Because new or prospective RCA members sometimes have questions about RCA, we have compiled a list of questions and answers which we hope will answer many of your questions.  The link is found under Membership/About RCA.

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Welcome 3 New RCA Directors for 2018-2019!

RCA has 3 new directors elected last year whose terms will be in 2018 and 2019:  Michael Clarson, Ray Novak, and Elaine Walsh.   The RCA Officers and Board look forward to working with all of you this year!


And a heartfelt thanks goes to outgoing directors Mark Allen, Craig Jorgensen, and Charles Kirmuss!  The RCA Officers and Board thank you for your service and dedication to the Radio Club during your tenure as directors.

RCA 2017 Technical Symposium Videos Available on YouTube

Thanks once again to Icom America, the RCA Technical Symposium held in Pittsburgh in late November was videoed.  The videos were live streamed for those that could not attend.  But now, as in previous years, we offer the videos available for viewing in an archive via You Tube on the RCA Channel.

Go to RCA 2017 Technical Symposium Videos

Unfortunately we did encounter a few unexpected technical problems, and as a result the first presenter did not get videoed, and the second presentation only had audio toward the end of the presentation.  The remaining videos are fine.  A total of 7 presentations were video recorded.  You can find links to all of the slide decks in the Technical Symposium tab.  We apologize to the first two presenters for the technical difficulties we experienced.

2017 Technical Symposium Slides

The 2017 Technical Symposium was perhaps one of the most technical we have ever put on.  We had presentations from Dr. Eli Brookner “Mr. Radar”, and Dr. Nathan Cohen “Mr. Fractal Antennas”, two world renown experts in their fields!   We also had four presentations from the broadcast industry which provided a wealth of information on repacking, the new ATSC 3.0 TV standard, on the history of the KDKA transmitting antenna tower, and on datacasting for public safety.  Our youth presenter talked about combining robotics and radios.

These slide decks from the 2017 Technical Symposium in Pittsburgh have been added.  Please note that 3 presentations are missing and will be added in a few days.

RCA wants to thank once again the iCOM Corporation for providing the equipment and resources to allow the Technical Symposium to be live streamed during the event.  The streaming video will be added to the RCA Channel on You Tube in the next 10 days.  We experienced some technical difficulties such that the first presentation, on the KDKA antenna tower, unfortunately did not get recorded.

RCA Board Approves Dues Discount for Disabled Veterans

At the RCA Board Meeting on November 16, 2017, the Board approved a change in dues structure for disabled veterans:

A discount is available for honorably discharged disabled US Veterans, with
any disability level 40% or greater and demonstrated to the chair of the Membership Committee.
This discount shall apply to any dues level (1 year or 3 year, or life member). The discount is to be
10% off the dues for 1 year, 3 year, or life member, and shall be applied to whatever membership level would otherwise apply to that veteran (i.e. student, regular, or retired membership).

RCA 2017 Election Results

The results of the RCA elections are as follows.  223 Members participated in the voting, the vast majority using the on-line voting system.

Barney Scholl was re-elected as VP/Counsel

Margaret Lyons was re-elected as Secretary

Ron Jakubowski was re-elected as Treasurer

The following were elected as RCA’s Directors:  Ernie Blair, Karen Clark, Michael Clarson, Paul Gilbert, Ray Novak, Carole Perry, Elaine Walsh.

Congratulations to all!

RCA is blessed to have had many qualified candidates for this election.  We hope that those that did not make it will try again in the next election.


2017 Technical Symposium Detailed Agenda

The full agenda for our 2017 Technical Symposium is now available.

We have a great lineup of industry experts, including the ‘father of modern radar’ and the ‘father of fractal antenna technology’!

Special for this year, we have 4 presentations about broadcast technology from experts in their fields, in keeping with our Saturday visit to Radio Station KDKA, arguably the first commercial radio station in the U.S.

You can find the agenda, presentation abstracts, and presenters’ bios by clicking here.


Voting for 2018-2019 RCA Officers & Directors Opens October 1st, Closes October 31st

Additional information about the candidates, as well as how to vote (by paper or electronically) will be found under the tab About/Elections, or by clicking here.


Help us choose the future leadership of RCA! Candidates have been selected for 2018/2019 terms.
Bios are included if the candidate submitted one, and they will be found in this section.

You may vote Online or via paper ballot, but only once.

Vote Online: Watch your email for an electronic ballot in October. Instructions and login information will be included in the ballot email. Full biographies and position statements are available here.
Paper Ballots: Paper ballots will not automatically be sent out this year. If you would prefer to vote via paper ballot, please contact the RCA office at or (952) 928-4651 to request one.

Note: The RCA Board has decided that when voting for directors, members must vote for at least 5 candidates. If a member votes for less than 5 directors, their ballot will not be counted. The reason for this is to prevent skewing the elections in favor of a few candidates.


Vice President /Counsel: Chester “Barney” Scholl, Jr.
Secretary: Margaret J. Lyons, PE
Treasurer: Ronald J. Jakubowski

James “Ernie” Blair
Karen J. Clark
Michael J. Clarson
Paul Z. Gilbert
Charles B. Kirmuss
Andrew C. Maxymillian
Ray J. Novak
Carole J. Perry
Elaine D. Walsh
Jane X. Winter

All ballots must be received by Tuesday, October 31.

“Dayton Youth Forum: 3 Decades of Showcasing Young Hams” – CQ Magazine Sept. 2017

See the latest article in CQ Magazine on Director Carole Perry’s work with young amateur radio operators.   RCA continues to promote youthful interest in wireless technologies to ensure our industry has new talent for the future.   Carole has been tireless for three decades in using amateur radio as a vehicle to introduce young students to STEM subjects (science. technology, engineering, and math).

CQ Magazine Sept 2017