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Starting Wednesday, 16 August 2017, the Wed evening Alabama Friends Net and Thurs evening UARC Thursday Night Net (both at 8 pm central time) will be based on IRLP reflector channel 9667.  This channel is now equipped as tri-mode IRLP, Echolink, and AllStar so anyone, anywhere is invited to join us.  Y'all come see us sooner rather than later!! Echolink access NL7EZ-R (try -L if -R doesn't get you in) and the AllStar node is # 42257. Thanks to Chris NL7EZ and Ralph KL7RW.

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University Amateur Radio Club (UARC) Boosters is a private club with primary mission to support the UARC student organization at The University of Alabama, by a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), with radio operating opportunities and service as an educational vehicle for teaching the art and science of radio. A number of UA alumni are members of UARC Boosters. They energetically and enthusiastically support UARC's commitment to advancing, in a collegial atmosphere, a meaningful educational focus on radio activities for both licensed students and unlicensed individuals in the UA student community with an interest in radio. The Trustee of W4UAL is Perry Wheless, K4CWW, and the UARC Boosters club President is Allan Thompson, KV4T.  The UARC student organization is the only authorized user of the call sign W4UAL, by MoA, on The University of Alabama campus - use by other UA personnel and offices/organizations is prohibited.

QSL NOTES: eQSL is preferred, and W4UAL is AG status. A SASE is much appreciated for cards by snail mail, and a SASE will get you a guaranteed and quick reply. When cards without SASE get answered depends on availability of funds. W4UAL does NOT participate in LoTW or QRZ.COM Logbook at this time. To request a snail mail W4UAL QSL, please send a SASE with your card to: W4UAL c/o Perry Wheless, PO Box 11134, Tuscaloosa, AL 35486 .

W4UAL WAS AGAIN ACTIVE IN THE 2016 ARRL NOV SWEEPSTAKES, BOTH PHONE AND CW. UARC ACTIVATED SEVERAL NATIONAL PARKS IN THE 2016 NPOTA PROGRAM, AND ALSO HAS BEEN A REGULAR IN FELD HELL CLUB MONTHLY HELLSCHEIBER SPRINTS SINCE MID-2015. CHECK OUT FELDHELLCLUB.ORG IF YOU HAVEN'T DONE SO ALREADY.  THANKS TO ALL WORKING US!  

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ROLL TIDE !!!

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Photos below are posted on behalf of UARC:

Dan, W4BRE, was a 1962 UARC Charter Member who could not attend the Ham Homecoming in Oct 2012 in Tuscaloosa, and we just recently obtained the photo below taken (photos by of M.D. WA4DXP) at the Huntsville Hamfest 17 Aug 2013:

Mike K4GU (left) with UARC student member David Gillespie 17 Aug 2013 at Huntsville. David started the morning with no license but after three exams at the Hamfest he left an Extra class at the end of the day:

Ben Lowe K4QF (below) has logged many miles and years of acquaintance with K4CWW, and Ben is a good friend of UARC:

Finally, since we hear everybody loves Cactus K4YMB, he is a friend of M.D. Smith WA4DXP, and regular checkin on the Crimson Tide Net, we thought everybody should get to see what he looks like (Cactus left, M.D. right):

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2012 saw the 50th Anniversary of the club founding, and UARC hosted a number of 1962 charter members for a Ham Homecoming October 12-14. Selected pictures follow ......

Ham Homecoming on the Quad - - - station tents with Denny Chimes in the background - - -

Temporary antenna used on the Quad ....

1962 Charter Member M.D. Smith WA4DXP works "Cactus" in Scottsboro on the B&W / Hammarlund AM rig -----

Perry K4CWW and Cindy KE4ITS working AM while Dee Smith (background) watches -----

Kolton KC9FYQ at the AM rig ....

Jim W4YXU in photo by Young Howard Smith W4YHS ------

M.D. WA4DXP (left) with 1962 Charter Member Howard W4YHS / XYL Linda with Bryant-Denny Stadium in background -----

UARC 1987-1990 Former President Mike K4GU fills another log sheet on SSB ----

UARC President Kolton KC9FYQ rockin' and rollin' on 20m ----

Rusty AD4NW at the mic on SSB .....

Perry K4CWW pontificating (oratory of a religious figure, usually regarding dogmatic or religious subjects in a radio context) on the Quad ---

Perry K4CWW at the main operating position of the regular club station ....

 

REPEATERS: The W4UAL 2-meter repeater (145.21 PL 103.5) serves as an IRLP node (node #4719) and is usually linked to reflector 9070 in Alaska. Anyone is welcome on the W4UAL repeater.

 

University Amateur Radio Club

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

UARC was founded on 12 March 1962 in order to promote amateur radio at The University of Alabama. The founding members included Gayle B. Haymon K4OZY (now W1GUM), Charles H. (Harvey) Haskew K4PYZ (SK, Mobile, AL 1995), William T. Yates K4WWP (SK, Oxnard, CA 2008), Kenneth W. Corbett K4RBW, C.R. Blankenship K4FHR, Walton Williams W4BAI (still W4BAI), and Carl F. Freeman WA4AQW (still WA4AQW). Additional club charter members circa 1962 include Bill Jackson K4AJG, Jim McLester W4YXU, M.D. Smith WA4DXP, Howard Smith W4YHS, and Dan Whitsett W4BRE.

UARC held the club callsign WB4LDG from 1970 to 1985, when a lull in activity caused the station license to lapse.The next club call was KF4ADO, and the present vanity call sign W4UAL was obtained in 1996, both thanks to the special interest and efforts of Mike Fanning (WA4QHI, now K4GU) and Rick David (WC4Q). Dr. Perry Wheless, K4CWW, covered club special events such as Field Day from 1987 until UARC received their new call of KF4ADO, and has served as Trustee for both KF4ADO and W4UAL continuously since he came to The University of Alabama in 1987.

The original club station was housed in the rotunda of the old student union building (now the Communications building), but ongoing RFI issues with the WUAL radio station co-located at that same building prompted a move in 1978. Dr. James Walters, a civil engineering professor and ham, arranged with Dr. Ranier Gruening for the station to be set up and operated from The German House for one year. Then, Dr. Walters obtained a directive from UA President David Matthews for a room to be constructed on the sixth floor (attic) of Paty Hall, an all-male dormitory, and the radio club was moved there. UARC has been at Paty from 1979 to this day.

The W4UAL 2-meter repeater began operation on 144.61 / 145.21 in 1990 under call K4CWW before converting to the call W4UAL in 1996. Tone access (103.5) has been on the repeater since 1997, not for any privacy wish but due to sporadic DX interference keying the transmitter when tone access is deactivated. Since 2007, an InternetRadioLinkingProject (IRLP) node (#4719) has been co-located at the W4UAL repeater. At this time, the IRLP node requires a security code to turn links on and off, but it is intended that the IRLP operation will be become available to the public amateur radio community in the near future. Visitors are welcome to access and enjoy the repeater at any time, with the understanding that they cannot control the IRLP linking under the present operational setup.

Currently available HF equipment includes Kenwood TS-480 and TS-590S radios, a Ten Tec Corsair II and Hercules solid-state amplifier, two vintage AM stations on loan from K4CWW, and a Hy-gain Explorer 14 yagi. VHF equipment includes a Yaesu FT-847 on 6m/2m/440 with a 5-element 6m yagi and two 19-element 2m and 432 yagis. There are also dipoles for 40m and 80m atop Paty Hall on the UA campus.

W4UAL is active in numerous annual CQ, ARRL, 10-10, and AWA contests, especially the June and September ARRL VHF contests, CQ WW and WPX, and the two major 10-10 contests. In the 2015 ARRL phone and cw Sweepstakes, W4UAL got two clean sweeps. Further, W4UAL has been activated from the QTH of K4CWW for ARRL and CQ 160m CW contests in recent years.

Trustee for W4UAL is Perry Wheless, K4CWW. On-campus University of Alabama student organization UARC officers for 2016-2017 are President Connor Smith KE4CS, Vice-President Stephanie Wood KM4KGM, and the Secretary-Treasurer is Thomas Krimmel KM6BDZ. 

 

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