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Suggested References Materials for SBE Specialist Certifications 8-VSB, AMD, ATSC3, DRB

The National Certification Committee suggests the following as references in preparation for the engineering SBE certification examinations. This is just a short list of publications suggested as useful references. The exams are not specifically based on these materials. The National Certification Committee will add other references to the list as the Committee reviews new publications.


Titles in blue are available through the SBE Bookstore, which offers a discount to SBE Members. Titles marked with an asterisk (*) are currently out of print; however, this does not mean they are out-of-date or unavailable through some booksellers or libraries. SBE University courses are available on-line and on-demand to fit with your schedule. These courses are available for purchase through the SBE webiste.

8-VSB Specialist

  • SBE Broadcast Engineering Handbook – Jerry Whitaker, CPBE, 8-VSB, and the Society of Broadcast Engineers, published by McGraw-Hill, 2016, ISBN 978-0071826266
  • Zenith paper by Eilers and Sgrignoli “Digital Television Parameters – Analysis & Discussion”
  • DTV Handbook, 3rd Edition –  by Jerry Whitaker, published by McGraw – Hill *
  • 8-VSB Course – available on-demand through SBE University

AM Directional Specialist

ATSC3 Specialist

NextGenTV Host Station Manual

Station Resources

ATSC Standards

The ATSC 3.0 Standards are posted and updated on the ATSC website.


Webinars by SBE

SBE ATSC 3.0 Series

SBE ATSC 3.0 Networking Series

ATSC 3.0 Tutorial Videos from SBE@PBS TechCon 2019

Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist