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LAST UPDATE: 8/29/2014

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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 Joy Lynne Foss, K1SEW at


Saturday, September 6th - 10:00 am Windsor Fairgrounds 82 Ridge Road Windsor Maine Walk-ins welcome Sponsor Augusta ARA Contact Ron Manson W1SSF 332-6660

Wednesday, September 17th - 5:30 pm (please come early) Kennebec Country Government Center 125 Court St  Augusta Walk-ins welcome Sponsor Augusta ARA Contact Ron Manson W1SSF 332-6660

Saturday, September 20th - 10:00 am Alexander Elementary School Route 9 Alexander Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor St. Croix Valley ARC Contact William McGarvery 853-2951

Saturday September 27th - 9:00 am Knox County Emergency Management Bldg. 301 Park St Rockland ME Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: Pen Bay ARC Contact: Norman R. Smith NY1B 354-6853

Saturday, October 4th - 10:00 a.m., Winslow Public Library, Halifax Street, Rt 100a Winslow.  Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: Waterville Area Wireless Assn.  Contact: Ron Manson, W1SSF, 332-6660

Tuesday, October 14th - 6:30 pm, Baptist Church Main Street (across from the park) Washburn Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: Aroostook Amateur Radio Association  Contact: Steve Sandelier N1NXU  207 764-6630

Thursday, October 16th - 6:00 pm Stewart Morrill American Legion #35 413 Broadway, South Portland Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: PAWA Contact: John Bogner 776-2288

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 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, 2014, and will be valid until June 30, 2018.  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.



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


Windsor Hamfest is set for Saturday, September 6th 8am - 1 pm at the Windsor Fairground 82 Ridge Road Windsor. Talk-in 146.67 (100Hz) Admission is $5. Sponsor: Augusata ARA Grand Prize is 2 BaoFeng Duel Bander 2m/440 handhelds Contact: Bill Crowley, K1NIT 512-0312



Near-Fest is Friday, October 10th - Saturday, October 11th in Deerfield New Hampshire.

Advance purchase General Admission Tickets and Inside Parking Passes for NEAR-Fest XVI are now available on-line at Monday September 1st at 9:00 am through Friday, October 9th at 5:00 pm.


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




In September, the 2nd annual BIKE MAINE trek is taking place. This is a week long event.  We need daily volunteers to be at one of the two daily rest stops along the route that is closest to you. We will be traveling daily from one community to another and then spending the night in that community. If you live near any of these areas and are available on those days we could and would appreciate your help

Listed below are the day and locations of the rest stops:

Sun Sept 7th Standish and Casco

Mon Sept 8th Turner and YMCA Camp in Winthrop.

Tues Sept 9th Belgrade and Sidney

Wed Sept 10th Whitefield and Newcastle

Thurs Sept 11th NONE, LAYOVER DAY

Fri Sept 12th Edgecombe and Dresden

Sat Sept 13th Freeport  

As a thank you, you would be welcome to join us at the finish line on the day you volunteer for that evenings meal. For more information You can contact Gary,N1ZNJ or Steve, but it is PREFERABLE that you register online.

Thank you,
Gary Gilman, N1ZNJ
AEC. Oxford County CERT Comm.
Oxford County IMAT Team
ALA Trek Across Maine, Communications Volunteer Lead.



Loon Echo Hike and Bike Trek. is on Saturday, September 20th. This is a one day event that starts and ends at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton. It is a multiple route bike trek along with a hike route up the side of Pleasant Mountain. Hams are needed for the hike route, rest stops along the bike routes and SAG vehicles. Anyone who wants to volunteer for this event can go to: and click on the volunteer tab or contact Gary, N1ZNJ by email, and be sure to include your t-shirt size Thank you,
Gary Gilman, N1ZNJ
AEC. Oxford County CERT Comm.
Oxford County IMAT Team
ALA Trek Across Maine, Communications Volunteer Lead 


Sunday Sept. 28 is the Sixth Annual Dempsey Challenge and we are looking for 30 to 35 volunteers to work with the SAG vehicles and Rest Stops. Mobile Radios are needed due to the large area to cover. Go to their website : , scroll down to "Ham Radio Operators" and complete the form. This is an all day event, lunch will be provided. Hope to see many of you on Sunday Sept 28, 20014. Ivan Lazore



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




Don't miss out! The 2014 Maine QSO Party is Saturday, September 27thand Sunday September 28th! For complete rules and more information go to their web site.




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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

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 Net Sunday at 7:00 p.m.on the 146.985 MHz (no PL) repeater

Maine Emergency Communications Net Sunday at 5:00 p.m.on 3940 KHz (alternate freq. 7180 KHz).  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. 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 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.

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



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.  W1JX 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 Mondays and Thursdays 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. 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.

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 web site and discussions at:

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 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

Aroostook Amateur Radio Association

Hancock County EMCOMM Blog

Merrymeeting Amateur Radio Association

Pen Bay Amateur Radio Club

Penobscot County ARES

Pine State Amateur Radio Club

Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club (PARC)

Piscataquis County ARES

Portland Amateur Wireless Assoc.

St Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club

St John Valley ARA 

Waldo  County ARA

Waterville Amateur Wireless Association

Wide Area Amateur Radio Network (WAARN)

Wireless Society of Southern Maine

Yankee Amateur Radio Club

Yarmouth Radio Club

York County ARES






If you are responsible for a testing session, hamfest, 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)

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Joy Lynne Foss, K1SEW

P.O. Box 59

20 Leonard Ln

Burnham ME 04922




Maine Officials