The March meeting of the Society of Broadcast Engineers was held at the conference suite of Greater Media Philadelphia, 231 Saint Asaph's Road, Bala Cynwyd PA with 24 members and guests in attendance. Thanks go out to Larry Paulausky, John Arndt and Angela Lofton for their assistance and to John Bisset (Northeast Regional RF Sales Manager) and Ted Lantz (Manager for HD Products) of Broadcast Electronics for sponsoring the pizza and drinks (provided by Allegro Pizza).


Mark Humphrey, Chapter 18 Chair, started the business meeting and brought up a few SBE related elements.


*The SBE @ the NAB Convention was brought up, the schedule of which can be found on the SBE National website: and clicking on "Short Circuits". A lifetime achievement award and giveaways will highlight the annual membership meeting at NAB. SBE members can take advantage of the partnership rate if they take advantage of full registration. For further information on registration, please see the NAB Show website at and click on "partner rate".


*New at the NAB Show will be the new AM Directional Array certification exam.


*The membership drive ends May 31st with many prizes being offered including a trip to the National SBE Meeting.


*Membership continues to grow. The SBE now has 5572 members, a gain of 47 over last year.


*Awards nominations are still in progress.


*A leadership skills seminar is being offered at a cost of $545.00. The seminar contains management and people skills for broadcast engineers.


Bill Gellhaus mentioned that Ron Simpson, former chapter chair, retired from WCHR and is currently living in Arizona, where his son, Mark serves as a Director of Engineering for a radio station group.


Walt Bundy mentioned the next SMPTE programs and Bill Gellhaus mentioned the next programs for AES.


John Bisset mentioned the death of Morris Blum, owner of WANN in Annapolis MD at the age of 95. He was highly active with EAS.




Ted Lantz, Manager of HD products for Broadcast Electronics, gave the presentation with the following topics discussed:

*Current Status

*HD Radio Review

*Audio Routing

*Next Generation Technologies

*RF Installation

*Spectral Measurements

*Data Delivery

*STL Requirements


Some factoids brought out of the presentation:

*The FCC is currently working on details concerning night time operation.

*The secondary audio service has just been approved for secondary operation.

*578 licencees/237 on air--grows every month.

*Philadelphia has 13/8 according to Ibiquity.

Receivers available are:

*Kenwood KTC-HR-100


*Panasonic CQ-CB9000U

*Boston Acoustics Receptor Table Top Radio

*Visator, Delphi, Alpine, Sanyo and others shown     at CES w/o 5 January 2005.


For details on the technical aspects of the presenation, please contact John Bisset at Broadcast Electronics (jbisset at or Ted Lantz at Broadcast Electronics (tlantz at and they will provide you with a CD of the presentation. There are numerous whitepapers on the subject available from Ibiquity and Broadcast Electonics available.





Meeting notes taken and transcribed by Robert Weiss


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