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E. Harold Munn

Earle Harold Munn, Jr., age 87, of Parma, MI, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016 of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was the son of Earle Harold and Luella Mae (Asfahl) Munn. Born Sept 7, 1928, in Vandalia, IL, Hal is survived by his wife of 66 years, C. Ella (Bronson), sons H. Derwin (Patti), M. Douglas (Jerri), and daughter M. Renée Runyon (Dan); five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Hal received his Federal Communications Commission (FCC) radio license at age 14 and in 1947 at age 17 became a lifetime member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional organization of any scientific profession. The following year he graduated from Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI, with a degree in physics plus many credits in chemistry and mathematics. He taught high school for one year in North Adams and one year at Pittsford before starting WTVB-WANG radio stations in Coldwater. Other stations he established and owned include Ypsilanti (WYSI), Hillsdale (WBSE), and Sturgis (WSTR).

In addition to radio, he was a pioneer in broadband communications, received one of the three first cable TV permits awarded by the FCC, and started many cable companies including Coldwater and Columbia Cablevision.

In 1950, Hal established the E. Harold Munn, Jr., and Associates broadcast engineering consulting firm in Coldwater and in that capacity built or consulted with about 800 radio stations in all 50 states and on nearly 70 colleges and university campuses. Two notable stations include Bell Broadcasting Corporation in Detroit, the first FCC-approved African American-owned radio station in the United States providing a foundation for the Motown music industry, and a 50,000 watt AM station in Hawaii for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association that broadcast a Christian witness to 20,000 Polynesian islands and literally around the world.
In 2005, Hal was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He served as a trustee and in many administrative capacities with the following organizations: Coldwater Board of Public Utilities from 1960—1995 and president of that board beginning in 1967; from 1960—2015 on the board of the Blue Ridge Broadcasting Corporation, a listener-supported ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; from 1960—2010 as a trustee of Spring Arbor University; and from 1983—2015 as a trustee of Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY. Since childhood, Hal was a member of the Free Methodist Church and served that denomination in many volunteer administrative capacities from 1950—2015.

Memorial gifts may be made to Spring Arbor University.

Dr. Munn’s book Parting Thoughts is available at http://www.amazon.com/E-Harold-Munn-Jr-Thoughts/dp/1530508568/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461840520&sr=1-1&refinements=p_27%3ADaniel+V+Runyon

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

October 2015 Luncheon and 3rd Annual AFCCE Symposium

October Luncheon and the
2015 AFCCE Symposium

Friday, October 30

Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge

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

The AFCCE Symposium will begin immediately after lunch and run until 5 p.m.  The program will focus on the broadcast television incentive auction and cover the technical and procedural considerations related to TV repacking after the auction.

Speaker

Topic

Pamela Gallant
Associate Division Chief
Video Division, Media Bureau, FCC
An in-depth look at the FCC’s reimbursement program for broadcasters affected by spectrum repack and new channel assignments.
Joseph M. Davis, P.E.
Chesapeake RF Consultants, LLC
Post-auction transition procedures for repacked stations, including FCC  construction permit and licensing requirements.
Dennis Wallace
Meintel, Sgrignoli, & Wallace, LLC
ATSC 3.0: The Future of Television – An overview of the system and the services that will be possible.

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AFCCE Members awarded FCC Excellence in Engineering Analysis Award

AFCCE Members Mark Colombo and Barbara Pavon of the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology were recently awarded the Excellence in Engineering Analysis Award.   The 2015 EIE Award was given for their work on development of the analytical tools and software that are the engine “under the hood” powering the TV incentive auction.

This award is intended to recognize Commission staff for outstanding economic analysis, and engineering, scientific or technical contributions that they have performed in the course of their work at the Commission.

Congratulations Mark and Barbara!