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LAST UPDATE: 7/17/18


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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, Public Information Coordinator at



Wednesday, July 18th 6:00 pm Henry D. Moore Library, 22 Village Rd, Steuben. walk-ins are welcome, All level exams given. Sponsored by the Poverty Hill Amateur Radio Group. Contact Phil Duggan N1EP 598-5397 email 


Tuesday, July 31st  6:00 PM Stewart Morrill American Legion #35 413 Broadway South Portland No walk-ins you must pre-register Sponsor: PAWA Contact: John W. Bogner  776-2288



Saturday, August 4th in Milo

Monday, August 6th Topsham

Wednesday, August 15th Caribou 


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, 2018, and will be valid until June 30, 2021

**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. 


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



Androscoggin ARES/RACES Meeting Wednesday July 18th 1730 EDT Androscoggin Unified EMA Office Basement of Central Fire Station2 College Street Lewiston

Androscoggin Club Breakfast Wednesday July 25th 0730 EDT at Ramada Inn in Lewiston

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



ARRL Bulletin 13  ARLB013

From ARRL Headquarters  

Newington CT  July 11, 2018

To all radio amateurs:

 ARLB013 ARRL Urges Regulatory Regime to Keep Non-Amateur Satellites off Amateur Spectrum

ARRL wants the FCC to facilitate bona fide Amateur Satellite experimentation by educational institutions under Amateur Service rules Part 97 , while precluding the exploitation of amateur spectrum by commercial, small-satellite users authorized under part 5 experimental rules. In comments filed on July 9th in an FCC proceeding to streamline licensing procedures for small satellites, ARRL suggested that the FCC adopt a "bright line test" to define and distinguish satellites that should be permitted to operate under Amateur-Satellite rules, as opposed to non-amateur satellites that could be authorized under Part 5 Experimental rules.

The individual responsible for the satellite's communications must be an Amateur Radio licensee. Interested parties may file reply comments in the proceeding, IB Docket No. 18-86, by August 7th .



The dramatic rescue of twelve young footballers and their coach from a cave in Thailand was facilitated, in part, by communications technology developed by British radio amateur John Hey, G3TDZ. Ordinary radio signals don’t penetrate the solid rock surrounding caves, but very low frequency signals can do. Around the turn of the Millennium John designed a system that became known as the HeyPhone, which could penetrate some 800m of solid rock and provide reliable two-way voice communication. It used single sideband operating at 87kHz, with novel antenna techniques to couple the signals between units. The HeyPhone was featured in the January 2002 edition of RadCom. Unfortunately John became a silent key in 2016 but he saw his equipment used in countless cave rescue and other applications. You can read more about how his work helped save the Thai footballers on the Hackaday site, via




Three Rivers Hamfest

Saturday, August 4th In Milo. There will be a fox hunt, and burgers and hot dogs and sodas. Grand prize will be a $100 gift certificate to HRO. Sponsored by the Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club.



Chris WX7B would like to thank Tim Bubier WT1A and Phil Duggen N1EP for helping him to get ME on 80m for 5BWAS. Tim gave it a valiant effort on SSB and Phil helped me out on CW.   Thanks to a great bunch of hams!!   73,   Chris WX7B





National Weather Service-Caribou, Maine             

National Weather   Service-Gray, Maine


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




 ***Check out the SWAP NET on Sunday Evenings at 6:30 pm on the link system with Miriam, kc1aih as your net contol, You never know what bargins you can find.  Looking for something put it on the swap net someone just might have it. .Just listening check in anyway to let Miriam know you are there***


The Doctor Will See You Now! 

"Mailbag"  is the topic of the latest  as of July 5th, Listen...and learn all things technical. Email your questions to: They just might  answer on the air. Pod Casts episodes are archived on the ARRL Website. 

The Doctor’s advice is available in book form entitled 'ARRL's Best of The Doctor is In'  Volume 1



Just make ARRL as your charity of choice on the Amazon web page. With every purchase you make Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL



If you are responsible for a testing sessions, ham fest  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 207-948-6222  






Check out a great net on every Sunday at 6:45 pm on the 147.090 W1QUI ( 100+pl)  repeater in Falmouth. New or long time hams are all welcome to join in the  newcomers round table net. Interesting topics are always discussed. Your net controller is Paul Courchene. KJ6JBH


Livermore ME at Tim WT1A's residence.146.895MHz - 103.5Hz(input AND output) Like the Lewiston 146.610MHz-88.5Hz and Poland 147.135MHz+103.5Hz this is a Yeasu Fusion C4FM Digital/Analog Repeater. check for channel activity in other modes before transmitting

Maine Packet Group

1st and 2nd Wednesday 4pm Mt. Washington Repeater 146.655MHz- 100.0MHz HARP Net -Hospital Amateur Radio Program

Maine Officials