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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
Regular Meeting of the WIARC
will be on
Wedesday, September 5th

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 WIARC Sponsored
Illinois State Bicentennial Challenge
Starts August 9th
Click on the 'Challenge' Link
On the left for Details

The next
WIARC VE Test Session
will be held on
Saturday November 10th
At 1:00 PM
Contact NA9Q for information or
click the VE Exam Button on Left
Testing will be at the
American Red Cross, Quincy

The 2018 Illinois QSO Party
Will Be On October 21.
Go Mobile, Portable, Rover
Or Operate From Home,
Or From a Club Station,
But Get On The Air!
Details are on the ILQP Page.
Click the ILQP button on the left.


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