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APCO 2020 in August in Orlando is Cancelled

APCO have just announced that they are cancelling APCO for this year.  RCA was planning to have a networking event but now that will not take place.

For more information about APCO 2020 click HERE.

IWCE 2020 in August will be Virtual Only

Per the IWCE organizers, the event this year is now going to be virtual during the week of 24 August. Go HERE for more information.

Therefore the RCA Breakfast will not take place.  We will have more information on this shortly.

IWCE does plan to be in-person in March 2021.

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!

RCA Breakfast at IWCE 2020 is August 27th

The RCA breakfast will be held on Thursday  August 27th, from 8-10 AM, in room S227.

Buy your ticket ahead of time HERE at $20 per person, or $25 at the door.


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.


Dayton 2020 Hamvention Cancelled

The Dayton 2020 Hamvention has been cancelled.  RCA attends this event with a booth, and Director Carole Perry has her Youth Forum, and in addition we were planning a lunch meeting on Saturday of RCA members.  All these events are now cancelled until next year.

For more information from the Dayton Hamvention Committee, click HERE.

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.

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.

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