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IEEE BTS and AFCCE Announce Creation of Jules Cohen Memorial Scholarship Fund

The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS), in cooperation with the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers Scholarship Fund, Inc. (AFCCE-SF), today announced the launch of the Jules Cohen Memorial Scholarship. Administered by the AFCCE-SF, the new program awards scholarships of up to $10,000 to promising undergraduate or graduate engineering students studying at accredited U.S. universities, who are planning to pursue a career in broadcast engineering.

“The new scholarship program is a very fitting memorial to our late colleague Jules Cohen, who was not only an IEEE Fellow and BTS member but also a long-time member and past president of AFCCE,” said Bill Hayes, president, IEEE BTS. “Today’s engineering students represent the future of our industry, and the scholarships are only the latest example of the society’s commitment to fostering their educations and career development.”

“AFCCE has been awarding scholarships for over 30 years and there are always more applicants than funds available to support them. Our partnership with IEEE BTS is a tremendous opportunity to fund more scholarships that will help focus students on the technologies and opportunities of broadcasting,” said Bob Weller, president of AFCCE.

Click here for a PDF copy of this announcement

AFCCE Endorses ATSC 3.0

In Ex Parte Comments filed July 19, 2016, AFCCE fully supports the proposals with regard to authorization of the System Discovery and Signaling Layer of ATSC 3.0 as an optional transmission standard that can be utilized by television licensees, and believes that based on known technical data present interference protection requirements are adequate to prevent interference between ATSC 3 systems, between ATSC 1 and ATSC 3 systems, and between ATSC 3 and wireless LTE systems.

Link to AFCCE Ex Parte Comments in GN Docket 16-142

2016 Annual Meeting

This year’s AFCCE Annual Meeting will be held in Estes Park, Colorado, from Thursday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 26th, 2015.Stanley Hotel

Click here for the PDF Brochure and Registration Form and Online Registration.

Our meeting will be hosted at the The Stanley Hotel, known for its architecture, magnificent setting, and famous visitors, may possibly be best known today for its inspirational role in the Stephen King’s novel, “The Shining.” Continue reading

February 2016 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, February 19, 2016

High Data Rate, Reliable Wideband HF Communications Demonstration

Dr. Lucien Tieg and Dr. Kevin Cuomo
of The MITRE Corporation

Assured beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) communications is challenging yet essential for our warfighters. Military and civilian systems rely on a combination of high data rate satellite connectivity as well as low data rate High Frequency (HF) Skywave communications. While satellite communication provides high data rate connectivity, there are vulnerabilities that include degradation and disruption of service. To ensure critical communications are maintained, we are investigating the capability of higher bandwidth and higher data rate HF communications applying polarization diversity Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) concepts.

We have successfully demonstrated short-hop (<300 km) one-way HF Sky Wave communication by simultaneously transmitting independent messages on two orthogonal circular polarization channels (O- and X-modes) for increased capacity and reliability. The communication waveforms we developed include higher capacity and bandwidth alternatives to the MIL-STD-188-110C. In this presentation, we demonstrate the results of our over-the-air experiments and compare our performance against theoretically-predicted capacity.

About the presenters:
Dr. Lucien Tieg has been doing computational Electromagnetics (EM) and RADAR since coming to MITRE in 1985. His current projects involve wideband HF communications and HF direction finding. His computational EM projects include radar modeling, radar cross section, propagation, and patterns of antennas mounted on platforms, using various techniques, including full-wave solvers and ray tracing. Other projects of interest are radar-related, carbon nanotube, and virus detection and identification. He also helped design and made measurements with Phil, a liquid filled phantom used to determine radiation patterns of antennas mounted on people and the radiation absorbed by the people. Measurements on Phil agreed with measurements done on people and with simulations.

Dr. Kevin Cuomo is an expert in signal processing for radar and communication systems. He began working regularly as a consultant for several high tech companies in the Boston area in November 2011, and is currently supporting the MITRE Corporation. He previously worked with Photonic Systems Inc. (PSI) and as a senior staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Dr. Cuomo has extensive experience developing advanced signal processing algorithms and analysis techniques for radar and communications systems. He was the US technical team leader for the joint US/Australia over the horizon radar (OTHR) project where he developed and demonstrated super-orthogonal MIMO waveforms and corresponding beamspace signal processing techniques.

Other contributors to the High Data Rate, Reliable Wideband HF Communications Demonstration project include:
M. P. Scheible, J. D. Fite, B. W. Williams, I. Dekine, N. K. Humphrey, S. T. Bento (all of The MITRE Corporation); and
M. Southcott, T. Humiston, J. Matyjas (all of Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate AFRL/RI)

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

Luncheon meetings are open to AFCCE members and their guests.
The cost of the luncheon is $45.00 per person or $55.00 for reservations not received prior to the deadline.

Please RSVP online below by 5 pm Friday, February 12th. 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.

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.

January 2016 Luncheon Meeting – CANCELED

Friday, January 22, 2016

Electronic Noise and Its Impacts On Communications Systems

Dennis Roberson
Chairman of the FCC Technological Advisory Council and Vice Provost for Research at the Illinois Institute of Technology

Mr. Roberson co-authored a paper in IEEE Spectrum on on electronic noise  http://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/wireless/electronic-noise-is-drowning-out-the-internet-of-things

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

Luncheon meetings are open to AFCCE members and their guests.
The cost of the luncheon is $45.00 per person or $55.00 for reservations not received prior to the deadline.

Please RSVP online with the form below by 5 pm Friday, January 15th. 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.

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.

November 2015 Luncheon Meeting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Flexible Use of Millimeter Wave Spectrum Bands for Next Generation Wireless Services

Summary of NPRM Proposals

Michael Ha
Deputy Chief of Policy and Rules Division,
FCC Office of Engineering Technology

The FCC recently released an NPRM taking further steps to promote a flexible regulatory environment for the next generation of wireless services. In its NPRM, the FCC continues its examination of higher frequency bands for mobile and other uses. In that regard, it has identified specific spectrum bands above 24 GHz that appear to be suitable for mobile service, and seeks comment on proposed service rules that would authorize mobile and other operations in those bands. This development of service rules for mobile use of the millimeter wave (mmW) bands occurs in the context of our efforts to develop a regulatory framework that will help facilitate so-called Fifth Generation (5G) mobile services, ahead of ongoing coordination efforts associated with WRC-15.

Mr. Ha will be summarizing the technical proposals offered by the FCC in its NPRM. Comments in this proceeding are due by January 26, 2016, and reply comments are due by February 23, 2016. Continue reading