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SBE Webinar Covers FM HD Power Levels

Sept. 24 event qualifies for certification credit

FM HD Radio coverage and performance at various power levels will be discussed during an upcoming SBE webinar.

In 2010, the FCC adopted new technical rules to permit FM stations to voluntarily increase hybrid digital power levels from -20dBc to -14dBc for most stations, and set a system to allow some stations to achieve up to -10dBc. Since that date, many stations have updated their transmission facilities to take advantage of the power increase and most automotive manufacturers are including HD Radio in many of their latest vehicles.

An SBE webinar, “Field Observations of Elevated FM HD (IBOC) Power Levels” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern.

Alan Jurison, CSRE, AMD, DRB, CBNE, will present some of the benefits of elevated digital power, as well as some of the shortcomings, to help engineers better understand digital radio coverage and performance at various power levels.

Jurison is a senior operations engineer in the corporate Engineering and Systems Integration Group of (formerly Clear Channel Media and Entertainment). He has been in the radio industry for 20 years and offers his perspective on the convergence of IT and broadcast engineering.

The completion of this webinar qualifies for one credit, identified under Category I of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications.

See the SBE website for more information or contact Kristin Owens, SBE education director.