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Last updated: July 18, 2018



SBE Chapter 48
SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section
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July 2018 Meeting Notice

27th Annual Lookout Mountain
SBE Chapter 48/SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section 
Annual Picnic Luncheon

The Networking Event of the Year


Friday, July 20, 2018 


11:30AM to 1:00PM


Lookout Mountain Park 


Catering by Bennett's: BBQ Beef, Pork, Turkey, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Brownies, Sodas 


$12 suggested donation 

This annual tradition continues and this year's event is sure to be another well attended and wonderful day atop good old Lookout Mountain. See old friends. Find out what's going on in the Front Range professional television, radio, broadcast, and film community. Win prizes!

Don't miss this always fun, sociable, tasty, worthwhile event.

RSVP: You can reserve your place through the buttons below. You have the option to pay now using PayPal or to simply reserve and pay on the day of the event (cash or check payable to "SBE Chapter 48").

Lookout Mountain Picnic ($12):

Directions to Lookout Mountain Park: From Denver: I-70 West to the Lookout Mountain exit. Turn North on to the frontage road, then west on 40 to the first intersection and turn right onto Lookout Mountain Road. Follow signs to the Buffalo Bill Grave/Museum. The park is located on the left as you approach the Buffalo Bill site.

Sponsors: We welcome company sponsorships to help offset the cost of this event. If your organization is willing to become a sponsor/sustaining member, please let us know. We're also seeking items for the prize drawing.

                                                        Become a Sponsor!

SMPTE-SBE48 would like to thank our sponsors so far for this year:

                                                 *** BURST — ATEME ***

Contribute to your local chapter and gain recognition for your organization:
if you're willing to become a sponsor, please contact Shane Toven at
We welcome financial sponsors as well as items for the door-prize drawings.

Tom Craig
SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section Chairman

Shane Toven, Chairman,
SBE Chapter 48


August 2018 Meeting Notice

Planning for the future:
Maximizing transmitter facility efficiency and lifespan

The Networking Event of the Year


Wednesday August 8, 2018


6:15 PM Refreshments, 6:30 PM meeting


K-Love/Air1 (Educational Media Foundation) offices 3333 South Wadsworth Blvd, Suite 130D, Lakewood, CO


Planning for the future: Maximizing transmitter facility efficiency and lifespan


Don Backus, Account Manager, Radio Transmitters for Rohde & Schwarz

With Total Cost of Ownership increasing for TV and FM broadcasters, there is an increasing need to reduce these costs over the life-cycle of the transmission system while improving performance and reducing ongoing maintenance costs. From alternative cooling systems to more efficient designs, from reductions in required floor space to reducing service costs by minimizing required maintenance, there are a number of factors that reduce the cost of ownership while improving up-time and performance. We will look at TCO and some of the advanced transmitter technologies that enable reduction in operating costs, both for Radio and TV transmitters. We'll also discuss some forward looking technology initiatives including ATSC 3.0 and HD Radio Generation 4.

Speaker Bio:
Don Backus is Account Manager, Radio Transmitters for Rohde & Schwarz, handling Canada and the United States. Prior to joining Rohde & Schwarz in mid-2017, Don was Eastern US Sales Manager for Broadcast Electronics for five years. Don was previously VP of Sales & Marketing at ENCO Systems for 13 years and prior to that has held a number of positions in radio as an on-air personality, production director, general manager and chief engineer. He has presented to a number of professional broadcasting organizations including the Audio Engineering Society, a number of international, state and regional conferences and several SBE chapters. Don has served two terms on the board of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and has recently completed serving a second term on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation board. Don is a member of the SBE.

The meeting will take place in the boardroom of the 3333 building. The boardroom is located in the middle of the 1st floor. From Wadsworth, turn West on Girton. Take the 3rd left off Girton into the main parking lot on the south side of the 3333 building. Use entrance "D" on the South side of the building.

Tom Craig
SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section Chairman

Shane Toven, Chairman,
SBE Chapter 48


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