Wednesday March 29 for Lunch @ 11:30 AM

Lunch at Godfathers Pizza Party Room
2117 S 67th St, Omaha NE at 11: 30

Followed by Baxter Arena Technical Tour

Will begin about 12:40 PM. 

Annual SBE Chapter 74 Elections

The following people were nominated in February:

-        John Carpenter – (MLB) – Treasurer

-        Walt Strogoff – (NET) – Secretary

-        Darrel Sudduth – (Retired) - Vice Chair

-        Kevin Faris – (ATS) - Chair

Additional Nominations will be accepted or written in at the meeting.

Committees are appointed by the Chair and may include:

-        Programs

-        Certification

-        Frequency Coordination

-        Newsletter

-        State Convention

-        Website

 Any SBE Member is invited to run for an office or an appointment.  
Re-Certification credits are available for service.

March SBE74 Program Planned:

Many good programs are being planned for months ahead.

And much work has already been done to prepare for the NBA Engineering Conference.

Jeff Heins has offered to continue helping coordinate programs.

Email ideas (especially if you can help make arrangements) to:
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

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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 National Weather Service will be conducting a Test Tornado Drill on Wednesday, March 29th.

The National Weather Service will use the actual TOR EAS code as if it was a real Tornado Warning. 

The FCC has granted Nebraska and Iowa a waiver to use the live TOR codes.

The backup days are Thursday, March 30th or Friday, March 31st if we have severe weather in the area on March 29th. 

Here is the timeline for the Wednesday, March 29th Drill

1000 AM CDT....The Storm Prediction Center issues a Test Tornado Watch for all counties in Iowa and Nebraska.  

The test message will be tone alerted and sent through the Emergency Alert System using the TOA code.  

The watch will be valid for one hour.

 1030 AM CDT...Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) that serve Nebraska and Iowa issue a TEST Tornado Warning for their Nebraska Counties and Iowa Counties valid for 20 minutes.

This is the time that counties may be sounding sirens. 

This will be sent using the actual EAS Tornado code “TOR”

 1050 AM CDT.....WFOs across Nebraska and Iowa issue a Severe Weather Statement cancelling their tornado warning.

1100 AM CDT…The test tornado watch expires for all of Nebraska and Iowa.

 For more information on Severe Weather Awareness Week, go to the following web site:

Brian E. Smith
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley, NE 

402-359-5166, X726


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