School is almost out…let the nets begin

motion-p-gold-1With the semester coming to an end most of the student members of W9YB will be leaving Purdue for the summer.  Be it that they are going back to their home state/city, an internship, or graduating and moving on with life.

Congratulations ladies and gentlemen on a great year at W9YB!

In an effort so that we can better stay in touch, we have decided to make some nets happen on our IRLP nodes as well as on HF.



The W9YB repeater/IRLP net will be held on Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm EDT.  I have secured a connection to an IRLP reflector so that everyone who wishes to connect via IRLP can do so.  The IRLP reflector node is 9615.  To disconnect when you are done enter 73.  

The W9YB members and alumni NET:

The HF net will be held also on Sunday evenings at 8:00 pm EDT on 40m.  The frequency will be 7.285 +/- QRM, but we will send out an e-mail approximately 15 minutes before the net to confirm the exact frequency.

Be sure to sign up with our e-mail list service to be notified of future nets, frequencies, and other good information.

You can sign up by clicking HERE.


Amateur Radio License Exam Session




On Saturday, April 25th the W9YB VE Team will be conducting a licensing exam session.

The exam session will be held at Rawls Hall (room 2077).  The times are from 9:00 am until 11:00am.

For more information, maps/parking, and to register for the exam, please visit the licensing page at


W9YB – Amateur Radio License Exam Study Session

VE-patch2On Wednesday, April 22nd at 8:00pm EDT there will be an amateur radio license exam study session held that the W9YB shack.

This is a great opportunity to have any test questions answered by experienced hams and VEs.  Is there a concept that is on the exam that you do not understand well? There will be many Extra class and long time licensee holders present as well as Volunteer Examiners (VE).

We will meet at that W9YB shack at 8:00pm on 4/12/2015.  The study session will last approximately 2 hours (8-10pm)The W9YB shack is located in the Purdue Memorial Union, West Tower (Room 370) on the top floor.

Parking in the Wood street garage is free.  The Grant street garage now charges people to park at that location, even after hours so please be aware.

2014 CQ World-Wide SSB DX contest results.

W9YB-2014-CQ-WW-DX-SSB-certificateThe results of the 2014 CQ World-Wide SSB DX Contest are in, and it looks like W9YB had quite a good showing!  I am happy to announce that W9YB has ranked #2 in the 9th call area and #19 in the USA in the Multi-Operator/Multi-Transmitter category.

The total score was 383,829 points.

Operators during the contest were Nick N9SJA, Eugene KA9NOH, Yuhi “Z” BI4QXZ, Gary NQ9G, Kyler KD9AWO, and Jake KC9RQT.  Very well done gentlemen.

Attached here is also the text log, that shows contacts by operator complete with frequency, time, date, and exchange information.  To view it click HERE.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and supported us in this contest!

73! W9YB

ARRL DX Worldwide Contest

Arrl_logo_transparentARRL DX Worldwide SSB Contest 2015

Come join us for some fun radio sport with the ARRL DX Worldwide SSB contest on Friday March 6th at 7:00 pm.

The contest hours go from Friday March 6th, 5:00 pm EST until Sunday March 8th, at 7:59 pm.
(Contest Period: 48 hours each mode.  Starts 0000 UTC Saturday; ends 2359 UTC Sunday.)

There will be experienced Amateur Extra operators on hand 2 hours in advance to show you how to work the contest.  This is a multi-operator / multi-transmitter contest, so there will be plenty of radios and people operating the contest all weekend long.

This is a fun and fast paced contest to work as many international stations as possible over the 48 hour period.

For more information please visit or ask a W9YB member if you have questions.


73! de W9YB

Amateur Radio License Exam Session!





On Saturday, Feburary 21st the W9YB VE Team will be conducting a licensing exam session.

The exam session will be held at Rawls Hall (room 2077).  The times are from 9:00 am until 11:00am.

For more information, maps/parking, and to register for the exam, please visit the licensing page at




Amateur Radio Exam Study Sessions

VE-patch2W9YB is holding study sessions for people seeking to get (or upgrade) their amateur radio license.  Plenty of Amateur Extra license holders will be present if you have questions about elements on the exam.

We are going to hold two study sessions:


Monday, February 16 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the W9YB club house (PMU 370 – west tower).

Wednesday, February 18 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the W9YB club house (PMU 370 – west tower).

These study sessions are an excellent opportunity to get any questions asked by veteran hams, prior to the W9YB VE team test session Saturday (Feb 21) exam.

All aspiring amateurs are welcome to attend from the community at large.


W9YB Club Callouts

w9yb.jpgW9YB Club Callout!

Where:  Purdue Memorial Union Building Room 370
(west tower – “our shack”)

When:  Thursday, January 29th, 2015  6:00 PM
What:  A general callout for members of the W9YB Purdue University Amateur Radio Club.

Meet new and interesting people all interested in Amateur (ham) Radio!  W9YB is looking for new members.  You need not be a licensed ham to be a member of the club.  We can also help you with becoming a licensed ham radio op!

If your interested in any of the following then our club has got you covered:

  • Amateur (Ham) Radio
  • RF electronics
  • Software Defined Radio
  • Satellites
  • High Altitude Ballooning
  • Radio Contesting
  • Radio Direction Finding
  • Experimental electronics design and project building
  • Experimental software design and project building

There are a lot of interesting people in the club, and we always have a great time.  Stop in and see us!


73! de W9YB

W9YB Repeater Nets Are Back!

DSC_0013Welcome back from break Students, and Hams!  The Bi-weekly repeater nets are back!  Starting Tuesday, January 20th at 8:00 pm EST.

Grab your HT or tune in while mobile, or from your base station in the house.

These nets are open to everyone in the amateur radio community in the area.

On the nets we discuss W9YB club activities, contests, DX, anything and everything with radio and usually afterwards have some awesome round-table conversations where you can meet and chat with interesting and really cool people!

For the nets we will link both the W9YB 2m and 70cm repeaters using IRLP.

W9YB 2m Repeater:  146.760 – (146.160 input)  PL tone 131.8 Hz
W9YB 70cm Repeater:  444.500 + (449.500 input)  PL tone 131.8 Hz

So get your rig and check into our bi-weekly net!  See the schedule for other net times at

See you on the W9YB repeater net!

73! de W9YB

Merry Christmas from the W9YB gang!

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the gang at W9YB PARC!!!


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The entire gang will be gone for the Holiday break, but we will resume our net schedule and see you again in 2015!

To all of our supporters, friends, and family have a very merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years!!!