W1BUR is still here!

We lost access to our main ham shack room due to exciting research that needed the space. We haven’t forgotten about ham radio and are looking for interested students/staff/community members. In particular, how might we exploit our high location for experimental technology such as Bluetooth Low Energy to beacon our existence to the BU community? An APRS node would be useful?

WPX 2012

W1BUR, Boston University Amateur Radio Club, had operated on Saturday, March 25, 2012 to participate in CQ World-Wide WPX Contest from Room 111, Photonics Center Building, Boston University.

The radio used was ICOM IC-756 and ran 100 Watts output on dipole and end-fed antennas on rooftop of 10-story high Photonics Center Building. Thank you to all the visitors and guest operators.

During the contest, W1BUR was able to contact with amateur radio stations of the following regions:

DXCC Entities North American States
Argentina Ontario, Canada
Aruba Arizona
Barbados Connecticut
Bosnia-Herzegovina Florida
Brazil Massachusetts
Canary Island Nevada
Ceuta and Melilla New Hampshire
Chile New York
Croatia Washington
England
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Madeira Island
Martinique
Mexico
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Romania
Senegal
Serbia
Sicily
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Uruguay
Virgin Island
Entities North American States
Argentina Ontario, Canada
Aruba Arizona
Barbados Connecticut
Bosnia-Herzegovina Florida
Brazil Massachusetts
Canary Island Nevada
Ceuta and Melilla New Hampshire
Chile New York
Croatia Washington
England
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Madeira Island
Martinique
Mexico
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Romania
Senegal
Serbia
Sicily
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Uruguay
Virgin Island

GoogleMap:

Enlarge map W1BUR: 25 Mar 2012

W1BUR Open Operation

Boston University Amateur Radio Club will be operating amateur radio station, W1BUR, on Sunday, March 25, 2012 in PHO111 for one of the world’s largest amateur radio competition, CQ World-Wide WPX Contest.

This Weekend
CQ WPX Contest is one of the world’s largest amateur radio competition for 1.8 to 28MHz also known as the “High Frequency” bands. Last year, more than 5143 radio stations participated this contest, with participant increasing every year since 1975.

Anyone is welcome to walk in and experience getting on-the-air on amateur radio.

W1BUR will be operating on Sunday, March 25 from 10:00AM to 06:00PM at PHO 111.
If the door at first floor of Photonics Center is locked and you do not have access, please call PHO111 campus phone 617-765-4887.

Previous Operation
http://blogs.bu.edu/w1bur/2012/03/18/6800mile-contact/
Previously, W1BUR operated on March 3rd. Contacts were made with 31 countries and regions; furthest contact was with Pakistan, 6800 miles away from Boston. That is 6800 miles of free voice communication on pure radio wave.

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6800mile contact

BU Amateur Radio Club have joined the ARRL DX Contest on Saturday, March 3 from 10AM to 8PM.

Preparation

getting on the rooftop of Photonics Center

getting on the rooftop of Photonics Center

Reinstalling the antenna mast

Reinstalling the antenna mast

Reinstalling broadband high frequency dipole antenna

Reinstalling broadband high frequency dipole antenna

Operation
We had several operators including guest operators.
Below is a clip of BU student contacting another station in Italy, II9T.
Distance from Boston to Italy is about 4000 miles!

All stations identify themselves with a unique callsign – it’s like a license plate on a car. BU Amateur Radio Club has a callsign W1BUR, and the station we talked to was II9T.
For the ARRL DX Contest, stations in US sends signal report and the State as a contest number, and non-US stations send signal report and power output. So, “59 500″ means I hear you loud and clear and I’m transmitting at 500 Watts, and “59 MA” means I hear you loud and clear and I’m in Massachusetts.

On this day, W1BUR had made contacts with following countries and regions:

Enlarge map: W1BUR: 3 Mar 2012
The furthest contact was with Pakistan – about 6800 miles from Boston.

We thank all those for stopping by at W1BUR.

CQ Contest


The Boston University Amateur Radio Club (BUARC) will be operating amateur radio station W1BUR on Saturday, March 3, 2012 in PHO111 for the 2012 American Radio Relay League DX Contest – please take some time to check out the club, talk to radio operators, and help us compete in the ARRL DX Contest by getting on the air yourself!

=This Weekend=

This weekend, W1BUR will be participating in an American Radio Relay League DX Contest.
This is a radio sport to contact as many overseas radio stations as possible, “to expand knowledge of [ionospheric] propagation on the HF and MF bands, improve operating skills, and improve station capability by creating a competition”.

Anyone is welcome to stop by and take a look at the BUARC radio equipment, or even get on the air.

W1BUR will be operating on Saturday, March 3 from 10:00AM to sometime in the evening in Photonics 111.

Photonics Room 111

Photonics Room 111

=Amateur Radio=

Amateur Radio service can be used to experiment, talk, and just play around with the electromagnetic spectrum from as low as 1.8MHz all the way above 10GHz at a maximum 1500W (PEP) output power. Compared to 200mW on typical 2.4GHz Wi-Fi card and 500mW on the 460MHz Family Radio Service (aka license free walkie-talkies at sold at radioshack), that is a lot of power and very wide spectrum.

An amateur radio license allows you to build and/or operate an RF emitting device and use it for many projects.  You could:

  • bounce signals off the ionosphere and talk to someone on the other side of the globe using HF
  • transmit and receive signals using amateur satellites on VHF/UHF
  • talk to astronauts in the International Space Station (NA1SS and RS0ISS) on VHF/UHF,
  • set GPS beacons (APRS) to track high altitude balloons
  • test different antenna designs in action

ICOM IC-756 HF Tranceiver

ICOM IC-756 HF Transceiver

The Boston University Amateur Radio Club (BUARC) will be operating amateur radio station W1BUR on Saturday, March 3, 2012 in PHO111 for the 2012 American Radio Relay League DX Contest – please take some time to check out the club, talk to radio operators, and help us compete in the ARRL DX Contest by getting on the air yourself!

=This Weekend=

This weekend, W1BUR will be participating in an American Radio Relay League DX Contest.
This is a radio sport to contact as many overseas radio stations as possible,
“to expand knowledge of [ionospheric] propagation on the HF and MF
bands, improve operating skills, and improve station capability by
creating a competition”.

Anyone is welcome to stop by and take a look at the BUARC radio equipment,
or even get on the air.

W1BUR will be operating on Saturday, March 3
from 10:00AM to sometime in the evening in Photonics 111.

=Amateur Radio=

Amateur Radio service can be used to experiment, talk, and just play
around with the electromagnetic spectrum from as low as 1.8MHz all the way
above 10GHz at a maximum 1500W (PEP) output power. Compared to 200mW on
typical 2.4GHz Wi-Fi card and 500mW on the 460MHz Family Radio Service
(aka license free walkie-talkies at sold at radioshack), that is a lot
of power and very wide spectrum.

An amateur radio license allows you to build and/or operate an RF emitting device and use it for many projects.  You could:

  • bounce signals off the ionosphere and talk to someone on the other side of the globe using HF
  • transmit and receive signals using amateur satellites on VHF/UHF
  • talk to astronauts in the International Space Station (NA1SS and RS0ISS) on VHF/UHF,
  • set GPS beacons (APRS) to track high altitude balloons
  • test different antenna designs in action

Cabinet

Members of W1BUR – Boston University Amateur Radio Club gathered on February 12 to build a cabinet for the new shack.

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writing blue print

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assemble!

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drill!

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installing lock!

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done!!

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W1BUR is located on the first floor of Boston University Photonics Center.