History of the Club

The SIU Amateur Radio Club is one of the oldest student organizations on the Carbondale campus.  It was founded in 1934 and was affiliated with the Synton National Radio Fraternity in 1935 as the Epsilon Chapter, the first chapter outside of the Big Ten Conference. In the 1938 Radio Amateur Call Book, the station trustee was listed as Dr. Otis B. Young. In the early years, the club operated a station in Parkinson Laboratory. Later stations were located in Pulliam Hall, Lentz Hall, the Communications Building, and finally,  the Engineering and Technology complex.  Today the club shack remains on the ground floor of the D wing of Engineering, in room D0046.

The Callsign

The club callsign, W9UIH, was originally issued to the SIUC Epsilon chapter of the Synton fraternity when the club was organized in 1934.  Later, the club operated with the callsign WA9FGX for a period in the mid 1960s-early 1980s. Then Station Trustee and advisor  Mike Hoshiko, W9CJW worked to recover the original callsign in the 1980s. Today, the club retains its historic call thanks to Mike’s efforts. John Mead, W9OW continued the club as trustee, and now the current club trustee is K9UH, David T. Williams.

QSL Card Designs

We have had several QSL card designs throughout the years. Unfortunately, all QSL cards before the late 60’s have been lost due to many movements of the club before finally settling in the Engineering and Technology complex. Here they are below:


CQ Alumni

Do you have stories, photos, QSL cards, or anything else that could add to our history of amateur radio at SIU?  We would like to hear from you.  Please contact David T Williams email