Join us for the 2016 RCA Awards Banquet!

Friday, November 18, 2016

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Please register by Friday, November 4

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We are excited to announce our return to the New York Athletic Club for this year’s Banquet and Technical Symposium! Spend Friday learning and celebrating with RCA, and stay for the weekend to enjoy all that New York City has to offer. We look forward to seeing you there! Please click here to view the preliminary list of topics and speakers.

Featuring Banquet Keynote Speaker Dr. Joe Taylor, K1JT

Dr. Taylor will share stories from his path to earning the Nobel Prize and his lifelong love of amateur radio.

Dr. Taylor, a Princeton University Professor, is a lifetime amateur radio operator. He and Russell Hulse received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1993 for their discovery in 1975 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.

At the Banquet we will also celebrate the 2016 RCA award recipients and Fellows, shining a spotlight on outstanding achievements in the field of wireless communications.

Dress is black tie optional. Men can choose to wear a tuxedo or a dark suit and women wear either formal floor length or cocktail dresses.

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870 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
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The Wellington Hotel
871 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

JW Marriott Essex House
160 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019

Hilton Garden Inn Central Park South
237 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
811 7th Ave 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

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 2016 this event will be held in New York City on Friday, November 18. Details on venue and agenda will be provided later in the year.

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