SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
April 20, 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: 

  • April 21st (12:30 pm):  Baltimore SBE Chapter 46 will be having a social visit to share and discuss ongoing projects and have a show-and-tell of recent activities.  If you're interested in attending, please contact J. R. Richardson at SBE Chapter 46.
  • April 21st (7:00 pm):  SMPTE's Washington DC Section is hosting a virtual meeting with NBC News executives who will show the inside of the new Washington Bureau and studios, discuss the project, and review studio operations. In January 2021, after more than 60 years of operating at 4001 Nebraska Ave. NW, NBCU News Group officially moved its D.C. headquarters to a new location near Capitol Hill. See meeting details here. There will be opportunities to ask questions. You do not have to be a member of SMPTE or the DC section to join. Please Register in advance for this meeting using this link.
  • May 12th (6:30 pm):  In what has become an annual tradition, Chris Imlay of Booth, Freret & Imlay, LLC will join us for Rules, Regs, and the Broadcast Engineer - his unique view on technical regulatory topics, spectrum allocations, and broadcast auxiliary spectrum issues.
  • June 1st (6:30 pm):  60 years ago on this date, the first FCC-authorized FM stereo broadcasts began in Schenectady and Chicago.  Mr. Richard Burden was instrumental in this effort and has been recognized by AES and SBE for this and many other achievements.  He'll be our guest.
  • July 20th (6:30 pm):  Remote Audio Production with Calrec.  Watch this space for details!

SBE News and Events

Compensation SurveyThrough May 17, 2021, the Society of Broadcast Engineers will conduct a survey to determine salary levels and benefits among broadcast and media technology engineers. The SBE conducted its first survey in 2016. This sixth survey will continue to help us establish a baseline for subsequent surveys and build compensation trends.

The complete results of the survey will be available at no charge to SBE members as a benefit of membership. A link to the survey is posted on the SBE website.


The survey includes questions about job titles, broadcast market size and compensation in dollars and offered benefits. SBE membership is not required to take the survey.

While all responses remain anonymous, demographic data collected will include market size, job category/title, age, years working in broadcasting, salary, benefits received, and any certification held. The data will be split into radio or TV results, with details on job category and market size.

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In January, the Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE) announced the full list of recipients of the 19th Annual STAR Awards. The STAR Awards, the Society’s Top Association Recognition Awards, recognize professional association managers and their industry. The awards were first presented in 2002.

John PorayAmong the award recipients for 2020 was former SBE Executive Director John Poray, CAE, as Association Executive of the Year. The award was presented on Jan. 21, 2021, with more than 130 association professionals and industry suppliers gathered virtually. The event is usually held in-person.

To be considered for the ISAE Association Executive of the Year, the nominee must be a regular, voting member of the ISAE and actively involved in a full-time position as the chief staff executive for an association. A minimum of three years association management experience is required. This person has shown dedication, innovation and leadership. This is the kind of executive all association professionals aspire to be.

Joh Poray retired from the SBE on Dec. 31, 2020, after serving as the executive director for more than 28 years.

The Indiana Society of Association Executives serves more than 500 association professionals, including supplier members. As an educational and networking organization designed specifically to meet the needs of association professionals, the ISAE helps members be stronger leaders who lead stronger organizations.

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The Society of Broadcast Engineers, in its continuing effort to advance its Program of Certification, has added a new Specialist Certification to its offerings: The ATSC3 Specialist. The new level of certification was developed by the Society of Broadcast Engineers Certification Committee, chaired by Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNE, with direct assistance from the Advanced Television Systems Committee. The first ATSC3 SBE Certification exams were made available during the February 2021 SBE exam period.

SBE CertifiedIn addition to various certification levels that require a certain time of professional career experience and cover a broad knowledge base, the SBE offers several Specialist Certifications, each one focusing on a specific understanding of a technology. Existing Specialist certifications include the 8-VSB Special-ist (8-VSB), AM Directional Specialist (AMD), and the Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist (DRB). The first SBE Specialist Certification was offered in 2005. To apply for a specialist certification, an individual must currently hold certification on the Broadcast Engineer, Senior Broadcast Engineer, Professional Broad-cast Engineer or Broadcast Networking Engineer Certification level.

The initial idea to create the SBE ATSC3 Specialist Certification began in 2018. The SBE Certification Committee worked closely with key ATSC members for input on suitable information to include in the exam. The Certification Committee also worked with several SBE members with direct experience in-stalling ATSC 3.0 systems. From this, a set of questions was created, beta tests were conducted, the questions were reviewed and adjusted and additional beta testing was held. The final question pool covers a mix of practical application and technology standards.

“The SBE is grateful to the ATSC for its help in assembling the exam question pool,” said SBE Certifica-tion Chair Ralph Hogan. “As is the practice in creating any level of SBE Certification, a group of subject matter experts is consulted.”

“I also extend my thanks to the ATSC members who helped in the exam development process. As the foremost experts on ATSC 3.0, their contributions were invaluable. I was also continually impressed by the SBE’s methodical exam development process, ensuring that the exam would fairly and accurately assess a candidate’s understanding of ATSC 3.0. Individuals who successfully pass the exam will have earned a truly meaningful certificate,” added Madeleine Noland, president of ATSC.

Like all SBE Certifications, the exam questions will continue an ongoing review process to ensure the information being covered is relevant and current. Certifications are valid for five years, and then must be renewed or advanced to a higher level. The SBE launched its program of certification in 1975.

Exams must be completed within three hours and consist of 50 multiple-choice questions (two points each) and one essay question (20 points maximum). Specialist certification examinees are provided one essay question to answer. Exams are pass/fail, and a score of 84 is a passing grade.

The SBE provides a list of suggested references to help prepare for all SBE certification exams. The SBE also offers the SBE CertPreview practice test software. The ATSC3 portion of CertPreview should be available later in 2021.

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