Welcome to the Home Page of the Radio Club of America. Intended for members and non-members alike, this page provides members with current information of interest (such as Announcements and Annual Banquet information), provides non-members with information on the Club and how to join, and provides everyone with an interesting look at the Club's rich history and future.
An interview with Marty Cooper.
Roman Kitka, Co-Founder of Genesis Campus and a RCA Fellow has conducted an audio interview with our very own Marty Cooper. To see the interview, go to www.thoughtleader.net.
"Meet Martin 'Marty' Cooper, father of the portable cellular phone. Inspired by watching Star Trek’s Captain Kirk talking into his communicator, Cooper was the ‘Thought Leader’ who fired the wireless revolution where you call a person and not a place. Marty grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in electrical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. After four years in the navy Marty was hired by Motorola in 1954, and began work developing portable products including the first handheld police radio in 1967. Cooper then led Motorola's cellular R&D team and is the inventor named of record for US patent 3906166 "Radio telephone system" filed on October 17, 1973. He is considered the inventor of the first portable handset and the first person to make a call on a portable cell phone on April 3, 1973, to the bewilderment of passers-by in a New York City street.
Mr. Cooper co-founded Cellular Business Systems, Inc. and led it to dominate the cellular billing industry with a 75 percent market share before selling it to Cincinnati Bell. He has been granted eight patents in the communications field. In 1992, he had co-founded ArrayComm, Inc. and has grown the company into the world leader in smart antenna technology with 400 patents issued or pending worldwide. Today, Martin Cooper, an energetic 79 year old is trying to change the way we use the Internet. "Cellular was the forerunner to true wireless communications," he said. "And just as people got used to taking phones with them everywhere, the way people use the Internet is ultimately going to be wireless. With our technology, you will be able to open your notebook anywhere and log on to the Internet at a very high speed with relatively low cost. "But when people get used to logging on anywhere, well, that's going to be a revolution." It is a revolution in which Martin Cooper wants to play an important role. "
You may contact Roman Kitka at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-991-9942.
RCA Breakfast at IWCE
was held on at Treasure Island Hotel during IWCE and it was a fantastic event. More than 120 people in attendance to hear Marty Cooper as Keynote Speaker with even the question and answer session at the end. More information on this in the next Proceedings. Thank you to our sponsors: RadioSoft, Schwaninger & Associates, CTA Communications, Mission Critical Communications, Tait Radio Communications, MRT/IWCE.
Thank you also to the Radio Club members that helped at the RCA booth, Patti Ryg, Roger Madden, Carl Mathis, Mercy Contreras, and Rich Reichler.
The current mailing address and contact information for the Radio Club of America is: P.O. Box 621074
Littleton, CO 80162
Phone: 303-948-4921 Skype # 303-952-0243
PURPOSE OF THE CLUB "To operate exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes and more specifically to study and contribute to the development of radio communication programs and provide a scholarship fund for needy and worthy students for the study of radio communications." From the Constitution of The Radio Club of America.
Formed by a small group of dedicated radio amateurs and experimenters nearly a century ago, The Radio Club of America would soon count among its membership the very best in the Radio Communications Industry. Edwin Armstrong, David Sarnoff, Louis Hazeltine, John V. L. Hogan, Paul Godley and Allen B. DuMont, to name just a few - these were pioneers who would shape the industry. Today the Club is composed of modern pioneers, advancing the field of Radio Communications in ways undreamt of on that January day in 1909, when the first meeting of The Radio Club of America was called to order.