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2017 AFCCE Annual Meeting

One World Trade Center, New York City

This year’s AFCCE and AFCCE Scholarship Fund Annual Meetings will be held at One World Trade Center, New York from Thursday June 22nd through Saturday June 24th, 2017.

Our meeting will be hosted by:

The Durst Organization

Co-Owner of One World Trade Center and

Owner of Four Times Square

and Durst Broadcast, LLC

Click here for a PDF of this information and registration form or register online below

The receptions, business meetings, and banquet will all be held at One World Trade Center with tours of the Broadcasting Facilities there, as well as those at Four Times Square.  With many hotel options nearby we have not contracted with any particular hotel for a block of rooms.  Choose your own hotel to suit your interests:  near the theaters of the Times Square and Broadway locales, the sights and sounds of Lower Manhattan including the World Trade Center Memorial and Museum, the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island and Wall Street and the historical district of Lower Manhattan, or your favorite neighborhood.

As the meeting and tours will be held in the Crossroads of the World, we suggest that attendees traveling to the city make travel arrangements through,,,,, other consolidators, or though your favorite hotel affinity program.

Hotels near 1WTC include: Courtyard New York Downtown, Residence Inn Marriott NY Downtown, RIFF downtown, Holiday Inn Wall Street, The Wall Street Inn, The World Center Hotel.  In Times Square: the Hotel Edison has been offering great rates. Other hotels include the Marriott Marquis, The W hotel, The Hilton Times Square, the Hilton Garden Inn Times Square, The Millennium Broadway, The Knickerbocker, Casablanca (across the street from the Stephen Sondheim Theater with hit show Beautiful!)

For tickets to Broadway shows, great price tickets can be arranged through

Draft Agenda for the Annual Meeting

Thursday June 22nd

Opening Reception

63rd Floor One World Trade Center,
5:00–8:00 PM

Friday June 23rd

Continental Breakfast – 63rd Floor One World Trade Center,
8:00–9:00 AM

AFCCE Business Meeting Part I,
9:00 AM–Noon

Noon–1:00 PM

Tour of the Broadcast Facility at One World Trade Center,
1:00–3:00 PM

Reception – 63rd Floor One World Trade Center,
6:30–7:30 PM

Banquet – 63rd Floor One World Trade Center,
7:30–9:00 PM

Saturday June 24th

Continental Breakfast – 63rd Floor One World Trade Center,
8:00–9:00 AM

AFCCE Business Meeting Part II,
9:00 AM–Noon

Noon–1:00 PM

AFCCE Scholarship Fund Meeting,
1:00–3:00 PM

Tour of the Broadcast Facility at Four Times Square,
3:30–5:00 PM

Free Evening
Enjoy New York City at Night or attend a Broadway Show

Business Meetings and Lunches are for Members Only.  Banquet, Tours and all other activities listed above are open to Members and their guests.


Note: There are very easy subway connections between One World Trade Center and Four Times Square. One World Trade Center and Four Times Square are ADA compliant.  Please let us know if any attendees need wheelchair access in advance.


You can register for the Annual Meeting online below or by filling out the registration form and mailing a check to the address below. Please make your checks payable to AFCCE.

The meeting registration fee is $350 for AFCCE members, and $250 for each guest.  This registration fee includes the cost of the Thursday night welcome reception, continental breakfasts and mid-morning refreshments for the Friday and Saturday morning business meetings, the Friday night banquet, and Friday and Saturday lunches.  Please pay for your lodging directly to the hotel of your choice.

Click here for a PDF of this information and registration form.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

John Lyons

AFCCE Vice President

The Durst Organization

One Bryant Park

NY, NY 10036

Cell: 646-208-9125 (business hours only please)

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

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 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

AFCCE Supports AM Synchronous Boosters (RM-11779)

In a recent Petition for Rulemaking, the petitioner asked the Commission to routinely authorize AM Synchronous Booster stations as a part of FCC rules and specified certain rules that would be necessary to achieve that result. AFCCE generally supports the proposals set forth in the Petition with regard to authorization of such systems on a permanent basis and believes that based on known technical data the application to such systems of certain of the Part 73 interference protection requirements will be adequate to prevent interference with other stations.

Read the complete AFCCE filing here:  AFCCE Comments FCC RM-11779 AM Synchronous Boosters

January 2017 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, January 13, 2017

TV Study v2.1 – An Update

Speaker: Mark Colombo, FCC OET

Mark Colombo will speak on the latest TVStudy Software Version 2.1.  He will demonstrate the FCC’s TVStudy software, starting with a brief review of its existing features and how those have changed since the release of 2.0 demonstrated last April, followed by a demonstration of these and other additional features implemented in the software for improved functionality in the post-auction environment.  When it is publicly available, TVStudy Version 2.1 will be available for download at

Mark Colombo earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (with a Minor‎ in Engineering Business) from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2011. Mr. Colombo worked for the broadcasting company Luken Communications prior to joining the FCC in 2013, where he now supports TVStudy and assists with the TV incentive auction.

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AFCCE and IEEE BTS Announce Spring 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Ten Students at Nine U.S. Universities Receive Awards Totaling Over $32,000

December 1, 2016 — The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE) and the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) announced the award of ten scholarships to students
interested in telecommunications. Scholarship amounts ranged from $750 to $10,000. The Spring 2017 scholarship recipients were:

Shane Cyr, University of Maine
Martin Doczkat, The George Washington University
Dhantha Gunarathna, Drexel University
Mohammad Islam University of Missouri
Elaine Khuu, Virginia Tech
Abdullah Njie, Georgia Tech
Prosanta Paul, Old Dominion University
William Shifflett, Oklahoma State University
Tyler Turcotte, University of Massachusetts
Rafida Zaman, University of Missouri

Martin Doczkat and William Shifflett were the first recipients of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society/AFCCE Jules Cohen Memorial Scholarships, a new program that awards scholarships of up to $10,000 to promising undergraduate or graduate students studying  at accredited U.S. universities, who are planning to pursue a career in broadcast engineering.

Shane Cyr was the recipient of the E. Noel Luddy Scholarship, sponsored by Dielectric Communications (Raymond, Maine).  “The Broadcast Technology Society it thrilled that the inaugural Jules Cohen scholarships are being awarded to two such deserving students. We look forward to honoring the memory and work of Jules Cohen by helping develop the students that will lead the evolution of broadcasting into the future.” said Bill Hayes, president, IEEE BTS.

“AFCCE is committed to helping develop engineering talent in radio frequency technologies, including antennas, propagation, transmission, and spectrum management. These scholarships represent our largest ever award to promising students whom we hope will help shape the future of telecommunications,” said Bob Weller, president of AFCCE.

AFCCE has awarded scholarships for over 30 years to both undergraduate and graduate students, based on qualifications, financial need, and number of qualified applicants. Applicants must be enrolled in an engineering or related technical curriculum at an accredited U.S. university and demonstrate a good academic record, and undergraduates must have junior or senior standing.

Evaluated by an AFCCE scholarship committee including IEEE BTS members, Jules Cohen Memorial Scholarship applicants are ranked based on their explicit interest in broadcast engineering as expressed in a personal statement, their academic record, financial need, and relevant extracurricular activities.  Applicants for other AFCCE scholarships have slightly different requirements. Applications for Fall 2017 semester will be accepted beginning March 1, 2017 until April. 30, 2017.

More information about the AFCCE Scholarships (including the Jules Cohen Memorial Scholarship) is available at .  Additional information about the IEEE BTS is available at

A PDF version of this Press Release is available here:
AFCCE and IEEE BTS Spring 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Annual FCC Reception

AFCCE – FCC Reception

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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 pre-holiday event, beginning at 4pm on Wednesday, November 16.

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, “Advantages of Aluminum Transmission Line.” The presenter will be the ERI’s Manuel Sone.

Please register for the Luncheon event separately.

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October 2016 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, October 21, 2016

FCC License Management System (LMS)

Hossein Hashemzadeh

Deputy Division Chief, Video Division of the Media Bureau
Federal Communications Commission

The LMS is the new e-filing system used by TV Broadcasters to file all applications.  LMS has replaced the CDBS  for all television services.  Mr. Hashemzadeh will explain how to file applications and also other tips and tricks to navigating LMS.

Mr. Hashemzadeh received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University.  Upon graduation, he traveled back to his homeland, Iran, and worked for private companies as an Electrical Engineer in the manufacturing sector.  Upon his return to US in October 1982 he joined Federal Communications Commission as an Electronic Engineer in the Video Division of Media Bureau.

There, he was involved in creating the LPTV services. Most of his work at the Commission has been involved in helping create various filing systems for the broadcasters to file applications and for Commission staff to process applications.  Examples of such systems are Consolidated Database System (CDBS), Online Public Information Files (OPIF) , Children Programming Reports (KIDVID) and most recently Licensing Management System(LMS).  Currently he serves as Deputy Chief of Video Division where he oversees all activities regarding LPTV and Class A television stations.

The AFCCE Fall Social will be held the same evening. Please go here to register separately for the dinner.
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2016 AFCCE Fall Social

Friday evening, October 21, 2015

AFCCE invites all members and their families and guests to the
Annual Fall Social which follows the October Luncheon Meeting.

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 – 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,

Friday, October 21, 2015

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

Please RSVP by October 13.

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