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Next Meeting: March 25, Switchgear
Thompson Technologies, will be leading our March meeting with a presentation on Switchgear. The meeting is scheduled for March 25, 2008 at El Gallo Mexican Restaurant in South Austin. Our social time begins at 6 PM followed by a short business meeting, dinner, a presentation, and a discussion. Students eat free and accompanying spouses pay member rates. Please email our Secretary, Stan Friend, if you plan to attend. His email is

Holly Power Plant Tour Scheduled for the April Meeting

To attend this follow up plant tour, you must RSVP by April 4, 2008 using the waiver form ( including drivers license number) so that Austin Energy may perform a background check. The completed form must be faxed to 512-972-9534.

This will be one of the few opportunities you will have to walk around a non-operational facility and see what it looks like up close.

Hunt Armistead has been the Holly Plant Engineer for the past 3 1/2 years and worked in Austin Energy's Power Production Engineering Services group for 17 years prior to that.  The presentation will include a quick overview of how a gas fired, steam-turbine generator works, how Holly Plant fit into Austin Energy, a fairly comprehensive walking tour, and an opportunity for questions and answers.

Please bring your hard hat and safety glasses.  Participants must wear closed-toe shoes. Sneakers are fine, but sandals are not allowed.  Participants must wear pants. No skirts or shorts are allowed.  No photos may be taken inside the plant. (Leave cell phones in your vehicle or turn them off before the tour.) Bring your driver’s license or photo ID. You will be asked to identify yourself and sign a tour roster. 

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 6:00 P.M.

For more information see announcement.

Registration, Purchasing, and Payment Information for NEC Update Class, Attendance and Sponsorship at the NEC Code books

Email or telephone the Chapter Secretary, Stan Friend,, 512-834-3079, and let him know what classes you will be attending, what books you will be buying, and how and when you plan to pay it. He will provide you confirmation and, when he receives notification that funds have been received, a receipt for the amount paid. Payment may be made at your convenience using one of the following methods:

  1. Cash: Give cash to Bobby Speer, the Chapter Treasurer, at the January 22 meeting, at the NEC Update Class, or whenever anytime you see him. Do not send cash through the mail.
  2. Check or money order: Make check or money order payable to "IEEE CTS" and give to or mail Bobby Speer, P.O. Box 7459, Austin TX 78713.
  3. Credit Card: Instructions to be provided.

The books are available from Gilbert at the JATC if you would like to pick them up early. If you do, you must pay for them by cash or check when you pick them up; Gilbert cannot process credit cards. Please let Gilbert know if you have ordered the books from Stan so that he does not double order. Directions to the JATC are available on the announcement.

National Electric Code Available for Class Participants

Through the courtesy of the IBEW, we are able to provide a limited number of reduced cost copies of the 2008 National Electric Code (NEC) and the 2008 NEC Handbook to NEC class participants who would like to pre-order them. Prices are as follows:
National Electric Code: soft cover, $60; CD ROM, $85.
National Electric Code Handbook: hard cover $90; CD ROM, $150.
If you are interested in any of these, please send an email to Stan Friend, . Copies will be available at the class with priority given to those who have paid. Payment may be made by check or money order made payable to IEEE Central Texas Section or by cash. Mail to Robert G. (Bobby) Speer at P.O. Box 7459. Austin, Texas 78713.

General Topic Suggestions Welcomed for 2008 Meetings
The Chapter Committee has begun working in programs for 2008. National Electric Code classes are scheduled February. But the rest of the year is still being planned. So if have topics you would like to see presented or would like to lead a meeting yourself to provide your colleagues the latest technology at work in your company, please contact any member of the Chapter Committee. As always you are welcome to attend and present your ideas at the Chapter Committee meetings scheduled the second Tuesday of each month 11:30 AM to 1 PM at TxDot on East Ben White, see map for directions. More information is available on our officers and the Chapter Committee Webpages accessed from the links on the left menu bar.

Our Thanks to Glenn Drayson , for his Presentation on Power Switching Control Methodologies

Many thanks to Glenn Drayson, Manager at Thomson Technology in Langley (Vancouver), British Columbia Canada, for leading our March general meeting of 2008 on Power Switching Control Methodologies.

We appreciate him taking time from his administrative schedules to share his thoughts with us.

Analog Newsletter

The electronic Central Texas Section newsletter, The Analog, provides news of many of the other IEEE activities in the Austin and San Antonio areas. If you are an IEEE Central Texas Section member, your subscription is provided automatically to the email address in your IEEE profile. If you are not a member, you may subscribe following the procedures provided at the Analog Webpage.

Be advised that there is not a lot of traffic on this list intentionally.  The list manager tries to keep it below 3 emails a month - The Analog, the mid-month reminder, and maybe an emergency announcement, but we prefer 2 emails a month.

Updated 2008 April 13 by Catalina Martinez

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