Welcome to the MSU ARC!

Enter the world of amateur radio and become a part of the community at Michigan State University.

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The first radio station at Michigan State University was established through the efforts of the Amateur Radio Club in 1919 using the call letters of 8YG – broadcasting weather reports and farm market prices.

In 1925 8YG became WKAR, the public broadcast station of Michigan State University, while a ham radio station was formed using the call letters 8XBU. In 1927 the call 8SH was issued to the amateur radio station.

Today the MSU Amateur Radio Club operates W8SH and W8MSU from the campus in East Lansing.


What’s Happening In The Shack

New Ham!

Congrats to Balaji (KF8BJU) for passing his Technician License Exam and aquiring his license! Balaji is the VP of the MSU IEEE Student Branch. You can find Balaji on our Discord or in person at the College of Engineering.

Club Lunch – May

Great lunch at the Flap Jack Shack today! 10 of us were in attendance including Ed W8EO, Frank NF8M, Norah, Jay NT0Y, Charlie KE8ZRH, Boyd WA8FHI, Al W8RXY, Bob W8RSJ, and Dave K8GVK. The decision to order some materials for the summer project was finalized, stories were shared, and even some Yiddish made it’s way to the lunch table. Thanks for coming out! Check the calendar for the next event.

Meeting Notes for 4/28/2024

    Great meeting at 2121 today! For full meeting notes, please see the Discord page.
    Discussed were finances, coax and connector orders, possibly starting an active member list, targeting EC classes to solicit new members, and editing the constitution. If you’d like to join the next meeting or be involved with club business, let us know on Discord. See you next time.

    MI QSO Party Final Score

    Congrats to everyone that helped operate the Michigan QSO Party! MSU posted an amazing score of 123,880 including 518 QSOs and 152 multipliers and will be submitting for the Multi-Op/Single Transmitter category. Thanks to everybody that joined! The shack was completely packed full and we hope to see some of you come back for more contesting!

    MSUARC Club Meeting for April

    Norah, the President of the Amateur Radio Club, held a meeting which covered the following:

    • Meshtastic (Marc KE0PIJ)
    • IEEE Group Presentation
    • Michigan QSO Party
    • Repeater Improvements
    • Station Improvements and Ordering