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We are SBE Chapter 74 of the Midlands proudly serving Omaha, Lincoln, Council Bluffs and surrounding areas in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.  

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"Any time you see two engineers talking you can bet they are discussing a common problem or some topic that effects the industry."
The Next Meeting of SBE Chapter 74 will be 
Dinner and Comedy night!

Nazareth will be performing Friday, January 19th at
Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkhorn, Nebraska; 

Show starts at 7:30 PM.  Bring your spouse or a friend.

NOTE this is a comedy show you will laugh yourself silly!

Do not miss it!
Order show tickets yourself in advance, they are $15 plus a ticket fee,
This price is good if you sign up for the free “Fish Fan Club”
Go to: http://thefishomaha.com/
to purchase tickets and sign up for the Fan Club discount.
Dinner venue HAS CHANGED!
The Chapter will meet for supper before the show at Sam & Louies in Elkhorn. 
They have an Italian buffet for just $7.99. 
We will meet at 5:00 PM.
Please Email Chapter Chair Kevin Faris at kf64358@windstream.net 
to let him know how many are coming, RSVP. 
Note: Kevin had to cancel Johnny’s because they required a very large commitment which was not understood when the reservation was made.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Also on Januay 31 @ Denny’s 84th & I-80
This month there is an SBE74 two-fer, 
11:30 AM lunch and a presentation from Nick from Gates Air. 
He will do a presentation on their IP based audio STL's. 
Nick will also include a mini presentation on their water cooled FM transmitters.
Ennes Workshops Return to Nebraska
Save the date for Ennes Workshops coming to Nebraska at the
NBA/SBE Engineering Conference Wednesday, August 15, 2018 in Lincoln. 
Sponsors will be sought to pay the expenses. Anyone interested in sponsoring the event should contact Chapter Chair Kevin Faris. 
By having National SBE staff helping to plan and promote the event, it should be better than ever!  Stay tuned for details as they become available. 
Likely topics to expect are:

New Nebraska EAS Plan including CAP tests and alerts
Next Generation TV aka ATSC 3.0 coming to Nebraska 
Director of Technical Services Position Open @ Ralston Arena 
Keith Craig at Ralston Arena will be retiring his position soon with the City. 
If you know of anyone interested please have them contact
Stan Benis Arena GM at 402-934-9966 to get a job description.
They can also still contact Keith with questions at 402-953-6704.
How To Go To NAB Convention At Minimal Cost
SBE 74 members:  As I did last year, here is a breakdown of costs to attend this year’s NAB Convention in Las Vegas.  This is for 2 days of the 4 day run of the Exhibit Hall.  Wednesday & Thursday (April 11 & 12) are excellent days to be on the Exhibit Floor because there are fewer attendees then and you’ll have more time to spend with the manufacturers (and BSW!) you want to see. 
As of today (01-02-18) you can fly Southwest Airlines nonstop on Tuesday evening (10th) and Thursday evening (12th…..the show closes at 2pm on Thursday) for $213 round trip.  $104 outbound and $109 return. 
Even with a $32.00 per night Resort/Hotel fee that most hotels charge, you can still get a per night hotel rate UNDER $100.00 on the Strip (tax not included) if you shop……..and certainly under $140.00 including Resort/Hotel fee at a number of hotels.  Your entry to the Exhibit Hall is free by registering with the BSW code.  
Here is the breakdown: 
SWA April 10 & April 12   FLT # 678.  Non Stop Omaha to Las Vegas.  Depart 6:45pm.  Arrive 7:35 pm
                                            FLT # 661   Non Stop Las Vegas to Omaha.  Depart 6:00pm.  Arrive 10:40pm
Stratosphere Tower Hotel Casino.  Including daily Hotel Fee (they all do this) of $32.00 the cost is $95.00 per night + tax. 
Expect hotel and airfare to go higher the closer we get to NAB week.  Book now for these rates.
Buses are active for convention attendees from the major hotels so your transportation costs can be limited to and from the Las Vegas Airport.  Also, if you are in a hotel on the Strip you can take advantage of the monorail that goes direct to the Convention Center.  I believe the cost is around $5 or $6 per ride.  Cab fares to & from the airport run around $40.00 or less each way, including tip.
Meal costs are what you make them to be.  However, ANY SBE74 member who attends will have one dinner with me (John Lynch-BSW) on Wednesday night (April 11) so there is an additional cost savings.  Or, if you are getting to the NAB Show earlier than Tuesday night, you can join me on Tuesday night for dinner. Let me know you’ll be attending and I’ll get you the dinner schedule. johnl@bswusa.com
The concept here is the same as last year on NAB Show week.  Work your regular shift on Monday (9th) and Tuesday(10th) then head to the airport for the Tuesday evening nonstop flight to Las Vegas.   Then be on the Exhibit Floor all day Wednesday the 11th (till 6pm) and then dinner with me, followed by Thursday the 12th on the Exhibit Floor (till 2pm) and then to the airport for the flight to Omaha.   If you’re like one of my colleagues at BSW, you’ll have the cab driver “drive thru” at In & Out Burger on the way to the airport. J
Friday you’re back on your regular shift so you’ve been away from your place of employment for only two days, and learned a ton of new information that will be helpful at your station(s).
Hope to see you in Las Vegas.  With all you can accomplish during two days on the Exhibit Floor at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, this is much more affordable for your employers than a few years ago.   Good luck!
John Lynch
Broadcast Supply Worldwide (BSW)
Director of Business Development
SBE 74 Sponsor
 Tell SBE74 Newsletter Sponsors that you saw their posting here!

Tri State Tower, Inc.
Keith Chapman, President
(319) 373-5040  Main Number
Broadcasters General Store
Mary Schnelle - Sales
2480 SE 52nd Street
Ocala, FL 34480
513-899-3036 Phone
513-476-4474 Mobile
513-824-8113 Fax
Heartland Video Systems, Inc.
Pam Sortland & Bruce Kruse
375 Collins Rd NE, Suite 114
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Fax:  319-294-1341
Broadcast Supply Worldwide  
John Lynch
Director of Business Development
2237 South 19th Street
Tacoma, WA  98405
Main Line 253.565.2301
Direct 800.231.7058 | Fax 800.231.7055


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