Courtesy of the Rice Amateur Radio Club:
Bonus: Last night’s rains left a beautiful mirror in the quad.
Note: No post tomorrow for Good Friday. Also no post next Friday for Good Friday.
I used to be the trustee for W5YG. I s the station still going? If so who is the Trustee? There used to be a station in Abercrombie and a Tower at the end of it.
No, it’s no longer going. Which end was the tower on?
And John Iliffe is looking for you!
I think it’s the same tower as in this post:
I think that’s right.
I apologize in advance for my poor description of buildings and directions. It has been about 35 years since I was last at Rice. W5YG used the 90+ foot tower on the ME/Civil E building to support a 160 meter V antenna. This is not the tower I was referring to. The tower I mentioned was about 40 feet tall and had a beam on top of it. Tim Bratton and a graduate at Houston Light and Power were responsible for obtaining it and erecting it. As I remember, it was across the driveway from Abercrombie that runs behind the ME/CE building. The room was at the end of Abercrombie next to the driveway. There was an article written — I don’t remember whether it was in the Post or the Rice Paper.
Happy Easter! I talked more about the tower and its location in my response to Doug Williams. I have a regular correspondence with John and was unaware that we were out of communication. I wish that the Computer History Museum would officially recognize that Rice Collection — sigh!
Are you sure that W5YG is not active? The license is current, renewed in 2016.
They seem to have an antenna, but might not have a permanent room (ham shack). I’d ask Professor Reiff (http://space.rice.edu/reiff/), trustee for the license.
I’ll go talk to her on Monday!
Yes, the Rice Ham station W5YG is still up and going! The shack is in Herman Brown Hall and the antennas are on the roof. I teach a “Physics of Ham Radio” class PHYS 501 every other year, and we get 8-10 new hams each time I teach the class. We have a mailing list; if you are a ham and live in the vicinity and would like to see or use our rig, let me know: W5YG@rice.edu. (Patricia Reiff, Physics & Astronomy)
Back in the day when Rice phone numbers were a real mixed bag of exchanges.
Relaying messages was the origin of the Amateur Radio Relay League, the national association for radio amateurs in the US. You can still send a “radiogram” through the ARRL.
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