W1XAL shortwave station in Boston

Michael H. Coen mhcoen@csail.mit.edu
Sat Jul 1 22:33:24 EDT 2006

I've enjoyed the archives of this list for some time, so I'm delighted 
to have a question to pass on.  (Please see the forwarded email below.)

Has anyone ever heard of this station?  It sounds like it was very cool 
in its day.

Michael Coen (W1MHC)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: J. Forster <jfor@quik.com>
Date: Jun 30, 2006 7:09 PM
Subject: [BARC-List] W1XAL  from another list
To: BARC List <barc-list@mailman.qth.net>

Subject:         [Boatanchors] W1XAL shortwave station in Boston
    Date:         Fri, 30 Jun 2006 18:50:47 -0400
    From:         "paul mcd." <paulinboston@gmail.com>
      To:         Boatanchors@mailman.qth.net

I'm looking for anyone who remembers the shortwave station W1XAL in Boston.
I'd like to write an article about it.

I thought the Boatanchors group would be appropriate since there are a lot
of older hams on it. No flames please.

I've found out that W1XAL started transmitting on shortwave from 70
Brookline Ave in Boston in 1931. It broadcast educational and cultural
programs by professors from Harvard, Tufts, BU, etc.

Does anyone have ANY photos/stories/anything about this station back then?

In 1936, the antenna (antennas?) were moved to Scituate, MA.

In 1939, the station became WRUL. Later it became WNYW, then WYFR. It left
Scituate in the 1970's.

I'd like any info on W1XAL that I can get. All I have is a photocopy of a
QSL card. I'm just amazed that a shortwave station broadcast from inside
Boston. (I was born and raised in Boston).

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
Paul McDonough
formerly WA1WYZ
Natick, MA

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