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2019 President’s Letter from John George

Dear AFCCE Members,

First let me state that it is an honor and privilege to serve as your President for the 2019-2020 term.  We have a great group of Officers and Board Members and look forward to continuing the successes of our former President and now Secretary John Lyons.

The 71st Annual Meeting was held June 20-22 in Atlanta, Georgia with over 35 members and guests participating.  Highlights included tours of the Briarcliff American Tour site and the Tuner Network facilities.  We also wish to thank Jon Edwards, Sterling Davis and Mark Fehlig for their efforts in making the Annual Meeting a great success. The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center was our venue and they provided excellent service and accommodations.

The 2018–2019 Annual Report is under review, and a PDF copy of the final version will be sent shortly.

During the past year the Board approved the following for membership:

For Full Membership:

James A. Dalke, Owner, Dalke Broadcast Services, Inc.
Michael Francis Violette, P.E., CEO, Washington Laboratories LTD
William Patrick Magliocco, P.E., Nexstar Media Group (WRIC-TV)

For Associate Membership:

David Lee Zack, Radio Frequency Systems, Broadcast Sales Manager
David Howard Cole, Associate, Widelity, Inc.
John Stephen Lynch, Electronics Research Inc.- Broadband Business Development Manager
Mark Heller, President/Owner, Metro North Communications, Inc.

Three new Board members were elected by ballot of the membership, and I would like to welcome   Ben Evans and Jim Leifer as new members to the Board and John Lyons back to the Board to serve another term.  I would also like to thank Mark Fehlig for his service on the Board and to the organization.

Following the Annual Meeting, the incoming Board elected new officers. The new officers for the 2019–2020 term are (the board member’s class term is shown in parenthesis):

2019 – 2020 Officers

President: John George (2022)
Vice President: Jon Edwards (2020)
Secretary: Stephen Pumple (2021)
Treasurer: John Lyons (2023)

Directors

Anne Goodwin Crump (2020)
Sterling E. Davis (2022)
Ben Evans (2023)
Chris Horne (2020)
Jim Leifer (2022)

I want to thank Bob Weller for taking on the responsibility of Treasurer a year ago to help with financial continuity after Ron Chase. I also want to thank John Lyons for stepping into this position for the coming year.  I also want to acknowledge the work of John Reiser for, organizing the monthly luncheons, and dedicated efforts of Marshall Cross, Chairman of the AFCCE Scholarship Fund’s Scholarship Committee.

We still need to secure a replacement for the Program Coordinator. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact me ASAP by phone or e-mail.

Luncheon Meetings for 2019-2020

September 20 (Friday) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood)
October 25 (Thursday) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood)
October 25 (Thursday) – AFCCE Fall Social (Holiday Inn-Vantage Point Restaurant, 6-9 PM)
November 20 (Wednesday) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday – Inn Shenandoah)
November 20 (Wednesday) – FCC Reception (National Press Club, 5-8 PM)
January 24 (Friday) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood)
February 21 (Friday) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood)
March 20 (Friday) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood)
May 8 (Friday) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood) NOTE: Day change due to existing conflicts.
June 25-28 – Annual Meeting – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May will be our last luncheon at the Holiday Inn.  The hotel will undergo renovations after our May meeting.  We would appreciate the membership’s input on a new location for our luncheon meetings.  Please feel free to contact me by phone or email.

Upcoming events of note include:

Fall Social

AFCCE’s Fall Social will be held on October 25th at the Vantage Point Restaurant, atop the Holiday Inn. The Fall Social benefits our scholarship fund and raised over $16,000 last year. We are looking to exceed that number this coming year.

AFCCE Scholarship Program

The AFCCE Scholarship Program administers over $60,000 in scholarship funds for tele-communications students for their baccalaureate or graduate degree programs. Applications are presently being accepted for spring semester (2020) awards. We thank all members of the Scholarship Committee for their hard work and also thank AFCCE member Tom Silliman and his replacement Stephen Lockwood, for their work on the joint AFCCE/IEEE Jules Cohen Scholarship program and Mark Fehlig for his coordination with IWCE. We are working with the National Translator Association to launch the scholarship in memory of Byron St. Clair,

AFCCE/FCC Staff Reception

The Annual AFCCE/FCC Staff Reception will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on November 20th from 5 to 8 pm. The FCC Reception is a popular event among FCC technical staff, and allows us to honor and celebrate with the recipient of the 2019 E. Noel Luddy Award. Please plan on joining us for this enjoyable event.
AFCCE continues to need your support both in attendance to events and support of the scholarships we award.  While our membership is stable we need to continue growth.  We should all work on recruiting new members to our organizations.  I look forward to working with each of you and accepting your suggestions and recommendations to make our organization better.

Sincerely,

John George, President

2019-2020 AFCCE Board Members Announced

AFCCE is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 officers and directors:

President, John George

Vice-President, Jon Edwards

Treasurer, John Lyons

Secretary, Stephen Pumple

Pictured L-R John George, John Lyons, Stephen Pumple, and Jon Edwards

In the recent Board of Directors general election, John Lyons, and Ben Evans  were elected to four-year terms as Full Members and Jim Leifer to a three year term as an Associate Member.  They join directors Anne Crump, Sterling Davis, and Chris Horne who are already serving on the Board.  Mark Fehlig and Bob Weller depart the Board as their terms have ended. The election of officers occurred at the Annual Meeting this past weekend in Atlanta, GA.  The new term begins July 1, 2019.

Arno Meyer

To AFCCE Members:

We have received word that Arno Meyer, co-founder of Belar in 1964 with his wife Isobel (BEL), Arno (AR), has passed away at his home after a period of diminished health.

The name Belar is ubiquitous with monitoring equipment from the FMM-1 FM Monitor, released in 1966, to a full line of AM, FM, TV and shortwave monitors.

From the Belar website: Arno Meyer is president of Belar Electronics Laboratory, Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania which he founded in 1964.  Belar modulation monitors are used by radio and television engineers to monitor important technical aspects of their broadcast signal and have become the industry standard.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) first used Belar monitors to verify their measurement of commercial FM broadcast stereo performance standards in the mid-1960s.  Mr. Meyer’s technical contributions significantly improved the quality of AM and FM radio transmission systems through the continuous improvement of the state-of-the-art in modulation measurement technology.

He developed and marketed the first DSP-based AM, FM and TV broadcast modulation monitors and his company’s SCA monitors were the first all digital units in the industry.

He was the developer of the AM stereo system proposed by RCA and played a role in the development and rollout of TV Multichannel Television Sound Systems.

His inventions and products have played an important role in keeping radio broadcasting a competitive and viable medium. He holds a patent for a modulation monitor.

Meyer obtained a BA in Physics from the University of California and was a member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Society of Broadcast Engineers.

Arno Meyer was the 2001 NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award Honoree.

May, 2019 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, May 17, 2019

Use of drone based technology for antenna system assessments

Gary Cavell and John Kean of Cavell, Mertz, & Associates

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) based systems will be explained for use in antenna pattern, RF measurements and IR (thermal) imaging.

Techniques and challenges of drone technology for RF and antenna measurements will be presented along with how these methods compare with historical techniques.

The speakers will also show two of their equipment systems.

 


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.

AFCCE Members may register to attend the luncheon meeting below.


Networking starts at 11:45 AM with Lunch beginning at 12:30 PM

Please RSVP online with the form below by 5 pm Monday, May 13, 2019. To 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

Driving Directions: The Holiday Inn provides free parking however, they have recently installed gates on the parking garage. You will need to take a ticket on the way into the garage and pick up a validation ticket at the meeting which you will use in lieu of payment on the way out.

Metro: 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


Lunch Menu

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

Main Course (Select one choice for all attendees in the form below)

  • Roast Top Round Sirloin
  • Pan Seared Peppered Salmon
  • Stir-Fry Vegetables

With:
Tossed Salad
Potatoes
Seasonal Vegetables
Cherry Pie


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Ron Rackley

Letter from AFCCE President John Lyons

To the members of AFCCE:

Photo credit: Radio World

It is with profound sadness that I report the passing of a long time friend, associate and mentor, Ron Rackley.  I first worked with Ron in the early 1970’s in a project at WWRL(AM) in New York.  Since that time, we worked on several projects over the years and spoke regularly about issues affecting broadcasters.

Ron served as AFCCE President in 1987-88 and was the 2006 co-honoree with Ben Dawson of the NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award. He also served as a board member and as Vice President of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society.

In 1983, Ron co-founded duTreil-Rackley, which later merged with A. D. Ring & Associates to form duTreil, Lundin and Rackley.

I was last with Ron on Tuesday at the NAB convention where we honored this year’s Engineering Achievement Award honorees Gary and Cindy Cavell .  Ron passed away on April 12 at his home in Florida.

Please take a moment to reflect on the life of our long time member, past President and friend, Ron Rackley.

John M. Lyons
AFCCE President

2019 Annual Meeting in Atlanta

The 71st AFCCE Annual Meeting will take place in Atlanta, Thursday-Saturday, June 20 to June 22. Experience the sights of Mid-Town and Stone Mountain. Through the efforts of Jon Edwards, Mark Fehlig and Sterling Davis, we plan tours of the CNN Center, Turner Broadcasting, the Briarcliff Antenna Farm as well as tour Georgia Tech’s Amateur Radio Station, in addition to the business meetings.
Thursday afternoon is the optional tour of the CNN Center, so plan to arrive Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning if you wish to participate.  Friday afternoon is a planned tour of Turner Broadcasting, the Briarcliff Antenna Farm and Georgia Tech.  Saturday afternoon, following the business meeting and lunch is left free for an optional visit to Stone Mountain. Plan to stay late if you want to see the light show.
The venue for the meeting is the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center located in Midtown. Midtown Atlanta, known as Atlanta’s “Heart of the Arts,” is bustling with art and energy. Midtown is also home to Fox Theatre, High Museum of Art, and Georgia Tech’s campus and more.
The hotel is a half-mile walk from Georgia Tech, five blocks from the Shoppes at AT&T Center, and a 30-minute drive to Stone Mountain where golf, hiking and a laser light show await you. MARTA (Atlanta’s rapid transit) connects the Hartsfield Airport to midtown and a 4 block walk to the Hotel. Additional information and itinerary will be sent closer to the date.
Other nearby attractions are the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, or shopping at Ponce City Market and Lenox Square.
The registration deadline for the Annual Meeting is May 1. Register online for the meeting using the form below. Please make your hotel reservations here.
A special hotel rate of $174 is available from the Georgia Tech Hotel.  Book your hotel stay online here. The Hotel Booking Deadline for this rate is May 21. Non-smoking king bed accommodations have been blocked for our group. Please note that all guestrooms are non-smoking. For any other requests or inquiries, please enter this information within the appropriate request boxes during the reservations process or call the hotel directly by calling (800) 706-2899 Monday through Friday 9am-6:30pm.  For any additional nights needed before or after the posted group dates, please contact the hotel directly to check availability.  The link to the hotel group reservation is here.
For those attendees driving to the hotel, overnight parking is $15 per night. (For unlimited in and out access to the garage, an $18 pass is available.)

March 2019 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, March 22, 2019

Electromagnetic Compatibility and
the Internet of Things

Mike Violette, Co-Founder & CEO Washington Laboratories

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) problems will continue to be an issue for consumers of the Internet of Things (IoT).  The spurious and immunity EMC measurement is a mandatory measurement for the IoT devices and system through regulatory bodies.  An understanding of the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) aspects of the IoT and its measurement methods can help ensure the best user experience for ubiquitous wireless systems. 


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.

AFCCE Members may register to attend the luncheon meeting below.


Networking starts at 11:45 AM with Lunch beginning at 12:30 PM

Please RSVP online with the form below by 5 pm Monday, March 18, 2019. To 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

Driving Directions: The Holiday Inn provides free parking however, they have recently installed gates on the parking garage. You will need to take a ticket on the way into the garage and pick up a validation ticket at the meeting which you will use in lieu of payment on the way out.

Metro: 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


Lunch Menu

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

Main Course (Select one choice for all attendees in the form below)

  • Thai Grilled Chicken
  • Pan Seared Peppered Salmon
  • Stir-Fry Vegetables

With:
Caesar Salad
Rice
Seasonal Vegetables
Pecan Pie


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AFCCE Welcomes FCC Chairman Pai

The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers welcomed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai as its monthly luncheon speaker today.  Chairman Pai spoke on a variety of topics affecting the broadcast engineering community including ATSC 3.0, the next-generation television standard; the post-incentive auction repacking process; and interference involving FM translators.  In addition, Chairman Pai took a variety of questions from the audience.


Chairman Pai is pictured here with AFCCE President John Lyons. Photo by Stephen Pumple

Chairman Pai’s prepared remarks are available here: Prepared Remarks to AFCCE on “Engineering the Future of Broadcasting”

February 2019 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, February 22, 2019

Engineering the Future of Broadcasting

Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman

Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He was designated Chairman by President Trump in

January 2017. Prior to being appointed Chairman, he previously served as Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in May 2012.

Chairman Pai was the first member of the FCC in over two decades to call for revitalizing the AM radio band; the basic reforms he proposed were adopted in 2015.

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.

AFCCE Members may register to attend the luncheon meeting below.


Networking starts at 11:45 AM with Lunch beginning at 12:30 PM

Please RSVP online with the form below by 5 pm Monday, February 18, 2019. To 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

Driving Directions: The Holiday Inn provides free parking however, they have recently installed gates on the parking garage. You will need to take a ticket on the way into the garage and pick up a validation ticket at the meeting which you will use in lieu of payment on the way out.

Metro: 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


Lunch Menu

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

Main Course (Select one choice for all attendees in the form below)

  • Baked Cordon Bleu Chicken Breast
  • Pan Seared Peppered Salmon
  • Stir-Fry Vegetables

With:
Tossed Salad
Pasta
Seasonal Vegetables
Apple Pie


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January 2019 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, January 18, 2019

5G from a wireless carrier’s perspective

Chris Wieczorek
Director, Spectrum Policy, T-Mobile USA, Inc.

This discussion will focus on how 5G technology expands the scope of today’s mobile technologies to new services and use cases.  It will also discuss how 5G needs spectrum across all bands, including the 600 MHz band being vacated by the broadcasters.  Finally, we’ll review how 5G is not just about gigabit speeds, and it’s still a young technology and developing an ecosystem.

Mr. Wieczorek is Director, Spectrum Policy, with T-Mobile USA, Inc.  He assists in developing competition, spectrum, and technology policy and advising on legal matters pertaining the regulatory policy and procedures.   Prior to joining T-Mobile he practiced patent law in Alexandria, Virginia.  He also worked as an electrical engineer at Motorola in Atlanta, Georgia and Plantation, Florida.

 

You can register for the meeting below.

 

Networking starts at 11:45 AM with Lunch beginning at 12:30 PM


Holiday Inn Parking :

The Holiday Inn has recently installed gates on the parking garages. Parking for the meeting is still free. Please take a ticket on your way in. You will need this ticket along with a validation ticket you will get at the meeting that will be used as the payment on your way out of the garage.


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, January 14, 2019. To 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

Driving Directions: The Holiday Inn provides free parking however, they have recently installed gates on the parking garage. You will need to take a ticket on the way into the garage and pick up a validation ticket at the meeting which you will use in lieu of payment on the way out.

Metro: 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


Lunch Menu

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

Main Course (Select one choice for all attendees in the form below)

  • Pork with Champignons
  • Pan Seared Peppered Salmon
  • Stir-Fry Vegetables

With:
Caesar Salad
Potatoes
Seasonal Vegetables
Mixed Seasonal Berries


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