Conelrad in Boston area
Thu Nov 22 13:15:50 EST 2007

When I heard a Conelrad test in 1961 (at age 12), the 640 transmitter 
was strong and 1240 was much weaker.

I was living in Arlington, MA at the time, right next to Menotomy Rocks 
Park and 500 ft. north of Route 2 / Belmont town line.

The 640 signal was good enough to be from either 590 (Medford) or 680 
(Burlington): both local-quality then as now of course.

1240 may have been from 1260 on the Quincy-Milton line, hardly a 
"barn-burner" signal in Arlington but fine in Boston and nearby South 
and North Shore areas.

At the time I was under the likely-incorrect illusion that the 640 and 
1240 rigs were at the Framingham (or Natick?) Civil Defense facility.

Since I was so convinced that these transmissions were from 
Framingham-Natick, it didn't occur to me to take any direction-finding 
cuts at the time.  Because I wasn't driving yet, I would have had to 
take a few bus rides to get enough DF lines to triangulate these 

Happy Thanksgiving everybody !

Mark Connelly, WA1ION - Billerica, MA

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Kevin Vahey
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 9:47 AM
To: Dan.Strassberg
Subject: Conelrad in Boston area

Back in the 50's and early 60's national alerts were to be transmitted
by Conelrad at 640 and 1240 on the dial.

I recall one afternoon in the early 60's that all Boston ( and perhaps
it was nationwide ) stations signed off for a Conelrad test and
listeners were asked to go to 640 or 1240 for instructions.

Where were the Conelrad transmitters liocated for Eastern Mass?
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