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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!

September 2015 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, September 25, 2015

LED Obstruction Lighting

(topic recently changed)

Les Kutasi
Dialight Corporation

What is available in the market for tower lighting systems? What are the advantages of LED obstruction lights compared to other types of systems?  Mr. Kutasi will also talk about LED lighting on AM towers, LED lights for high intensity systems, and how LED is very green technology. Continue reading

2015 Board of Directors

The results of the annual elections were announced over the weekend at the Annual Meeting.

The following Members were elected to a 4 year term:
Mark Felig & Bob Weller

The following Associate Members were elected to a 3 year term:
Ron Chase & John Lyons

The new AFCCE Board met on June 30 and the following slate of officers for the 2015-2016 term was elected: Continue reading

September Luncheon

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Meeting Topic:
Web-Based Engineering Tools

What web-based services do you offer your clients?  AFCCE members Mark Colombo (rabbitears.info) and Mike Rhodes (fccinfo.com) will discuss some of the enhanced query and analysis features on websites they maintain, enabling client-side functionality with more detail than FCC.gov web-based tools.  Utilizing official FCC database sources, these services are made available at no cost to their users.  Mark and Mike will discuss some of the motivating factors and implementation challenges they experienced along the way.  They will also discuss how offering such services can have the potential of leading to new business opportunities as well as improvements in time management, each having a positive effect on profitability.

Presentation slides from the meeting can be downloaded here:
September 2014 Luncheon Presentation – FCCInfo.com Continue reading

John F.X. Browne

John F.X. Browne (December 1935 – March 2012) died peacefully at his home in Bloomfield Hills after a brief battle with cancer. John was born and raised on Long Island, NY and moved to the Detroit area to attend the University of Detroit where he obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in both Physics and Mathematics. John went on to become a professional engineer and the founder and president of John F.X. Browne & Associates in Bloomfield Hills where he serviced the broadcast industry for 45 years.

John was the eldest son of Marie Mulcahy Browne and John Browne and the devoted brother to three sisters Patsy Reisert, Mary Ellen Curnyn, Terry Logan of Long Island, NY. He was the beloved husband to Kay Mullen Browne for 32 years. John married Kay (widowed in 1978) and became a father to her six children between the ages of 11 and 21. He was called both a saint and a nut; and let’s face facts, proposing to woman with six children took an awful lot of courage but that is how he lived his life. And that is how he lived his last few weeks of life, courageously, faithfully, lovingly and brave to the very end.

John will be forever remembered by his caring children and their spouses, Mary Beth Reed (Brian), John Mullen (Cheryl), Meg Noble (Bill), Katie Nienstedt (Bill), Tom Mullen (Jerry) and Jane Fletcher (Greg) as well as his treasured grandchildren, Erin, Colleen, Moira, Allison, Johnny, Mary Kate, Casey, Clare, Billy, Cece, Jack and Tommy along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know him.

John’s first love was flight. His joy at being a pilot lasted a lifetime. What started as something fun to do at 23 turned into a life of flying high with his friends and family on board his Piper Aztec. From small hops for business to world renowned, record setting trips around the world, John was one of the quintessential quiet birdmen. Not only was John inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame, he was also the recipient of twenty-two National Aeronautic Association records for speed and distance flying in his small plane.

John was also a dedicated member of the American Association of the Knights of Malta, the Cardinal Club of Detroit, President and founding member of Everest Academy in Clarkston, MI, a board member at Rose Hill Center, and President of Michigan Catholic Radio. Among his many professional affiliations, John was made a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers; he was selected as the Outstanding Engineer in Private Practice by the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers; and was the second recipient ever of the prestigious Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

John touched the lives of many people with his quiet smile and generosity, and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end.