Harvard Wireless Club
AMATEUR RADIO AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
-- Since 1909 --
Sponsored by Harvard University- School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Pictured Above: Douglas Maggs, HWC President, KK4UHK making a QSO at W1AF during the ARRL November SSB Sweepstakes Contest.
Please come join us for our first meeting on Tuesday September 13th at 7 PM. Free pizza and soda will be provided! All are welcome! It will be held at our main operations center at 6 Linden Street, just behind the Qdoda Restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue. Just look for the sign "Harvard Golf Office" and someone will be stationed right there at the door. Here you can tour our main transmission site, and also upstairs at our meeting room a nice collection of antique radios and accessories.
GET A FREE 2 WAY VHF/UHF RADIO! The Harvard Wireless Club is offering a free 2 way VHF/UHF transceiver to any unlicensed undergraduate who joins the club and is able to pass the FCC Amateur Radio Technician Class examination. Offer expires November 30th, 2016. We will supply you with advice and study material if you want to get your license. The technician license is fairly easy. An exam session at Harvard will be held on Wednesday October 5th, 2016 at the Chemistry Department Division Room, 12 Oxford Street at 7:30 PM. Although we will accept walk-ins, we recommend registering in advance for the test by contacting Linda at: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also exams that are held just down the street at MIT. See the link "Next License Exam Session" to the left for more information. Any questions? please contact: email@example.com
W1AF participated in the November 2015 ARRL SSB Sweepstakes contest. HWC members who participted were: President Douglas Maggs '17, KK4UHK; Vice- President Saahil Mehta '17, KG5HEW; Mike Goralski, KB1UGS; and Bill Collins, W1PL. Our claimed QSO total was: 903. Our claimed point total was: 149,898. We scored first place in the New England division, and 3rd place nationwide ("School Club" category). Thank you to all who participated!
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 W1PL 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.
Bill Collins W1PL 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.