Our History

The Case Amateur Radio Club is older than CWRU itself. Founded at the Case Institute of Technology in the 1940s with the callsign W8URD, it was located in the original Case Club building on Euclid. In the 1960s, the callsign was changed to W8EDU and the club was located in the basement of Old Main, where the Michelson-Morley fountain is now. After CIT merged with Western Reserve University in 1967, ‘EDU became the school club for CWRU. It was moved to the roof of Glennan in the 1970s, and has since enjoyed many years of student, alumni, and community use.

Alumnus Bob Leskovec, K8DTS, has assembled a collection of ‘EDU records, including logs, memos, and some amazing old newsletters. You can check them out here.

If you’re an alumnus, be sure to get in touch! We’re always interested in collecting more information about our past and making connections in the ham radio community.

We do have a few specific questions, too: Let us know if you can identify anyone in this photograph, or if you know the origin of a grey-and-brown handpainted sign reading “CASE AMATUER RADIO CLUB.”

From the 1968 yearbook, courtesy of Dr. Merat AC8EY: