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Hello fellow Amateur Radio operators and welcome to the QRZ.com homepage for the student run amateur radio organization (Panther Amateur Radio Club) on the University of Pittsburgh main campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The presence of Amateur Radio on the University of Pittsburgh campus is one of the longest standing amateur radio establishments at a public university in the world. W3YI is historically tied to 8YI, which was the 'special land station' callsign issued to the University of Pittsburgh in 1915 (see page 3 here)

Our club has gone through countless changes in the past couple of years, mainly pertaining to a brand new operating station and HF Yagi antenna installation. The project to get the club back on HF was a long and tedious journey and we can only continue to thank the people that put in countless hours of work to provide the student members with not only a great University Amateur Radio Club, but a world class HF radio station.

Here's a little bit of info on what we operate:

Our main HF radio is an Icom - 781 which was given to the club as a gift by the University in the early 1990s. It's still doing a great job for us today and has been chugging along in the contests we've thrown at it.

Our main HF antenna is a 4 element SteppIR (pictured) that covers 40-6m with it's 40/30 dipole addon kit. The SteppIR is installed on a 45 ft crank up tower, of which is installed on the roof of the University's 13 story Swanson School of Engineering. The tower was installed by inserting it between a rooftop honeycomb system and securing it with steel hardware at the both the top and the bottom of the tower. We estimate that the antenna sits about 150 feet above ground because of this. We have an excellent unobstructed view of the horizon at 45 degrees to give us an excellent signal into Europe. In addition to HF, we have two dual band 2/440 vertical antennas installed on the roof of the engineering building for two VHF/UHF radios, one serving as an APRS digipeater (See W3YI-1), and the other for FM repeater/simplex use.

To top off the University's amateur radio presence, we are extremely fortunate to have an excellent site for our 443.45MHz repeater. Our repeater sits atop the 42 story (535ft) Cathedral of Learning (pictured) which is the centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh. This excellent spot for a repeater allows for a truly amazing footprint for a 440MHz repeater. We've had people check into the repeater from up to 70 miles away in Ohio. Our repeater is Echolink enabled. Our node number is 443450 and the callsign is W3YJ-R (our repeater trustee and alumni member of the club).

Current Officers:

President - Brandon Contino (KE0COO)
Trustee & Faculty Advisor - Juan Manfredi (NA0B)
Repeater Trustee & Alumni Advisor - Harry Bloomberg (W3YJ)
Staff Advisor  - Rich Colwell (WA3QKX)

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