SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
June 13, 2021  


Thank you for visiting the Washington DC Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. We're glad you're here!

The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) is the only organization devoted to the advancement of all levels and types of broadcast engineering. With more than 5,000 members and 114 local chapters, the SBE provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of information to help you keep pace with our rapidly changing industry. The SBE amplifies the voices of broadcast engineers by validating your skills with professional certification, by offering educational opportunities to maintain and expand those skills, and by speaking out on technical regulatory issues that affect how you work.

SBE Chapter 37 is a very diverse group, including a variety of media professionals in the Nation's Capitol. Our members include local radio and television engineers, national and international network technicians, consulting engineers, electronics manufacturers and Federal employees working in media and broadcast related positions.

Regardless of your area of broadcast interest, you are sure to find a warm welcome at the Washington DC Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Please join us at our next meeting and try us out for size. We hope you will enjoy your visit.

Upcoming Events

Please check out details of our next meeting. We hope to see you there!  Future SBE events include: 

  • June 10th (7:00 PM):  The Washington, DC SMPTE Section is holding "Bits by the Bay 2021 - Looking Back, Moving Forward."  This will be a Town Hall style virtual event, where they will look at some of the most intriguing and visionary presentations from previous BBTB conferences and discuss what media technology possibly holds.  More information is available here.
  • July 20th (6:30 PM):  Remote Audio Production with Calrec.  Please see our next meeting page for details.
  • August 10th (6:30 PM):  Our August meeting topic is Setting up an ATSC 3.0 scheduler:  A key component to building an ATSC 3.0 Transmission Chain.  Perry Priestley of Broadcast Electronics will be our guest speaker.  

SBE News and Events

As the Society of Broadcast Engineers continues to develop its relationship with the Department of Defense as co-primary users of the 2025-2110 MHz spectrum, tools are being created to make it easier for both parties to coordinate and cohabitate in this congested band. The first of these tools are a monthly update and a KML file showing activity in the band. The SBE is making these available via the SBE website under Frequency Coordination Tools ( > Frequency Coordination > Frequency Coordination Tools). These tools are a combination of extracted FCC license data and information provided by SBE local frequency coordinators.

The first tool is a PDF document that will show any changes for the most current month. This is a concise report showing what has changed in the last 30 days and could be a culmination of both changes in the FCC database and any updated information provided by local coordinators. This monthly update will also note any changes in how the data is being presented in the KML file, such as new features and/or additional information that is available. It is best to think of this document as release notes for the KML file, the second tool that will be part of the monthly updates.

The KML file, supported by Google Earth, notes all known licensed users of the 2025-2110 MHz with data either provided by the FCC database, SBE local coordinators’ databases, or both. The file will show all data available regarding that license. If it is a fixed-link license, it will show the transmit and receive sites, clearly marked with different icons representing each end, and a line connecting them. If it is a mobile license, the file will note the operational area as defined by the FCC license as well as any registered receive sites.

We are hopeful that SBE local coordinators and our members will find these tools helpful and useful. Of course, these tools are only as good as the information that is used to build them. We encourage all our local coordinators and our general membership to review the data in these tools and let us know if something is not correct. Please feel free to send any data correction information to and we will work with the licensee(s) and the builders of these tools to ensure it gets updated. Be sure to keep an eye on the Frequency Coordination pages as additional tools and information become available and are published.

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Wayne Pecena, president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, has announced that long-time general counsel for the SBE, Chris Imlay, has shared his plans to retire from that position at the end of 2021. Chris has worked with the SBE since 1980, and has been the SBE’s general counsel since 1993.

Chris ImlayWhile his legal career began in 1975, Chris began practicing communications law in 1979 when he joined the firm Booth and Freret. His first SBE project in 1980 was the SBE’s effort to administratively appeal the FCC decision to eliminate the First Class Radiotelephone License. SBE President Bob Jones retained Chris’ mentor, Bob Booth, for the work, and Booth assigned the task to Chris. After that, between 1981 and 1984, he was invited to attend SBE board meetings and provided reports when asked about pending FCC regulatory issues. In 1984, SBE President Roger Johnson retained him as SBE communications counsel. In 1993, SBE President Rick Farquhar arranged for the Board to confer on Chris the general counsel title.

On making the announcement, SBE President Wayne M. Pecena said, “Chris Imlay has been a valuable resource for and asset to the SBE over the past 41 years. He has also been a staunch advocate for the SBE’s goals and objectives. He is a tough act to follow.”

Chris was a partner with Booth, Freret and Imlay from 1981 to 1995, president of Booth, Freret, Imlay & Tepper, P.C., from 1995 to 2014, and managing member, Booth, Freret & Imlay, LLC, 2014 to present. His practice has been limited to federal communications law. He has represented licensees and associations of communications users, especially technical and electronic communications associations, electronic equipment manufacturers, colleges and universities. In addition to the SBE, his clients include JVCKenwood USA Corporation; the National Football League; NASCAR; Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company; Robert Bosch, GmbH; Broadcast Sports International; numerous television and radio broadcast, common carrier, and private wireless licensees of the FCC; video production companies, automobile racing event sponsors and motor speedways; and manufacturers of communications and electronic equipment. From 1981 through 2018 he served as general counsel for ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio.

During his time with the SBE, Chris has worked with 22 SBE presidents. He was elected a Fellow of the SBE in 1997. Chris says that this remains the most important honor he has been given during his professional career. He has served as president of the Foundation for Amateur Radio, and in 2021 was inducted into the CQ magazine Hall of Fame for his work for the ARRL.

While Chris is relinquishing his SBE responsibilities, he will continue to work part-time for long-term clients as he winds his practice down. Reflecting on his career, Chris said, “I have, generally speaking, been a down in the trenches communications lawyer. I have valued my work with the SBE, as it has allowed me to do what I do best: defending spectrum allocations of clients and participating in technical regulatory proceedings. I have always been most comfortable working with broadcast engineers.”

The SBE will begin the process to find a replacement communications counsel. The SBE plans to retain an Indianapolis attorney for association business matters. It has already been decided that the duties performed by Imlay will be split.

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The Society of Broadcast Engineers has elevated SBE Certification Director Megan Clappe to the membership rank of Fellow. The SBE Board of Directors elected her at its meeting held May 10.

Ms. Clappe started working for the SBE in September 2003. She was originally hired as the certification assistant and receptionist where she worked with previous Certification Director (and SBE Fellow) Linda Baun. In June 2006, Linda left the SBE for a position with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, and Megan was promoted to SBE certification director.

The Fellow honor is the highest membership level in the SBE. Members must have made significant contributions to the broadcast engineering field or the SBE. Candidates are nominated by their peers. Since the Society‘s founding 57 years ago, 82 members have been honored with the Fellow rank.

Megan’s daily duties include working with the SBE Certification Committee to operate and grow the SBE Certification Program, which includes implementing and maintaining certifications to match those needs. She coordinates testing with proctors, and follows up after exams are administered. In all, she is tasked with keeping track of more than 5,000 certifications and recertifications.

In addition to her certification duties, Megan also provides SBE member and chapter certification support, manages the SBE Awards Program; manages the SBE convention and expo presence; and oversees the SBE Store.

During her employment as certification director, the SBE Certification Committee has introduced several levels of certification, including CBNE, DRB and ATSC3. The SBE Certification Handbook for Radio Operators has been updated at least twice, and The SBE Television Operator’s Certification Handbook has been updated once. The CertPreview practice test software has been redeveloped once and is slated for a second later this year during her time as director.

In the letters supporting Megan’s nomination, her dedication to SBE certification and the Society in general are a common thread. One letter noted, “She is always quick to offer alternative ideas and processes to make the certification procedure more efficient. When the pandemic hit in early 2020 Megan was first to offer an alternative to face-to-face testing.”

Another supporting letter said, “She is the glue that holds the program together. The volunteer committee members contribute their fair share to the work, but it is Megan who ensures the work is done in a timely manner.”

The December 2020 launch of the SBE ATSC3 Certification was also noted, saying it was due to “no small measure of Megan’s dedication and determination to gather and catalog test and essay questions from experts in the field, find two rounds of Beta testers and keep the ATSC3 certification committee on task to ensure the program kept moving during the pandemic.”

Several letters noted her contributions to the SBE. Quoting one: “I would venture to say that there are few SBE members that don’t know who Megan is, and I certainly consider her contribution to the SBE’s Certification program to be conspicuous. Megan’s daily contribution to the program should indeed be considered valuable to ‘the advancement of broadcast engineering or its allied professions.'”

“While most of those elected to SBE Fellow are working-in-the-field broadcast engineers, Megan’s contributions to the SBE in general and the Program of Certification specifically are beyond measure,” said Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, ATSC3, DRB, CBNE, president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. “I’m proud to welcome Megan to the SBE Fellow ranks.”

Megan will be recognized for her election to Fellow during the SBE Membership Meeting and National Awards Program, planned to be held on Oct. 11, 2021, in Las Vegas, during the annual SBE National Meeting, which is planned to be held in conjunction with the 2021 NAB Show. A list of all those who have been named SBE Fellows is posted on the SBE website.

Megan resides in the Indianapolis metro area. Previous to her employment with the SBE, she worked for the Embassy Theater in Ft. Wayne, IN.

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