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2017 Technical Symposium Detailed Agenda

The full agenda for our 2017 Technical Symposium is now available.

We have a great lineup of industry experts, including the ‘father of modern radar’ and the ‘father of fractal antenna technology’!

Special for this year, we have 4 presentations about broadcast technology from experts in their fields, in keeping with our Saturday visit to Radio Station KDKA, arguably the first commercial radio station in the U.S.

You can find the agenda, presentation abstracts, and presenters’ bios by clicking here.


Voting for 2018-2019 RCA Officers & Directors Opens October 1st, Closes October 31st

Additional information about the candidates, as well as how to vote (by paper or electronically) will be found under the tab About/Elections, or by clicking here.


Help us choose the future leadership of RCA! Candidates have been selected for 2018/2019 terms.
Bios are included if the candidate submitted one, and they will be found in this section.

You may vote Online or via paper ballot, but only once.

Vote Online: Watch your email for an electronic ballot in October. Instructions and login information will be included in the ballot email. Full biographies and position statements are available here.
Paper Ballots: Paper ballots will not automatically be sent out this year. If you would prefer to vote via paper ballot, please contact the RCA office at or (952) 928-4651 to request one.

Note: The RCA Board has decided that when voting for directors, members must vote for at least 5 candidates. If a member votes for less than 5 directors, their ballot will not be counted. The reason for this is to prevent skewing the elections in favor of a few candidates.


Vice President /Counsel: Chester “Barney” Scholl, Jr.
Secretary: Margaret J. Lyons, PE
Treasurer: Ronald J. Jakubowski

James “Ernie” Blair
Karen J. Clark
Michael J. Clarson
Paul Z. Gilbert
Charles B. Kirmuss
Andrew C. Maxymillian
Ray J. Novak
Carole J. Perry
Elaine D. Walsh
Jane X. Winter

All ballots must be received by Tuesday, October 31.

“Dayton Youth Forum: 3 Decades of Showcasing Young Hams” – CQ Magazine Sept. 2017

See the latest article in CQ Magazine on Director Carole Perry’s work with young amateur radio operators.   RCA continues to promote youthful interest in wireless technologies to ensure our industry has new talent for the future.   Carole has been tireless for three decades in using amateur radio as a vehicle to introduce young students to STEM subjects (science. technology, engineering, and math).

CQ Magazine Sept 2017

Proposed Constitution Change

We need at least 75 RCA members to agree to bring to the entire membership the consideration to vote on a proposed change to the Constitution.  Please consider agreeing for this to be brought up, even if you don’t agree with the proposed change, so that we can hear the voice of the membership.

You can simply email  RCA staff and state if you agree that this should be put to a vote to the members.

You will find more information below on this issue.

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Nominations for Director and Officers Due by 1 September


The Nominations and Elections committee is looking for nominations for candidates for directors, Treasurer, Secretary, and Vice President Counsel for the 2017 Election.

The election will be done electronically this year, with paper ballots to those who request them. Candidates should kindly have their nomination presented by September 1st. A position statement and bio will be solicited from all nominees. This will be due by September 8th and posted on the RCA website.

All members should note that the RCA Board of Directors voted in June to not count ballots that have less than 5 of the 7 votes cast for director. In other words, kindly appreciate that single-vote director ballots, for example, will not be counted in the final tabulation. Please get to know your candidates and help RCA support you!

Please send nominations to Chip Cohen, Chair, at by Friday, September 1st.


RCA 2017 Annual Awards Banquet Keynote Speaker Announced

RCA President Tim Duffy announced that the 2017 Keynote Speaker is Director Glenn Cannon.  Duffy stated: “We are very lucky, and extremely pleased, to have as our 2017 Keynote Speaker Glenn Cannon.  Director Glenn is a native of Pittsburgh, and has spent his entire career in public safety communications and emergency management, at every level of government from city to federal.  He started the paramedic program in Pittsburgh in 1975, and up until recently was the Director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Emergency Management, reporting to the governor.  We look forward to his presentation on November 17th at the Duquesne Club.”

Exhibitor Tables Available at 2017 Technical Symposium

NEW!  For the first time we are making available a limited number of half table spaces at the RCA Technical Symposium.   The Symposium is held during the day from 8 AM to approx. 4:45 PM, and is attended by a large number of RCA members including engineers, technicians, and technical experts in the wireless industry.

Because of space limitations, we will have a few tables which can be shared by vendors for the purposes of showcasing literature, or small products.  Vendors can discuss or demonstrate during the breaks, but there can be no audio or video presentations during the Technical Symposium’s presentations.  Each half table costs $150.

If you are interested, please fill out the form below. Note that if we assign a vendor a half table space, only one representative will be able to staff the table, because of space restrictions.

RCA Technical Symposium Exhibitor Table Registration

  • Price: $150.00
  • Payment

    The price is $150 per half table space. This also allows ONE vendor person to staff the table. Because of space limitations, we cannot provide for additional vendor personnel beyond the one person.
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RCA at APCO 2017 in Denver

RCA will be at APCO – booth#950. 

Please be sure and stop by!

RCA Evening Networking Session at APCO, Sunday August 13th, 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Sign up now for the RCA Networking Session at the 2017 APCO show. It will be held immediately after the first General Session. Registration includes your choice of a beverage as well as a nice selection of hot and cold Hors D’oevres.  The event will be held at the Mineral Hall B-C, on the 3rd level at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th Street.  Cost is $20/per person.

Thanks goes to our sponsors:  AGL Media Group, Anritsu, Black & Veatch, DH Sales Group, Fractal Antennas, ICOM, IWCE/UC, Kirmuss & Associates/iNTELLi, Mission Critical Communications, PMC Associates, Rohn Towers, V-Comm.

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