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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


 

 

Don’t Miss the SBE Ennes Workshop hosted by SBE Chapter 60 and the Virginia Association of Broadcasters in Richmond, VA, on Oct. 6

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY for the SBE Ennes Workshop in Richmond, VA on Thursday, October 6. SBE Chapter 60 and the Virginia Association of Broadcasters host the FREE day-long event at 23 Sesame St., Richmond, VA 23235. Take a look at this impressive line-up:

Grounding/Lightning Protection, presented by Jeff Welton, CBRE, Nautel

We’re slowly coming out of lightning season, so let’s look at what we’ve learned. Join us as we do a recap of the things to look for to help you get through this part of the year – we’ll discuss grounding (of course), but we’ll also discuss how much grounding is too much and why how the grounds are connected to each other is almost as important as if there are grounds at all. There will also be talk about the rest of the lightning protection triumvirate – properly installed surge protection and ferrites – and why they’re all-important parts of a reliably designed system.

Network and IT Security, presented by Jeff Welton, CBRE, Nautel

Over the past few years, there have been several cases of stations suffering from ransomware attacks, collectively costing several million dollars. At any given time, over five-thousand broadcast audio codecs can be found visible online, several of which are using default usernames and passwords. More and more equipment is designed to be connected to a network and is frequently being connected to the world wide web, sometimes with little or no protection from those with less than honorable intentions. This discussion will look at various aspects of IT security with an eye to raising points for discussion. Your input will be solicited on best efforts to provide cost effective protection from intrusion, externally and internally. This should be a good opportunity for us to learn from each other with regards to what works and what doesn’t.

NextGen Broadcast is Radio Too presented by Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, CBNT, Trustee Ennes Educational Foundation

NextGen Broadcast enabled by ATSC 3.0 is as much radio as it is TV. The first NextGen transmissions now reach most of our population. NextGen Broadcast’s OFDM on UHF “beach front property” spectrum outperforms our current medium wave and low-VHF radio spectrum dramatically. With on-channel boosters, the Over-the-Air signal will seamlessly penetrate deep into buildings, transportation, and venues where AM and FM can’t reach. NextGen Broadcast also allows radio the opportunity to access more data space, allowing radio to move beyond simple text and album art to more interactive and personalized audio services. Highly beneficial is that most NextGen broadcast devices have built in capability to return listener data in real time. Even more important is that the things we can now only do with streaming and digital distribution – dynamic ad insertion, richer content beyond album art and text, customized and subscription services – we will be able to do without the friction and impairments that are inherent on the Internet, as part of the NextGen Broadcast ecosystem.

ATSC Test Equipment, presented by Javier Ruano, Telecommunications Engineer and Televes USA General Manager ONEMedia

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, eliminate LTE interference, and produce a Master Antenna System that is very much more affordable and doesn’t take up racks of processors. 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. Javier will show us how we can maintain and analyze the ATSC 3.0 transmissions we are deploying.

Industry Conversion from ATSC 1.0 to ATSC 3.0 presented by Mark Aitken, Senior VP, Advanced Technology and President ONE Media 3.0

Mark will address the industry conversion from ATSC 1.0 to ATSC 3.0, its future and lessons learned from the front lines of NextGen Broadcast. NextGen Broadcast offers business plans and opportunities new to broadcasters. What role will previously impractical mobile coverage and smart phones play? What of data distribution as a service? Does Next Gen Broadcasting intersect with 5G and the Internet of things? What is life like after linear broadcasting.

Simplify Oversight of Multiple Transmitter Facilities presented by Matt Leland, Director of Sales at Burk Technology

Responsibility for engineering and management oversight of transmitter facilities can encompass tens or even hundreds of remote broadcast sites. Tools and techniques are now available to increase the effectiveness of multi-site management while reducing the overall burden on technical and management personnel. Smart control units at the network edge enable remote sites to operate with full autonomy including automated fault recovery and timed events, even when the network is down. Bandwidth-efficient protocols and centralized communications provide performance summaries at national, regional and market levels with drill-down for detailed site access and control. Full-network monitoring and control are delivered in the NOC, in the office and via mobile devices in the field. The presentation explores how this combination of distributed intelligence and centralized control drives increased efficiency and improved performance across multiple broadcast facilities.

This event is FREE to SBE members and includes lunch.

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SBE and the Georgia Association of Broadcasters present an SBE Ennes Workshop on Oct. 22, 2022 

The Atlanta SBE Ennes Workshop is presented during the GABCON that takes place at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30305.  The SBE Ennes Workshop lasts from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.  Here is our lineup: 

Tips and Tricks for the Broadcast Professional – Jeff Welton, CBRE, Nautel

With hundreds of transmitter site visits under his belt, Jeff has seen a few things and will attempt to share some of the challenges he encounters most often in this session. The content will cover tips from the areas of grounding and lightning protection, safety, IT security and whatever else comes to mind, so there should be a bit of something for everyone in this fast paced presentation. We’ll look at the problems and situations we all encounter and discuss ways to resolve them or work around them and to prevent them from being situations in the future and have some fun in the process!

ATSC Test Equipment, Javier Ruano, Telecommunications Engineer and Televes USA General, Manager ONEMedia

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, eliminate LTE interference, and produce a Master Antenna System that is very much more affordable and doesn’t take up racks of processors. 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. Javier will show us how we can maintain and analyze the ATSC 3.0 transmissions we are deploying.

RF Site Cohabitation:  Getting along with Your RF Neighbors in a Crowded Spectrum  Ray Lewis, Senior Staff Antenna Engineer, Viasat

Many broadcasters are now sharing sites adjacent to many other services, such as the new 5G, resulting in receiver interference due to RF overload and intermodulation effects.  Receive systems such as STL and satellite downlinks are at risk.  We’ll review RF survey measurements for three sites along with analyses and mitigations.  Ray Lewis is a senior staff antenna engineer at Viasat Inc for 40 years.   He worked at WAGA-TV while earning his Physics B.S. and M.S. degrees at Emory and GA Tech.  Missing broadcasting, he started WHJU-LP five years ago.  As a senior member of the IEEE APS, MTT, and Broadcast Societies, he has presented numerous technical papers at IEEE, AMTA, and ITC including session chair at the recent Atlanta APS conference. Ray holds three patents related to antenna design

Simplify Oversight of Multiple Transmitter Facilities, Matt Leland, Director of Sales, Burk Technology

Responsibility for engineering and management oversight of transmitter facilities can encompass tens or even hundreds of remote broadcast sites.  Tools and techniques are now available to increase the effectiveness of multi-site management while reducing the overall burden on technical and management personnel.  Smart control units at the network edge enable remote sites to operate with full autonomy including automated fault recovery and timed events, even when the network is down.  Bandwidth-efficient protocols and centralized communications provide performance summaries at national, regional and market levels with drill-down for detailed site access and control.  Full-network monitoring and control are delivered in he NOC, in the office and via mobile devices in the field.  The presentation explores how this combination of distributed intelligence and centralized control drives increased efficiency and improved performance across multiple broadcast facilities.

Register for the SBE Atlanta SBE Ennes Workshop at gabcon.gba.org

 

Questions or need hotel information?

Contact Education Director Cathy Orosz at corosz@sbe.org.

Interested in hosting an SBE Ennes Workshop? Contact Cathy Orosz at 317-846-9000 or corosz@sbe.org.


Presentations from previous SBE Ennes Workshops

Topic

Presenter

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 SBE 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 SBE 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
Company
Topic
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 SBE Ennes Workshop Attendee, October 2010

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

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

– Norbert Miles

El Paso SBE  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 SBE Ennes Workshop Attendee, June 2012


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