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LAST UPDATE: 3/06/2014
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 19 - 5:30 p.m., Kennebec County Government Center, 125 State St., Augusta. Sponsor: Augusta Amateur Radio Association; Contact: W1SSF 207-702-4255 or email email@example.com.
March 29 - 12:30 p.m., after the ARRL Convention and Hamfest, Ramada Inn, 490 Pleasant St, Lewiston. Bring a photo ID. Sponsor: Androscoggin ARC; Contact: N1OXA, 207-577-5152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
HAM EVENTS FOR 2014
White Mountain ARC hamfest, March 15, North Conway, NH. www.w1mwv.com
ARRL Maine State Convention, March 28-29, Lewiston. www.w1npp.org
CLUB MEETINGS COMING UP:
Pen Bay ARC - Saturday, March 8, 11:00 a.m., Knox County EMA Office, 301 Park St., Rockland.
St. John Valley ARC - Tuesday, March 11, 6:00 p.m., Northern Door Inn, 336 West Main St., Fort Kent.
Wireless Society of Southern Maine - Thursday, March 13, 7:00 p.m., Gorham Recreation Department, 75 South St., Gorham.
Greater Kennebec Valley Wireless, Caffeine, Donut, Muffin, & Marching Society - Every Wednesday, 6:00 a.m., Dave's Diner, Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner.
CLASSES & TRAINING
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS
W1AW/1 MAINE OPERATION INFO AT ANDYFEST
As part of the ARRL Centennial observation, the W1AW/1 special event operation is coming to Maine for the weeks of 8/27/14 to 9/3/14 and 12/3/14 to 12/10/14. K1DG was appointed by ARRL Headquarters to be the Maine coordinator and to set up the schedule for the event. He will be at the ARRL Maine State Convention and Hamfest on Saturday, March 29, to discuss the W1AW/1 special event and how to sign up to operate as W1AW/1 from your station.
ARRL MAINE STATE CONVENTION AND ANDYFEST
Androscoggin ARC will present the 2014 ARRL Maine State Convention and Andyfest Hamfest at the Ramada Convention Center, 490 Pleasant St, Lewiston, on Friday March 28, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday March 29, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The major door again this year is a $500 gift certificate to Ham Radio Outlet. Admission is $7.00 for adults and free for under 18 yrs old. ".
Tables are $7.00 for each in advance and $8.00 on Saturday. 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. Contact K1WTX at 207 225-3886. or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ramada Inn is again having a hamfest special of $65.00 per night, single or double. This includes an indoor heated pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. Call (207) 784-2331 for reservations and mention "ARRL Convention."
AREA HAMS COME TO AID OF AA1PN AND N1WTO
Over the weekend of Valentine's Day, Maine hams pitched in to assist Clarence and Arlene Rider, AA1PN and N1WTO, respectively, at two functions. The Riders were burned out of their home in Exeter last month, losing everything; they had no insurance.
On Saturday at the Augusta Amateur Radio Association's annual WinterFest hamfest, the group conducted a 50-50 drawing that took in more than $500, with the intent to give the club's half to the Riders. When the winner was drawn, he said to give his half to them, too. At the same event, the Yankee Amateur Radio Club conducted a raffle for a new Kenwood TM-281A two meter rig, collecting more than $800 in ticket sales. The winner, KA1MEE, gave the rig to Clarence to get him back on the air. Finally at the hamfest, K1GDI conducted an auction of donated items that did not sell during the flea market, resulting in another $60 in cash.
On Sunday, the local Girl Scouts conducted a spaghetti supper and dessert auction in Corinna, collecting more than $1000 for the relief fund. The project was supported by the Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club under the leadership of KB1UAS, with assistance by WA1JMM, WA1SBI, WA1AKV, WA1PBR, W1FLV, and WA1LFW.
Cash donations can still be made to the Arlene Rider Fund, c/o Camden National Bank, P.O. Box 280, Corinna, ME 04427.
To all, a good job well done!
TALKS NEEDED FOR ARRL STATE CONVENTION
Androscoggin ARC is soliciting forum talks for the 2014 ARRL Maine State Convention, to be held March 28 and 29 at the Ramada Inn, Lewiston. Anyone interested in making a presentation should contact KU1U at 207-514-0202 or email email@example.com to arrange scheduling.
SEAGULL NET CELEBRATES DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY
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.
MAINE ARES & EMERGENCY NETS
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 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 Net weekly training net on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on the Mt. Hope repeater, 145.210 (PL 156.7 Hz).
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
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. 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 Daily 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.
Wide Area Amateur Radio Network Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. on the 145.210 repeater (PL 156.7). www.wa1arn.net/cmgmnt/
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.
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
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/
PUBLICIZE YOUR EVENT
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 @ arrl.net. 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
Section ManagerWilliam A. Woodhead N1KAT
State Government Liaison,Rodney L. Scribner KA1RFD
Affiliated Club Coordinator
Public Info Coordinator,Bill Crowley K1NIT
Assistant Section Manager
Section Emergency CoordinatorJohn Mark Goran K1JJS
Assistant Section ManagerStephen W. Kercel AA4AK
Assistant Section ManagerGeorge T. Drisko KB1AQE
Section Traffic ManagerJohn C. Huffman K1ESE
Official Observer CoordinatorRay Sirois N1RY
Assistant Section ManagerWilburn A. Scott WA1YNZ
Technical CoordinatorLeo H. Langelier N1BOK
Assistant Section ManagerDon D. Tarbet KD1XU
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