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New England

 LAST UPDATE 04/25/19

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 April 27th 9:00am Knox Co. EMA Office 301 Park St Rockland Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: PenBay ARC Contact: Joseph Devonshire 549-0061


Wednesday, May 1st 6:00 pm Location: Red Cross 2401 Congress St Portland  (No Walk-ins / Call ahead)  Sponsor: PAWA-Portland Amt WirlessContact: John W. Bogner 776-2288


Wednesday May 6th 6:00 pm Midcoast  American Red Cross16 Community Dr Topsham Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: Merrymeeting ARA Contact: Donald S. Wakeman  751-1166


Friday May 17th 6:00 pm United Veterans of Maine 358 Washburn st Caribou No Walk-ins / Call ahead See website to register ahead: Sponsor: United Veterans of Maine Contact: Dana Jones 768-0890





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, 2018, and will be valid until June 30, 2021

**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.   *****



GENERAL CLASS (Element 3) question pool valid until JUNE 30. 2019. You will need a new book  as of July 1st.




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




The Brunswick American Legion Post is trying to start a radio club. They are looking for a M/70cm FM radio antenna and coax also a HF Rig and antenna and tuner. If you know of any equipment or willing to donate such it would be greatly apprciated.

Please contact Scott Higgins, W3VNE,



Volunteers needed for this year’s American Diabetes Association bike event, the Tour de Cure, Sunday,  June 9th.  The Start/Finish will be at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm in Wells , Maine. The event will include several different length courses so we are looking for several ham radio operators to man communications at Rest Stops.

Required equipment would be a 2 meter mobile radio (hand held radios will not provide reliable communications in this terrain). A Hi-Viz safety vest would be beneficial.

For more information or to volunteer please contact Barry Kray,







NEAR-FEST Friday May 3rd  - Saturday, May 4th it is being held at  the Deerfield Fairground, 34 Stage Road New Hampshire for more information please go to their web site.




The ARRL has been requested by senior directors at the Red Cross to provide a demonstration of Amateur Radio’s ability to deliver messages without commercial power, infrastructure or permanently established stations.  The demonstration will take place Thursday, May 23, 9:30 – 11:30.  During a joint meeting with Red Cross and FEMA in Baltimore, MD.  Executives from Red Cross and FEMA will be observing this display of Amateur Radio.  

This exercise will be big media event and an excellent opportunity for Amateur Radio. ARRL Communication Manager, Dave Isgur N1RSN will be coordinating publicity with Red Cross public relations people and through your PIOs.

In addition to the portable stations, a Red Cross representative will be at ARRL HQ as W1AW collects messages from the field and forwards them digitally to the Baltimore station where the meeting is being held.

The exercise will require ARRL volunteers to set up Field Day style with portable stations for this event. Stations in the following States are needed:

New England Division:


W1AW at ARRL HQ will act as NCS.

Station Capabilities

Field Stations should be capable of transmitting 100 watts (minimum) and receiving SSB and MT63-2KL, an AFSK digital mode, on the 40m or 80m Amateur band from a portable location using non-commercial power, such as battery or generator. Stations are required to use a portable antenna. 

As soon as we have a list of participants the plan will be distributed. Everyone at HQ is very excited about this and expect to put on a first class show. for more information please contact: 

Norm Fusaro, W3IZ  ARRL Director of Operations 




New England QSO Party - Saturday May 4th 4pm - 1am  and Sunday 
May 5th 9am - 8pm 

The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries.  Even mobile. You'll find a wide variety of participants.

We're working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help.  Get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun. 

Operate on CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters.   For each QSO you'll give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state.  

Top scorers can earn a plaque and everyone who makes 25 QSOs and sends in a log will get a certificate. 

The full NEQP rules are here ->

The results from past years are posted:

For more information or to sign up with your county please email if you can put in any time at all so we can work on activity from the rarest counties


National Weather Service-Caribou, Maine             

National Weather   Service-Gray, Maine

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


So Now What?

"All about Safety"  is the focus as of  April 18th episode of the "So Now What?" podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers.  This biweekly podcast has answers to your questions! New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, 


The Doctor Will See You Now!  

"Handheld Transceivers" is the topic of the latest  as of April 25th  Listen... and learn all things technical. You can also email your questions to, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.Pod Casts episodes are archived on the ARRL Website. 



Just make ARRL as your charity of choice on the Amazon web page. With every purchase you make Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL



 Thanks to all that sent Joy the information she needed! your efforts are greatly appreciated. 



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, Burnham ME 04922 OR





ARRL Bulletin 9  ARLB009

From ARRL Headquarters  

Newington CT 

March 15, 2019

To all radio amateurs   

Commenting Electronically on FCC Proceedings  

Those interested in posting brief comments on Petitions for Rulemaking (PRMs) to the FCC, such as the ARRL using the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) should access FCC Electronic Comment Filing System Express at, 

In the "Proceeding(s)" field, enter the number of the PRM, complete all required fields, and enter brief comments in the box provided. You may review your post before filing. All information you provide, including name and address, will be publicly available once you post your comment(s).  Visit "How to Comment on FCC Proceedings" for additional information at .



***Check out the SWAP NET on Sunday Evenings at 6:30 pm on the link system with Miriam, kc1aih 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***

 New Repeater up and running!!

The new repeater at the bunker is on the air! Time to give it a try--a workout actually. please do a report of your experience with it day or night mobile or fixed. 449.225, negative offset, with a 103.5 TS for more information and send a report Contact: Pete, KC1DFO 


Check out a great net on every Sunday at 6:45 pm on the 147.090 W1QUI ( 100+pl)  repeater in Falmouth. New or long time hams are all welcome to join in the  newcomers round table net. Interesting topics are always discussed. Your net controller is Paul Courchene. KJ6JBH


Livermore ME at Tim WT1A's residence.146.895MHz - 103.5Hz(input AND output) Like the Lewiston 146.610MHz-88.5Hz and Poland 147.135MHz+103.5Hz this is a Yeasu Fusion C4FM Digital/Analog Repeater. check for channel activity in other modes before transmitting

Maine Packet Group

1st and 2nd Wednesday 4pm Mt. Washington Repeater 146.655MHz- 100.0MHz HARP Net -Hospital Amateur Radio Program


Lewiston Net on 146.610MHz-88.5Hz Repeater every Thursday, currently is at 7pm. As of January 3rd it will be held at  it's new time 7:30pm.


Maine Officials