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SBE Ennes Workshops™

Ennes Educational Foundation TrustWhat are SBE Ennes Workshops?

The SBE EnnesWorkshopsTM were created in 1991 through the Ennes Educational Foundation TrustTM in an effort to bring affordable education to members locally. The Ennes Educational Foundation Trust, through its Education Foundation Committee, offers periodic workshops and seminars around the United States. Programs are typically one day in length (app. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and are very affordable. These programs feature multiple topics and speakers that provide television and radio engineers with the latest information in broadcast and media technology.

Nashville Ennes Workshop Aug 7, 2019

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Cleveland SBE Ennes Workshop! I appreciated the diversity of information and the people in attendance from different areas of broadcast technology. It is always nice to congregate with your peers in technology. Sometimes the individual personal experiences shared in person can be just as educational as the program that brought you together!”
— Louis Johnson IV, CPBE


The Society of Broadcast Engineers and the Georgia Association of Broadcasters present an Ennes Workshop on Saturday, October 23

Registration is $75.

SBE Members enter code SBE60 to receive a 65 percent discount.

Continental Breakfast and Lunch is included in the Registration for the day-long event. Registration opens at 8:30 am and engineering sessions start at 9:30 am, and lasts until 4:15 pm. The Ennes takes place as part of GABCON at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA (phone: 404-237-1234).

Attendees receive One Credit Category G by attending the entire workshop.

Click Here to Register.

Here are our planned presenters:

Can I Really Protect My Broadcast Station From Cybersecurity Threats?    Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, ATSC3, DRB, CBNE, Texas A&M University – KAMU

The network is fundamental to the broadcast technical plant migrates to an Information Technology (IT) and Internet Protocol (IP) based infrastructure. Integration with the legacy broadcast infrastructure can range from minimal system control functions to an end-to-end IP based content transport facility. Regardless of the level of integration, cybersecurity must be required to insure a reliable, secure and protected broadcast IT system. Cybersecurity threats are plentiful while ransomware has quickly become one of the most devastating threats. This presentation will provide an overview of cybersecurity principals and present implementable precautions and mitigation steps for the broadcast facility.

The Pitfalls of a Station Out of Compliance: How an ABIP Inspection Can Help,    John George, Broadtech Services, Inc.

This presentation will provide an overall review of the “gotchas” that happen at today’s broadcast facility and what to expect during an ABIP inspection. The Public File and to the transmitter site will be reviewed.

OTA Reception, Rooftop Antennas, Smart Combiners and Redoing the Station and Viewers OTA,    Javier Ruano, Telecommunications Engineer and Televes USA General Manager

With NextGen Broadcast, we are looking at re-building receive antenna systems for our stations and helping our viewers. With the advent of “headend in a box” we can combine antennas channel by channel, eliminating LTE interference and producing an affordable Master Antenna System. This is a far cry from ATSC 1.0 antenna systems and necessary for rural and other users to receive the more delicate NextGen data transmissions. However, the most interesting is the test gear that is available. Nothing teaches us how ATSC 3.0 works as well as being able to touch it and dissect it with this generation’s test gear. In this presentation you will learn how we can maintain and analyze the ATSC 3.0 transmissions we are deploying.

Is It Really Possible to Build the Audio for a Radio or TV Facility Without soldering, Crimping or Punching a Wire? Ed Bukont, M. Sc., CTS, CSRE, E2 Technical Services and Solutions

This topic is not purely about how some technology works, but rather how changes in technology allow or require us to change how we work. The intent can show how you to build a facility without the practices involved in soldering, punching and crimping. Analog, digital and networked audio plants from a single podcast room, to national networks and elaborate facilities have been successfully built with structured wiring techniques that make it faster, better, easier and cheaper. This presentation will discuss how to adopt these methods to keep our stations competitive and attract engineering talent.

Discounted hotel rate is available at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead click on “Housing” at for discounted rooms starting at $129. You can also call the hotel at 404-237-1234

Questions? Contact Education Director Cathy Orosz at


Interested in hosting an Ennes Workshop? Contact Cathy Orosz at 317-846-9000 or

Presentations from previous SBE Ennes Workshops



Here Comes Ethernet AVB! Steve Lampen, CBRE Belden
Case Histories in Lightning Protection and Grounding Dave Brender, P.E. Copper Development Association
Newsgathering Transmission Techniques Eric McCulley Vislink, Inc.
Efficient Codec Design, Internet Anomaly Correction and Embedded Cellular Technology Make Single Modem ENG Practical Joe Stack, CSRE, 8-VSB, CBNT DSI RF Systems
Open Control and Mandatory with Dashboard John Naylor Ross Video Ltd.
HD Radio Broadcast System- 4th Generation Tim Anderson, CPBE, DRB, CBNE Harris Broadcast
Filters- The Building Block of Combiners Bob Surette Shively Labs
Best Practices for Modern Transmitter Remote Control Peter Burk Burk Technology
The Future of ENG Technology Jon Landman Teradek
Managing Social Media and Workflow for Broadcasters Brad Plant, CBT Ross Video Ltd.
Next Generation TV Master Control – out of the box or channel-in-a-box? Ashley Condon Florical Systems
The Four Essential Pieces of the Radio Automation System Puzzle: How to select the correct system for your stations Patrick Campion ENCO Systems, Inc.
Audio Compression – Are We Squeezing the Life out of Radio? Mary Ann Seidler Tieline Technology
Spurs – Your Fault or Not? Bob Surette Shively Labs
Emergency Alert Broadcast in the Digital Era Efraim Petel Alerting Systems Solutions, Inc.
Newsgathering Transmission Techniques Kevin Dennis Vislink, Inc.
Tomorrow’s STL Today Jeff Holdenrid DoubleRadius
The Advantages of Electromagnetic Simulation Matt Leland SPX Communication Technologies
Antenna and Lighting considerations for your Tower Corey Edwards and David Shepard Joint Presentation Dielectric and Drake Lighting

SBE Recertification Credit

Attending an Ennes Workshop qualifies for 1 credit, identified under Category G of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications.

Call for Papers

Now Accepting Papers for the SBE Ennes Workshops

The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) offers non-commercial, technical workshops throughout the year. SBE Ennes Workshops are designed to attract broadcast engineers and engineering management from within several hundred miles to a one-day educational program.

Attendance ranges from 35-65. Workshops are planned in several cities across the U.S. each year. At times these are done in conjunction with a larger show, event or state broadcaster’s association event. Attendees are often engineers and others who do not go to the NAB Show or fall conventions.

Typically, presentations are around 45 minutes in length and there are separate radio and television program tracks for much of the day. We have great flexibility and encourage more tutorial-oriented programs of greater length, as well as topics of interest to both radio and television attendees. Presenters are selected based on providing a well balanced, informative and interesting program for those attending.

The SBE realizes that presenting at the Ennes Workshops requires a commitment of time and expense and we appreciate your contribution. This is an unique opportunity to reach a group of engineers on a personal basis in an educational setting.

To submit your topic, please send your idea in writing to:

SBE Education Director Cathy Orosz, email, 317-846-9000

Submissions should include:

Name of Presenter
Description/Brief Abstract
Approximate length of presentation in minutes
Day-time telephone number and e-mail address of presenter

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What Past Attendees Had to Say

“The best broadcast engineering education for the money!”
San Diego Ennes Workshop Attendee, October 2010

“First-class workshop”
South Florida Ennes Workshop Attendee, March 2010

“The Ennes Workshop plays a very important part in keeping up with today’s technological advances in the broadcasting industry.”

– Norbert Miles

El Paso Ennes Workshop Attendee, May 2012

“Topics were timely, substantive and efficiently presented…very cost-effective format. Kudos to all involved.”

– Edward J. Miller, CPBE

Cleveland Ennes Workshop Attendee, June 2012

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