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Consultants In Private Practice Serving The Public.

A joint Affinity Group of the Chicago and Rock River Valley IEEE Sections.

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NEXT REGULAR MEETING: 22 May 2017 6:45 pm through 8:15 pm Link to meeting location map.

PRESENTATION: "A Case Study on WiFi Range Improvement--from Antennas to EMC to Embedded Software" by Pete Kindinger.

The client wants to improve the range of his WiFi product. So he hires a consultant to improve the Antenna. But what else affects the range and performance of WiFi? Can a better antenna actually make the range worse? This study walks through the basics of WiFi systems, WiFi modules and antennas, EMC, PCB layout, and even Embedded Software. And in addition to the technology involved, this study reviews some of the interactions and conflicts between the client and the multiple technical advisors hired to design the product and improve the range. In the end, does the Client get what he really wants?

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Pete Kindinger is a Founder and Principal at MSRK Design, LLC, a consulting group that specializes in wireless communications, embedded software, and electronic product design. He has developed electronic products for over 30 years, including a career at Motorola where he developed RF transmitters and receivers, embedded software, and solved numerous EMC and production problems. In 2009 he founded MSRK Design with two partners who also worked at Motorola, and now he consults in EMC, Antenna design, and Project Management. Pete has been a member of IEEE since college, and is a member of the EMC Society. He may be contacted at, or at (847)-275-8535.


Please meet us for an optional dinner before the meeting: 5:30 pm at Bakers Square on Northwest Highway, 2 blocks south of the library.

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Future regular scheduled meeting: TBD


The board would like your input and suggestions for meeting discussion topics for our 2017 and 2018 meetings. We credit presenters on the WEB.


Information on past meetings. (Contact the presenter if you would like more information or an unlisted copy of the presentation.)

On 27 March. Rob Klein. presented "FPGA Development: A High Level Overview"

Bob Klein


On 23 Jan. 2017 Dr. Donald S. Zinger P.E. presented "Electromechanical Systems to Control Essential Tremor"

Donald Zinger


On 28 November 2016, Dr. Dan Sebald P.E presented "Automatic Brain Spike Sorting For Realtime Applications".

Dan Sebald


On 03 Oct. May 2016, Kevin Kloker presented Anatomy of an (Antique) Microprocessor.

Kevin Kloker


On 23 May 2016, Jerry Meyerhoff presented: The Magic of EMC Consulting.

Jerry Meyerhoff


On March 28, 2016. Gary Kaatz presented: A Brief History of Cellular. Through his gracious consideration you can download a copy of the presentation by clicking here.

Gary Kaatz

On January 25, 2016, Bakul Banerjee, PhD presented: An Overview of the New IEEE Software Quality Assurance Standard.

Bakul Banerjee

For information on 2015 presentations click here.
For information on 2014 presentations click here.
For information on past presentations click here.


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The Directors at their 2015 board meeting.

left to right: Robert Abrant, Roy Leventhal, Benjamin Miller, Michael Sullivan and Paul Johnson. photo by Joseph Auer


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Joseph Auer, Vice-Chair
Mke Sullivan, Secretary
Robert Abrant P.E., Director-at-Large
Donald Zinger, Treasurer
Paul Johnson P.E., Program Committee Chair and Membership Committee Chair
Ben Miller P.E., Director-at-Large
Wesley Martin P.E., Venue Committee Chair
Richard F. Gillette P.E., Director Emeritus and Web Committee Chair
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