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The Western Illinois ARC was chartered in the summer of 1940 in Quincy, Illinois by a group of thirteen local area amateur radio operators and enthusiasts. The WIARC has been an ARRL Affiliated Club continuously since 1948. Since early 1990, the club has been recognized as an ARRL Special Service Club. Due to the voluntary public service nature of its activities, the club has, for many years, been incorporated by the State of Illinois as a Not-For-Profit Fraternal Organization.

This photo was taken in the summer of 1940 at South Park in Quincy. The photo was taken to commemorate the formation of the Western Illinois ARC.

Charter members were, from left to right:

John Fisher, W9OAB; Wayne Lovely, W9DRT; 'Froggy' (True identity lost to time); Donald Hyer, W9WPX, Ralph Hagerbaumer, W9BIQ; Francis Wentura, W9AEX; Wadsworth Wachenheim, W9LHU; Emmett Griep, W9BIG; Maurice Butts, W9GQK; Robert Schutte, (call sign unknown); Thomas Reid, W9AAJ; Wallace Freye, W9WWD; Clinton Carter, W9ZWN.

The last known surviving member of the group was Clinton Carter, W9ZWN, reportedly living in Victorville, CA. The last surviving member who remained a life long Quincy resident was Maurice Butts, W9GQK, who became a silent key February 25, 2008. Until the time of his death, Maurice remained a member of WIARC and was then a resident of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Other charter members who remained lifelong Quincy residents and WIARC members were W9OAB, W9BIQ, W9AEX, and W9BIG.



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The Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the WIARC
Will Be On
Wednesday, October 2nd

Meetings Start at 7:00PM
And Are Held In
Classroom 1 of the
Adams County
American Red Cross Building
3000 North 23rd Street, Quincy

The 2019 Illinois QSO Party
Will be on October 20th
For Details Go To
The ILQP Page On This Site


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