2020 Annual Meeting Postponed

All Members,

With the uncertainty of what the future holds regarding the impact of Covid-19 and the need to plan well in advance for such an event, AFCCE has decided to change the 2020 Annual Meeting to a new destination and date.  The previously planned meeting for this June in Toronto is being rescheduled for next Summer (June 24-26, 2021) in Toronto.  AFCCE will refund the fees for those who have registered for the 2020 Toronto event.

AFCCE is required in its by-laws to have an annual meeting.  Therefore, while details are still being made, we will hold this year’s annual meeting sometime in the fall in the DC area.  Plans should be finalized in the next 4-5 weeks and at that time, a new sign up will be posted as the extent and costs of the event will most likely be less than a typical annual meeting.

Thank you for your understanding.

John George
President

March Luncheon Cancelled

All Members,

In consideration of the guidance from the medical community and concern for the safety of our membership and the public, the Board has decided to cancel the March 20 luncheon. AFCCE will refund the fees for those who have registered for the luncheon.

Thank you for your understanding.

John George
President

New AFCCE Website Coming in April

AFCCE will be unveiling a new website this coming Spring which will not only be easier to navigate and provide more information, but will consolidate the member directory.  This will make the renewal process more robust and reduce membership data and communications issues. The new site is almost finished and about to enter beta testing.  Stay Tuned…

John Lyons

From John George, AFCCE President:

John Lyons HeadshotIt is with much sadness that I inform you that our Treasurer and former President, John Lyons, passed away over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  John was a friend and mentor to many of us and was always there when needed.  He led AFCCE for the past two years as President and served this year as Treasurer.  John always sought the best in every endeavor and his work on fund-raising set a new record in 2018 for our Scholarship Fund — only to beat that record this year.

Many of us saw John just over a week ago at AFCCE’s Annual FCC reception.  Little did we know that he would be leaving us so soon.  His energy and enthusiasm will leave a void on the Board that will be difficult to fill.

John loved his family and stayed in constant contact, even when his trips took him around the world.  He would take time out to call home each day to check in with his family.  He most recently traveled with his family to Greece to visit his ancestral home to ensure that his family knew and understood their heritage.  During this trip, he took time out to return emails and phone calls, taking care of AFCCE business.

He was responsible for the communications infrastructure of The Durst Organization.  Among his many accomplishments was leading the design and implementation of the master antenna at Four Times Square and the new broadcast transmission facility at One World Trade Center.

In 2006, he received the Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award and in 2017, he received the NAB Engineering Achievement Award for Television.

John is survived by his wife, Natasha and sons Matthew (26) and Constantine (7).  He was 71 years old.

Details of the serves for John can be found here.  You may also leave comments on that website or make comments on this page below.  (To avoid spam comments will not appear immediately.)

John George with John Lyons at the 2018 AFCCE Annual Meeting

John Lyons receiving recognition for his 2 terms as AFCCE President from Chris Horne at the 2018 AFCCE Annual Meeting

2019 AFCCE Fall Social and Celebration of Life

Friday evening, October 25, 2019

This year in addition to our annual fundraiser for the AFCCE Scholarship Fund, we are having a Celebration of Life for our friend, mentor, and former AFCCE President Ronald D. Rackley.

Ron touched so many lives during his time with us and all who had a chance to meet or work with Ron truly benefited. Many members of the Rackley family will be joining us for this celebration and we hope that you will as well. Continue reading

September 2019 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, September 20, 2019

Repack from the Manufacturer’s and Tower Owner’s Perspective

Jay Martin, Dielectric and Jim Stenberg, American Tower

AFCCE Members Jay and Jim will discus the current status of the Television Repack. How has the weather effected the progress, deliveries from the manufacturers, installation at the tower site and what lies ahead.

Jay Martin has been working in the broadcast industry for 39 years starting with Shively Laboratories in 1980. In 1985, Jay went to work for Dielectric as an Electrical Engineer with emphasis on the FM product line.  He assumed roles at Dielectric as FM Product Line Manager, TV Antenna Product Line Manager, Senior Director of Marketing and VP of Sales and Marketing.  In 2008 Jay transitioned to RFS as Director of Broadcast Sales and Business Development and went on to become CEO RFS Australia and Global Broadcast Sales Manager. He returned to Dielectric in December of 2015 as VP of Sales.

Jay has presented at IEEE Broadcast Symposium, IBC (Amsterdam), SET (Sao Paulo), IWPC (Barcelona) USTTI (Washington, DC) and several regional shows. Have authored articles for Broadcast Engineering, TV Technology, Digital TV and Radio World and is a member of AFCCE, SBE, IEEE Broadcast Technology Society.

Jim Stenberg is a principal broadcast RF engineer for American Tower Corporation. He is a technical resource for the broadcast sales and operations departments within the company regarding single and multichannel RF system installations at their sites throughout the country.  Immediately prior to his current position, Jim was a broadcast account manager responsible for leasing tower space to TV and FM clients. Prior to joining ATC he ran his own broadcast consulting and RF field service business, JS Engineering, from 2005 to 2013 where his primary customer was Qualcomm FLO-TV.

Previously Mr Stenberg worked at several RF system manufacturers including Dielectric Communications, Jampro RF Systems, Passive Power Products and MicroCommunications from 1987 to 2005 performing sales, research, and development functions for high power broadcast antennas, combiners and filter products. He is responsible for numerous; RF system product designs, multi-tenant RFR studies, technology reports and is the holder of eight patents. Jim earned his bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and lives in Portland, Maine.


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.

AFCCE Members may register to attend the luncheon meeting below.


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

Please RSVP online with the form below by 5 pm Monday, September 16, 2019. 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 pick up a validation ticket at the meeting which you will use in lieu of payment on the way out.

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 choice for all attendees in the form below)

  • Chicken Marsala
  • Pan Seared Peppered Salmon
  • Tricolor Cheese Tortellini

With:
Tossed Salad
Cheesecake


WWV/WWVH Listener Survey

From the ARRL News:

08/19/2019

Through Saturday, August 24, WWV and WWVH will transmit a US Department of Defense (DOD) message in conjunction with the COMEX 19-3 interoperability exercise in Tennessee. The broadcast also urges listeners to complete a survey on WWV/WWVH listenership and listening habits. The messages are broadcast on WWV at 10 minutes past the hour and on WWVH at 50 minutes past the hour. WWV and WWVH transmit on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 MHz.

In addition to asking for the name, email address, and location of those completing the “WWV/WWVH Reception Report,” the survey seeks information on which station (i.e., WWV or WWVH) was heard, the frequency, the transmitted audio quality, whether the information was relevant or useful, how often the respondent monitors WWV/WWVH broadcasts, whether the respondent uses a clock or other device that synchronizes with the low-frequency (60 kHz) WWVB time transmissions, and any other information the respondent would consider useful to hear on WWV/WWVH broadcasts.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) — part of the US Department of Commerce — is using the information gathered to determine “how often their stations are monitored and how the various timing signals and messages are used by the listeners,” Chief of US Army MARS Paul English, WD8DBY, said on the US Army MARS Facebook page. “As the saying goes, ‘every vote counts,’ and your input to this survey is being used to help demonstrate the importance of these stations.” Listeners may file multiple reception reports, and anyone may complete the survey.

Earlier this year, the Defense Department began making use of the provisional time slots on WWV and WWVH to announce upcoming HF military communication exercises and to explain how the Amateur Radio community can become involved in them. Use of the time slots has corresponded with Department of Defense communication exercises (COMEX); COMEX 19-3 takes place this month. The announcements will resume during COMEX 19-4 in October.

Following a proof of concept this year, DOD anticipates making use of the WWV/WWVH broadcast time slot full time, all year.

Concern arose in 2018 after WWV and WWVH were included on a list of proposed cuts in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request for NIST.

Original ARRL News post can be found here.

2019 President’s Letter from John George

Dear AFCCE Members,

First let me state that it is an honor and privilege to serve as your President for the 2019-2020 term.  We have a great group of Officers and Board Members and look forward to continuing the successes of our former President and now Secretary John Lyons.

The 71st Annual Meeting was held June 20-22 in Atlanta, Georgia with over 35 members and guests participating.  Highlights included tours of the Briarcliff American Tour site and the Tuner Network facilities.  We also wish to thank Jon Edwards, Sterling Davis and Mark Fehlig for their efforts in making the Annual Meeting a great success. The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center was our venue and they provided excellent service and accommodations.

The 2018–2019 Annual Report is under review, and a PDF copy of the final version will be sent shortly.

During the past year the Board approved the following for membership:

For Full Membership:

James A. Dalke, Owner, Dalke Broadcast Services, Inc.
Michael Francis Violette, P.E., CEO, Washington Laboratories LTD
William Patrick Magliocco, P.E., Nexstar Media Group (WRIC-TV)

For Associate Membership:

David Lee Zack, Radio Frequency Systems, Broadcast Sales Manager
David Howard Cole, Associate, Widelity, Inc.
John Stephen Lynch, Electronics Research Inc.- Broadband Business Development Manager
Mark Heller, President/Owner, Metro North Communications, Inc.

Three new Board members were elected by ballot of the membership, and I would like to welcome   Ben Evans and Jim Leifer as new members to the Board and John Lyons back to the Board to serve another term.  I would also like to thank Mark Fehlig for his service on the Board and to the organization.

Following the Annual Meeting, the incoming Board elected new officers. The new officers for the 2019–2020 term are (the board member’s class term is shown in parenthesis):

2019 – 2020 Officers

President: John George (2022)
Vice President: Jon Edwards (2020)
Secretary: Stephen Pumple (2021)
Treasurer: John Lyons (2023)

Directors

Anne Goodwin Crump (2020)
Sterling E. Davis (2022)
Ben Evans (2023)
Chris Horne (2020)
Jim Leifer (2022)

I want to thank Bob Weller for taking on the responsibility of Treasurer a year ago to help with financial continuity after Ron Chase. I also want to thank John Lyons for stepping into this position for the coming year.  I also want to acknowledge the work of John Reiser for, organizing the monthly luncheons, and dedicated efforts of Marshall Cross, Chairman of the AFCCE Scholarship Fund’s Scholarship Committee.

We still need to secure a replacement for the Program Coordinator. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact me ASAP by phone or e-mail.

Luncheon Meetings for 2019-2020

September 20 (Friday) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood)
October 25 (Thursday) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood)
October 25 (Thursday) – AFCCE Fall Social (Holiday Inn-Vantage Point Restaurant, 6-9 PM)
November 20 (Wednesday) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday – Inn Shenandoah)
November 20 (Wednesday) – FCC Reception (National Press Club, 5-8 PM)
January 24 (Friday) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood)
February 21 (Friday) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood)
March 20 (Friday) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood)
May 8 (Friday) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood) NOTE: Day change due to existing conflicts.
June 25-28 – Annual Meeting – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May will be our last luncheon at the Holiday Inn.  The hotel will undergo renovations after our May meeting.  We would appreciate the membership’s input on a new location for our luncheon meetings.  Please feel free to contact me by phone or email.

Upcoming events of note include:

Fall Social

AFCCE’s Fall Social will be held on October 25th at the Vantage Point Restaurant, atop the Holiday Inn. The Fall Social benefits our scholarship fund and raised over $16,000 last year. We are looking to exceed that number this coming year.

AFCCE Scholarship Program

The AFCCE Scholarship Program administers over $60,000 in scholarship funds for tele-communications students for their baccalaureate or graduate degree programs. Applications are presently being accepted for spring semester (2020) awards. We thank all members of the Scholarship Committee for their hard work and also thank AFCCE member Tom Silliman and his replacement Stephen Lockwood, for their work on the joint AFCCE/IEEE Jules Cohen Scholarship program and Mark Fehlig for his coordination with IWCE. We are working with the National Translator Association to launch the scholarship in memory of Byron St. Clair,

AFCCE/FCC Staff Reception

The Annual AFCCE/FCC Staff Reception will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on November 20th from 5 to 8 pm. The FCC Reception is a popular event among FCC technical staff, and allows us to honor and celebrate with the recipient of the 2019 E. Noel Luddy Award. Please plan on joining us for this enjoyable event.
AFCCE continues to need your support both in attendance to events and support of the scholarships we award.  While our membership is stable we need to continue growth.  We should all work on recruiting new members to our organizations.  I look forward to working with each of you and accepting your suggestions and recommendations to make our organization better.

Sincerely,

John George, President

2019-2020 AFCCE Board Members Announced

AFCCE is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 officers and directors:

President, John George

Vice-President, Jon Edwards

Treasurer, John Lyons

Secretary, Stephen Pumple

Pictured L-R John George, John Lyons, Stephen Pumple, and Jon Edwards

In the recent Board of Directors general election, John Lyons, and Ben Evans  were elected to four-year terms as Full Members and Jim Leifer to a three year term as an Associate Member.  They join directors Anne Crump, Sterling Davis, and Chris Horne who are already serving on the Board.  Mark Fehlig and Bob Weller depart the Board as their terms have ended. The election of officers occurred at the Annual Meeting this past weekend in Atlanta, GA.  The new term begins July 1, 2019.