History

The Early Years

The Xerox Amateur Radio Club was formed in sometime in 1980, at the Xerox Corporation facilities in Webster, NY.  The following hams were involved in forming the club:

  • Pete Secrist WB2SUN
  • Phil Brown WA2EKK
  • Dan Thomas KW5Y / KJ2E
  • Chuck Vorndran WB2OZS
  • Norm Peer KA2ECO

(to the best of our knowledge)

Most of the first year involved organizational activities.  Developing club bylaws, electing officers, recruiting members.

Here is a list of club members from March 1981:

Bold are still members-

  • Jim Alcorn K2CAB
  • Fred Allen N2BWV
  • Gary Bauer KA2CKR
  • Phillip Brown WA2EKK
  • Vance Carpenter K2OUY
  • David Curtain KA1APB
  • Robert Dill KA2EJK
  • Brian Donovan WA2CRR
  • Jeff Dunteman KB2JN
  • Frank Erhart WB2WCC
  • Brian Fovel W2PBJ
  • John Freiberger WA2NZO
  • James Guentner KA2CZO
  • Scott Havens AB2V
  • Jim Higgins WA2KJB
  • Joseph Ippolito
  • Emerson Ironside
  • George Jeremenko WA2CQI
  • Bob Karz K2OID
  • Jack Kinsella K2QHA
  • Dusty Kramer KA2HAZ
  • Barry Marsh KA2HJN
  • Edward McKenna KA2KFG
  • George Muller WA2IEO
  • William Murphy WA2QLT
  • Gene Parker KE2T
  • Norm Peer KA2ECO
  • John Randall WB2NOJ
  • Joe Rowe AG2Y
  • Elmer Scheel
  • Pete Secrist WB2SUN
  • Dan Thomas KJ2E
  • Steve Verzulli KA1CNF
  • Chuck Vorndran WB2OZS
  • Thomas Warren W4PG

We operated our first field day in 1981.  I think we used WA2EKK as our call.  Here is our QSL Card.

xrxqsl81

Here is a link to the photo enlarged:

1981 Field Day
1981 Field Day

L-R First row – Unknown son, George Jeremenko WA2CQI, Phil Brown WA2EKK, Pete Secrist WB2SUN, Brian Donovan WA2CRR

L-R Second Row – Gary Bauer KA2CKR, Frank Erhart WB2WCC, Emerson Ironsides, Unknown, Norm Peer KA2ECO, unknown.

Sorry I couldn’t remember those two gentleman, but that was the only time I ever saw them.

When the club was formed, members had hoped that we might gain access to the Xerox Tower, located in downtown Rochester, NY.  It is the tallest building in the city, at around 30 stories.  Luckily, we had members in high places, and Dan Thomas, KJ2E, persuaded the right people, and in August 1981, we were allowed to install a 220 Mhz repeater and antenna of the roof of the Xerox Tower.  We partnered with Paul DiLorenzo WB2IMT for the first repeater.

First 220 Repeater Info
First 220 Repeater Info

Also in the summer of 1981, we were given the opportunity by the Xerox Recreation Association to man the hot dog stand at a softball tournament one weekend, with the proceeds going to our club.  So many of us had the pleasure of flipping burgers and hot dogs all weekend, and I believe we took in about $600 for the club.

By then we had been given a corner in the XRA building for a club station, so we needed a rig.  1981 was a transitional period in ham transceiver designs.  We had a fairly low budget, and opted for a Heathkit HW101B.  They were near the end of their run, but they still worked, and we liked the idea of being able to repair it ourselves.

Here are links to our 1981 Newsletters:

  • XARC Feb 1981 Newsletter Page 1
    XARC Feb 1981 Newsletter Page 1
    XARC Feb 1981 Newsletter Page 1
    XARC Feb 1981 Newsletter Page 2
    XARC Mar 1981 Newsletter
    XARC Mar 1981 Newsletter
    XARC Apr 1981 Newsletter
    XARC Apr 1981 Newsletter
    XARC May 1981 Newsletter Page 1
    XARC May 1981 Newsletter Page 1
    XARC May 1981 Newsletter Page 2
    XARC May 1981 Newsletter Page 2
    XARC  June 1981 Newslette
    XARC June 1981 Newsletter
    XARC Aug 1981 Newsletter Page 1
    XARC Aug 1981 Newsletter Page 1
    XARC Aug 1981 Newsletter Page 2
    XARC Aug 1981 Newsletter Page 2
    XARC Sep 1981 Newsletter
    XARC Sep 1981 Newsletter
    XARC Oct 1981 Newsletter
    XARC Oct 1981 Newsletter
    XARC Nov 1981 Newsletter
    XARC Nov 1981 Newsletter
    XARC Dec 1981 Newsletter
    XARC Dec 1981 Newsletter

    More newsletters – here.

XARC / W2XRX

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