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AMTA Newsletter
September 2015

The 37th Annual AMTA Symposium and Conference

It's not too late to register for this year's AMTA Symposium, to be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Long Beach, California the week of October 11 - 16.  There are still a few rooms available at the conference hotel. If you are unable to reserve a room for your preferred dates, please contact Mary Ellen at mevegter@threedimensions.com, or call +1-562-972-0225. 

AMTA 2015 Host's Report

We are only weeks away from the 37th Annual AMTA Meeting and Symposium, and are busily putting the final touches on what promises to be a great event. Rooms at the conference venue hotel are quickly filling up, so if you have not made your reservations yet, please do so as soon as possible while rooms are still available. The Hyatt Regency Long Beach has a premium location right on the Long Beach downtown waterfront, with spectacular ocean views and within walking distance to numerous restaurants and local attractions.

The AMTA 2015 Mobile App

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President's Report

Greetings! I trust our AMTA community is enjoying an exciting and fruitful year. As you will find in perusing our board member reports, AMTA continues to thrive as we march toward our signature event, the AMTA Annual Meeting and Symposium. Our numbers are strong, with a current membership of 488 representing 23 countries. This includes the addition of 35 first time memberships since the beginning of the calendar year! Looking toward our 37th Annual Symposium we anticipate reaching a new record based on projected registrations. These numbers are a sign of a healthy and growing organization that is meeting the needs of its members.

Vice President's Report

At last year’s conference, we introduce the concept of AMTA nodes. A node is a local AMTA chapter intended to provide a means within a small regional area to meet and share information. The nodes are operating with the AMTA organization and receive seed money and support. To date, we have a total of 3 nodes: The Rocky Mountain Node in Boulder, CO; The Gateway Node in St. Louis, MO; and our latest addition being in Italy. If you are interested in forming a node, or would like more information regarding existing nodes, please contact the AMTA Vice President.

Meeting Coordinator's Report

Hello Fellow AMTA Members, We are gearing up now for another great AMTA Symposium in beautiful Long Beach, CA, and I look forward to seeing you all there! Time has flown since our last AMTA in Tucson, which offered equally beautiful, but very different surroundings. Instead of bumping into the unfriendly, prickly Cacti, we can expect to be rubbing elbows with the friendly, sun-tanned Californians. Oh, but of course, that’s not why we come to AMTA, is it? No, we all know that’s for the food, err, excuse me, I mean the great Technical Sessions, of course! And we once again have a full slate of those to look forward to, and a great venue to host them in the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

Technical Coordinator's Report

Our AMTA 2015 authors have been quite busy getting their papers written, approved, and submitted for the conference. The technical program this year is shaping up to be another valuable opportunity to learn about advances in measurement techniques as well as relevant research and recent experiences of experts in the industry. A total of 98 papers are scheduled to be presented in 2 Poster Sessions and 14 Oral Presentation Sessions. I look forward to meeting each of you in Long Beach!.

Senior Advisor Report

The IEEE AP-S, AMTA and EurAAP continue their collaboration on a revision to IEEE Standard 149-1979: Standard test Procedures for Antennas. This standard was last revised in 1979 and is considerably out of date. Both compact ranges and near-field ranges were in their infancy when the standard was last revised; the last revision has only a few paragraphs on each of these topics.Hence, the reason for this much needed update. A working group (chaired by Jeff Fordham and co-chaired by Lars Foged) has been established to revise this standard. 

European Liaison Report

Lisbon hosted the 9th edition of the EuCAP (European Conference in Antennas and Propagation) from April 12th to April 17th 2015. In the same way it was done in previous editions, AMTA supported this conference, contributing with sessions, invited speakers, technical tour, scientific AMTA Workshop and a large participation of Antenna Measurement companies in the exhibition. University of Salerno hosted the first workshop of the AMTA Italian node. During one day, the most relevant Italian researchers in Antenna Measurement discussed about the new trends in this area. AMTA Europe 2016 will be hosted in Davos (during EuCAP 10-15 April). Call for papers is now open until mid-October”.

AMTA 2015 Regional Event - Boulder, CO

The AMTA Boulder Node, together with the local IEEE Joint Antennas and Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques Chapter as well as the EMC Chapter, supported a one-day colloquium and exhibition with the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA) in Boulder, Colorado on April 28, 2015. The activity began on Monday afternoon, April 27, with a tour of the antenna measurement, wireless and EMC test facilities at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder. The VIP tour included the extrapolation range, robot range, and one of the reverberation chambers at NIST. The tour attendees appreciated the expert commentary provided by Chris Holloway, Jeff Guerrieri, David Novotny and Mike Francis. This NIST team provided a fascinating look at the impressive R&D underway at their facility. The regional event then kicked off the morning of Tuesday, April 28. Held at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel in Boulder, Colorado, the technical program addressed “Recent Advances in Antenna Measurement Post-Processing.” The program was designed to bring the latest technology related to EMC and antenna measurement techniques to the local community. Experts in industry, academia and government organizations shared practical information on various topics in an extended presentation format.

2015 AMTA Distinguish Achievement Award Recipient
Daniël Janse van Rensburg

The 2015 AMTA Distinguish Achievement Award will be presented to Daniël Janse van Rensburg during the annual symposium for his outstanding and pioneering contributions to the development, practice and commercialization of near-field antenna measurements. Throughout his career, he has exemplified and promoted the goals and objectives of the AMTA.

2015 AMTA Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Paul Kolesnikoff

The 2015 AMTA Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Paul Kolesnikoff  during the annual symposium for his outstanding contributions to AMTA in numerous areas of service.

2016 Board of Director Candidates
During the Annual Business Lunch Meeting On Tuesday, October 13th, AMTA members will once again be able to vote for the coming year's Board of Director members. These volunteers graciously donate their time and efforts to assist with governing and growing the AMTA organization. Each Board of Director member serves for a three year term, with two current members rotating off each year. Here are this year's Board of Director candidates:

Dr. Michael J. Havrilla

Dirk Heberling

Tony Sanchez

Discounted Disneyland® Resort Theme Park Tickets for AMTA Attendees

These special ticket prices are not available once you arrive at the Resort. Our ticket store closes at 9:00 PM PST on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Don't delay! Prices are subject to change without notice. These specially priced tickets are intended only for guests that are participating in this Event. Only the registered attendee is allowed to purchase tickets from this discounted ticket store link and they can purchase up to 6 tickets maximum. We reserve the right to contact the ticket purchaser to request event registration confirmation. If it is discovered that the purchaser of the ticket is not participating or attending this event it will be considered a misuse of this offer and ticket, and the ticket(s) will be blocked and will not be eligible for a refund. In addition these tickets cannot be purchased for the purpose of being resold.   .

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