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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
Alert:

 AS of WEDNESDAY 10/22/14

GRAY, Maine — Much of Maine can expect to be soaked with rain over the course of this week, according to the National Weather Service. While the weather service did not post storm warnings or watches Monday afternoon, storms are expected to move in Tuesday night and into Wednesday. Rain is expected to be heavy at times. The system is expected to move into Down East and central Maine on Tuesday night into Wednesday, then lift across northern Maine later Wednesday into Thursday. Fall nor’easter could bring more than 5 inches of rain

** UPDATED 10/22/14 CARIBOU, Maine

In addition to wind advisories, here's the latest Flood Watch from NWS Caribou:

FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
846 AM EDT WED OCT 22 2014

...LONG DURATION RAIN EVENT MAY RESULT IN FLOODING OVER CENTRAL
AND DOWNEAST MAINE THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY MORNING...

MEZ010-011-015>017-029>032-230100-
/O.CON.KCAR.FA.A.0006.141023T1200Z-141024T1600Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
CENTRAL PISCATAQUIS-CENTRAL PENOBSCOT-SOUTHERN PENOBSCOT-
INTERIOR HANCOCK-CENTRAL WASHINGTON-COASTAL HANCOCK-
COASTAL WASHINGTON-SOUTHERN PISCATAQUIS-NORTHERN WASHINGTON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...GREENVILLE...MONSON...BLANCHARD...
LINCOLN...HOWLAND...SPRINGFIELD...BANGOR...BREWER...ORONO...
OLD TOWN...AMHERST...AURORA...DEDHAM...EASTBROOK...GREAT POND...
ORLAND...DEBLOIS...GRAND LAKE STREAM...MEDDYBEMPS...PEMBROKE...
PERRY...PRINCETON...ELLSWORTH...BAR HARBOR...BLUE HILL...
EASTPORT...MACHIAS...CHERRYFIELD...DOVER-FOXCROFT...MILO...
GUILFORD...DANFORTH...VANCEBORO...TOPSFIELD
846 AM EDT WED OCT 22 2014

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH
FRIDAY MORNING...

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL MAINE...NORTH CENTRAL MAINE AND
SOUTHEAST MAINE...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PENOBSCOT...CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PISCATAQUIS...WASHINGTON AND HANCOCK.

* FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING

* THE COMBINATION OF RAINFALL TODAY THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING COULD RESULT IN POSSIBLE SMALL STREAM...LOWLAND AND ROAD FLOODING IN THE WATCH AREA DUE TO 3.00 TO 5.00 INCHES OF RAINFALL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

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LAST UPDATE: 10/22/2014

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, K1SEW at k1sew@arrl.net

TESTING SESSIONS

Monday, November 3rd - 6:00 pm Midcoast American Red Cross 16 Community Drive Topsham Walk-ins are Welcome Sponsor: Merrymeeting ARA Contact Donald Wakeman 751-1166 ka1wal.dsw@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 11th - 2:00 pm Maine at Presque Isle Campus Center, Room  118 181Main Street, Presque Isle. Walk-ins are Welcome sponsor: Aroostook Amateur Radio Association  Contact Person: Steve Sandelier N1NXU   Phone: 207 764-6630 email n1nxu@maine.rr.com

Saturday, November 15th - 10:00 am Machias EOC 27 Court Street Machias Walk-ins are Welcome Sponsor: St Croix Valley ARC Contact: William McGarvey 853-2951 aa1zr@roadrunner.com

Wednesday, November 19th - 5:30 pm Kennebec County Government Center 125 Court Street Augusta Walk-ins are Welcome please come early Sponsor: Augusta ARC Contact: Ron Manson 332-6660 w1ssf@hotmail.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 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, 2014, and will be valid until June 30, 2018.  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.

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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.

 

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

 

FUTURE EVENTS:

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 CLASSES & TRAINING

Weather Spotter Training - Free and open to the public. 1 hr - 2 hr sessions

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CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT

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GENERAL NOTICES 

Maine Swap Net

Back by popular demand is the Maine Swap Net Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. on the KQ1L link system. Ron Manson, W1SSF net control. You can Buy, sell, or swap amateur radio and computer items. Check in even if you are just listening so Ron knows you are there. Ron is also looking for an alternate net control. Contact: Ron Manson 332-6660 w1ssf@hotmail.com

Slow Scan


Waldo County Emergency Management Agency's RACES/ARES team is
conducting an HF digital training net to be held every Wednesday at 1930 on 3.583 MHz.  All are welcome to check in.


Another digital training net is held every Sunday at 1900 on the  Aborn Hill (147.270, +, PL 136.5) repeater. The net uses PSK125RC5 centered at 1500Hz. All are welcome. to join in.

These nets have been added to the net listing on ARRL Maine Section Web Page and new comers will be Elmered. For more information  go to the web site www.midcoastdigiham.belljar.net
 

Upcoming MARS Exercise  

On Monday, October 27th from 1201Z to 271800Z and Tuesdsay October 28th from 0001Z to 280600Z. The Department of Defense (DOD) MARS will conduct a nation-wide 48 hours contingency communications exercise and is sponsoring the event. MARS members are encouraged to use this opportunity to discuss and develop/ train communications interoperability plans and procedures with their Section, state and local ARES emergency coordinators along with their amateur cooeagues.

The goal for MARS-ARES interoperability is to establish two-way communications with as many counties using local VHF/UHF simplex channels, repeaters or NVIS HF communications. 

1. Only one ARES/amateur radio contact per county is needed. 

2.  The contact must be person to person and cannot rely on any communications using internet linked repeaters, internet connectivity systems or store and forward email communication systems. 

3. MARS operators will use their amateur call sign on amateur frequencies to establish contact with the ARES or amateur radio operator from the county.  

4. The information exchange requested from ARES for each county is simply the county name and the county Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code, if available.  

The point of contact for this exercise is Army MARS Program Manager Paul English.  

email: paul.a.english.civ@mail.mil

Public Portal: http://www.usarmymars.org

 

Dear Amateur Radio Operators

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I would like to thank all for the expressions of condolences over the past week as I have been dealing with the loss of my Mother and best friend. 73 Joy K1SEW

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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 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 Net Sunday at 7:00 p.m.on the 146.985 MHz (no PL) repeater

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

Waldo County Emergency Management Agency's RACES/ARES Digital trainig net held every Sunday at 1900 on the Aborn Hill (147.270, +, PL 136.5) repeater. The net uses PSK125RC5 centered at 1500Hz. All are welcome.

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

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OTHER MAINE NETS OF INTEREST

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.  W1JX 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.  www.newn.org 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 http://www.wx1gyx.org/ web site and discussions at: http://groups.google.com/group/gyx-skywarn

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.

 

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MAINE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB WEB SITES

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 www.w1npp.org/

Aroostook Amateur Radio Association http://k1fs.org/

Hancock County EMCOMM Blog hancockcountyemcomm.blogspot.com

Merrymeeting Amateur Radio Association www.ks1r.org

Pen Bay Amateur Radio Club www.penbayarc.org

Penobscot County ARES www.penobscotcountyares.weebly.com/

Pine State Amateur Radio Club www.n1me.org

Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club (PARC)  www.k1pq.org/

Piscataquis County ARES www.piscataquisares.org

Portland Amateur Wireless Assoc. www.qsl.net/pawa

St Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club   www.stcroixvalleyamateurradioclub.org

St John Valley ARA www.sjvara.com 

Waldo  County ARA www.wcara.org/

Waterville Amateur Wireless Association www.wa1wa.net

Wide Area Amateur Radio Network (WAARN) www.wa1arn.net/cmgmnt/

Wireless Society of Southern Maine www.qsl.net/ws1sm

Yankee Amateur Radio Club www.yarcme.org

Yarmouth Radio Club www.YarmouthRadioClub.org

York County ARES www.yorkcountymaineares.blogspot.com/


 


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If you are responsible for a testing session, hamfest, 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)

Have a ham-related picture for posting. Forward a .JPEG image to Joy Lynne Foss K1SEW@arrl.net and include some basic info (who or what the pic is; where taken, who shot it, etc.) get it posted to Maine Section web page to share.

 

Joy Lynne Foss, K1SEW

Public Information Coordinator

P.O. Box 59

20 Leonard Ln

Burnham ME 04922

207-948-6222

k1sew@arrl.net

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Maine Officials