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Welcome to the Purdue University Amateur Radio Club (PARC) QRZ page! 

Visit us at www.w9yb.org!

Some Club History:

  • 24 December 1906: Reginald Fessenden, former head of Purdue electrical engineering, becomes the first to broadcast speech and music by radio.
  • 1910: The first attempt to assemble a station at Purdue is made in connection with the senior thesis of R. A. Garrett and O. W. Melndoo.
  • 1912: The Radio Act of 1912 first requires US radio stations to be licensed.
  • 1912-1913: The next Purdue transmitter is constructed by A. F. Hague, G. R. Pigman, and R. E. Cleveland, which makes contact with a station at the University of Illinois.
  • 1915: G. M. Wilson and E. H. Pullis improve the station by constructing a new oscillation transformer, receiving set, and high-tech tension condenser.
  • 1914-1917: John Fetzer builds a spark gap transmitter, then later a 500W radiotelephone station licensed as W9FD, while a part-time Purdue student taking classes with Professor A. V. Achatz.
  • 1918: Purdue begins offering a specialty in radio engineering, conducted by Professor Achatz, in conjunction with the U. S. Army Signal Corps. The first class graduates in 1922.
  • 1919: A temporary permit is issued for the operation of a station at Purdue.
  • 1920: The callsign 9WB is assigned by the federal government, along with transmitting privileges on the 200m and 375m bands.
  • 1920: Professor Achatz and D. L. Curtner begin construction of Indiana’s first commercial broadcast station.
  • 4 April 1922: The Federal Radio Commission recognize the station as WBAA.
  • 21 April 1922: WBAA’s first program is aired.
  • 1922: Professor Achatz is active in Purdue’s efforts to start the Western Conference radio service, a weekly on-air event between Big Ten schools.
  • 1926: 9YB and WBAA move into the newly completed Electrical Engineering building, and two Marconi towers are erected on the roof.
  • 1927: The Radio Act of 1927 gives regulatory authority of radio to the newly-formed Federal Radio Commission.
  • 27 October 1930: Roscoe George receives the license W9XG and sets up Purdue’s first television station. He had begun experimenting with amateur television in the late 1920s. The station first came on the air on 31 December 1931.
  • 1932: The callsign W9YB is assigned to the Amatuer Radio Club by the FRC.
  • 1934: By the Communications Act of 1934, the FRC is replaced by the Federal Communications Commission.
  • 1941: WBAA moves to its current location in Elliot Hall of Music, and the Amateur Radio Club to the basement, where the transmitter is operated by remote control.
  • 1963: W9YB moves to its present location in the West Tower of Purdue Memorial Union.

Our Shack!

If you've reached us on HF, it's been from one of these machines!

Main HF Station:  Yaesu FT-920

The Yaesu FT-920 is a modern DSP HF rig that operates 160m-10m with 6m as well.
RF Power output is 100W SSB/CW and 40W AM.  Connected to PC for logging, digital modes, and rig control.

Secondary HF Station:  Ten-Tec Omni V

This radio is a tad bit older with no DSP, but has an outstanding receiver.
RF Power output is 100W SSB/CW and 40W AM.

N9SJA’s Flex 5000A

This radio is a Flex Radio Systems 5000A software defined transceiver. It will operate AM/SSB/CW/FSK/FM and any digital mode using software.  Output power is approximately 100W SSB/CW/digi and 40 Watts AM and 50 Watts FM. This radio belongs to Nick N9SJA and is on loan since he upgrade to a Flex 6500 at his home shack.

N9PCT’s Kenwood TS-830S

This HF rig is an oldie but a goodie.  The solid state reciever in this radio is one of the finest ever made and rivals rigs with modern DSP receivers. It is a HF SSB and CW rig only 160m-10m (with WARC bands).  RF power output is approximately 100W but can vary a bit depending on the modulated signal.This rig belongs to N9PCT.

W9YB UHF / VHF Repeater systems

6 Meter:
53.190 MHz (-1.00MHz) PL: 131.8 Hz
IRLP & EchoLink coming soon!

2 Meter:
146.760 MHz(-600KHz) PL: 131.8 Hz
IRLP 4315

1.25 Meter:
224.960 MHz(-1.600MHz)

70 Centimeter:
444.500 MHz(+5MHz) PL 131.8 Hz
IRLP 4319

 W9YB 70cm DMR Repeater:
43.600 DMR 

2016-2017 Club Officers:

Albert Ferrante          KD2GSW    President

Paul Thieme              N9PCT         Vice President

Rachel McCartney    KD9FFQ      Treasurer

Patrick McDonnell    W3AXL       Secretary

Tim Miller                 N9DKI         W9YB Trustee

Contact Us

Please send QSL cards and other mail to:

Box 507 Stewart Center
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN

For inquiries, please send your email to radio@purdue.edu










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