RCA at Dayton Hamvention a Big Success!
RCA had a booth at the Annual Dayton Hamvention, the largest convention event for the amateur radio community in the U.S. The event was held on 19-21 May, and featured over 500 indoor exhibits and over 2,500 outdoor exhibits. Each year thousands of licensed radio amateurs attend this event.
RCA had a booth at the event to stimulate interest in RCA among the amateur radio community. While RCA is NOT an amateur radio organization, many of its members got their first taste of wireless via the hobby of amateur radio.
Each year at Dayton Hamvention, RCA Director Carole Perry hosts a “Youth Forum” for students and youth who are interested in amateur radio. This year was Carole’s 30th Youth Forum, and she was surprised to receive from RCA Director Charles Kirmuss a replica of the CW Morse code practice oscillator that she used in the 1980s with her early youth programs.
There was standing room only at her 400 seat Youth Forum, which lasted beyond the allotted 3 hours, and was housed in one of the two largest rooms at the event. Of special interest was a video that Carole produced “Where are They Now?” which featured six youth from past Dayton Youth Forums and where their careers led to.
Each year Carole picks one youth presented from Dayton to be showcased at RCA’s annual Technical Symposium in November. The quality of the presentations by these students is amazing, and her and RCA’s hope is that many of them are encouraged to pursue careers in wireless. Director Carole Perry continues to pursue one of RCA’s core objectives, which is to further the art and science of wireless, and promote interest in science and engineering among our youth.