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Daytona IEEE Section
On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 the Daytona IEEE Section will hold their monthly Technical/Dinner meeting. The meeting will be held at the Halifax River Yatch Club, 331 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach, Florida. Greetings and Cocktails will be held at 5:30 Pm, the dinner will be served at 6:00 PM and the technical presentation will be held at 7:00 PM.
The Old Professor is back again this year for our March Meeting with another "Night of Potpourri with the Old Professor". Al Helfrick has not divulged exactly what the subjects will be, but promises it will be about technology, engineering, a bit of history, national, international and local. In other words, potpourri and, of course, presented with The Old Professor's usual whimsy. If it is like last year it promises to be a good night.
Our Speaker: Dr. Al Helfrick is Professor Emeritus of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He started his career in radiation hardening of military systems, then after a military stint (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), continued in the fields of cable television, test and measurements, avionics and finally as an independent consultant. Dr. Helfrick joined ERAU in 1991 and retired in 2015 after serving as both a professor and department chair. He is still ative in academia, continues to publish and present papers at conference, and occasionally regales audiences with reminiscences from his career.
A more detailed description of the technical topic, a more in depth look at the speakers background, directions to the meeting venue and the menu for the dinner can be found on the Calander of Events page on this website.
Daytona IEEE Section
Special Engineer's Week
On Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 the Daytona IEEE Section held their Annual Engineer's Week Technical Dinner meeting at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Lehman Bldg. Atrium, 1st Floor, 600 N. Clyde Morris Blvd, Daytona Beach, Florida. The meeting was preceded by an optional Italian Buffet.
The presentation of the evening was NEXTGEN: Inventing the Next Generation Airspace, and the presenter was Kirsten Kasper, Project Manager, Florida NextGen Test Bed (FTB).
The global aviation community is involved in a monumental effort to incorporate new technologies into air traffic control. The development of a ubiquitous networking, global positioning systems, air traffic growth, and the introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles requires that new policies and systems be developed to handle these new features efficiently and safely. This talk will present how the FAA and global partners are modernizing our airspace and will provide examples of specific activities taking place at ERAU and the ERAU - managed Florida Test Bed.
A more detailed description of the technical topic, and the speakers background can be found on the Recent Event page on this website.
Computer Society Chapter of the IEEE Daytona Section
For information on the Computer Society Chapter of the IEEE Daytona Section, contact Dr. Keith Garfield at
Newsletter Available on Line
On this website the current copy of the "Sparks" newsletter will be provided by clicking on Sparks Newsletter at the top of this page. Copies of the newsletter for the past several years are available by clicking on the Newsletter Archives at the top of this page, and then selecting the appropriate newsletter from the archives by date.
Internet Address Shortcut
At the suggestion of several members of the Section the web master requested an alias web site address from IEEE Headquarters. For people with short memories we can now be reached on our old web address http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r3/daytona or our new alias address: http://www.ieee.org/go/daytona IEEE-USA .
Webmaster Charles Husbands
Updated 13 March 2017
Welcome to the Daytona Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
On 2 April 2016 a Life
Members Meeting was held at two venues
at the Deland Airfield, Deland,
Florida. The first visit was to
Skydive Deland. The Life Members
group met at their facility where an
overview of the sport of skydiving was
discussed. Skydive Deland has been in
business for 32 years and is now one
of the largest companies in the world
in this field. The discussion was led
by Pine Piennar the director of sales
and and service. As the group
discussed parachute design and safety,
skydivers were descending and landing
just outside the window of the
The group then had
lunch at the Skydrive Deland's
restaurant on the
airstrip. After a nice
social dinner we drove about a
half a mile to the Deland Naval Air
In 1942 Deland airport
became "The Deland Naval Air Station",
a training center for navy pilots,
flying carrier based WWII fighters and
bombers. Our host at the Naval
Museum was Harold Bradeen. In
the main museum building he explained
the purpose of the museum, and showed
us some of the equipment and uniforms
used by naval pilots during their
training. We went to the museum's
hanger where they are in the process
of restoring a PBY, a torpedo bomber
aircraft. This aircraft caught fire,
and crash landed during take-off from
a carrier, during training in the
Great Lakes. It was recovered
from the lake bottom after 50 years
and is being restored. In
addition to the restoration project on
the PBY, the hanger also housed a
Sikorsky EVAC helicopter of Korean and
Vietnam war vintage. Another major
item at the museum was a Patrol
Torpedo boat (PTF-3) commissioned in
1962 and later stationed in DaNang,
Vietnam. This craft is
currently undergoing a total
retrofit. A more complete story, with
pictures, can be found on the Life Members
Page on this website.
IEEE Section Polo Shirts
and Coffee Mugs
We are pleased to offer Daytona Section polo shirts and coffee mugs for our Section members. Shirt's are embroidered with the IEEE logo and Daytona Section on the left and your name and grade, if desired, on the right. For additional size, contact and pricing information please see the article in the latest version of the Sparks Newsletter. Specifications and prices for the Coffee Mugs are also available in the same publication.
The objective of the Small Radio Telescope Program was to acquire and operate a small radio telescope in support of a comprehensive educational and research program. This program was directed at increasing the understanding of science and electrical engineering in the local schools and universities of the greater Daytona Area.
In early 2007 a grant application was submitted by the Daytona IEEE Section to the IEEE Life Member Committee (LMC) to provide funding for a Small Radio Telescope (SRT) Program.
The SRT Program was designed to acquire, assemble and calibrate a small radio telescope to be used for teaching radio astronomy, electronics, communications, antenna theory, and data processing. The device is to be used to support the teaching of these technologies at the University Level, High School and Middle School Level, and provide workshops to home schooled students.
In February of 2008 the Small Radio Telescope (SRT) Program, funded by the IEEE Life Member Committee, placed the initial purchase orders necessary to obtain a commercial small radio telescope instrument.
In late 2008 and early 2009 the SRT was assembled in the High Bay Laboratory and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. During this period initial tracking and calibration testing was performed.
In late February 2009 the completed SRT system was delivered to the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS). On 21 February 2009 the system was demonstrated to the Life Members Committee (LMC) who had funded the program.
In early April 2009 the antenna system was mounted on a 20 foot mast at the Museum of Arts and Sciences and integrated into the planetarium's control console position. With the antenna installed in the museum's planetarium a series of detailed tests were run prior to integrating it into the planetarium program.
During November 2009 a small team of engineers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University examined the existing SRT software interfaces and modified them to make it more user friendly and more meaningful to potential users.
In early 2010 hardware and software were installed to permit the SRT to be remotely operated to extend its application for research and educational purposes. This modification allowed the SRT is available to researchers and educators, from any location, in the world, that has internet access.
A prototype website with the URL
http://www.daytonaSRT.org was developed to permit a gateway to the SRT to allow operation of the small radio telescope for research and educational purposes.
Photos and a detailed description of the development and testing phase of the small radio telescope installation can be found on the SRT Program section of this website
On March 19, 2011 a conference paper "Development of a Small Radio Telescope for Engineering Education" was presented at SoutheastCon2011. The paper was authored by Charles Husbands, Dr. William Barott, and Jeanette Barott. Copies of this paper are available through the IEEE Xplorer Network or can be obtained, for personal use, by contacting the authors. The authors all appear on the Section Officers Page of this website.
The SRT is current out of service as the antenna structure had be relocated due to construction at the museum. We are examining new sites for the antenna system and hope to have it up and operational for educational purposes in the near future.