ARRL Sections - Maine



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PIC Joy Lynne Foss, K1SEW
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Basic Information

New England


LAST UPDATE:  11/21/2015


Exam information also available at:

Below you will find a list of EXAM and HAMFEST DATES. We will do our best to keep this list up-to-date. Please send along any additions and corrections to Joy Lynne Foss, Public Information Coordinator at


 Saturday, December 5th - 9:00 am 12/05/2015 Knox County Emergency Management Bldg, 301 Park St Rockland Walk-ins are Welcome. Sponsor: Pen Bay ARC.  There will be no snow date due to other club commitments during the month. Contact: Norman R. Smith  207-354-6853

CANCELLED NOT RESCHEDULING Saturday, December 5th - 10:15 a.m., Winslow Alternate contact : Joy Lynne Foss K1SEW, 207-948-6222

These are tentative dates only. Please check with the contact person before traveling to verify date, time, location and exams being offered.  Bring two forms of identification, including a photo I-D as well as the original and photocopies of all current FCC licenses and certificates of successful completion of exam. The photocopies will not be returned. Persons needing special accommodations should check with the contact person in advance of the exam date. 

REMINDER -- When preparing for an exam, be sure you are studying the current question pool.

*Technician Class (Element 2) question pool has been in effect since July 1, 2014, and will be valid until June 30, 2018.

**General Class (Element 3) question pool has been in effect since July 1, 2015, and will be valid until June 30, 2019. 

***Amateur Extra Class (Element 4) question pool has been in effect since July 1, 2012, and will be valid until June 30, 2016. 



*****Web site addresses for today’s announcements are on the ARRL Maine Section Web Page as a Link for your convenience.   *****


PARC - Monday, November 23rd 7:00 pm will have their meeting at the Milo town hall.

The Oxford County ARES/CERT Communications group will conduct it's monthly face-to-face meeting and training, on  December 7, 2015,at 1900 (7:00pm) 

The training component of the meeting will be a presentation entitled “RF Safety.” The training will be conducted by Ray Hanson, K1RAH. The meeting and training will take place in the basement of the Oxford County, Superior Courthouse Building, 26 Western Avenue, South Paris. The meeting is open to all licensed amateur radio operators interested in emergency communications.

Greater Kennebec Valley Wireless, Caffeine, Donut, Muffin, & Marching Society - Every Wednesday, about 6:00 a.m., Dave's Diner, Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner.




Weather Spotter Training -

Free and open to the public. Sessions Run  1 hr - 2 hr

Training Classes

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day is December 5th
The 17TH annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) special event will take place Saturday, December 5, 2015,
from 0000 UTC to 2400 UTC.  SKYWARN Recognition Day, co-sponsored by the American Radio Relay League and the National Weather Service, pays tribute to Amateur Radio operators for the vital public service they perform. During the 24-hour event, Amateur Radio operators visit their local National Weather Service (NWS) office and work as a team to contact other hams across the world.   This event is also aimed at strengthening the bond between Amateur Radio operators and local NWS offices.


 Androscoggin ARC is announcing that the 147.315 Repeater with a PL 103.5, is back on the air. On November 19th of this year we relocated the antenna to the opposite side of the building and added a shorter coax run. We also increase the power to 50 Watts. So enjoy!


ARRL Bulletin 33 ARLB033

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT November 19, 2015

To all radio amateurs

Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes Senate Committee, Gains Cosponsors

The Amateur Radio Parity Act S. 1685 has been endorsed by the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In the voice vote on November 18th.

If the legislation becomes law, radio amateurs living in antenna-restricted communities would have the opportunity to negotiate with homeowners associations to install an antenna that reasonably accommodates Amateur Radio Communication.

H.R. 1301 has 114 cosponsors as of November 18. President Craigie said ARRL members should continue to urge their Representatives to cosponsor H.R. 1301 and to thank those who already have signed on.

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 page on the ARRL website has more information on how you can become involved. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 can be found on the web at,



FCC Not Processing License and Exam Session Files Again

The FCC Universal Licensing System (

ULS) electronic batch filing (EBF) system was working for a brief window of time yesterday after being down since Friday November 13TH . Some files were processed through the system Wednesday, but the FCC is having a problem processing all VEC license and examination session files today November, 19TH

The FCC doesn't have a long term fix in place yet and it appears the same issue is happening again with more frequency. The amateur community should expect delays in exam license processing until the FCC can get this resolved. The FCC apologies for the continued inconvenience this is causing the community.



Steve, KB1TCE, maintains a bulletin board system dedicated to Maine ARES and RACES. It is a powerful tool where registered users can deposit and retrieve messages, including documents and forms, and can also send and receive bulletins. It is accessible via VHF packet or Winmor on 40 and 80 meters. Its usefulness was proved during October's Simulated Emergency Test.

As Section Emergency Coordinator, Phil N1EP join Steve in challenging all ARES/RACES members to download the free RMS Express software for their Windows computer from and learn how to use this great tool. You can also send and receive email over the amateur radio frequencies using this software  For questions, email Steve



Just make ARRL as your charity of choice on the Amazon web page. With every purchase you make Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL


If you are responsible for a testing session, ham fest, club meetings or other events, please make sure to send your listing in as soon as you have the date and other info. All info to: Joy Lynne Foss, Public Information Coordinator 207-948-6222 (home)

Joy Lynne Foss, Public Information Coordinator

P.O. Box 59

20 Leonard Ln

Burnham, ME 04922


Androscoggin ARES/RACES Net Thursday 7 pm on the 146.610 MHz (no PL) repeater. Backup frequency 146.450 MHz simplex.  Monthly meeting on the third Wednesday at 6 p.m., Androscoggin Unified EMA Office, basement of Central Fire Station, 2 College St., Lewiston

Aroostook Emergency Net Monday at 8:00 p.m. on the 146.730  (no PL) repeater

Cumberland County ARES Net meets every Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. on the 146.730 - (PL 100 HZ) machine.

Franklin County ARES Net meets every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on the 147.180  (PL 123 HZ) Farmington repeater.  The team meets on the first Wednesday at the Franklin County Courthouse, 140 Main Street, Farmington, at 6:00 p.m.  All are welcome.

Hancock County EMCOMM (ARES) Net Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., on the 146.910 (PL 151.4 HZ) repeater. All licensed operators are welcome and encouraged to check-in and participate.

Kennebec County ARES Net Sunday at 7:00 p.m. on the 145.390 repeater (PL 100 HZ).

Lincoln County ARES Monday nights 1900 on Dick Glidden's k1nyy repeater 147.39+ 179.9 pl tone Backup is  on the w1pbr system 147.06+ and 145.49- 91.5 pl Jose, kb1tcd is the coordinator

Maine Emergency Communications Net Sunday at 5:00 p.m. on 3940 KHz (alternate freq. 7180 KHz).  John Goran K1JJS, Net Manager.

Maine Public Service Net Sunday at 9:00 a.m., 3940 KHz..  K1NIT, Section Manager, conducts administrative duties as Net Control the last Sunday of each month. FMI contact Al Sirois, N1MHC, Net Manager and Lincoln County ARES Emergency Coordinator.

Midcoast ARES Net Monday at 7:30 p.m.on the 147.210 repeater (PL 100 Hz).

Oxford County ARES Net second, third, fourth, (fifth) Monday at 7:30 p.m.on the KQ1L 146.88 (PL 100 Hz) repeater

Penobscot County ARES Net fourth Wednesdays, 7pm local time on the 145.450 (WA1RES) repeater (pl tone is 67.0).  We do monitor the N1ME repeater in case someone cannot reach the WA1RES repeater. Kevin 'Doc' Badger, N0UKM American Red Cross ME region Communications Lead, Penobscot County ARES Emergency Coordinator,  Penobscot County RACES County Radio Officer

Piscataquis County ARES Net Wednesdays, following the Piscataquis ARC on-the-air weekly meeting (which starts at 7:00 p.m.), 147.105 MHz repeater (PL 103.5).

Somerset County EmComm Net first and third Mondays on the 146.970 (PL 100 HZ) Sugarloaf repeater and on the second, fourth, and fifth Mondays on the 146.730 (PL 91.5 Hz) Madison repeater. All nets start at 7:30 p.m.

Twelve County Emergency Net opens around 9:30 a.m. (at the close of the Public Service Net on 75 meters) each Sunday, on the KQ1L linked  repeater system. Has Announcements read. Net manager: KA1RFD.

Waldo County ARES/RACES Net Monday (except the first Monday) at 7:30 p.m.on the 147.27 (PL 136.5 HZ) repeater.

Waldo County Emergency Management Agency's RACES/ARES HF digital training net every Wednesday at 1930 on 3.583 MHz. Early check-ins are taken at 1915. The net opens with Olivia 8-500, then switches to
Thor 50x1, both centered at 1000Hz on the waterfall. This is a training net and amateurs new to the digital modes are encouraged to check-in and will be “elmered”. We use the 147.270 (+,PL 136.5) Aborn Hill repeater for coordination. For those who cannot hit Aborn, we use the instant messaging program SPARK. For details on SPARK, the net and other digital “how-to” see

Washington County ARES on-the-air meeting Monday on the 147.330 (PL 118.8 Hz) repeater at 7:00 p.m. All licensed amateurs are invited to check in.

York County ARES Training Net, Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Mt. Hope repeater (145.210 MHz, 156.7 pl tone).  Group meets first Thursday, 6:00 p.m., York County Government Building, 149 Jordan Springs Rd. (Route 4), Alfred.




The Chimes Net meets daily at 8:00 p.m. on the 147.060 (positive) repeaters (PL 91.5 or 100) and they are currently linked with the KC1CG 145.490 (negative) repeater (PL 91.5).  Use whichever repeater works best for you.


Elmer Net/Class Somerset County EMCOM/ARES team will be doing an Elmer net on the Madison repeater (146.730 PL tone 91.5). The net will run every other Wednesday. It will be moderated by Steve KA1C and Net Control is Dave, W1DSA, All amateurs are welcome, from newcomers to oldtimers. Questions and comments will be welcome during the net.

Maine NBEMS VHF Net every Sunday at 1900 on the KQ1L linked repeater system, KB1TCE net manager. This net is a continuation of the Midcoast NBEMS Net that met on the Waldo County W1EMA repeater

Maine Seagull Net Monday thru Saturday at 5:00 p.m., 3940 KHz, LSB. Handling traffic into, out of, and throughout the State of Maine.  K1GUP net manager.

Maine Slow Speed Net  Monday thru Friday, 6:00 p.m. 3585 KHz.  Traffic handling at slow speeds.  W1JX net manager.

New England Party Line Net Mondays and Thursdays at 7:00 a.m. on 14.293 Mhz USB.  W1UZR net manager. 

Qtel/SVXLink Echolink

Echo link is available in the Newport area on 147.420 mhz, 100hz tone. Join us on the world friendship net Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8pm or the world radio network 7 days a week at 12 noon.For connecting to the 12 county net or the sky warn nets wed@8pm,sat@7:30pm,using echo link the node is WA1REQ-L. All Thanks to Mike WA1REQ


Sunday - 6:30 pm  - Please join Miriam, KC1AIH, net control, on the Swap net on the KQ1L Link Repeater System. Check in even if you have nothing to sell, swap or want just let her know you are there!

The Androscoggin club has a swap web page on their web site The full URL is Follow the instructions to place an ad. They use the same rules the on air swap net uses, no dogs cats or used cars because they don't want to compete with Uncle Henrys. If you are too bashful to be on the net try the swap page.

Maine Officials