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Chapter 76, Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), generally meets on the 2nd Wednesday after the first Monday of each month. The date rarely varies from this formula. This keeps the meeting towards the middle of every month.

The usual meeting location is the Sizzler Restaurant, 1010 Postal Way, Springfield, OR 97401, 541-726-9933  and the time is 11:30 a.m. You do not need to be a member of the SBE to attend these meetings, nor do you have to be a member of the local broadcast community. As long as the topic of the meeting is of interest to you, you’re invited. If you see that a given month is “Reserved” for an exhibitor, it means simply that. Additional details of meetings are posted here as soon as they’re available.

Wednesday, February 12th, at 11:30AM

Where: Sizzler Restaurant, 1010 Postal Way, Springfield, OR

RF Safety for Engineers (an one-hour course)

Hatfield and Dawson Consulting Engineers

Stephen Lockwood, K7SSL, P.E., President/Senior Electrical Engineer, Hatfield and Dawson Consulting Engineers will be our guest speaker

The RF Safety Course provides an updated overview of RF radiation issues and practices for broadcasters, including:

  • Proving compliance at a broadcast site
  • Biological effects of RF radiation and the distinct differences between RF radiation and ionizing radiation
  • FCC, OSHA, state & local regulations – what they are and what you need to do to comply
  • Workplace hazards
  • Transmitter sites
  • SNG and ENG trucks
  • Remote operations (where news personnel can find problems such as on rooftops)
  • The unique issues at AM stations
  • RF hazard protection equipment – you may not need it but your contractors probably will
  • Signs – what they mean and what you need

This course is designed for broadcast station personnel, including chief and assistant chief engineers, transmitter site engineers, ENG and SNG maintenance personnel and management who need to have an understanding of RF safety issues and regulations.

Mr. Lockwood is an electrical engineer with more than 39 years of experience in the field of telecommunications engineering. He specializes in the development of system specifications, preparing interference documentation, conducting antenna and radio propagation analysis, inspecting telecommunications facilities, and the construction of radio facilities.

Located in Seattle, Hatfield & Dawson Consulting Engineers specializes in telecommunications and electromagnetic engineering services. We are familiar with nearly all aspects of telecommunications and electromagnetic engineering. The firm performs conceptual and specific system design, government agency and license application engineering, preparation of specifications, construction supervision, propagation analysis, measurements, testing and operational review.

Hatfield & Dawson has decades of experience, allowing us to perform routine tasks with ease and take on more challenging tasks with confidence. First started by James Hatfield Sr. in 1945. James prepared license applications, conducted proof of performance tests, visited radio sites, and helped replace radio components. Following his passing, James Hatfield Jr. took over the company in 1973, bringing on board Ben Dawson III. Other talented engineers soon followed, transforming the firm to the company it is today.

This will be no host for lunch. You will need to provide for the cost of your lunch.

You do not have to be a member of, or be certified by, SBE to attend our monthly meetings. However, joining the SBE helps the Chapter remain strong because a portion of your dues are sent back to your local chapter

Future Meeting Dates

March 11th-Anywave Transmitters Tee Thomas <>

April 22nd-(One week later)

May 13th-

June 17th-

July 15th-