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

October 2015 Luncheon and 3rd Annual AFCCE Symposium

October Luncheon and the
2015 AFCCE Symposium

Friday, October 30

Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge

Reception 11:45 AM with Lunch beginning at 12:30 PM

The AFCCE Symposium will begin immediately after lunch and run until 5 p.m.  The program will focus on the broadcast television incentive auction and cover the technical and procedural considerations related to TV repacking after the auction.

Speaker

Topic

Pamela Gallant
Associate Division Chief
Video Division, Media Bureau, FCC
An in-depth look at the FCC’s reimbursement program for broadcasters affected by spectrum repack and new channel assignments.
Joseph M. Davis, P.E.
Chesapeake RF Consultants, LLC
Post-auction transition procedures for repacked stations, including FCC  construction permit and licensing requirements.
Dennis Wallace
Meintel, Sgrignoli, & Wallace, LLC
ATSC 3.0: The Future of Television – An overview of the system and the services that will be possible.

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AFCCE Members awarded FCC Excellence in Engineering Analysis Award

AFCCE Members Mark Colombo and Barbara Pavon of the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology were recently awarded the Excellence in Engineering Analysis Award.   The 2015 EIE Award was given for their work on development of the analytical tools and software that are the engine “under the hood” powering the TV incentive auction.

This award is intended to recognize Commission staff for outstanding economic analysis, and engineering, scientific or technical contributions that they have performed in the course of their work at the Commission.

Congratulations Mark and Barbara!

2015 Board of Directors

The results of the annual elections were announced over the weekend at the Annual Meeting.

The following Members were elected to a 4 year term:
Mark Felig & Bob Weller

The following Associate Members were elected to a 3 year term:
Ron Chase & John Lyons

The new AFCCE Board met on June 30 and the following slate of officers for the 2015-2016 term was elected: Continue reading