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Call for Abstracts for 2020 Technical Symposium

Call for Abstracts, RCA’s 2020 Technical Symposium in Pittsburgh

 

The Radio Club of America is soliciting abstracts for presentations for its 2020 Technical Symposium.

We welcome abstracts on all wireless subjects including antennas, broadband, broadcasting, cellular communications, land mobile radio, manufacturing, military communications, satellites, and other wireless-related topics.

However, because this year RCA will help Pittsburgh station KDKA celebrate their 100th anniversary of commercial broadcasting in the U.S., we are especially interested in presentations about broadcast technology.

If you are interested in being considered, please submit the following to amy@radioclubofamerica.org, prior to May 28th:

  • A title for the presentation
  • 1 or 2 paragraph abstract summarizing what you intend to present on
  • A short biography of the presenter(s)
  • A medium resolution headshot of the presenter(s)

In June the abstracts will be reviewed and you will be notified if you are chosen to present.

Presentation slide decks are hosted on the RCA Website for several years, and the presentations are videoed and archived for the public to view for several years as well.   Past presenters have referred prospective business clients and others to their archived presentations.

Prospective presenters should understand that as a non-profit, RCA cannot pay for any travel expenses.  Presenters will receive free entrance to the Technical Symposium and as a presenter will be entitled to a breakfast and lunch at no cost.

IEEE Communications Society and RCA Announce Partnership

The IEEE Communications Society and the Radio Club of America have formed a new partnership.

This partnership is designed to help members of both organizations advance their careers through expanded wireless industry training and publication opportunities. The agreement also provides special incentives to members of each organization to join the other organization.

The IEEE Communications Society was founded in 1952 and has 27,000 members in 140 countries.

The press release is HERE,

For more details on the advantages to RCA members and to IEEE ComSoc members of this partnership, click HERE.

Registration for RCA Breakfast April 2nd at IWCE 2020 Now Open

One of the great benefits of RCA membership is meeting periodically with movers and shakers in the wireless industry!
Join your friends and fellow RCA members for breakfast on Thursday, April 2 from 8 – 10 a.m. in room S227 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during IWCE. Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Click HERE to register.

RCA Awards and Fellows Nominations for 2020 Now Open Until May 22nd

Nominations are now being accepted for RCA Awards, and for those RCA members who meet the qualifications to be elevated to Fellows status.
AWARDS: The Radio Club of America has a proud heritage of recognizing excellence in the wireless arts in all of its forms. Our Awards page has complete information on all of the categories and the 2020 Nominations Form. Nominations Deadline is May 22, 2020.
FELLOWS: Elevation to the status of Fellow is by nomination for people who have been an RCA member in good standing for the previous five years and whose contributions to the art and science of radio communications, Broadcast, or the Radio Club of America are deemed outstanding by the Club. Nominations for Fellow must be submitted in writing by Club members in good standing to the Committee and must be supported in writing by at least two members in good standing. The 2020 Fellows Nomination form is linked HERE. Fellows Nominations Deadline is May 22, 2020.

RCA Announces 2019 Awards and Fellows

The Radio Club of America is proud to announce the recipients of its Awards and Fellows for 2019.

 

Click HERE for the press release.

Click HERE for details on the Fellows.

Click HERE for details on the RCA Awards for 2019.

Miss Lilian Todd – first president of what became RCA – Who Knew??

Miss E. Lilian Todd was an early pioneer in the field of aviation.   In 1910, despite numerous setbacks because of her gender, she designed, built, and flew her own airplane at a contest held on Long Island N.Y.  This was the first aircraft designed and built by a woman.

(image from www.flickr.com)

What does this have to do with RCA?   Miss Todd was also the person who led a bunch of young boys to experiment with model airplanes, and shortly after to form in January 1909 the Junior Wireless Club.  Miss Todd was the first honorary president of the Junior Wireless Club, which later became RCA.  (see the history HERE).

For a fascinating animated film about her early life, click HERE.

For more information on her life, click HERE.  (Note there are some discrepancies between the film and the Wikipeida article)

Congratulations to RCA Member Dr. Nathaniel Frissell

RCA member Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, radio amateur call sign W2NAF, was named as the Dayton Hamvention’s 2019 “Amateur of the Year”. This award is given to a ham that has made a long-term commitment to the advancement of amateur radio.  This individual will have a history of ham radio contributions and has had a dedication to service, professionalism and the advancement of the avocation of amateur radio.

Dr. Frissell is a researcher at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and last year made a presentation at the RCA Technical Symposium on his work on the impact of the August 2017 solar eclipse on radio propagation (his presentation can be found on the RCA Website).  Press releases can be found HERE and HERE.

RCA is no stranger to this award!  RCA’s Director Carole Perry also received the Dayton Hamvention Amateur of the Year award in 1987.  The picture below is of both RCA members who have received the award, at the 2019 Dayton Hamvention:

Warriors4Wireless and RCA Announce New Partnership

Warriors4Wireless, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping returning military veterans find careers in the wireless industry, and RCA have agreed to a partnership.

Read the press release HERE.

Welcome Motorola Solutions as a New 3 Year Corporate Sustaining Sponsor

Motorola Solutions has just begun a three year Corporate Sustaining Sponsorship of RCA!

These three year sponsorships allow RCA to continue its efforts in the wireless industry to attract youth, young people, and women to wireless careers, continue our efforts in wireless education, and promote the many other RCA programs.

Motorola Solutions is a world leader in public safety and public service wireless communications.

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