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New England

LAST UPDATE 03/07/21

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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 .

All web page links are posted on the Maine Section web page or you can email Joy at



Monday, March 22nd 4 pm Henry D. Moore Library, School Street, Steuben No Walk-ins / Pre Registrtion is required by email or by phone. Limited to five examinees so register now Test fee is $15  Applicants must first obtain a FRN (FCC Registration Number) in advance. Check the web page -  - at no cost, Bring that number and legal photo ID to test session. Face masks required and Social Distancing. For more information and to pre-registrtion please contact Phil Duggan, 598-5397


Saturday April 24th 9 am Warren Sanitary District - pre-registration is required 442 Cushing Rd (Rt 97) Look for sign at entrance Warren ME 04864  No Walk-ins / Pre Registrtion is required either by phone or email. Sponsor: PBARC Contact: Joseph G. Devonshire 549-0061


The  SJVARA club is looking to do some online classes. Email Joy for link or go on the ARRL Maine Section Web



If you are interested in the  video-supervised online exam sessions. Contact:  Amanda Grimaldi, N1NHL ARRL VEC Assistant Manager


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 or obtain your FRN (FCC Registration Number) in advance of the testing session. Check the web site -  Bring the FR and/or certificates of successful completion of examination. The photocopies will not be returned. Persons needing special accommodations should check with the contact person. Face Masks are required Please practice social distancing.


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 


area Western/Southern/Coastal Maine and New Hampshire.




Sunday, March 14th is the Daylight saving time change 2021 and will begin at 2:00 AM. change clocks forward one hour. 



Oxford County ARES Net meets the 2nd thru 4th (5th) Monday nights at 19:30 (7:30 pm) EST on the 146.88 KQ1L repeater. All licensed amateur radio operators are welcome to join the net.

The first Monday of the month The Oxford County ARES/CERT Comm team are meeting via Zoom at 19:00 EST (7:00 pm). Contact  Wayne Strout N1YIS at for more information about the video conference meeting.

For more information about Oxford County ARES please visit:



John  Bogner, W1JLB is reaching out to any PAWA club member that can help and / or find a location that can be used for FCC Amateur Radio testing.

The club PAWA is required by ARRL to provide testing faculties. There are applicants that are interested and want to become PAWA members but no place to test. Open to any suggestions.


The Maine Amateur Radio Foundation is an organization to support amateur radio throughout Maine. They are very active. For those who were not able to attend the last Board meeting or for those who attended and wanted to revisit it a video was done. The video is 1h15m.


Please see the link:or  (email for the link and it will be emailed to you).


If  you are interested in receiving the monthly "Maine Telegraph Newsletter" by email, please fill out the form and you will be added to  the email list. This newletter is full of all kinds of great information. Please pass along, reshare or post to groups/clubs to get the word out.  (want the link email


Steve Jordan, KD1OM, has accepted the position as Section Emergency Coordinator for Maine. Please welcome him aboard in his new position.

Steve will be a great asset for the State of Maine. He comes from some great knowledge of communications having been in the police department. With Steve’s guidance I am sure that Maine’s amateur communications will become strong and be set for years to come. Steve’s email is


Bill Crowley, KNIT, will be handling all notifications to the league for silent keys. He can be emailed at with death notifications.



Near-Fest for April 30th/May 1st 2021 has been cancelled. Given the current Coronavirus situation we have decided to cancel it. Advance tickets and parking passes that were sold for NEAR- Fest XXIX will be valid for NEAR-Fest-XXX.  However anyone wanting a full refund may have it.  Email for details. For more information visit



International Marconi Day celebrates the huge part Guglielmo Marconi played in the invention of radio. 

IMD is a 24 hour amateur radio event that is held annually to celebrate the birth of Marconi on 25th  April 1874. The event is usually held on the Saturday closest to Marconi’s birthday and in 2021 it will be held on 24th April.

The purpose of the day is for amateur radio enthusiasts from around the world to make contact with Historic Marconi Sites using communication techniques similar to those used by Marconi himself. You can also email and it will be sent to you


Space Bulletin 003  ARLS003

From ARRL Headquarters  

Newington, CT  

To all radio amateurs:

 CAPE-3 CubeSat Launched

\The University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette student-built CAPE-3 satellite was launched on January 17th. A 1-U CubeSat, CAPE-3 includes a "digipeater and experimental UHF adaptive radio.

The primary educational mission is to allow grade-school classrooms to access the Smartphone CubeSat Classroom, and run interactive experiment through an experimental smartphone ground-station grid. The secondary mission is to perform scientific experiments involving radiation detection and take pictures of Earth.


Information on the ElaNa program can be found in PDF format at,


Special Bulletin 2  ARLX002

From ARRL Headquarters  

Newington CT

To all radio amateurs 


Announces Schedule of Dates for 60-Meter Interoperability

The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) has announced dates in 2021 during which MARS members will operate on 60 meters for interoperability with the amateur radio community. Some dates coincide with quarterly Department of Defense Communications Exercises (COMEX).

All exercises will begin on channel 1 as the initial calling channel and move to other 60-meter working channels as may be appropriate. English said he plans to provide a quarterly usage report of 60-meter interoperability activities.

The interoperability schedule is listed on the ARRL ME Sction Web Page

April 3 - 10 Exercise: Interop Outreach Location CONUS 

April 30 - May 6  Exercise: DOD COMEX 21-2 

May 7 - 8 Exercise: Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Test Location: CONUS 

June 1 - 6 Exercise: Interop Outreach Location CONUS 

July 5 - 10 Exercise: Interop Outreach Location CONUS 

July 20 - 22 Exercise: DOD COMEX 21-3 Location: CONUS 

August 2 - 8 Exercise: Interop Outreach location CONUS 

September 1 - 6 Exercise: Interop Outreach Location CONUS

October 1 - 31 Exercise: DOD COMEX 21-4  Location: CONUS


ARRL Bulletin 41  ARLB041

From ARRL Headquarters  

Newington CT

To all radio amateurs 

FCC Reduces Proposed Amateur Radio Application Fee to $35

The FCC has agreed with ARRL and other commenters that its proposed $50 fee for certain amateur radio applications was "too high to account for the minimal staff involvement in these applications."

In a Report and Order (R&O), released the FCC scaled back to $35 the fee for a new license application, a special temporary authority (STA) request, a rule waiver request, a license renewal application, and a vanity call sign application. All fees are per application. There will be no fee for administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email address..


ARRL Bulletin 2  ARLB002

From ARRL Headquarters  

Newington CT 

To all radio amateurs 

FCC to Require Email Address on Applications Starting on June 29th

Effective on June 29th,  amateur radio licensees and candidates must provide the FCC with an email address on all applications. If no email address is included, the FCC may dismiss the application as "defective."

On September 16th the FCC adopted a Report and Order (R&O) in WT Docket 19-212 on "Completing the Transition to Electronic Filing, Licenses and Authorizations, and Correspondence in the Wireless Radio Services." The R&O was published on December 29th in the Federal Register. The FCC has already begun strongly encouraging applicants to provide an email address. Once an email address is provided, the FCC will email a link to an official electronic copy of the license grant. An official copy will also be available at any time by accessing the licensee's password-protected Universal Licensing System (ULS) account.



ARRL's Eclectic Tech Podcast features a discussion on grabbing NOAA weather satellite images at 137 MHz and a chat with Nigel Vander Houwen, K7NVH, about how he has combined rockets and high-altitude ballooning with amateur radio.


ARRL's On the Air Podcast  The latest episode of On the Air podcast takes a deeper dive into the subject of HF antenna tuners, including some shopping tips.considering several aspects that go beyond cost and complexity. The podcast is a monthly companion to On the Air magazine, ARRL's magazine for beginner-to-intermediate ham radio operators.

Both podcasts are sponsored by Icom.



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Please email all the information to be announced to. Joy Lynne Foss, K1SEW ARRL Maine Section Public Information Coordinator  948-6222  P.O. Box 59, Burnham ME 04922




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