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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:


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

RCA’s 2020 Technical Symposium and Awards Program have New Date – Saturday Nov. 21st, and are 100% Virtual

RCA is hosting the first ever Virtual Technical Symposium and Awards Program on Saturday November 21, 2020. The date has shifted one day to allow more people to participate in both events. Both virtual only events will be offered at no charge and will even feature prizes for attendees.

Our 2020 Virtual Technical Symposium offers ten presentations on wireless and broadcast topics including the history of KDKA and youth presenters on Citizen Science. Just like a live event, participants can interact with the presenters and event sponsors throughout the day. Hosted by RCA President Emeritus Tim Duffy, the 2020 Awards program will showcase awards honorees and the 2020 Fellows.

Attendees who attend both the Technical Symposium and Awards Program will automatically be entered for prizes ranging from RCA Store gift certificates to the IC-705 and the ICOM R30 from Icom America, with winners announced at the end of the evening.

The Virtual Technical Symposium start at 9 a.m. ET and ends at 5:45 p.m. ET. The Virtual Awards Program starts at 6 p.m. ET and ends at 7 p.m. ET.

Enjoy these one-of-a-kind events from your home and encourage your friends and fellow RCA members to attend, too.

Click HERE for the press release.

Click HERE to register at no charge!

On-Demand Access To QSO Today’s Virtual Hamfest Until September 9th

RCA was generously provided a booth at the virtual QSO Today ham fest for radio amateurs, which took place on August 8th & 9th.

Although the event is over, you can still access the event’s booths and pod casts on demand until September 9th by clicking HERE.

Please take a look at this great event if you missed it!


New! RCA Interview Series. Next Interview is Tuesday October 6th, 9:00 PM EDT

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.


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


GTWCA and RCA Announce Collaborative Agreement

The Government Technology and Wireless Communications Association (GTWCA) and RCA have announced an agreement to jointly collaborate on efforts to improve the educational opportunities for the wireless industry.  See the press release HERE.

Training & Education Links on RCA’s Website

As a reminder, we periodically add material to the Training section (see tab at the top of any page).  Now with many members at home, it can be a great time to improve your wireless knowledge.   Almost all of the featured links provide free tutorials and white papers, and are from respected leaders in the industry.

Also for youth, girls, and women, links are added on a regular basis to the Wireless Women section (another tab at the top of any page, right next to the Training tab).   Here you will find lists of books, articles, Websites, etc. of interest to these groups.  The material is often wireless oriented, but also includes a lot of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects.

Newly added material is marked with a New next to the entry.

RCA hopes you will find this information useful in your career!

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