SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
June 26, 2017  

Our Next Meeting


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

Meeting Date:

July 11, 2017 at 6:30 PM


WAMU Studios
4401 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20016-8082


We will be meeting at the WAMU studios, which are located at 4401 Connecticut Avenue, NW in DC.  If travelling by Metro, take the Red Line and get off at the Van Ness/UDC Metro station. Use the east exit and walk one block north on Connecticut Ave. to Windom Place and arrive at 4401 Connecticut Ave.

If driving, set your GPS for the above address, which will bring you to Connecticut Avenue at Windom Place. WAMU is the brick/glass building on the left. Landmarks include a UPS Store, a loading dock, and a rollup door on the side of the building. For this meeting, park in any available space. 

Use the WAMU intercom next to the rollup door to ask for Rob Bertrand, and advise that you're there for the SBE meeting.  Take the elevator to the first floor.


By Mapquest

Tower Safety, Tower Standards, and the DTV Repack

Vertical Technology Services

Guest Speaker: Paul Fitts & Owen Garland

In prior SBE meetings, we have covered topics on studio production, broadcast transmission, and even the microwave links in between.  However, we rarely have the opportunity to talk about the care and feeding of the tall broadcast towers that (quite literally) support the broadcasting industry.  All of that changes in July, when we'll have the opportunity to learn from Vertical Technology Services LLC (VTS), a local firm that builds and maintains towers throughout and beyond the Mid Atlantic region.

This timely meeting was scheduled at the onset of the digital television repack.  With almost 1,000 television stations changing channels over the next three years, an  unprecedented amount of tower work will be needed as many huge antennas and/or transmission lines must be replaced in a very brief period of time.  This may be the most challenging project ever faced by the tower and broadcast engineering industries.

Paul Fitts and Owen Garland will discuss Tower safety and the new EIA/TIA and ANSI Standards. They'll also have a short PowerPoint that illustrates repack challenges and difficulties that many of us will face during the transition. We're also depending on you to bring your questions, concerns, and observations.

Paul Fitts is the VTS Chief Operations Officer and Owen Garland is the VTS General Superintendent. Collectively, these two guys have over four decades of experience in the tower business. We look forward to learning a bit about their interesting careers and their views regarding the repack.

Sandwiches, kindly provided by our friends at Vertical Technology Services will be served at 6:30 PM. We'll briefly discuss SBE business about 7:00 PM and begin our presentation shortly thereafter. Please RSVP by June 13th by dropping an e-mail to and let us know if we should expect you for dinner!

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