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FCC’S Rodolfo Bonacci Wins E. Noel Luddy Award

Rodolfo (“Rudy”) Bonacci was presented with the E. Noel Luddy Award for years of meritorious service to the telecommunications industry. Bonacci is Assistant Division Chief, Engineering, in the Audio Division in FCC’s Media Bureau. The award was presented November 30 at the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers’ annual FCC Reception, held at the National Press Club by AFCCE President John Lyons.

In his introduction of this year’s honoree, James Bradshaw, Deputy Division Chief, Engineering, in the Audio Division of the FCC’s Media Bureau, recalled the time from when Rudy joined the FCC to the present day and Bradshaw told anecdotes on Bonacci’s career and spoke of his prestige within the FCC.

 

Addressing the crowd of AFCCE members and guests, and FCC colleagues, Bonacci thanked the AFCCE for bestowing the award and expressed admiration for his colleagues, noting several whom he thought better deserved the honor than himself.

Rudy Bonacci joins an distinguished list of previous Luddy award winners that includes notables such as John Reiser (the first E. Noel Luddy awardee, pictured here with Bonacci and Lyons), Jules Cohen, Ann Gallagher and Julius Knapp.

The E. Noel Luddy Award (since 2000) is presented annually by the AFCCE Board of Directors. Its winner is frequently, but not always, an FCC employee who has provided notable and exemplary service to the telecommunications industry. Noel Luddy was a lifelong radio enthusiast who was in charge of all communications throughout the South Pacific during World War II. He served for many years in several engineering capacities with RCA. With Dielectric’s acquisition of the RCA broadcast antenna business, he joined Dielectric as a consultant, serving as a liaison to broadcast station engineers, consulting engineers and the FCC. He is well known for his years of service on the AFCCE Board of Directors and was recognized numerous times for his contributions to the association and the broadcast industry. Dielectric continues to fund the E. Noel Luddy Scholarship in Noel’s honor.

The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers is a membership organization comprised of engineers and other professionals engaged in telecommunications engineering. Its website notes that its main objective is to aid and promote the proper federal administration and regulation of those engineering and technical phases of communications which are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission.

2017 AFCCE FCC Reception

AFCCE – FCC Reception

Thursday, November 30, 2017
at The National Press Club
4:00 PM until 7:00 PM

AFCCE members will once again share time with FCC staffers and friends for this popular event, beginning at 4pm on Thursday, November 30.

The location is the elegant National Press Club,

13th Floor, National Press Building
First Amendment and Holeman Lounges
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045
(Metro: Metro Center, OR/BL/SV)
Map & Directions

In addition to the excellent company and professional fellowship afforded by this traditional event, those attending will enjoy choice food and beverages.

Another exciting reason to attend is to congratulate the winner of the E. Noel Luddy Award, presented at this reception to a professional in broadcast communications whose work and service have made a dramatic contribution to our professional field.

And don’t forget, the AFCCE Luncheon precedes the reception beginning at 11:45 am at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, with the topic, “Evaluating Service Availability for ATSC 3.0 Single Frequency Networks.” The presenters will be Mats Ek and Bill Soreth from Progira Radio Communications.

Please register for the Luncheon event separately.

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Assistance Needed for Puerto Rican Broadcasters

Message from President John Lyons:

I have received a request from fellow AFCCE member David Layer who has been in contact with Jose Ribas, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Broadcasters Association. They are desperately seeking assistance in getting Puerto Rican radio stations back on the air. With virtually all of Puerto Rico’s radio stations off the air, the population, those with electric power, are not able to get vital information at this time.  For an example, click on the link: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article174409151.html to see what WKAQ 580 has been through.

David asks that if there are any members able to help to please contact him and he will put the member in touch with Jose Ribas.  David’s contact information is:

David H. Layer
Vice President, Advanced Engineering
National Association of Broadcasters
1771 N Street NW
Washington DC 20036
Phone 202 429 5339
www.nab.org

Broadcasters as a community have always pulled together in trying times.  If you are able to help in Puerto Rico or in any of the other affected broadcast communities hit hard by Harvey, Irma, Jose or Maria, please reach out to your local broadcasting stations. They are all trying to either stay on the air or get back on the air and they provide the vital day to day information necessary to help the affected communities.

I vividly remember the help that poured into New York City from the broadcasters nationwide after 9/11 for which I personally will be forever thankful.

I thank you in advance for any help that you may be able to offer.

Sincerely,
John M Lyons
President
AFCCE

2017 AFCCE Fall Social

Thursday evening, October 12, 2017

AFCCE invites all members and their families and guests to the
Annual Fall Social which follows the IEEE BTS Symposium.

The AFCCE Scholarship program has always been a very impactful activity of AFCCE, but its continued success relies on being able to sustain and bolster the scholarship fund. The Fall Social is the major fund-raising event for the benefit of the 501(c)(3) Fund. Each year, the Scholarship Fund supports students enrolled in accredited engineering programs at universities throughout the country. Your support, both by your attendance and your corporate sponsorship, will strengthen this important mission of the AFCCE.

Both corporate and individual sponsorships are solicited for the AFCCE Fall Social to benefit the AFCCE Scholarship Fund. This year we are again accepting sponsorship levels of:

$250 – Silver Level
$500 – Gold Level
$1000 or more – Platinum Level

Please consider being a sponsor this year. Sponsors will be acknowledged below, in our promotions of the Fall Social and at the event itself.

The AFCCE Fall Social will be held at:

The Vantage Point Restaurant

atop the Holiday Inn Rosslyn
(across the street from the Key Bridge Marriott)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cocktails at 5:30 pm and Dinner at 6:30.

Please RSVP by October 5.

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September 2017 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, September 15, 2017

Overview of the FCC’s new
Experimental Program License system

Anthony Serafini
Chief, Experimental Licensing Branch

Mr. Serafini will present an overview of the FCC’s new Experimental Program License system.  In April 2017 the FCC adopted a new authorization type to add an additional option for communication equipment and system testing, research, and development.  The “Program License” is intended to offer greater flexibility and faster response for Universities, manufactures, and researches when testing in controlled geographic locations.

** Please note the new luncheon price below **


Reception 11:45 AM with Lunch beginning at 12:30 PM

Luncheon meetings are open only to AFCCE members and their guests. The cost of the luncheon is $55.00 per person or $65.00 for reservations not received prior to the deadline.

Please RSVP online with the form below by 5 pm Monday, September 11th. RSVP directly to John Reiser by phone at (703) 780-4824, or email rsvp@afcce.org.

All reservations requests and online payments will be confirmed by an email message or phone call. If you do not receive a confirmation email please email rsvp@afcce.org to verify it was received.

Meeting Location
Holiday Inn at Key Bridge
1900 North Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209
If you are driving, the Holiday Inn provides free parking.
The Holiday Inn is two blocks north of the Rosslyn Metro Station – Orange, Blue and Silver lines. Exit the station through the “back door” (up the stairs) and turn right onto North Fort Myer Drive.
Map & Directions

If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please send a separate email to rsvp@afcce.org.

May 2017 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, May 19, 2017

Extended two-part session!

Designing and Building an Advanced Customizable RF Transmission System at One World Trade Center
by John Lyons

and

TV Repacking Reimbursement Q&A
by FCC Staff

 

John Lyons will be presenting Designing and Building an Advanced Customizable RF Transmission System at One World Trade Center as well as a sneak preview of the AFCCE Annual Meeting at his new facility.  His presentation will begin immediately after lunch.

The second presentation will be a Q&A from FCC Staff on Incentive Auction reimbursement. which will begin about 2 PM and end about 3:00 PM

Also – Don’t forget to Vote for AFCCE Board of Directors
and Register for the Annual Meeting in NYC

 

** Please note the new luncheon price below **


Reception 11:45 AM with Lunch beginning at 12:30 PM

Luncheon meetings are open only to AFCCE members and their guests. The cost of the luncheon is $55.00 per person or $65.00 for reservations not received prior to the deadline.

Please RSVP online with the form below by 5 pm Monday, May  15th. RSVP directly to John Reiser by phone at (703) 780-4824, or email rsvp@afcce.org.

Lunch menu:

  • Main Course (Select one )
    • Sautéed Beef Tips with Vegetables
    • Salmon
    • Stir-Fry Vegetables (Vegan)
  • Caesar Salad
  • Potatoes
  • Strawberry Mousse

All reservations requests and online payments will be confirmed by an email message or phone call. If you do not receive a confirmation email please email rsvp@afcce.org to verify it was received.

Meeting Location
Holiday Inn at Key Bridge
1900 North Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209
If you are driving, the Holiday Inn provides free parking.
The Holiday Inn is two blocks north of the Rosslyn Metro Station – Orange, Blue and Silver lines. Exit the station through the “back door” (up the stairs) and turn right onto North Fort Myer Drive.
Map & Directions

If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please send a separate email to rsvp@afcce.org.

March 2017 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, March 17, 2017

SFN Network Applications of
Wideband UHF Slot Antennas

Ben Crease, Regional Sales Manager
Jampro Antennas / AlanDick Broadcast

The Jampro/AlanDick experience with DVB-T2 and SFN installations such as Singapore’s hundreds of SFN transmitters will be explored.  The presentation will highlight a new wideband UHF slot antenna designed to handle aux/repack antenna assignments with minimal tower loading impact.  Also discussed will be ATSC3 OFDM signal considerations for the new “OFDM Crest factor” vs 8-VSB peak voltage requirements,  ATSC3 non-compatibility with ATSC1 8VSB based signals as well as ATSC3 Single Frequency Network (SFN) advantages in added mobile coverage.

** Please note the new luncheon price below **

Reception 11:45 AM with Lunch beginning at 12:30 PM

Luncheon meetings are open only to AFCCE members and their guests. The cost of the luncheon is $55.00 per person or $65.00 for reservations not received prior to the deadline.

Please RSVP online with the form below by 5 pm Monday, March 13th. RSVP directly to John Reiser by phone at (703) 780-4824, or email rsvp@afcce.org.

Lunch menu:

  • Main Course (Select one )
    • Thai Grilled Chicken
    • Salmon
    • Stir-Fry Vegetables
  • Tossed Salad
  • Rice
  • Mixed Seasonal Berries

All reservations requests and online payments will be confirmed by an email message or phone call. If you do not receive a confirmation email please email rsvp@afcce.org to verify it was received.

Meeting Location
Holiday Inn at Key Bridge
1900 North Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209
If you are driving, the Holiday Inn provides free parking.
The Holiday Inn is two blocks north of the Rosslyn Metro Station – Orange, Blue and Silver lines. Exit the station through the “back door” (up the stairs) and turn right onto North Fort Myer Drive.
Map & Directions

If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please send a separate email to rsvp@afcce.org.