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



Donate to the Tom Sorley Memorial Fund

Tom Sorley was an RCA member, well known in public safety circles, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year.  You can donate to the Tom Sorley Memorial Fund which goes to assist RCA in its many activities in the wireless industry.  The donation form is here.  (Note:  your contribution may be tax deductible because RCA is a 501c3 organization.)



RCA’s 2018 Technical Symposium and Awards Banquet

New York City, Saturday November 17th

It’s time to register and secure your hotel room for our 2018 Technical Symposium and Annual Awards Banquet in New York City!

Visit our 2018 Banquet and Technical Symposium page for every detail!

Westin Hotel Room Reservation


The Awards Banquet’s Keynote Speaker is Dr. Ted Rappaport.  Dr. Rappaport has over 100 U.S. or international patents issued or pending and has authored, co-authored, and co-edited over 200 papers and 20 books in the wireless field, including the classic Wireless Communications: Principles & Practice (translated into seven languages), Principles of Communication Systems Simulation with Wireless Applications, and Smart Antennas for Wireless Communications: IS-95 and Third Generation CDMA Applications.  Dr. Rappaport is the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and is a professor of computer science at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.  He is a pioneer in RF propagation, wireless systems simulation, and 5G networks. His research has influenced international standards bodies for three decades.

Here’s an article from the EDN Network about Dr. Rappaport and his early involvement with amateur radio which led to his life’s passion for wireless.

 We are lining up our presenters for this year’s Technical Symposium, held during the day before the evening Awards Banquet.  We have speakers or panels coming together on 5G, FirstNet, the challenges of data on HF links, and a possible surprise topic or two!


We are excited to announce that the 2018 RCA Technology Symposium and Awards Banquet will be at the Westin New York Times Square.  This beautiful, 4 star property right in the heart of Times Square, is offering RCA a fantastic room rate and beautiful facilities for the Technical Symposium as well as the Banquet.

Westin NY Times Square

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RCA will return to Pittsburgh in 2020 to help celebrate KDKA’s 100th anniversary

KDKA will be celebrating their being the first commercial broadcast station in the U.S.  They broadcast the presidential election results of the Harding-Cox election on Nov. 2, 1920,

Another tour of the KDKA facilities, which was so successful in 2017, is being planned, as well as several other historic activities.   Don’t miss this event!

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


Registration for 2018 Annual Banquet & Tech Symposium

2018 Registration Information Page for Banquet & Tech Symposium

Westin Hotel Room Reservation

2018 Banquet Sponsorship Form

2018 Technical Symposium Sponsorship Form

Denver RCA Meeting Report

Carole Perry, RCA Director and Chair of the Youth Activities Committee while visiting Denver and Boulder area schools and amateur radio clubs, took time out of her busy schedule to join RCA members at the Blue Bonnet for lunch this past week. Carole was excited to see her friends, and presented her report on the Youth Activities happenings and some exciting news from her recent trip to Alabama.  The event was moderated by Charles Kirmuss.

Barney Wooters brought his famous antique RCA light bulb for show & tell.

  • Barney Wooters with the famous RCA light bulb from times past!



APCO 2018 Networking in Las Vegas was a Success!

This was held on the evening of Sunday August 5th.  Thanks to the efforts of Directors Stan Reubenstein, Karen Clark, and others, the event was a success, with 70 attendees, and several new members joined the Club.


Thank you to our APCO 2018 Networking Event Sponsors!

(If you would like to become an RCA sponsor at the APCO 2018 event in Las Vegas, contact us. )








RCA at the Dayton Hamvention Youth Forum

Carole Perry’s annual Youth Forum is one of the most well attended events at the Dayton amateur radio festival.  Carole features a number of school-aged youth who have become interested in STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) through their experiences with amateur radio.  This was the 31st Youth Forum hosted by Carole Perry and RCA!


Letter to President Tim Duffy from Wyatt Law, recipient of the 2018 “Young Ham Lends a Hand” award from RCA and the QCWA

You Tube Video of Thomas N1SPY at Carole Perry’s RCA Youth Forum

Wyatt AI6V Wins RCA and QCWA “Young Ham Lends a Hand” Award for 2018


The pictures below show some of the fun that took place at Dayton and the Youth Forum.

  • Teachers at the Dayton Instructors' Forum also get training from Carole Perry in how to use amateur radio to increase interest in STEM.



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 Richard T. Jones

Richard T. (Tim) Jones

Richard T. Jones is the CEO of the Great American Enterprise Inc.   Operating companies are Metropolitan Communications and MPW Paging.  Tim is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of Southern Technical Institute. Tim holds a General Class Amateur Radio License K4MSP, a First Class Radio Telephone License, and a Low Voltage Contractors License from the State of Georgia.  Tim was appointed a authorized Motorola Service Station in 1973. Tim and his employees serve two-way customers through out the central West Georgia area.   MPW Paging is a wide area Private Carrier Paging company serving North Georgia and East Alabama.  MPW Paging is a member of Southern Net and AAPC.


Tim has served as Chairman of the PMRSS section of NABER, a member of the board of directors of ITA’s Council of Independent Service Suppliers. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Home at Camp Pineland and is a Honorary Life Member of the Georgia Sheriffs Association.  He was a Founder and the First President of Southern Net Association of Paging. He is a Fellow of the Radio Club of America, a Trustee for the West Georgia Amateur Radio Society, and a member of the Carrollton Rotary Club.  Tim has been named Boss of The Year by the Carrollton Jaycees, a Will Watts Fellow and a Paul Harris Fellow by the Carrollton Rotary Club.  Tim was named Citizen of the year by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency Association for 1999.  Tim resides in Carrollton Georgia with his wife Sally.


 Email:   t.jones@metrocomms.net



  1.   How long have you been in the wireless industry?I received my amateur radio license in 1959.  K4MSP.  I worked part time in a two way radio shop while I was in college.  I was appointed a Motorola Service Station in 1972.  I have been providing Commercial Mobile Radio Services in Carrollton Georgia for 47 years.
  2. What are your specific interests or wireless areas of expertise? Two way radio and mobile communications have been my life.  Antennas have always been of great importance in my field.
  3. When did you join RCA?  I was invited to join RCA in 1984. (34 years)
  4. What caused you to join RCA? Iwanted to be a member of a professional organization in which I could swap information with my peers.
  5. Where do you live and work? I live and work in Carrollton Georgia, which is about 40 miles due West of Atlanta Georgia.
  6. Is there a specific benefit you hope to attain with RCA membership? I would like to encourage all persons engaged in the two way radio field to join the Radio Club of America.   I would encourage everyone to do something to encourage ourYouth to learn about radio and how it works.

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