ARRL Sections - Maine



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PIC Joy Lynne Foss, K1SEW
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Basic Information

New England



LAST UPDATE:  02/06/16


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


Saturday, February 20th Harvard Cabin on "Mt. Washington in New Hampshire". Sponsor: The White Mountain Amateur Radio Club. We have a high level of interest this year and so all license class level exams will be offered. So, whether you are new to the hobby or an "old fist", if you spend time in the mountains, we'd sure love to have you stop by for our 2nd Annual Backcountry VE Session. Contact: Rich Palatino, Harvard Cabin Caretaker, and check out their web page:
  In the event of bad weather the back-up date is Sunday, Feb 22nd.

Saturday, March 26th 9:00 am Milo Town Hall, 4 Pleasant St, Milo Walk-ins are welcome. Sponsor: Piscataquis ARC Contact: 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, 2015, and will be valid until June 30, 2019. 

***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.   *****


Androscoggin ARES/RACES meeting will be held on Wednesday February 17th  1730 EDT Androscoggin Unified EMA Office, Basement of Central Fire Station, 2 College Street Lewiston

Andy Club Breakfast will be held on Wednesday February 24th 0730 am Held at the Ramada Inn Pleasant Street Lewiston

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



Hal wa1zjl, is planning on running a Technician license class in Lee starting in February. If you are interested please contact. Hal


Weather Spotter Training -

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

Training Classes


Encoding Science Festival 

3-18-2016 @ Bangor Y 4-8PM

Chris, KB1YBM works with the Maine Hacker Club and . This year they have been granted use of the Coe Space in Bangor for the science festival. The theme is "encoding". Chris would love to have some hams to participate with them, maybe a demonstration of ways data is encoded with the radio or perhaps something with the weather imaging. If you are interested in participating please contact: Chris Mullen,

Space Bulletin 001  ARLS001
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington, CT  February 1, 2016
To all radio amateurs

A package of two satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads has been
deployed into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS)

The AggieSat team received its first beacon signal from the satellite at its Texas A&M Riverside Campus ground station. The AggieSat4 team is asking any Amateur Radio operators receiving the beacon signal to send any data to the AGS4 team via email to, .

AggieSat4 will transmit 9.6 kbps FSK telemetry and 153.6 kbps FSK on
436.250 MHz. Once it's placed into its own orbit, Bevo-2 will
transmit on 437.325 on CW and 38.4 kbps FSK.


WinterFest will be on February 27th at Le Club Calumet, 335 West River Road, Augusta, beginning at 8 a.m.

The 2016 ARRL MAINE STATE CONVENTION AND HAMFEST is scheduled for March 25TH and 26TH at the Ramada Convention Center. Lewiston



Hello from up north.

Every year for the past 20+ years The Saint John valley amateur radio assoc. provides radio communications for the Can-Am Crown sled dog race, which takes place each year in early March, and lasts three days. The race requires numerous ham and other community volunteers and the SJVARA's two VHF repeaters.

They are looking for hams to help out in March, for the can am international sled dog races held March 5-7 in fort Kent Maine. There are several different checkpoint across northern

Aroostook Maine and central Aroostook that complete the 250 mile race. Currently they are looking for hams to cover a checkpoint in portage Maine and help around town in fort Kent and possibly a remote camp In The Allagash wilderness.

For more information please contact, DERRICK OUELLETTE, KB1WKA 231-5129 home OR 231-2556 cell OR email If anyone wants to learn more about the can-am or the SJVARA club the links are on the ARRL Maine Section Web Page.

President, Saint John valley amateur radio assoc. (N1SJV) 

CAN-AM sled dog race, ham radio communications coordinator




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 207-948-6222 (home)

Joy Lynne Foss, Public Information Coordinator

P.O. Box 59

20 Leonard Ln

Burnham, ME 04922


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.




The Chimes Net meets daily at 8:00 p.m. on the 147.060 (positive) repeaters (PL 91.5 or 100) and they are currently linked with the KC1CG 145.490 (negative) repeater (PL 91.5).  Use whichever repeater works best for you.

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 old timers. 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.

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

Qtel/SVXLink Echolink

Echo link is available in the Newport area on 147.420 mhz, 100hz tone. Join us on the world friendship net Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8pm or the world radio network 7 days a week at 12 noon.For connecting to the 12 county net or the sky warn nets wed@8pm,sat@7:30pm,using echo link the node is WA1REQ-L. All Thanks to Mike WA1REQ


Sunday - 6:30 pm  - Please join Miriam, KC1AIH, net control, on the Swap net on the KQ1L Link Repeater System. Check in even if you have nothing to sell, swap or want just let her know you are there!

The Androscoggin club has a swap web page on their web site The full URL is Follow the instructions to place an ad. They use the same rules the on air swap net uses, no dogs cats or used cars because they don't want to compete with Uncle Henrys. If you are too bashful to be on the net try the swap page.

Friday, March 26th 9:00 am Milo Town Hall, 4 Pleasant St, Milo Walk-ins are welcome. Sponsor: Piscataquis ARC Contact: 943-2849

Maine Officials