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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (April 11, 2016)
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Wow, this handbook came as a pleasant surprise. This 2016 first edition of the SBE Broadcast Engineering Handbook is pretty impressive; it fulfills its claimed purpose of a "hands on guide" for broadcast station design and maintenance. The contributing authors read like a Who's Who in the broadcast engineering field, and the editor-in-chief is Jerry Whitaker, VP of Standards Development for the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), former SBE President, SBE Fellow, and author of more than thirty books on technical topics.The SBE Broadcast Engineering Handbook contains cutting edge information on virtually every aspect of broadcast station design and operations, both radio and TV, including the now proposed ATSC 3.0. My favorite chapter was Chapter 5.11 on electronic news gathering (ENG) systems using cellular frequencies (aka bonded ENG), as opposed to Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) frequencies. I forgive the author of that chapter for his dig about "dated" point-to-point microwave technology, because for truly major news events (e.g., Katrina, or out here in California, earthquakes), you had better not be relying on the continued availability of terrestrial commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) phones; only Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) handsets and BAS gear at hardened broadcast sites are likely to still be working during such scenarios.But I digress. Like the NAB Engineering Handbook, all of the figures are black & white. However, the most recent edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook is the tenth edition dating from 2007, whereas the SBE Broadcast Engineering Handbook has the advantage of addressing advances in broadcast engineering in the succeeding nine years.
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