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

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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. 

2020 Virtual Tech Symp. & Banquet Registration



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.

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

NEW!  Article on KDKA History “It Started Hear”

Interesting videos on KDKA history

Pittsburgh Amateur Radio Club’s KDKA 100th Plans

NEW!  Press Release on Amateur Radio celebration of KDKA’s 100th

ARRL’s Special Event for Radio Amateurs for KDKA’s 100th

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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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 Dec. 8th, 9 PM ET, with Margaret Lyons, P.E., PMP

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

Did you miss our prior Interviews?  

Eng. Angel Vasquez of the Arecibo Radio Observatory, or Dr. Ted Rappaport of NYU

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! 

This first networking event will be co-hosted by RCA President Emeritus Tim Duffy and RCA member Greg Glenn, CTO at Pulse Signal Solutions.


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 because we have a special promotion going on for new members!

Our next RCA Networking Event:  Tuesday Nov. 10th, 9 PM ET

RCA Officer & Director Elections Begin Thursday October 1st and End Friday Oct. 30th

All members of the Radio Club of America received an email from “Election Runner” on October 1 with your Voter ID and Voter Key to vote online. Please email Amy if you did not receive your email with the link to vote. A second email will be sent mid-late October. Please note the voting does not take place via this website. Thank You!

Congratulations to our 2020 Fellows and Awards Recipients!

Did you miss the RCA Virtual Breakfast at IWCE on August 27th?


RCA’s 2019 Awards Banquet and

Technical Symposium 

 For details on RCA’s 2019 Fellows

2019 Technical Symposium:  Attendees said this was the best Tech Symposium ever! 

Check out the photos from the 2019 Technical Symposium and Banquet on our Shutterfly Page

Thanks to our 2019 Technical Symposium and Banquet sponsors!


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 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

This could be YOU!

If you are interested in being highlighted, please contact our Executive Secretary amy@radioclubofamerica.org



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