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SAVE THE DATE:  RCA’S 2020 AWARDS BANQUET AND TECHNICAL SYMPOSIUM

FRIDAY NOV. 20TH IN PITTSBURGH

HONORING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF BROADCASTING IN THE U.S. –  STATION KDKA

For our annual Technical Symposium we are lining up a number of presentations on broadcasting, and we have a number of speakers committed already.  We will be announcing them soon – stay tuned!


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

The Broadcast industry has moved beyond the simple AM radio broadcasts of the 1920s.  RCA’s Technical Symposium will feature many speakers on the current hot issues in broadcasting including DTV (digital TV),  DTV channel repacking, experts from broadcast manufacturers, and some interesting facets of KDKA’s various AM broadcast towers. 

RCA’s Annual Awards Banquet will feature a keynote speaker from the broadcast industry.

Another tour of the KDKA facilities, which was so successful in 2017, is being planned, as well as several other historic activities for Saturday.   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.

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:

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

 

A Preview of what our KDKA Tour will be like this Year:

(from our 2017 tour)

  • AM Modulation transformer

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RCA’s 2019 Awards Banquet and

Technical Symposium 

 

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.

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


Thanks to our 2019 Technical Symposium and Banquet sponsors!


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

 

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NEW!!  MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

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

David Witkowski

David Witkowski is an author, advisor, and strategist focused on the wireless and telecommunications industry veteran. After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and earning his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, he held managerial and leadership roles for companies ranging from Fortune 500 multi-nationals to early-stage startups. David is the Founder & CEO of Oku Solutions LLC (www.okusolutions.com) and serves as the Executive Director of the Wireless Communication Initiative at Joint Venture Silicon Valley (www.jointventure.org/wireless). He also serves as Co-Chair of the Deployment Working Group at IEEE Future Networks, Co-Chair of the GCTC Wireless SuperCluster at NIST, on the Board of Expert Advisors for the California Emerging Technology Fund, and is a Senior Member in both the IEEE and the Radio Club of America.

David is the author of “Bridging the Gap : 21st Century Wireless Telecommunications” (Joint Venture Silicon Valley – 1st Ed.: 2016, 2nd Ed.: 2019), co-editor of “Public Wi-Fi Blueprint” (GCTC @ NIST – 2017), co-editor of “The Municipal Internet of Things Blueprint” (GCTC @ NIST – 2019), co-author of “Evaluation of RF Network Testing” (Anritsu, Bird Technologies, CommScope, & Motorola – 2013), co-author of “Carrier & Public Wi-Fi” (Mobile Experts LLC – 2015), and co-author of “HayWired Scenario Volume 3 – Telecommunications and ICT” (U.S. Geological Survey, planned release Oct 2020). He has written feature articles and op-eds for CIO Review, EE Times, IEEE Microwaves Magazine, Make:Magazine, Mercury News, MissionCritical Communications, QST, RCR Wireless, San Francisco Chronicle, and Urgent Communications. David has presented and moderated panels at Alberta Wireless Connections, APCO, Broadband Live, CDX Global Forum, Comtech Forum, CTIA, DAS & Small Cells Congress, IEEE International Microwave Symposium, IEEE 5G World Forum, IoT World, IWCE, League of California Cities Conference, GSMA Mobile World Congress – Americas, Public Works Officers Institute, RAN USA, RCA Technical Symposium, SCWS Americas, State Of The Valley, TC3, and Wireless West.

 

Email address: dtwitkowski@okusolutions.com

 

  1. How long have you been in the wireless industry?  35 years professionally, or 45+ professional + hobbyist
  2. What are your specific interests or wireless areas of expertise? We’re currently focused on education, facilitation, and conflict resolution at the interface between public policy and 4G/5G small cell deployments.
  1. How many years have you been an RCA member? Joined 2008, Senior Member 2010.
  1. What caused you to join RCA? Recommendation from a colleague.
  1. Where do you live and work? San Jose, Calif.
  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.)   I’m primarily interested in connecting with local RCA members, and with members who are working on 4G/5G deployments.

 

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