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    Rocky Mountain

    Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Section of SMPTE.


    Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Section

    We cover the States of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and most of Montana.

    In 1999, Chapter 48 of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and the Rocky Mountain Section of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers pooled their resources to become a leading provider of information and fellowship among broadcast engineers in the area.

    While both SBE Chapter 48 and Rocky Mountain SMPTE retain their charters with their respective national organizations, the two groups provide a single monthly newsletter. Board members from both groups work together to provide informative monthly seminars and maintain this site, in addition to the companion web site, www.smpte-sbe48.org.


    Join us October 27 at 6:30pm to hear about drones in broadcast.

    In recent years, “drones” have become ubiquitous and moved from the realm of toys to useful tools in many industries, including broadcasting. They are finding uses in news reporting, live sports and engineering. Many tower crews have found drones useful for pre-climb inspections, scouting and documentation of work. Engineers are using drones for tower and tower site inspections; troubleshooting of antennas, lines and microwave links; oversight/monitoring of tower work in progress and even delivery of materials and tools to workers on a tower. In our presentation on drone use in broadcast engineering, we will examine some of these uses, talk about available drones and their features and Cris_Arrowlimitations, and outline the path that an engineer must take to becoming licensed to fly a drone commercially.

    Cris Alexander, CPBE, AMD, DRB has, for the past 37 years, been Director of Engineering for Crawford Broadcasting Company. For many years he has been a member of the SBE’s national Certification Committee and certification chairman for SBE Chapter 48. He is a lifelong licensed pilot and aviation enthusiast as well as a licensed commercial sUAS pilot.


    This will be an online-only meeting over Zoom.
    Please register here to get the Zoom link.

    Past Events

    October 20, 2021

    SMPTE/SBE Rocky Mountain - Drones in Broadcast

    Join us October 20 at 6:30pm to hear about drones in broadcast.
    September 23, 2021

    Rocky Mountain September 23 Meeting

    Join us September 23 at 6:00pm to hear about the future of virtual production Virtual Production a term that has grown exponentially since the release of The Mandalorian. While the concept of Virtual Production has existed for years, the pandemic combined with the Firestarter of success by the new Star Wars streaming series, has led to a renaissance in digital filmmaking. Epic Games is at the forefront of this activity and is investing in a training series called “The Epic Games Virtual Production Fellowship” where they are training creatives and technologists how to leverage Unreal Engine, a game engine to redefine the content production workflow for film and television creation. Please join Erik Weaver, Konstantin Wilms and our host Jack Wenzinger who have all been through the Epic Games Fellowship and will discuss the experience, the industry under change and the future of content production. Screen Shot 2021-09-14 at 10.21.41 AM This will be an online-only meeting over Zoom. Please register here to get the Zoom link.
    August 18, 2021

    Rocky Mountain August 18 Meeting

    Join us August 18 at 6:30pm as we have Greg Martin of Rohde & Schwarz speak to us about Price vs Cost when considering DTV or FM transmitter options. He will be highlighting the advantages of liquid cooled vs air cooled solutions
    July 23, 2021

    Summer Picnic at Lookout Mountain

    It's been far too long! Come out, grab some BBQ, and reconnect with friends and colleagues. Please bring your own chair!
    July 21, 2021

    SMPTE Rocky Mountain SBE-48 Radio Astronomy

    July 21 we will have Ray Uberecken and Bill Miller tell us about Radio Astronomy. We hope you will join us for this unique meeting.
    May 13, 2021

    Rocky Mountain - A Brief History of the Second

    Rocky Mountain - A Brief History of the Second
    April 28, 2021

    Rocky Mountain HPA 2021 Found Lederhosen: Production in the Cloud

    Found Lederhosen ins a thought leadership project performed by the Hollywood Professional Association that presented several creative projects that required global collaboration in the cloud. Hear the stories and technical challenges from the project on how innovation and anxiety come together to support creatives, subject matter experts and production technologies.
    February 11, 2021

    Webinar Microservices and Media - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    This will be a free-flowing and entertaining panel discussion about the real world of micro services in our business. Are they the panacea the many would have you believe? What are the big gotchas you need to be aware of? How is the industry doing with deploying micro services, and how can this be done in a way that works across vendors and platforms?
    January 19, 2021

    Webinar: Do We Need a Control Plane Standard for ST 2110?

    ST 2110 has gotten a lot of attention of late, but one of the big open questions that remains to be answered is whether standardization of a control plane is something is needed? Join what promises to be a lively debate! Bring your strong opinions.