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Maine

Contact Information

Section Name:
Maine
Contact:
PIC Joy Lynne Foss, K1SEW
Daytime Phone:
207-948-6222
Evening Phone:
207-948-6222
Email:
k1sew@arrl.net

Basic Information

Division:
New England
Description:

 

LAST UPDATE: 4/24/2015

 

Exam information also available at:

 

 http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session

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 k1sew@arrl.net

TESTING SESSIONS 

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 n1ep@arrl.net Web Site http://www.qsl.net/hrde  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  ny1bravo@yahoo.com


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 park@k1pq.org

Monday, May 4th - 6:00 pm Mid-coast American Red Cross 16 Community Drive Topsham Walk-ins are Welcome Sponsor: Merrymeeting ARA Contact: Donald S. Wakeman (207) 751-1166
 ka1wal.dsw@gmail.com
 

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. 

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

www.arrl-me.org   *****

General Class (Element 3) question pool has been in effect since July 1, 2011, and will be valid until June 30, 2015. 

CLUB MEETINGS COMING UP: 

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

Piscataquis River Race POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 30th!!

There was a meeting on April 21st and it was decided to postpone the Piscataquis River Race until May 30th. This is due to the projected weather and river conditions for the Piscataquis. The data showed that the river is rising more then had been predicted, although not at flood stage, it COULD be by Saturday.  There is a lot of snow upstream to melt and there is rain predicted all the way through next Monday and  the fact that we may lose up to 40% of the racers who choose to be in the in the Kenduskeag race which is the same day. Then we  will lose a number of the folks at the start and finish at the food vendors due to possible rain on Saturday.

THANK YOU to all who have volunteered.  We do hope we can depend on you to be there for on MAY 30th!! Anyone that was coming to the Piscataquis race is now FREE to help out at the Kenduskeag race. Please watch the media for any late changes on that race.

If you have any question please contact: George Dean, WA1JMM 441-6112  w1jmm@roadrunner.com

 

FUTURE EVENTS: 

Ham Radio Symposium to Highlight New & Old Technologies 

Saturday, April 25th - 1:00 pm  Meadow View Apartments Phase IV Dining Hall at 25 Tweedie Lane in Ellsworth. There will be an amateur ham radio symposium Sponsored by Poverty Hill Amateur Radio Group.   Admission is by donation. The Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association has donated a brand-new Tigertronics USB Signalink digital interface device as a door prize. Refreshments will be available. 


The event will include presentations on the Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System, RMS Express, MESH Broadband Ham Radio Networking, the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer for home and amateur radio possibilities, and traditional portable operations minimalist-style.
 


Mike Coulombe KB1UTD, of Palermo, will demonstrate NBEMS, which is a suite of digital software that when used with digital interfaces, provides access to dozens of the latest digital operating modes and emergency communications tools useful in times of disaster. The system can not only support public service, but also be a very fun mode to contact other hams all over the world using low power and efficient bandwidth.


Steve Hansen KB1TCE, of Owls Head, will present RMS Express, a client program that allows ham radio operators to send and receive emails and attachments over the airwaves using the Winlink system or bulletin boards. This is a huge advantage when local Internet is down during or after disasters. On a daily basis, mariners and others send and receive emails when out to sea or in other remote locations using the ham radio frequencies.


Mark Albee N1MEA, of Eastbrook, will demonstrate the MESH system, linking certain types of Internet routers together on amateur radio frequencies to create a broadband network useful for emergency communications and other ham radio applications.


Phil Duggan N1EP, of Milbridge, will highlight the innovative miniature Raspberry Pi computer and its possibilities for home and amateur radio applications. He will also present Portable Operations Minimalist-Style using new digital modes and old-fashioned but reliable Morse Code and voice operations. 
  

 CLASSES & TRAINING

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Weather Spotter Training -

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

Training Classes

Wednesday May 6, 2015 6:30pm Knox County EMA, 301 Park Street, Rockland for more information contact: Mike Cempa KC1DFP  <mike.cempa@noaa.gov>

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HAMFESTS 2015

Next Hamfest is On June 6th in Hermon

 

BULLETINS

GENERAL

Charles Guy (Herkey) Davis  N4BBZ (SK)

Charles Guy Davis N4BBZ (SK), 71, of Sanford, died on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, after a hard fought battle with lung cancer.

He worked at Pratt & Whitney for 38 years as an experimental lead technician. During his time there, he was awarded three patents. His hard work helped insure Pratt & Whitney's lead in Turbine Engine Coating Technology. He founded the Jupiter-Tequesta Repeater Group in 1982 and provided emergency communications before, during and after disasters.

Charles served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam war, receiving multiple honors and certifications during his time of service. You may remember Charlie attending our summer meetings, and also participating in Field Day. His smiling face, enthusiasm for ham radio, and quiet participation in the NERDS group will be missed. Our condolences go out to Charlie's friends and family.

 

Alfred Bradford “Brad” Drawbridge Jr. KC1VA (SK)

Alfred Bradford “Brad” Drawbridge Jr. KC1VA (SK)  of Searsmont died peacefully in his sleep on April 4, 2015, after a brief illness. He was 85 years old.

Brad and Sue always loved Maine, and on a whim one spring traveled north to look at a grocery store for sale in the Millville neighborhood of Camden. The store featured sagging floorboards, broken windows and a family of skunks in the crawlspace under the meat room. Not being able to pass up such a good deal, they bought the store and relocated their family in April 1971.

Brad loved so many things that it's impossible to list them all here. He loved  sailing and reading; Ham radio and jazz (that time he interviewed Duke Ellington); building boats and electronics (that time he converted the telephone pole into a gigantic ham radio antenna);  He had an extraordinary talent for having fun, and once said, "I can't imagine not having something I'm looking forward to doing."

He will be sorely missed by the many who loved him. Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you  make a donation to the Friends of the Searsmont Library, P.O. Box 105, Searsmont, ME 04973,  or to a local charity of your choice. 
 

Eileen S. Gould, Ex-WB1DOY (SK)  April 14, 2015 

Eileen S. Gould, Ex-WB1DOY at 104 years old of Fairfield, Maine, passed away peacefully at Mount Saint Joseph’s nursing home in Waterville. Eileen and her husband Lloyd lived in Florida for many years, where she loved spending time at the ocean and was a ham radio enthusiast.

Burial will be held at a later date at Friend’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to either the Muskie Center, 38 Gold Street, Waterville, ME 04901 or to her vision impaired support group, the Sunshine Club c/o Taconnet Federal Credit

Union, ATTN: Michelle, 316 Benton Ave., Winslow, ME 04901, that Eileen loved very much.  

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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 K1SEW@arrl.net Needed is the - Contact name, call sign, email address and name of the club.

PUBLICIZE YOUR EVENT

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 K1SEW@arrl.net 207-948-6222 (home)

Joy Lynne Foss, Public Information Coordinator

P.O. Box 59

20 Leonard Ln

Burnham, ME 04922

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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 http://w1npp.org/pages/aresraces.html

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 www.midcoastdigiham.belljar.net

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.

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OTHER MAINE NETS OF INTEREST

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 steverod@myfairpoint.net and Net Control is Dave, W1DSA w1dsa@beeline-online.net, 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

Maine Officials