AFCCE News & Events
Sep 19

September Luncheon

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Meeting Topic:
Web-Based Engineering Tools

What web-based services do you offer your clients?  AFCCE members Mark Colombo ( and Mike Rhodes ( will discuss some of the enhanced query and analysis features on websites they maintain, enabling client-side functionality with more detail than web-based tools.  Utilizing official FCC database sources, these services are made available at no cost to their users.  Mark and Mike will discuss some of the motivating factors and implementation challenges they experienced along the way.  They will also discuss how offering such services can have the potential of leading to new business opportunities as well as improvements in time management, each having a positive effect on profitability.

Presentation slides from the meeting can be downloaded here:
September 2014 Luncheon Presentation –

About the presenters:

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 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2013.  He has been running the website since 2008 and has been interested in TV engineering long before that.

Michael D. Rhodes, P.E., has been with Cavell Mertz & Associates for the past 16 years as a Senior Engineer working on detailed radio and television allocation, coverage, and interference analysis.  He has been involved in automation system upgrades, transmitter and antenna system specification, design, installation and repair.  He is a member of the team that maintains CMA’s popular website.  In addition to broadcasting, other projects have included microwave system design and monitoring, satellite radio interference prediction, and serving as a subject matter expert to the federal Intelligence Community.
Prior to joining Cavell Mertz, Mike spent four years with Moffet, Larson and Johnson, Inc. (MLJ) where his work included the rebuilding of the KDKA(AM) and WINS(AM) antenna systems as well as the 18 month design and build-out of the first GSM cellular system in Houston, TX.   Mike began his consulting career as a staff engineer with Jules Cohen & Associates, in Washington, DC.

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

Luncheon meetings are open to AFCCE members and their guests.
The cost of the luncheon $45.00 per person or $55.00 for reservations not received prior to the deadline.

Please RSVP to John Reiser or online by 5 pm Friday, Sept. 19th
by phone at (703)780-4824, email [email protected] or
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All reservations requests and online payments will be confirmed by an email message or phone call.

Meeting Location
Holiday Inn at Key Bridge
1900 North Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA  22209
If you are driving, the Holiday Inn provides free parking.
The Holiday Inn is two blocks north of the Rosslyn Metro Station – Orange or Blue line.  Exit the station through the “back door” (up the stairs) and turn right onto North Fort Myer Drive.
Map & Directions

Luncheon Menu
Caesar Salad
Rolls and Butter
Breast of Chicken w/ Champagne Sauce
Rice Pilaf
New York-style cheesecake
Coffee or tea

If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please indicate in the reservation request online or via email.