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Last updated: October 4,2021



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Join us October 27 at 6:30pm to hear about drones in broadcast.

In recent years, “drones” have become ubiquitous and moved from the realm of toys to useful tools in many industries, including broadcasting. They are finding uses in news reporting, live sports and engineering. Many tower crews have found drones useful for pre-climb inspections, scouting and documentation of work. Engineers are using drones for tower and tower site inspections; troubleshooting of antennas, lines and microwave links; oversight/monitoring of tower work in progress and even delivery of materials and tools to workers on a tower. In our presentation on drone use in broadcast engineering, we will examine some of these uses, talk about available drones and their features and limitations, and outline the path that an engineer must take to becoming licensed to fly a drone commercially.

Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD, DRB has, for the past 37 years, been Director of Engineering for Crawford Broadcasting Company. For many years he has been a member of the SBE’s national Certification Committee and certification chairman for SBE Chapter 48. He is a lifelong licensed pilot and aviation enthusiast as well as a licensed commercial sUAS pilot. .

This will be an online-only meeting over Zoom.
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SMPTE Rocky Mountain / SBE-48 Summer Picnic 2021

SMPTE and SBE members from far and wide came out of hibernation for the first time in a year and a half, as we were able to enjoy our first in-person event since before the pandemic began.

Almost fifty made the trek up to our traditional picnic spot, atop Lookout Mountain. We have gathered there for right around 30 years now, with the only one I can think was missed being 2020. Bennett’s BBQ provided a feast, as usual, and the weather was glorious.

SBE-48 Chair, Jack Roland, served as our Master of Ceremonies and designated drone pilot, and did a fine job of both. Due to the extreme generosity of companies such as Nautel, RCS, Wheatstone, Greiner Electric, Galvanized Endeavors, Broadcasters General Store, Telos Alliance and Pro Audio (who donated the grand prize), no one went home empty-handed, as we had terrific door prizes galore. Sustaining member Ross Video supported with both a generous financial donation, and a plethora of cool socks and hats.

Erik Hood of iHeartMedia was the lucky recipient of the Mackie MC-150 headphone grand prize – congrats, Erik! Local and State regulations permitting, it’s our intention to return to in-person meetings and try simulcasting (and recording) them for those who cannot attend in person. The first of these is planned for August 18th at K-LOVE. You’ll get all the details via email and it will be posted on our website, so we hope to see you there.

Chris Lennon

Chair, SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section

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Jack Roland, SBE Chapter 48 Chairman
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