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



Donate to the Tom Sorley Memorial Fund

Tom Sorley was an RCA member, well known in public safety circles, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year.  You can donate to the Tom Sorley Memorial Fund which goes to assist RCA in its many activities in the wireless industry.  The donation form is here.  (Note:  your contribution may be tax deductible because RCA is a 501c3 organization.)



RCA’s 2018 Technical Symposium and Awards Banquet

New York City, Saturday November 17th

It’s time to register and secure your hotel room for our 2018 Technical Symposium and Annual Awards Banquet in New York City!

Visit our 2018 Banquet and Technical Symposium page for every detail!

Westin Hotel Room Reservation


The Awards Banquet’s Keynote Speaker is 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, including the classic Wireless Communications: Principles & Practice (translated into seven languages), Principles of Communication Systems Simulation with Wireless Applications, and Smart Antennas for Wireless Communications: IS-95 and Third Generation CDMA Applications.  Dr. Rappaport is the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and is a professor of computer science at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.  He is a pioneer in RF propagation, wireless systems simulation, and 5G networks. His research has influenced international standards bodies for three decades.

Here’s an article from the EDN Network about Dr. Rappaport and his early involvement with amateur radio which led to his life’s passion for wireless.

 We have our agenda finalized for this year’s Technical Symposium, held during the day before the evening Awards Banquet.  We have more topics than we have ever had for this year!   We have 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 the full agenda, the abstracts, and the bios of the presenters.


We are excited to announce that the 2018 RCA Technology Symposium and Awards Banquet will be at the Westin New York Times Square.  This beautiful, 4 star property right in the heart of Times Square, is offering RCA a fantastic room rate and beautiful facilities for the Technical Symposium as well as the Banquet.

Westin NY Times Square

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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



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

Click here for the press release

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Technical Symposium!

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Registration for 2018 Annual Banquet & Tech Symposium

2018 Registration Information Page for Banquet & Tech Symposium

Westin Hotel Room Reservation

2018 Banquet Sponsorship Form

2018 Technical Symposium Sponsorship Form

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Denver RCA Meeting Report

Carole Perry, RCA Director and Chair of the Youth Activities Committee while visiting Denver and Boulder area schools and amateur radio clubs, took time out of her busy schedule to join RCA members at the Blue Bonnet for lunch this past week. Carole was excited to see her friends, and presented her report on the Youth Activities happenings and some exciting news from her recent trip to Alabama.  The event was moderated by Charles Kirmuss.

Barney Wooters brought his famous antique RCA light bulb for show & tell.

  • Barney Wooters with the famous RCA light bulb from times past!


 RCA at the Dayton Hamvention Youth Forum

Carole Perry’s annual Youth Forum is one of the most well attended events at the Dayton amateur radio festival.  Carole features a number of school-aged youth who have become interested in STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) through their experiences with amateur radio.  This was the 31st Youth Forum hosted by Carole Perry and RCA!


Letter to President Tim Duffy from Wyatt Law, recipient of the 2018 “Young Ham Lends a Hand” award from RCA and the QCWA

You Tube Video of Thomas N1SPY at Carole Perry’s RCA Youth Forum

Wyatt AI6V Wins RCA and QCWA “Young Ham Lends a Hand” Award for 2018


The pictures below show some of the fun that took place at Dayton and the Youth Forum.

  • Audience at RCA's 31st Youth Forum!



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 Lew Wetzel

Lew Wetzel

Lew Wetzel, a long time RCA Fellow who was an antenna engineer, was featured recently in his local newspaper in Maine.  His story is quite interesting, and includes how he twice convinced the FCC to make significant changes in rulings which facilitated the growth of the broadcast industry (circular polarization for FM radio, and reducing the aural carrier).   Lew is 94 years young, and is still active as an amateur radio operator (W1LI).  His wife is also a radio amateur.  Click here for the article, page 1, page 2.

[Photo and article courtesy of the Bridgton News]

 Email:   lewetzel@yahoo.com


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