New Officers Elected 2012

At our March, 2012 meeting we elected a new set of officers for the Radio Society and the Repeater Association. Below are a set of unofficial results.

W1MX

W1MX President:  Eryn Maynard [KI4YUQ] (eryndm _at_ mit _dot_ edu)
W1MX Vice President:  Amy Yu [W1DNA] (thessaly _at_ mit _dot_ edu)
W1MX Treasurer:  Keith Winstein [KB9IJB] (keithw_at_ mit _dot_ edu)
W1MX Secretary: Karl Ramm [N1XPB] (kcr _at_ mit _dot_ edu)
W1MX Station Manager: Ryan Kingsbury [AG4ZP] (kingryan _at_ mit _dot_ edu)

W1XM

W1XM President: Ben Barenblat [KF5MBU] (bbaren _at_ mit _dot_ edu)
W1XM Vice President: Quentin Smith [AB1IZ] (quentin _at_ mit _dot_ edu)
W1XM Treasurer: Melissa Hunt [KJ6JZH] (wings_at_ mit _dot_ edu)
W1XM Secretary: Mitch Berger [N2YIC] (mitchb _at_ mit _dot_ edu)
W1XM Station Manager: John Hawkinson [KB1CGZ] (jhawk _at_ mit _dot_ edu)

W1MX/100 Operations

UPDATE: Domestic and SASE cards are in the mail (Dec 8, 2009)

UPDATE: QRT as of Wednesday, May 20th.  Roughly 2500 QSOs made with 2045 unique stations!  QSL cards have been printed and will be sent out shortly.  International cards will be sent through Bureau.  Watch here for updates.

UPDATE: Operations Extended Through Sunday, May 17th

The W1MX/100 special event station will commence operating Thursday, April 30th – the 100th anniversary of the formation of the club. The event will begin with phone operations around 2PM eastern on Thursday, we will be on CW for a few hours beginning around 6PM. More operations will take place Friday afternoon/evening.

W1MX/100 will participate in the New England QSO Party during the May 2-3 weekend as well.

Check here for live information.

Watch this space for more operation updates.

Online Donations

The MIT Radio Society is now able to take donations online through the Alumni Association’s  Giving to MIT website.  Please make sure the form indicates that you are designating your gift to the Radio Society (2470000).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

100th Anniversary Alumni Reunion (UPDATED May 6)

RSVP by May 15 for the Anniversary Gala Brunch by clicking HERE. (Current List of Attendees)

The MIT Radio Society’s celebration of its 100th anniversary will reach its peak during the MIT alumni week in June.  In addition to open station hours, we are holding a social hour at the Muddy Charles Pub as well as a Gala Brunch at the Whitehead Institute.  All MIT Radio Society alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend.

  • Friday, June 5th – MIT Radio Society Social Hour – 7:30pm – Muddy Charles Pub
  • Sunday, June 7th – MIT Radio Society Reunion Brunch – 11:30am – Whitehead Institute
  • June 1 thru June 7th – Open station hours at the W1MX shack – Exact Times TBD

We will be making an effort to contact as many alumni as possible, but please help us spread the word! Further, please ensure your information in the MIT Alumni Association database is up to date and lists you as a member of the MIT Radio Society. Encourage your fellow alumni to do the same! Please sign up for our 100th anniversary announcements mailing list by clicking here.

Anniversary Gala Brunch Information

The brunch will be the premier event in our celebration.  The Whitehead Institute (located next to Stata Center) has graciously invited us to hold our celebration at their facility.  Our keynote speaker will be James Ahlgren ’55 (W4RX) who promises to entertain with stories about the club and ham radio in general.  We will also be inviting others to say a few words if they desire.

We have been working closely with the caterer to assemble an exceptional menu for the event – a far cry from the “food” usually served at our meetings!  Starters such as prosciutto-wrapped melon, and mango bruschetta will be followed by salmon and torte milanese as the mains.  The food will be memorable as will the table centerpieces!

Due to the logistics behind catering the brunch, we ask that all parties RSVP for the brunch no later than May 15.  The ticket cost is $20 for alumni, faculty, and staff and $10 for current students.  Attendees may also bring a guest to this event but a second ticket must be purchased.  Ticket purchases can be completed online through Alumni Association websiteTickets will not be sold at the door. If you have any problems registering, contact us at w1mx-100@mit.edu or +1 (617) 401-8175

Current List of Attendees

Can’t Attend?  Still Want To Contribute?

If you have questions or suggestions, want to tell us a story, or want to help plan the events or round up alumni, please send us an e-mail at w1mx-100@mit.edu.  Even sending us a few sentences of your fondest club memories would be greatly appreciated.

If you would care to make a financial contribution to the club, we now have a formal donation channel through the Giving to MIT website.  More information can be found here.  Unless we are instructed otherwise, all donations will be acknowledged at the Gala Brunch and through the W1MX website.

Open Station Hours

The MIT Radio Society is now offering regularly scheduled “Station Hours” where interested members of the MIT community can stop by and learn about Ham Radio. The motivation behind holding these hours is to provide a counter-balance to our formal business meetings. During these hours, members and non-members alike are encouraged to stop by W1MX (50-357) to make contacts, work on projects, and so forth. Monitor the “Upcoming Events” list (at right) for most up-to-date station hours.

Field Day 2008 Results

June 28-29 saw members of the MIT Radio Society (W1MX) participating in the 76th annual ARRL Field Day.  In the past the club has largely participated from the steps of the Stratton Student Center at MIT, but emboldened by last year’s exciting and successful Field Day on Lovells Island in the Boston Harbor Islands, we decided to try operating from Wompatuck State Park in Hingham, MA – slightly more accessible than Lovells Island, but preserving the “off the grid” qualities that made Lovells so exciting.

This year, W1MX set up a 2A station at South Field on Saturday morning.  Club operators trickled in until the official start of Field Day at 2pm.  Members not directly operating set to work raising tents and stringing and
raising any last-minute antennas.  Like last year, the club relied on a gasoline-powered generator for all of its power needs, though a battery back-up system meant we were able to continue operating even in the event of a generator failure.  The club set up a GOTA (Get On The Air) station to encourage new hams and non-hams alike to make contacts and learn more about ham radio; the GOTA station was pleased to host students from MIT’s RSI program, as well as other non-club MIT students curious about ham radio.

W1MX forwent the barbeque this year in favor of a late-night pizza run; the Wompatuck site had even fewer amenities than Lovells Island, though water could be obtained by driving a short distance.  Operators worked through the night in shifts, snatching sleep in the club tents, before rising in the morning to conclude operations by 2pm.  Organizational talent and manpower made cleanup a quick task; the entirety of the stations, antennas, and camping equipment were struck and packed into cars by 3pm.

Field Day has two main goals – public education and emergency preparedness.  We educate the public by demonstrating the capabilities of ham radio and the ways in which it can serve the community, and we show
our ability to prepare for emergencies by operating from a remote, “off the grid” site with few amenities.  Public outreach to hams and non-hams alike was a success; multiple area hams, as well as local law enforcement and representatives from the ARRL showed up to watch W1MX in action. It’s uncertain where W1MX will operate Field Day from next year, but be certain it will be with the same goals in mind!

MIT-3 Balloon

This flight is a test of an experimental balloon envelope. Hopefully it will acheive float at some altitude.

Launch Time: Approx 5pm Eastern, 4/13/08
Launch Location: Cambridge, MA
Downlink Frequency: 10.143 MHz
Reception Reports to: w1mx-balloon AT mit.edu

  • Launch at 5:20pm EST
  • UPDATE (6pm): Became roughly neutral at around 10,000 feet and is now sinking slowly.
  • UPDATE (6:20pm): Seems that for some reason the low-order digits of the altitude are getting dropped ocassionally. Valid altitudes have five digits, followed by ‘M’ for meters.
  • UPDATE (7:05pm): GPS has lost lock for some reason, last fix at 230210z.
  • UPDATE (10:00pm): After a long outage, GPS has returned. Balloon has landed on ocean surface, and is drifting along. Still transmitting. Please send your reports!

Final position was at FN52pc. Maximum altitude was about 10,000ft. Total flight time was about 5 hours.

Pictures of the launch are here. Additional information about the project is here.