June 15th, 2014

It’s true that our website has not been kept well in the recent past, and of course this is not a situation that we want to continue. Without going through the historical reasons for this, this announcement on the front page is to inform everyone that a much greater effort is being made to improve the site.

Among the changes in the works are;

• A new page showcasing job opportunities

• An improved posting for upcoming meetings and special events

• A series of pages of commentary columns by Chapter 40 members, on subject relevant to the profession and the industry.

• Listing of upcoming events.

• A section devoted to informing the membership as to the whereabouts of members, such as those who take new jobs, retire, and etc.

These changes are now in underway, and you will see them in the near future. We hope to make the website as useful and friendly as possible.

Paul Black, CPBE
SBE Chapter 40 Treasurer/Meeting Announcement Editor


August 20th, 2013

Our guest this month is Joel Wilhite, from Harmonic (the company, not the integer multiple of a fundamental frequency; see their site at He’ll tell us all about HVEC, or High Efficiency Video Coding. This is different than HVAC, which is air conditioning. (And if you want to encode your air conditioning, then I suggest you need to think again…)

Anyway, he’ll be talking about this new scheme, which is a successor to H.264/MPEG-4, that’s currently in use around the landscape these days. HEVC is said to double the data compression ratio compared to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, at the same level of video quality. That I gotta see.

The usual important blather; Sinbad’s Restaurant at Pier 2 is the meeting place. Wednesday the 28th of August is the date, and the times are 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, with No-Host bar. Plan to sit down and be served sometime between 12:00 and 12:30, with the presentation at 1:00 p.m. or so. Valet parking is $6.00.

Please RSVP by return e-mail, or call me at 925-727-2628.

Paul Black, CPBE
SBE Chapter 40 Treaurer


August 7th, 2013

This isn’t so much a job offer as it is a request on the part of a non-commercial station that’s looking to get some contract help.
KGUA 88.3 FM is a 2800 watt public station that went on-air in August of 2011. They’re located in the coastal micro-market of Gualala, CA, and are owned and operated by the Native Media Resource Center, a 501c-3 corporation.
They’re looking to locate any contract engineers who could provide engineering support in the event they need technical help on short notice.
They’re located just east of Highway One about 50 miles north of Bodega Bay, a beautiful drive, but a long one, over mountain roads with lots of switchbacks, and slow traffic generally. They can provide lodging and meals as well as financial compensation, so the work would not be pro bono.
Contact information for the station is;
Susan Ruschmeyer
Native Media Resource Center
35501 S. Highway One, Unit 50
Gualala, CA 95445
PH/FAX 707-884-1318 KGUA Office
PH/FAX 707.884.4883 KGUA Studio

COMING SOON: A completely re-vamped “JOBS page on the website. It’ll be announced here and also in the Chapter meeting announcement, when it’s ready.

Paul Black, CPBE
SBE Chapter 40 Treasurer


July 29th, 2013

Brian Walker, who is the Market Development Manager for Sennheiser Electronics, is making a return visit (he was here in January, when the FCC presented.) His specialty is wireless mic systems, which seems to be something that Sennheiser is concentrating on. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve used, and am using, lots of their stuff, and it’s worked, and continues to work, just great.

They’ve got a new one, the Digital 9000 system, which they’re marketing into all kinds of venues, from live theatre to rock concerts to broadcasters. The claim is, in their words, is that it…”offers uncompressed digital audio transmission, free from intermodulation, with stunning purity of sound and dynamics far ahead of analog wireless transmission.” You heard it here first.

Now, the really GOOD news; they’re buying lunch! So, bring an appetite.

As I’m sure we all know, but I’ll repeat it anyway, is that Sinbad’s Restaurant at Pier 2 is the meeting place. Wednesday the 31st of July is the date, and the times are 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, with No-Host bar. We sit down to lunch sometime between 12:00 and 12:30, with the presentation at 1:00 p.m. or so. Valet parking is $6.00. Worth it, too, if you’ve ever compared parking rates around there.

Please RSVP by return e-mail, or call me at 925-727-2628.

Paul Black
Chapter 40 Treasurer

SBE 40 Special News: The death of Phil Lerza

April 17th, 2012

By Paul T. Black

The subject line above says it all. Phil Lerza, my friend, my mentor, and I daresay, my brother, is not with us here on earth anymore.
I write this in a daze, as if I wasn’t even sitting here. Suddenly the world has a sense of unreality about it.
There are not very many people in broadcasting who can truly be called “giants”, but Phil, by virtue of his amazing accomplishments, deserves that title as much as anyone ever could.
The usual meeting announcement will be issued tomorrow, as always. I hope to have some further details by then. Nonetheless, any news that we find out will be either on the SBE 40 website or will be sent out, via the mailing list, as soon as possible.

Services for Phil are Friday, April 20th, 1:30 PM
Crosby N. Gray & Co. Mortuary
2 Park Road
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 342-6617

SBE Luncheon - Wedesday, March 28th

March 26th, 2012

BILL BOWER & BILL BALLOWE from Epic Marketing
“Innovative narrow band digital solutions for Private Professional Wireless, LMR applications, specific to FCC Part 95 for Broadcaster two way voice and data systems.”

Sinbad’s Restaurant at Pier 2 in San Francisco, 11:30am to 2:00pm, with No-Host bar until about 12:30. Presentation starts about 1:00pm. Please RSVP with a voice mail to Paul Black at 925-727-2628 before 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday the 27th.

Please plan on a five-dollar fee for valet parking. Parking is limited.