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W2SZ Amateur Radio Club



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QSL cards

Miscellaneous records

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W2SZ Amateur Radio Club, 1924-1974

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Title: W2SZ Amateur Radio Club, 1924-1974Add to your cart.

Extent: 4.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arranged in two series:  I. QSL cards (arranged in rough chronological order), and II. Miscellaenous records.

Languages: English

Collection processed by: T.A.Gobert


Ham radio QSL cards and other records of the R.P.I. Amateur Radio Club.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

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.

Administrative Information

Repository: Institute Archives and Special Collections

Related Materials: W2SZ Amateur Radio Club, #2000-12.

Preferred Citation: Rensselaer Amateur Radio Club records, 2010-14. Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series I: QSL cards, 1924-2003],
[Series II: Miscellaneous records, 1925-1966],

Series I: QSL cards, 1924-2003Add to your cart.
Box 1: QSL cards, 1924-1949Add to your cart.
Box 2: QSL cards, 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Box 3: QSL cards, 1956-1967Add to your cart.
Box 4: QSL cards, 1961-1971Add to your cart.
Box 5: QSL cards, 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Box 6: QSL cards, 1972-1974Add to your cart.
Box 7: QSL cards, 1974Add to your cart.
Box 8: QSL cards, 1975-1989Add to your cart.
Box 9: QSL cards, 1980-2003Add to your cart.
Series II: Miscellaneous records, 1925-1966Add to your cart.
Item 1: Equipment Supervisor Record Book, 1957-1966Add to your cart.
Item 2: Minute Book, 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miscellany, 1925-1964Add to your cart.
Item 1: Official Relay Station Certificate, 1925/01/05Add to your cart.
Item 2: Postcard, 1946/11/06Add to your cart.
Item 3: Photo postcard from K4PNM Maritime Mobile U.S.S Mount McKinley, 1965/05/14Add to your cart.

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