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"These webinars are an excellent way to keep up-to-date with new issues in broadcast engineering. They are a real bargain, since there are no travel expenses. And, they can be reviewed at a later time, by all attendees."


- Keith Kintner, CPBE, CBNT


Upcoming Live Webinars

Thursday, November 29

ATSC 3.0, Module 3: Implementation of the Transport and

Physical Layers

S. Merrill Weiss, President of the Merrill Weiss Group will be presenting. Module 3 of the SBE ATSC 3.0 webinar series covers the practical implementation aspects of the ATSC 3.0 system at the Transport and Physical Layers, including their interconnection and inter-layer communications.  It is based largely on ATSC standard A/324 and several of its coming extensions.  The webinar will examine notional organization of equipment in the system and the protocols that connect the various system elements.  It also will look at the wider system context in which the Transport and Physical Layer components are installed and by which they are controlled.  Equipment to be covered in detail are Broadcast Gateways and Exciters and the Studio-to-Transmitter Links that interconnect them.  Protocols to be covered include the Data Source Transport Protocol (DSTP), the ATSC 3.0 Link Layer Transport Protocol (ALPTP), the Studio-to-Transmitter Link Transport Protocol (STLTP), Error Correction Coding, Security elements, and several other aspects of the systems that deliver ATSC 3.0 data to transmitters and control their emissions.  Also covered will be implementation of Single-Frequency Networks (SFNs), Channel Bonding, and other models of operation of the ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer..

Members $59 and Non Members $89.  Register Here.


The SBE was saddened to learn of the passing of industry leader Richard Strickland.  With that, the 2018 RF Safety Course scheduled for November 15 has been postponed. The previous SBE webinar presentaion on RF Safety remains available.

Watch for announcements about more webinars in the Advanced RF Series and the ATSC 3.0/Next Gen TV Series, coming in 2019.


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SBE ATSC 3.0 Series

ATSC 3.0 Webinar: Module 1 - Introduction to ATSC 3.0

Length 1 hour, 10 minutes

This webinar will provide an overview of the ATSC 3.0 system capabilities including physical layer, signaling, audio, video, captions, interactivity, and advanced emergency messaging.  You willl receive an introduction to the suite of Standards and Recommended Practices documents and an overview of the SBE ATSC 3.0 Specialist Certification.

ATSC 3.0, Module 2: Overview of the Physical Layer

Length 1 hour, 4 minutes

This presentation will cover the scope of the physical standards, the architecture of physical layer, its functional descriptions and the mandatory modes of operation, followed by a few optional technologies and a summary.


SBE RF Series: RF101 Terrestrial Transmission Course


RF101: Module 1 - Introduction to Radio Frequency (RF)                      Length: 1 hour, 16 minutes

Presenter: Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT

Join us for the first module of the new SBE RF101:Terrestrlal Transmission Systems course, Introduction to Radio Frequency (RF). The webinar includes: Definition of RF and Electromagnetic radiation and spectrum, Electric and magnetic fields, The Inverse Square Law and Attenuation of EM waves, Frequency bands and RF wave characteristics, Units of power: dB and dBm, History of RF, and Safety issues introduction: Exposure and limits.

RF101: Module 2, Transmission Lines                                            Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes Presenter: Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT

This is the second in an eight-part series that presents an overview of RF needed to understand and work with the RF end of the system. Join us for the RF101: Module 2 Transmission Lines. Taught by Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT, the webinar continues the RF101 training and discusses these topics: the definition and types of transmission lines; impedance and its importance to applications; losses associated with coax; wavelength considerations which impact the broadcast facility; return losses (including VSWR and standing waves), and power considerations of both coax and connectors.

RF101: Module 3, Towers, Antennas, and Transmission Systems   Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes  

Presenter: Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT

This module continues the RF101 Series and covers these topics: transmission systems block diagram; common RF system components; antennas and terms; isotropic radiator; dipole and polarization; wavelength versus antenna size; variations on the dipole; and antenna gain introduction. This course is targeted to those with minimal or no background in RF and/or are relatively new to the field. This eight-part series serves as a refresher for more seasoned engineers.

RF101; Module 4, Antenna Gain - Feed-Line Loss                    Length: 1 hour, 36 minutes

Presenter: Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT

The information learned in Modules 2 and 3 focus into this important discussion highlighting the relationship between gain and loss. Calculations and examples are discussed  in these topics: coverage requirements; ERP versus TPO; review of directivity and gain; system losses; single radiator, multiple radiators, and other gain/loss calculations. This webinar continues the eight-part series that is targeted to those with minimal or no background in RF and/or are relatively new to the field. This multi-module course will present an overview of RF needed to understand the basics and make informed decisions. 

RF101: Module 5, Modulation Fundamentals                         Length: 1 hour, 11 minutes

Presenter: Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT

This webinar will cover the basics of the various modulation methods used in broadcasting.  The discussion will begin with an overview of the communications model and progress to the following: modultion definition, classes of amplifiers and efficiency; analog modulation priciples of AM & FM; digital modulation principles; IBOC Radio; Digital TV; bit error rate function; forward error correction; constellation and eye diagrams; and signal and noise.

RF101: Module 6, AM, FM, TV RF Propagation                     Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Presenter: Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT   

This introductory propagation webinar builds upon the previous modules with further discussion of the various ways RF is propagated in the atmosphere.  The discussion will include the following: free space path loss; terrestrial propagation; predicted coverage and the aspects that can affect reception (such as terrain and interference); and a more in-depth look into AM, FM & TV signals.

RF101: Module 7, RF Test and Measurement                        Length: 1 hour, 16 minutes  

Presenter: Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT

This introductory RF Test and Measurement webinar will explore the common transmission measurements that engineers will be called upon to perform.  This will include - but is not limited to - frequency, power, occupied bandwidth and modulation. Technical considerations specific to each test will be considered along with applicable FCC rules.  A brief look into antenna and feed-line measurements will furnish a better understanding of what to expect from a good operation transmission system.  Tests specific to AM, FM and TV broadcast will be examined. 

RF101: Module 8, FCC Regulations                                           Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Presenter: Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT   

This introduction to FCC regulations will explore the rules commonly applicable to broadcast facilities, which all engineers will be called upon to understand and apply.  Sample topics include: Regulations: Friend or Foe?, Navigating the Maze, About the FCC, Checklists, Rules Common to All Services, AM specific, FM specific and DTV specific.


SBE Advanced RF Series: RF201

Advanced RF Series: RF 201: Module 1 - FM Transmitter Systems

Length 1 hour, 17 minutes

This webinar discusses the basic operational theory of FM Transmitters, and goes in depth on the proper care and maintenance of existing systems, as well as design of new ones. HD Radio/IBOC installation will also be covered. 

Advanced RF Series: RF 201: Module 2 - FM Antenna Systems   

Length 1 hour, 23 minutes

This webinar covers a host of topics as they relate to side mounted FM antennas, FM multiuser panel antennas, and the filter networks needed to combine the individual FM stations onto these custom antennas.  Topics include; antenna input power and transmitter output power; how to calculate the transmission line loss of the feed line running up your tower; antenna gain and antenna radiation pattern considerations; calculation of the FM  stations ERP; and theory of operation of side mounted FM antenna arrays. 

Advanced RF Series: RF 201: Module 3 - AM Directional Antenna Systems

Length 1 hour, 22 minutes

This webinar covers a host of topics as they relate to AM directional antenna systems.  Topics will include: basics of non-directional antenna system design; optional methods of feeding an AM tower; basic theory of directional pattern development; two-tower directional antenna system design; power divider, phase shift network and antenna tuning unit (ATU) design; sample system design; low power tower design considerations; proper trouble shooting of typical directional antenna system problems; and HD Radio design considerations.

RF 201 Module 4 - Transmitter Site Grounding

Length 1 hour, 29 minutes

This webinar covers the elements of a building's wiring, bonding and grounding (including lightning protection) that pertain to proper operation and improved up-time at communications facilities at little cost.  The presentation provides some basic theory and concentrates  on actual experiences at broadcast facilities where grounding and lightning protection were of paramount importance in maintaining system availability. 



Broadcast Infrastructure Cybersecurity Webinar Series Module 1:

Introduction & Network Security Principals                               Length 1 hour, 23 minutes 

This is the first presentation of a four-part series on Cybersecurity presented by Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE.   In this session, you will receive  an introduction to cybersecurity in the broadcast plant as well as an overview of the security policy.   The course also covers the structured security implementation and hardening the broadcast IP Network.  

Broadcast Infrastructure Cybersecurity Webinar Module 2:

Understanding the Firewall                                                           Length 1 hour, 28 minutes

In this second part of the Cybersecurity Series, Presenter Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, discusses the access control list (ACL) and the firewall.  He will review “Firewall Implementation & Ruleset Configuration as well as applying the security policy through the firewall ruleset.

Module 3: Understanding Secured Remote Access      Length 1 hour, 9 minutes

In this the third presentation in the series, secured remote access and establishing secured remote access will be discussed. This session also reviews VPN implementation and configuration.


Module 4: Security Verification Through Penetration Testing  

Length 1 hour, 10 minutes

In this final presentation of the series, proactive security monitoring is discussed.  Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, will also provide an overview of network penetration testing and network presentation testing tools. Examples are included in the discussion


HD Radio

HD Radio Advancements and Trends                                                Length: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Presenter: Alan Jurison, CSRE, AMD, DRB, CBNE

SBE Members: FREE; Non-Members: $89

This webinar will review some of the newest HD Radio features (Artist Experience, Data Services via HD) and implementation of HD Radio in the automotive space.  Most automotive manufacturers are including HD Radio in their latest vehicles.  We will discuss the receivers that already supporting this technology to give background on what support is out there, and what is on the horizon. This presentation is intended to be both an overview (high level discussion) for non-engineering managers but we will also have a brief lower level technical discussion for engineers as well.  Information will be shared on field evaluations of the tangible of tangible benefits of elevated digital power.  And some tips will be shared to help make sure your stations offer the best experience for your listeners.

HD Radio Diversity Delay Field Observations                                    Length: 1 hour, 32 minutes

Presenter: Alan Jurison, CSRE, AMD, DRB, CBNE

HD Radio logoSBE Members FREE thanks to HD Radio Non-Members $89

The hybrid digital and analog broadcasting solution deployed in the United States, FM and AM IBOC, more commonly known as HD Radio*, allows simultaneous transmission of broadcast radio signals in both the analog and digital domain. A key component is that receivers can immediately acquire the analog signal and then transition (or blend) into the digital signal after it has acquired and buffered.

Field Observations of Elevated FM HD (IBOC) Power Levels              Length: 1 hour, 23 minutes Presenter: Alan Jurison, CSRE, AMD, DRB, CBNE

In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission adopted new technical rules to permit FM stations to voluntarily increase hybrid digital power levels from -20dBc to -14dBc for most stations, and set a system to allow some stations to achieve up to -10dBc. Since that date, many stations have updated their transmission facilities to take advantage of the power increase. This presentation will discuss field observations of elevated FM HD power levels on select stations and, in particular, in how they relate to the significant improvement in overall digital performance in the OEM automotive environment.

Deploying Artist Experience (Album Art) via HD Radio                  Length: 1 hour, 26 minutes      

Presenter: Alan Jurison, CSRE, AMD, DRB, CBNE

7One of the most recent advances in the HD Radio system is the ability to transmit images that correspond with the audio programming on any FM HD radio channel. Because of the increasing receiver base for album art, and the ability for terrestrial radio to stay relevant and competitive with other mediums, it is strongly encouraged that all stations implement this feature on their stations. This presentation will dissect this topic in three parts, and is intended to be both an overview discussion for managers and technical discussion for those who will be implementing the technology, or for those who just want to learn more about how it works.


Safety Related Webinars

Transmitter Site Safety                                                           Length 1 hour, 13 minutes

This webinar covers the various aspects of safety at the transmitter site. You will learn steps that can be taken to reduce, avoid or eliminate hazards and about various items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the situations that require them.  Learn approaches to use to show value when talking to management.

RF Safety Course                                                          Length: 3 hour, 10 minutes  

This course provides an updated overview of RF radiation issues and practices for broadcasters, including: proving compliance at a broadcast site; biological effects of RF radiation and the distinct differences between RF radiation and ionizing radiation; FCC and OSHA regulations - what they are and what you need to do to comply; workplace hazards; t ransmitter sites; SNG and ENG trucks; remote operations (where news personnel can find problems such as on rooftops); the unique issues at AM stations, RF hazard protection equipment - you may not need it but your contractors probably will; and s igns - what they mean and what you need.


It is designed for broadcast station personnel, including chief and assistant chief engineers, transmitter site engineers, ENG and SNG maintenance personnel and management who need to have an understanding of RF safety issues and regulations. It is recommended that persons taking the SBE RF Safety Course have at least a basic knowledge of electronics and understand the concept of frequency.  Noted RF Safety expert Richard Strickland serves as the instructor for this course.

"This was an excellent webinar.  Anyone who works with/near transmitters or near active antennas, on a rooftop or up on a tower, should take this course.  I enjoyed the real-world examples and stories that that instructor wove into the course information.  This was informative and entertaining, but of most importance, knowledge gained from the content presented will keep webinar participants safe on the job."

- Keaton Sovel, Broadcast Engineer, Iowa Public Radio


Fundementals of IP Networking Series

The Fundamentals of IP Neworking Series, Part 1:

Standards & the Physical Layer                                                           Length: 1 hour, 24 minutes

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

Part 1 serves as an introduction for the remaining series parts and will focus on understanding the IEEE, IETF and OSI standards found today in an Ethernet-based IP network. Physical layer exposure will focus on application and integration of the various Ethernet standards. Presented by Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, this series focuses on understanding underlying technology, standards and protocols utilized in a modern Ethernet-based IP network in the broadcast technical plant.

The Fundamentals of IP Networking Series, Part 2:             Length: 1 hour, 18 minutes

Ethernet Switching Fundamentals and Implementation

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

Continuing The Fundamentals of IP Networking Webinar Series, Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, presents Part 2 focusing on Ethernet switching in an LAN environment as a fundamental building block to network implementation.  Understanding the Data-Link Layer of the OSI model provides the foundation to implement the functionality of a switched Ethernet network that includes Ethernet switch internals, physical network addressing, VLAN implementation to create a segmented network, link redundancy, and the value of a managed Ethernet switch environment in the broadcast technical facility. 


The Fundamentals of IP Networking Series, Part 3:             

IP Routing and Internetworking Fundamentals                        Length: 1 hour, 24 minutes     

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

Continuing The Fundamentals of IP Networking Webinar Series, Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, presents Part 3 focusing on understanding IP routing and applying concepts in practical internetworking by exploring the foundation and protocols of Layer 3 of the OSI model.  Specific topics to be covered include understanding the role of routed protocols, IP addressing (subnetting), IP routing protocol section, and the role of layer three protocols such as ICMP and ARP.


The Fundamentals of IP Networking Series, Part 4: Building a Segmented IP Network Focused on Performance & Security                                  Length: 1 hour, 18 minutes 

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

Continuing The Fundamentals of IP Networking Webinar Series, Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, presents Part 4.  This course will bring the conceptual aspects of previous webinars together to understand how to design and implement a segmented network infrastructure designed for performance and security.  Best practice approaches will be presented to insure network performance and security.  Specific topics will include developing an IP addressing plan, segmentation techniques, and Access Control List (ACL) implementation.

The Fundamentals of IP Networking Series, Part 5: Cybersecurity Fundamentals & Securing the Network                                                             Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes  

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

Continuing The Fundamentals of IP Networking Webinar Series, Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, presents Part 5.  Part 5 will wrap up the webinar series by providing an understanding of the conceptual aspects of network security and practical structured implementation steps.  Practical implementation practices will focus upon "defense in depth" tactics that include the creation of a security policy, physical security, Ethernet switch security, and layer 3 security approaches. 


Advanced IP Networking Series

Advanced IP Networking-The Network of Networks (Part 1) -                 Length: 70 Minutes

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

The Advanced IP Networking series builds upon the fundamentals of IP Networking presented in the previous offered IP Networking webinar series.The fundamental principles become the foundation to applying previously learned theoretical concepts into real world practical implementations.

The first of the series offered in 2014 will focus upon implementation of multiple isolated, but structured networks built upon a common physical infrastructure. Isolated networks examples will include performance, security, and policy factors that may be used in implementation decisions. Implementation examples will use actual network equipment configuration.

Advanced IP Networking: Routing the Network of Networks (Part 2)             Length: 70 minutes

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

This is the second webinar in the Advanced IP Networking series. Part 2 builds on the previous Network of Networks webinar by incorporating IP Layer 3 routing and selective access features utilizing Access Control Lists (ACL) to a VLAN based layer 2 multiple network based infrastructure. Theoretical concepts of routing protocol choices and ACL implementation will be reinforced with real-world equipment configuration examples.

Advanced IP Networking- Securing the Network of Networks (Part 3)         Length: 80 minutes

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

The third webinar in this series will focus on implementing switch port security, outside access options to network resources, and general network security best practices.

Advanced IP Networking - Addressing the Network of Networks (Part 4)

Presenter: Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE                     Length: 90 Minutes

The Advanced IP Networking Webinar series continues with part 4: Addressing the Network of Networks. This webinar will build upon the previous webinars in this series by developing an IP addressing scheme for the segmented or layer network architecture developed throughout the series. A focus upon efficient use of public IPv4 address space will be provided in addition to integration of private IPv4 address space.

IPv6 Networking for Broadcasters                                                    Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes

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

In order to keep up with the competition, broadcasters need to know more about IPv6, particularly as they are considering how their customers are increasingly turning to the Internet to get various content. This webinar focuses on IPv6 background, the current state of the industry, IPv6 technology basics (terminology focus), and expand on the technical details of implementation.


Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer Study Topics

Networking Technology for Broadcast Engineers                                           Length: 120 minutes each

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

Webinar 1 -TCP/IP & UDP Fundamentals, IP Addressing - IPv4 focused

Webinar 2 - IPv6 Fundamentals, Switching and Routing, QoS Basics, Controlling Traffic and Security Concerns 

This introduction- to intermediate- level series of 2 webinars focuses on TCP/IP based networking fundamentals in an Ethernet environment. Topics to be covered include TCP/IP and UDP Fundamentals, IP Addressing, Sub-netting Basics, an Introduction to IPv6, Switching Fundamentals, VLAN Use, Routing Fundamentals, Quality of Services (QoS) Basics, and Networking Security Concerns.


IP Network Troubleshooting Series

IP Network Troubleshooting - Part 1                                                   Length: 1 hour, 34 minutes

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

Successful troubleshooting of any system relies upon applying a logical approach with knowledge of the technology involved, and maybe a little luck when experience is lacking. This webinar will focus upon applying a logical approach to troubleshooting an IP network in a LAN environment with a basic understanding of IP networking principals by following the data flow layers of the OSI model. A focus will be placed upon utilization of techniques and use of common open-source tools to identify and isolate network connectivity and performance abnormalities.

IP Network Troubleshooting - Part 2                                                   Length: 46 minutes

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

Successful troubleshooting of any system relies on applying a logical approach with knowledge of the technology involved, and maybe a little luck when experience is lacking. This webinar will focus on utilizing protocol analysis to troubleshoot performance abnormalities of IP network in a LAN environment. A focus will be placed on understanding and applying protocol analysis utilizing the open-source protocol analyzer Wireshark.

IP Network Troubleshooting - Part 3                                                   Length: 1 hour, 24 minutes

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

Successful troubleshooting of any system relies upon applying a logical approach with knowledge of the underlying technology involved. The webinar will focus upon utilizing protocol analysis to "see" IP network activity as it is difficult to remediate what can't be seen. A focus will be placed upon expanding your understanding of applying protocol analysis using the open-source protocol analyzer application Wireshark.


Transmitters, Towers and Antennas

AM Directional Antenna Modeling                                                           Length: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Presenter: Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD, DRB

This webinar provides a detailed overview of the modeling process, including base impedance matrix and sample system calibration measurements, model construction / calibration and derivation of operating parameters from the calibrated model. The FCC requirements for moment-method license applications will also be discussed.

Transmitter Maintenance Checklist                                                      Length: 1 hour, 6 minutes

Presenter: Steve Fluker, CBT

This webinar will cover the regular tasks that should be performed at a tower site. While maintenance of the transmitter itself is important, keeping accurate and up-to-date logs and records is paramount to maintaining the entire site. Each site visit should include several regular checks. Some items are checked on each visit, some are checked monthly or quarterly, and some are seasonal.



AM Ground Systems                                                                        Length: 1 hour, 2 minutes  

Presenter: Stephen Lockwood, P.E., PMP

AM transmission systems require the use of a specific ground system that is designed as part of the antenna. These systems are often a source of mystery to the uninitiated. In this webinar we will focus on understanding the AM antenna system and the need for these ground systems. We will discuss theory, design standards, FCC requirements, good engineering practice, installation process, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

Importance of Proper Grounding                                                        Length: 46 minutes

David Brender, P.E.

This presentation will review the elements of a building’s wiring and grounding systems (including lightning protection) that pertain to power quality at communications facilities and improve up-time. Proper wiring and grounding, beyond those minimal requirements of the NEC, can greatly alleviate power quality problems in broadcast and public service communications facilities.


Broadcast Operations

Using Drones in Broadcast Operations                                   Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes  

Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, are useful in several broadcast operations, including ENG, tower inspections, site documentation, signal measurements, and even training videos. During this hour-and-half webinar, we will explore these uses and discuss FAA requirements, including how to get your Remote Pilot license, and some of the challenges and opportunities drones can bring to your stations. Sam Wallington, vice president of engineering, Educational Media Foundation (K-LOVE/Air1) presents.

BXF: Improving Broadcast Operation Workflow                                      Length: 1 hour
Presenter: Chris Lennon

This webinar provides an overview of what BXF is, where it came from, and what its capabilities are. Broadcasters all over the world are leveraging its unique features to automate previously manual, or at the very least cumbersome, practices. Learn why they’re finding it indispensible and why you might, too.

IP Microwave STLs                                                                                                         Length: 1 hour

Presenter: Jeff Holdenrid 

SBE Members: Free, thanks to DoubleRadius; Non-Members: $89

In August of 2011 the FCC abolished the last link rule opening up Part 101 licensed frequencies to broadcasters. These frequencies, like 950mhz, 7ghz, and 13Ghz are licensed frequencies but with the ability to run high speed bidirectional data rates. These frequencies have the ability to provide up to a gigabit of bidirectional throughput to your transmission sites. This webinar will inform you on these new licensed frequencies and the design do’s and don’ts for these frequencies. The webinar also looks at a live path profile showing what can be done today.


Legacy Webinars

ATSC 3.0

Update on ATSC 3.0: What it Will Mean to Broadcasters                     Length: 1 hour, 23 minutes

Presenters: Dr. Richard Chernock, Dave Siegler, Skip Pizzi

The goals of ATSC 3.0 are to improve the television viewing experience with higher audio and video quality, compression efficiency, robust transmission for reception on both fixed and mobile devices, and more accessibility, personalization and interactivity. ATSC is also addressing changing consumer behavior and preferences, providing TV content on a wide variety of devices. Furthermore, ATSC is working to add value to the broadcasting service platform, extending its reach and adding new business models. This course was originally presented October 4, 2016.

ATSC 3.0                

Presenter: Richard Chernock                                                           Length: 37 minutes

ATSC 3.0 is a suite of new standards and practices for the next generation of broadcast television – a system that will provide even more services to viewers, but will also require a clean break from the technologies of earlier-generation DTV systems. The system requirements include a call for a flexible and more efficient physical layer, mobility, Ultra-High Definition (UHD) images, new solutions for audio, incorporation of new user technologies such as second screen, and incorporation of broadband connectivity. ATSC 3.0 represents a cooperative effort between all segments of the industry and many parts of the world. This presentation will provide an overview of the status of the ATSC 3.0 activity from a technical point of view as well as the anticipated time schedule. This course was originally presented February 19, 2015.


IP Networking

IP Networking, part 1 - the OSI Model and Layers                             Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes

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

The webinar is the first in a series that aids in the self-study for the SBE Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer™ (CBNE™) certification exam. This webinar will focus on introducing concepts of the OSI Model, TCP Model, and the application to the Physical, Network, and Transport layers as applied to IP Networking as utilized in broadcast distributions systems.

IP Networking, part 2 - Routing and Switching                                      Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes

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

This webinar is the second in a series that aids in the self-study for the SBE Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer™ (CBNE™) certification exam. Topics addressed include unicast versus multicast, routing, switching, VLAN’s, and QoS for audio and video applications. Content will be focused on the broadcast plant where possible and is applicable to those sitting for the CBNE™ exam.

IP Networking, part 3 - IP Address Management                                            Length: 1 hour, 25 minutes

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

IP addressing can be one of the most challenging aspects of IP network design and support. Implementing IP addressing schemes to efficiently utilize public IP address space can be challenging for the broadcast network engineer. IP addressing for ease of host management, security, and performance further adds to the sometimes complexity and confusion. This webinar dispels some of the complexity and provide practical tips, tools, and resources to effectively manage IP address space.

IP Networking, part 4 - the Fundamentals of IPv6                                         Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes

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

This webinar builds upon the brief introduction to IPv6 terminology presented in the third webinar of the series held in January 2013. Just as IPv4 addressing can be challenging when managing limited IP address space, IPv6 brings new challenges when working with enormous IP address space. A new mindset is required to effectively understand and implement IPv6 in your network. New IPv6 features and capabilities also bring challenges to the broadcast network engineer.

IP Networking, part 5 - Building the KSBE Network                                      Length: 1 hour, 25 minutes

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

The IP Networking webinar series continues with part 5 focusing on “Building the KSBE Network", by applying the concepts addressed in the first 4 parts of the IP Networking Webinar series. The end result of this webinas is an understanding of how to build an IP network infrastructure often found in a broadcast environment. The “KSBE Network” addresses layered IP network design, application of an IP addressing plan, use of VLAN’s, routing protocols, securing the network, and access to the network through a secure VPN connection.

IP Networking, part 6 - an Introduction to IP Multicast                         Length: 1 hour

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

This webinar focuses on understanding Multicast terminology, the addressing utilized, and the basics of switching and routing in a multicast IP network. Practical implementation examples to deliver AoIP and IPTV content will be utilized to illustrate the theoretical concepts presented.


IP Networking Security

IP Network Security Part 1                                                                 Length: 1 hour, 21 minutes

Webinar Outline:

Introduction to IP Network Security & Threats

Brief Review of IP Network Basics

Structured Implementation by Following the OSI Model

              Physical Security

              Link-Layer Security (Ethernet switch port security focused)

              Network Layer Security (firewall focused)

Reference Resources

Conclusion, Part 2 Preview, & Questions

IP Network Security Part 2                                                                   Length: 1 hour, 24 minutes

Webinar Outline:

Brief Review of IP Network Security Fundamentals - Part 1 Takeaways

What Makes a Secure Network?

Verification of Network Security & Introduction to Penetration Testing

 Understanding IP port function

 Introduction to nmap

 Introduction to zenmap GUI

 Penetration exploration examples

Reference Resources

Conclusion, Takeaways, & Questions


Broadcast Operations Webinars     (listed in alpha order)

Creative Strategies for Translators and Boosters                                          Length: 85 minutes 

Presenter: Doug Vernier, CPBE

Referencing real life examples of creative translators and boosters now on the air, attendees will hear about how AM day stations can be programmed at night by using fill-in translator, translator location hopping move-ins to larger populations and translators with HD2 or HD3 primary signal inputs. Basic translator rules for NCE and commercial frequencies will be covered, in addition to how operators can optimize translator coverage.

KREX - the Real World of Disaster Recovery                                                    Length: 75 minutes

Presenter: Skip Erickson

Free to SBE Members, thanks to Harris Broadcast


For most engineers, the Disaster Recovery Plan is a file on their hard drive that is a rarely updated and sketchy plan on what should be done if the station is destroyed. Find out what real world lessons in disaster planning were learned when the CBS and Fox affiliate in Grand Junction, Colorado burned completely to the ground and the Super Bowl was just two weeks away.

Leadership Development Series                                                                      Length: 75 minutes each

       1) The Function and Nature of Leadership

       2) Communication

       3) Motivation

Presenter: Rodney Vandeveer, SBE Leadership Development Course Instructor

This series provides an introduction to leadership, and will explore basic principles of leadership, how effective communication can dramatically increase efficiency and employee satisfaction, and how motivation plays an essential part in employee commitment.

Managing a Project and Outside Contractors for Success                           Length: 90 minutes  

Presenter: John Luff, 2010 SBE Engineer of the Year

The nature of our business is wrapped around change. One of these types of change occurs when stations face major projects that can be disruptive, yet fulfilling for those involved. This significant change causes stress unless a carefully designed structure is wrapped around the work. This webinar reviews the roles and responsibilities of those involved in planning and executing a capital project. Emphasis is placed on the roles and responsibilities of the station, consultants, and system integrators.

Managing of your Contract Engineer Business                                      Length: 1 hour, 10 mins

Presenters: Dennis Baldridge and Mike Seaver

This webinar is divided into two sections. Dennis Baldridge and Mike Seaver will cover contract engineering services from two different perspectives. The first part of the webinar will be from the point of the view of the contract engineer. In the next section, Mike will deal with topics from a station's view point.

Mathematics of Reliability                                                                                           Length: 60 minutes

Presenter: Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, CBNT

For every engineer who has ever been asked to plan their next outage, or knew intuitively that they really needed to budget a spare, this tutorial covers how to apply the statistical analysis of system availability to the design, operation, and budgeting of a broadcast facility.

Recent Updates to the AC 70/7460-1Lfor Tower Lighting

Presenter: David Shepeard

A short list overview of the changes made in the 70/7460-1L tower lighting Advisory Circular published Dec. 4, 2015, compared to the previous 70/7460-1K Advisory Circular. This presentation will focus on the major changes all broadcasters should know.

Springtime Maintenance to Keep You on the Air                                     Length: 120 minutes

Presenter: John Bisset

SBE Members: Free, thanks to Broadcast Supply Worldwide; Non-Members: $89     

Drawing from his experience as a chief engineer, and in writing Radio World’s popular Workbench column, John Bisset will lead engineers through a series of inspections and tasks to prepare your site for warmer weather. Along the way, he will offer some engineering nuggets to improve your maintenance efficiency as well.

Streaming Radio: a Tutorial for Broadcasters                                               Length: 60 minutes

Presenter: Christopher Tarr, CSRE, DRB, CBNT

Streaming radio stations today is far more complicated than in the past. Whether you are considering streaming for the first time, or looking to upgrade your streaming product, Chris Tarr will take you through all the things you need to consider, from choosing a streaming provider, sending metadata, royalty payments, service for mobile devices and more.


FCC Rules and Regulations             (listed in alpha order)           Back to top      


AM Rule Changes                                                                                 Length: 51 minutes Presenter: Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD, DRB

SBE Members: FREE; Non-Members: $89

The FCC has recently released a Report & Order detailing some rule changes that are very beneficial to AM radio stations, particularly those that employ directional arrays. The rule changes make AM antenna protection universal across services, provide a mechanism for dealing with existing pattern interference, and provides for the use of moment-method modeling as the primary means of determining reradiation potential. In the webinar, Cris will review the new rules and discuss how they will impact AM broadcast stations.

FCC Enforcement Actions - an Analysis of Broadcast Violations           Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Presenters: Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT

James Roop, FCC District Director Chicago Field Office

This webinar, presented jointly by a representative of the FCC and an SBE technical presenter, reviews the most common violations committed by broadcasters, categorizes them into groups and discusses how to prevent them.

FCC Self-Inspection Checklist                                                                                   Length: 105 minutes

Presenter: Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT

This webinar covers the purpose, scope and limitations of the self inspection checklist. It also addresses the technical and non-technical aspects, as well as the public inspection file, antenna structures, the Emergency Alert System and more.

Sharing of the 2025-2110 MHz Band Between DoD and the Broadcast Community  

                                                                                                                                                        Length: 56 minutes


Foster collaboration between DoD and Broadcast Community in pursuit of establishing coordination procedures and operational harmony.

The Nuts and Bolts of the FCC FM Allocation Procedures                       Length: 85 minutes

Presenter: Doug Vernier, CPBE

This webinar is useful to station engineers and managers in the process of understanding FM allocation and why their licenses limit transmission power and tower height, and what they can do to improve coverage over the population they reach.

TV White Space Devices & Wireless Microphones                                   Length: 90 minutes

Presenter: Joe Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB

SBE Members: FREE, thanks to Shure; Non-Members: $89     

The FCC is now allowing unlicensed wireless devices to operate in vacant, or TV White Space, channels as well as accommodating unlicensed microphone use. This webinar provides an overview of what the FCC has authorized for unlicensed devices and how this will impact the daily operations of a broadcaster, news organization or production company.     

Updated! Chief Operator Responsibilities - What should I be doing?                 

Presenter: Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT               Length: 1 hour, 41 minutes

In the winter of 2012 Dennis presented a webinar on this topic. Over the last few years there have been changes and updates. The licensee of each AM, FM, TV or Class A TV broadcast station must designate a person to serve as the station's chief operator (FCC Rules 73.1870). Depending on the type of facilities, there are varying requirements as to who this person may be and their responsibilities. This training covers the responsibilities of the Designated Chief Operator and the duties necessary to fulfill this position.


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Overview of Webinars

The Society of Broadcast Engineers is pleased to bring you Webinars by SBE. Webinars by SBE consists of online seminars on subjects of interest to broadcast engineers. You can view the webinar live, or choose to view it from the archives on our website. 

Why sign up for a webinar?

There are several reasons why webinars are beneficial:

  • Time Efficient - Gain immediate information in a short span of time
  • Cost Efficient - When you can’t afford the cost of travel or time away from work
  • Convenient - View a recorded webinar anytime, day or night

What is the format of a webinar?

Each webinar typically lasts 60-90 minutes (some last up to three hours). A presentation is shown over the Internet and audio is heard through VoIP on your computer or by telephone through a phone conference.  Participants of the live webinar can ask questions of the instructor, and receive a link to the recording for future viewing. 

Can questions be asked during the live webinar?

Yes, during the live webinar there is a chat box where you may send the instructor(s) questions. 

What are the system requirements to participate in or view a webinar?

Before registering for a webinar, verify that your computer meets the requirements to fully participate in the meeting:

  • PC or Mac
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Safari or Firefox
  • At least 800x600 screen resolution
  • Steady Internet connection, 56K or above -some features may require a broadband connection
  • Working computer speakers (if you are listening to the audio via VoIP)

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What Members are saying about Webinars by SBE

"This webinar was very informative. I was unaware of how complicated the proper operation of these new devices will be, so the information gained here will certainly be helpful."

- Andrew Kennedy, CBNT of the TV White Space Devices Webinar

"I cannot tell you how much I appreciated this webinar. Thanks Doug for doing this and providing such useful and important insight on this new 'currency' in the fm band."


- Participant of the Webinar by SBE on Creative Strategies for Translators and Boosters

Thanks for the webinar, to BSW for sponsoring it, and John for sharing his experience and knowledge. I am sorry I was not able to participate live, but the recording was great, and I'm for sure going to re-watch/listen to it and take notes ... Lots of great info for a new engineer.

- Matthew Chambers, CBT, of the Springtime Maintenance Webinar

"This was my first webinar and it went great! Congrats to Mr. Baldridge for his non-stop performance!"

- Participant of the Webinar by SBE on Chief Operator Responsibilities


The kinds of knowledge and tips shared in this two-hour webinar would take years to collect through practical on-the-job experience and advice acquired from more experience colleagues. Many thanks to BSW for their generous sponsorship.

- Robert Fehr, CBRE, of the Springtime Maintenance Webinar


SBE Recertification Credit

The completion of a webinar from Webinars by SBE qualifies for 1 credit, identified under Category I of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications. 

How do I register for a webinar?

Click on the webinar of your choice.  There will be a link to the SBE registration page for that particular webinar, either live or archived. 

If the webinar is archived, you will receive the link to the webinar along with the handouts in an email within a few minutes of completing your online registration so that you can begin viewing the webinar immediately.

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