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Amateur Radio Club Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-12.3.21

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), vibration experiment notes (1925), certificates, and W8SH QSL or "Radio Contact Cards". The records also include two boxes of QSL and QSO Cards (1927-1950) arranged alphabetically by U.S. state and city, as well as fifteen boxes of QSL and QSO Cards (1929-1986) organized by U.S. states and country call signs. See archivist for list of countries and corresponding call signs.


  • Creation: 1924 - 1992
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1948 - 1989


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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 Park took over as faculty advisor, where he served for fifteen years. In 1983, the station W8SH, was dedicated and renamed Ebert Memorial Station.


6 Cubic Feet (Three cubic foot boxes Twelve shoe boxes)

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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Amateur Radio Club Records
4 Published And Cataloged
D. Gilmore Rebecca Yeomans-Stephenson
February 1993
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US