Radio Club ‘goes pirate’ for breakfast meeting

RCA selects Treasure Island in Las Vegas for February 28 meet. Marty Cooper, RCA vice president, to speak.

RCA breakfast meeting, Feb. 28, 2008, at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada..

RCA has chosen a venue for this year’s breakfast meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Treasure Island Hotel and Casino will play host to RCA’s members and guests on Thursday morning, Feb. 28, 2008. The breakfast is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Caribbean Room. The meeting will feature a speech by Radio Club Vice President Marty Cooper, who has given speeches twice before in the past several years at RCA’s Spring Gathering banquet. Advance registration is required. Mail a registration form together with your check to reserve a seat at the breakfast.

RCA hasn’t announced the subject of Marty’s speech, but he often speaks of the early development of the portable cellular telephone. As a vice president of Motorola and the director of its research and development in the 1970s, Marty is credited with conceiving the idea for the portable cell phone and leading the team that made the first working model in 1973, 10 years before the activation of the first commercial cellular system. He now heads ArrayComm, a manufacturer of multiple-antenna signal processing equipment commonly referred to as smart antenna technology.

Treasure Island offers what is said to be one of the best free shows in Las Vegas, “Sirens of TI,” in Sirens Cove in front of the hotel. Its first performance is … um … 12 hours after the breakfast begins. Maybe you can return to watch the show after a busy Thursday at the International Wireless Communications Expo, a convention that draws many RCA members to Las Vegas. RCA’s program of breakfast meetings originated when the first such meeting was organized to occur during an IWCE convention many years ago, taking advantage of the larger gathering that brings many RCA members together in the same city at the same time.

“Sexy and seductive.” That’s the description. Uh, for the “Sirens of TI” performance. Not the RCA breakfast meeting.

“Sirens of TI” performances are at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. You can watch a brief video of the performers on the Treasure Island hotel’s web page, but you’ll have to navigate there on your own. If you’re going to be around pirates, you need to know how to navigate.

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