W8EDU is the amateur radio club of Case Western Reserve University. Unlike our friends at WRUW, who broadcast radio for the public to listen to, ham radio operators transmit on the radio to communicate with one another. Ham radio operators make contacts around the world and include many diverse hobby groups.
W8EDU has a strong contesting presence, an active alumni base, and a VE team that administers regular licensing exams.
Want to visit? Come to club operating hours (Thursdays from 7-9pm) in the radio shack. Directions can be found on our Contact page.
The Case Amateur Radio Club Station W8EDU Mission Statement And Statement of Purpose
This document defines the mission and purposes of Amateur Radio Station W8EDU, with permanent facilities on the roof of CWRU’s Glennan Engineering building.
To maintain the university’s amateur radio station license as issued by the Federal Communications Commission.
To maintain the university’s amateur radio station, W8EDU along with its equipment, antennas, antenna supports, antenna feedlines, operating positions, shop facilities, and storage space.
To further the station, club, and university’s fulfillment of the purposes of the Amateur Radio Service, as described in Code of Federal Regulations Part 47 Section 97:
§97.1 Basis and purpose.
The rules and regulations in this part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:
(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur’s proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.
(c) Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communication and technical phases of the art.
(d) Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.
(e) Continuation and extension of the amateur’s unique ability to enhance international goodwill.
To support the electrical engineering department’s curricular, research, and extracurricular activities that involve radio and its associated concepts. This may be done through providing technical and staff support for classroom demonstrations and student projects.
To provide a positive learning environment in the promotion of the art and science of radiofrequency electronics and physics.
To assist in the continuing development of technical advances in radio communications.
To provide mentoring for students and staff who want to learn more about radio and amateur radio.
To provide testing services for all who wish to obtain or upgrade an amateur radio or commercial radio licenses.
To provide access to a fully functional and supported amateur radio station for students, faculty, staff, and alumni who seek recreational communications with other amateur radio operator on campus, in Cleveland, and around the world.
To provide a fully operational competition-quality amateur radio station for students, faculty, staff, and alumni wanting to participate in amateur radio contest operation; to provide recognition for CWRU through participation in competitive engineering events.
To provide emergency communications capability to the university community.
To promote safety and awareness of good engineering practices in the use of radiofrequency and other electronics equipment.