Extent: 4.5 Linear Feet
Arrangement: Arranged in two series: I. QSL cards (arranged in rough chronological order), and II. Miscellaenous records.
Collection processed by: T.A.Gobert
The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Amateur Radio Club records (2010-14) collections primarily consists of QSL cards mailed to W2SZ by ham radio operators from around the world. Each card documents the sender's call letters along with the date, time, and location where a W2SZ message was received. Many of the cards also contain a graphic image representing the institution or area in which the message was received.
The collection also contains two record books from the 1950s to the 1960s, a 1925 relay station certificate, and miscellaneous items.
The RPI Amateur Radio Club was established on the Rensselaer campus around 1924. Originally formed at the Troy, New York, YMCA as radio station 2SZ, it later became W2SZ when the FCC mandated the addition of a W or K prefix to stations’ call letters. For many years the station was located in the attic of Sage Laboratory, and its antennae became a prominent feature on the building’s rooftop. After several moves, the station now resides in a trailer known as “the shack” on Sunset Terrace, where it overlooks the campus.
Club members maintain and operate radio equipment, hold licensing examinations, offer training, and participate in competitions. In addition to honing their skills on a variety of equipment, operators offer public services such as emergency communications in times of need.
Related Materials: Rensselaer Amateur Radio Club Records, #2000-12.
Preferred Citation: Rensselaer Amateur Radio Club records, 2010-14. Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.