IRCA Convention Update

Phil Bytheway <phil_tekno@...>

2014 IRCA 50th Anniversary Convention – Billings, Montana

The 2014 IRCA 50th Anniversary Convention will be held in Billings, Montana on September 19th and 20th. John and Nancy Johnson of Mesa, Arizona are your convention hosts and will arrive a couple of days before the convention. The convention will be held at the Lexington Inn & Suites by Vantage located at 3040 King Avenue West. IRCA members are eligible to receive a special room rate of $95.00(US) per night plus 7% Lodging Tax & $1.00(US) TBID fees. A limited block of rooms have been set aside so you will want to make your reservations early. Please mention “IRCA-International Radio Club of America” when making your reservation for the special IRCA member’s rate. You may call them directly at 406-294-9090 or toll-free 1-877-488-4649. You will need to give them a credit card number and check-in and check-out dates. They do offer an airport shuttle. The parking area is quite large. With this rate you will enjoy the following COMPLIMENTARY top quality amenities to enhance your stay

* A 100% SMOKE-FREE and PET FREE to ensure a healthy environment,
* Guest rooms featuring beautiful furniture, sitting areas, spacious bright bathrooms, pillow-top mattresses, upgraded bed and bath linens and exceptionally quiet rooms,
* New Panasonic flat-screen TVs, iHome radios,
* Comfortable and well-lit workspaces with secure high-speed internet desk access,
* Voice mail and free local calls within the (406) area code,
* Free Internet – wired and wireless,
* Indoor swimming pool with hot tub, changing room and outdoor patio, fitness center,
* Hot continental breakfast. Some gluten items available for purchase.

For more information about Lexington Inn & Suites by Vantage go to

Radio station tours will be scheduled for Friday morning and afternoon. A tour of Connoisseur Media’s stations is almost finalized. Stations include News-talk KYYA-730, ESPN KBLG-910, Sky KRKX-94.1, The Zone KRZN-96.3, MY 105.9 KWMY, and KLPN-106.7 The Planet. Details will be updated as more tours are added. There will also be a tour of KTVQ 2.1 / Billings CW 2.2 on Friday evening to watch a live production of the 10 PM News. Tours are subject to availability of guides and may be subject to change. There will be several talks presented during the convention.

Tentative Schedule (almost complete):

Friday September 19
  8:30 AM – Registrations
  9:30 AM – Leave for station tour
11:30 PM – Open Lunch
  1:30 PM – Leave for KGHL tour
  3:30 PM – Open session
  6 PM – Pizza Ranch – IRCA Goodie Factory picks up the tab
  7:30 PM – John Johnson – Tower site presentation
  8:30 PM – Leave for KTVQ tour, lasting through 10 PM Newscast

Saturday September 20
10 AM – Mark Durenberger – D-CAS antenna
11 AM – Pat Martin – TP DX
12-2 PM – Open Lunch
  2 PM – Nick Hall-Patch’s presentation by Phil Bytheway
  3 PM – John Johnson reads – “Early IRCA History” by Larry Godwin
  4 PM – IRCA Business meeting
  5 PM – Open session
  6 PM – Banquet – Montana Rib & Chop House
  8 PM – Auction

Hungry? You’ll discover Billings, Montana is filled with numerous places to eat. There is a Johnny Carino’s adjacent to the convention hotel. A few blocks away there is a Pizza Ranch where we will gather on Friday evening. IRCA will pay for this event. Pizza Ranch is a buffet facility featuring pizza and broasted chicken. You can even ask for them to make a pizza your way. The Saturday night convention banquet will be held at the Montana Rib and Chop House.

Registration for club* members is just $35.00(US) (Does NOT include the banquet – details of the banquet will be announced later). Non-club member’s registration is $50.00(US) which includes a one year membership in the IRCA. (Hint: Save money, a one year membership in the IRCA is less than the increased registration fee for non-members. Join the IRCA now.) You may pay in advance by check or PayPal. If paying by PayPal, please add $1.00(US) to cover the $1.34(US) additional charges added on by PayPal. Use this PayPal address: john@... and include a message that the money if for the IRCA convention registration. If paying via check, make that out to John C Johnson and mail to 2922 S Olivewood, Mesa, AZ 85212-2923.

* Club membership in IRCA, NRC, or WTFDA qualifies for the $35.00(US) registration fee. Non club members are encouraged to join the IRCA.

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Phil Bytheway
IRCA President / Goodie Factory
Seattle WA
Drake R-7 / KIWA Loop

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