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Time for Officer and Director Nominations: by Sept. 4th!

Some officers and half of the directors are up for renewal or for new candidates.  Nominations for new candidates for these offices are due from the membership by Sept. 4th.  Please submit you nominations using the form below.

The nominations form is found HERE.

The job description for directors is found HERE.

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)

Registration is Open for the 2019 Annual Banquet and Tech Symposium

The 2019 Technical Symposium and Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday November 23rd in NYC at the Westin Hotel Times Square.

The Technical Symposium has a great lineup of topics, many of them on space or vehicular communications, as well as on cognitive radio and MIMO!  See the information on the Home Page left side for more details.

The forms for event registration, hotel registration, and sponsorships can be found HERE.


APCO Networking Event 2019

Our APCO Networking Event will be held on Sunday, August 11th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

To register, use the form below and pay with Pay Pal or credit card, OR if you prefer, you can print off a PDF registration form and mail it in with a check.


APCO 2019 Networking Event

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Apollo 11 Dues Discount Offer- EXTENDED TO AUGUST 31st!

RCA is offering, for a limited time –NOW EXTENDED TO AUGUST 31, 2019, two incentives for existing members who are renewing, or new members, if they opt for the three year membership, OR a life membership:   1) a lowered dues rate on the 3 year membership, and 2) the opportunity to download a historic RCA recording.  (Note:  existing Life Members will be given the opportunity to also download the recording.) Those interested in taking advantage of the limited time offer for three year memberships should click HERE.

Those take a 3 year or Life membership will be given an opportunity to download, at no cost, a unique historical moment in wireless history – an approximately 40 minute recording at the 50th anniversary of the Radio Club in 1959, with the voices of several of the Club’s leading members, including Major Edwin Armstrong, inventor of FM and the superhetrodyne receiver.  Information on downloading of the recording will be provided to those that qualify by the RCA Executive Secretary.

For more information on the recording.

To facilitate this, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landings, for a limited time NOW EXTENDED TO AUGUST 31, 2019, RCA is reducing the rates on 3 year memberships:

Membership Level Current 3 Year Dues Special Limited “Apollo 11” Offer 3 Year Dues
Regular Member $225 + $50 initiation if new member $150, no initiation fee if new member
65 or over Member $100 + $25 initiation if new member $100, no initiation fee if new member
Military (active or retired) $178 + $25 initiation if new member $150, no initiation fee if new member
Disabled Vet (>40%) $144 + $25 initiation if new member $130, no initiation fee if new member

A short index to the recording

(NOTE:  This recording is the property of the Radio Club of America and its contents are copyrighted, and no reproduction, distribution, publishing, broadcast, or sale of this recording is allowed without written permission from RCA.)


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.

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