Harvard Wireless Club
AMATEUR RADIO AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
-- Since 1909 --
Sponsored by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Pictured Above: Douglas Maggs KK4UHK making a QSO at W1AF during the 2013 ARRL November SSB Sweepstakes Contest.
W1AF participated in the November ARRL SSB Sweepstakes contest. HWC members who participted were: Mike Goralski, KB1UGS; Douglas Maggs, KK4UHK; and Bill Collins, W1PL. Our claimed QSO total was: 875. Our claimed point total was: 145,250. Once again we claimed a clean sweep. Thank you to all who participated!
There will be a meeting of the Harvard Wireless Club on Wednesday January 28th at 7:00 PM at the Chemistry Department. Directions are posted on the links on the upper left hand side of this page. Hope to see you there.
- The Harvard Wireless Club
The Harvard Wireless Club has received various plaques from contests shown below:
Scoring of Wireless Club
Band QSOs Pts Sec 3.5 218 436 16 7 253 506 12 14 277 554 12 21 151 302 40 28 21 42 3 Total 920 1840 83 Score : 152,720
Scoring of Wireless Club
W1AF participated in the ARRL RTTY Roundup contest this past weekend- Operators: Clayton Nall, (NF1R), and Bill Collins (W1PL). I am very pleased with the progress that has been made with RTTY contesting. I perfected the "3- click QSO" method of operating using N1MM. I'm not sure how useful the "grab" window is, as it picks up bad as well as good callsigns. In the next RTTY contest, I will probably try using the "call stacking" command (LOGTHENPOP) to see how useful that is.
All the equipment worked well. The computer needed to be rebooted in the first couple of hours, but after that it was smooth sailing. The ICOM Linear amplifier worked flawlessly. When I took it apart a couple of months ago I noticed some corrosion on the connectors so I cleaned them up and then made sure they were all tight after reconnecting them. The results of the contest are...
Band: 3.5 7.0 14.0 21.0 28.0 79 QSOs 229 QSOs 315 QSOs 273 QSOs 18 QSOs
Total States/Provinces Total DX Total Points Total QSO's 50 34 76,776 914
Scoring of Wireless Club
Band QSOs Pts SecSubmitted by:
3.5 97 194 18
7 481 962 15
14 72 144 9
21 147 294 11
28 80 160 27
Total 877 1754 80
Score : 140,320
[Photographer: John Hawkinson]
Field Day was held in 2011 at the Oak Ridge Observatory in Harvard, MA. It was a smashing success. We would like to especially thank our Faculty Advisor and Trustee Paul Horowitz, W1HFA, for securing the site for us. A big thank you also goes out to our Field Day Coordinator, Clayton Nall, NF1R, who did a superb job coordinating and planning. We would also like to thank all those who participated from MIT W1XM/W1MX. It was a great time working with all of you. We operated as a category "2A" with 2 main transceivers and a "free" vhf/uhf station (callsign W1AF), as well as a "get on the air" station (callsign W1PL). Together, over 3000 QSO's were made. When we have the final numbers we will post them. Thank you again to all who participated. (missing from photo: Paul Horowitz W1HFA, George Clark W1XW, Chip Coldwell W1CMC, Quentin Smith AB1IZ)
- The Harvard Wireless Club
Scoring of Wireless Club Members
ARRL Field Day Entry Form
Call Used: W1AF GOTA Station Call: W1PL ARRL/RACSection: WMA Class: 2A
Participants: 19 Club/Group Name: Harvard Wireless Club & MITRadio Society
Power Source(s): Generator, Solar
Power Multiplier: 2X
100% Emergency power 200
NTS message to ARRL SM/SEC 100
Formal NTS messages handled - No.=10 100
Natural power QSOs completed 100
GOTA Bonus 200
Submitted via the Web 50
Total Bonus Points 750
CW Digital Phone Total
Total QSOs 1514 0 773
Total Points 3028 0 773 3801 Claimed Score = 7,602
Harvard Wireless Club, W1AF
6 Linden St
Cambridge MA 02138
Band/Mode QSO Breakdown:
CW Digital Phone
QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W)
80m 64 100 77 100
40m 501 100 167 100
20m 435 100 185 100
15m 193 100 23 100
10m 165 100 47 100
6m 156 100 3 100
2m 5 100
GOTA 266 100
TOTAL 1514 0 773
GOTA Bonus: No GOTA Coach
Name/Call QSOs Bonus Points
George Clark, W1XW 16 0
Scott Robson, K6AUS 23 20
Quentin Smith, AB1IZ 27 20
Bill Collins, W1PL 138 100
Rohit Chaki, KC2UQC 62 60
Supporting documentation for Bonus Points will be sent via e-mail to: email@example.com
I saw HARVARD WIRELESS on the arrl.org
The other stations in the network are N3Y which will transmit via satellite and possibly HF from the New Yorker Hotel, Tesla's last home in Manhattan, and YU0TESLA which will transmit on 20m as well as other HF bands from the Tesla Museum in Belgrade. For the latest updates on what frequencies to catch the stations on and a sneak peek at the QSL cards and QTHs, go to http://copaseticflows.appspot.com/teslaevent.
If you're in the Shoreham area on the 5th, please stop by the station!
Also, be sure to check out the Radio Central Amateur Radio Club. They will have the Marconi radio shack on the air a few miles away transmitting as a special event station commemorating the 90th anniversary of the opening of the RCA transmitting antenna farm in Rocky Point, NY. More details are available at http://www.rcarc.org/. Without the RCA club W3T would not be on the air. Their help has been invaluable!
And, this just in, we are proud to announce that one more historic station will be on the air with us on the 5th of November, the Police Athletic League Amateur Radio Club of Yonkers, NY, a mere few meters from the site of the first FM transmission 66 years ago on November 5th of 1935 will be on the air with same call sign as the historic station: W2XAG.
If you have any questions, or you'd like to help out, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 73 de KD0FNR Hamilton Carter
Perseverance pays off. We now have a member who has worked all the states!
He is recognized by ARRL for this achievement.
We have been meaning to put this one up for a while. We recently did some antenna work on our roof, including putting up a new 144/440 MHz antenna. Bill (station manager) was testing it out when he checked to see what satellites may be flying by. Luckily the International Space Station was about to shoot overhead. Sure enough when Bill tuned in and called CQ he made contact - the first between W1AF and the space station. A nice contact Bill!
This is one QSL card we are very proud of here at W1AF!
Five people took part, Rohit (KC2UQC), Fred (K1VR), Dennis (N3ER), Bill (W1PL) and Scott (K6AUS). Fred and Dennis are seasoned competitors and managed to work up a lot of contacts while also teaching the other three the ropes. 396 contacts was not too bad, and pretty much what we expected. This was largely a learning experience for us where we got the chance to work with our new setup (hardware and software) and particularly familiarize ourselves with logging.
Station Manager Bill Collins sent off our logs from the November SSB Sweepstakes contest we competed in a couple of weekends back. On the bottom is our receipt from the ARRL.
2010 ARRL November Sweepstakes, SSB
Operator(s): K6AUS KC2UQC N1VR N3ER W1AF W1PL
Location: Eastern Massachusetts - EMA
Club: Harvard Wireless
Name: William E. Collins
Address: 6 Linden St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Log Deadline: 2010-12-07 03:00:00 UTC
Received at: 2010-11-29 22:29:23 UTC
Reported QSOs: 396
Confirmation #: 4118752.arrl-ss-ssb
W1AF webmaster and yours truely Scott Robson (K6AUS) ventured into the shack this afternoon and tried his hand at making some digital contacts.
PSK31 was mostly active on 20 meters with an amazing grayline opening to South Africa. I made 2 contacts into the Port Elizabeth area with 599 reports on both ends. No really, we were both 599 with about 50 watts. I attempted some Olivia digital modes with little success. Thanks to the new software and computer system in the shack these digital contacts are very easy to do and a lot of fun!
Thats a distance of 12968 km or 8058 miles!
Just a brief update on some recent activity within the club. Rohit Chaki (KC2UQC), new undergraduate member of the club, got on the air on October 16th.
This was the second time Rohit had been at the controls. He managed a remarkable 10 QSOs (contacts) during the afternoon with a contact as far away as Germany.
Greetings Harvard and the Amateur radio community at large!
Welcome to the new look website for the Harvard Wireless Club - the Amateur Radio Club at Harvard University.
We will have our meeting for the new year on September 27th. Bill Collins takes over from Clayton Nall who has performed an excellent job of maintaining station equipment for the past 5 years while doing his PhD at the same time! We all thank Clay for his efforts and wish him well with his graduation this year. Two new undergraduate officers were elected to posts, Rohit Chaki and Patrick Snodgrass.
New Web page design has been settled upon. Lots of things will be missing for a while until they get moved, but until then, at least we have a new look and an easier way to update stuff.
The Harvard Wireless Club is an association of students, faculty, and staff of Harvard University who have a common interest in amateur radio. If you would like to take a tour of the station or join the club you may email us at W1AF for more information.