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New England


LAST UPDATE:  04/23/17

Exam information also available at:

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, 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


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, 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


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 next Club Breakfast is Wednesday April 26th 0730 EDT Held at the Ramada Inn Pleasant Street 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.  




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


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.

Last year we had logs from 179 New England stations and 300 more from around the country and world.  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 Let us know which county you'll be on from with a message to The 2002 - 2016 results are also available




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 




Walter Melvine Parker, W1SQV SK

Walter Melvin Parker, W1SQV age 83, became a Silent Key on April 7th from respiratory failure in his home with family by his side. Born in Ellsworth, ME on  following high school he served in the US Navy. He retired in 1988 with health issues. Ham radio, was one of his many passions. 

A private service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service, Buxton. Online condolence messages can be submitted at 

Memorial donations can be made to Windham Hill United Church of Christ, 140 Windham Center Rd., Windham, ME 04062. 


The Doctor Will See You Now! 

This podcast is a lively discussion of all things technical. Current topic "Grounding" as of April 13th 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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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 is currently looking for testing sessions in June.. 

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

Maine Officials