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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.

 

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!

Updated RCA Membership List

The RCA Membership List has been updated and is available to members by signing in to the “Members Only” section.   We have included places of work, emails, city and state, and amateur radio call signs to facilitate virtual networking among members.

If you discover any errors or omissions please notify our Executive Secretary amy@radioclubofamerica.org.

 

NATE (RCA Partner) Helicopter Lifting Video

Many of the TV stations across the U.S. are undergoing a major change in the “repacking” of their TV channel frequencies.  This is necessitating changing the broadcast antennas because the new frequencies are different enough that the old antennas will not radiate efficiently.  You can find more information about repacking HERE.

RCA’s partner NATE (the National Assoc. of Tower Erectors) has just issued a video showing how much time and effort can be saved by using helicopters to do this work.  You can view the video HERE.

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