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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.

References | 8-VSB | AMD | ATSC 3.0 | DRB


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 Titles marked with an asterisk (*) are currently out of print; however, this does not mean they are out-of-date or unavailable through some booksellers or libraries.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




ATSC 3.0 Specialist (coming in 2020)

  • A/300:2017, "ATSC 3.0 System"
  • A/321:2016, "System Discovery and Signaling"
  • A/322:2018, "Physical Layer Protocol"
  • A/324:2018, "Scheduler / Studio to Transmitter Link"
  • A/327:2018, “Physical-Layer”-Recommended Practice
  • A/330:2019, “Link Layer Protocol”
  • A/331:2018, “Signaling, Synchronization, Delivery and Error Protection”
  • A/360:2018, "ATSC 3.0 Security and Service Protection"
  • A/327:2018, “Guidelines for the Physical Layer Protocol”
  • A/350:2019, “Guide to the Link-Layer Protocol”
  • A/351, “Techniques for Signaling, Delivery and Synchronization,”

SBE Webinars On Demand

($62 members  $92 non-members  SBE MemberPlus FREE)

ATSC 3.0 Webinar: Module 1 - Introduction to ATSC 3.0

ATSC 3.0, Module 2: Overview of the Physical Layer

ATSC 3.0, Module 3: Implementation of the Transport and Physical Layers

ATSC 3.0, Module 4: MPEG Media Transport Standard and its Use in ATSC 3.0

ATSC 3.0, Module 5: ATSC 3.0 ROUTE Protocol

ATSC 3.0: Module 6: Advanced Emergency Information System

ATSC 3.0 Tutorial Videos from SBE@PBS TechCon 2019

Part 1: The Physical Layer

Part 2: Broadcast Regulations

Part 4: NextGen/ATSC 3.0 Transmitter Conversion

Part 6: NextGen Broadcast/ATSC 3.x Scheduler

Part 7: Monitoring and Display

Part 8: The NextGen Broadcast Station

SBE ATSC 3.0 Networking Series

ATSC 3.0 Networking: Module 1 Introduction to ATSC 3.0 Station Architecture, Networking Standards and the Physical Layer

ATSC 3.0 Networking: Module 2: Ethernet Switching

ATSC 3.0 Networking: Module 3: IP Routing


NextGenTV Host Station Manual V6 – FinalManual


Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist




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