W8EDU-Supported Senior Projects, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

David Kazdan AD8Y was interviewed about coherent CW on ARRL Eclectic Tech’s podcast by Steve Ford, past editor of QST. The interview will “go live” on 16 June 2022 http://www.arrl.org/eclectic.

Today is Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is live and today is that Tuesday.  Right now if 5 people give a recurring donation of $5 a month the club gets an extra $200.  Or if we happen to hit 50 donors of $10 we can get an additional bonus $200.  If you were looking for a way to continue to support amateur radio at CWRU please donate.


We are in the process of replacing our towers which is a $100,000 project that we were lucky enough to get a grant to cover a large portion of, but the antennas will need up keep and maintenance.  Donations will help the club continue to be an on air presence as well as a resource for students, faculty, and the general CWRU community.


They’re playing our song! (WWV/H Scientific Modulation)

Tune in to WWV at 8 minutes past the hour or WWVH at 48 minutes past the hour to hear the first test signals from the WWV Scientific Modulation Working Group, announced by yours truly. More information here: www.hamsci.org/wwv

If you aren’t near your HF radio, you can tune in via SDR at rx.linkfanel.net, or call in to the VoIP time service for either station Hawaii. To hear these broadcasts, dial (303) 499-7111 for WWV (Colorado), and (808) 335-4363 for WWVH (Hawaii).

73 de KD8OXT

Slight update, due to a phone hardware complication at WWV their phone number is not currently playing the science test signals. This situation may change moving forward. Due to the custom nature of the stations apparently simple problems don’t always have straight forward solutions. You can still call in to Colorado if you want to check that time is progressing linearly, but you won’t get to hear scheduled tones, chirps, and noise bursts on your phone. If unscheduled tones, chirps, and noise bursts are present on your phone please contact your service provider. If you want to hear science from WWV on 8 minutes past the hour you’ll need to do it over the air using receiver belonging to you or someone else.

73 de KB1QHX

Recent exam session

W8EDU’s most recent license exam session last night had an excellent turnout, and many new licensees! 16 attendees passed their technician exam, and 2 passed their general exam, reports faculty advisor David Kazdan. Included among the new licensees were students working on senior projects sponsored by the Case Amateur Radio Club, as well as members of the Case Rocket Team, Flying Club, and the introductory circuits class ENGR 211 taught by Larry Sears.

We look forward to the new licensees receiving their callsigns, and performing their new operator exercises at the station!

Update: Yet more new licenses added 30 October 2021:

Eabha Abramson, KO4TYW

Andrej Antunovic Z35TUN (North Macedonia) added US General license K8TUN

Aneesha Avasthi, KE8RVI, upgrade to General Class

Madeline Barto, KC3SWT

Richard Chen, KE8TBD

Adam Cordingley, KE8ITF, upgrade to General Class

Gabriel Foss, KD9TOS

Jacob Fraiman, KD2YCW

Adam Goodman, KJ7RPK, upgrade to General Class

Rachel Hopey, KE8TDH

Jennifer Lawrence, KE8SYR

Ryan Marks, KN6RBK

Owen McCarthy, KC1PYJ

Benjamin Nelson, KC3SWS

Olivia O’Brien, KC3SXB

Ricardo Pobega, KE8TBH

Benjamin Poulin, KC1PYL

Laura Schwartz, KC1PYH

Simon Schwartz, KC1PYK

Hannah Shindler, KC1PYI

Myles Smith, KE8TBF

Shichao Su, KE8TBG

David Walker, KE8TBE

Contact the club officers if you’re interested in operating the station or qualifying for your own license.

email w8edu@case.edu or visit w8edu.wordpress.com.

W8EDU Enters the Fall Semester

After a nice, refreshing summer break, the Case Amateur Radio Club has started preparations to get back on the air. Our Faculty Advisor, David Kazdan, has sent out the initial call for new officers to the freshman circles, with the assistance of our current sophomore and junior student members. One of these new members which has been eager for the club to resume regular operating hours is international student Andrej Antunovikj from North Macedonia, home call sign Z35TUN. He has prior experience working in his local ham radio club back home, so he is a welcome addition to our club!

We eagerly await what experiences this new semester will bring us. Some initial plans are weather satellite reception, increased presence in HF contests, and teaching new members about the ARRL radiogram system (and as a result, traffic nets.) Do join us to find out what we have in store!

ARRL Frequency Measuring Test (April 2021)

The Case Amateur Radio Club W8EDU participated in the Frequency measuring test this past week, scoring with less than 2 Hz error on all frequencies. Our best score was on 7 MHz, where the club scored an error of just 10 millihertz, or a little over 1 part per billion!

Operating the station were Frankie Bonte KE8HPA, Adam Goodman KJ7RPK, Sergei Prokvolit KE8QFY, and Skylar Danhoff KD9JPX.

We also had several current and former club members participate, including David Kazdan AD8Y, Jim Galm W8WTS, and John Gibbons N8OBJ. We especially congratulate John, who scored in the infamous green box for less than 1Hz error on all frequencies!

We hope to see everyone at the next Frequency Measuring Test!

W8EDU Presents at HamSCI 2021

We had another large showing from the Case Amateur Radio Club at HamSCI 2021, which was held virtually this year on March 19-21.

W8EDU members were involved in (in the order that they appeared in the program):

Kristina Collins KD8OXT served on the science/program committee that selected topics for the conference.

PSWS Grape Hardware: Version 1.0 and Pilot Experiments  Kristina Collins KD8OXT

PSWS Grape Hardware: The Second Generation John Gibbons N8OBJ

David Kazdan AD8Y served as moderator for a discussion section.

Kristina Collins served as the chair of the third session of talks, as well a brand-new experimental co-design session.

December 2020 Eclipse Festival Analysis Kristina Collins KD8OXT

Data Collection from WWV, WWVH, and WWVB: A Histoanatomy of NIST’s Radio Beacon Transmissions David Kazdan AD8Y

RJOVER: An alternative approach using SDR technology to reduce costs for the NASA Radio JOVE citizen science effort  Skylar Dannhoff KD9JPX

W8EDU: Case Amateur Radio Club from 2010 to 2021 Aidan Montare KB3UMD and Kristina Collins KD8OXT

The full conference program, with links to recording of the sessions, slides, and posters, is available at https://hamsci.org/hamsci-2021-program. (Eventually, edited videos of each presentation will be available on this page, but for now, the full recordings of each session are available.)