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Our Next Meeting:
Thursday, March 23rd

Nominations and
Enterprise Asset Management

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This meeting will be virtual
Meeting space details will be released via the
Chapter email group in the days preceding the meeting

Nominations are Open

The Chapter 24 Nominations Committee is up and running for 2023 accepting nominations for Chapter Officers. Any member in good standing can nominate another member in good standing with their knowledge, or you can nominate yourself.

Officer descriptions are in Article V of the Chapter By Laws on the web site.

We have a special need for nominations for Secretary and Treasurer. The Secretary is responsible for taking meeting minutes and attendance then filing each with the SBE National office. The Treasurer is responsible for making deposits to the Chapter checking account and for paying expenditures authorized by Chapter leadership. If you think you can fill either of these positions we need to hear from you.

Nominations are open until our March 23rd meeting. The election will be held electronically April 1st through our April 26th meeting. The changeover to new officers happens at our May 25th Chapter meeting.

Kevin Ruppert, Eric Schwierske, and Leonard Charles are serving on this year's nominations committee. Please forward any nomination to any one of them and they'll take it from there.

Our Chapter 9 Years Ago

Last Meeting Minutes
Submitted by Mike Travis, Secretary

The SBE Chapter 24 meeting was called to order by Matt Mommaerts at 07:00pm on February 22nd, 2023 via Zoom.

Approval of Minutes
Matt Mommaerts made a motion to approve the secretary meeting minutes from 01/26/2023, seconded by Russ Awe and approved as submitted.

Treasurer's Report
Mike Norton reports there were not any transactions to report. The checking balance remains [in the black].

Chapter Newsletter Report
Russ Awe reports the deadline for articles for the March eNews letter is Wednesday March 1st at 5pm. Please forward any article of interest to Chapter members to If you send an article expect a reply of acknowledgement within a day or so. If you don't get one you should follow up to make sure your article was received.

Sustaining Member Chair Report
Mike Travis reports there were no renewals received. The chapter remains at 9 sustaining members.

Program Committee Report
Matt Mommaerts doesn't have anything to report. If anyone has any ideas for programs please let Matt know.

SBE National Report
Matt mommaerts reports there is a push to renew your SBE membership. Be on the lookout for renewal notices in the mail.

The SBE will extend the Ennes workshop at the 2023 NAB show. The SBE Ennes Workshop at the 2023 NAB Show will be held at the Westgate Resort and Casino. Registration for the Workshop will be separate from the NAB Show convention registration, and will be available on the SBE website, The $199 registration fee will include access to the two days of instruction in either the RF 101 or NextGen Broadcast track.

The SBE wants your help in recruiting new members, and you can win rewards for your efforts. Sponsor a new Member, Associate Member or Sustaining Member between March 1 and May 31, 2023, and you will be eligible for the prize drawings. For each approved new member application you sponsor you will earn $5 off your 2023 membership dues, up to $25. If you recruit three or more Regular or Associate Members, or one Sustaining Member, you will also receive an upgrade to SBE MemberPlus for the remainder of the 2023 membership period.

Membership Report
Matt Mommaerts reports we have 44 members assigned to Chapter 24. We have a new member, Christian Hoyer, from WMTV 15 joining our chapter. Welcome Christian!

Nominations Committee Report
Eric Schwierske reports there are nominations for Chair and Vice Chair. We are still seeking nominations for Secretary and Treasurer. Any member in good standing can nominate another member in good standing with their knowledge.

Officer descriptions are in Article V of the Chapter ByLaws on the web site.

Nominations are open until our March 23rd meeting. The election will be held electronically April 1st through our April 26th meeting. The changeover to new officers happens at our May 25th Chapter meeting.

Kevin Ruppert, Eric Schwierske, and Leonard Charles are serving on this year's nominations committee. Please forward any nomination to any one of them and they'll take it from there.

Certification and Education Report
Jim Hermanson reports Marshall Deetz has received a life certification and Wayne Mills received his CBTE. There is an exam session June 1-12, 2023. April 21st, 2023 is the deadline to register. There are two upcoming webinars. On Thursday, February 23rd, 2023 for "Last Mile Solutions for Cloud Based Broadcasting Part 1" at 1pm. On Thursday, March 16th, 2023 at 1 pm there is a webinar on "Job Security and What to Do If You Are Fired."

Frequency Coordination Report
Gary Trenda reports there are no new frequency coordination requests.

Mike Norton made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Kevin Rupert. Meeting adjourned at 7:10pm.

The meeting was followed by a presentation on "Broadcast Test & Measurement solutions for ATSC 3.0" by Eddy Vanderkerken of Sourcerer ( Thank you, Eddy!

Job Openings

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Chapter 24 eNews Needs You

Chapter 24 is seeking an eNews Letter editor. As editor you will be able to take the publication in any direction you desire subject to content inclusions defined in the Chapter ByLaws as a minimum. If you are interested please contact Chapter Chair Matt Mommaerts (

Be the FCC News Author

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

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

Amateur Radio Active in Turkey and Syria Following Earthquakes
In the days following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks that hit Turkey and Syria on February 6, 2023, emergency communications have been active with rescue and response efforts. The emergency communications group Türkiye Radyo Amatörleri Cemiyeti (TRAC) is coordinating primary communications. In a statement issued to ARRL on February 9, International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator Greg Mossop, G0DUB, said the full effects of this disaster continue to unfold along with the search for any remaining trapped people. A portion of the statement read, "At the time of the earthquake, a [European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations] (CEPT) meeting was taking place, and it has been reported that the Turkish delegation to that meeting confirmed that Radio Amateurs were being deployed in the emergency response."

World Amateur Radio Day Theme: Human Security for All
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) announced that Human Security for All (HS4A) will be this year's theme of World Amateur Radio Day on April 18, 2023. The day is being celebrated with a 2-week operating event occurring April 11 - 25. Special event stations will be operating from around the world, making two-way radio contacts to call attention to the HS4A campaign.

The concept of human security measures the security of an individual by things essential to one's well-being. This includes economics, food, health, the environment, personal factors, the community, and political factors.

Amateur radio is uniquely positioned to address those challenges by promoting technical knowledge, practical skills, innovative technology, and the deployment of backup systems at the community level that can be called upon in times of emergency. IARU, a federation of the national amateur radio societies of over 150 countries worldwide, is the global advocate for amateur radio through its Sector Membership in the International Telecommunication Union, an agency of the U.N., and other activities.

(Excerpts from the American Radio Relay League's

SECC Broadcast Chair Retires

from Gary Timm

After 30+ years as Broadcast Chair of the Wisconsin EAS Committee (FCC SECC), I have decided to retire from this position on March 1, 2023. The Wisconsin SECC unanimously elected committee member Chris Tarr as my successor.

Chris is Group Director of Engineering for Magnum Media, a family-owned Wisconsin radio group with 25 stations from Racine to Eau Claire. He is very active with the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) both in Wisconsin and has served twice on its National Board of Directors. He also serves on the Wisconsin Broadcasters Clinic program committee.

Chris is eminently qualified for this position, and I have every confidence that he will do a great job - with the full support of our 13-member SECC. He can be reached at:

With my 70th birthday coming this year and the FCC approval of our State EAS Plan completed, this seems like a good transition point. It's been a privilege to volunteer my service all these years for the people of Wisconsin, and the EAS on a national basis. I will truly miss my EAS colleagues and friends, and thanx to you all for the support and rewarding relationships.

New EAS State Plan
by Gary Timm

In 2022, the FCC initiated a review of all State EAS Plans. After multiple rounds of changes, the FCC approved our Wisconsin State EAS Plan on February 3, 2023. Ours is only the 8th plan to be approved, with many other States still in the FCC review process. The main hurdle is the Commission requirement that every State add more monitoring for the President's EAN message and deliver it into each EAS Operational Area. In Wisconsin, we accomplished this through the excellent cooperation of the engineers at each of our EAS LP-1 stations, who either ran an audio cable from an existing satellite receiver at their facility or installed a new satellite receiver furnished by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA). The SECC wishes to thank WBA for financing the 4 needed receivers, and acknowledges the diligent work of the engineers at our LP-1 stations who took time from their busy days to do this wiring. With this additional EAN monitoring at the LP-1 stations that all other broadcasters and cable operators monitor, the FCC approved our plan.

As part of this process, our SECC provided the details of our plan to the FCC via a web portal which the Commission considers "confidential" and not accessible to EAS Participants. Therefore, the Wisconsin SECC will continue to maintain the SBE24-hosted State EAS Plan for your reference. The SECC has now updated that SBE24 version of the plan to bring it into alignment with the FCC-approved plan. All Wisconsin EAS Participants are encouraged to download a copy of the new 2023 State EAS Main Plan and its Appendices at, although note that there are NO CHANGES that broadcasters and cable operators must make to remain in compliance with the State EAS Plan. Page 2 of the plan details the changes that were made.

SAGE Upgrade
by Gary Timm

Wisconsin EAS Participants, Sage Alerting has posted information on the upgrade to its ENDEC unit required by 12/12/23. The upgrade will be available in June 2023, and will cost $159. See their homepage for the full announcement:

All Sage ENDEC customers should have received this notice directly from Sage. If not, contact Sage to be added to their customer email list.

2023 EAS Test Schedules
by Gary Timm

Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) each year posts a list of the EAS State Relay (SR) station scheduled RWT times as well as the monthly NWS and WEM RMT times. If you miss logging a test during 2023, this is a good resource to determine the time it was to occur. The SECC thanks member WPR for posting and maintaining this EAS test list each year. See:

New 2023 EAS Operating Handbook
by Gary Timm

The FCC has issued an updated 2023 EAS Operating Handbook. All EAS Participants are required to post this document, as described in FCC EAS rule Part 11.15: "A copy of the Handbook must be located at normal duty positions or EAS equipment locations when an operator is required to be on duty and be immediately available to staff responsible for authenticating messages and initiating actions."

I wrote to the FCC's EAS office on any notice or deadlines regarding the new Handbook and the reply was, "No, we do not have a deadline by which EAS Participants must download the new EAS Handbook, nor do we have plans to issue a Public Notice on the Handbook's release."

So apparently "at your leisure" you should download a copy of the 2023 Handbook at: Perhaps do this at the same time you are downloading a copy of the new 2023 Wisconsin State EAS Plan, at:

SBE National Elections

The annual election of officers and directors to the national SBE Board of Directors will take place this summer. The SBE Nominations Committee seeks qualified candidates who are voting members in good standing. Candidates must hold an engineering level of SBE certification (CBT or higher, or CBNE) and maintain it the entire duration of service on the Board, if elected.

Members of the Board are expected to attend two regularly called meetings each year: in the spring, held during the annual NAB Show, and in the fall, at the annual SBE National Meeting. Other meetings may be called via conference call during the year.

Directors serve two-year terms and officers serve one-year terms. Six director seats will be contested in 2023 as will all four officer positions. The SBE By-laws limit the number of terms for elected members of the Board.

If interested, contact SBE Nominations Committee Chair Wayne Pecena at or via the SBE National Office at 317-846-9000. The election runs from July 14 to Aug. 15. Those elected will be installed at the SBE National Meeting, held this fall.

From the Broadcast Law Blog of David Oxenford ESQ

Comments are due April 10 and reply comments are due April 25 for the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which proposes to update certain TV technical rules that no longer have any practical effect. Among other things, comments are sought on whether to eliminate rules relating to analog operating requirements; to remove references to digital television or DTV service (as all TV service is now digital); and to elimination of references to the comparative hearing process to award and renew broadcast licenses, a process eliminated by Congressional and FCC action over 25 years ago.

SBE Membership Renewal

SBE annual membership renewal reminders went in the mail the last week of January. You can renew online or through the mail. The SBE asks that you renew by the April 1 deadline to ensure you don't lose any member benefits. Membership dues are the same as last year at $85 for traditional membership and $175 for SBE MemberPlus. If you have not received your renewal, please contact Scott Jones at 317-846-9000 or Given the delays with US Postal Service delivery, the SBE suggests renewing online if you can.

SBE Membership Drive

With the theme, The SBE and YOU: The Perfect Fit, the SBE 2023 Membership Drive is now running through May 31st. As with Membership Drives in previous years, SBE members are encouraged to recruit new members, and in doing so, the recruiter could win prizes from the SBE and donated by SBE Sustaining Members. The Grand Prize is a trip to the SBE National Meeting in the fall. (More Information)

SBE Awards Nomination Open

The national SBE award nominations are open now through June 15. To be awarded are The James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year; the SBE Technology Award; Facility Innovation of the Year; Best Technical Article, Book or Program by an SBE Member; Best Article, Paper or Program by a Student Member; and the Freedom Award. There are also a series of statistical awards. This will be the 11th year that the Chapter Engineer of the Year award is awarded by SBE Chapters. The chapter honorees are then entered into consideration for the national Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year award.

For information about these and any of the SBE National Awards, please visit or contact Megan Clappe at

SBE Schedule at NAB

Friday, April 14
    9am - 4:30pm: SBE Ennes Workshop
    Westgate Conference Rooms 7,8,9,10

Saturday, April 15
    9am - 4:30pm: SBE Ennes Workshop
    Westgate Conference Rooms 7,8,9,10

    6:30pm - 10pm: Certification Committee Meeting
    LVCC Meeting Room W230

Sunday, April 16
    8:30am - 12pm: SBE Board of Directors Meeting
    LVCC Meeting Room W230

    2pm - 3pm: SBE Education Committee Meeting
    LVCC Meeting Room W230

Monday, April 17
    9am - 11am: SBE Frequency Coordinators' Meeting
    LVCC Meeting Room N263

    5pm - 6pm: SBE Membership Meeting
    LVCC Meeting Room (TBD)

    6:15pm - 7:15pm: SBE Member Reception
    LVCC Meeting Room (TBD)

More Information

SBE Leadership Development Course

The Society of Broadcast Engineers will hold the 2023 SBE Leadership Development Course August 2-4, 2023, in Atlanta, GA. This three-day course is an intensive study of successful leadership and management, designed specifically for broadcast engineers. Instructing the course will be Dr. Abram Walton, founder of Ivory Bridge Group, a management consulting and training firm. To register for this professional development opportunity, go to

Certification and Education
compiled by Jim Hermanson

SBE Certification Achievement
Congratulations to newly certified Wayne Mills, Certified Broadcast Television Engineer (CBTE), Madison, WI

Congratulations to Marshall (Pete) Deets, Life Certification, Evansville, WI

The Open 2023 Exam Schedule
Exam Dates Location Application Deadline
(to SBE National Office)

  Ennes Workshop ATSC3
  Specialist exam session:
  April 15, 2023 following
  two-day workshop

  Westgate Resort, Las Vegas

  March 3, 2023

  SBE exams during the
  NAB Show: April 18,

  LVCC West Hall
  Room TBD

  March 3, 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

When you are ready to take an SBE exam, note the open exam schedule, complete the appropriate application (found here... 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. 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
Certification Director
9102 N. Meridian St.
Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN 46260
317-846-9120 Fax

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.

SBE Education Committee Launches Disability Survey

The SBE Education Committee is undertaking a survey that could have far-reaching benefits for some of our current membership, as well as future membership. Spearheading the initiative is SBE Education Committee member Len Watson, CPBE. The goal is to help those members connect with opportunities or to help those who were forced to leave due to challenges.


SBE Plans Expanded Ennes Workshop at the 2023 NAB Show

The SBE is planning to hold a two-day SBE Ennes Workshop at the 2023 NAB Show. It will be held April 14 and 15 at the Westgate Resort and Casino. Registration for the Workshop will be separate from the NAB Show convention registration, and will be available on the SBE website,, in January. The registration fee will include access to the two days of instruction in either the RF 101 or NextGen Broadcast track, and continental breakfast and a midday refreshment on both days.

The NextGen track is suitable preparation to take the SBE ATSC3 Specialist Certification exam. An exam session will be provided after the Workshop. Separate advance exam registration is required. Applicants also need to hold the requisite SBE Certification. Details on the exam opportunity will be included with the online Workshop registration.

March Webinars

Job Security and What to Do If You Are Fired

Thursday, March 16, 2023 | 1 p.m. CT

If you started your career on-the-air, chances are good that at some point you were fired or laid off. Perhaps you moved into engineering because the engineering position was safe. These days, no job is safe, but there are things you can do to improve your job security. Radio veteran John Bisset, CPBE, and author of Radio World's Workbench column, will discuss job security and how to handle being fired or RIFed (reduction in force) in this timely webinar.

Your Instructor

John Bisset, CPBE
The author of Radio World's popular column, and Telos Alliance western regional radio sales manager, John Bisset, presents. The Telos Alliance played a major role in supporting the AES Committee that developed the AES67 Standard.

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
Non-Members: $92
Registration Link

Last-Mile Solutions for Cloud-Based Broadcasting: Part 2

Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 1 p.m. CT

This session builds on the first session with a deeper dive into advanced system configuration using everything from 5G LTE to Starlink to fiber to fully redundant systems to feed transmitter sites. Using block diagrams and real-world test results, it will examine what needs to be done and ensure no critical aspects of the transmission system (EAS, RDS, PPM & local insertion) are missed.
Your Instructor

Mike Pappas, Field Engineer and VP of Business Development, Orban
With more than 30 years of experience in the field of engineering, Mike Pappas currently works as a field engineer and VP of business development for Orban. In this role, he has installed all beta sites for Orban's new XPN-AM audio processor and developed field-testing methodology to determine coverage impact when running MDCL on AM transmitters. He was the past chair of the Colorado Section of the Audio Engineering Society and has held a number of memberships in a number of professional engineering groups.

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
Non-Members: $92
Registration Link

If you have questions regarding this course, contact Cathy Orosz via email or by phone at 317-846-9000.

More information about registering using the SBE MemberPlus benefit
All SBE webinars are included at no additional cost for members who renew or join using the $175 SBE MemberPlus membership option. You get all the live and archived Webinars by SBE in the SBE catalog plus any new webinars the SBE adds during the membership year, all for no extra cost. Members can renew and newcomers may join online at the SBE website using the SBE MemberPlus option.

Access to the SBE webinars through the SBE MemberPlus program is limited to the MemberPlus-purchaser only. You are not permitted to distribute, sell, copy, share, project or otherwise make the webinars available to any other individual or group without express written permission by the SBE.

Take Advantage of SBE's Comprehensive Archive of Webinars

Did you know that the SBE offers more than 140 archived webinars on technical, regulatory and management topics? Go to On-Demand Webinars - The Society of Broadcast Engineers ( to see what is available to you. Is there a topic that is missing from our archives that you would like to see? Contact Education Director Cathy Orosz at with your requests!

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