ARRL Sections - Maine



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PIC Joy Lynne Foss, K1SEW
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Basic Information

New England


LAST UPDATE: 3/25/2015


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


Thursday, March 26th - 5:30 pm Manchester Fire Station, 18 Readfield Rd.(Route 17), Manchester. Walk-ins are Welcome please come early. Sponsor: Augusta ARA 


                  Contact: Bill Crowley, K1NIT, 512-0312

Saturday, March 28th - 12:30 pm Maine State Convention at the Ramada Convention Center at 490 Pleasant St, Lewiston Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: Androscoggin ARC Contact: Ivan Lazore, N1OXA,

Saturday, April 4th - 10:15 a.m., Winslow Public Library, 114 Benton Ave., Winslow. Walk-ins are welcome please come early Sponsor: Waterville Area Wireless Association Contact: Ron Manson, W1SSF, 207-402-2030, e-mail

Tuesday, April 14th - 6:00 pm First Baptist Church, 1268 Main Street Washburn. Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor Aroostook Amateur Radio Association Contact Steve Sandelier N1NXU

Saturday, April 18th - 10:00 am Stewart Morrill American Legion Post #35 413 Broadway South Portland Walk-ins are Welcome Sponsor: Portland Amateur Wireless Association Contact: John Bogner, W1JLB 207-776-2288

Saturday, April 18th - 10:00 am Northern Door Inn 356 West Main Street Fort Kent Walk-ins are welcome. Sponsor: Saint John Valley ARA Contact: Derrick Ouellette 231-1852

Saturday, April 25th - 8:30 am Meadow View Apartments Phase IV Dining
Hall, 25 Tweedie Lane, Ellsworth. Walk-ins are welcome. Sponsor: Poverty Hill Amateur Radio Group. Contact Phil Duggan N1EP 546-1575 Web Site  Talk-in frequency Hancock County EMCOMM Repeater 146.910- (PL 151.4)

Saturday, April 25th - 9:00 am Knox County Emergency Management Bldg
301 Park St Rockland Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: Pen Bay ARC Contact: Norman R. Smith (207) 354-6853

Saturday, April 25th - 6:00 pm Milo Town Hall, 6 Pleasant Street. Walk-ins welcome. Sponsor: Piscataquis ARC. Contact Ben Kittredge, WA1PBR (207) 943-2849

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, 2011, and will be valid until June 30, 2015

***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.   *****



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




The Foundation for Amateur Radio, Inc., (FAR) will be administering a
total of 67 scholarships worth an about $125,500 for the coming academic year. The scholarships range in value from $500 to $5,000 each.

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
 * Hold a valid US or foreign amateur radio license,
 * Be enrolled, or have been accepted for enrollment, at an
    accredited university, college or technical school.
 * Applicants who attend a school located outside of the United
    States must enclose a brochure describing the school.
 * Individual scholarships may have additional requirements.

Please note that the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) will award 36 scholarships, worth a total of $75,000,  All that is required to qualify for one of these awards is to obtain a recommendation from a QCWA member. Instructions for obtaining the recommendation are in the form.

A complete list of the scholarships and their requirements maybe accessed at:<>.

The 2015 FAR Scholarship application form may be accessed at:

If you have questions about the 2015 process, please e-mail them to: <> or <>.



Weather Spotter Training -

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

Training Classes



 MAINE STATE CONVENTION is coming up on Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th. Admission is $7 for 18 yrs. and older, free for under 18 yrs old. Door Prizes are a $300 Cert. to Universal Radio and a  $100 from Ham Source


Ramada Conference Center is again having their Hamfest Special of $65 (plus tax) per day, single or Double. This includes indoor heated pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. Call (207) 784-2331 for reservations and mention  ARRL Convention”.


Tables at the Hamfest are $7 for each table in advance, till Saturday, March 21st and $8 after the 21st. For clubs or non-profit groups, your registration gives you one free table with one free admission to promote your club or group. If you want to sell items, then additional tables are $8 each and $7 for each person working the tables. More information Contact: Ivan Lazure, N1OXA, Hamfest Chairman or


We are scheduling many interesting talks and forums starting Friday 27th at 7pm and more talks at 8pm. The ARRL will have an official here to talk about the latest news on amateur radio, and have a Q & A section. Other talks will be related to amateur radio, Digital Modes, etc. All talks and forums are FREE.

The convention talks and forums will continue Saturday 28th at 9am, 10am, and 11am, and these are also FREE.



*********Saturday April 18th is the South Portland Hamfest**********

Stewart Morrill American Legion Post #35 413 Broadway South Portland Sponsor: Portland Amateur Wireless Association Contact: Bryce Rumery , K1GAX  207-415-0498
Talk-In: 146.730- (PL 100.0) Website:



The Waldo County RACES group is looking for volunteers to help provide communication support for a canoe race run by the local YMCA.

The race is Saturday, March 28th . We will meet at the Waldo County EMA office 4 Public Safety Way, Belfast between 7:00 and 8:00 am for coffee, donuts, a briefing and assignments. The race will be over approximately between 12:30 / 1:00 pm. Participants should bring an HT and dress warmly.

If you would like to participate, call Brit Rothrock, AB1KI, at the Waldo County EMA, (338-3870) or email




Sunday, April 12th 1 - 4:30 pm, Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC) will be holding an Open House, Sturbridge Host Hotel 366 Main Street Sturbridge, MA Two presentations are scheduled

#1"Whats the Best HF Transceiver for Me? -A Radio Selection Strategy" by Brian Machesney, K1LI and others

#2“Antenna Selection and Design- What's Important” – by Joe Reisert, W1JR

These are oriented towards newly licensed or upgraded hams. All hams are welcome and invited to attend this meeting. YCCC is one of the largest Ham Radio clubs in the Northeast and is proud to open it's doors to the general Ham population of the area!

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Information needed

Joy, K1SEW is updating the list of contacts for the clubs so 1 email can be sent to all when needed. Please send the information (if you haven't done so already) to Joy's email Needed is the - Contact name, call sign, email address and name of the club.


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.



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

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.

Maine Swap Net Sunday Swap Net 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.

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


****************Saturday April 18th is the South Portland Hamfest***********

Sunday, April 12th 1 - 4:30 pm, Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC) will be holding an Open House, Sturbridge Host Hotel 366 Main Street Sturbridge, MA Two presentations are scheduled

#1"Whats the Best HF Transceiver for Me? -A Radio Selection Strategy" by Brian Machesney, K1LI and others

#2“Antenna Selection and Design- What's Important” – by Joe Reisert, W1JR

These are oriented towards newly licensed or upgraded hams. All hams are welcome and invited to attend this meeting. YCCC is one of the largest Ham Radio clubs in the Northeast and is proud to open it's doors to the general Ham population of the area!

Maine Officials