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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

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Division:
New England
Description:

 

LAST UPDATE:  04/27/17

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, Public Information Coordinator at k1sew@arrl.net

 

TESTING SESSIONS   

Saturday, April 29th 9:00 am Knox co. EMA Office at 301 Park street. Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor, PenBay ARC Contact: Joseph Devonshire 549-0061 trainbee@aol.com

 

Monday May 1st, 6:00 PM Midcoast Chapter of the American Red Cross 16 Community Drive Topsham. Walk-ins are welcome.  $15.00 cash only Sponsor Merrymeeting ARA Contact Donald Wakeman, ka1wal.dsw@gmail.com 751-1166 

 

Saturday, May 6th 9:00 am Emergemcy Operations Center 34 Center St Machias Walk-ins are Welcome. Sponsor: St. Croix Valley ARC Contact: Jon Watts 733-4715  jwhec718@gmail.com

 

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, 2016, and will be valid until JUNE 30, 2020. 

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*****Web site addresses for today’s announcements are on the ARRL Maine Section Web Page as a Link for your convenience. www.arrl-me.org   *****

 

CLUB MEETINGS COMING UP:

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

 

VOLUNTEERS

TOUR de CURE

This year’s American Diabetes Association bike event,  the Tour de Cure, will be held on Sunday,  June 11th,  The Start/Finish will be at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm in Wells.

This is an all day event.  The event will include five different length courses 5K (3 mi), 25K (16 mi), 50K (32 mi), 100K (62 mi) and 100 mile.  We are looking for many ham radio operators to man communications at Rest Stops and in SAG vehicles. 

Required equipment would be a 2 meter mobile radio (hand held radios will only provide spotty communications in this terrain).  A Hi-Viz safety vest would be beneficial.

For more information or to volunteer please contact Barry Kray, KB1VX at KB1VX@arrl.net.

   

The New England QSO Party (NEQP)

Saturday, May 6th -  Sunday, May 7th

NEQP is 20 hours long overall, in two sections with a civilized break for sleep Saturday night.  It goes from 4pm Saturday until 1am Sunday, then 9am Sunday until 8pm Sunday.  Operate on CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters.   For each QSO you'll give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state.   Top scorers can earn a plaque and everyone who makes 25 QSOs and sends in a log will get a certificate. Why not get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun.  

Please let us know if you can put in any time at all so we can work on activity from the rarest counties.

The NEQP is also lots of fun when mobile. Every time you cross a county line the action starts over again.  It's amazing what a 100w radio and mobile whip can do. Please make some QSOs even if you don't want to send in a log.

The full rules are here  http://www.neqp.org/rules.html Let us know which county you'll be on from with a message to info@neqp.org The 2002 - 2016 results are also available  http://www.neqp.org/results.html

 

Special Bulletin 4  ARLX004

From ARRL Headquarters  

Newington CT  

April 27th

To all radio amateur:

 

Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test is Saturday, May 13th

The US Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard will sponsor the traditional military/amateur radio communication tests to mark the 66th annual Armed Forces Day (AFD). 

The annual celebration is a unique opportunity to test two-wa communication between radio amateurs and military stations

It features traditional military-to-amateur crossband SSB voice, CW, practice using legacy interoperability waveforms, and the opportunity for participating hams to utilize more modern military modes, A short practice transmission will be sent at 1930 and 2330 May 6th, 7th, 10th, and 12th on 13.506.5 MHz USB and 17.443.0 MHz USB.

QSL cards will be available for individuals that receive the Armed Forces Day test message.

Complete information is available on the US Army MARS website at, http://www.usarmymars.org/home/announcements .

 

FUTURE EVENTS:.
CLASSES & TRAINING

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Weather Spotter Training -

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

National Weather Service-Caribou, Maine  

http://www.weather.gov/car/Outreach_Spotters             

National Weather   Service-Gray, Maine     http://www.weather.gov/gyx/skywarn_skywarn.htm 

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The Doctor Will See You Now! 

This podcast is a lively discussion of all things technical. Current topic "End-Fed Antennas" as of April 27th Email your questions to: doctor@arrl.org They just might be answered on the air. Pod Casts episodes will be archived on the ARRL Website. If you've never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner's guide. 

 

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PUBLICIZE YOUR EVENT

If you are responsible for a testing sessios, 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

Joy Lynne Foss, K1SEW, Public Information Coordinator P.O. Box 59, 20 Leonard Lane, Burnham ME 04922 k1sew@arrl.net 207-948-6222 

Maine Officials