Radio Club of America Awards

The Radio Club of America has a proud heritage, starting in 1935, of recognizing excellence in the wireless arts in all of its forms. Please click on the award name below for a description of the award and especially note the history and achievements of those we commemorate with awards named in their honor.

Every year, the wireless community is solicited for their contributions.  If you have a candidate, please fill out the Awards Nomination Form to nominate a candidate. After review for eligibility by the Awards Committee, all potential honorees are sent to the Board of Directors for further review and a final vote. Nominations for this year’s awards will be taken until July 15.  Awardees are notified in advance and honored at the Radio Club Banquet in November. If you have questions, please contact the Awards Committee Chair, Elaine Walsh by email or Colleen Ayers, RCA Executive Secretary, by email.

Given to RCA Members Given to the General Public
The President’s Award
Established 1974
The Armstrong Medal
Established 1935
The Special Services Award
Established 1975
The Sarnoff Citation
Established 1973
The Edgar F. Johnson Pioneer Citation
Established 1975
The Allen B. DuMont Citation
Established 1979
The Ralph Batcher Memorial Award
Established 1976
The Henri Busignies Memorial Award
Established 1981
The RCA Centenarian Award
Established 1989
The Lee de Forest Award
Established 1983
The Special Recognition Award
Established 2000
The Fred M. Link Award
Established 1986
The Jack Poppele Award
Established 1989
The Barry Goldwater Amateur Radio Award
Established 1994
The Alfred H. Grebe Award
Established 1994
The Frank A. Gunther Award
Established 1996
The Jerry B. Minter Award
Established 1996
NPSTC’s Richard DeMello Award
Established 2006
The RCA Young Achiever Award
Established 2011
Vivian A. Carr Award
Established 2014
Lifetime Achievement Award
Established 2015

USN Capt. George P. McGinnis Memorial Award

Established 2016

Upcoming Events
7:30 am 2017 RCA Technical Symposium @ Omni William Penn Hotel
2017 RCA Technical Symposium @ Omni William Penn Hotel
Nov 17 @ 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
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5:30 pm 2017 RCA Awards Banquet @ Duquesne Club
2017 RCA Awards Banquet @ Duquesne Club
Nov 17 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
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9:00 am KDKA Tour
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
RCA is 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 at 9:00 AM and end at 1:00 PM. Everyone attending[...]