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.

IEEE Communications Society and RCA Announce Partnership

The IEEE Communications Society and the Radio Club of America have formed a new partnership.

This partnership is designed to help members of both organizations advance their careers through expanded wireless industry training and publication opportunities. The agreement also provides special incentives to members of each organization to join the other organization.

The IEEE Communications Society was founded in 1952 and has 27,000 members in 140 countries.

The press release is HERE,

For more details on the advantages to RCA members and to IEEE ComSoc members of this partnership, click HERE.

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:

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