, complete the appropriate application (found here... http://www.sbe.org/applications) and send it directly to the SBE National office (see address below) with the respective fee. You will be notified once your application is approved. Approximately 3 weeks before the exam time, your local certification chairman will receive a list of applicants and exams in his/her area and arrange for a proctor. He/she will then contact applicants to schedule a mutually agreeable date, time, and place for the exam(s) within the respective exam date window. This must be coordinated before the exam will be sent by SBE National. Completed exam(s) will be mailed back to SBE National for grading. Pass/fail results will be mailed directly to the applicants.
The majority of SBE certifications are open book and access to the Internet is allowed to give a more "real world" situation.
You may mail, email, or fax your applications to:
Megan E. Clappe|
9102 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260
To apply for a specialist certification, an individual must currently hold certification on the Broadcast Engineer, Senior Broadcast Engineer, Professional Broadcast Engineer or Broadcast Networking Engineer Certification level. Exams must be completed within three hours and consist of 50 multiple-choice questions (two points each) and one essay question (20 points maximum). Examinees are provided one essay question to answer. Exams are pass/fail, and a score of 84 is a passing grade.
The Open 2023 Exam Schedule
| Exam Dates
|| Application Deadline
(to SBE National Office)
February 3-13, 2023
Local Chapters (Madison Area)
January 6, 2023
June 1-12, 2023
Local Chapters (Madison Area)
April 21, 2023
August 4-14, 2023
Local Chapters (Madison Area)
June 16, 2023
November 3-13, 2023
Local Chapters (Madison Area)
September 8, 2023
FCC Compliance: Preparing Your Station for a Violation-Free New Year
Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 1 p.m. CT
This webinar will not be so much a review of 2022 but instead a look-ahead to the compliance issues that broadcast engineers should think about as the calendar turns to 2023: EAS functionality and testing, technical record keeping, station identification, tower lighting & marking, C-band dish reimbursement, license accuracy, online public inspection files, etc. If there are any broad topics you think warrant discussion during the presentation, please don't hesitate to make suggestions!
Steve Hartzell, Esq., Brooks Pierce
As an FCC and communications lawyer, Stephen Hartzell advises broadcasters and other FCC-regulated businesses on a host of compliance matters, and he routinely provides all the same services as his colleagues who practice at DC-based communications firms. He maintains productive relationships with members of the FCC staff. His practice focuses on providing operational advice, including FCC licensing, enforcement issues, EAS, political programming, sponsorship identification/payola, the FCC's EEO rules, broadcast station ownership, closed captioning and other accessibility issues, children's television programming, and indecency and other programming content issues.
Patrick Cross, Esq., Brooks Pierce
Patrick represents media and broadcasting companies and radio and television stations in resolving issues regarding FCC regulatory compliance, FCC enforcement matters, programming, licensing, technical matters, copyright and other intellectual property matters, ownership, and a variety of other issues. Patrick has been practicing law since 2016 and clerked for two federal judges prior to joining Brooks Pierce's Communications Practice.
Prior to his legal career, Patrick spent seven years touring the world as the lead guitarist and tour manager for an eleven-member musical act.
SBE Recertification Credit
The completion of a webinar from Webinars by SBE qualifies for 1 credit, identified under Category I of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications.
Registration and Pricing
This webinar will be approximately 90 minutes long.
SBE Members: $62
MemberPlus Members FREE
If you have questions regarding this course, contact Cathy Orosz via email or by phone at 317-846-9000.
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