Radio Club of America Announces 2016 Award Recipients and Fellows

Shining a spotlight on outstanding achievements in the field of wireless communications, The Radio Club of America (RCA) announces its 2016 award recipients and Fellows. Winners will be celebrated at RCA’s 107th Banquet & Awards Presentation on Friday, November 18, 2016 in New York City.

Armstrong Medal: Morgan E. O’Brien for outstanding achievements and lasting contributions to the radio arts and sciences and wireless communications.

Sarnoff Citation: William T. Murphy, W0RSJ, for exceptional contributions of a technical or non-technical nature to the advancement of electronic communications.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Joseph H. Taylor, K1JT, recognizing his significant achievements and a major body of work accomplished over a lifetime that has advanced the art and science of radio and wireless technology.

Henri Busignies Memorial Award: Mischa Schwartz for achievements in the field of communications equipment and contributions to the advancement of electronics for the benefit of humanity.

Fred M. Link Award: Dan Clark, W9VV, for notable achievements in land mobile radio communications.

Barry Goldwater Amateur Radio Award: Stanley Reubenstein, WA6RNU, for unique contributions to the field of amateur radio.

Edgar F. Johnson Pioneer Award: John S. Oblak, in recognition of noteworthy contributions to the success of RCA or to the radio industry.

Ralph Batcher Memorial Award: Marc F. Ellis, N9EWJ, for significant work in preserving the history of radio and electronic communications.

Frank A. Gunther Award: Robert A. Rude, K0RAR, for his dedication to the field of military communications.

Vivian A. Carr Award: Mercy S. Contreras, recognizing outstanding achievements by a woman in the wireless industry.

President’s Award: John E. Dettra, Jr., WB4NBF, for unselfish dedication to the work of the Radio Club of America.

Special Recognition Award: Robert B. Famiglio, K3RF, in recognition of dedicated service to the Radio Club of America.

RCA Young Achiever Award: Divyam Mishra, KD0OOE, for demonstrated excellence and creativity in wireless communications by a student of high school age or younger.

National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) Richard DeMello Award: Paul Patrick, for achievement at the highest level of personal professional conduct and performance in the local, state and national public safety communications arenas.

Full listing of RCA Awards and previous recipients

 2016 RCA Fellows
Elevation to Fellow is made by nomination only to members in good standing for at least the previous five years and whose contributions to the art and science of radio communications, broadcast or the Radio Club of America are deemed outstanding.

Robert J. Hobday, N2EVG
James H. Kreuzer, N2GHD
Robert E. LaRose, W6ACU
W. Brent Lee
Andrew C. Maxymillian
Stephanie McCall
Thomas L. Morrow
Edward F. O’Connor
Walton L. Stinson, W0CP
Sandra J. Wendelken

RCA Lauches YouTube Channel

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The brand new RCA YouTube channel features the following videos and more. Check it out today!

  • Interview: Carole Perry on RCA youth outreach efforts and breaking into amateur radio as a woman
  • Dayton Hamvention Youth Forum
  • Dayton Hamvention Instructors’ Forum
  • 2015 RCA Technical Symposium presentations

We will continue to add content to the channel – save it to your favorites and check back often.

Radio Club of America and ETA International Sign Partnership Agreement

RCA and the Electronic Technicians Association International (ETA) jointly announce that the two organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding of partnership to provide improved benefits to their members. Members of ETA will be able to join RCA at a reduced rate, and vice-versa. Each organization will list the other’s meetings and events on their respective websites.

ETA provides industry-recognized certifications for its members with career training from approved providers. RCA members who join ETA will be able to avail themselves of those services.  RCA has a presence at many wireless industry events, and ETA members who join RCA will be able to participate in those events, including the all-day Technical Symposium at RCA’s annual meeting in November.

“The Radio Club of America has embarked on an initiative to partner with a number of critical and prestigious organizations in the wireless industry, thanks to the efforts of Director John Facella.   Our first partnership is with ETA International, which is well known in our industry for providing vital training and credentialing to technical personnel who keep wireless working.  This partnership is very much in synchrony with RCA’s other education efforts:  getting youth interested in wireless through amateur radio, our college scholarship program, and the professional engineering continuing education training provided at our Technical Symposium,” said Tim Duffy, 2016 RCA President.

“ETA is pleased to partner with the Radio Club of America” said Teresa Maher, ETA President.   “Both of our organizations are committed to the education of our members to ensure that they have the up-to date skills and certifications vitally needed in the constantly evolving wireless industry.”

About ETA
Since 1978, ETA has delivered over 200,000 professional certifications. ETA certifications are widely recognized and frequently used in worker job selection, hiring processes, pay increases, advancements, and often required as companies bid on contracts. ETA’s certifications are personal and travel with the individual, regardless of employment or status change and measure competencies of persons, not products or vendors. All ETA certifications are accredited through the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC) and align with the ISO-17024 standard. For more information, visit

Radio Club of America Debuts Updated Website

RCA announces that its website has been revamped to provide more value to members and the wireless community at large. The updated site includes resources unique to RCA and its rich history, while maintaining focus on items of current use as well as the future of the industry:

  • Archive of Technical Symposium slides and videos of the 2015 presentations provides leading edge technical education available 24 x 7
  • Updated publications archive provides instant access to RCA’s technical journal, The Proceedings, and quarterly newsletter, The Aerogram (login required), available 24 x7
  • Expanded calendar collects the must-attend industry events in one place
  • Updated membership list helps members connect (login required, available to members)
  • Simplified awards directory highlights RCA’s award offerings and honorees
  • Articles about RCA’s youth outreach focus, who will be the next innovators to watch
  • A collection of  letters from college students who have been recipients of RCA’s scholarship awards illustrates the long range value of this initiative
  • Historical archive provides a glimpse of the birth of wireless through RCA’s eyes
  • Online membership application and renewals makes joining and membership maintenance seamless

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the oldest, most prestigious group of wireless communications professionals in the world, and I am committed to helping RCA evolve to remain relevant for generations to come. One of my goals is to increase member engagement and value. We are working to find new, fresh ways to help members connect with each other and the larger wireless community, and the website is just one piece of the solution that we just unveiled,” said Tim Duffy, K3LR, 2016 RCA President.

2015 Technical Symposium Videos Available for All Presentations

For the first time in history, thanks to the efforts of ICOM of America and RCA Executive Vice President Tim Duffy, we were able to live stream the entire Tech Symposium presentations to those members and other interested parties not able to attend the event in Cupertino, California. We had at least 200 people who watched the live streaming. We intend to continue to live stream the Technical Symposium in future years.

Now, in another first thanks to ICOM, you can view any or all of the 2015 Technical Symposium video presentations by clicking this link.

2015 Tech Symposium to be Live Streamed

NEW!  RCA’s 2015 Tech Symposium will be Live Streamed on Saturday, November 21

For the first time ever, RCA is going to live stream a video feed from its annual Technical Symposium.  Thanks to Icom America, who are providing the staff and equipment, RCA will be able to allow members and other interested parties to view the Tech Symposium live from the comfort of their home computers.

The event starts at 8:00 AM PST (11:00 AM EST) on Saturday, November 21, 2015, and it will last until approximately 4:45 PM PST (7:45 PM EST).

CLICK HERE to view the Agenda.

While there is nothing like being at the event to meet the speakers and other attendees, and see the exhibits, RCA wants all its members, even those who cannot travel, to benefit from the leading edge wireless technical content in the Tech Symposium.  Don’t miss Professor Frank Drake talking about the latest in his long search for extra-terrestrials using radio telescopes, and many other “Wireless Wow” speakers.

Viewers are urged to go to the following link: or to click the button below to be brought to the live streaming website.

Live Stream

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Icom America

Fall 2015 Proceedings Magazine Now Online

The Fall 2015 Proceedings Magazine has been posted online, in our Members Only section.

Inside you will find…

  • RCA’s Updated Website Has Arrived
  • RCA Upgrades Electronic Services For Members
  • RCA’s 2015 Technical Symposium
  • Optimizing Simulcast Networks
  • On the History of Wireless
  • Texting Without Bars
  • The Real Origins of SiliconValley’s Technology Culture
  • The Wireless Age: Electronics Entrepreneurs Before Silicon Valley (1900–1960)
  • NASA Moves Forward with New Vacuum Channel Transistor Technology
  • Proceedings Article Sought to Evaluate Vacuum Channel Transistor Technology
  • IEEE Honors NYU Researchers for Breakthrough Paper
  • An Introduction to the California Historical Radio Society
  • Youth Activities Update
  • RCA Announces 106th Banquet & Awards Ceremony Keynote Speaker
  • 2015 Radio Club of America Awards Recipients
  • RCA Proudly Announces the Fellows Class of 2015
  • IEEE 5G Summit Is at Google Near the RCA Banquet
  • New Historian at AT&T Archives and History Center
  • Three Books on Samuel Insull

Updated Technical Symposium Agenda, Abstracts, Bios

RCA’s 2015 Technical Symposium in Cupertino, California

November 21, 2015

This year we have another very interesting Technical Symposium, with some “Wireless Wows,” found only with RCA!  Please see below for the full details, including Agenda, Abstracts and Bios, or you may download the PDF file here.

To Register for the 2015 Technical Symposium and/or Awards Banquet, and to get more information on the event (location, hotels, costs, etc.) see this page.

The 2015 Technical Symposium will be streamed live from Cupertino, CA on Saturday, November 21, 2015, starting at 8am PST. Click Here for details.

Live Streaming provided by Icom America.

Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors:

2015 Technical Symposium Agenda, Abstracts and Bios

(Updated 10/28/15)



You may also download the PDF file here.