The Armstrong Medal
This first major award was established in 1935 with a special scroll which was presented to Major Edwin H. Armstrong. The medal is bestowed by the Board of Directors upon any person within its membership who shall have made in the opinion of the Board of Directors and within the spirit of the club, an important contribution to the Radio Art and Science.
This very special medal is not awarded every year, but only after careful study by the board of the candidate proposed by the awards committee.
In October 1950 a special issue of our proceedings was published which described in detail the 1BCG story, and seven small versions of the Armstrong Medal were awarded to Amy, Armstrong, Burghard, Cronkite, Godley, Grinan and Inman in recognition of their effort to build and operate amateur station 1BCG.
Virtually all of the awards have been made to members who made contributions in the field of Radio (now called wireless again), along with television and other communication media.
Testimonial Scroll Establishing
1935 - Maj. Edwin H. Armstrong
The Special Recognition Award
Initiated in 2000. Awarded by the Board of Directors in appreciation to individuals for their dedicated service to the Club.
2000 - Jerry B. Minter
2003 - Maurice H. Zouary
2005 - Emmett B. "Jay" Kitchen Jr.
The Sarnoff Citation
In 1973, the Sarnoff Citation was established by the Board of Directors to be awarded to a person or club member for significant contributions to the advancement of electronic communications.
It was most appropriate that this first citation be given to the Honorable Barry M. Goldwater for his outstanding support of amateur radio.
The Sarnoff Citation has been made to club members who have contributed to advancement of electronic communications, but not always in highly technical ways. In many cases the citation recipient may have organized radio communication support but not actually made basic inventions of actual circuitry.
For example: Sarnoff himself did not provide personal inventions, but he certainly was responsible for promoting first monochrome TV and then color TV foremost of all. He was made an honorary member of the club in 1926.
1973 - Barry M. Goldwater
The Allen B. DuMont Citation
Initiated in 1979, it is awarded by the Board of Directors to a person who has made important contributions in the field of electronics to the science of television.
Tthis award is not specifically limited to members; however all recipients to date have been members.
1979 - Thomas T. Goldsmith, Jr., Ph.D
The Henri Busignies Memorial Award
Initiated in 1981, it is awarded by the Board of Directors upon any person who has contributed substantially to the advancement of electronics for the benefit of mankind.
This field covers many areas which may not involve normal communication equipment, since it honors the memory of Busignies who invented the UHF direction finders used in WWII to track down enemy submarines with very short sample time of transmission.
As a typical example: James O. Weldon developed very high powered transmitters for special uses such as the Voice of America.
Raymond E. Lafferty directed development of specialized electronic test equipment.
Renville H. Mc Mann, Jr. directed the design of special TV camera used during the lunar explorations as head of CBS Labs along with many classified projects.
1981 - William H. Forster
The Lee DeForest Award
Initiated in 1983, the award was established concurrently with the joining of The DeForest Pioneers with The Radio Club of America, and is made in memory of the many contributions of Dr. Lee DeForest to the radio communication industry. Awarded by the Board of Directors to a person for significant contributions to the advancement of radio communications.
This award is generally limited to persons who were members of the DeForest Pioneers and had original contract or employment with Dr. DeForest.
1983 - D.E. Replogle
The Jack Poppele Broadcast Award
Initiated in 1989, by the Board of Directors to a person who has made important and long-term contributions to the improvement of radio broadcasting.
1989 - Leonard R. Kahn
The Barry Goldwater Amateur Radio Award
Initiated in 1994, the Board of Directors made the first award to Stuart F. Meyer in recognition of his long record of service to the public through the use of amateur radio (awarded posthumously).
1994 - Stuart F. Meyer*
The Alfred H. Grebe Award
Initiated in 1994, it is awarded by the Board of Directors as recognition of achievement of excellence in engineering and manufacturing of radio equipment in memory of the outstanding excellence which was so characteristic of the famous Grebe manufacturing team.
The first award was made in 1994 to Frank A. Gunther as tribute to the excellence which he maintained as head of The Radio Engineering Laboratories.
1994 - Frank A. Gunther
The Frank A. Gunther Award
Initiated in 1996. Awarded by the Board of Directors for major contributions to the advancement of military electronic communications systems.
The Jerry B. Minter Award
Initiated in 1996. Awarded by the Board of Directors for significant contributions to the electronics art through innovation in instrumentation, avionics, and electronics.
The Special Service Award
The Special Service Award was established in 1975 to be made at the discretion of the Board of Directors to persons who have contributed substantially to the support and advancement of The Radio Club of America, Inc.
Again the language of the qualification does not state that the recipient must be member of our club. Although to date all recipients have actually been members.
Two awards were made in the first year, 1975: as result of Offenhauser's diligence in preserving the historical materials collected by Ralph Batcher. The Board of Directors decided to establish a new award named in memory of Ralph Batcher.
1975 - Ernest V. Amy
The Ralph Batcher Memorial Award
Presented annually to a member who has assisted substantially in preserving the history of radio and electronic communications.
1976 - Morgan E. McMahon
The President's Award
In 1974 the Board of Directors designated that the president be allowed the discretion to select a recipient of a new President's Award to be given to a person for unselfish dedication to support of The Radio Club of America, Inc.
In 1994 a special triple President's Award was made to Frank Gunther, Jerry Minter and Frank Shepard (posthumously).
1974 - George W.Bailey, Pd.D
The Edgar F. Johnson Pioneer Citation
Initiated in 1975 as the Pioneer Citation, it was designated by the Board of Directors to be awarded annually to long-time members who have contributed substantially to the success and development of the Club, or to the art of Radio. It was later modified to The Edgar F. Johnson Pioneer Citation.
1975 - Richard W. Konter
The RCA Centenarian Award
Initiated in 1989, it is awarded by the Board of Directors to any living member attaining the age of 100 years.
The Fred M. Link Award
This award is awarded to persons who have contributed substantially to the advancement and development of landmobile radio and communications.
1986 - Fred M. Link
NPSTC'S Richard DeMello Award
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council ("NPSTC") (www.npstc.org) developed this award in 2006. NPSTC plans to grant this award annually, and present it at RCA's Annual Awards Banquet, to an individual in public safety communications who has demonstrated the highest levels of personal and professional conduct and performance in the local, state and national public safety communications arena. This award was created to honor the achievement of Richard DeMello, one of the founding fathers of NPSTC and a member of The Radio Club of America. DeMello was instrumental in bringing all of the frequency coordinators together to form NPSTC.
2006 - Harlin McEwen