W2SZ - Background Information

Amateur Radio Station W2SZ, the student ham radio voice of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is identified as one of the oldest continuously active radio clubs. The club has been providing services for its members, and the community, as far back as 1924.

The station provides amateurs with an opportunity to keep in contact with friends at home as well as providing for the learning of simple radio and basic electronics. The station also provides a relaxed atmosphere where the members can go and relax to get away from the stress of classes and work.

W2SZ, known to members as Zed, is a friendly group of people that are willing to share their knowledge and help those who have an interest in ham radio to get, or advance, their license. In addition they are willing to share their knowledge in the proper maintenance and operation of both club and personal equipment.

The club currently consists of about 40 members and is located at 250 Sunset Terrace, Troy, NY. It also has contact with many of the past members who have long since graduated from RPI, or community members who live in the Troy vicinity. It provides the members with many contacts, and also provides the community with a viable method of communication thought the repeater arrays that the club has. In addition to day to day communications, W2SZ also offers lines of communication during periods of crisis. Examples of the Club's community involvement were during the San Francisco earthquake, and more recently during Operation Desert Storm.

If you would like more information please feel free to call the club at x6578 or email the officers.

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