AFCCE News & Events
Feb 05

February 2020 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, February 21, 2020

Antenna Systems for AM Transmission – Economy, Performance, Efficiency in the Context of the Changing Market

Benjamin F. Dawson, III,  PE Consultant Engineer

While optimizing an AM antenna transmission system for performance is a worthwhile goal, the changing market circumstances require that some AM antenna systems be as economical as possible if the station using the system is to be kept on-air.

Ben Dawson is a senior engineer and former managing partner of Hatfield & Dawson Consulting Engineers, in Seattle, WA.  The firm is well known for its broadcast engineering work, but also performs communications and radio engineering work for industry, government, public safety, and the military.

Dawson was educated at Harvard College, Portland State University and the University of Washington, and is a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer in Washington State and California.  He is a senior member of the IEEE and is a former member of the Administrative Committee of the Broadcast Technology Society of the IEEE.  He is a member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, and of the Society of American Military Engineers.  He has published numerous papers, many on medium wave antenna engineering matters.  He has designed and implemented dozens of new or rebuilt medium wave antennas throughout North America and worldwide, at power levels as high as 2 megawatts, as well as many other broadcasting and communications facilities at frequencies from VLF to microwave.  He was awarded the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Engineering Achievement Award in 2006.

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, February  17, 2020. To RSVP directly to John Reiser by phone at (703) 780-4824, or email [email protected].

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].

Main Course (Select one choice for all attendees in the form below)

  • Zucchini-Provolone Stuffed Baked Chicken
  • Pan-Seared Peppered Salmon
  • Stir-Fry Vegetables

Caesar Salad
Seasonal Vegetables
Pecan Pie