Welcome to the University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club

Above: Joel Thurtell, K8PSV demonstrating the Zenith 100-R for the club after his presentation. Jan 2018.

If you would like to be involved in ham radio activities and/or be a part of the club, send an email to w8umboard@umich.edu. Also join us on the third Thursday of each month for updates on club news and a presentation from a club member. Past topics can be found under the Club Meetings menu item.

January Meeting Announcement!

Hello UM Amateur Radio Club members and friends,

Our winter 2018 meetings begin this Thursday, January 18, at 6:30 pm in room 1311 EECS.  Pizza and beverages will be provided.  A full agenda is attached.

Our featured presentation will be “Zenith’s One-of-A-Kind 100-R: Trophy Collectible or Revolutionary Ham Receiver?” by Joel Thurtell, K8PSV

Joel was licensed as an amateur radio operator in 1959 when he was 14.  His paper route earnings wouldn’t pay for new gear, but he could afford to buy old radios.  Today, he prefers operating boat anchors.  He was a history major at Kalamazoo College and the University of Michigan.  He co-authored the lead article in the Spring 2018 issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary History published by MIT Press.  He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa, where he was 5V7JT . As “The Radiofinder,” he bought and sold classic radios.  He was a newspaper reporter for the South Bend Tribune, The (Berrien Springs) Journal Era, and the Detroit Free Press.  He teaches investigative reporting at Wayne State University.  He wrote a book, UP THE ROUGE!, published by Wayne State University Press.  His articles about ham radio have appeared in ELECTRIC RADIO, QST, and CQ.  He is the author of MOUSE CODE, a children’s book about amateur radio.

Parking Info

​For those driving to North Campus, I’m sorry to say that parking has gotten a bit more challenging.  UM has increased the hours of enforcement of parking permits on a couple of lots.  Both the NC27 lot (by the Walgreen Drama center) and the NC60 lot (by the Lurie Engineering Center) are now enforced until 8 pm, so you could get a ticket if you park in them without a UM “blue” or “gold” permit.  Fortunately there are still two other good options.  Lot NC48, on Hayward near Murfin is probably the best choice.  It is free after 5 pm and almost always has plenty of space in the evenings.  The best route is to go down the steps out of the east side of the parking lot, pass the Beyster building on the right, and then take the outdoor stairway underneath the Beyster building down to the diag area.  Turn left and go to the west entrance of EECS.  The left green line drawn on the attached parking map shows this route.  Another possibility is to park in lot NC28 behind the Space Research Building; that lot is also free after 5 pm.  From there, exit the parking lot to the west, come down the hill to the corner Hayward and Beal, then cross Hayward and follow Beal down to the east entrance of EECS.  The right green line drawn on the map shows this route.
Don – AC8TO

Learn about Ham Radio, Join the Club!

Communicate with other site stations around the world using U-M’s amateur radio station W8UM, obtain your own FCC Amateur Radio License, and get involved in an exciting hobby that you’ll enjoy for a lifetime.

Check out this flyer (pdf) describing our club.

Also, be sure to get on our e-mail list, so you’ll get announcements of upcoming meetings and events around the W8UM “shack”.







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