ARRL Sections - Maine



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PIC Bill Crowley, K1NIT
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LAST UPDATE: 4/12/2014

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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 K1NIT at




April 15 - 6:30 p.m., Baptist Church, 1268 Main St., Washburn (across from park).  Sponsor: Aroostook ARA; Contact: N1NXU 207-764-6630.

April 19 - 10:00 a.m., Stewart Morrill American Legion Post, 513 Broadway, South Portland.  Sponsor: Portland Amateur Wireless Association; Contact: W1JLB 207-776-2288 or email

April 27 - 2:00 p.m., Narraguagus Lower Community Estates Building, Estates Road, Cherryfield.  Sponsor: Poverty Hill Amateur
Radio Group; contact: N1EP 207-546-1575 or e-mail  From Route 1, turn on Estates Road across from the Gulf station, then take second left.  Lower Community Building is at end of the road.



These are tentative dates only. Please check with team leader 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 accomodations should check with the contact person in advance of the exam date.


REMINDER -- The current Technician Class (Element 2) question pool has been in effect since July 1, 2010, and will be valid until June 30, 2014.  The current General Class (Element 3) question pool has been in effect since July 1, 2011, and will be valid until June 30, 2015.  The current Amateur Extra Class (Element 4) question pool has been in effect since July 1, 2012, and will be valid until June 30, 2016.  When preparing for an exam, be sure you are studying the current question pool.


























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







Weather Spotter Training - Thursday, April 17, 7:00 p.m., Gorham Recreation Department, 75 South St. (enter from Ball Park Road), Gorham.  Sponsored by Wireless Society of Southern Maine.  Free and open to the public.






















The fourth in a series of regional VHF/UHF simplex tests is scheduled
for Saturday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. on 146.565 Mhz FM.  The Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association is conducting the simplex
test from Eastbrook using the club call W1TU.  All hams with 2-meter privileges are encouraged to listen and check in
either directly or via a relay.

Three previously scheduled simplex tests in Washington, Piscataquis,
and Androscoggin counties proved successful. Not only is it a good
emergency communications exercise, but also gets hams "radio-active"
and presents a positive image to the public regarding the amateur
radio service.

If your ham radio club or EmComm group would like to schedule a
simplex test in your region of Maine, contact Phil N1EP for details
and help in promoting the event.  E-mail or call 207-546-1575.


The American Diabetes Association will again be holding its fundraising bicycle event,  the Tour de Cure of the Kennebunks, on Sunday, June 8, 2014. We are looking for 20 ham operators to provide communications along the different courses (5 different lengths), at rest stops, and in SAG vehicles provided by Tour de Cure. This is an all day event.

Volunteers should register PRIOR TO May 18, 2014. This will allow the event managers to adapt the number of rest stops and SAG vehicles used to the number of ham Volunteers available.

Equipment needed will be hand held or mobile radios with gain antennas or vehicle mag mounts. Hams in SAG vehicles will need mobile radios and mag mounts antennas (no hand helds in SAG vehicles). Frequencies may change during the event due to traffic load and conditions so please be familiar with how to program your radio(s) in the field.

To volunteer or any questions please contact  KB1VX at



Androscoggin ARC's 146.610 repeater has been returned to operational status following repairs. No subaudible tone is required, and there is no courtesy beep.  The squelch tail must drop to reset the time-out timer.



The Rider family was burned out of their home in January with a total loss of all belongings.  They had no insurance.

Cash donations can still be made to the Arlene Rider Fund, c/o Camden National Bank, P.O. Box 280, Corinna, ME 04427.

The family still needs clothing for one of the daughters.  She wears size 3-5 boot cut jeans.  Items can be dropped off at the Exeter town office.



The Maine Sea Gull Net (SGN) marks its 75th anniversary in 2014, making it the oldest or among the oldest nets still in service. "We are celebrating throughout the year with various activities," Net Manager Jerry Burns, K1GUP, of Carmel, Maine, told ARRL. "A month ago on the net I played a recording from 1989 of a QSO I had with the net's founder, Win Ramsdell, W1FBJ (SK), in which he recounted the beginnings of the net and his election as Maine's first 'phone man' Section Communications Manager -- when CW reigned as the mover of traffic. He also told about the net's involvement in the fires of 1947." Burns recently ran a session on AM, "netting" 38 check-ins, all but two on AM. "It was so much like the 'good old days!'" he said. Burns invited past net control operators and visitors to check in anytime. At hamfests he'll offer net certificates with a 75th anniversary ribbon attached, and down the road he'll air a tape of a 1978 net. The Sea Gull Net meets at 5 PM ET, Mondays through Saturdays, on 3940 kHz.

















Androscoggin ARES/RACES Net Thursday at 7:30 p.m. 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 147.730 (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 Net Sunday at 7:00 p.m.on the 146.985 MHz (no PL) repeater

Maine Emergency Communications Net Sunday at 4:30 p.m.on 3940 KHz (alternate freq. 7180 KHz).  K1JJS, Net Manager.

Maine Public Service Net Sunday at 9:00 a.m., 3940 KHz..  N1KAT, 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 second and fourth Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. on the 146.940 MHz repeater (PL 100 Hz).

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. 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.

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.

28/88 VHF ARES Traffic Net  Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on KQ1L linked repeater system.  Join W1LWT in learning and sharing information to build your knowledge and skill about emergency preparedness and message handling



Central Maine Swap Net Sunday 7:00 on the KQ1L link system.  Buy, sell, or trade ham and computer gear.  KB1GVS net manager.

Chimes Net Daily at 8:00 p.m. on the 147.060 (PL 91.5) 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.  N1NGM net manager.

Maine Swap Net Sunday 7:00 p.m. on the KQ1L link system.  W1SSF net control.  Buy, sell, or swap amateur radio and computer items.

Maine Pine Tree Net  Daily at 7:00 p.m. on 3596 KHz. Traffic into and out of the State of Maine.  W1KX net manager.

Midcoast NBEMS (Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System) VHF Digital Net Sunday at 7:00 on the 147.060 (PL 91.5) repeater. This net is for practice in using W1HKJ's Fldigi, Flwrap and Flmsg applications for the transmission of messages and files

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

New England Weather Net  Daily 5:30 a.m. 3905 KHz LSB. N1MHC net manager

Piscataquis ARC On-Air Meeting Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. on 147.105 repeater (PL103.5)

Radio Adventurers of Maine Sunday, 8:00 p.m., KIQ1L link system.  W1LWT net manager

Southern Aroostook Repeater Group Thursday, 7:00 p.m., KQ1L link system.

SSTV Net, KQ1L Link System; Friday at 7:30 p.m.  Send and receive Slow Scan TV Pictures (Martin 2 format).  W1SSF net manager

Waterville Area Wireless Association (WAWA) Net Wednesday 7:30 p.m. on the KQ1L system. Bulletins, club news and activities. Everyone welcome.

WX1GYX Skywarn Training Net  Wednesday at 8:00 p.m and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., KQ1L Link System. K1WTX net manager. Please visit and bookmark the NEW web site and discussions at:

YL Net every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on the KQ1L linked repeater system. The net is open to all hams, but especially YLs, and has a rotating group of net control stations and weekly topics of interest.




Maine has many amateur radio clubs which support the repeaters, run the VE test sessions, play mentor, assist with events, etc. These clubs can use your membership dollars to help support their activities, as well as advance ham radio in Maine. Help boost ham radio --SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL AMATEUR RADIO CLUB.  Check with other hams in your area to find out about the clubs near you and around the state, or ask about clubs on a repeater; you're bound to get a reply.


Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club

Aroostook Amateur Radio Association

Hancock County EMCOMM Blog

Merrymeeting Amateur Radio Association

Pen Bay Amateur Radio Club

Penobscot County ARES

Pine State Amateur Radio Club

Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club (PARC)

Piscataquis County ARES

Portland Amateur Wireless Assoc.

St Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club

St John Valley ARA 

Waldo  County ARA

Waterville Amateur Wireless Association

Wide Area Amateur Radio Network (WAARN)

Wireless Society of Southern Maine

Yankee Amateur Radio Club

Yarmouth Radio Club

York County ARES






If you are responsible for a hamfest or other event, please make sure to send your listing in as soon as you have the date and other info. All info to: Bill Crowley @  Have a ham-related picture for posting??  forward a .JPEG image to me, with some basic info (who or what the pic is; where taken, who shot it, etc.)  I'll get it posted to this site.


Bill Crowley, K1NIT

150 Maple Street

Farmingdale, ME 04344

207-512-0312 (cellular)




Maine Officials

  • William Woodhead

    Section Manager

    William A. Woodhead N1KAT

  • Rodney Scribner

    State Government Liaison,
    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Rodney L. Scribner KA1RFD

  • Bill Crowley

    Public Info Coordinator,
    Assistant Section Manager

    Bill Crowley K1NIT

  • John Goran

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    John Mark Goran K1JJS

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  • Stephen Kercel

    Assistant Section Manager

    Stephen W. Kercel AA4AK

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  • George Drisko

    Assistant Section Manager

    George T. Drisko KB1AQE

  • John Huffman

    Section Traffic Manager

    John C. Huffman K1ESE

  • Ray Sirois

    Official Observer Coordinator

    Ray Sirois N1RY

  • Wilburn Scott

    Assistant Section Manager

    Wilburn A. Scott WA1YNZ

  • Leo Langelier

    Technical Coordinator

    Leo H. Langelier N1BOK

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  • Don Tarbet

    Assistant Section Manager

    Don D. Tarbet KD1XU