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Wednesday February 22 for Lunch @ 11:30 AM

 Solar Electrical Power equipment has advanced a lot in recent years.  Many say it’s practical application is upon us.  Excess power generated during the day can even be sent into the grid and sold to the power company. 

Michael Shonka of Solar Heat and Electric will describe how locally installed solar power can offer cost savings on the electric bill and may be especially helpful at transmitter sites.  His company is reaching out to broadcasters to help us understand how best to design an efficient system that integrates with commercial power and emergency power generators. 

Come with your questions and stories.


Denny’s Restaurant Meeting Room

84th and I-80, Omaha

11:30 AM Wednesday

Everyone is welcome, SBE membership is NOT a requirement to attend meetings and presentations.  

March SBE74 Program Planned:

Flood communications plant tour

Annual SBE Chapter 74 Elections

Nominations are Open, the following people have been nominated so far:

John Carpenter - MLB – Treasurer
Walt Strogoff - NET – Secretary
Darrel Sudduth - Retired - Vice Chair
Kevin Faris - ATS - Chair

Elections are held at the March meeting each year. 

Committees are appointed by the Chair and may include:

Frequency Coordination
State Convention

Any SBE Member is invited to run for an office or an appointment. 
Save The Date:

Wednesday August 16, 2017

NBA/SBE74 Annual Engineering Conference

Embassy Suites, La Vista Nebraska
Here are a few of items from the National Office:

The SBE RF101 webinar series will continue on March 2 at 1 pm CT with Module 2, Transmission Systems. Register at the SBE website.

Module 1, Introduction to RF, is now available as an “on-demand” webinar.

SBE Membership renewal letters were mailed to each member at the end of January. Please renew your membership at your first opportunity.
A SBE certification exam session will be available at the NAB Show, on Tuesday, April 25. Register to take an exam through the SBE office by March 17.
National SBE Meeting will be in Denver this year October 25-26, 2017



SBE74 Founder Gale Totten RIP

From Omaha World Harold:

Totten, Gale A. Feb 28, 1921 - Nov 3, 2016 Age 95 of Lincoln, NE. Born in Rock Township, KS to George and Etta (Graham) Totten. Vice President of Engineering with May Broadcasting, subsequently Assistant Director of Engineering for Nebraska Educational Television (NETV). Family members include his wife, Betty; children, Gary (Kathy) Totten, Linda (Jon) Vanderhoof, Sandi Hogan, Pam Webb, Patti Larson and Terry (Michaela) Totten; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers; 2 sisters. GRAVESIDE SERVICE 2pm Friday, November 11, 2016 at Voss -Mohr Cemetery, 132nd and Harrison, Omaha, NE. Following the Graveside Service, a Celebration of His Life will be at the Montclair Community Center, 2304 S. 135th Avenue, Omaha, NE. ROPER & SONS FUNERAL SERVICES 4300 O St., Lincoln, NE (402) 476-1225 Condolences online atRoperandsons.com




NBA Engineers:

One of our Omaha-area commercial members is seeking engineering support on a contract basis, for monthly maintenance other needs that may arise.  (This is NOT the LPFM I emailed you about last week).  It’s not a full time role but it could provide you with some added income on a fairly flexible basis.

If you are interested in learning more, please reply to me at jim@ne-ba.org  

Thank you,
Jim Timm
President/Executive Director
Nebraska Broadcasters Association

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