of the last monthly meeting:

October 10, 2017

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Tom Daniels.
The Treasurer reported a balance.

There was discussion on whether to have meetings every two months instead of every

There was discussion on whether to have a Holiday party this year. Currently, without
any sponsors, the Chapter would pay. A decision on whether to have a members and
partners/spouse’s only private party will be discussed, with an option for non-members to attend should the non-member join the chapter when arriving at the party. Further, a location has not yet been secured.

The need for recruiting of new members was discussed and various attendees volunteered to act on the mailing list participants.

September 12, 2017:

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Tom Daniels.
The Chairman read the SBE National announcements and updates.

SBE informal August meeting at TAB – SBE Engineer’s Dinner, August 9, 2017.

Our Chapter Treasurer and event sponsor Dan Giesler welcomes the guests and co-sponsors.

A great time was had by all!

SBE July MEETING – 7/11/2017

Chairman Tom Daniels opened the meeting.

Treasurer’s report

Chairman’s report and notices:

  1. the upcoming Nautel Webinar notice for SBE re-certification credits.
  2. Use the SBE site to post Houston jobs on the national site.
  3. Jobs compensation survey is now posted.
  4. National elections begin July 24 – expect ballots by email or mail.
  5. EAS Blue Alert comments are encouraged.
  6. National SBE meeting in Denver, Oct. 25-26.

Paul Easter presented the monthly program, which was guest speaker John Ahern from Comlab, speaking on Davicom monitoring systems.  The subject was “Estimating Remote Site Maintenance Costs”.

With over 4000 installs, the company website has a site maintenance cost calculator to assist engineers in designing and budgeting with their intelligent remote control and site monitoring systems.

SBE June MEETING – 6/13/2017

Chairman Tom Daniels opened the meeting

All attendees introduced themselves.

Tom Daniels announced new SBE national business, including

1. a local Chapter Engineer of the year nominee notice, for inclusion with the National nominees, by 6/15.

2. use of the free SBE jobs online form – request service.

3. the SBE compensation survey is complete.

4. the TAB convention, August 9/10.

5. the national SBE meeting in Denver in October 25/26.

Treasurer Dan Giesler reported on the Chapter bank account.

He announced that Errol Coker is to receive the Steve Schott / George Marti award at TAB.

Dan introduced the guest speaker, Oscar Rodriguez, President of the Texas Association of Broadcasters.

Oscar Rodriguez announced this year’s talk-circuit was an Engineer meet & greet. He outlined his work on:

1. meeting with national and state legislatures, and with the comptrollers office.

2. issues relating to the spectrum repack, including fund access for cost coverage available to radio and TV broadcasters for protection, within a 39 month timeframe, and placeholder requests.

3. ATSC3 – as it is pushing forward.

4. Tax issues- including sales tax exemptions protections. He encouraged contacting TAB for issues or questions.

5. the upcoming August Convention.

6. He described the NAB PILOT Innovation Challenge.

7. the current EAS plan, which is waiting on FCC approval.

8. the free TAB email newsletter.

9. the engineering shortage – and the fact that scholarships are available.

A Q&A session followed, which touched on topics including:

1. FCC mandates vs. voluntary, as they concern FM and other tuner technology, innovation (HD radio, ATSC, cell FM chip) and ideology.

2. the Main Studio Rule proposal and comments.

The meeting adjourned.

SBE  May MEETING – May 9, 2017

The meeting was called to order by Tom Daniels.

Preparations were discussed for the June meeting with TAB President Oscar Rodriguez.

National SBE office announcements were read:

  • the engineering awards nomination deadline is June 15.
  • there is a recruitment drive.
  • the National meeting is in October.
  • the membership renewal campaign is underway.


Meeting minutes are posted within a week of the last meeting.