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LAST UPDATE:  05/27/17

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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



Saturday, June 3rd 9 am Hermon HS (Hermon Hamfest) 2415 Route 2 Hermon, Walk-ins are welcome sponsor Pine State ARC Contact: Peter Bither 944-2616

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. 


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



Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club Breakfast, Wednesday May31st 0730 EDT Held at the Ramada Inn Pleasant Street Lewiston

Pine Tree Chapter, Quarter Century Wireless Association, will meet Saturday, June 3rd, at Angler's Restaurant, 91 Coldbrook Road, Hampden at 12:30 p.m.  Anyone who was licensed 25 years ago is eligible for membership, and guests are always welcome.

The Waterville Area Wireless Association next meeting is on June 10th at 9 am at the Winslow Public Library. The program will be Field Day 2017. Come and see what WAWA is doing this year. 

Maine Amateur Radio Communications System next meeting is Saturday, June 10th at 10AM at the dunkin doughnuts on Western Ave in Augusta.

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



Saturday, June 3rd Hermon High School 2415 Route 2 Hermon Sponsor: Pine State Amateur Radio Club Talk-In: 146.94 (PL 103.5) Contact: Jerry Burns, K1GUP 848-3400



Recently, an app has been created for that allows blind hams to participate in PSK31.  The app is free. This app allows blind hams to use their computer’s “screen reader” to work with DigiPan.  Several members of the "Westside [of Los Angeles] Amateur Radio Club" participated in creating this app. Please spread the great news!

To support the continued creation of adaptive technologies for blind hams, a GoFundMe webpage has been created. To make a donation and for more information please go to:

Richard KK6MRH




Please help Many more Volunteers are needed for 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



Kids Day is Sunday, June 18th

Field Day is Saturday, June 24th - Sunday, June 25th If your club will be holding a testing session please email Joy Foss K1SEW at




Weather Spotter Training -

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

National Weather Service-Caribou, Maine             

National Weather   Service-Gray, Maine 


Wednesday, June 7th 6 - 8 PM NWS Caribou will be coming down to the Penobscot County EMA office at 69 Hammond St in Bangor ( right next to the post office.) They will conduct training for ham radio operators that are wanting to be involved in SKYWARN operations. Even if you already have your spotter number, going through the course every year to remain current is recommended. 

This event is free and open to the public. If you have questions, please contact Kevin Badger at 944-8371 or by email



The Doctor Will See You Now! 

This podcast is a lively discussion of all things technical. Current topic "Flea Market Tips" as of May 25th Email your questions to: They just might be answered on the air. Pod Casts episodes will be archived on the ARRL Website. 



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Joy is looking for any June testing sessions information and Your field day location so it can be annouced and  everyone will know where you and your club will be for field day..

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  (Please No phone calls at this time.)

Maine Officials