2015 Tech Symposium to be Live Streamed

NEW!  RCA’s 2015 Tech Symposium will be Live Streamed on Saturday, November 21

For the first time ever, RCA is going to live stream a video feed from its annual Technical Symposium.  Thanks to Icom America, who are providing the staff and equipment, RCA will be able to allow members and other interested parties to view the Tech Symposium live from the comfort of their home computers.

The event starts at 8:00 AM PST (11:00 AM EST) on Saturday, November 21, 2015, and it will last until approximately 4:45 PM PST (7:45 PM EST).

CLICK HERE to view the Agenda.

While there is nothing like being at the event to meet the speakers and other attendees, and see the exhibits, RCA wants all its members, even those who cannot travel, to benefit from the leading edge wireless technical content in the Tech Symposium.  Don’t miss Professor Frank Drake talking about the latest in his long search for extra-terrestrials using radio telescopes, and many other “Wireless Wow” speakers.

Viewers are urged to go to the following link:   http://www.icomamerica.com/RCA or to click the button below to be brought to the live streaming website.

Live Stream

Live Streaming
courtesy of

Icom America

Fall 2015 Proceedings Magazine Now Online

The Fall 2015 Proceedings Magazine has been posted online, in our Members Only section.

Inside you will find…

  • RCA’s Updated Website Has Arrived
  • RCA Upgrades Electronic Services For Members
  • RCA’s 2015 Technical Symposium
  • Optimizing Simulcast Networks
  • On the History of Wireless
  • Texting Without Bars
  • The Real Origins of SiliconValley’s Technology Culture
  • The Wireless Age: Electronics Entrepreneurs Before Silicon Valley (1900–1960)
  • NASA Moves Forward with New Vacuum Channel Transistor Technology
  • Proceedings Article Sought to Evaluate Vacuum Channel Transistor Technology
  • IEEE Honors NYU Researchers for Breakthrough Paper
  • An Introduction to the California Historical Radio Society
  • Youth Activities Update
  • RCA Announces 106th Banquet & Awards Ceremony Keynote Speaker
  • 2015 Radio Club of America Awards Recipients
  • RCA Proudly Announces the Fellows Class of 2015
  • IEEE 5G Summit Is at Google Near the RCA Banquet
  • New Historian at AT&T Archives and History Center
  • Three Books on Samuel Insull

Updated Technical Symposium Agenda, Abstracts, Bios

RCA’s 2015 Technical Symposium in Cupertino, California

November 21, 2015

This year we have another very interesting Technical Symposium, with some “Wireless Wows,” found only with RCA!  Please see below for the full details, including Agenda, Abstracts and Bios, or you may download the PDF file here.

To Register for the 2015 Technical Symposium and/or Awards Banquet, and to get more information on the event (location, hotels, costs, etc.) see this page.

The 2015 Technical Symposium will be streamed live from Cupertino, CA on Saturday, November 21, 2015, starting at 8am PST. Click Here for details.

Live Streaming provided by Icom America.

Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors:

2015 Technical Symposium Agenda, Abstracts and Bios

(Updated 10/28/15)



You may also download the PDF file here.

2016-17 Officer/Director Election Bios

The following are Radio Club of America 2016-2017 Candidates for Director.

Please click each name below to read bios for each candidate, prior to submitting your election ballot, which was mailed to you during the week of September 28, 2015:

Mark S. Allen

Mark S. Allen W6PC (M1988, F2001) is Vice President of ROHN™ Tower Company in Peoria, IL. He is a registered professional engineer in several foreign countries, a senior member of IEEE and a Senior Member of SBE for more than 35 years, and an active HF amateur operator with a call sign of W6PC. Mr. Allen was the Vice President of Engineering and Chief Engineer at E.F. Johnson Company in Waseca, MN, Vice President & Chief Engineer of Titan/Datron World Communications, now part of L3 Communications, San Diego, CA, Executive Vice President and subsequently President of SUNAIR Electronics, Fort Lauderdale, FL and Senior Vice President of Antenna Products Corporation, Mineral Wells, TX.

James “Ernie” Blair

James “Ernie” Blair WA4BPS (M1999; F2011) CEO/Director, Radio Infrastructure Project-Huntsville-Madison County (AL) 911 System, 1998-present. Commissioner-State of Alabama 1st Responders Wireless Commission and Regional DirectorAlabama Association of 911 Districts. Chief Radio Officer, American Red Cross-North Central Alabama. MBA and BSEE from University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa.

Karen J. Clark

Karen J. Clark (M1999, F2004) RCA Director 2014- current and 2003/2007, RCA Executive Secretary 2007/2013; Co-Chair, Good & Welfare Committee; Served as RCA Website Committee Chair, Publications Committee member, and Regional Committee member.

Currently AGL Media Group, Ad Sales/Coordinator/Circulation  2014-current; First Data, Associate Tax Specialist, 2014; President/Owner Marketing Connections. Industry involvement during past 17 years include work with Biby Publishing on AGL Magazine and Primedia Business Media on Mobile Radio Technology, Cellular Business, Wireless World, MRT International, RF Design, Satellite Communications  and with IWCE. Current Treasurer and Member of RMMRA. Received the RCA Special Recognition Award in 2013; RCA Special Services Award in 2002; Received Primedia Business “Above & Beyond” Award  July 2001, and Outstanding Support Award August 1998.

John A. Facella

John A. Facella PE K9FJ (M 1987, F 2009) Founder, Panther Pines Consulting; formerly Senior Vice President, RCC Consultants Inc. and also runs a subsidiary company as general manager. Has over 30 years in the wireless industry, including 28 years working for both Motorola and Harris (formerly M/A-COM, formerly Tyco Electronics). Held positions in in product management, sales, marketing, program management, and LMR systems engineering management. 8 years with Harris as Director of Public Safety markets. Frequent presenter at wireless industry trade shows; written numerous articles, and is a member of several public safety communications committees. BSEE from Georgia Tech, MBA, marketing and international business, Georgia State University, and is a registered professional engineer in the U.S., and a Chartered Engineer in the UK. Served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. 40+ year member of the IEEE; Fellow and member, Board of Directors of the Radio Club of America and chair, Technical Symposium.

Craig M. Jorgensen

Craig M. Jorgensen (M1980, F1984) President of Quantum Telecommunications, Inc., a consulting firm for the public safety community, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Served as the Project Manager, Co-Chair, for Project 25 from July 1994 to May 2011. Served as the 50th president of APCO International and as the president of the National Association for Telecommunications and Technology Professionals (NASTD) and is a life member of both organizations. RCA Fellow and serves on the Board of Directors. Recently advised by a major Utah university that an institutional donor had requested a Student Center in their Engineering Center be named after him recognizing his leadership in telecommunications.

Charles Kirmuss

Charles Kirmuss WOCBK (M2013) Founder of Kirmuss & Associates/Infinity which provides GPS, homeland security and other products through OEM partners. Pioneered the sale and deployment of a region- wide first commercial packet radio data transmission system for water distribution. Intimately involved in both the development and manufacture of specialized two way radio products and pioneering digital video and audio recording and GPS technologies a decade before TiVo and the like, is holder of several patents. Volunteer Director for Adams County Sherriff’s Search and Rescue team for the last 12 years; volunteer firefighter for 6 years. Involved in the RCA Youth Group for last 4 years.

Robert A. Lopez

Robert A. Lopez, PE (M2012) Senior Vice President, RCC Consultants, Inc. (RCC), a private consulting engineering company established in 1983 and has been in the wireless telecommunications industry for 32 years that is now part of Black & Veatch Corporation. BSEE degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in 1986 and his MSEM in 1995. He is a member of RCA, IEEE, APCO, the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and holds an active Level 2 certification for iBwave distributed antenna system (DAS) design and heads the DAS Consulting Engineering Group at RCC. Rob is also 4G/LTE radio access network (RAN) certified and also leads a software development group specializing in the development of tools for the planning, design and analysis of narrow band and broadband LTE radio systems, mobile data, fixed wireless point-to-point and multipoint networks concerning coverage.

Louis M. Manno

Louis M. Manno (M2003, F2010) is a 30+ member of the Audio Engineering Society. Life member of the Antique Wireless Association, Audiophile Society of New York, Michigan Antique Phonograph Society, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, fellow of the Radio Club of America. An experienced sound, acoustics, and recording engineer. Established the Audio History Library & Museum – dedicated to the history of the sound industry and bringing together a number of organizations involved in all aspects of sound recording and broadcast reproduction.

Carole J. Perry

Carole J. Perry WB2MGP (M1990, F1995) is a current RCA Director and chairs the Youth Activities Committee. She is a retired middle school educator and writer of the curriculum for “Introduction to Amateur Radio” for middle school students.  Carole was also and Executive Secretary at Rapid Circuit Inc. for 16 years. Recipient of the prestigious 1987 Dayton Ham of The Year Award, the 1987 ARRL Instructor of The Year Award, the 1991 Marconi Wireless Memorial Award, the 1993 QCWA President’s Award, the 1996 RCA Barry Goldwater Amateur Radio Award, and the 2009 RCA President’s Award, and the 2012 RCA President’s Award. Carole created the Youth Activities Committee and RCA Young Achiever’s Award, given to students in grade 12 and below who have demonstrated excellence and creativity in wireless communications. Thirty-one youngsters have received this award to date along with a stipend. Columnist for “World Radio Online;” created the “Hams with Class” column, and has moderated the Dayton HamVention Youth Forum and Instructors’ Forum for 28 years. In 2014, Carole conducted a forum on HAM Radio and School Curriculum in Germany.  She is a director with RCA, QCWA, AARL, DARA, and AWA.

Michael W. Schmidt

Michael W. Schmidt (M94) Pioneer in land mobile services and over his 30+ years in the industry proven himself to be an expert in this area, he began his journey working for Mobile Radio Dispatch; Conrail Systems then as an engineer with the local TV Station WXTV, Channel 41 NYC, Spanish International Network. Founded Atlantic Coast Communications, Inc. becoming a leader providing services in the New York and New Jersey area. Served on multiple Boards of Directors for organizations such as the Brookdale Community College Foundation, American Cancer Society-Jersey Shore Region and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Drug Free America Foundation.

More Election Information:

  • Click Here to read Candidate Position Statements.
  • Ballots are due by November 2, 2015. Click Here to download a ballot, if you did not receive one.

2016-17 Ballots due by Nov 2nd

All RCA members are urged to return their 2016-17 ballots to be received by the deadline…since this corresponds to a weekend, the Nominations and Elections Committee will accept ballots delivered by November 2nd, 2015

It’s easy: fill out the ballot and sign your name or membership number on the return envelope provided.  PLEASE DO NOT SIGN the actual ballot. Click here to view the Directors’ position statements on the RCA’s (new and evolving) website.

If you do not have your ballot by October 20th, please contact Pat Koziol at 973-283-9626 or pat@radioclubofamerica.org. Click Here to download the ballot if you have not received it by Oct. 20. Be sure to contact Pat for instructions on how to send the downloaded ballot.

2016-17 Officer/Director Election Position Statements

Radio Club of America 2016-2017 Candidates for Director have the opportunity to present their position statements to RCA members.

Please click each name below to read these statements prior to submitting your election ballot, which was mailed to you during the week of September 28, 2015:

More Election Information:

  • Click Here to read Candidate Bios.
  • Ballots are due by November 2, 2015. Click Here to download a ballot, if you did not receive one.


2015 Awards Banquet and Technical Symposium

We invite you to attend the 2015 Radio Club of America’s annual Awards Banquet and Technical Symposium in San Jose California November 21st, 2015.  The event will be held at the Juniper Cupertino, Curio Collection by Hilton.

Registration is now open!  See the Annual Banquet & Symposium page for more information!

Next RCA QSO Party is Sat Nov 7, 2015

Calling all Radio Club hams

Fall 2015 Radio Club of America QSO Party

The Radio Club of America semiannual QSO party is on for the first Saturday in November.  Propagationvis good and we expect lots of QSOs.  Come join the fun and contact other club hams and the club’s station,vW2RCA.  The QSO party is open to all. 

Date:  Saturday, November 7, 2015

Time:  12:00 EST – 24:00 EST  (1700Z – 0500Z)

Suggested operating times and frequencies (+/- QRM):

EST UTC Band (m) Freq (kHz)
12:00 – 18:00 1700 – 2300 10, 15 and 20 28357, 21307 and 14267
18:00 – 21:00 2300 – 0200 40 7207
21:00 – 24:00 0200 – 0500 75 3867


2014 Radio Club of America Awards

The Radio Club of America is pleased to announce the Award winners for 2014:

The Armstron Medal – J.R. Cruz, PhD  ( M90, F99 )

The Sarnoff Citation – Nick Holonyak, Jr.  The inventor of the red LED in 1962

The Barry Goldwater Award – Norman ” Doug” Grant ( M12, K1DG )

The Jerry B. Minter Award – Dr. Albert D. Helfrick, PhD. ( M81, F89, L91, K2BLA )

The Special Service Award – will be presented this year in honor of the veterans of World War II who are members of the Radio Club of America.

The President’s Award – John Facella, P.E., C. Engineer (M87, S09, F09, L87, K9FJ )

The Edgar F. Johnson Pioneer Citation – Dr. John S. Belrose, PhD.  ( M92, F01, VE2CV, VE3CVV )

The Fred M. Link Award – Raymond Schulenburg and Olin Shuler

The Young Achiever Award – Rohan Agrawal ( KJ6LXV )

Richard DeMello Award – David Boyd, PhD.

Presidential Service and Appreciation Award – Bruce McIntyre, current President of the Radio Club of America

Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees.