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

October 2016 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, October 21, 2016

FCC License Management System (LMS)

Hossein Hashemzadeh

Deputy Division Chief, Video Division of the Media Bureau
Federal Communications Commission

The LMS is the new e-filing system used by TV Broadcasters to file all applications.  LMS has replaced the CDBS  for all television services.  Mr. Hashemzadeh will explain how to file applications and also other tips and tricks to navigating LMS.

Mr. Hashemzadeh received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University.  Upon graduation, he traveled back to his homeland, Iran, and worked for private companies as an Electrical Engineer in the manufacturing sector.  Upon his return to US in October 1982 he joined Federal Communications Commission as an Electronic Engineer in the Video Division of Media Bureau.

There, he was involved in creating the LPTV services. Most of his work at the Commission has been involved in helping create various filing systems for the broadcasters to file applications and for Commission staff to process applications.  Examples of such systems are Consolidated Database System (CDBS), Online Public Information Files (OPIF) , Children Programming Reports (KIDVID) and most recently Licensing Management System(LMS).  Currently he serves as Deputy Chief of Video Division where he oversees all activities regarding LPTV and Class A television stations.

The AFCCE Fall Social will be held the same evening. Please go here to register separately for the dinner.
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2016 AFCCE Fall Social

Friday evening, October 21, 2015

AFCCE invites all members and their families and guests to the
Annual Fall Social which follows the October Luncheon Meeting.

The AFCCE Scholarship program has always been a very impactful activity of AFCCE, but its continued success relies on being able to sustain and bolster the scholarship fund.  The Fall Social is the major fund-raising event for the benefit of the 501(c)(3) Fund.  Each year, the Scholarship Fund supports students enrolled in accredited engineering programs at universities throughout the country.  Your support, both by your attendance and your corporate sponsorship, will strengthen this important mission of the AFCCE.

Both corporate and individual sponsorships are solicited for the AFCCE Fall Social to benefit the AFCCE Scholarship Fund.   This year we are again accepting sponsorship levels of:

$250 – Silver Level
$500 – Gold Level
$1000 – Platinum Level

Please consider being a sponsor this year.  Sponsors will be acknowledged below, in our promotions of the Fall Social and at the event itself.

The AFCCE Fall Social will be held at:

The Vantage Point Restaurant

atop the Holiday Inn Rosslyn,

Friday, October 21, 2015

Cocktails at 5:30 pm and Dinner at 6:30.

Please RSVP by October 13.

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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

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