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Maine

Contact Information

Section Name:
Maine
Contact:
PIC Joy Lynne Foss, K1SEW
Daytime Phone:
207-948-6222
Evening Phone:
207-948-6222
Email:
k1sew@arrl.net

Basic Information

Division:
New England
Description:

 

LAST UPDATE: 12/21/2014

Exam information also available at:

 http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session

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 k1sew@arrl.net

TESTING SESSIONS

Thursday, January 15th - 6:00 pm Stewart Morrill American Legion Post #35, 413 Broadway South Portland Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: Portland Amateur Wireless Association Contact: John Bogner, W1JLB  776-2288  jbogner1@maine.rr.com Web Site: http://www.qsl.net/pawa

 

Saturday, January 17th - 10:00 am Northern Door Inn 356 West Main Street Fort Kent, Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: Saint John Valley ARA Contact: Derrick Ouellette 231-1852  kb1wka@me.com
 

Sunday, January 18th - 4:00 pm Calais Methodist Home Office/Rec Room 10 Sunrise Cir. Calais, Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: St Croix Valley ARC Contact: William A. McGarvey 853-2951 aa1zr@roadrunner.com
 

Wednesday, January 21st - 5:30 pm  Kennebec County Goverment Center 125 Court Street Augusta Walk-ins are Welcome please come early Sponsor: Augusta ARC Contact:  Ron Manson 702-4255 w1ssf@hotmail.com
 

Wednesday , January 21 st - 7:30pm, Androscoggin County EMA office 2 College St. Lewiston, Walk-ins are welcome. Sponsor: Androscoggin ARC and Oxford Com group Contact: Ivan Lazure 784-0350 or  n1oxa@arrl.net 

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.

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2015 ARRL Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications! Applications must be received by January 31st. Transcripts must be received by February 13th. http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-program

 

CLUB MEETINGS COMING UP:

Androscoggin ARES/RACES Meeting
no December Meeting Next Meeting: Wednesday January 21, 2015 at new time 5:30 pm

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

 

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

 

Net Time Change 

Androscoggin ARES/RACES Net Thursday 7 pm (half hour earlier) New time will be for all future nets until further notice.

Swap Net - Ron Manson has retired from being the swap nets net control after many many years of dedication to the net.  Thank you  for all you have done. You have brought many deals together over the years. Ron!

 

FUTURE EVENTS:

 Winter Field Day

The 9th Annual Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio or (SPAR) Announces Winter Field Day 2015


Saturday, January 24th (12:00 noon EST) - Sunday, January 25th (12:00 noon EST)


The event is open to all amateur radio operators to join in the fun whether you are in a group such as Maine ARES or a ham radio club. All are encouraged to participate. The object of the event is familiar to most Amateur Radio operators: set up emergency-style communications and make as many contacts as possible during the 24 hour period. The rules encourage as many contacts on as many bands and modes as possible, because during a real emergency, the most important factor is the ability to communicate, regardless of band, mode or distance.


The official rules can be found at the SPAR web site.  http://www.spar-hams.org/contests/winterfd/index.php

N3FJP has even written a Winter Field Day logging program for the event.(http://www.n3fjp.com/)

 

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 CLASSES & TRAINING

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Weather Spotter Training -

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

Training Classes
Wednesday January 7, 2015 at 7 p.m
American Legion Post 413 Broadway South Portland.

Thursday January 22, 2014 at 7 p.m
Gorham Recreation Department 75 South Street (enter via Ball Park Road)

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS:
The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Gray, ME is in need of amateur radio spotters and volunteers who can act as net control stations and relays for WX1GYX during SKYWARN activations. Even if you do not currently have a spotter number, please let us know if you're interested in helping out.

We're updating our list of amateur radio spotters throughout Maine and New Hampshire. Please provide us with the following information:


Name:                   Call Sign:                           Spotter ID (if available):
Address:               Email:                                 Home Phone:                       Cell Phone:


Send your information and/or questions to SKYWARN Spotter Coordinator, Mike Cempa, at: mike.cempa@noaa.gov

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CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT

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GENERAL NOTICES 

Space Bulletin 009  ARLS009
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington, CT  December 18, 2014
To all radio amateurs

ARLS009 ARTSAT2: DESPATCH Satellite is Now FO-81

AMSAT-NA designated the DEep SPace Amateur Troubadour's CHallenge satellite as Fuji OSCAR 81 or FO-81. OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, said the Japanese deep-space satellite "appears to have met all of the requirements for an OSCAR number, including IARU coordination." Tynan said he applied the "Fuji" designation "in recognition of the long history of contributions the Japanese have made to Amateur Radio satellites."

Further information on FO-81 can be found on the web at, http://despatch.artsat.jp/en/Main_Page .

 

Marty Fuchas KB1BBF (SK)

Marty, KB1BBF of Moody, Maine passed away yesterday at the age of 88 after suffering from lymphoma cancer. You may have met Marty at some of the New England Radio Discussion Society meetings.  He was a crackerjack telegrapher, serving as a merchant marine radio operator during WW2. As a ham, Marty operated CW exclusively on most HF bands. He also operated frequently from St. Eustatius island under the callsign PJ5BB.
 

Dear Amateur Radio Operators

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Androscoggin ARES/RACES Net Thursday 7 pm (half hour earlierstarting in JANUARY) New time will be for all future nets until further notice. 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 http://w1npp.org/pages/aresraces.html

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.

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 www.midcoastdigiham.belljar.net

Waldo County Emergency Management Agency's RACES/ARES Digital trainig net held every Sunday at 1900 on the Aborn Hill (147.270, +, PL 136.5) repeater. The net uses PSK125RC5 centered at 1500Hz. All are welcome.

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

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OTHER MAINE NETS OF INTEREST

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

Elmer Net/Class Started on Wednesday November 5th at 7:30 pm the 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 steverod@myfairpoint.net and Net Control is Dave, W1DSA w1dsa@beeline-online.net, All amateurs are welcome, from newcomers to oldtimers. Questions and comments will be welcome during the net.

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. Buy, sell, or swap amateur radio and computer items. W1SSF net control (Looking for alternate net control) w1ssf@hotmail.com

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.  www.newn.org 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

Slow Scan SSTV Net, KQ1L Link System; Friday at 7:00 p.m. Send and receive Slow Scan TV Pictures (Martin 2 format). W1SSF net control w1ssf@hotmail.com

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.

Southern Aroostook Repeater Group Thursday, 7:00 p.m., KQ1L link system.

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 http://www.wx1gyx.org/ web site and discussions at: http://groups.google.com/group/gyx-skywarn

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.

 

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MAINE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB WEB SITES

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 www.w1npp.org/

Aroostook Amateur Radio Association http://k1fs.org/

Hancock County EMCOMM Blog hancockcountyemcomm.blogspot.com

Merrymeeting Amateur Radio Association www.ks1r.org

Pen Bay Amateur Radio Club www.penbayarc.org

Penobscot County ARES www.penobscotcountyares.weebly.com/

Pine State Amateur Radio Club www.n1me.org

Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club (PARC)  www.k1pq.org/

Piscataquis County ARES www.piscataquisares.org

Portland Amateur Wireless Assoc. www.qsl.net/pawa

St Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club   www.stcroixvalleyamateurradioclub.org

St John Valley ARA www.sjvara.com 

Waldo  County ARA www.wcara.org/

Waterville Amateur Wireless Association www.wa1wa.net

Wide Area Amateur Radio Network (WAARN) www.wa1arn.net/cmgmnt/

Wireless Society of Southern Maine www.qsl.net/ws1sm

Yankee Amateur Radio Club www.yarcme.org

Yarmouth Radio Club www.YarmouthRadioClub.org

York County ARES www.yorkcountymaineares.blogspot.com/


 


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PUBLICIZE YOUR EVENT

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 K1SEW@arrl.net. 207-948-6222 (home)

Have a ham-related picture for posting. Forward a .JPEG image to Joy Lynne Foss K1SEW@arrl.net and include some basic info (who or what the pic is; where taken, who shot it, etc.) get it posted to Maine Section web page to share.

 

Joy Lynne Foss, K1SEW

Public Information Coordinator

P.O. Box 59

20 Leonard Ln

Burnham ME 04922

207-948-6222

k1sew@arrl.net

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Maine Officials