The third period centers around the
development of mobile radio with Fred Link.
Link was an important writer and major
supporter of the Radio Club of America’s
Proceedings. Thanks to his support and
leadership, the Club expanded in both size
and topical coverage.
Carole, when it comes
to “creating the future,” I think the Youth
Education program is a great example. How
did that begin?
In 2007 I found myself on the
board of directors. I sat there and said, “What
am I doing here?”
Previously I taught Ham radio in a New York
school, so I came up with the idea to start an
education program for high school students
and below. And so began this initiative of
finding young, technically talented and
We give students a stipend to buy their own
radio equipment and make them eligible for
an award called the RCA Young Achiever
Award. Some students are then featured at
different conventions; including RCA’s own
annual technical symposium.
What are some of the
success stories from the youth program that
stand out in your mind?
Have you got a week? There are
so many that I write a column for CQ Plus, the
digital amateur radio magazine.
The most recent period moved us into the
cellular and digital arenas. The club has
experienced quite a revolution in the last 20
years. Its ranks have expanded beyond the
technical development people to include
educators, marketers, business people,
and historians. The club probably has the
broadest membership that it has ever had in
So has the club steered away
from its origins in invention and research?
I would argue no. The club has been
very true to its roots. It has simply expanded
and developed a much broader following
because of its activities in fostering youth
and education and its activities in historical
research. It truly is a forum and seeks to
break down barriers and have people that
love communications come together to share
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