DIRECTOR GLENN CANNON
KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT RCA’s ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
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!
SAVE THE DATE:
RCA’s 2017 Technical Symposium and Annual Banquet, Pittsburgh PA, November 17th
Start planning now to attend our 2017 Technical Symposium and Annual Awards Banquet in Pittsburgh! Both will take place on Friday November 17, 2017.
We have a number of exciting speakers already lined up for the Technical Symposium on topics such as: “Datacasting for Public Safety”, “Engineering Challenges of the KDKA Radio Tower”, “The New ATSC 3.0 TV Standard”, and others!
The William Penn Hotel where we will be meeting was the site of a Christmas Day broadcast in 1922, and this photo showing the studio set-up is displayed in the hotel’s lobby:
Unique for this event, we are planning an extensive tour of radio station KDKA, the first commercial radio station in the U.S.! The tour will commence on Saturday November 18th.
About Radio Station KDKA:
KDKA is a clear channel Class A station operating at 1020 kHz on the AM radio dial. It is a CBS affiliate with a news and talk format. The transmitter operates at 50,000 watts, and at night can be heard over much of the eastern U.S. and into Canada, and during the day in the adjacent states and the province of Ontario. The station also operates a TV station and an FM radio station (93.7 MHz))
KDKA has been called ‘the nation’s first broadcast radio station’ as a result of its broadcast of the presidential election results on November 2, 1920, in the Harding-Cox election (at the time it used the special amateur call sign of 8ZZ).
An extremely thorough historical analysis of KDKA, including some of the disputes about ‘who was first’, can be found in the Wikepedia article at: KDKA Wikipedia article
To understand what receiving KDKA meant to some people, we have an article that appeared in the New York World-Telegram Newspaper (now defunct) from May of 1958. It was the first in a series of articles by writer John Ferris on the early days of broadcast radio.
BOOK NOW FOR THE 2017 RCA ANNUAL BANQUET & TECHNICAL SYMPOSIUM
A room block is reserved at the Omni William Penn Hotel with a special RCA rate of $149/night.
To book your room:
- Online: Go to https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/pittsburgh-william-penn/meetings/radio-club-of-america
- Via Phone: Call 1-800-843-6664 and mention the Radio Club of America 2017 room block
The RCA rate will be available until 5:00 pm Eastern on Monday, October 23, 2017 or until the block is sold out.
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!
RCA Sponsors at APCO 2017
Photos from APCO 2017
NEW!! MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot guarantee that every member will be spotlighted, but we will attempt to spotlight as many as we can.
Introducing RCA Member Andy Maxymillian
Mr. Maxymillian is currently a Principal, and part owner, of Blue Wing Services, which provides engineering and project management radio communications consulting to public safety, as well as business and industrial clients, for over 20 years.
Mr. Maxymillian’s experience includes nearly 30 years in the radio communications industry, beginning with a stint in the USAF, and then with E.F. Johnson to direct the engineering, installation and acceptance of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s statewide trunked radio system. He then spent three years as a program director for M/A-COM, where he managed the installation, optimization, training and maintenance of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public Safety Wireless Digital Communications Network. He has written numerous articles for trade publications, including one that presents and discusses the viability and timeline of voice over LTE networks.
Mr. Maxymillian currently serves on the NPSTC committees for Spectrum Management and Broadband. He also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Radio Resources’ Mission Critical Communications, and IWCE’s Attendee Advisory Committee. He is a member of APCO, the Radio Club of America (elected as a Fellow in 2016), and the Project Management Institute (PMI).
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