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Washington DC Section

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The Washington D.C. section of SMPTE includes society members from the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area as well as members in the Tidewater, Virginia and other nearby regions.
Section Officers include a chair, a secretary/ treasurer and six managers. There are also other volunteer positions such as Program, Membership and Publicity Chairs.
Our regular meeting is the third Thursday of the month at 7pm ET.  Check below for the latest update, and 
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Our Next Event

November 9 (New date!)- SBE/SMPTE original WWV site tour (at Goddard!) Sponsored by the Goddard Amateur Radio Club, DC SMPTE, and SBE chapter 37.  Doors 6pm, Organizational business 6:30pm, Program 7pm.  Details on the SBE37 web page. Click Here for the registration link

John Lowe, who served as Broadcast Manager for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) radio stations WWV, WWVH and WWVB in Colorado and Hawaii, will present a program on the history and operation of these very unusual—and very essential—shortwave and low frequency radio broadcast services.


In his presentation—" “NBS/NIST Radio Station WWV - The Story of an Old Timer””—Lowe will provide a history of the WWV operation, along with other stories and information about this “ground zero” source for ensuring the accuracy of the nation’s clocks and all other devices requiring a stable and highly-accurate reference source.


Johnny LoweLowe recently retired after a 34-year career with the Time and Frequency Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its precursor organization, the Nation Bureau of Standards (NBS) in Boulder, Colorado. He initially served in the organization’s Atomic Standards Group, where it participated in constructing the National Frequency Reference (NIST-7). Lowe was awarded the Department of Commerce’s Gold Medal for his efforts in connection with this initiative. He was assigned to head up NIST’s Time and Frequency Services in 1995 and served in this position until his retirement in 2019. He served as Broadcast Manager for NIST radio stations, WWV, WWVH and WWVB, overseeing their operation, maintenance and enhancements. Lowe now serves NIST as Scientist Emeritus, representing that organization in several national and international bodies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and a masters in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado.

Upcoming Events...



DECEMBER 14 6:30-9:30pm - December Holiday Party. The SMPTE Washington DC Section and SBE Chapter 37 invite you to join us for our annual holiday party. We'll have an open bar 6:30-8:00 PM and heavy hors d'oeuvres. All members, colleagues, family and guests are welcome!

Please register in advance so that we can provide an accurate headcount to the restaurant.

Location: Busboys & Poets: 4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

Directions & : One block from WETA in Shirlington, VA.  There are parking garages at both ends of the block. No metro nearby.

Registration: SMPTE & AES Members, family and friends: $25; Vendors & Sponsors: $100

We ask that all vendors attending please individually register as sponsors to help us defray the costs of the party. All sponsoring attendees will be recognized and thanked in our event signage.

Questions? Please send an email to managers@smptedc.org


Reminders & Notices

Follow SBE37 for Radio/TV specific events

Follow DC AES for all things audio

Job Openings:
Contact managers@smptedc.org if you have a job or need a job!

Past Events

November 9, 2022

SMPTE Washington DC and SBE Chapter 37

SBE/SMPTE original WWV site tour (at Goddard!)
November 3, 2022

SMPTE Washington DC November Meeting

MediaForward Student focused event in person at Montgomery College, Rockville, MD. All are welcome.
October 25, 2022

SMPTE Washington DC September Section Meeting

How to Define Workflow Methodologies for Content Creation (presented by MaestroVision & SMPTE DC)
October 18, 2022

SMPTE Washington DC October Meeting

Mechanics of audio & streaming formats Presented by TieLine – produced by SBE 37 (DC)
September 29, 2022

SMPTE Washington DC September Meeting

Define Workflow Methodologies for Content Creation presented by MaestroVision produced by Dennis Felton
May 26, 2022

SMPTE Washington DC May Section Meeting

On May 26 at 7 pm Washington, DC section is pleased to be joined by Mark Schubin for an NAB Recap
March 2, 2022

SMPTE Washington DC March SectionMeeting

Blackbird and SMPTE Present- Create More Content Faster with Less Cost and Carbon
February 3, 2022

SMPTE Washington DC Section February Meeting

Camera to Cloud with Frame.io, Adobe and CHESA - Keep Your Head in the Clouds
December 20, 2021

Washington DC Virtual Holiday Party

SMPTE DC Virtual Holiday party on December 20, 2021 at 7PM ET.
April 21, 2021

Washington DC Virtual tour of the new NBCU News Group

Washington DC Virtual tour of the new NBCU News Group
March 22, 2021

Washington Lunch and Learn

Please join us for a SMPTE Lunch & Learn, where Jeff Loucks (Deloitte) will be present data from Deloitte’s Digital Media Trends, The Future of Movies, and the trends driving change in the industry.
February 24, 2021

Washington February Event

February meeting - SMPTE LMT (Language Metadata Table) and Metadata Basics
October 29, 2020

Media Forward Student Night Town Hall

Via Zoom (participation is limited to the first 80 registrants). Registration is required – see below. Meet local media technology professionals and learn about the range of careers available and different technologies in the media and production segment Ask the experts about the latest technology developments, from HDR to online streaming. Discover the future of media. What technologies will drive future opportunities? Kickstart your career. What is it like to work in media technology?
January 17, 2019

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