Sept. 20, 2015 net results

We had approximately 11 checkins on the net, via W1BUR-L on Echolink. We connected with W8UM-R, the University of Michigan ham radio club, which is quite active. We heard that W8MSU-R Michigan State Univ. ham radio club, also a very active club is back on Echolink during the net as well. We had listening participants via the live stream on the W1BUR YouTube channel.

We would like to hear more RF-based checkins, but one of the challenges is getting the word out to students, many of whom and licensed and who even have radios, but are too busy to use them. We can incrementally build up activity and awareness levels.

On the RF coverage front, with a handheld radio, without line of sight it’s tough to get more than about 2 mile coverage from the present system with 5 Watt transmit power. As time and interest permits we can check the following things:

1) has the antenna fallen over (probably not, this is how it worked when “known” good)

2) should we use the yagi antenna to pinpoint power in a particular direction vs. an omni antenna?  Perhaps, BU is a rather linear campus.

We do know from prior experiments that 70cm is far more likely to be serviceable than 2m, especially for in-building use.

Revived Shack confirmed

We have confirmation from the Dept. Chair, Prof. Karl, that we can return to the original first floor Photonics Building radio shack location at the close of the Spring 2015 semester. This is a boon for the W1BUR club, because there are already several low-loss coax lines leading to the roof of the Photonics Building, thanks to the foresight of Prof. Horenstein in the 1990s when Photonic Bldg. was being built.

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.

w1bur_cqwpx

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.