Next Chapter Meeting Wed October 31
BSW will take care of lunch for all attending members!
11:30 AM, Denny’s at 84th & I-80,
The presenter will be Chapter Sponsor John Lynch,
Director of Business Development for
Broadcast Supply Worldwide (BSW) of Tacoma WA.  
Members know that John is based here in Omaha.
The presentation will highlight new technologies from three major manufacturers;  
- Comrex,
- Wheatstone
- Insoft LLC. 
John will be joined remotely by Chris Crump of Comrex and
Alex Bonello of Insoft LLC to explain the technology behind their new products.
Comrex is introducing in November two new members of its audio codec line,
the ACCESS-NX Rack and a multi-channel ACCESS-NX Rack,
along with the new EARSHOT IFB
which brings the power of VOIP to IFB technology.
Insoft LLC created a BSW exclusive the HDV-Mixer,
a video for radio system to expand your audience. 
This is a presentation that on-air talent and sales are welcome to attend.  
Wheatstone’s popular Wheatnet Digital Studio system
will also be on display and highlighting new developments in that series. 
Don’t miss out,
anyone interested in SBE and/or BSW products is welcome to attend!
Wednesday October 31st for lunch at Denny’s in Omaha
A BIG Thank You to Mitch Peters -  Eaton Corporation
For a thorough and interesting technical presentation on
The latest in Uninterruptable Power Supply Technology
He discussed:

UPS moving to Lithium battery technology.
Improvements in Flywheel UPS combined with generators.
How lead acid batteries can be damaged during testing.
Designing UPS systems so they are easy to expand.
Many more details on proper design and maintenance of UPSs.

We really appreciate Mitch for buying lunch for the group!
If you need further information feel free to contact:
Mitch A Peters - UPS Sales Engineer
for Neb/Iowa Territory, Data Center Segment
Eaton Power Quality
4202 Dahlman Ave, Omaha NE 68107
Office: 402-608-4731


Save The Date!
 Coming up Wednesday January 30th, 2019.
SBE74 tour of the new MyBridge Radio facility in Lincoln,

MyBridge has limited parking, so we will carpool from a restaurant. 
Stay tuned for more details! 


Nominations are Being Sought for TV Rep on State EAS Committee
The Nebraska State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC)
is a volunteer group which the FCC expects each state to maintain. 
The primary charge of the SECC is to write and maintain
the State Emergency Alert System (EAS) Plan.  
In Nebraska the committee is currently made up of nine volunteer members
representing nine stake holders in the emergency alerting community.

Broadcast Radio
Broadcast TV
Cable TV Companies
Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET)
Nebraska Broadcasters Association (NBA)
Nebraska Emergency Management (NEMA)
Nebraska State Patrol (NSP)
Local Emergency Managers
National Weather Service (NWS)

More information is available at
 Jim Skinner has served as the Broadcast Television Representative
to the Nebraska SECC since 2010.  He is retiring from full-time employment
in December and therefore is stepping down from the committee.
If you work in Broadcast TV and are interested or know of someone
who may be a good fit for the state committee please contact Nebraska SECC Chair
Rod Zeigler at (308)324-2371 or
The Nebraska SECC will meet in December 2018
and will consider nominees at that time.


2018 National SBE Board Takes Office, 
Committee Chairs Assigned
The Society of Broadcast Engineers,
the association for broadcast and
multimedia technology professionals,
held its National Meeting Oct. 2 and 3 in Danvers, MA,
in conjunction with the Media Resource Expo.
Among the events during those two days,
the SBE Board of Directors met,
and the SBE held its annual Membership Meeting.
SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, announced his
committee chair appointments for the coming year.  
The committee chair assignments follow:




Tom McGinley, CPBE, AMD, CBNT


Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB


Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNE

Chapter Liaison

Mark Fehlig, CPBE, 8-VSB


Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE


Troy Pennington, CSRE, CBNT


Roswell Clark, CPBE, CBNT

Frequency Coordination

R.J. Russell, CPBE

Government Relations

Kevin Trueblood, CBRE, CBNT


Charles W. Kelly Jr.


Steve Brown, CPBE, CBNT


Kimberly K. Sacks, CBT


Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT


Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO

Social Networking

Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE

Sustaining Membership

Stephen H. Lampen, CBRE


Shane Toven, CBRE, CBNT


On the committee assignments, President Leifer said,
"We have a wide range of talent and skills represented by
our committee chairs. I look forward to working with all
of them in the coming year to further the goals of the SBE …"
The national board of directors of the SBE is responsible for
the development of policy and determines the programs
and services the society provides to its more than 5,000 members.

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SBE Certification Exam Schedule

Exam Dates


Application Deadline


October 20, 2018

Exam session in NYC during the AES convention


Nov 2-12, 2018

Local Chapters


Feb 1-11, 2019

Local Chapters

Dec 31, 2018

April 9, 2019

Exams during the NAB Show
in Las Vegas

March 1, 2019

June 7-17, 2019

Local Chapters

April 19, 2019

August 2-12, 2019

Local Chapters

June 3, 2019

Nov 1-11, 2019

Local Chapters

Sept 24, 2019





 When you are ready to take an SBE exam, please fill out the appropriate application and send it into the SBE National office.
Certification Study software is available for sale at:
To find out more on SBE Certification go to:
The local Certification Chair is Jim Leedham
You may also contact Megan at the national SBE Certification Office:
Phone: 317-846-9000
Certification is an excellent way to learn new skills and move up in your chosen profession!
There are many certification levels in radio, TV and Computer Networking.  
You are encouraged to study and prepare for these valuable exams.
The study software is a good tool to help you know when you are ready for a particular level.
OFFICERS of SBE Chapter 74
 Chapter Chair &
Frequency Coordinator:
Kevin Faris, ATS
Cell: 402-681-4439
Work: 402-345-6400
Home: 402-296-6907
Chapter Vice Chair:
Darrel Sudduth, Retired
Chapter Secretary:
Walt Strogoff
Chapter Treasurer & Certification: 
Jim Leedham CPBE/CBNT

Jeff Heins, My Bridge Radio
Chapter Newsletter Editor:
Jim Skinner CPBE CBNT
402-554-4269 direct
Website :
Joe Meldrum, KETV ABC 7
Four officers are elected yearly in March.
Committee Chairs are appointed by the Chapter Chair.
If you wish to become a member of Chapter 74,
Just join the national Society of Broadcast Engineers,
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