Introducing the 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  contributions made to RCA may be tax exempt.

Learn more about RCA’s three exciting major initiatives:  Creating the Future, Ensuring the Present, Honoring the Past

Nominations Now Accepted for 2021 Awards and Fellows

All nominations are due by May 15, 2021.

Please download the Awards Nomination Form or Fellows Nomination Form to submit the completed nomination.

Additional information for Awards nominations can be found on our Awards page.

Criteria for Fellows is available on our Member Types page.

RCA’s Officer Margaret Lyons Featured in Springer Nature


RCA’s Newest Board Members

                         Carl Mathis  

        Don Root    

                          Jane Winter


The Radio Club of America (RCA) announces its newly elected board members and officers who will serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2021.

The new directors are Dr. James Breakall, WA3FET, Charles B. Kirmuss, W0CKB, Carl J. Mathis, Donald E. Root, Jr., K6CDO, Dr. Julio Urbina, KB3PZH, Bill Waugamann, WA3OJG, and Jane Winter.  The new Vice President will be David Bart, KB9YPD, Chester “Barney” School, Jr, K3LA, will be Vice President/Counsel, Ronald J. “Ron” Jakubowski, K2RJ will be Treasurer and Margaret J. Lyons, P.E. will be Secretary.  

Read our full Press Release HERE.

The Radio Club of America’s 2020 Technical Symposium and 111th Awards Banquet was a Huge Success!

RCA’s first ever virtual Virtual Technical Symposium and Awards Program held on Saturday November 21, 2020 was a great success!   Over 100 persons attended both events.  For those that missed the events, they are now posted on our YouTube channel. You can view the Technical Symposium Playlist, and the Awards Program. The Technical Symposium  program and slide decks are also available for you.

The Awards Program, hosted by President Emeritus Tim Duffy, showcased awards honorees and the 2020 Fellows

Thanks to all who attended, and thank you to the RCA members and staff for their time and talent putting together these events!


Celebrate 100 Years of Broadcast in the U.S.

The History:

The first commercial broadcast in the U.S. took place on Nov. 2, 1920.  Pittsburgh radio station KDKA broadcast the presidential election results of the Harding-Cox election , making this the first commercial broadcast.

Historical links about KDKA:

Radio.com site commemorating KDKA’s 100th with interesting links to KDKA history & interviews

The Conversation article about how KDKA changed election politics

 Article on KDKA History “It Started Hear”

 Wikipedia article on KDKA

Interesting videos on KDKA history

3 minute YouTube clip on KDKA history

Detailed excerpt from a broadcasting book, plus bios on key KDKA persons

Audio clip on the Harding-Cox broadcast on Nov. 2, 1920

A short early history of wireless including KDKA

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November’s Keynote Speaker will be

Dr. Marty Cooper, inventor of the cell phone!

NEW!  RCA QSO Party for all Radio Amateurs

Sat & Sun May 8/9 2021

Check out the event for more information

NEW!  RCA’s Contest for all Radio Amateurs (and SWLs) to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Transatlantic Test   Background and contest rules

Now Accepting Abstracts for Presentations for the 2021 Technical Symposium

Learn More HERE

NEW!  A Chat with RCA’s New President John Facella

In this short 16 minute video learn what is new and exciting about RCA, what John’s vision for RCA is, and a little bit about why he joined RCA

NEW!  RCA Interview Series with Wireless Industry Notables

On even months on the second Tuesday at 9 PM ET/EDT RCA President Emeritus Tim Duffy will interview a notable person from the wireless industry.  These events are open to the general public; you don’t have to be an RCA member to watch, but you must pre-register. 

Our next interview:  Tuesday April 13, 2021, 9 PM ET

Ken Claerbout will be the subject of the April Interview Series. Ken holds an engineering degree and a Master’s in Telecommunications, is the Acting Chief of the Broadcast Technologies Division for Global Media (USAGM). Learn more about Ken by registering for the interview, facilitated by RCA President Emeritus Tim Duffy.

We also thank our moderators for these events:  Scott Jones and Barney Scholl

Did you miss our prior Interviews?     Margaret Lyons, P.E., P.M.P of Jacobs Engineering, Jim Graci of Radio Station KDKA in honor of the 100th Anniversary of U.S. Broadcasting,  Eng. Angel Vazquez of the Arecibo Radio Observatory, or Dr. Ted Rappaport of NYU all available for viewing on our YouTube channel.

NEW!  RCA Members Networking Event

Taking place every other month, beginning in November, on the second Tuesday at 9 PM ET/EDT RCA President Emeritus Tim Duffy will conduct a virtual networking event for RCA members.  With the pandemic making it harder for our members to network, RCA is going to provide this venue for members to get together virtually from the convenience of their home or office! 

If you are an RCA member, you must pre-register:  login to the Members Only section (top middle tab on this Website) and then click on “Round Table Member” button on the left side bottom.  If you don’t have a login please contact Amy,) If you are not a member, now is a great time to join, and get in on this great networking opportunity!

Our next RCA Networking Event:  Tuesday March 9th, 2021, 9 PM ET

Congratulations to our 2020 Fellows and Awards Recipients!



The Member Spotlight is a short feature on a current member, what they are doing, and what their wireless interests are.  The member that is featured will be changed regularly.  

If you are interested in being spotlighted, please contact amy@radioclubofamerica.org for the form and additional information.

Introducing RCA Member

Jeff Hugabonne

How long have you been in the wireless industry? Nearly 30 years. I started as an on-air radio personality.

What are your specific interests or wireless areas of expertise? My core expertise is with high power RF and Broadcast Engineering, mission critical and disaster response emergency communications, with interested that extend across the E-Mag spectrum, EMP and HEMP protection, antennas, RF propagation & radio history.

How long have you been an RCA member? I am a new member

What caused you to join? A friend shared a link of the KDKA anniversary show, which I thought was excellent. I think it is important to support RCA, it’s overall mission & preservation of wireless history.

Where do you live and work? I work for CACI International in Arlington; telework from my home office in Simsbury, CT

Are there areas of RCA that you would be interested in learning about? Is there a specific demographic in the wireless industry that you hope to network with? My current career is with critical infrastructure, post (black sky) event resiliency and continuity; emergency message dissemination to the public, but I look forward to presentations, technical symposiums as well as meeting and learning from member across the industries and the fraternity on all aspects of wireless.


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