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History of The Panther Amateur Radio Club

In the proud tradition of radio excellence set by the first University of Pittsburgh Electrical Engineering chair, Reginald Fessenden, the Panther Amateur Radio Club, or PARC, was founded in the 1950s to serve the growing interest in Amateur Radio within the student body. For many years thereafter, PARC has provided a place for students to congregate and learn about the technology, techniques, and the events of the technical society that is Amateur Radio.

Over the last 50 years, PARC has taken part in multiple contests and has made a very successful effort to make contact with other amateur operators around the world. As a result of the proud efforts of the its members, PARC has been honored with multiple awards:

  • WPX Mixed Award for making contact with over 400 radio stations in different geographical areas
  • The ARRL Operating Achievement Award for making contact with a radio station in each U.S. State
  • International Amateur Radio Union Award for making contact with a radio station in each of the six recognized continental areas
  • Editors of CQ Magazine Award for making contact with a radio station in each of the forty radio zones
  • DX Century Club Award for making contact with radio stations in over 100 different countries