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New England


LAST UPDATE: 4/26/18


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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 Joy Lynne Foss, Public Information Coordinator at




Satuarday, April 28th  9 am Knox co. EMA Office 301 Park St Rockland Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: PenBay ARC Contact: Joseph G. Devonshire 549-0061


Monday, May 7th 6 pm Midcoast (Topsham) American Red Cross 16 Community Dr Topsham Walk-ins are Welcome Sponsor: Merrymeeting ARA Contact: Donald S. Wakeman 751-1166 Email:


Thursday May 10th 6:30 pm Region 9 learning Center 377 River Rd Route 2 Mexico Walk-ins are Welcome Sponsor: Androscoggin ARC Contact: Ivan L. Lazure 577-5152 Email:


Saturday, May 19th 1:00 pm 05/19/2018 Meadow View Apts 25 Tweedie Ln Phase IV Dining Hall Ellsworth. Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: Poverty Hill ARG  Contact: Philip W. Duggan 598-5397



**Please be aware that the Current Technician Class (Element 2) question pool will only be valid until June 30, 2018


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, 2015, and will be valid until June 30, 2019. 

***Amateur Extra Class (Element 4) question pool has been in effect since July 1, 2016, and will be valid until JUNE 30, 2020. 


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



Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club Wednesday May 2nd 1830 EDT Meeting held in Potvin Room 99 Campus Ave. Lewiston,

Waterville Area Wireless Association May meeting will be Saturday, May 5th, 9am at the Winslow Public Library, 136 Street, Winslow. Come and see what WAWA is doing in 2018.

Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club  ARES/RACES Wednesday May 16th 1730 EDT

Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club next meeting is on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7 pm at the Milo Town Hall. Please note the monthly meetings will now be on the 4th Tuesday.

Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club Breakfast Wednesday May 30th  0730  EDT at Ramada Inn in Lewiston

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



Mini Field Day

Join members of the Maine Ham Radio Society for a day of fun ham radio  activities on Saturday, April 28th. It will be held at Brian Carlton’s Wood Lot, RT-1 in Jonesboro. talk in is  2m simplex 146.520 or 146.595. Bring lunch. Besides operating various modes and bands, there are also plans to conduct a fox hunt (hidden transmitter hunt) so bring a handheld 2m radio with 146.565 programmed into it.


Piscataquis River Race that was scheduled for Saturday April 28th  has been postponed until Saturday, May 26th.  The river is very high and places like the finish line area are already flooded with debris coming down the river. 


Downeast Ham Radio Technology & Robotics Fair

The Downeast Ham Radio Technology & Robotics Fair will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 9am until noon at the Meadow View Apartments Phase IV Dining Hall, 25 Tweedie Ln in Ellsworth.and will feature various ham radio modes of operations, including digital, fast scan television, Automatic Packet Reporting System, FLDIGI, Winlink, and more.

Kids from the Ellsworth Robotics Team will also put on a robotics presentation during the event.  

Raffle prizes include a dualband handheld ham radio, Hylander quadcopter drone, ARRL gift certificates, and more. The raffle will benefit Kidz radioActive, an organization dedicated to inspiring children through science, electronics, and amateur radio.  

Exams scheduled for 1:00 pm.   Questions about the fair or the exams can be directed to Phil Duggan N1EP, email or call 598-5397


International Space Station Astronauts Calling "CQ Students" The deadline is April 30th to apply. See more information on the ARRL Maine Section Web Site.

The deadline is April 30th to apply and is for US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to submit proposals to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with an orbiting crew member on the International Space Station (ISS). Contacts would be scheduled between January 1st and June 30th, 2019.

Advance registration is required. More details and a proposal form, go to the ARISS website.  -- Thanks to ARISS via Dave Jordan, AA4KN



Amateur Radio Education Teachers Institute and Technology Program deadline is May 1st to apply See more information on the ARRL Maine Section Web Site.

As part of ARRL's educational outreach to schools through our Education and Technology Program, the ARRL offers multiple summer sessions . Teachers Institute is an expenses - Paid professional development seminar that provides teachers at all grade levels with tools and strategies to introduce basic electronics, the science of radio, space technology and satellite communications, as well as weather science, introduction to micro-controllers and basic robotics in their classrooms. Wireless radio technology can also be a useful tool with the STEM (science, Technology, Engineering and Math ) project based education. The curriculum is designed for motivated teachers and other school staff who want to learn more about wireless technology and bring that knowledge to their students.

May 1st. is the deadline for receipt of Application and the $100 enrollment fee. Graduate Credits are available.  Visit our website to apply: 

Do you have Questions? Please email


July 9th - 12th Newington, CT

July 16th - July 20th Dayton, OH

July 23rd - July 27th Newington, CT


 The New England QSO Party is May 5th - 6th 

Counties in Maine are often hard to get, so please operate for a portion of the contest if you can to give others a chance to work your county. Rules can be found here:

The Maine Ham Radio Society will be participating as a group at the home of Phil N1EP and Brenda N1ZPV. 195 Kansas Rd, Milbridge. Contact Phil if you plan on attending.


Is your club or group going to be participating in the The New England QSO Party? You can send the information to Joy Foss, K1SEW at to get the word out.


Weather Spotter Training -

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

National Weather Service-Caribou, Maine             

National Weather   Service-Gray, Maine .



 Steven B. Brant, W1WT (SK)

Steven B. Brant, 71, passed away unexpectedly April 19, 2018 at his home. Steven had an incredible impact in the world of broadcasting and on the  lives of the people he knew. He greatly enjoyed and was a part of the ham radio community for 62 years. Steven was a member of Hermon Baptist Church family. 

There will be a celebration of his life 2 pm. Monday, April 23rd  at the Hermon Baptist Church, 2496 Rt. 2, Hermon.Those wishing to remember him in a special way may contribute in his memory to the Hermon Baptist Church, or to the Pine State Amateur Radio Club, 55 Sarina Dr., Holden, ME. 04429.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at



 ***Check out the SWAP NET on Sunday Evenings at 6:30 pm on the link system with Miriam, kc2aih as your net contol, You never know what bargins you can find.  Looking for something put it on the swap net someone just might have it. .Just listening check in anyway to let Miriam know you are there***


The Doctor Will See You Now! 

"Microphones"  is the topic of the latest  as of April 12th Listen...and learn all things technical. Email your questions to: They just might  answer on the air. Pod Casts episodes are archived on the ARRL Website. 

The Doctor’s advice is available in book form entitled 'ARRL's Best of The Doctor is In'  Volume 1



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If you are responsible for a testing sessions, ham fest  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

Joy Lynne Foss, K1SEW, Public Information Coordinator P.O. Box 59,  20 Leonard Lane, Burnham ME 04922 207-948-6222  

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