Those that attended the events in Pittsburgh were treated to a really great Technical Symposium, followed by the Annual Awards Banquet.

The next day (Saturday), those that wanted then took a bus tour of the KDKA radio studios and transmitter building.

Some of the photos from the KDKA tour are seen below.

  • HV rectifier stacks




will speak on

“Public Safety and Emergency Disaster Communications”


Pittsburgh PA, November 17th

Director Glenn Cannon is a Pittsburgh native who has spent his entire career in emergency communications, emergency management, and public safety services, at the city, county, state, and federal levels.  While at FEMA in a very senior position, he reorganized communications resources based on the lessons learned at Hurricane Katrina.   While Director of Pennsylvania’s office of Emergency Management (PEMA) he had responsibility for the state’s communications and emergency response assets.  While working for a manufacturer, he led the program that installed a new IP-based 800 MHz communications system for the State of Florida.   Director Cannon also helped organize the city of Pittsburgh’s first paramedic program back in 1975.  Director Cannon has lectured at FEMA’s National Emergency Management Institute Leadership Program.

Director Cannon will describe to RCA attendees a chronology of emergency disaster communications, starting with his early days in Pittsburgh when the city only had two radio channels (one for police, the other for fire), through the trauma of 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina, to the present day when 4G and 5G networks are evolving to carry high speed data information on cellular style networks.  His perspective will be as a user and planner of communications systems, and his talk will be peppered with real life experiences in his nearly 50 year career.  Don’t miss this talk!

Glenn Cannon Resume


RCA’s 2018 Technical Symposium and Annual Banquet,

New York City Area, Friday November 16th

Start planning now to attend our 2018 Technical Symposium and Annual Awards Banquet in the New York City Area!

We have already started planning for this meeting, which may include some new events!  Stay tuned!

 Introducing Radio Club of America

Founded in 1909, the Radio Club of America is the oldest, most prestigious group of wireless communications professionals in the world, with members across the globe. Its members are dedicated to the wireless art and science for the betterment of society. The Radio Club of America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all contributions made to RCA are tax exempt.

Creating the Future

The future of wireless belongs to our youth, many of whom are unaware of the importance of the wireless industry, or of the wonderful career opportunities it presents. We have two major programs:

  • Youth Activities, focused on middle and high school students
    • Annually, one or two of the best of our youth present at our Annual Technical Symposium. We have had presentations from our youth on fractal antennas, pole climbing robots, high altitude ballooning, and other innovations
  • Scholarship program, focused on college/university students. We support approximately a dozen universities whose students are studying engineering, broadcast, communications, and similar majors

We believe that our focus on youth ensures the future of the wireless industry, and sets the Radio Club of America apart from most of the other professional wireless organizations. Join with us in creating the future!

Ensuring the Present

The Radio Club of America is also focused on helping wireless professionals of all ages to advance their careers. We accomplish this in several ways:

  • Our Annual Technical Symposium features some of the best minds in wireless, presenting innovative and unique solutions in wireless. Where else will you find the likes of Professor Frank Drake of SETI fame, or such “Wireless Wow” presentations on ‘Invisibility Cloaks,’ spectrum arbitrage, virtual sensors, using RF to disable IEDs, or 3D printed antennas?
  • At our Annual Meeting you will get a chance to meet keynote speakers like Bob Heil (chief engineer for Heil Sound and in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Walter Cronkite (anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years), Marty Cooper (inventor of the handheld cell phone), Dr. Ted Rappaport (NYU university Professor and wireless professional who has published many textbooks on wireless), David Sumner (past CEO of the American Radio Relay League), and network with industry pioneers like Andy Seybold (well known and published wireless pundit), and Ray Trott P.E. (founder of Trott Communications Group and member of the Wireless Hall of Fame)
  • At our breakfasts at industry trade shows, and other events, you will get a chance to hear from industry notables such as Dave Weisz (Motorola) and Brian Fontes (CEO of National Emergency Number Assoc.)
  • We are planning a new series of RCA educational programs that will provide opportunities for wireless training.  STAY TUNED! 
  • Our partner organization the ETA has numerous additional opportunities for wireless training

Included among our many members are those working in the various segments of the wireless industry, including: Antennas, Broadband, Broadcast, Cellular, Ham Radio, Infrastructure, Manufacturers, Military Communications, Parts Vendors, Public Safety / Land Mobile Radio, and Satellite.

Honoring the Past

The over 100-year history of the Radio Club is the history of wireless communication. The Club keeps alive the memory and lessons of past inventors and innovators, honoring those that contributed so much to the advancement of the wireless art. Included among our previous members were such notables as Major Howard Armstrong (inventor of FM and the superhetrodyne receiver), Dr. Harold Beverage (IRE Medal of Honor Winner, co-inventor of the wave [Beverage] antenna, and VP of Research at RCA), Fred Link (land mobile radio pioneer, founder of Link Radio Corporation, member Wireless Hall of Fame), Jack Poppele (founder of Television Broadcasters Assoc., started the WOR NY radio station, director for Voice of America), and dozens of others. Share the legacy that they left us, and help create new legacies for the future!

Thank you to our 2017 Banquet Sponsors:

Blue Wing Communication & Control, Inc. Mission Critical Communications AGL Media Group Fractal Black & Veatch Rohn Products Telewave


We are adding a new feature to the RCA Website:  a short feature on a current member, what they are doing, and what their wireless interests are.  The member that is featured will be changed regularly.  

If you are interested in being spotlighted, please send a brief summary of your wireless interests, a brief bio, your contact information, and a picture to info@radioclubofamerica.org.  We cannot guarantee that every member will be spotlighted, but we will attempt to spotlight as many as we can.

Introducing RCA Member Virginia Smith

Virginia Smith graduated the University of Southern
Mississippi in 1994 with a degree in Radio, TV, and
Film. Although film was her emphasis (and she did work in
L.A. briefly in the animation industry), she has always
been a lover of good radio, from broadcast FM to
shortwave. Later when Virginia was in graduate school
for mass communication at USM she discovered amateur
radio and emphasized in international broadcast systems,
going so far as to do an internship with Radio Prague
English Service in the fall of 1998. She was far more
excited, however, about earning her ham radio license
than she was of graduating with her masters – both in
August of 1998.

Virginia has always been an artist and writer and found
these interests very helpful in her work at USM School
of Polymer Science as a designer of educational
websites. Since 2006 she has been a music teacher and
has continued to be active in her local ham radio club
in Arlington, Texas,where she serves as vice
president/program director. Her love of radio and
teaching have recently inspired her to teach ham radio
license classes. She has also begun to pursue a career
in fine art and illustration where she has plans to do a
series of radio themed pieces.

website: www.pipertoo.com/art
email: nv5f@arrl.net

1. How long have you been in the wireless industry?
I began my real “career” in wireless as a graduate
student in 1997 where a professor gave me a real
understanding of shortwave broadcasting and listening as
well as fostering my pursuit of ham radio.

2. What are your specific interests or wireless areas of
I love amateur radio in all its forms and am interested
in continuing to learn and improve especially in working
with Morse code and classic gear. I have recently become
more interested in teaching about radio and
communication history.

3. When and why did you join RCA?
I joined RCA at Dayton Hamvention in May 2017 in order
to further associate with wireless professionals,
especially educators such as Gordon West and Carole
Perry. They, among others, have inspired and helped me a
great deal thus far.

4. Where do you live and work?
I work at home in Fort Worth, Texas teaching bagpipe
lessons and creating paintings and illustrations.

5.  Is there a specific benefit from the RCA Member
Spotlight that you are hoping for?
I would love to connect and communicate with other
members who share my interest in an interdisciplinary
approach to amateur radio and radio education, where
science is not the only focus, but where people,
relationships, and communication are as much the object
as math, science, and engineering.  I’ve always loved
the warm feelings summoned by the phrase “The Radio

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