ARRL Sections - Maine



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PIC Joy Lynne Foss, K1SEW
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Basic Information

New England


LAST UPDATE:  10/4/2015


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


Thursday, October 15th - 6:00 pm. Meadow View Apartments Phase IV Dining Hall, 25 Tweedie Lane, Ellsworth. Walk-ins are welcome. Sponsor: Poverty Hill Amateur Radio Group. Contact Phil Duggan N1EP 546-1575 Web Site Talk-in frequency Hancock County EMCOMM Repeater 146.910- (PL 151.4)

Thursday, October 15th - 6:00 PM Stewart Morrill American Legion Post #35 413 Broadway South Portland, ME 04101(Walk ins allowed) Sponsor: Portland Amateur Wireless Association Contact: John Bogner, W1JLB Phone: 207-776-2288 Web Site:

Saturday, October 17th- 10:00 AM Northern Door Inn 356 West Main St Fort Kent Walk-ins are Welcome, Sponsor: Saint John Valley ARA Contact: Derrick P. Ouellette (207) 231-1852


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.   *****


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




Weather Spotter Training -

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

Training Classes



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 swap 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.





Sunday October 18th  is the 7th annual Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston.

Need Hams for Rest Stops and SAG Vehicles.

SAG 's need a mobile Radio and Antenna to locate in the Van. Their hours are 7am to about 5pm.

Rest stops need a mobile Radio in their vehicle. They have various times of operations.

To register go to - click on "Register Volunteer" Button, scroll down and select "HAM Radio Operator", than continue to bottom and click continue. Complete all the info including your call sign . Any questions email Ivan Lazore at or call me at 207-577-5152.



Jamboree On The Air 2015 Station Registration is Open

Worldwide station registration is open for the 2015 Boy Scouts Jamboree On The Air(JOTA), which will take place over the October 16th-18th weekend.

Ed, KC1EGF/AG in Sanford and The Pine Tree Council Boy Scouts York District will be having their Fall Camporee that weekend in Lebanon, Maine. Ed has registered for the JOTA. Ed will be operating on 2 meters, 70 cm., and 6 meters if he can get an antenna in time. He is looking for an HF radio and antenna. To be borrowed or have a volunteer bring the equipment and stay.

Contact: Edward Cockburn, KC1EGF/AG, 604-9359 leave message




The Near-Fest is on October 16th and October 17thin Deerfield, New Hampshire. For more information and tickets.


MARS Exercise to Simulate a Coronal Mass Ejection CME; Collaborate with Amateur Radio During Aftermath

Beginning the week of November 8th, MARS will participate in a quarterly contingency HF exercise in support of the Department of Defense (DOD). MARS is tasked with being the primary interface between the DOD and the amateur radio community for National Security/Emergency Preparedness events. The exercise scenario will simulate a CME event and focus on actions that radio operators should take prior to and following a CME event.

Training objectives for this exercise include:

- understanding what a CME is and how much forecast lead time can be expected prior to the CME.

- what effects are associated with a CME and what precautions should radio operators take prior to the CME to protect equipment

- Following the CME, operators will begin assessing the affects that resulted from the CME and begin reporting this information

- Interoperation with amateur radio operators and groups to assist in assessing and reporting on the affects of the CME event.

Amateur radio operators, ARES, RACES, SATERN, etc are encouraged to participate in this exercise; if you're group is interested in participating, please email: with your contact information.


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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.





Chimes Net Daily at 8:00 p.m. on the 147.060 (PL 91.5) repeater

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 oldtimers. 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.

Maine Swap Net Sunday Swap Net 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.

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

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 swap just let her know you are there!

The Near-Fest is on October 16th and October 17th in Deerfield, New Hampshire. For more information






Thursday, October 15th

, 2015 -6:00 PM Stewart Morrill American Legion Post #35 413 Broadway South Portland, ME 04101(Walk ins allowed) Sponsor: Portland Amateur Wireless Association Contact: John Bogner, W1JLBPhone: 207-776-2288

The Texas QSO Party is taking place the same weekend, so be sure to identify that you’re in the Maine QSO Party. Have fun and good luck.



Qtel/SVXLink Echolink

The echolink will be available for the Skywarn Training nets on Wednesday at 8 pm and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Thanks to Mike for the WA1REQ-L echolink to the KQ1L system.

Kevin Badger, N0UKM

Maine Officials