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Our Next Meeting:
Thursday, May 25th

Candelabra TV Transmitter Open House

Since the repack, all of the TV stations on the Candelabra have new transmitters, so why not come and check them out! WKOW, WMSN, WISC, WHA will have their transmitter rooms open for you to check out.

This is a Daytime Meeting!

Lunch at Noon provided by Chapter 24
at Rocky Rococo
7952 Tree Ln, Madison, WI
Meeting portion around 12:30pm

Program (1pm) at Candelabra Tower

Visitors and guests are welcome!

Election Results
Russ Awe Mike Travis Derek Murphey

The results of the 2023 Chapter 24 Officer Elections are in. Russ Awe is elected to his first term as Chapter Chair. Mike Travis is elected to his first term as Chapter Vice Chair. Mike is also elected to his third term as Chapter Secretary. Derek Murphey is elected to his first term as Chapter Treasurer.

Congratulations to all candidates and thank you for sharing your time and talent to keep our Chapter strong into the future.

Many thanks to Matt Mommaerts who is our outgoing Chapter Chair after serving us for the past two years. Thank you for keeping our Chapter healthy and strong.

Our Chapter 7 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 April 26th, 2023 via Zoom.

Approval of Minutes
Leonard Charles made a motion to approve the secretary meeting minutes from 03/23/2023, seconded by Matt Mommaerts and approved as submitted.

Treasurer's Report
Mike Norton reports there were no account transactions this past month. The Chapter 24 checking balance remains unchanged.

Sustaining Member Chair Report
Mike Travis reports there was a renewal received from WMTV. The chapter remains at 9 sustaining members.

Program Committee Report
Matt Mommaerts reports that he finalized our May 25th meeting. This is a daytime meeting that will occur at the Candelabra tower at 1pm.

SBE National Report
Matt Mommaerts reports there are a couple upcoming webinars. The first one is Thursday, May 4th at 1pm on "Lighting Everything from Zoom Calls to Special Live Events". This webinar is focused on basic lighting specifications. The second webinar is Thursday, May 11th at 12pm on "2023 SBE RF Safety Course". This will cover an updated overview of RF radiation issues and practices for broadcasters.

The SBE web extra replays from NAB are available on There is a membership drive continuing through the end of May for the SBE.

Membership Report
Matt Mommaerts reports we have 45 members assigned to Chapter 24. There are 10 members that have not renewed their membership with SBE.

Nominations Committee Report
Leonard Charles reports this meeting brings to end this year's election and voting process. The results will now be certified by the Nominations Committee and the National SBE office will be sent those results. The winners will be notified and results will be published on the Chapter's website and in the May eNews letter.

Thanks to everyone who voted. We had a 36% voter turnout. Thanks also to Kevin Ruppert and Eric Schwierske who along with me make up this year's Nominations Committee. The changeover to the new officers happens at our May 25th Chapter meeting.

Certification and Education Report
Jim Hermanson reports there are a couple exam sessions this year. The next exam session is August 4th - 14th. The application deadline for the August exam is June 16th, 2023.

Frequency Coordination Report
Gary Trenda reports there are no new frequency coordination requests. When Gary was at NAB he was able to talk to some of the providers for the various rental systems that broadcasters use for sporting events. Gary is working on a survey for the station engineers for their current RPU and STL licenses. We want these logged so we can protect those when we receive frequency requests.

Chapter Newsletter Report
Leonard Charles reports the deadline for articles for the May eNews letter is Monday May 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.

Leonard Charles made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Kevin Ruppert. Meeting adjourned at 7:10pm.

The meeting was followed by a presentation on "Multi Camera Synchronization Ultra Low Latency Streaming" by Jay Gedanken of Media Excel ( Thank you, Jay!

Job Openings

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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

NASA Names Three Hams for Artemis II Moon Mission Crew
NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced the four astronauts who will venture around the moon on Artemis II. This will be the first crewed mission on NASA's path to establishing long-term moon science and exploration development. Three of the four crew members are amateur radio operators.

Their assignments are as follows: Commander Reid Wiseman, KF5LKT, Pilot Victor Glover, KI5BKC, Mission Specialist 1 Christina Hammock Koch, and Mission Specialist 2 Jeremy Hansen, KF5LKU. Koch had planned to study and take her amateur license exam in 2019, but her flight was suddenly rescheduled 6 months earlier than originally planned. She had to immediately begin preparing for her flight instead of studying.

The Artemis II mission is scheduled to launch in November 2024. The approximately 10-day flight test will launch on the agency's powerful Space Launch System rocket, prove the Orion spacecraft's life-support systems, and validate the capabilities and techniques needed for humans to live and work in deep space.

Hamvention 2023
The world's largest amateur radio gathering, the annual Dayton Hamvention, will be held May 19-21 in Xenia, Ohio, just outside of Dayton. Over 500 indoor exhibits and 2,500 outdoor exhibits will showcase the latest in amateur radio equipment, technology, and computer software and hardware. Forums will discuss digital radio, antennas, satellite operation, emergency operation, contesting, grounding, and innovation, along with many other topics. Over 31,000 people attended the 2022 Hamvention.

Congressional Hamfest Visit
Representative Debbie Lesko, of Arizona's 8th congressional district, attended the DeVry Hamfest in Phoenix, on April 8th. She had the chance to visit with radio amateurs and explore information about programs such as ARRL's Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES). Lesko tweeted about her experience at the event, stating, "It was wonderful to join [ARRL's] Hamfest and meet with amateur radio operators in Arizona! I'm proud to support amateur radio operators, who play a critical role in emergency situations and have provided invaluable contributions to our nation!" Lesko spent several hours at the event.

(Excerpts from the American Radio Relay League's

WBA Media Technology Institute to Expand

This year, the Summer Conference Engineering Day has become the WBA Media Technology Institute, an all-inclusive source for summer technical professional development. It will include dynamic presenters in three primary emphasis areas over three days, Tuesday June 13th thru Thursday June 15th.

Day 1: Radio Frequency Transmission and Facilities
Day 2: Data Networking Infrastructure and Information Security
Day 3: The Business of Broadcasting

For more information and to register, Click Here.

Steve Brown Elevated to SBE Fellow

By its Board of Directors vote at their April 16 meeting, the SBE has elevated Stephen J. Brown, CPBE, CBNT, of Appleton, WI, to the membership rank of Fellow.

Steve's career in broadcasting began in 1975 when he began working for WAPL-AM/FM as a part-time announcer and engineer. In 1978, he was hired by Woodward Communications as assistant chief engineer, being promoted to chief engineer in 1980, and then director of broadcast engineering in 1985. In that capacity, he oversees 11 stations in multiple markets.

For many years, Steve volunteered his time as a Program Committee member for the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association in planning the annual Broadcasters Clinic. He is also a founding member of SBE Chapter 80 Fox Valley. From 2018 to 2022, he served two terms on the SBE Board of Directors, serving as Membership Committee Chair. He is SBE Lifetime Certified as a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer and a Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist.

Recently, Steve worked with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to create a youth apprenticeship pathway for media broadcast technicians. Steve created the list of broadcast technical competencies to prepare for their apprenticeships. While broadcasting has seen a decline in people working in the technical areas, Steve has taken active steps to fill those ranks.

The Fellow honor is the highest membership level in the SBE. Members must have made significant contributions to the broadcast engineering field or the SBE. Candidates are nominated by their peers. Since the Society's founding 59 years ago, 83 members have been honored with the Fellow rank.

"Steve's commitment to broadcast engineer is unrivaled, and that dedication extends beyond broadcasting," said SBE President Andrea Cummis, CBT. "Steve deserves this honor."

Steve's honor was highlighted during the SBE Membership Meeting held on April 17 during the 2023 NAB Show. He will be recognized at the SBE National Meeting, which will be held in September in Columbus, OH. A list of all those who have been named SBE Fellows is posted on the SBE website at

SBE Membership Drive Runs thru May 31

With the theme, The SBE and YOU: The Perfect Fit, the SBE Membership Drive is running through May 31. SBE members are encouraged to recruit new members, and in doing so, could win prizes. The Grand Prize is a trip to the SBE National Meeting in the fall.
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FCC Triple Order for Unlicensed Devices in TV Bands

The FCC has issued a triple Order (FCC-23-24A1) to amend Part 15 of the rules for Unlicensed Operations in the Television Bands, Repurposed 600 Mhz Band, Guard Bands and Duplex Gap, and Channel 37. As the Commission continues taking steps to sustain and spur growth within the white space ecosystem, they adopt three orders addressing pending issues associated with white space devices.

The Report and Order requires mobile white space devices, which operate on TV channels 2-35, to comply with the same hourly database re-check interval that the Commission recently required for most fixed and Mode II personal/portable white space devices. They continue to require narrowband white space devices, which also operate on TV channels 2-35, to re-check the white space database once per day rather than once per hour due to their lower potential for causing harmful interference to protected services in the TV bands, including licensed wireless microphones.

The Order on Reconsideration denies a petition for reconsideration and upholds the Commission's decisions allowing mobile devices to operate at 16 watts EIRP and permitting narrowband white space devices to operate in all areas rather than limiting them to "less congested" areas.

The Memorandum Opinion and Order declines to allow the white space database to use terrain-based models, such as the Longley-Rice Irregular Terrain Model to determine which TV channels are available for white space device operation at a particular location. Instead the FCC requires that white space databases continue to use only the current model for determining TV channel availability.

Certification and Education
compiled by Jim Hermanson

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

  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 Certification Exam Preparation
To help prepare for an SBE certification exam, for information on taking the test, and to see passing scores, visit this page

Tracking Re-certification credit:
The SBE National Certification Committee has produced a brochure that you can use to help keep track of the activities you have completed during the 5 years of your SBE certification.

There is also an excel spreadsheet that you may use if you prefer to keep track on your computer.

Access the brochure or excel spreadsheet here.

If your certification expires July 1, 2023, please fill out the re-certification application and send it in to maintain your SBE certification.

Upgrade your SBE Certification

If you currently hold a Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE) or a Certified Senior Television Engineer (CSTE) certification and you have worked in the industry for at least 20 years, you may want to consider upgrading to the Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer (CPBE). There is no exam involved. You can find more information about the CPBE and applications here.

If you have any questions contact the Certification Director, Megan Clappe.

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.


May Webinars

Lighting Everything from Zoom Calls to Special Live Events

Thursday, May 4, 2023 | 1 p.m. CT

This session starts with a few basic lighting specifications and will work through light differences with an eye on color temperature and color rendering index of many LED light engines. The many options available for specific jobs as well as the history of lighting design will also be covered.

You will learn about basic lighting set ups and their challenges and conclude with a review of the recent Super Bowl halftime show lighting list to highlight the engineering needs for the event.

Your Instructor

Bob Culley, President, LightStream Design, Inc.
With more than 40 years of experience as a lighting designer for the media, Bob Culley started his career with MTV in 1981 and has worked lighting The Daily Show and PBS/Channel 13 in New York. With a focus on new technology, his consulting services design new studio lighting from tiny rooms to huge stages.

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.

2023 SBE RF Safety Course

Thursday, May 11, 2023 | 12 p.m. (Noon) CT

The SBE RF Safety Course provides an updated overview of RF radiation issues and practices for broadcasters, including:
  • Proving compliance at a broadcast site
  • Biological effects of RF radiation and the distinct differences between RF radiation and ionizing radiation
  • FCC, OSHA, state & local regulations - what they are and what you need to do to comply
  • Workplace hazards
  • Transmitter sites
  • SNG and ENG trucks
  • Remote operations (where news personnel can find problems such as on rooftops)
  • The unique issues at AM stations
  • RF hazard protection equipment - you may not need it but your contractors probably will
  • Signs - what they mean and what you need
The course is designed for broadcast station personnel, including chief and assistant chief engineers, transmitter site engineers, ENG and SNG maintenance personnel and management who need to have an understanding of RF safety issues and regulations.

It is recommended that persons taking the SBE RF Safety Course have at least some basic knowledge of electronics and understand the concept of frequency and power.

Your Instructor

Stephen Lockwood, CPBE, AMD, PE
Stephen Lockwood is a senior engineer and partner with Hatfield & Dawson Consulting Engineers, with more than 35 years experience in the field of broadcasting and telecommunications engineering. He is a Registered Professional Electrical (P.E.) Engineer in Washington, Alaska, and Wyoming, and holds a BS in electrical engineering and a BS in engineering physics from Oklahoma Christian University. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and Broadcast Technology Society elected AdCom Member, Member and past president of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE) and is a Member of Project Management Institute where he is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). He is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers where he holds the Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer (CPBE) and AM Directional Specialist (AMD) certifications, and he holds Amateur Radio Operator License K7SSL.

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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