Amateur Radio Club Records
UA.12.3.21

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Title
Amateur Radio Club records
ID
UA.12.3.21
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1948-1989
Date [inclusive]
1924-1992
Extent
3.0 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Historical Note

The first radio station at Michigan State University was established through the efforts of the Amateur Radio Club in 1919, under the call letters of 8YG, making it one of the earliest college radio stations in existence. Broadcasting weather reports and farm market prices was its primary function. In 1925, 8YG became WKAR, the commercial broadcast station, while a ham radio station was formed under the call letters 8XBU. 1927 saw the issuance of a new license and a new call sign, 8SH. The first day of operations for the College’s permanent call sign W8SH, was January 22, 1927. The club has been an active force in local and national communications during disasters and emergencies with membership in the Lansing Disaster Control plan (1964) and the Community Radio Watch Programs. While staying on top of advancing technology, W8SH placed the first United States to Europe slow-scan TV QSO, on February 22, 1969. The club also coordinated and broadcast chess matches between Lansing and Buffalo, New York. During the third Presidential debate on October 19, 1992, at Michigan State University, the Radio Club was doing its part by communicating with others around the nation. In 1951, Ian O. Ebert became faculty advisor for the Radio Club. He held this position for thirty one years. Upon Ebert’s death in 1982, Gerald Parks took over as faculty advisor, and currently advises the club. In 1983, the station W8SH, was dedicated and renamed Ebert Memorial Station.

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Scope and Content

The Amateur Radio Club records cover the time period 1924-1992, with the bulk falling between 1948 and 1989. Minutes of meetings, financial transactions, correspondence, and station and contest logs make up the majority of the collection. One bound volume contains early logs for WKAR (1924) and W8SH (1927-1931), as well as minutes of meetings (1932-1936), a list of operators (1927-1936), treasurer's reports (1933) and vibration experiment notes (1925). The records also include two boxes of QSL or "Radio Contact Cards" (1927-1950) arranged alphabetically by state and city. Certificates and commemorative QSL cards (1929-1986) are filed separately.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections February 1993

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  February 2006

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Community Radio Watch Programs.

Genre(s)

  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Ebert, Ian O.
  • Parks, Gerald

Subject(s)

  • Amateur radio stations
  • Radio broadcasting

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Construction 1948-1991 

1180 1

Minutes of Meetings 

Box Folder

 1948-1953 

1180 2

 1958-1959 

1180 3

 1961-1963 

1180 4

 1964 

1180 5

 1965-1968 

1180 6

 1969-1971 

1180 7

 1972 

1180 8

 1973 

1180 9

 1972-1979 

1180 10

 1980-1987 

1180 11
Box Folder

Treasurer's Book 1947-1963 

1180 12

Financial Transactions 1963-1968 

1180 13

Financial Transactions 1973-1987 

1180 14

Correspondence 1963-1971 

1180 15

Correspondence 1972-1986 

1180 16

Dedication of the Ebert Memorial Station W8SH 1983 

1180 17

Presidential Debate, October 1992 

1180 18

Membership Lists 1964-1977 

1180 19

Newspaper Clippings, Newsletters, and Advertisements 1963-1992 

1180 20

Lansing Disaster Control Plan 1964 

1180 21

Community Radio Watch Program 

1180 22

Miscellaneous 

1180 23

Station log, meeting minutes, reports (bound volume) 1987 

1180 24

Station Log 

Box Folder

 May 1948 - January 1950 

1180 25

 1950 

1180 26

 January 1951 - September 1953 

1180 27

 January 1951 - April 1955 

1180 28

Novice Log April 1955 - November 1957 

1180 29

Temco Log April 1955 - November 1957 

1180 30

 May - September 1957 

1181 1

 May 1958 - February 1959 

1181 2

Novice Log February 1961 - April 1963 

1181 3

 May 1962, October 1962 - July 1963 

1181 4

 September 1963- November 1963 

1181 5

 November 1963 

1181 6-7

 March - June 1964 

1181 8

 November 1963 - May 1964 

1181 9

 June - December 1964 

1181 10

 January 1965 - October 1966 

1181 11

 November 1966 - October 1967 

1181 12

 October - December 1967 

1181 13

 January - February 1968 

1181 14

 March 1968 - May 1969 

1181 15

 June 1969 - April 1970 

1181 16

 May 1970 - March 1971 

1181 17

 April 1971 - April 1972 

1181 18

 May 1972 - June 1973 

1181 19

 June 1973 - November 1974 

1181 20

 December 1974 - July 1976 

1181 21

 August 1976 - March 1978 

1181 22

 January 1980 - January 1989 

1181 23

 Undated 

1181 24
Box Folder

Guest Log May 1964 - May 1965, October 1980 - May 1985 

1183 1

Hamfest June 3, 1933 

1183 2

Contest Logs 

Box Folder

 1963-1967 

1183 3

 1970-1977 

1183 4

 1980-1986 

1183 5

 Undated 

1183 6
Box Folder

W8RDN Log July 1956 - November 1956 

1183 7

W8RDN Log July 1956 - October 1958 

1183 8

Daniel Jose Windholz Log April 1971 

1183 9

John S. Beardsley's Log May 1976 - June 1980 

1183 10

Certificates 1964, 1966-1986 

1183 11

QSL cards 1929-1986 

1183 12

Box A 1927-1939 

Box B 1940-1950 

Oversize 

Drawer

Certificates 1964-1966 

9
Drawer

Photographs 

Photographs

Engineering Open House 1992 

New Station Presented to MSU June 6th, 1984 

Radio Station 

Slow Scan TV Transmission