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!
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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