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ABA Engineering Academy to Offer Seminar for ABIP Engineers

The free class is set for early July

This summer, the Alabama Broadcasters Association (ABA) Engineering Academy is offering a two-day seminar for new and active Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program engineers.

ABIP is a joint program between the Federal Communications Commission and state broadcasting associations. Certified engineers visit stations to conduct a special Alternative Inspection based on current FCC guidelines. According to the ABA, the inspection covers legal and technical operations to ensure a station is in compliance. Once an ABIP engineer signs off on the inspection, a station will receive a Certification of Compliance, which is valid for three years.

The in-person seminar will be held Monday July 10 and Tuesday July 11 at the ABA Training Center in Hoover, Ala. Monday will feature a review of the inspection program (online Public Files, EAS and engineering reports and documents), while Tuesday’s class will feature mock inspections at local radio and television transmitter sites.

While the seminar is designed for current or prospective ABIP inspectors, ABA has opened the class to any radio or television engineer who would like to aid in keeping their operation in compliance with current FCC rules and regulations. The academy first held this seminar back in 2019.

A photo of last year’s ABIP class offered by the ABA Engineering Academy

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Instructors will include John George, ABIP inspector for South Carolina and Georgia, and Larry Wilkins, Alabama ABIP inspector and director of the ABA Engineering Services.

The seminar is offered at no charge by the Alabama Broadcasters Association. The $50 registration fee is refunded upon attendance. The ABA says SBE members will receive recertification credit for attending.

Registration is open online on the ABA website. Any questions about the seminar should be directed to the academy director, Larry Wilkins.

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