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EMC – Man-Made Noise and the Impact to Radio Communications

April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Man-Made Noise and the Impact to Radio Communications – The Changing Environment

Special Guest Speakers:

  • Ed Hare (W1RFI) IEEE Vice-President of Standards and American Radio Relay League Laboratory Manager.
  • Greg Lapin (N9GL) – Co-chair of the Spectrum and Receiver Performance Working Group of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Technological Advisory Council.

The meeting includes a buffet of pizza, pop and snacks.

Meeting is free of charge, and is open to all interested parties, and not just IEEE members. 



  • Society Announcements 6:30-6:45pm
  • Presentations: 6:45- 9:00pm

Phone: (630) 277-1699 the evening of the meeting
Cost: FREE
Registration: Contact Kermit Carlson, W9XA, at 630-840-2252 or email Kermit@fnal.gov

Two distinguished experts in the field of Electro Magnetic Compatibility will examine the rapidly changing environment of man-made noise and the impact to radio communications. Ed Hare and Greg Lapin are active radio amateurs and members of the American Radio Relay League. They will present ongoing work to characterize the modern environment of man-made radio noise; describe the impact to radio communications; and explain the ongoing work with regulatory agencies to prevent harmful interference to licensed users of the radio frequency spectrum.

Location: FERMILAB – Building #327  (Important Directions & Instructions Below)
Talk-in: Directions available through the WB9IKJ/R
Fermilab ARC Repeater on 444.225 MHz (pl 114.8 +5.0 MHz offset)
Special Guest Speaker: Ed Hare, W1RFI, is employed by ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio. After an industry career in product testing, he came to work at ARRL HQ in 1986. He started as ARRL’s “Product Review” test engineer, moved on to becoming ARRL’s “RFI guru” (notice his call!) and he now holds the position of Laboratory Manager. Over the years he has written quite a number of RFI articles, ranging from articles for QST and the “ARRL Handbook” to articles about the practical aspects of RFI that have appeared in professional trade journals. He is also one of the authors of the ARRL “RFI Book” and the author of the ARRL’s book on RF exposure, “RF Exposure and You.” He is very active holding a seat for Amateur Radio on various industry committees, serving as a voting membership on the IEEE EMC Society Standards Development and Education Committee, the ANSI accredited C63® EMC Committee as Chair of Subcommittee 5 on Immunity, and is the IEEE EMC Society Vice President of Standards, representing ARRL and the interests of Amateur Radio as industry standards are developed. He is a member of the IEEE Standards Association, the IEEE EMC Society and the Power Engineering Society. His personal operating interest is QRP CW, where Ed’s motto is, “Five Watts is a Lot of Power!” He is presently doing work on HF using 10 milliwatts, reporting 30 states worked, all in the ARRL CW Sweepstakes.

EMC and the ARRL: On behalf of Amateur Radio and the radiocommunications discipline, ARRL is involved with significant work with industry to help prevent EMC problems before they begin. This includes participation in various IEEE and ANSI-accredited committees on EMC, with seats at these important tables in leadership positions. Ed is giving us a presentation describing the work of the ARRL Lab, with a strong emphasis on its national and international EMC industry work. Ed is a lively presenter, full of information and wit and he says that even late at night, no one will fall asleep at his presentation. He does promise to tell us a few things about ARRL and the Lab that we won’t read about in the pages of QST!
Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Lapin, N9GL, is the Co-chair of the Spectrum and Receiver Performance Working Group of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Technological Advisory Council. He is a member of ); IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (IEEE-EMC); the American Radio Relay League (ARRL),Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS); Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE, Senior Member); IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE-EMBS); IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (IEEE-APS; Member, IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR); Chairman, EM Effects Theme. Dr. Lapin is the Chairman, American Radio Relay League RF Safety Committee. He is Registered Professional Engineer, State of Illinois and he holds the Amateur Radio License, N9GL, Extra Class. Northwestern University, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering), M.S. (Electrical Engineering), and Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering).
EMC and the FCC Technical Advisory Committee: Dr. Lapin will detail the work of the FCC TAC which is examining the radio noise environment and the impact to radio communications. The FCC’s Technological Advisory Council (TAC) provides technical advice to the FCC. The TAC is organized under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The current TAC, which is the FCC’s 5th Technological Advisory Council, was formed on October 21, 2010. The TAC is comprised of a diverse array of leading experts that helps the FCC identify important areas of innovation and develop informed technology policies supporting America’s competitiveness and job creation in the global economy.


The IEEE-EMC Meeting will be held on the Fermilab Campus at Building #327 in the “BIG ROOM”. Building #327 is located on Road-D which connects Pine Street from the West and Batavia Road from the East. Please note that the meeting location Building #327 is located about 1/2 Mile East of the Fermilab Wilson Hall High-rise.

Entrance to Fermilab can be through either the Pine Street (West) entrance off of Kirk Road and Building #327 is located about mile East from Kirk Road on Pine Street/Road-D. Entry from the East, take Route 59 to Batavia Road turn West. The Fermilab East Entrance is about 1/2 mile West of Rout 59. Building #327 is 1.7 miles WEST of the entrance to the laboratory.

Drivers will need to present a government identification to the guard in order to gain entry, an Illinois Driver’s license is suitable

Map of Fermi Lab



April 19
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Pine Street & Kirk Road
Batavia, IL 60510 United States
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