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.
We plan to put a simplex Echolink W1BUR-L on the air from a temporary antenna until we can get access to the rooftop antenna connection in the early summer. This temporary setup will hopefully occur by March 2015.
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.
We look forward to officially reviving later in the Spring 2015 semester in our original shack location.
Currently that location in the first floor of the Photonics Building is being used to wrap up research, so we haven’t published the room number yet. Please contact us at
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?
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.
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.
BU Amateur Radio Club have joined the ARRL DX Contest on Saturday, March 3 from 10AM to 8PM.
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.