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Committees

RCA invites its members to join a committee to assist in continuing the Club’s fine work. With shared effort and cooperation, committee members bring the selfless vitality that keeps the Club running smoothly, while performing the benefits and services that are vitally important. The Board of Directors would like to thank all committee chairs and members, who understand and appreciate the Club’s mission, and who wish to continue the fine work of the Radio Club for another 100 years.

To learn more about getting involved with a committee, please contact the chair.

Awards


CHAIR: Bruce McIntyre
President Emeritus
Member: 1994
Fellow: 1998

 

 

VICE-CHAIR: tbd

 

The Awards Committee researches and selects members and nonmembers for receipt of awards to be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet.

Committee members:

Banquet


CHAIR: Margaret Lyons
Secretary
Member: 1998
Fellow: 2003

 

 

 

CO-CHAIR: Paul Scutieri
Director
Member: 2010
Fellow: 2020

 

 

The Banquet and Meetings Committee’s key duties include organizing the Club’s annual awards dinner to honor those that have achieved accomplishment deserving recognition. Securing an interesting keynote speaker is one of the most challenging assignments we have, and the committee welcomes ideas.

Committee members: Amy Beckham (Executive Secretary)

Constitution & By-Laws


CHAIR: Barney Scholl, Esq.
Vice President/Counsel
Member: 2016

 

VICE-CHAIR: tbd

The Constitution and Bylaws Committee keeps track of changes in those documents, ensures that the most current version is on the RCA Website, and provides expert opinion on proposed changes to those documents.

Bequests & Legacy Giving Committee

CHAIR: Elaine Walsh
Director
Member: 1983
Fellow: 1990

 

 

The purpose of this committee is to create and manage the structures and processes for RCA to accept bequests and other forms of giving to RCA from members.

Committee members: 

Fellows


CHAIR: Bruce McIntyre
Director
Member: 1994
Fellow: 1998

 

 

The Fellows Committee researches members that are recommended to elevation to Fellow.

Committee Members: 

Fund Raising Committee

 

CHAIR: Jane Winter
Director
Member: 2014

 

 

The purpose of the Fund Raising Committee is to develop and coordinate fund raising activities of the Club.

Education Committee

 

CHAIR: Julio Urbina, Ph.D.
Director
Member:  2018

 

 

The Education Committee’s purpose is to create wireless education programs for the benefit of RCA members and the general wireless community.

Committee members: TBD

Finance and Investment Management

 

CHAIR: Phil Casciano
Member
Member: 1988
Fellow: 1998

 

 

 

VICE CHAIR: Ron Jakubowski
Treasurer
Member: 1987
Fellow: 1993

 

 

 

The Finance Committee has responsibility for cost-benefit analysis of Club activities, recommendation of revenue producing activities, oversight of financial accounting, and submission of budgets.  The committee also has oversight on the funds that are invested by the Club.

Committee members: Margaret Lyons

 Historical and Museums & Archives

 

CHAIR: Carroll Hollingsworth
Immediate Past President
Member: 1989
Fellow: 1999

 

 

This committee focuses on historical issues and provides liaison to museums, archives, and other historically oriented entities.

Interview/Networking Series Committee

 

CHAIR: Tim Duffy
President Emeritus
Member: 1999
Fellow: 2010

 

This committee’s focus is on doing the RCA Interview Series with various people in the wireless industry, and with the RCA Networking Series, which promotes networking among RCA members.

Marketing

CHAIR: Elaine Walsh
Director
Member: 1983
Fellow: 1990

 

The Marketing Committee develops and executes policies and procedures to attract new members, donations, sponsors, speakers, and volunteers, and to build positive awareness of the RCA and its mission.

Committee Members:

Membership

 

CHAIR:  Ray Novak
Director
Member:  2010
Fellow:  2015

 

 

VICE CHAIR:  tbd

 

 

The Membership Committee focuses on seeking out qualified individuals who share the Radio Club’s values in promoting our industry and expanding our vital scholarship fund so that we may benefit current and future generations. At the core of our values is the need to serve with honesty, dignity, and integrity and generate sufficient interest in the Club to ensure that potential members understand and embrace our belief that we need to promote the future, honor the past, and continue to expand our scholarship program to the benefit of tomorrow’s engineers and scientists and the future of our industry.

Informally, every member of the Radio Club of America is a part of the Club’s Membership Committee and each member carries the largest burden for the Club in promoting and representing our values.

Committee Members:

Nominations & Elections


CHAIR: Robert Balais
Director
Member: 2008
Fellow: 2014

 

 

The Nominations & Elections Committee oversees the Club’s election process. The committee is responsible for the nomination of candidates, distribution of ballots, counting of votes and final election report.

Committee members: 

Publications, Proceedings, Papers


CHAIR: David Bart
Director
Member: 2009
Fellow: 2017

 

Technical Editor: Jack Belrose
Editor:

Committee members: Amy Beckham (Executive Secretary)

Regional Conferences


CHAIR: Ernie Blair
Director
Member: 1999
Fellow: 2011

 

 

VICE-CHAIR: 

This committee organizes and executes the IWCE, APCO, and Dayton Hamvention Conferences.  This includes the IWCE breakfast and the APCO cocktail reception.

Committee Members:

Scholarship Fund

 

 

CHAIR: Alan Spindel
Member
Member:   2013
Fellow:     2019

 

 

VICE-CHAIR: Barney Scholl
Vice-President/Counsel
Member:   2016

 

The Scholarship Fund Committee oversees the requests for consideration from colleges, makes recommendations to the Board for approval and communicates with the colleges to receive the scholarship funds before and after the grants are made.

Committee Members: Dr. James Breakall, Dr. Julio Urbina, Timothy Hence

Sponsor Committee


CHAIR: Jane Winter
Director
Member: 2014

 

 

CO-CHAIR: Jon Paul Beauchamp
Member
Member: 2016

The Sponsor Committee coordinates the process of gaining sponsors for RCA within the wireless industry.

Committee Members:

Technical Symposium

 

CHAIR: James K. Breakall, Ph.D.
Director
Member:  2016

 

 

 

VICE-CHAIR FOR SPEAKERS/TECHNOLOGY: Nathan “Chip” Cohen, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
Member:
2010
Fellow:
2017

 

 The committee’s purpose is to line up speakers and coordinate the details of the annual Tech Symposium, to ensure that we are providing presentations about the current and future state of the wireless art.

Committee Members:

Website

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CO-CHAIR: John Facella, P.E.
President
Member: 1987
Fellow: 2009

 

 

CO-CHAIR: Amy Beckham
Member: 2018
RCA Executive Secretary

 

 

The Website Committee is committed to keeping the website updated with the Club’s current and future events of interest to its members and collecting and posting historical information related to the Club in an on going effort to honor the past.

Youth Activities

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CHAIR: Carole Perry
Director
Member: 1991
Fellow: 1995

 

 

VICE CHAIR: Stan Reubenstein
President Emeritus
Member: 1980
Fellow: 1989

 

 

The Youth Activities Program was started by Carole Perry to get middle and high school students interested in radio. This program is spreading throughout the country and is producing some outstanding young people who are interested in radio and science. Each year, at the Dayton Hamvention, Carole showcases some of her brightest students. As of 2015, her program has produced 6 RCA Young Achievers who have spoken at the annual Technical Symposium and 77 RCA Young Achievers worldwide.

Committee members: Richard Somers, Charles Kirmuss, Ernie Blair,  Gordon West

1921 Transatlantic Test Centennial Committee

CHAIR: Tim Duffy
President Emeritus
Member: 1999
Fellow: 2010

 

Vice CHAIR:  TBD

In 1921, on December 9, 10, 11, radio amateurs who were members of both RCA and the ARRL successfully spanned the Atlantic Ocean to Androssan Scotland with Morse code signals.    Not only were the signals heard in Scotland, but also in England, Germany, Amsterdam Holland (3800 miles), Puerto Rico, Vancouver British Columbia in Canada, Catalina island California, and the State of Washington.  On the U.S. side station 1BCG was located in a 10 ft. x 14 ft. wooden hut in a farmer’s field in Greenwich Connecticut.  The transmitter had an input power of 990 watts, a T cage antenna 100 feet long and 70 feet high with a radial counterpoise, and the wavelength used was 230 meters (1.3 MHz).  This project conceived of by radio amateurs proved that even with modest equipment the Atlantic ocean could be spanned, opening up a huge world of experimentation and increased communications among nations.

RCA is planning to work with several other organizations, including the ARRL to commemorate this feat during its 100th anniversary in December 2021.  This committee is charged with creating and coordinating the events that will take place for members of RCA, radio amateurs all over the world, and the wireless industry.

Committee members: David Bart (representing also AWA), Ray Novak, Stan Reubenstein

RCA Radio Amateur Club License Committee

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CHAIR: Nathan “Chip” Cohen, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
Member: 2010
Fellow: 2017

 

 

The purpose of this committee is to control and maintain RCA’s FCC Amateur Radio License W2RCA.  This committee will also manage and coordinate the twice yearly RCA amateur radio QSO parties, including the dates, rules, and other details.

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