2019 Annual Meeting in Atlanta

The 71st AFCCE Annual Meeting will take place in Atlanta, Thursday-Saturday, June 20 to June 22. Experience the sights of Mid-Town and Stone Mountain. Through the efforts of Jon Edwards, Mark Fehlig and Sterling Davis, we plan tours of the CNN Center, Turner Broadcasting, the Briarcliff Antenna Farm as well as tour Georgia Tech’s Amateur Radio Station, in addition to the business meetings.
Thursday afternoon is the optional tour of the CNN Center, so plan to arrive Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning if you wish to participate.  Friday afternoon is a planned tour of Turner Broadcasting, the Briarcliff Antenna Farm and Georgia Tech.  Saturday afternoon, following the business meeting and lunch is left free for an optional visit to Stone Mountain. Plan to stay late if you want to see the light show.
The venue for the meeting is the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center located in Midtown. Midtown Atlanta, known as Atlanta’s “Heart of the Arts,” is bustling with art and energy. Midtown is also home to Fox Theatre, High Museum of Art, and Georgia Tech’s campus and more.
The hotel is a half-mile walk from Georgia Tech, five blocks from the Shoppes at AT&T Center, and a 30-minute drive to Stone Mountain where golf, hiking and a laser light show await you. MARTA (Atlanta’s rapid transit) connects the Hartsfield Airport to midtown and a 4 block walk to the Hotel. Additional information and itinerary will be sent closer to the date.
Other nearby attractions are the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, or shopping at Ponce City Market and Lenox Square.
The registration deadline for the Annual Meeting is May 1. Register online for the meeting using the form below. Please make your hotel reservations here.
A special hotel rate of $174 is available from the Georgia Tech Hotel.  Book your hotel stay online here. The Hotel Booking Deadline for this rate is May 21. Non-smoking king bed accommodations have been blocked for our group. Please note that all guestrooms are non-smoking. For any other requests or inquiries, please enter this information within the appropriate request boxes during the reservations process or call the hotel directly by calling (800) 706-2899 Monday through Friday 9am-6:30pm.  For any additional nights needed before or after the posted group dates, please contact the hotel directly to check availability.  The link to the hotel group reservation is here.
For those attendees driving to the hotel, overnight parking is $15 per night. (For unlimited in and out access to the garage, an $18 pass is available.)

March 2019 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, March 22, 2019

Electromagnetic Compatibility and
the Internet of Things

Mike Violette, Co-Founder & CEO Washington Laboratories

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) problems will continue to be an issue for consumers of the Internet of Things (IoT).  The spurious and immunity EMC measurement is a mandatory measurement for the IoT devices and system through regulatory bodies.  An understanding of the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) aspects of the IoT and its measurement methods can help ensure the best user experience for ubiquitous wireless systems. 


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, March 18, 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)

  • Thai Grilled Chicken
  • Pan Seared Peppered Salmon
  • Stir-Fry Vegetables

With:
Caesar Salad
Rice
Seasonal Vegetables
Pecan Pie


AFCCE Welcomes FCC Chairman Pai

The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers welcomed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai as its monthly luncheon speaker today.  Chairman Pai spoke on a variety of topics affecting the broadcast engineering community including ATSC 3.0, the next-generation television standard; the post-incentive auction repacking process; and interference involving FM translators.  In addition, Chairman Pai took a variety of questions from the audience.


Chairman Pai is pictured here with AFCCE President John Lyons. Photo by Stephen Pumple

Chairman Pai’s prepared remarks are available here: Prepared Remarks to AFCCE on “Engineering the Future of Broadcasting”

E. Noel Luddy Award

Hossein Hashemzadah was presented with the E. Noel Luddy Award for years of meritorious service to the telecommunications industry. Hashemzadeh is Deputy Division Chief, in the Video Division of the FCC’s Media Bureau. The award was presented November 28 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, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, recalled the time from when Hossein joined the FCC thirty-six years ago to the present day and told anecdotes on Hossein’s career and spoke of his prestige within the FCC.

Addressing the crowd of AFCCE members and guests, and FCC colleagues, Hashemzadah thanked the AFCCE for bestowing the award and expressed admiration for his colleagues and briefly spoke about his time at the FCC.

Hossein Hashemzadah joins a distinguished list of previous Luddy award winners that includes John Reiser, the first E. Noel Luddy awardee, and 2017 honoree Rudy Bonacci, both pictured here with Chairman Pai and AFCCE President Lyons.

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.

This year AFCCE through it’s scholarship funds gave out $42,500 in scholarships, including the E. Noel Luddy Scholarship, to Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students studying in the field of Telecommunications.

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.

AFCCE Scholarship Recipient visits WTC

Tram Le was the recipient of AFCCE Scholarships over multiple semesters while at the University of Washington.  She recently graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has also been an intern with Hatfield and Dawson Consulting Engineers in Seattle, Washington.

Ms. Le recently visited One World Trade Center in New York City and was given a tour of the WTC broadcast facilities by AFCCE President John Lyons.

Passing of Jack Carr – August 12, 2018

AFCCE Life Member, William Bernard “Jack” Carr passed away unexpectedly on, Tuesday Aug. 14, 2018. Jack was born in Huntsville, TX on May 31, 1932 to William Bernard Carr and Agusta “Gussie” Mildred Hankamer. Jack graduated UT Austin with a degree in engineering. He was also a reserve officer for Erath County Sheriff Department for over 20 years and spent a number of years as a reserve officer in Tarrant County. Jack was a Mason and attended Edna Hill Baptist. He had a passion for his ranch and his horses.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Anna Mildred Chesney.

He was remembered by his daughter, Anne Catherine Carr, of Austin TX, his nephew and wife Devin C. and Diane Lindsey, of Granbury TX, niece Anna Kathryn Manger of Pasadena TX, as well as many other great nieces and nephews. Jack will be missed by many. Graveside service were held at Barbee Cemetery, in Dublin TX Sunday Aug. 19 2018.

2018 AFCCE Fall Social

Thursday evening, October 11, 2018

AFCCE invites all members and their families and guests to the
Annual Fall Social which follows the IEEE BTS Symposium.

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 sponsors 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 or more – 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. You can reserve your seat as well as add your sponsorship below.

The AFCCE Fall Social will be held at:

The Vantage Point Restaurant

atop the Holiday Inn Rosslyn
(across the street from the Key Bridge Marriott)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

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

Please RSVP by October 6th.

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September 2018 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, September 21, 2018

ATSC3.0 Ready Slot Antenna Design Using Advanced Antenna Optimization Methods

Brandon George
Radio Frequency Systems (RFS)
Meriden, CT

Coaxial slot antennas are a favored design by U.S. broadcasters due to their low complexity and ability to be customized. Coaxial slot antennas currently designed and manufactured for the FCC repack should be designed with future ATSC3.0 operation in mind. Both elliptical polarization and heavy but smooth null fill are desirable for ATSC3.0. By utilizing heavy fill and elliptical polarization signal strengths can be increased in the near in coverage areas allowing better S/N ratios for data intensive applications in those areas. It is important in designing such an antenna, to ensure that the gain of the antenna is not decreased significantly compared to a traditional antenna. Design methods have been adopted that optimize the gain by minimizing radiation above the horizon.

A paper by Brandon George and Nick Wymant on this technique can be downloaded here:  ATSC3.0 Ready Slot Antenna Design

You can register for the meeting below.

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. You will need this ticket along with a validation ticket you will get at the meeting that will be used as the payment on your way out of the garage.


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 Monday, September 17th. 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)

  • Sautéed Beef Tips
  • Pan Seared Peppered Salmon
  • Stir-Fry Vegetables

With:
Caesar Salad
Pasta
Seasonal Vegetables (NO BROCCOLI please)
New York Style Cheese Cake


AFCCE President’s Letter 2018

Dear AFCCE Members,

As we move forward into the 2018-2019 fiscal year I wanted to provide an update on some of AFCCE’s activities and encourage your active participation in AFCCE happenings and events.

The 70th Annual Meeting was held in June in Seattle, with over 50 members and guests participating. Some highlights included an inside tour of seven historic AM transmitter facilities at four sites on Vashon Island, the banquet at Palisade Restaurant at the Marina and the wonderful open house held through the courtesy of the Dawson family. We also wish to thank Steve Lockwood and his host committee for their efforts in making the Annual Meeting a great success. The staff at the Hotel Sorrento also deserve kudos for their support.

The 2017–2018 Annual Report was reviewed, edited, and approved, and a PDF copy of the final version will be included with my next communiqué.

Three new directors were elected by ballot of the membership, and I would like to welcome Sterling Davis, John George and Stephen Pumple to the board. John George has agreed to be Secretary as Bob Weller moves to the position of Treasurer attempting to fill the shoes of longtime treasurer Ron Chase. Thanks to Ron for his service as an officer and director over the past three years. Thanks to Steve Crowley and Marshall Cross for their years of service on the board.

Because of the change in eligibility for Full Membership, several members stepped up to make application and were elevated this past year. These members include the late Byron St. Clair, John George, Sterling Davis, John Collinson, Jorge Gonzalez, David Layer. New Associate Members include Stephen Pumple, Angela Gillespie and Bert Goldman. A new student member, Tram Le, was added and attended the Annual Meeting. Following the Annual Meeting, the incoming Board elected new officers. The new officers for the 2018–2019 term are (the board member’s class term is shown in parenthesis):

Officers
President – John Lyons (2019)
Vice President – Chris Horne (2020)
Secretary – John George (2022)
Treasurer – Bob Weller (2019)

Directors
Anne Goodwin Crump (2020)
Sterling E. Davis (2022)
Jon Edwards (2020)
Mark Fehlig (2019)
Stephen Pumple (2021)

The chairpersons of AFCCE’s standing committees for 2018–2019 are:
Admissions: Matt Sanderford
Rules & Standards: Steve Crowley
Permanent Arrangements: Chris Horne
Nominations: Ben Evans
Professional Ethics and Grievances: Mark Fehlig

I want to thank Bob Weller for his jumping from Secretary to Treasurer to help with financial continuity after the resignation of Ron Chase. I also want to acknowledge the work of John Reiser and Martin Doczkat for organizing the monthly luncheons and speakers, and dedicated efforts of Marshall Cross, Chairman of the AFCCE Scholarship Fund’s Scholarship Committee. We need to secure a replacement for Martin Doczkat as Program Coordinator especially with the September 21st meeting rapidly approaching. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact me ASAP by phone or e-mail.

Luncheon Meetings for 2018-2019

The first luncheon of the year will be held on Friday, September 21st at the Holiday Inn in Rosslyn. A speaker is needed.

10/10 (Wednesday) – Joint AFCCE/BTS Luncheon (Marriott Key Bridge)
10/11 (Thursday) – AFCCE Fall Social (Holiday Inn-Vantage Point Restaurant)
11/28 (Wednesday) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn Shenandoah AB)
11/28 (Wednesday) — FCC Reception, National Press Club
1/18 (Fri) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood)
2/22 (Fri) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood)
3/22 (Fri) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood)
5/17 (Fri) – Luncheon Meeting (Holiday Inn-Dogwood)

AFCCE/IEEE BTS Joint Luncheon

The 67th Annual IEEE Broadcast Symposium will be held October 10–12 in Rosslyn, just two blocks from the Holiday Inn. As is traditional, there will be a joint AFCCE/BTS Luncheon on Wednesday, October 10.

Fall Social

AFCCE’s Fall Social will be held on October 11th at the Vantage Point Restaurant, atop the Holiday Inn. The Social follows the last paper of the Broadcast Symposium. The Fall Social benefits our scholarship fund and raised over $11,000 last year. We are looking to eclipse that number this year.

AFCCE/FCC Staff Reception

The Annual AFCCE/FCC Staff Reception will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on November 28th from 4 to 7 pm. The FCC Reception is a popular event among FCC technical staff, and allows us to honor and celebrate with the recipient of the 2018 E. Noel Luddy Award. Please plan on joining us for this fun event.

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 (2019) awards. We thank all members of the Scholarship Committee for their hard work and also thank AFCCE member Tom Silliman for his work on the joint AFCCE/IEEE Jules Cohen Scholarship program and Mark Fehlig for his coordination with IWCE. [Maybe say something about expecting to launch a Byron scholarship, funded by NTA?]

FCC Comments

Our aim in filing comments is to provide information to help ensure that the FCC can make informed policy choices, not necessarily to advocate for specific positions. There are many issues before the FCC this year that may be suitable for AFCCE comment, but we need people who feel strongly about particular issues to draft comments. Participate!

A better AFCCE requires your help. AFCCE needs its members to work on committees doing everything from helping draft comments on proposed regulations to helping coordinate the Annual Meeting. If you ask some on the board how you can help, I guarantee that you will be rewarded with meaningful tasks. So, please ask. Send me or another board member an e-mail or talk to us at a luncheon about getting involved. You don’t have to be local to DC, either. There are lots of areas where AFCCE can and should contribute, but we need members willing to help. AFCCE’s ability to serve its members and our industry is limited only by the amount of time and talent offered by its members.

Please let me or another board member know if you have any suggestions to improve AFCCE or its functions. I look forward to seeing you at one or all of our upcoming events.

Very truly yours,

President
(2017–2019)

AFCCE President’s Letter 2018