History of W9YB

W9YB is one of the longest standing clubs on the Purdue campus, and one of the longest standing amateur radio clubs in the United States, with the current callsign dating back to 1932 and the previous experimental callsign 9YB dating back to 1919. Some could even say the club dates back to the original experimentation by R. Fessenden in 1906.

The club has a rich history in experimentation and innovation, and has been in continuous operation for its entire history starting from the early 1900’s. Follow the progression of our club and of radio communications in the timeline below:

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If you have any anecdotes or club milestones you’d like to add, feel free to email us! For more trivia and recollections from club history, visit the vintage W9YB wiki.