Howard Lester, W2ODC, 1923-2007

June 20th, 2007

Long-time General Electric engineer

Howard Lester, W2ODC

Howard Lester, W2ODC, died on April 16, 2007, in Alplaus, New York. He was 83. Howard was a resident of Alplaus for more than 50 years.

Howard joined the Radio Club of America in 1978 and became a Fellow in 1989.
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Nominations for RCA election due August 1st

June 20th, 2007

New deadline imposed June 8 reduced remaining time from 101 days to 53 days

RCA petition button

At its June 8, 2007, board of directors meeting, RCA changed its by-laws to make the deadline earlier for filing petitions to nominate candidates in its annual elections. Under the previous by-law provision that had been in effect for about 35 years, and until the change was made, this year’s deadline was Sept. 17.

A new deadline of August 1 was set for this year only; in subsequent years, the deadline will be July 1.

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RCA sets banquet for Nov. 16, 2007

June 19th, 2007

Returns to New York Athletic Club venue

RCA 2007 banquet.

Updated on August 19.

An estimated 250 members and guests are anticipated to attend the 2007 RCA awards banquet, which has been conducted annually at the New York Athletic Club for the past 25 years or more. RCA conducted its first banquet in 1919.

Andy Rooney from the CBS News program “60 Minutes” is set to deliver the keynote speech. His colleague, Walter Cronkite, KB2GSD; and John S. Belrose, Ph.D., VE2CV, both will be presented with RCA’s Armstrong Medal. Details regarding ticket availability and other award recipients are pending.

The banquet, which begins at 7 p.m., is preceded by a reception at 5 p.m., and by a technical symposium earlier in the afternoon. Tickets are required for the reception and banquet. RCA offers the technical symposium without charge, although reservations are requested.

The 2006 banquet featured a keynote speech by Karim Khoja, CEO of Roshan, one of the cellular carriers in Afghanistan, and a special address by Sean Maloney, executive vice president of Intel.

Radio Club of America exhibits at Dayton Hamvention 2007

June 6th, 2007

Members speak at several convention forums

Steve Meer, K0SCC; and Stan Reubenstein, WA6RNU, at the Radio Club of America booth at the Dayton Hamvention in May 2007..

RCA’s exhibit at the Dayton Hamvention sported a classy white-on-black table cover — or sepulchral, maybe, with the gothic lettering and black skirt. It looks classy to me. And easily adaptable for Halloween with a splash of orange. Thanks go to Stan Reubenstein, WA6RNU. He had the new cover made, and he donated it to the Club. Stan, RCA’s executive vice president, said he ordered the new cover for RCA at the same time he was having one made for his manufacturers representative firm, Aurora Marketing Company. Read the rest of this entry »

Two RCA members enter ‘Wireless Hall of Fame’

May 28th, 2007

Jay Kitchen, Arlene Harris are inducted

Jay Kitchen and Arlene Harris.

Two members of the Radio Club of America have been inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame, a joint effort of RCR Wireless News, CTIA and the Industrial Telecommunications Association.

Arlene Harris, co-founder and CEO of GreatCall, and Jay Kitchen, best known for his time as president of the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA) and the National Association of Business and Educational Radio (NABER), were named as the two inductees for 2007.

Arlene joined RCA in 1982 and became a Fellow in 1987. Jay joined RCA in 1971 and became a Fellow in 1979. He also serves on RCA’s board of directors.

Roger Deforest maintains website about DeForest radios

May 23rd, 2007

Lee de Forest, Ph.D., is Roger’s great-grandfather’s cousin

Roger Deforest
Roger Deforest

On May 16, I sent some RCA members a message that included information regarding a book about Lee de Forest, Ph.D., that Maurice Zouary wrote. I mentioned that he is rewriting the book in hopes of widening its appeal and attracting interest from Hollywood to make a movie based on the work. See my blog entry about Maurice’s book, just before this one.

Now, I’m going to go on a tangent. In January 2006, when I was researching the DeForest Pioneers (an organization that merged with RCA in 1983), I came across a distant relative of Dr. de Forest’s: Roger Deforest. Yes, there is yet another way to spell the name: “Deforest.” Read the rest of this entry »

Maurice Zouary plans new book about Lee de Forest, Ph.D.

May 20th, 2007

Book to emphasize de Forest’s invention of sound-on-film

Maurice H. Zouary

He probably is the last surviving member of the DeForest Pioneers, Maurice Zouary is. In the 1950s, two organizations sprang up within a year of one another to memorialize and perpetuate the names of two inventors of electronics technology that shaped the world of radio, today also known as wireless communications — and including radio and television broadcasting. First, admirers of Lee de Forest, Ph.D., started the DeForest Pioneers, and soon thereafter, admirers of Maj. Edwin H. Armstrong formed the Armstrong Memorial Research Foundation. Read the rest of this entry »

RCA Texas Dinner draws 40 to hear John Melcher

May 17th, 2007

Nancy Smith, John Melcher, Carroll Hollingsworth and Keith Bickley at the RCA Texas Dinner, April 17, 2007

On April 17, RCA conducted its first Texas Dinner. The Texas Event Committee, chaired by Carroll Hollingsworth, an RCA director, organized the dinner.

“We had over 40 people there. It was well attended, with twice as many as we expected,” said Nancy Smith, who is a member of RCA and Texas APCO. The RCA function was held during the Texas APCO State Conference and Exposition April 15-18 at the Waco Convention Center in Waco, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »

Frisbie Museum

May 15th, 2007

Frisbie Museum.

Thank-you to RCA for distributing my story about the Frisbie Museum in its May 14 e-newsletter. The story was long in the making, with the effort to gather and prepare the information and photographs stretching out for more than a year. Thank-you also to RCA members (all Fellows, actually) Ronald E. Frisbie; Max de Henseler, Ph.D., HB9RS; and Alfred H. Grebe Jr. for helping with the story. Now that RCA distributed it, I placed a copy on a web page devoted to the Frisbie Museum where you can see it if you like.

Steve Proctor set to receive APCO leadership award

April 11th, 2007

Steven H. Proctor Steven H. Proctor

An RCA member since 1992 and Fellow since 1995, Steven H. Proctor has been named to receive the Leadership in Advocacy Award at the APCO International Third Annual Public Safety Communications Leadership in Policy Awards Dinner at the Park Hyatt in Washington on April 19. Steve is the executive director of the Utah Communications Agency Network (UCAN). Read the rest of this entry »