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  contributions made to RCA may be tax exempt.

Learn more about RCA’s three exciting major initiatives:  Creating the Future, Ensuring the Present, Honoring the Past


RCA’s Newest Board Members

                         Carl Mathis  

        Don Root    

                          Jane Winter


The Radio Club of America’s 2020 Technical Symposium and 111th Awards Banquet was a Huge Success!

RCA’s first ever virtual Virtual Technical Symposium and Awards Program held on Saturday November 21, 2020 was a great success!   Over 100 persons attended both events.  For those that missed the events, they will be posted on YouTube in a few days.

Meanwhile, you can access the Technical Symposium  program and slide decks.  

The Awards Meeting, hosted by President Emeritus Tim Duffy, showcased awards honorees and the 2020 Fellows

Thanks to all who attended, and the work put in by RCA members and staff!


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!  Radio.com site commemorating KDKA’s 100th with interesting links to KDKA history & interviews

NEW!  The Conversation article about how KDKA changed election politics

NEW!  ARRL press release on western PA radio amateurs’ celebration of KDKA’s 100th with links to other info, QSLs & certificates, etc.

NEW!  Article on KDKA History “It Started Hear”

NEW!  Wikipedia article on KDKA

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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Join RCA today and take advantage of our KDKA Centennial Membership Promotion. A three-year membership in the Radio Club of America for just $150! 


This limited time offer ends 11/30/2020


On November 17th, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Broadcasting in the U.S., RCA President Emeritus Tim Duffy interviewed  Jim Graci, KDKA Brand Manager, Programming

Image from Zoom interview:  L-R Tim Duffy, Jim Graci, and moderators Barney Scholl and Scott Jones

This was a lively, wide ranging conversation about KDKA, its history, and the broader history of radio broadcasting in general.  Interspersed with questions from those that attended, it proved a most entertaining hour for all!  Remember RCA’s Interview Series will continue on Tuesday Dec. 8th (see below).

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 was 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, and get in on this great networking opportunity!

Our next RCA Networking Event:  Tuesday January 12, 2021, 9 PM ET

Congratulations to our 2020 Fellows and Awards Recipients!

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


RCA’s 2020 Awards Banquet and

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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 info@radioclubofamerica.org.  We cannot guarantee that every member will be spotlighted, but we will attempt to spotlight as many as we can.

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This could be YOU!

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



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