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SBE Chapter 74 of the Midlands
Serving Omaha, Lincoln, Council Bluffs and Surrounding Areas
in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa

Next Meeting
SBE Tower Light Regulations Webinar Playback
Wednesday March 30th 11:30 AM

The SBE74 meeting will be at Denny’s Restaurant 84th & I-80, Omaha
 
This SBE Webinar presents an overview of the changes
made to the recently published FAA advisory circular.

The FCC has adopted the standards as well https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-15-1391A1.pdf .
The FAA advisory affects new tower construction or tower alterations.

The webinar focuses on the major changes in
tower regulations that all broadcasters should know.
David Shepeard of Drake Lighting, Inc. is the leader.
Attending this Webinar qualifies for 1 credit,
under Category I of the SBE Recertification Schedule.
The chapter will get a special group rate
on the paid webinar, no charge to attendees.
 
Chapter Elections take place in March each year.
Officers may serve for two terms.
The nominees proposed at the February 25
chapter meeting by Nominations Chair Ed Bok are as follows:

Jim Skinner – KPTM/KXVO TV – Chair (incumbent)
Jeff Heins – My Bridge Radio – Vice Chair (incumbent)
Darrel Sudduth – Retired – Secretary (incumbent)
John Carpenter – MLB – Treasurer (new officer)

Chapter members present in February accepted Ed Bok’s nominations and voted to close the nominations.
 
If any last minute nominations are desired, contact EBok@kptm.com

Opportunity to Bring Ennes Workshops to Nebraska!
 
Nebraska Broadcasters Association (NBA) Engineering Sessions
will be on Wednesday August 17, 2016 at Embassy Suites in Lincoln.

Good News, SBE national has the date open to bring
Ennes Engineering workshops to Nebraska!  I believe this is a first.

The cost is significant, but it goes to promote the event. 
SBE74 has the funds to cover the costs involved and still have money for other projects.
This will put the NBA/SBE74 Engineering Conference on the map.
 
Sessions would include subjects for both radio and TV. 
It is organized for us by SBE National staff and Ennes Foundation Trustees.
The Conference Workshops would be hosted by Ennes Trustee Fred Baumgartner. 
The chapter as a whole needs to approve such a big expenditure. 
We must decide by the March 30 meeting.
Please contact Jim Skinner with your input at JSkinner@kptm.com 

SBE Chapter 74 wishes to give a special word of Thanks
to Warren Behrens and his engineering crew at KETV
for the fine tour of 7 Burlington Station in February.

An amazing blend of history and the latest technology in TV broadcasting.
 We had a good turn out and a fun time had by all.

David Messing Photos:
The Burlington League and KETV tour Feb 25, 2016

Here is a special request to the Midlands Chapter from National SBE

I am chairing the Nominations Committee for the Society of Broadcast Engineers this year. I am reaching out as we are looking for qualified candidates which are members in good standing and holding an engineering-level certification. Chapter 74 has been identified as having some potential candidates so I would appreciate it if you could spread the word at your next meeting and through any other communications methods your chapter uses. Please have anyone that is interested contact me at rjrussell@sbe.org.
 
Regards,
RJ
--
Robert "RJ" Russell, CPBE
Member, Board of Directors
Society of Broadcast Engineers
rjrussell@sbe.org

On March 15 there was a meeting of the Nebraska Amber Alert Committee
at the Attorney General’s office in Lincoln.
It was held to review the abduction and successful rescue of a 2 month old child on
February 20 in Fairbury Nebraska.
It was reported that the person who tipped off the police had heard the
Amber Alert and directed them to the suspect and the child.
 
NEMA, State Patrol and Attorney General’s Office all are
interested in seeing State and local CAP messages through
FEMA IPAWS to become a reality in Nebraska. 
Amber alerts will be disseminated much faster
and more clearly once that system is established. 
The previous system proposed by NEMA is being decommissioned
and a new IPAWS option is expected as soon as possible. 
No timeline has been established though.
 
The goal is for Nebraska EAS RMTs to come through IPAWS similar to the NPT sent in February.
 
This is not official, but a report by:
Jim Skinner
TV Representative NE-SECC

All are welcome to attend any SBE74 meeting.
To signup for the newsletter email jskinner@kxvo.com

Select "Meeting Info" to see info from past SBE74 Meetings.

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