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ECE News Story

Ham Club is active again!

With the enthusiastic work of a team of graduate and undergraduate EECS students, the University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club is once again up and running. Located on the fourth floor of the EECS building, the club is using its previous call sign, W8UM.

The station presently is running a TS-450S/AT HF transceiver on loan to the club by one of the local Ann Arbor amateurs. The antenna is an 80/40m fan dipole up 65 ft. atop the EECS building. It is working well and is also resonant and useable on 15m and 10m with a matching network. VHF access is through the club’s old TS-700A all-mode rig and a roof-top Discone courtesy of one of the university retired staff.

Future plans include installation of a short tower and a rotatable antenna for 20m through 10m, the search for a more modern VHF rig that permits access to the local repeaters including the club’s own 2-meter station, a membership drive and an FCC license course for new hams.

“We've been making some early evening 40m contacts lately and the station is getting good signal and audio reports,” says graduate student Chris Galbraith, club president, “But there’s much more to do, including antenna work and the acquisition of some good modern equipment.” Near-future plans include installation of a short tower and a rotatable antenna for 20m through 10m, the search for a more modern VHF rig, a membership drive, and an FCC license course for new hams.

Note: Anyone wishing to donate equipment to the club should contact Catharine June at cmsj@umich.edu, or (734) 936-2965.