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AOC 2021, the Association of Old Crow’s International Symposium & Convention, is less than five weeks away. There is still time to get registered for the much-anticipated return to an in-person event taking place at the D.C. Convention Center from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.

Hot off the presses! Check out the AOC 2021 convention preview.

Latest Agenda
The agenda is coming together nicely! View the latest schedule.

Register before the price increases
If you have not registered, take advantage of a lower rate before Nov. 5.

Hotel Information
Be sure to book your room at this year's host hotel, the newly renovated, upscale Courtyard/Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown/Convention Center!


Only a few days remain to vote for the AOC Board of Directors elections! Be sure to exercise your right as a member of this organization to decide on our future by voting!

You should have received an email with an username and password from our independent election service - Elections On-Line. This password is secure and unique to you. If you didn't see the email from Elections On-Line try checking your spam folder. If you have not received it please contact Glorianne O'Neilin.

All AOC members will be able to vote for President-Elect and two At-Large Directors. Members in the Central Region, Mid-Atlantic Region and Mountain West Region will be able to vote for their respective Regional Directors (only members of a region can vote for their director.)

Learn more about the candidates. You can read their platforms and watch some of their videos!

Voting ends Oct. 31, so don't delay! Vote now or get your login info.

STEM Competition Now Open!

The AOC STEM Program invites students in grades 9-12 to submit a one- to five-minute video for the chance to win $2,000 for their group and gain access to member benefits to enhance their future career goals. AOC recognizes the importance of educating and guiding the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians using an interdisciplinary and applied approach. 

Competition Opens: Oct. 1.
Competition Closes: Nov. 30.

This contest aims to encourage and support student STEM groups to consider the electromagnetic spectrum in their studies. The competition is a chance for your school or STEM team to work on a fun project with an AOC Mentor, learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and how it applies to everyday life and a future career. In addition, this competition is an opportunity to win a significant financial award for your school/group and a chance to be informative, inventive, artistic, scientific, technical and creative in a short video.

Learn more.

High-Performance Gen 3 RFSoC Solutions
The Model 6003 is an 8-Channel A/D & D/A Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Gen 3 Processor that’s immediately available as a QuartzXM module, SFF Rugged Enclosure, SOSA aligned 3U VPX, 3U VPX and PCIe board.
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Dr. John O’Hara lived a VERY full life, taking advantage of every moment to make the world a better place for his family and his country. He was affectionately known as “Dad,” “Grandpa,” “Uncle Buddy,” “Dr. John” or “Mr. Buc” by those who loved him. He passed away on Monday, Oct. 11 from prostate cancer.

Cognitive EW Systems: Addressing Mode-Agile Threat Emitters
Nov. 4 | 2-3 p.m. EST
In this webinar we will review the challenges that mode-agile or WArtime Reserve Modes (WARM) RADAR and EW threat emitters pose to traditional static threat library implementations in RADAR and EW systems. We will outline and assess the architectures of cognitive Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems that can be used to deliver effective RF countermeasures. We will discuss how technics that can be used to train AI/ML engines and evaluate the responses and effectiveness of those countermeasures on representative RF hardware.

Register now.

Elma Electronic Inc.
Mercury Systems

Introduction to Satellite Communications (Satcom)
Dec. 6-10 | Monday, Wednesday & Friday | 1-5 p.m. EST

Whether at home making an overseas call, receiving the latest digital weather report on your personal boat or aircraft, tracking a FedEx package delivery time, watching a live sports broadcast from across the globe, or in enemy territory receiving tactical EW data in support of a mission, Satcom plays a critical role in the daily events of our lives. This course will cover the core material required for participants to understand and discuss basic Satcom theory and operations. Specifically:

  • Historical Perspectives/Background
  • Satellite Types and Configurations
  • Orbits and Associated Communications Impacts
  • Launch Vehicles
  • Space, Ground, and User Segments
  • Satellite Links/Link Equation
  • Frequencies and Propagation Impacts
  • Survey of Recent Satcom Launches

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AOC continues to connect Electromagnetic Warfare practitioners, industry partners, policymakers and procurement decision-makers.

The year 2020 was a massive interruption to life and business, changing how we work, how we connect and forced us into a new way of doing things. We have created new ways to connect and share with our members through these changing times. We have taken events to a virtual space and created new and exciting opportunities for our members to continue looking to AOC as industry leaders.

Now more than ever it's important to keep in touch and AOC sponsorships are a great way to be part of what's happening right now in the electromagnetic spectrum operations (EMSO) industry.

Partner with AOC to increase your reach!
By partnering with AOC, Industry Partners have a variety of ways to connect with members throughout the year. Stay relevant to your customer base, participate in high-level discussions and, most importantly, nurture relationships with key contacts.

Learn more.

The Optimal Coaxial Feeder Cable-Connector Combination
The Times family of TCOM® cables are the most versatile line of low loss coaxial cables on the market. They exhibit all of the qualities of our popular LMR® cable family such as low loss, flexibility and ease of termination and then take it up a couple of notches. TCOM® is extremely rugged and is often the first choice for field deployable applications in both the military and commercial markets.
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The Association of Old Crows is pleased to provide its online Career Center – the premier resource to connect career opportunities with highly qualified EW, EMSO, CEMA, SIGINT, ELINT & IO talent. You can access the AOC Career Center at

Featured Jobs:

EW/RF Systems Engineer – Arcata Associates – Point Mugu, California, United States
• RF Engineer – Integration Innovation, Inc. (i3) –  Huntsville, Alabama, United States

SpectraScopeRT Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer Software
SpectraScopeRT - Windows based spectrum analyzer application requiring no programming and allows for integrated operational control of both the downconverter receiver and the digitizer for signal capture, analysis, recordings. Analysis displays include IQ Time Domain, Frequency Domain, I Spectrum, IQ Power Spectrum, Constellation Plot, Spectrogram Plot, Persistence Plot, and Histogram Plot. Multiple windows can be shown simultaneously with auto tile and cascade options or manually sized and placed as desired.
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Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
Industry News

On Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, executives and employees from the nation’s two biggest defense primes gathered in boardrooms and sprawling production facilities to watch a Pentagon press conference. At stake: the Joint Strike Fighter competition, which would decide who would dominate the next 40 years of the defense aerospace industry — and rake in hundreds of billions in profits. (Breaking Defense)


Marines aboard the USS New Orleans have launched a portable, electronic-warfare system on drones for the first time at sea, according to the Marine Corps. A backpackable electronic attack module, or BEAM, uses its technology to detect the radio frequency of a specific threat, a hostile drone, for example, locate it and take it out, according to the Marine officer in charge of the 10 Marines and sailors taking part. (Stars and Stripes)


EW avionics experts at the Boeing Co. will produce EW avionics for the U.S. Air Force F-15 jet fighter fleet that will help protect the combat aircraft from radar-guided missiles. Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, announced a $55.4 million order in late September to Boeing Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis for the F-15's Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) low rate initial production. (Military & Aerospace Electronics)

IMS 2021
Acromag, Inc.