W4DFU in 1957. The Gator Amateur Radio Club has a long and storied history. The W4DFU amateur radio station was established in 1934 and is one of the oldest clubs in the country.

In the mid 1950's our club equipment included Collins radio equipment.  This equipment had been long lost but due to the generosity of one of our alumna, similar equipment was donated to the club in 2011.  The donor is Jacques Clarke, K4KHQ, of Coral Gables Florida.  He is a 1947 Civil Engineering graduate of University of Florida.





The Collins 75A-2 receiver (above)
and 32V-2 transmitter donated (below) by Jacques Clarke, K4KHQ

Dr. Marvin Moss, W4UXJ,
above at the W4DFU controls using our Collins equipment Circa 1957

Jacques' QSL card in 1957

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QSL cards confirming QSOs (contacts) by Jacques using his equipment in 1957


Since all novice licensees had a "N" as a second letter in their call and the license was only issued for two years.  When upgrading to a higher license the FCC reissued the call and dropped the "N".  This QSL card on the right is typical of what one did after upgrade, crossing out the "N" on the QSL card!

View Jacques' logbooks
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See our archives page for more club history.