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’s 2019 Annual Awards Banquet Keynote Speaker Announced!

We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker on Saturday November 23rd will be 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.

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

RCA’s 2019 Technical Symposium on Saturday November 23rd

Our all day Technical Symposium will be held in the Westin Hotel on Broadway in New York City again this year. 

This year one of the major themes is space and transportation communications!   We have presentations on RF for Connected and Automated Vehicles, a commemorative on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 TV broadcast, AMSAT’s use of the amateur radio CubeSat satellite, and organizing a communications system during the 2017 solar eclipse.  An electrical engineering professor will be speaking on massive MIMO.   Other surprise topics are still in the planning!

Every year we get a chance to view some of the future wireless workers when we feature a presentation from school-aged youth on a wireless topic.  In the past they have presented on fractal antennas, pole climbing robots, a solar powered digipeater, space balloons, and many other topics.  This year will be a bit different:  we have a Ph.D. student who will be presenting!

As in years past the event will be video recorded and live streamed using Facebook Live.

Plan now to attend!

RCA’s 2019 Annual Awards Banquet is again in the Westin Hotel Times Square

2019 Event & Hotel Registration and Sponsorship information is HERE

2019 Technical Symposium Agenda, Abstracts, and Bios are HERE

RCA’s 2018 Technical Symposium and Awards Banquet Was a Great Success!

For those that were able to make the Technical Symposium and the Awards Banquet, both were great events!  At the Technical Symposium 74 attendees watched 9 presentations.   The slide decks are up on this Website.   Dr. Rappaport’s keynote was both excellent and moving on his life and career in wireless.  


The 2018 Awards Banquet’s Keynote Speaker was 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. He is the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering   He is a pioneer in RF propagation, wireless systems simulation, and 5G networks. His research has influenced international standards bodies for three decades.

We had speakers or panels on 5G Technology, 5G Market Rollout, FirstNet, the Internet of Things (IoT), the impact of the 2017 solar eclipse on propagation, the challenges of data on HF links, and the impact of the radio school at Harvard during WWI.  Click here for more information on the 2018 Technical Symposium including the slide decks and a link to the videos

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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



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RCA’s 2019 Banquet and Technical Symposium  Saturday Nov. 23rd, the Westin Hotel Times Square NYC – Register Now!

This year we are again at the Westin Hotel in NYC in the heart of Times Square.  Join us for another great event, and enjoy a play on Broadway or see the stores decorated for the holiday season while in New York.

Event & Hotel Registration and Sponsorship information is HERE

2019 Technical Symposium:  Maybe our best Tech Symposium ever!  We have presentations on hot topics including Massive MIMO, Network Virtualization, and Connected Vehicles.   We have 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 agenda, abstracts, and bios.

Thanks to our 2019 Technical Symposium and Banquet sponsors!


RCA Officer & Board Elections:  October 1 to 31

It’s time to vote for Officers and Board members whose term is about to expire.

Click HERE to view the slate of candidates.

Click HERE for voting instructions.

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


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

To find the 2018 Technical Symposium slide decks and videos click HERE

To find 2018 Awards Banquet Photos on Shutterfly (63 photos total) click HERE

To find 2018 Technical Symposium Photos on Shutterfly (37 photos total) click HERE



Please Support Our 2018 Annual Banquet and Technical Symposium Sponsors!





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 Louis Manno

Louis Manno

Louis Manno was educated in classical music, acoustics, and recording engineering.  He has worked on sound installations at Carnegie Hall, was a senior engineer at Broadway’s third largest theater, was a quality control manager for the second best record pressing plant in the world, and has arranged the live sound equipment for heads of state and corporation presidents, including Bill Clinton, the Chinese Premier, Henry Kissinger, Rudy Giuliani, Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf, and many others.  Louis established the Audio History Library and Museum in New York City in order to preserve the history of the sound industry.  Files on 2,000+ audio manufacturers from 37 countries spanning 160 years comprise one section of “The Audio Industry’s Archive”®.  His goal is a Internet Digital Library, Museum, and Center bringing together under one roof all organizations involved with sound recording, storage, broadcast, and reproduction.  He is a 30+ year member of the Audio Engineering Society, the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, a life member of the Antique Wireless Association, a Fellow and former Director of the Radio Club of America, and the Society for the History of Technology’s Mercurians. 

 Email:   louismanno@gmail.com

1: How long have I been in the wireless industry?

Sorry to disappoint, but I’m a recording engineer and accidental historian who

appreciates the contributions to our craft that have been made by all our

electronic progenitors, and want to let the world know as much. 


2: Specific interests / wireless areas of expertise?

I use the best wireless microphones made worldwide.  

3: How many years have I been an RCA member?  16 years.


4: Cause of me joining RCA?   One of my Board of Directors was Jerry Minter,

a pillar, stalwart, and gentleman of the Radio Club. 


5: Where do you live and work?  New York City


6: Specific benefit from “Spotlight”? 

We are always looking for support or tax-deductible donations for the Audio History Museum, for those who have an interest in audio as well.  Someone offered a Marantz SLT-12 but I lost who that is.  Another promised an REL Precedent. 


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