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New England


LAST UPDATE: 9/26/2014

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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 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

Monday, November 3rd - 6:00 pm Midcoast American Red Cross 16 Community Drive Topsham Walk-ins are Welcome Sponsor: Merrymeeting ARA Contact Donald Wakeman 751-1166

Sunday, November 9th - 2:00 pm Narraguagus Estates Lower community Building 37 Estates Road Cherryfield Walk-ins are Welcome Sponsor: Poverty Hill ARG Contact Philip Duggan 546-1575

Saturday, November 15th - 10:00 am Machias EOC 27 Court Street Machias Walk-ins are Welcome Sponsor: St Croix Valley ARC Contact: William McGarvey 853-2951

Wednesday, November 19th - 5:30 pm Kennebec County Government Center 125 Court Street Augusta Walk-ins are Welcome please come early Sponsor: Augusta ARC Contact: Ron Manson 332-6660

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.



Near-Fest is Friday, October 10th - Saturday, October 11th in Deerfield New Hampshire. As of September 1st you can purchase General Admission Tickets and Inside Parking Passes for on line


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




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

Please email Ivan Lazore at




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




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




Greetings All:
As of 11:00 AM Saturday September 13th  the MARA's KS1R/R 147.21/81 repeater is back on the air from the QTH of Donnie Dauphin, WD1F in Phippsburg. 

To do the first coverage check, John, K1JJS was able to have reliable communications through the repeater from Brunswick to his QTH in Freeport which before had several dead zones on Desert Road and into his driveway.

The Alinco DR-130 Transceiver (used as a transmitter side only) is putting out 35 watts into the cavity and 30 watts out of the cavity into the antenna via a dual-band splitter. The 2M repeater and the D-Star repeater are on the same dual-band vertical a top Donnie's tower. 

Please  check out the 2 meter repeater from your QTH or location so we can get a rough idea for coverage.

The D-Star 449.575 repeater is up and running. Coverage is not as before but mid coast coverage is fine.

Next week I will start the reassembly of the 444.4 repeater and hopefully get it read in the not to distant future. Donnie has provided a rack mount cabinet that may house the UHF transmitter and receiver units.
Stay tuned for further progress report. 73, Bruce, W1ZE, KS1R Trustee


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On September 18th Rep. Mike Michaud signed on as a cosponsor of
HR-4969, the bill that would extend the benefits of the PRB-1 antenna
ordinance to hams who live in private developments. Last week, Rep.
Chellie Pingree became a cosponsor.

This support is a direct result of the members of ARRL in Maine,
taking the time to let them both know how important this legislation is
to the amateur radio service, and I thank you for your effort. It goes
to show that we can make a difference when we work together.

And now, I need to ask you one more favor: Please take a minute and
drop Mike or Chellie a note or a postcard thanking them for signing on
in support of ham radio. 

Their addresses are:

Rep. Chellie Pingree, M.C.
U.S. House of Representaives
1318 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Rep Mike Michaud, M.C.
U.S. House of Representatives
1724 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Bill, K1NIT
ARRL Maine Section Manager

Maine Packet Radio Network

In preparation for the October 18th Simulated Emergency Test, Maine Amateur Radio Emergency Service (MaineARES) officials are asking Maine hams with packet radio equipment to put their stations on the air on
145.010 mhz. MaineARES Digital Coordinator Steve Hansen, KB1TCE, is
attempting to map out the Maine Packet Radio Network so an updated
listing of packet stations, digipeaters, nodes, and BBSs can be created. Once stations are on the air, it is requested that you send Steve an email with details of your packet station, including power source (commercial, battery backup), mailbox, node info, if it is setup for digipeating, alias names, etc. Steve's email is

VHF packet radio is a crucial emergency communications mode, but more
stations are required state-wide to strengthen and extend the network.




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





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