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September, 2019:  The SBE Chapter 17 meeting began with brief remarks from Executive Director Wendy Paulson from the Minnesota Broadcasters Association (MBA).  We were delighted to welcome her to her first-ever Chapter meeting and listen to plans for the MBA Annual Meeting next month.
 
 The keynote speaker was Don Backus of Rohde & Schwarz.  He was kind enough to sponsor the luncheon and share his thoughts on the development of liquid-cooled transmitter technology in cold weather climates.


 

 
August 21, 2019:  The SBE Chapter 17 meeting was held at Town Square Television in Inver Grove Heights, MN.
 
Yale Mechanical https://www.yalemech.com/projects/hvac-mn/ has made a name for itself through its work with Minnesota Public Radio, and many others.  Project Manager Mike Bokenewicz talked about the ins-and-outs of both design and maintenance, and generously covered this month's luncheon.
 
Also speaking was Mark Persons CPBE AMD CBNT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMpTLRuwlSE, recipient of the 2018 SBE Engineer Of The Year award. 
He took us through the overall history of broadcasting, and his place in it.  A video, compliments of Mike Davison CBNT from Town Square TV, can be seen at:
https://player.vimeo.com/video/355359478

 

 
July 30, 2019:  SBE Chapter 17 met to hear about self-driving cars.  They learned the technology is advancing, but the driver behind the wheel will still be responsibility in an accident situation...a least for the foreseeable future.  Speakers included Eric Palmer, Attorney at Meshbescher & Spence https://meshbesher.com/ and Jacob Miller, Autonomous Solutions Engineer at https://vsi-labs.com/  VSI plans an autonomous test drive from Minneapolis to California soon.  A Ford Fusion car was chosen for the test because the Ford car is ready for it. 
Then it was outside to see a car.
There is a camera sensor on top.  Most of the extra autonomous hardware is located in the trunk of the car.  More on the test drive at: https://vsi-labs.com/automated-drive-west

The future of self driving/autonomous vehicles might include robo-taxis and a need for only one or even no vehicles per household.

 

 
July 1, 2019:  Funeral services for Harold "Hal" James Schardin were held.  He was 68.  Hal had a lifetime interest in electricity.  He attended Brown Institute while working at Radio Shack.  Over the years, he worked at KANO, WCCO and KSTP, just to name a few.  Hal was a member of the SBE and will be missed.

 

June 28, 2019:  The annual SBE Chapter 17 summer picnic was held at the Fox 9/FM transmitter site in Shoreview, MN.  Lunch was sponsored by the Telos Alliance.  Thank you!
The tower is 1500 feet tall and has nine FMs into a combined antenna.

 
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SBE Chapter 17  revised 10/01/2019