Our March meeting will be on Tuesday, March 21st, at 11:30 AM (please note the earlier start time) at the Out-O-Town Club in Kaukauna. Our business meeting and lunch will be followed by a 1 PM tour of the Fox Energy Center natural gas power plant located in Wrightstown near the Out-O-Town Club. In order to attend the tour, you must pre-register by contacting John Pfankuch (contact info in the newsletter) no later than Friday, March 17th. The majority of the tour will be outdoors so dress appropriately. Due to the tour, the Zoom call will be limited to the business meeting. Zoom information is in the newsletter.
Our February meeting will be on Tuesday, February 21st at Noon at the Out-O-Town Club or via Zoom. The program topic regards regulations and practices surrounding broadcast towers today. It was originally presented to Chapter 25. Presenters were Bill Harland and John Robinson, PE of ERI in Chandler, IN. One of the members, Doug Garlinger, stated “This presentation should be watched by every US broadcast engineer involved with a tower.” The Zoom link in is the newsletter.
Our January meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17th at the Out-O-Town Club in Kaukauna at 5:30 PM. It will be our holiday party. There will be no Zoom meeting for this meeting. Drinks will be starting at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30.
On December 8th, Bill Hubbard presented a donation of $500.00 on behalf of the chapter to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in support of the Gary Mach Excellence in Media Fund.
Gary Mach was a long time broadcast engineer in NE Wisconsin at WLUK TV 11, the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and Cellcom. He mentored many students and other broadcast engineers. He was a member of Chapter 80 for decades and assisted in helping form the Chapter by bringing in the Green Bay area members a year after the Chapter’s founding in 1981.
For more information about the fund and for ways to donate, please read the attached document from the UW-Green Bay Foundation.
Our November meeting will be on Tuesday, November 15 at Noon at the Out-O-Town Club or via Zoom. Our program will be with Steve Konopka. Steve will be sharing his experiences at the WBAY transmitter site over the past 47 years, including some passages from an old log book he found on the site. While remote attendees can enjoy his stories, in person attendees will be able to look at a log book he will be bringing as well. For Zoom info, see the newsletter.
Our September 2022 meeting will be on Tuesday, September 20 at the Out-O-Town Club in Kaukauna or on Zoom (Zoom information is in the newsletter). Our program presenter will be Jay Gedanken of Media Excel. Jay will be talking about Multi Camera synchronization with arbitrary delays on the cameras as well as transcoding.
The WBA and the WBA Foundation appreciate those who have chosen broadcast engineering as a profession. We realize that all broadcast engineers must stay current in broadcast engineering knowledge, skills, practices, and technologies, and that involves an investment of time and money.
As the broadcast industry evolves, so must our understanding of how to implement new media transmission. Unfortunately, often busy schedules and tight budgets for most engineering departments do not permit engineers to learn new skills and acquire an understanding of new technology. How are broadcast engineers able to keep up-to-date so that our industry thrives?
The WBA and the WBA Foundation offer Engineering Fellowship Grants. This program is meant to provide a stipend for broadcast engineers currently serving Wisconsin member stations to acquire continuing education in broadcast engineering.
Our July Meeting will be the Chapter Picnic in conjunction with The Next Best Thing Tour at Midwest Communications in Green Bay. Please note that due to road work, access to Midwest Communications will only be allowed from the north. A suggested route is in the newsletter. Please also see the newsletter for information to RSVP.