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The IEEE Central Texas Consultants Network is an affinity group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) Region 5 Central Texas Section.


The Consultants Network promotes the development of members' careers through professional and social networking, including publicizing members' skills and sharing potential professional opportunities, and supports the IEEE Central Texas Section.

Meetings - General Information

The Consultants Network meets monthly. Except when meeting jointly with other groups, the Consultants Network meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings usually begin with informal networking from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. by experts in technology, marketing, sales, advertising, financial or legal needs of small businesses and special needs of consultants.

IEEE Central Texas Consultant's Network and Life Member Affinity Group Joint Meeting, Tuesday, Apr 20th.

Note: This month's meeting will be on Zoom.

Please go to the Reservations links below to register and receive email instructions for these meetings.
If this is the first time you use Zoom, please connect a few minutes early in case you are prompted to download and install an extension for your browser.

Webinar for Consultants:

What Do The Best Consultants Do To Get Clients? (IEEE-USA Free Livestream Webinar)

Consulting is a relationship business built on trust. Consultants build trust by focusing on displaying credibility and providing value to clients even before they become a client. But how does a consultant connect with a potential client? How does a consultant display credibility and build trust leading to a potential client wanting the consultant's help?

This session provides an overview of five organic steps aimed at helping consultants and contractors get clients. Walk away not only with an overview of the steps but ideas to help you with lead generation and on-going client nurturing.

Members with specific questions they'd like to have addressed may contact Laura at

Software Defined Radio (SDR) for Amateur Radio (HAM) Communication




Amateur Radio or “HAM” transceivers have typically been large rectangular boxes with a myriad switches, knobs and meters.  With the advent of digital signal processing and other technology available today, the functions of yesteryear’s Ham radios can be handled digitally including the display and controls.  Software Defined Radios eliminate the bulk and weight of traditional transceivers.  Some SDR’s are connected to the internet and perform the receive function available to all including those without a license due to the “receive only” functionality.  Some SDR transceivers are also available over the internet and allow the licensed operator to remotely control the functions of the radio from anywhere they have an internet connection. This presentation describes the concept of the Software Defined Radio and the application in HAM radio. He will show what they look like in comparison to traditional equipment and will demonstrate the functions of both a receiver as well as a transceiver.  There is even a phone app that acts as an SDR for licensed users!


Phil Bautista, Bull Creek Data, Senior ITSM Consultant


Speaker's Bio:

Phil Bautista   is a Senior IEEE Member whose Superpower is leading teams of people with disparate backgrounds to accomplish common goals.  He likens it to making “Stone Soup” where you have none of the ingredients but organize often antithetic resources to align and achieve desired outcomes. While he has been an individual contributor building hardware to interface flight controls for the Apache helicopter to multi-ship simulators, written code for a bi-directional interface between the F-16 triaxial data bus to a PC, some of his most gratifying work has been leading teams to bring ideas to life such as the world’s first microprocessor controlled SCUBA diving computer. His work with NASA has provided the opportunity to learn how to pilot the Space Shuttle, develop applications that manage exemptions to work during missions, and even solve complex issues without the ability to touch a keyboard.


Date & Time:

Tuesday, Apr 20 2021, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Zoom Meeting




Please register here to receive information to the Zoom meeting.

For more information:

Presentation slides
Presentation video

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If you are interested in professional career development and cross-training in varied technical fields, please consider joining the Central Texas Consultants Network. And bring a colleague!

Presentation materials, if available, may be obtained after the meeting through the Past Meetings page.

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