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.

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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

Media bureau designates pre-auction licensing deadline

The following was written by Mike Rhodes:

The FCC Media Bureau has released a Public Notice announcing May 29, 2015, as the Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline by which full power and Class A facilities must be licensed in order to be eligible for protection in the repacking process that will be part of the television incentive auction.
Public Notice is here: http://www.fcc.gov/document/media-bureau-designates-may-29-2015-pre-auction-licensing-deadline
Thanks to FCC Staff who specifically requested that the news be distributed to AFCCE members as soon as it was released.

Request from Merrill Weiss

The following was written by AFCCE member Merrill Weiss: 
Colleagues –
I am scheduled to make RFR measurements for a television station in LA starting this weekend.  I learned today that the rental house that was to provide the RFR Meter cannot supply it.  We are looking for other rental sources, but I am told that all of the other rental instruments in the country are tied up.
Before I cancel the travel for several of us involved, I thought that I would ask if anyone has a Narda SRM-3006 Selective Radiation Meter that you would rent to us.  We need it with the isotropic, 27 MHz – 3 GHz sensor antenna and the accessories to permit dumping the data to a PC (which generally comes standard with such units).  We would need it to arrive in the LA area by Friday (Jan 23) this week.  We could ship it back on Tuesday next week.
If you have an SRM-3006 that you would consider renting to us, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can contact you to work out details.
Thank you for your consideration.

Regards, Merrill

Merrill Weiss Group LLC

227 Central Avenue Metuchen, NJ 08840-1242

732-494-6400

January Luncheon

Friday, January 23, 2015

Meeting Topic:
“Repack – Re-use or Replace ?”

This presentation will review most major components of a transmitter’s RF system, its coaxial transmission line and antennas and their suitability for use at a new channel.  It also will cover practical solutions for temporary transmission facilities and some of the logistics required for antenna and transmitter replacement.

About the presenter:

Daniel S. Fallon  has been with Dielectric for six years as a Senior RF Engineer.  Prior to that he was with the Passive Power Products division of Electronics Research Inc. for nine years.  Earlier in his career, he gained experience in radar systems and satellite hardware.  Daniel holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a BSEE from Clarkson University.

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