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Carole Perry to Facilitate Youth Forum at 2021 Virtual Hamcation

Carole Perry WB2MGP  and RCA Young Achiever Audrey McElroy KM4BUN will be presenting a forum titled “Youth Recruitment and Retention in Ham Radio Ideas” on Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

This talk will describe what resources are available from the RCA Youth Activities Program (at no charge!) and will briefly discuss ideas for recruitment and retention of youth in ham radio. Audrey McElroy KM4BUN will speak about “Girls in STEM via Ham Radio”. She will offer suggestions and list career choices for our YL’s.

Learn more and register for this event by clicking the image below.

RCA to participate in 2021 QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

RCA will again be participating in the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, coming to your laptop or tablet March 13-14, 2021. Register for the expo at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/# and visit our booth among many others, take advantage of the opportunity to see terrific speakers – to include our very own Carole Perry and some of the RCA Young Achievers! There are also panel discussions, kit buildings workshops, and much more. Network with others from around the world on this easy to navigate virtual platform. See you there!

RCA 2020 Tech Symposium and Awards Meeting Videos and Slide Decks Now Available

The Radio Club of America presented its 2020 Technical Symposium and Awards Meeting on Saturday November 21st.   The events were held virtually this year, because of the pandemic.  The Technical Symposium had a record breaking 11 presentations.  Some were in celebrations of the 100th anniversary of broadcasting in the U.S. with radio station KDKA, others were on a broadcast theme, and the rest were on other wireless technical subjects.

Both events were recorded, and the videos are now available on YouTube.  Also the programs for both events are also available, along with the slide decks of the Technical Symposium presentations.

Technical Symposium Videos

Technical Symposium Program with Agenda, Abstracts, Bios, Pictures, and Presentation Slides

Awards Meeting Video

Awards Meeting Program

RCA Announces New Board Members and Officers

The Radio Club of America Announces New Board Members and Officers

(November 25, 2020)

The Radio Club of America (RCA) announces its newly elected board members and officers who will serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2021.
The new directors are Dr. James Breakall, WA3FET, Charles B. Kirmuss, W0CKB, Charles J. Mathis, Donald E. Root, Jr., K6CDO, Dr. Julio Urbina, KB3PZH, Bill Waugamann, WA3OJG, and Jane Winter. The new Vice President will be David Bart, KB9YPD, Chester “Barney” School, Jr, K3LA, will be Vice President/Counsel, Ronald J. “Ron” Jakubowski, K2RJ will be Treasurer and Margaret J. Lyons, P.E. will be Secretary.

About RCA
Founded in 1909, the Radio Club of America is the oldest, most prestigious group of wireless communications professionals in the world. 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. For more information, visit www.radioclubofamerica.org

Read the full press release HERE.

New! RCA Interview Series. The Series is always the 2nd Tuesday of even months, at 9 PM ET/EDT

Our 2nd interview on Oct. 6th was with Eng.  Angel Vasquez, of Arecibo Observatory.  Famous for appearing in a 1995 James Bond movie, it’s the second largest facility of its kind on earth.  And now you can tour it!

The place is Arecibo Observatory, a massive radio telescope in Puerto Rico that tracks exoplanets, pulsars, quasars, asteroids and the mysterious Fast Radio Bursts (FRB) pulses.

On October 6 from 9-10PM ET, join a conversation and live facility tour with Eng. Angel M. Vazquez, the Telescope Operations Head/Spectrum Manager for Arecibo.  Sponsored by RCA, the interview will be conducted by RCA President Emeritus Tim Duffy, and is free and open to all, however, registration is required. Please click HERE to register.

This one-of-a-kind event is part of the RCA Interview series. The first interview was on August 13th with wireless entrepreneur, educator and innovator, Dr. Ted Rappaport, N9NB.  The webinar covered Dr. Rappaport’s career in wireless, his life-long passion for radio, views on 5G, his background as an entrepreneur, information on the current work he’s doing at NYU, his unique history with RCA and what he sees for the future of wireless communications. Dr. Rappaport’s full biography is at the NYU Wireless site.

After each interview we will have links to items of interest from the interview, including articles and books. 

About RCA

Founded in 1909, the Radio Club of America is the oldest, most prestigious group of wireless communications professionals in the world. 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. For more information, visit www.radioclubofamerica.org.

The RCA 2020 Technical Symposium and 111th Banquet & Awards Presentation will be a virtual event held on Saturday Nov. 21st, from 8 AM to about 7 PM ET.

 

IEEE Milestone: ALOHAnet Celebration, Tuesday October 13th

Demonstration of the ALOHA Packet Radio Data Network, 1971
In June 1971, the ALOHA packet radio data network began providing inter-island access to computing facilities at the University of Hawaii. ALOHAnet was the first to demonstrate that communication channels could be effectively and efficiently shared on a large scale using simple random access protocols. It led directly to the development of Ethernet and personal wireless communication technologies.

TITLE:           ALOHAnet IEEE Milestone Dedication Ceremony

DATE:           Tuesday, October 13, 2020

TIME:            10:30 am – 11:30 am HST (4:30 pm – 5:30 pm EDT)

GMT Reference:  HST is GMT -10:00

LOCATION:   Virtual event broadcast live from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa College of Engineering

The entire IEEE ALOHAnet Milestone Installation ceremony will be live-streamed via the following UH streaming link:

http://www.hawaii.edu/itunesu/vlive/?s=alohanet.sdp

The live-stream link will go live 15 minutes prior to the ceremony and will be available to the general public for VIEWING only.

Streaming quality will be 1080p; in comparison, YouTube streaming quality is 720p.

ALOHAnet was the first radio packet broadcast network and introduced the very first random access protocol — the protocol that is utilized by every wireless technology today.

Wikipedia entry on ALOHAnet

New! RCA Interview Series. The Series is always the 2nd Tuesday of even months, at 9 PM ET/EDT

Our 2nd interview om Oct. 6th was with Eng.  Angel Vasquez, of Arecibo Observatory.  Famous for appearing in a 1995 James Bond movie, it’s the second largest facility of its kind on earth.  And now you can tour it!

The place is Arecibo Observatory, a massive radio telescope in Puerto Rico that tracks exoplanets, pulsars, quasars, asteroids and the mysterious Fast Radio Bursts (FRB) pulses.

On October 6 from 9-10PM ET, join a conversation and live facility tour with Eng. Angel M. Vazquez, the Telescope Operations Head/Spectrum Manager for Arecibo.  Sponsored by RCA, the interview will be conducted by RCA President Emeritus Tim Duffy, and is free and open to all, however, registration is required. Please click HERE to register.

This one-of-a-kind event is part of the RCA Interview series. The first interview was on August 13th with wireless entrepreneur, educator and innovator, Dr. Ted Rappaport, N9NB.  The webinar covered Dr. Rappaport’s career in wireless, his life-long passion for radio, views on 5G, his background as an entrepreneur, information on the current work he’s doing at NYU, his unique history with RCA and what he sees for the future of wireless communications. Dr. Rappaport’s full biography is at the NYU Wireless site.

After each interview we will have links to items of interest from the interview, including articles and books. 

About RCA

Founded in 1909, the Radio Club of America is the oldest, most prestigious group of wireless communications professionals in the world. 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. For more information, visit www.radioclubofamerica.org. The RCA 2020 Technical Symposium and 111th Banquet & Awards Presentation will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

New “Fun Stuff” Information Added to RCA Website!

We’ve decided to add some information about fun or interesting things pertaining to wireless.  So you will find under the “Fun Stuff” tab at the top of our Web pages, a number of interesting things.

First, thanks to member and former director Bob Walsh, we discovered a video about the Russian Woodpecker, the over the horizon radar that they used during the Cold War.

Next you will find an extensive listing of wireless or electrical museums in the U.S., and in other parts of the world, and one museum is virtual only.

During member vacations, it might be interesting to bring the family to one of these museums to show them “what wireless is all about”.  Be sure to check with the museums ahead of time because some have altered hours or are closed because of the pandemic.

Enjoy!

P.S.-If anyone has any suggestions to add to those section please contact our Executive Secretary at Amy@radioclubofamerica.org.

 

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