Harvard Wireless Club Operates Portable in College Contest This Weekend

Harvard Wireless Club logoThe Harvard Wireless Club (W1AF) organized a “mini-DXpedition” from Overset Island (43’40″27N 70’10″04W, IOTA NA-137) in Portland, Maine Harbor Sept. 20-21 in conjunction with the Collegiate QSO Party. About a half-dozen Harvard students are participating in the multi-single contest operation.

“We will be facing the open ocean on one of the last undeveloped islands in Portland harbor,” commented W1AF Station Manager Tim McBride, N1QZY. He added, “The water temperature is cold and it gets dark quickly. There is poison ivy, no water, no electricity, no phone, no shelter and very few clear trails.”

The HWC has sponsored other operating activities, including a DXpedition to PJ5 during spring break in 2002. Interestingly, the Club’s original name, circa 1909, was the “The Radio Society of The Institute for Geographic Exploration at Harvard.”

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