Amateur radio in the news: Purdue club

Geoffrey Stewart, son of Andy Stewart of Chelmsford, operates his ham radio. His call sign is KB1USE. COURTESY PHOTO

Ham radio: the original social network
Andy Stewart and his friends could be considered revolutionary. “The jokes that I hear are that ham radio was the original social network,” he said.

Purdue’s ham radio club turns 100.
During open house, members can spend their time however they want. Most of the time, members learn more about ham radio, make new contacts from around the world and fix radios. One time, a few members even made a credit card scanner just for fun.

Volunteers vital to Weather Service during severe storms
With the forecast calling for possible severe weather Thursday, the National Weather Service expects to call on its team of weather spotters. They include Roane County ham radio operator Phil Newman. For 16 years, Newman has communicated to fellow operators around the region and the world….


  1. Elwood Downey, WB0OEW says:

    Hail Purdue! (BSEE 1977)

    • Dan KB6NU says:

      Cool. Did you belong to the club back then?

      • Elwood Downey, WB0OEW says:

        Yes, I spent many late nights there. My favorite operating postion was the Drake station, which is why I own a TR4Cw to this day. Our unofficial mascot was Yogi Bear (W9YB), and even more unofficially we would sign as Yogi Bear.

        I’m not sure when they consider the start of the actual club, but 1913 is usually considered the date of the first successful QSO from campus, see more history ar

        BTW, I found I can not post from my iPad because it does not include the hints to answer the authentication, I only see those when I post from a laptop. The captcha is much easier though, thanks for changing that, but I guess that weakens it too.

  2. Larry Koziel says:

    The article on Purdue’s club only says that it’s “Purdue’s longest-standing club.” There’s no mention of a founding date or of its turning 100. Where did the headline come from?

    Larry K8MU

    • Dan KB6NU says:

      Hmmmm. The University of Michigan is celebrating its 100th anniversary, so I guess I assumed they were also.

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