Chapter 56 Minutes – 6-25-19

SBE Chapter 56 Meeting Minutes of June 25, 2019

KOED/OETA Studios – Tulsa, OK

Chapter Chairman Don Dobbs called the meeting to order. Meeting attendees introduced themselves.

  • Treasurer’s Report: There is a current balance of $3,856.05. There was a $489.50 deposit from SBE National.
  • Secretary’s report: Nothing to report. Minutes of last meeting were approved.
  • Frequency Coordination above 1 GHz: Nothing to Report
  • Frequency Coordination below 1 GHz: Nothing to report
  • EAS Report: Roger Herring not present – National EAS test is August 7th, 2019
  • Certification Report: David Shaffer not present – local testing this Friday
  • Old Business: No old business to discuss
  • New Business: No new business to discuss.
  • Adjournment: Meeting was adjourned and Don Dobbs thanked Gates Air for providing lunch for the chapter.


Don Backus with Rohde & Schwarz is based out of Grand Rapids, MI and joined Rohde & Schwarz after previously working with Broadcast Electronics and Enco Systems. He has served two terms on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters board and has been a consultant for several leading broadcast and technology organizations.

His presentation was based on evaluating the initial cost vs. long-term ownership of water cooled FM/HD transmitters.  Initial purchase cost should not be the sole deciding factor when choosing a broadcast transmitter. Companies should also evaluate the long term ownership costs such as electrical usage, HVAC, and component failures.




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