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Daytona IEEE Section
April 2017

Technical/Dinner Meeting

On Thursday, April 27th, 2017 the Daytona IEEE  Section will hold their monthly Technical/Dinner meeting. The meeting will be held at the Halifax River Yacht 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.

Traditionally the program for our April Meeting is set aside to support  Student Presentations. At this meeting we also honor the Junior and Senior Class winners, selected by the Daytona Section, from the Tomoka Science and Engineering Fair held in January.

This year we will have two technical presentation from a diverse team of students from the Electrical, Computer, Software and Systems Engineering departments at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. One team will report on "Augmented Reality HUD for Aircraft Visual Tracking". The second team will report on "EcoCar Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).  

A more detailed description of the technical topics of the student presentations,  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
March 2017

Technical/Dinner Meeting

On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 the Daytona IEEE  Section held their monthly Technical/Dinner meeting. The meeting was held at the Halifax River Yacht Club.

The Old Professor was back again this year for our March Meeting with another "Night of Potpourri with the Old Professor".  Al Helfrick plowed through a variety of technical subjects. He covered technology, engineering, a bit of history, national, international and local.  In other words, potpourri and, of course, presented with it with The Old Professor's usual whimsy.

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, 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 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (386) 226-7081.  You can also reach him by email 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 or our new alias address: IEEE-USA .

Webmaster Charles Husbands
Updated 18 April 2017

Welcome to the Daytona Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Daytona IEEE Section
Life Members Affinity Group
Technical Tour
  May 3rd 2017

On May 3rd, 2017 a Life Members Meeting will be held at the New Smyrna Water Reclamation Facility, conference room at 3119 State Road 44 (behind WalMart).

The New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission has offered to provide us with an overview of their electrical facilities.  They are one of 34 public power communities in Florida. The Utilities Commission electric system has 115 kV interconnections with Florida Power and Light and Duke Energy.  The Utilities commission owns and maintains approximately 231 miles of overhead and 33 miles of underground electrical circuits. The electric system is monitored 24 hours a day by System Operations employees from the Electric Operations Center located on SR44.

Please RSVP to Ron Gedney, Life Member Committee Chair at (386.478.1204) if you plan to attend the meeting, or need additional directions to the meeting venue.

Daytona IEEE Section
Life Members Affinity Group
Technical Tour
  April 2016

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 facility.

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 Museum. 

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.

Small Radio Telescope Project

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 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.