The Technical Symposium and Annual Awards Banquet held on Friday November 18th was a huge success by all accounts.

At the Technical Symposium we had the largest attendance ever:  over 70 people registered for the event, and at various times when we counted there were 65 or more persons in the room.  The speakers and panels were extremely interesting and well-received by the audience.  The presentation slides are posted under the Technical Symposium tab on this website.  Those who attended the event and needed continuing education units (CEUs) for their professional engineering licenses are able to do so at a nominal fee.

As in 2015, the Symposium was videoed thanks to the efforts of Ray Novak and the generosity of ICOM.  RCA members unable to attend the event in New York City were able to view the presentations live, thanks to ICOM’s live streaming the event. 276 people viewed the streaming video (a new record!), including an amateur radio club in Florida.   The videos will be placed in the RCA channel of Youtube in sometime in early January for the continued education of the wireless community.

The Technical Symposium audience voted for the best presenters based on a number of criteria.  This year’s winners were, for First Place the panel on 5G composed of Andy Seybold and Prof. Ted Rappaport Ph.D; and for Second Place Prof. Mischa Schwartz, Ph. D. who presented on Major Armstrong.

The Annual Awards Banquet was similarly well attended with 225 people.  Professor Joe Taylor, Ph.D., K1JT, of Princeton University, was the keynote speaker.  Dr. Taylor explained how amateur radio led him into a lifetime of science, and how his work with Russell Hulse led to the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1993 for their discovery of the first binary pulsar system. Their discovery confirmed Albert Einstein’s theories about the existence of gravitational waves 100 years after they were first published.

Learn more about Dr. Taylor and the work that earned him the Nobel Prize.

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 (audio engineer), Walter Cronkite (broadcaster), Marty Cooper (inventor of the cell phone), Dr. Ted Rappaport (professor and author of many radio wireless textbooks), David Sumner (president of the American Radio Relay League), and network with industry pioneers like Andy Seybold (wireless pundit), and Ray Trott P.E. (CEO of communications engineering firm)
  • 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.)

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 Armstrong (inventor of FM and the superhetrodyne receiver), Beverage (antennas), Link (land mobile radio), 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!

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Annual Banquet

The Annual Technical Symposium and Banquet is our opportunity to catch up on the latest wireless innovations, network with the movers and shakers in our industry, and honor our industry’s finest contributors. It is held every year on the weekend before Thanksgiving, at alternating locations across the U.S. to ensure that all members get a chance to attend.  In 2017m we will be meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.  Included in the event will be a tour of the first radio broadcast station in the nation, KDKA, for RCA members who attend.  Stay tuned for more details.

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RCA Archives

Maintaining the history and the development of wireless communications.

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RCA History

The history of our Club is one with which every member should be familiar.

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