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 all contributions made to RCA are tax exempt.

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

RCA will return to Pittsburgh on Friday, November 20, 2020 to help celebrate KDKA’s 100th anniversary

KDKA will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first commercial broadcast in the U.S.  On Nov. 2, 1920 KDKA broadcast the presidential election results of the Harding-Cox election , making them the first commercial broadcast station.

Another tour of the KDKA facilities, which was so successful in 2017, is being planned, as well as several other historic activities.   RCA is working in conjunction with a number of other organizations to make this a “don’t miss” event.   Pittsburgh hotels and restaurants are less expensive than NYC, so this is another reason to plan now to attend our Technical Symposium and Banquet on Friday November 20th.  The KDKA special events are planned to be on Saturday November 21st.

In the meantime, you may be interested in several historical links about KDKA:

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


RCA’s 2019 Annual Awards Banquet Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker on Saturday November 23rd was John Miller, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counterterrorism.  Commissioner Miller has also held positions as FBI Assistant Director of Public Affairs, as an ABC News reporter, and a as a senior news correspondent for CBS News.   He has been on CBS This Morning and 60 Minutes, and is often remembered as the ABC reporter who interviewed Osama bin Laden in 1998.

A live stream of the Keynote can be found at HERE (then click on Videos to start with the latest ones from 2019).

More information can be on our keynote speaker can be found HERE.


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RCA’s 2019 Awards Banquet and Technical Symposium 

New!  This year for those unable to physically attend the Banquet, we live streamed the Keynote Speaker and new group of Fellows and some of the Awards.  Go to the RCA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/RadioClubOfAmerica/).

For details on RCA’s 2019 Fellows click HERE.

2019 Technical Symposium:  Attendees said this was the best Tech Symposium ever!  We had presentations on hot topics including Massive MIMO, Network Virtualization, and Connected Vehicles.   We saw a series of interesting presentations on space including the Explorer I story from Dr. Henry Richter who oversaw it all; the Apollo 11 TV broadcast from the moon; AMSAT’s cubesat; and the current state of space from a young Ph.D. candidate.   Click HERE for the details.

Thanks to our 2019 Technical Symposium and Banquet sponsors!

RCA Networking Event at APCO 2019

The RCA Networking event at APCO 2019 at the LUNA DEL SEA, was a great success!  We had over 60 members attend!

Thanks to our APCO Networking Sponsors:

RCA at the Dayton Hamvention

RCA was at the Dayton Hamvention (May 17-19), and Director Carole Perry held her 32nd annual Youth Form.


  • RCA Director Carole Perry at Dayton Youth Forum

See a complete video of the event (2.5 hours) by clicking HERE.


ARRL, AMSAT, Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club, DX Engineering, Heil Sound, ICOM, JVCKenwood, Kirmussaudio, L’Ause Creuse Amateur Radio Club, MFJ, Portage County Amateur Radio Service, QCWA, Radio Amateur Call Sign Historian, and RCA.



Congratulations to RCA’s New Officers and Directors for 2019-2020


Click here for the press release


We are adding a new feature to the RCA Website:  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 send a brief summary of your wireless interests, a brief bio, your contact information, and a picture to info@radioclubofamerica.org.  We cannot guarantee that every member will be spotlighted, but we will attempt to spotlight as many as we can.

Introducing RCA Member

Gary David Gray

Gary David Gray, P.E., C.Eng.

Gary Gray has been involved in public safety communications since 1969.  He has been involved in numerous projects in Orange County CA, As a Telecommunications Engineering Manager, as a Project Manager, and as a consultant working for various companies.  He has been involved in projects working with the sheriff’s department, fire department, EMS agencies, the schools, frequency coordination, and feasibility studies.  Gary is a past president of APCO (1988-1989), is a life member of RCA, and a member of many other organizations including IEEE, NSPE, ARRL, QCWA, and many others.  He is an amateur Extra Class operator (W6DOE).  His education includes an Associates degree, a B.S.Eng. (Electrical) “Cum Laude” and M.S.E.E., both from California State University in Long Beach.  He is a registered professional engineer in California and a Chartered Engineer (England), and was previously a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia.

 Email:  grayg1@sbcglobal.net

  1. How long have you been in the wireless industry?

Professionally-since 1969/Amateur Radio Operator-since 1963

  1. What are your specific interests or wireless areas of expertise?

Public Safety Communications and Frequency Coordination

  1. How many years have you been an RCA member?

I joined in 1971, became a Life Member in 1974, and a Fellow in 1977. 

  1. What caused you to join RCA?

Respect for its Membership, specifically for Fred M. Link

  1. Where do you live and work?

Orange County, California-Retired from Orange County Sheriff/Communications

  1. Is there a specific benefit from the RCA “Member Spotlight” that you are hoping for? (e.g. ‘to meet other members with an interest in X’, or ‘to meet other members in my area’, etc.) Sharing and giving back for the many years of learning and enjoyment received/PE/IEEE & NSPE Life Members/APCO International President 1988-1989


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