Programs & Services
What follows is a list of programs and services offered by the SBE. For more information on each program or service, contact the appropriate SBE staff person listed at the bottom of this page.
The Annual Awards Program recognizes those who have contributed to SBE, the industry or their chapters in a number of categories. Winners are presented their awards at the National
Awards Dinner at the annual SBE National Meeting.
SBE members can buy broadcast engineering-related books at discounts of 15% or more off the retail price. The publications are authored by outstanding experts in the industry. Order online at sbe.org.
Canons of Ethics
Developed by SBE, the Canons defines the standard for the industry of how all broadcast engineers should practice their profession.
The SBE maintains a comprehensive Certification Program with six classes of engineering certifications, two operator certifications, one broadcast networking certification and three specialist certifications. SBE Certification has become recognized in the industry as the primary method of verifying the attainment of educational standards. For more information about certification and how to apply to take an exam, please contact the Certification Department at the SBE National Office or your local certification chairman. More than 5,000 individuals are currently SBE certified.
There are more than 100 chapters of SBE throughout the United States and in Hong Kong. Chapters meet on a regular basis, giving members the opportunity to network with peers, learn about new and existing technologies and share their knowledge.To organize a chapter contact the National Office.
Contract & Consulting Engineer Services
The SBE provides two services designed to aid members involved in contract and/ or consulting engineering work. A sample contract, written by legal counsel with input from contract engineers, is available at no charge to members electronically and covers most of the issues that concern contract engineers. Contract and consulting engineers can also be listed, for a small fee, in the Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide and on the SBE website.
The SBE offers a growing number of continuing educational programs designed for broadcast engineers, operators and technicians. These include the SBE University collection of online, on-demand technical courses, live and recorded webinars, the popular Ennes Workshops™ and the three-day SBE Leadership Development Course. All of these programs are created with the goal of providing practical knowledge for professional or personal development and to increase the participant’s value to employers and clients.
Emergency Alert System (EAS)
SBE has been involved from the beginning with the EAS. Through its EAS Committee, the Society is a valued technical resource to the FCC and manufacturers as they develop, implement and troubleshoot the next generation of EAS. Frequency Coordination Volunteers from across the country maintain local BAS databases and provide coordination to Part 74 frequency users. Coordination can be accomplished at sbe.org or by contacting the coordinator. Locate local coordinators on the SBE website.
The Society represents broadcast engineers and their interests to legislators and government agencies through the Government Relations Committee and SBE's General Counsel with direct contact and technical filings.
The SBE's "Chapter of the Air" provides up-to-date SBE information and a forum for members who are HAM radio operators, especially those not in close proximity to a local SBE chapter. HAMnet, hosted by Hal Hostetler, CPBE, WA7BGX, takes place on the second Sunday of every month at 0000 GMT. The published frequency is 14.205 MHz.
The Internet Repeater Linking Project (IRLP) is based in Denver using the WA2YZT UHF/VHF repeater system, IRLP node #3286, twice each month on the first and third Monday 7 p.m., U.S. Mountain Time, hosted by Jack Roland.
Various insurance programs are available to SBE members at group rates. Life, home, auto, disability, business and professional liability plans are available. For life and disability insurance, contact Marsh/Seabury & Smith at 800-424-9883. For business and professional liability insurance, contact PROinsure at 866-577-0355. For home or auto insurance, contact Liberty Mutual at 800-524-9400.
SBE JobsOnline lists broadcast engineering positions across the United States. JobsOnline is available to members only, is updated weekly and can be accessed on the Society’s website at www.sbe.org. The Job database is searchable and members can subscribe to be notified when a job is posted that meets their criteria.
The SBE offers several levels of membership to meet the diverse needs of individuals involved with or interested in broadcast engineering. From high school youth to the seasoned professional to the broadcast manufacturer, SBE has something for everyone. For a description of these levels, read Article II, Section 2 of the SBE By-Laws.
The SBE Mentor Program is designed to help broadcast engineers who are new to the field. The program partners a new engineer with a more-seasoned professional. This allows the more-experienced person to share his or her gained knowledge, both empirical and practical, with someone new to the field. The SBE Mentor Program provides a means for SBE members to share knowledge and experience. For the seasoned mentor, it's a chance to give something back. For the freshman mentee, it's an ideal way to gain inside knowledge and understanding that can sometime take years to accumulate.
The Signal, the SBE's bimonthly newsletter, provides members with timely articles on various broadcast-related topics, information on upcoming events, recognition of members’ activities and achievements and details of SBE services. The SBE Membership Directory & Buyers Guide is published annually to provide a quick reference to all members and Sustaining Members' services. Short Circuits is updated regularly on the SBE website and provides information on SBE activities. SBE-news is an e-newsletter sent twice-monthly to members. The monthly SBE Career Advancement e-newsletter informs members about educational and certification programs available to them.
A number of SBE chapters host regional conferences each year. Most of these events include engineering seminars and trade shows for members to get the latest information, comparison shop and view current technology.
The SBE ResumeService features an online posting of anonymous resume profiles (comprised solely of SBE members) for prospective employers to view. For a small fee, these employers can request the member resumes from the National Office.
Current SBE members can have their resume profiles posted at no charge.
Roundtable, EAS Exchange, & SBE-Chat
The SBE Roundtable is an e-mail discussion group created to facilitate discussions about the Society and exchange information and ideas about broadcast and media engineering. Suitable topics include questions about the SBE; equipment for sale or wanted from individuals or stations (not dealers); job openings and positions sought. The SBE EAS Exchange is a forum dedicated and limited to the discussion of issues related to the Emergency Alert System. It is moderated by an SBE EAS Committee member. SBE-chat is for SBE members wishing to discuss anything that does not fit the guidelines of the Roundtable including personal interests, hobbies, past careers and non-technical broadcast issues. Visit www.sbe.org to subcribe.
The SBE's online, on-demand courses on a variety of broadcast technical topics developed by experts for the SBE.
Logo items such as hats, shirts, mugs and pins are available through the SBE Store.
The SBE's corporate level of membership provides organizations with a place to promote themselves on the SBE website, in every issue of The Signal and in the Buyers’ Guide section of the annual Membership Directory. In addition, Sustaining Members have access to the SBE mailing list one time free per year, receive discounted advertising rates and can request local chapter contacts to schedule product/service presentations at monthly chapter meetings.
Information about the SBE and its programs, activities, benefits and services can be obtained through the SBE's website at www.sbe.org. Interested individuals can join online and shop online at the SBE Store. The site is updated regularly. Messages can also be sent to the National Office and elected Board of Directors via email from the website. Includes national and chapter calendar and contacts.
The SBE youth program seeks to encourage high school students with an interest in the technical side of broadcasting to consider the field as a career. Youth members and adult instructors at high schools with radio or television stations and local chapters are encouraged to hold Youth Nights to help students network and foster mentoring relationships.
Webinars by SBE
Webinars by SBE consists of online seminars on subjects of interest to broadcast engineers. You can view the webinar live, or choose to view it from the archives on the SBE website. Visit www.sbe.org/sections/WebinarsbySBE.php to view upcoming webinars and access archived webinars.
Who should you contact about a specific SBE program or service? See the list below. Follow the contact link for email addresses.
Who to contact at the SBE National Office
317-846-9000 • Fax: 317-846-9120 • www.sbe.org
Board of Directors/Governance
Book Store Orders
Debbie Hennessey/Carol Waite
Credit Card Program
Scott Jones or John Poray
Dues Waiver Program
Exams for Certification
Leadership Development Course
Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide
Membership Updates, Address Changes
Webinars by SBE
SBE Store Orders
Carol Waite/Megan Clappe
The Signal Production
Sustaining Membership Services