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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.
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The Radio Club of America Goes Virtual for the 2020 Technical Symposium and 111th Awards Banquet!
RCA is hosting the first ever Virtual Technical Symposium and Awards Program on Saturday November 21, 2020. The date has shifted one day to allow more people to participate in both events. Both virtual only events will be offered at no charge and will even feature prizes for attendees.
Our 2020 Virtual Technical Symposium offers ten presentations on wireless and broadcast topics including the history of KDKA and youth presenters on Citizen Science. Just like a live event, participants can interact with the presenters and event sponsors throughout the day. Hosted by RCA President Emeritus Tim Duffy, the 2020 Awards program will showcase awards honorees and the 2020 Fellows.
Attendees who attend both the Technical Symposium and Awards Program will automatically be entered for prizes ranging from RCA Store gift certificates to the IC-705 and the ICOM R30 from Icom America, with winners announced at the end of the evening.
The Virtual Technical Symposium start at 9 a.m. ET and ends at 5:45 p.m. ET. The Virtual Awards Program starts at 6 p.m. ET and ends at 7 p.m. ET.
Enjoy these one-of-a-kind events from your home and encourage your friends and fellow RCA members to attend, too.
Celebrate 100 Years of Broadcast in the U.S.
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.
In the meantime, you may be interested in several historical links about KDKA:
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Thank you again to Dr. Ted Rappaport, and to RCA President Emeritus Tim Duffy who was a wonderful host and interviewer, and also to Scott Jones and Barney Scholl who acted as moderators for this webcast.
Join us for our next interview on Tuesday October 6th, 9 PM EDT, with Angel Vasquez of the Arecibo Radio Observatory
RCA’s 2019 Awards Banquet and
2019 Technical Symposium: Attendees said this was the best Tech Symposium ever!
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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 send a brief summary of your wireless interests, a brief bio, your contact information, and a picture to email@example.com. We cannot guarantee that every member will be spotlighted, but we will attempt to spotlight as many as we can.
Introducing RCA Member
Jane is a veteran of the wireless industry with deep experience in Government, Commercial and Aerospace industries. She has had leadership roles, managing some of the most complex and technologically advanced programs in communications technology. Jane recently joined EAA – Experimental Aircraft Association as the Director, Business Development. Prior to that she worked alongside Dr. Nathan (Chip) Cohen at Fractal Antenna Systems, Inc. for 16 years. Along with programs in the Military and Commercial sectors, Fractal was also strategic in the development of “smaller” antennas for the Boeing 787 aircraft and Commercial fleets using Air-to-Ground WiFi technology. Jane was a Business Unit Manager for the Electronic Systems Division of Parker Aerospace, and Sales VP and Program Management for CBL Systems, a Commercial division of Raytheon. Jane holds dual Bachelor Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Broadcast Journalism Communication from Miami University. Jane has broadcasted hockey and baseball games and is a published journalist. She and her husband have two sons.
- How long have you been in the wireless industry?
As the daughter of an engineer, I was assembling erector sets and electromagnetic circuitry kits as a kid. First forte into wireless was in the Broadcast world as a Hockey Broadcaster in College.
- What are your specific interests or wireless areas of expertise?
Specific interests are in aerospace communications: particularly the creation of smaller antennas, transmitters, or communications systems for commercial, military or general aviation planes.
- How many years have you been an RCA Member?
I joined RCA in 2014
- What caused you to join RCA?
Dr. Nathan (Chip) Cohen became very involved in RCA after 2012, and he was instrumental in encouraging me to join.
- Where do you live and work?
Jane works at EAA- Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, WI. After spending 15 years in the Boston, MA area, she and her husband now live in Neshkoro, WI.
- Is there a specific benefit from the RCA “Member Spotlight” that you are hoping for?
Perhaps it would be to shine the light on 1) Women in the wireless industry and 2) show that RCA welcomes members with different career paths across communication and wireless sectors.