SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
April 21, 2015  

Our Next Meeting

Gates Air

All Are Welcome at SBE Meetings;
SBE Membership is not Required

Meeting Date:

May 13, 2015 at 6:30 PM


Radio One
8515 Georgia Avenue
9th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Radio One is at 8515 Georgia Avenue opposite the Discovery Networks building right in the heart of Downtown Silver Spring. Parking is free in the Wayne Ave parking garage which is behind our building. You will have to take a ticket to enter the garage but after 7:30P you can leave with no charge.

Enter the garage off of Wayne Ave between Georgia and Fenton St. Enter the building off of Georgia Ave. It's locked down after hours so Radio One will have someone in the lobby to let you in and to grant access to the 9th floor.

If you arrive a bit late, call or text Kent Kramer at (310) 701-7511 and he'll send someone down. (Yes, Area Code 310 is correct.)


By Mapquest

Rules, Regs, and the Broadcast Engineer

Chris Imlay

Guest Speaker: Chris Imlay

Here are a few facts commonly known by broadcast engineers:

  • Radio and Television stations are heavily regulated.
  • These rules, regulations and policies are constantly changing.
  • Broadcast engineers are typically the "go-to" experts responsible for station technical regulatory compliance.
  • SBE is devoted to the advancement of broadcast engineering.
  • As such, SBE amplifies the voices of broadcast engineers by speaking out on technical regulatory issues that affect how you work.

Chris Imlay, SBE's General Counsel, will be our May 13 guest speaker.  Along with input from various SBE committees and the SBE Executive Board, Chris has represented our interests before the FCC and other government agencies for many years.  He also keeps us informed with his Legal Perspective article in the SBE publication The Signal.  

Because Mr. Imlay is a superb public speaker who always seems to have something interesting on his mind, we've given him carte blanche regarding discussion topics.  Thus, while we expect him to bring us up-to-date on current technical regulatory topics, spectrum allocations, and broadcast auxilary spectrum issues, there no telling where the discussion will go.  We understand that topics may include possible threats to television broadcasters use of the 2 GHz (ENG) band, digital operation in 450 MHz band, and other technical regulatory issues.  We're certain you'll find the presentation to be interesting and informative.

Chris Imlay, Managing Member, Booth, Freret & Imlay, LLC, has practiced Federal Communications Law for the bulk of his professional career to date. His other communications clients include the American Radio Relay League, the national association of broadcast and communications technical professionals; JVC Kenwood USA Corporation; the National Football League; Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company; Robert Bosch, GmbH; Broadcast Sports, Inc.; numerous television and radio broadcast, common carrier, and private wireless licensees of the FCC; video production companies and manufacturers of communications and electronic equipment.  His work for the amateur and broadcast engineering associations include preparation of materials in FCC rule making and adjudicatory proceedings, consultation with local chapters and members, extensive representation of communications users, and consulting with local counsel for those users, in connection with Federal, state and local regulation of Federally-licensed communications facilities.

Sandwiches, kindly provided by our friends at GatesAir will be served at 6:30 PM.  We'll discuss a tiny bit of Chapter 37 business about 6:45 PM and begin our presentation about 7:00 PM.  Please RSVP by Noon on May 11th by dropping an e-mail to and let us know if we should expect you for dinner!

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