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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.

WWV Centennial Celebration

The 100th anniversary of time broadcast station WWV will be held between 28 September and 2 October 2019.  Amateur radio operators can contact a special events station set up to commemorate the event.  Educators can use the event as a teachable opportunity to present the science and physics of the station, and to participate via school amateur radio stations contacting the Ft. Collins amateur radio station.  Further information can be found at the Website www.wwv100.com.

RCA members may wish to partner with local middle or high schools, or scout groups, to help their local youth participate in the event.

Young Professionals Awards at IWCE

For the second year in a row, IWCE and RCA have jointly chosen a group of 15 young wireless professionals (under the age of 35).  They were chosen for “executing some of our industry’s most innovative ideas, showing creativity and initiative.”  Their names were announced at the IWCE tradeshow in March.  All of the young professionals receive a one year membership in RCA, thanks to the IWCE show management.

The press release with all the names is HERE.

 

Hamcation Starts New Award in Honor of RCA Director Carole Perry

RCA Director Carole Perry has been leading RCA’s Youth Initiative for over 30 years.   Carole’s mission is to get middle and high school aged youth interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) using the vehicle of amateur radio.

Each year Carole attends numerous youth and amateur radio events all over the U.S., and even overseas.  One of the events she has been attending is the “Hamcation” event in Orlando Florida, and this year they decided to start a new legacy award in honor of Carole.  Carole was the first recipient of it:  The Carole Perry Educator of the Year Award!  Each year going forward an educator will be chosen to receive this new award, based on their promoting the use of amateur radio among youth.

Congratulations to Carole for her pioneering work in introducing youth to STEM subjects in school!!

Here is the RCA Press Release on Carole’s award

Here is a link to the ARRL Facebook’s mention of this event

 

 

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