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SBE Ennes Workshops™

Ennes Educational Foundation TrustWhat are SBE Ennes Workshops?

The SBE Ennes WorkshopsTM 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 Ennes Workshop hosted by SBE and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters in Detroit, MI on Wednesday, December 7

Don’t miss the SBE Ennes Workshop on Wednesday, December 7.  The workshop is held in conjunction with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters student educational event, the Great Lakes Broadcasters student educational event, the Great Lakes Broadcast and Sports Media Academy and takes place at the Ford Field in Detroit (2000 Brush Street, Detroit, MI, 48226, United States).

Registration includes parking, light breakfast, lunch, and a tour of Ford Field. Sessions begin at 9:00 and end at 2:30 with tours of Ford Field immediately following.

SBE Member Registration: $50

Non-Member Registration: $60

Ennes Workshop attendees receive One Credit Category G by attending the entire workshop (4 sessions).

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Don’t Miss This Impressive Line-Up: 

A Look Ahead for ATSC 3.0, presented by Niem Dang, Lead Solution Architect, Sinclair Broadcast Group

With NextGen Broadcast rolling out in Lansing, Detroit, Flint and many other markets around the country, just what is in our future? Niem will look at manufacturer’s adoption of ATSC 3.0, features and functions such as High Dynamic Range, and Advanced Emergency Alerting.

Ready or Not, Here it Comes… Prepping for Virtualization presented by Jeff Welton, CBRE, Nautel

Whether you’re all for augmented reality and can’t wait for autonomous everything or you think that running on ‘somebody else’s computer’ is the worst idea ever and rue the day that automation was invented, some level of virtualization will invariably happen in your facility sooner rather than later. In this session, we’ll discuss the concept, talk about general “safe practices” and point out the things that typically get overlooked, but are potentially more critical than ever before, when it comes to providing a quality, reliable signal. There will also be a lot of discussion on IT security in general and the things that we should be doing to reduce our exposure and risk of attack.

Understanding and Launching an ATSC 3.0 Market presented by Tom Mikkelsen, Chief Transition Director, BitPath LLC.

This presentation will discuss and explain key elements required to turn-up ATSC 3.0 services in a new television market. You will better understanding of the benefits of ATSC 3.0 services as well as high-level advantages to broadcasters. We will explore current “Lighthouse” concepts of sharing bandwidth among local broadcasters, legal and contractual agreement building blocks covering; hosting agreements as well as market, technical and connectivity planning.  We will also review the high-level “Nuts and Bolts” of equipment required to implement an ATSC 3.0 host in each market. Generic budgetary equipment costs will be reviewed and include the status of the industry related to ATSC 3.0 market progress nationally and internationally.  The presentation closes with an update on consumer devices and current public/PR communications activities related to NextGen television.

“This Is Not Just a Test” … What’s New in EAS to and What’s Coming for NextGen Value Added Services, presented by Ed Czarneck , Vice President for Global and Government Affairs with Digital Alert Systems

This session will be a broad-ranging overview of coming changes to the Emergency Alert System, best practices for compliance, as well as a look into what is coming next with advanced broadcast services, such as NextGen TV. We will review recent FCC rule changes for EAS and a new FCC inquiry on EAS cybersecurity that could have a major impact on broadcasters.  We will also discuss how ATSC 3.0 is enabling new application areas in emergency information, and reveal how local TV news departments, third party info services, and the capabilities of ATSC 3.0, will create a personalized alerting and urgent information service for consumers (Advanced Emergency Information).

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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 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
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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