January 2018 Luncheon Meeting

Overview of FCC Field Operations in the Post-Modernization Era

Charles Cooper, P.E., Field Director for the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau

Charles Cooper joined the Commission approximately five years ago from the consulting engineering firm of du Treil, Lundin & Rackley. While at du Treil, Charles was a partner and assisted many clients in their technical allocation matters before the Commission. When he joined this Commission, he managed the Los Angeles Field office. After receiving the appointment to Field Director, he has since relocated to DC. He holds a B.S.E.E. is a registered Professional Engineer and a Past President of AFCCE.

2015 FCC Field Operations Modernization News Release is here

You can register for the meeting below.

If you have ideas for luncheon programs, please contact Martin Doczkat at martindoczkat@ieee.org.

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

Parking Changes:

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 and it will be validated at the meeting.

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 Friday, January 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. 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 get it validated at the meeting.

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 for all attendees in the form below)
Thai Grilled Chicken
Stir-Fry Vegetables (Vegan)
Tossed Salad
Mixed Seasonal Berries

Membership Renewal

It’s time to renew your membership for 2018. Please visit the AFCCE web page at https://afcce.org/renew-your-membership/ to renew your membership.  Fees are unchanged from last year ($180/$140 for Full/Associate membership, respectively, with reduced fees for government, life, and student members).  The online application is the preferred method for renewing your membership since the entire process is electronic, including payment by credit card.

You can also download the renewal form here and mail it in, along with your payment.  Note that some of the information in the PDF renewal form information is not current – Student dues are now $20/year.

Please continue to support AFCCE’s work as a professional association and please join us at our monthly luncheons and social functions.

Happy New Year!

Bob Weller

AFCCE Secretary 2017-2018

FCC’S Rodolfo Bonacci Wins E. Noel Luddy Award

Rodolfo (“Rudy”) Bonacci was presented with the E. Noel Luddy Award for years of meritorious service to the telecommunications industry. Bonacci is Assistant Division Chief, Engineering, in the Audio Division in FCC’s Media Bureau. The award was presented November 30 at the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers’ annual FCC Reception, held at the National Press Club by AFCCE President John Lyons.

In his introduction of this year’s honoree, James Bradshaw, Deputy Division Chief, Engineering, in the Audio Division of the FCC’s Media Bureau, recalled the time from when Rudy joined the FCC to the present day and Bradshaw told anecdotes on Bonacci’s career and spoke of his prestige within the FCC.


Addressing the crowd of AFCCE members and guests, and FCC colleagues, Bonacci thanked the AFCCE for bestowing the award and expressed admiration for his colleagues, noting several whom he thought better deserved the honor than himself.

Rudy Bonacci joins an distinguished list of previous Luddy award winners that includes notables such as John Reiser (the first E. Noel Luddy awardee, pictured here with Bonacci and Lyons), Jules Cohen, Ann Gallagher and Julius Knapp.

The E. Noel Luddy Award (since 2000) is presented annually by the AFCCE Board of Directors. Its winner is frequently, but not always, an FCC employee who has provided notable and exemplary service to the telecommunications industry. Noel Luddy was a lifelong radio enthusiast who was in charge of all communications throughout the South Pacific during World War II. He served for many years in several engineering capacities with RCA. With Dielectric’s acquisition of the RCA broadcast antenna business, he joined Dielectric as a consultant, serving as a liaison to broadcast station engineers, consulting engineers and the FCC. He is well known for his years of service on the AFCCE Board of Directors and was recognized numerous times for his contributions to the association and the broadcast industry. Dielectric continues to fund the E. Noel Luddy Scholarship in Noel’s honor.

The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers is a membership organization comprised of engineers and other professionals engaged in telecommunications engineering. Its website notes that its main objective is to aid and promote the proper federal administration and regulation of those engineering and technical phases of communications which are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission.

2017 AFCCE FCC Reception

AFCCE – FCC Reception

Thursday, November 30, 2017
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 event, beginning at 4pm on Thursday, November 30.

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, “Evaluating Service Availability for ATSC 3.0 Single Frequency Networks.” The presenters will be Mats Ek and Bill Soreth from Progira Radio Communications.

Please register for the Luncheon event separately.

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Assistance Needed for Puerto Rican Broadcasters

Message from President John Lyons:

I have received a request from fellow AFCCE member David Layer who has been in contact with Jose Ribas, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Broadcasters Association. They are desperately seeking assistance in getting Puerto Rican radio stations back on the air. With virtually all of Puerto Rico’s radio stations off the air, the population, those with electric power, are not able to get vital information at this time.  For an example, click on the link: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article174409151.html to see what WKAQ 580 has been through.

David asks that if there are any members able to help to please contact him and he will put the member in touch with Jose Ribas.  David’s contact information is:

David H. Layer
Vice President, Advanced Engineering
National Association of Broadcasters
1771 N Street NW
Washington DC 20036
Phone 202 429 5339

Broadcasters as a community have always pulled together in trying times.  If you are able to help in Puerto Rico or in any of the other affected broadcast communities hit hard by Harvey, Irma, Jose or Maria, please reach out to your local broadcasting stations. They are all trying to either stay on the air or get back on the air and they provide the vital day to day information necessary to help the affected communities.

I vividly remember the help that poured into New York City from the broadcasters nationwide after 9/11 for which I personally will be forever thankful.

I thank you in advance for any help that you may be able to offer.

John M Lyons

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 http://www.fcc.gov/oet/tvstudy.

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 afcce.org/scholarships .  Additional information about the IEEE BTS is available at bts.ieee.org/awards.

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