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Clarkson University Amateur Radio Club

The call sign was acquired when Clarkson University was known as Clarkson College of Technology, hence the "CC". K2CC is made up of a diverse group of students, faculty, and other members of the Potsdam community with interests in ham radio, electronics, computers, and community service.

Originally licensed in 1922 as 8UF. Other callsigns held by the club have been 8XBH, 8VD, W8NMH and W2TAB.

The Clarkson University Amateur Radio Club operates analog and D-star repeaters. For more info visit the K2CC/R page.


Clarkson honorary bricks located at the Diamond Terrace at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT


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Early History

Radio was first pioneered at Clarkson College of Technology by Harold Rolph During Roess (1897-1974), 8BKR/W8CF, known by his friends as "Birdie." After earning his Bachelor of Science in Chemical engineering from Clarkson in 1921, Birdie moved to Pennsylvania to work for Westinghouse Electric Corporation where he worked as a broadcast engineer at KDKA, the first commercially licensed radio station in the world. Birdie's station was personally owned, and much of it went with him when he graduated. The effect of his departure is beautifully illustrated by this poem, published by an anonymous author in the February 1922 issue of the school's newspaper "The Integrator":


Listen, Oh, studes,
And I will relate
Why the shack back of Tech
Reposes in state;
Why the antenna swaying,
Idle in the breeze,
No longer gives forth
Its midnight wheeze;
Why the lights along Pierrepont
No longer flicker
With the stuttering starts
Of Birdie’s ticker.

For Birdie is gone
From his cluttered cell
And the coils of junk
That he loved so well.
His paragon tuners
On the shelf repose;
His detector tube
No longer glows
Out into the night
Dispelling the gloom
While KDKA’S program
Resounds through the room.


A pioneer bold
He proved to be,
Chasing at random
The wireless mystery.
Window glass condensers
Immersed in kerosene,
A spark gap propelled by
A motor from a washing machine,
And other makeshifts
Birdie employed;
But he got success
Others rarely enjoyed.

But now he is gone
To pastures new,
Where the tubes he blows
Are not a few.
He revels in radio
To his heart’s content;
And glad is he
For the hours he spent
In the radio shack
In the rear of Tech
Immersed in home-mades
Up to his neck.


For what was a hobby
A job has become,
And work and play
Are combined in one.
Old friend Davis
Is lonesome, too;
No longer does
The air grow blue
When amidst music,
Sweet and thin,
“B. B. B.” comes
Roaring in.

The first radio service station
In the land
Carries on its duties
Under Birdie’s command.
It’s pluck and initiative
And plenty of sand
That puts the Teachers
Where they stand.
and, you at Clarkson,
Keep in your mind
Ours is the best little college
The world can find.



After Birdie's departure, several inspired individuals formed the Clarkson College Amateur Radio Club, built a new transmitter, and 8UF was on the air by mid-1922. 

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