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LAST UPDATE: 05/18/2013
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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 K1NIT at email@example.com.
Saturday, May 26 - 11:00 a.m., Yarmouth. No walk-ins, pre-registration required. Sponsor: Yarmouth Radio Club; Contact: K1JW 207-846-1212.
Saturday, June 8 - 8:30 a.m., Phase IV Dining Room, Meadowview Apartments, 25 Tweedie Lane, Ellsworth. Sponsor: Ellsworth Area Wireless Association; Contact: K1FQ at 207-565-1055 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 22 - 10:00 a.m., Campus Center Room 118, University of Maine Presque Isle, 31 State St., Presque Isle. Sponsor: Aroostook ARA; Contact: N1NXU at 207-764-6630.
Saturday, August 18 - 9:00 a.m., American Legion Post 41, 18 West Main St., Milo. Sponsor: Piscataquis ARC; Contact: WA1JMM 207-441-6112.
These are tentative dates only. Please check with team leader 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, 2010, and will be valid until June 30, 2014. 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.
HAM EVENTS FOR 2012
26th ANNUAL BANGOR HAMFEST - Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Hermon High School, 2415 Route 2, Hermon. Tailgaters admitted at 6:30. Featuring a high altitude balloon launch, flea market, radio controlled airplane demos, ARRL exams. Refreshments available on site. Admission $5.00. Sponsored by the Pine State ARC. For further information, contact K1GUP at 207-848-3400 or e-mail email@example.com.
FLEA AT M-I-T
Ham radio and computer flea market, third Sunday of every month, April through October, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Intersection of Albany and Main Streets, Cambridge, MA. Further info: 617-253-3776 or www.swapfest.us.
THREE RIVERS HAMFEST - Saturday, August 18, Milo
CLUB MEETINGS COMING UP:
St. Croix Valley ARC - Sunday, May 19, 6:30 p.m., Senior Citizens Recreation Center, Palmer Street, Calais.
Yarmouth ARC - Saturday, May 25, 9:30 a.m.. location TBA. Topic: Field Day 2013.
Greater Kennebec Valley Wireless, Caffeine, Donut, Muffin, & Marching Society - Every Wednesday, 6:00 a.m., Dave's Diner, Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner.
CLASSES & TRAINING
SKYWARN TRAINING IN ROCKLAND JUNE 5
National Weather Service Skywarn training will be held Tuesday, June 5, at the Knox County EMA, 301 Park St., Rockland, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The course is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Preregistration is required and can be done by contacting Donna Allen at the EMA, telephone 207-594-5155 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEATHER SPOTTER TRAINING IN MILO JUNE 11
National Weather Service Skywarn training will be held Tuesday, June 11, at the Piscataquis County EOC, Sargent Hill Road, Milo, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The course is free and open to the public. Contact: WA1JMM at e-mail email@example.com.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS
DOROTHY L. HUGHES, KB1FOI (SK)
Dorothy L. "Dottie" Hughes, KB1FOI, 70, passed away May 10 after a brief illness. Dottie was a member of the Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club for many years. Early in the club history, she was instrumental in a number of fund raising efforts to keep the club viable, as well as helping arrange many club get togethers, as well as participating in club Field Days and hamfests over the years. Among her survivors is her fiancee, Rodney "Doc" Perry, N1JRQ. A graveside memorial service will be held Thursday, May 16, at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo.
COAST GUARD ASKS HAM HELP WITH BOGUS DISTRESS CALLS
The Coast Guard is asking for ham assistance in tracking down the persons making false radio distress calls in Waldo County. According to the Coast Guard, "the caller uses VHF marine band channel 16. The calls have a
pattern. Calls are usually made on the third week of the month, with the
bulk of the calls on the third Wednesday; however there are numerous calls
also made on third Tuesdays and Thursdays, as was the case two weeks ago. Most calls occur around 1600, but have also been made between 1530
"The direction finding equipment we have out of Rockland and Swains
Island have put the calls originating from approximately the ferry terminal
in Lincolnville Beach, to approximately Duck Trap to the north. The calls
do not appear to be coming from the water, but instead from land, along
Route 1, give or take some deviation and error."
Under federal law, knowingly and willfully transmitting a hoax distress call is a felony. It is punishable by up to six years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution to the Coast Guard for all costs incurred while responding to the call.
The Coast Guard is requesting anyone who recognizes the voice in these mayday calls or has any information, including direction finding vectors, to contact the Coast Guard Investigative Service in Portland at (207) 780-3087. There is a reward of up to $1,000 to be paid for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person involved with the hoax call.
TOUR DE CURE JUNE 9 IN WELLS
The annual Tour de Cure bicycle trek, to benefit the American Diabetes Association, will take place on Sunday, June 9, beginning at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. It is an all-day event with five different routes through Wells and Kennebunk, and will require 22 ham radio operators. Volunteers must sign up by May 12. For further information, contact KB1VX and firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAINE ARES & EMERGENCY NETS
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 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 147.730 (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 4:30 p.m.on 3940 KHz (alternate freq. 7180 KHz). K1JJS, Net Manager.
Maine Public Service Net Sunday at 9:00 a.m., 3940 KHz.. N1KAT, 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 second and fourth Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. on the 146.940 MHz repeater (PL 100 Hz).
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 Net weekly training net on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on the Mt. Hope repeater, 145.210 (PL 156.7 Hz).
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
OTHER MAINE NETS OF INTEREST
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. N1NGM 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 Daily 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
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.
Wide Area Amateur Radio Network Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. on the 145.210 repeater (PL 156.7). www.wa1arn.net/cmgmnt/
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.
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
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/
PUBLICIZE YOUR EVENT
If you are responsible for a hamfest or other event, please make sure to send your listing in as soon as you have the date and other info. All info to: Bill Crowley @ arrl.net. Have a ham-related picture for posting?? forward a .JPEG image to me, with some basic info (who or what the pic is; where taken, who shot it, etc.) I'll get it posted to this site.
Bill Crowley, K1NIT
150 Maple Street
Farmingdale, ME 04344
Section ManagerWilliam A. Woodhead N1KAT
Assistant Section ManagerStephen W. Kercel AA4AK
Assistant Section ManagerDon D. Tarbet KD1XU
State Government Liasion,Rodney L. Scribner KA1RFD
Affiliated Club Coordinator
Section Emergency CoordinatorJohn Mark Goran K1JJS
Public Info CoordinatorBill Crowley K1NIT
Assistant Section ManagerGeorge T. Drisko KB1AQE
Assistant Section ManagerWilburn A. Scott WA1YNZ
Section Traffic ManagerDennis Lee Bosley WA1URS
Technical CoordinatorLeo H. Langelier N1BOK
Official Observer CoordinatorRay Sirois N1RY
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