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Homecoming 2014

The year's Homecoming Special Event will be November 1, 2014. The start time will depend on the kickoff time of the Homecoming football game. We will attempt to do another special operating event at the Homecoming party in the shack of the Georgia Tech Radio Club but this hasn't been confirmed. Check back for more information as we get closer to Homecoming.

Homecoming 2013 - Special Event Update

All direct QSLs for the Homecoming Event on November 2, 2013 have been shipped. Please email W4ATL if you have any questions about the QSL.


The Georgia Tech Alumni Amateur Radio Club is an association of Georgia Tech alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Georgia Tech with the purpose of supporting amateur radio at Georgia Tech and preserving its rich history.

The Amateur Radio Club at Georgia Tech traces its beginnings to 1912, when the call sign "4XG" was issued so Electrical Engineering students at Georgia Tech could experiment with wireless communication.

After World War I, the club was issued a new call sign "4YA." In the mid-20s the club used 4AV and later "W4YA" when W prefixes were added to call signs. In the late 20s a lack of activity and resources led to the club call expiring. In 1931 the club was reorganized and a new club call, W4AQL, was issued. The club continues to use that call today.

Among some of the accomplishments of the school club by past members are:

  • 1923 Transatlantic Tests conducted and 4YA was successfully heard in England
  • Georgia Defense Net Control December 1941.
  • Providing communication assistance to the US Coast Guard for a ship in distress
  • Mexico City Earthquake Health and Welfare Communications
  • Hurricane Gilbert and Hugo Health and Welfare Communications

Please contact W4ATL if you have any stories, pictures or information regarding the early days of the Georgia Tech Radio Club and for membership information. As information is collected it will be posted for members and interested persons.

November Sweepstakes at the Georgia Tech Amateur Radio Club in 1990. At this time the shack was in room E180 of the Van Leer Electrical Engineering Building. All logging was done with paper. Note the table in the left picture where the large "dupe" sheet was used to write calls in a grid fashion so duplicate contacts during the contest could be avoided. One operator was on the "run" station, another looked for missing sections while the third filled in the dupe sheet and checked it for duplicates. That person would yell "Dupe!" when someone called us that we had already worked. In these pictures, W4TM operates while W4RU (SK) looks for missing sections.

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