The Society of Broadcast Engineers

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Webinars by SBE Previews

Webinars by SBE consists of online seminars on subjects of interest to broadcast engineers. The webinars can be viewed live or on-demand.

Below are 5-minute previews of each of the webinars available on-demand through SBE.

IP Networking, part 1 – the OSI Model and Layers

– with Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE

Abstract – The webinar is the first in a series that aids in the self-study for the SBE Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE) certification exam. This webinar will focus on introducing concepts of the OSI Model, TCP Model, and the application to the Physical, Network, and Transport layers as applied to IP Networking as utilized in broadcast distributions systems.

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IP Networking, part 2 – Routing and Switching

– with Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE

Abstract – The webinar is the second in a series that aids in the self-study for the SBE Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE) certification exam. Topics for this webinar include unicast versus multicast, routing, switching, VLAN’s, and QoS for audio and video applications. Content will be focused on the broadcast plant where possible and is applicable to those sitting for the CBNE exam.

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IP Networking, part 3 – IP Address Management

– with Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE

Abstract – IP addressing can be one of the most challenging aspects of IP network design and support. Implementing IP addressing schemes to efficiently utilize public IP address space can be challenging for the broadcast network engineer. IP addressing for ease of host management, security, and performance further adds to the sometimes complexity and confusion. This webinar will dispel some of the complexity and provide practical tips, tools, and resources to effectively manage IP address space.

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IP Networking, part 4 – the Fundamentals of IPv6

– with Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE

Abstract – This webinar builds upon the brief introduction to IPv6 terminology presented in the third webinar of the series held in January 2013. Just as IPv4 addressing can be challenging when managing limited IP address space, IPv6 brings new challenges when working with enormous IP address space. A new mindset is required to effectively understand and implement IPv6 in your network. New IPv6 features and capabilities also bring challenges to the broadcast network engineer.

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IP Networking, part 5 – Building the KSBE Network

– with Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE

Abstract – The IP Networking webinar series continues with part 5 focusing on “Building the KSBE Network”, by applying the concepts addressed in the first 4 parts of the IP Networking Webinar series. The end result of this webinas is an understanding of how to build an IP network infrastructure often found in a broadcast environment. The “KSBE Network” addresses layered IP network design, application of an IP addressing plan, use of VLAN’s, routing protocols, securing the network, and access to the network through a secure VPN connection.

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IP Networking, part 6 – an Introduction to IP Multicast

– with Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE

Abstract – This webinar focuses on understanding Multicast terminology, the addressing utilized, and the basics of switching and routing in a multicast IP network. Practical implementation examples to deliver AoIP and IPTV content will be utilized to illustrate the theoretical concepts presented.

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BXF: Improving Broadcast Operation Workflow

– with Chris Lennon

Abstract – This webinar will provide an overview of what BXF is, where it came from, and what its capabilities are. Broadcasters all over the world are leveraging its unique features to automate previously manual, or at the very least cumbersome, practices. Learn why they’re finding it indispensible and why you might, too.

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FCC Enforcement Actions – an Analysis of Broadcast Violations

– with Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT and James Roop, FCC District Director Chicago Field Office

Abstract – This webinar, presented jointly by a representative of the FCC and an SBE technical presenter, reviews the most common violations committed by broadcasters, categorizes them into groups and discusses how to prevent them.

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IPv6 for Broadcasters

– with Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE

Abstract – In order to keep up with the competition, broadcasters need to know more about IPv6, particularly as they are considering how their customers are increasingly turning to the Internet to get various content. This webinar will focus on IPv6 background, the current state of the industry, IPv6 technology basics (terminology focus), and expand on the technical details of implementation.

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AM Directional Antenna Modeling

– with Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD, DRB

Abstract – This webinar will provide a detailed overview of the modeling process, including base impedance matrix and sample system calibration measurements, model construction / calibration and derivation of operating parameters from the calibrated model. The FCC requirements for moment-method license applications will also be discussed.

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TV White Space Devices & Wireless Microphones

– with Joe Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB

Abstract – The FCC is now allowing unlicensed wireless devices to operate in vacant, or TV White Space, channels as well as accommodating unlicensed microphone use. This webinar provides an overview of what the FCC has authorized for unlicensed devices and how this will impact the daily operations of a broadcaster, news organization or production company.

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Springtime Maintenance to Keep You on the Air

– with John Bisset

Abstract – Drawing from his experience as a chief engineer, and in writing Radio World’s popular Workbench column, John Bisset will lead engineers through a series of inspections and tasks to prepare your site for warmer weather. Along the way, he will offer some engineering nuggets to improve your maintenance efficiency as well.

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The Nuts and Bolts of the FCC FM Allocation Procedures

– with Doug Vernier, CPBE

Abstract – This webinar will be useful to station engineers and managers in the process of understanding FM allocation and why their licenses limit transmission power and tower height, and what they can do to improve coverage over the population they reach.

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Chief Operator Responsibilities

– with Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT

Abstract – The licensee of each AM, FM, TV or Class A TV broadcast station must designate a person to serve as the station’s chief operator (FCC Rules 73.1870). Depending on the type of facilities, there are varying requirements as to who this person may be and their responsibilities. This training will cover the responsibilities of the Designated Chief Operator and the duties necessary to fulfill this position.

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Streaming Radio: a Tutorial for Broadcasters

– with Chris Tarr, CSRE, DRB, CBNT

 Abstract – Streaming radio stations these days is far more complicated than in the past. Whether you’re considering streaming for the first time, or looking to upgrade your streaming product, Chris Tarr will take you through all the things you need to consider, from choosing a streaming provider, sending metadata, royalty payments, service for mobile devices and more.

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Managing a Project and Outside Contractors for Success

– with John Luff

Abstract – The nature of our business is wrapped around change. One of these types of change occurs when stations face major projects that can be disruptive, yet fulfilling for those involved. This significant change causes stress unless a carefully designed structure is wrapped around the work. This webinar will help attendees learn the roles and responsibilities of those involved in planning and executing a capital project. Emphasis is placed on the roles and responsibilities of the station, consultants, and system integrators.

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Creative Strategies for Translators and Boosters

– with Doug Vernier, CPBE

Abstract – Are you interested in learning what creative station engineers are doing today with FM translators and boosters? Referencing real life examples of creative translators and boosters now on the air, attendees will hear about how AM day stations can be programmed at night by using fill-in translator, translator location hopping move-ins to larger populations and translators with HD2 or HD3 primary signal inputs. Basic translator rules for NCE and commercial frequencies will be covered, in addition to how operators can optimize translator coverage. Examples of synchronous boosters that are working well today will also be provided.

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KREX – the Real World of Disaster Recovery

– with Skip Erickson

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Abstract – For most engineers, the Disaster Recovery Plan is a file on their hard drive that is a rarely updated and sketchy plan on what should be done if the station is destroyed. Find out what real world lessons in disaster planning were learned when the CBS and Fox affiliate in Grand Junction, Colorado burned completely to the ground and the Super Bowl was just two weeks away.

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Networking Technology for Broadcast Engineers

– with Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT

Webinar 1 –TCP/IP & UDP Fundamentals, IP Addressing – IPv4 focused; 

Webinar 2 – IPv6 Fundamentals, Switching and Routing, QoS Basics, Controlling Traffic and Security Concerns; 

Abstract – Course Level: introduction- to intermediate- level

These webinars focus on TCP/IP based networking fundamentals in an Ethernet environment. Topics covered include TCP/IP and UDP Fundamentals, IP Addressing, Sub-netting Basics, an Introduction to IPv6, Switching Fundamentals, VLAN Use, Routing Fundamentals, Quality of Services (QoS) Basics, and Networking Security Concerns. Where appropriate, the application focus will be oriented towards a broadcast technical plant. Due to the amount of material to be covered in detail, the webinar will be presented in two parts. It is recommended that both parts be undertaken.

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Mathematics of Reliability

– with Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, CBNT  

Abstract – Engineers learn early that redundancy is the road to the reliability demanded of Broadcast facilities. But is this always true or sometimes even possible? Each layer of the Broadcast facility infrastructure (power, IT, environment, interconnect, control, processing, communications, monitoring, command and control, etc.) can be assembled in various configurations, with calculable and predictable impacts on the overall availability of the facility. For every engineer who has ever been asked to plan their next outage, or knew intuitively that they really needed to budget a spare, this tutorial covers how to apply the statistical analysis of system availability to the design, operation, and budgeting of a broadcast facility.

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FCC Self-Inspection Checklist

– with Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT

Abstract – The FCC publishes a self-inspection checklist for TV and radio stations to help them ascertain their level of compliance with the FCC rules and regulations. An affirmative response to all 100+ questions in the list implies substantial compliance. This webinar covers the purpose, scope and limitations of the self inspection checklist. It also addresses the technical and non-technical aspects, as well as the public inspection file, antenna structures, the Emergency Alert System and more.

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Leadership Development Series

– with Rodney Vandeveer, VanTech Training and Professor at Purdue University

Webinar 1) The Function and Nature of Leadership

Abstract – Today’s workforce is changing and requires a new leadership focus. Effective leadership is essential to an organization’s survival. Developing effective leadership for any organization requires an understanding of the basic principles of leadership and an understanding of the practices and structures that enable others to objectively look at the leader-follower relationship. This session explores the dynamics of leading in organizations at various levels and how proper leadership brings encouragement, empowerment and renewed vitality to your organization.

Webinar 2) Communication

Abstract – Have you ever expressed frustration around poor communication? Effective communication is all about the transfer of information and the accurate understanding of that information. This session will explore the reason why communication efforts fail and describe techniques to help improve your personal communication skills.

Webinar 3) Motivation

Abstract – This session will help you understand the secret to all motivation. Compare the traditional motivational techniques with more contemporary methods. Learn about five different motivational techniques that will promote a better leader-follower relationship. Discuss different applications for motivating for effective performance.

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Why sign up for a webinar?

There are several reasons why webinars are beneficial:

  • Time Efficient – Gain immediate information in a short span of time
  • Cost Efficient – When you can’t afford the cost of travel or time away from work
  • Convenient – View a recorded webinar anytime, day or night

What is the format of a webinar?

Each webinar typically lasts 60-90 minutes (some last up to three hours). A presentation is shown over the Internet and audio is heard through VoIP on your computer or by telephone through a phone conference.  Participants of the live webinar can ask questions of the instructor.  Participants of the recorded webinar can view the webinar multiple times.

Can questions be asked during the live webinar?

Yes, during the live webinar there is a chat box where you may send the instructor(s) questions.

What are the system requirements to participate in or view a webinar?

Before registering for a webinar, verify that your computer meets the requirements to fully participate in the meeting:

  • PC or Mac
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Safari or Firefox
  • At least 800×600 screen resolution
  • Steady Internet connection, 56K or above -some features may require a broadband connection
  • Working computer speakers (if you are listening to the audio via VoIP)

What Members are saying about Webinars by SBE

“VERY USEFUL to be able to stop, rewind and repeat points and slides we can’t do in the live environment. Also, access to the the power point after the fact can aide in focusing on the information presented rather than keeping up with note taking.”

Participant of the Leadership Development Webinar Series

“I have been very pleased with the two offerings I’ve participated in so far and look forward to the next webinar and the Leadership Development Course in Atlanta this August 3 – 5. Mr. Vandeveer is an excellent presenter and his passion for this subject matter is evident. Thank you for the opportunity to participate!”

Participant of the Leadership Development Webinar Series

SBE Recertification Credit

The completion of a webinar from Webinars by SBE qualifies for 1 credit, identified under Category I of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications.

How do I register for a webinar?

Click on the webinar of your choice.  There will be a link to the SBE registration page for that particular webinar, either live or archived.

If the webinar is archived, you will receive the link to the webinar along with the handouts in an email within a few minutes of completing your online registration so that you can begin viewing the webinar immediately.


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