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The Auburn University Amateur Radio Club, K4RY, will host a special event on Saturday, April 9, in commemoration of the university’s 160th anniversary. The club will set up on the west side of the Chemistry Building, and from 9 a.m.-mid-afternoon will send out the call sign, “W4E,” which is a nod to Auburn’s battle cry, “War Eagle." The FCC only issues short, three-character call signs for radio operators who are commemorating a special event. Ham radio operators from around the world may receive the W4E call sign via Morse code, voice or digital signal, and they will recognize “W4E” as a special event. Those who respond will receive a message from W4E stating 2016 marks the 160th anniversary of Auburn University. Those who get in touch with university amateur radio operators will have an opportunity to receive a QSL card, which is a written confirmation of communication during the special event. Internationally, ham radio operators frequently make it a hobby to contact special event stations and collect QSL cards, and the card sent for W4E will feature a photo of Samford Hall.

Auburn student and community radio amateurs participating hope to make contact with radio operators in all 50 states and numerous locations throughout the globe. The event will take place on A-Day and has been organized by Stew Schneller (K4JOP), professor of chemistry and biochemistry. John Hung (KI4NHX), professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the faculty advisor to the Auburn University Amateur Radio Club.

The public is welcome to stop by and learn more about W4E, K4RY and ham radio special events. For more information, contact Stew Schneller at schnest@auburn.edu.