Biographical and Experience Summary
Joseph M. Davis, P.E.
Joseph Davis is President and founder of
Chesapeake RF Consultants LLC, a
Joe received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology in 1982 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and since 1980 has worked directly for and then served as a consultant to various television and radio stations in engineering capacities, including transmitter and tower site relocation, facility upgrade, signal propagation, interference evaluation, FCC technical regulatory matters, and in the evaluation of human exposure to radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields.
Professional services provided by Mr. Davis include radio and television channel allocation studies, upgrade analysis, RF exposure evaluation, waiver support, multiple ownership studies, engineering exhibit preparation, and microwave licensing. “Due diligence” services are provided related to the evaluation of prospective broadcast station acquisition and FCC spectrum auctions, including comparative coverage analysis and review of engineering-related licensing matters.
He has been involved in the digital television transition since 1996, providing consulting services to broadcasters in regard to the FCC’s technical requirements concerning evaluation of digital allotment tables, DTV station authorization, expansion, use of alternate channels, and preparation of technical exhibits for submission to the FCC. He prepared the technical specifications and applications that led to the FCC’s first grants of DTV station construction permits dating back to 1997. He has provided considerable licensing support of full-power, low-power, and Class A television stations throughout the transition to digital, including channel changes and maximization of post-transition operations. He has directly advised FCC staff regarding potential challenges and costs for TV broadcasters subject to incentive auction channel repacking. Incentive auction activities involved planning and maximizing repack station channel assignments, interim facility planning and authorization, and identifying displacement channels for LPTV/translator stations. Work is ongoing in finalizing permanent facilities for post-repack and securing alternate channels for television stations that were not repacked.
Services regarding FM radio stations include channel studies to examine potential for upgrade, improvement, and site relocation. Recent activity includes FM translator frequency availability analysis, facility design, interference modeling, and impact of the FCC’s recent changes in translator interference procedures.
He has performed and supervised measurements of RF electromagnetic field for evaluation of exposure levels at publicly-accessible areas near transmitter sites and at on-tower locations to evaluate the possibility of worker exposure. He has appeared in person before local governmental boards and the Federal Communications Commission staff regarding antenna siting matters and has briefed numerous attorneys, trade groups, and broadcasters on various technical issues.
Joe is a Registered Professional Engineer in
B.S. Electrical Engineering Technology, Summa Cum Laude, 1982
Licenses, Certifications, and Awards
Registered Professional Engineer,
Recipient of the prestigious Matti S. Siukola award by IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, 2016
Lifetime Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer, Society of Broadcast Engineers
FCC General Class Radiotelephone License (former First Class)
FCC Amateur Extra Class Radio License (W4YVA)
Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (President 1999-2001)
Society of Broadcast Engineers (Senior Member)
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
National Society of Professional Engineers
Virginia Society of Professional Engineers
Chesapeake RF Consultants LLC, President, consulting engineer services (2007-present)
Cavell Mertz & Davis Inc., Vice President and Managing Partner, consulting engineer services (1996-2007)
WETA-TV/FM, Chief Engineer (FM), 1987-1996 (
WBMW(FM), Chief Engineer, 1985-1987 (
Fine Tuning Associates, Field Project Broadcast Engineer, 1984-1985 (VA-MD-NC regional)
WHYW-FM/AM, Chief Engineer, 1982-1984 (
WYVA-FM, Chief Engineer, 1981-1982 (
Various freelance RF and studio projects at many stations, 1983-1996
TV Repack Update: “Wait, and Hurry Up”
IEEE Broadcast Symposium October 2016 Hartford CT, (IEEE Slides 10-13-2016)
TV Repack: Post-Auction Transition Procedures
SC Broadcasters Assoc. January 2016 Columbia SC, (SCBA Slides 01-21-2016)
AFCCE Symposium October 2015 Rosslyn VA, expanded presentation ()
IEEE Broadcast Symposium October 2015 Orlando FL (IEEE Slides 10-16-2015)
Challenges in Implementing Television Repacking, presented at various SBE chapters, 2014-2015
Panelist at FCC’s Workshop on Television Repacking Costs and Resources, September 2013 (Public Notice)
Panelist at FCC’s Workshop on Electronic Filing, May 2010 (Public Notice)
Applications of the FCC’s DTV Interference Analysis Methodology OET Bulletin 69, Presented at IEEE Broadcast Technology Symposium, September 1998
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