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.
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
One World Trade Center, New York City
This year’s AFCCE and AFCCE Scholarship Fund Annual Meetings will be held at One World Trade Center, New York from Thursday June 22nd through Saturday June 24th, 2017.
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.
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
Friday, October 21, 2016
FCC License Management System (LMS)
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.
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.