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LAST UPDATE:  09/25/16


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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



Tuesday, October 18th  6:00 pm, Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library 39 2nd St. Presque Isle Walk-ins are welcome, sponsor: Aroostook Amateur Radio Association Contact Person: Steve Sandelier N1NXU

Thursday, October 20th ,6 pm Stewart Morrill American Legion Post #35 413 Broadway South Portland, Walk-ins are welcome. Sponsor: PAWA Contact: John Bogner , 490-0533

Saturday,, October 29th  9:00 am, : Lincoln County Complex - 911 Communications Building (2 story brick bldg. on left of street entrance) 34 Bath Rd. (PO Box 249) Wiscasset, ME 04578 Sponsor: Lincoln County Amateur Radio Team  Contact: Joe  (no phone calls please) 

Tuesday, November 1st , 9:00 am Machias Savings Bank 581 Wilson St Brewer Sponsor: Pine State Amt Radio Club Walk-ins are welcome Contact: (207) 327-1453

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 Club Breakfast Wednesday Sept 28th  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. Check out the QSL Display.. 



NEAR-Fest XX October 14 & 15, 2016 Deerfield, New Hampshire This is the 10th Year! For more information go to www/


Starting on, or about October 1st, there will be a Tech. class at the Lincoln Co. 911 Building. I realize this is a stretch for those in the upper Knox Co. area or even Waldo, but it's a chance for some to get past some of the confusion of getting into the hobby. If you know of someone interested. Contact: Joe  (no phone calls please) Jose Jose Douglas KB1TCD ARES Lincoln County EC 



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 





The 8th annual Dempsey Challenge 

Sunday, Oct 2nd   Ivan N1OXA is looking for a few more volunteers for SAG operators. You need to bring a 2m mobile, with cigarette adapter, and mag mount antenna with at least 15 feet of  coax. If anyone is interested, go to and click on the logo for the Dempsey Challenge, fill the info and at the end fill in your Call  Sign. Any question email Ivan


Go to for information and register for the events.


Steve,KB1TCE just got word from Wayne Santos N1CKM (NH ARES SEC) that they are planning their SET for November 5th . He's asking if any Maine teams would like to participate in their SET this year. In past years, there's been participation each way for both the Maine and NH SETS. Steve KB1TCE


 Amateur Radio Parity Act:

This is a reminder that if you have not sent an email message to Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, you still have time to help out. It is easy to generate letters to your two Senators in support of The Amateur Radio Parity Act. This was originally introduced in the Senate as S-1685 but has been revised and approved in the House as HR-1301 after the ARRL worked with the Community Association Institute (represents home owner associations) to find language both organizations now support.


To generate email to each Senator, it only takes a couple of minutes. Go to the following web site:

You can find more information on The Amateur Radio Parity Act at:


ARRL Bulletin 34 ARLB034

From ARRL Headquarters 

Newington CT September 20, 2016

To all radio amateurs 

ARLB034 FCC Updates Notice on Amateur Radio Operation in CEPT Countries

The FCC has updated its Public Notice on Amateur Radio operation in European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) countries that have adopted certain recommendations regarding the US.

The updated notice, in English, German, and French, includes some additional countries where operation is permitted. Licensees operating in CEPT countries must have a copy of the Public Notice, proof of US citizenship, and evidence of an FCC Amateur Radio license grant. These must be shown to "proper authorities" upon request.

 More information about CEPT can be found at,   .The Public Notice can be found in PDF format at,

CEPT countries participating in CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01 as of

September 16, 2016, are Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmak (including Greenland, and the Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland, France (including Corsica, Guadeloupe, French Guyana, Martinique, St Bartholomew, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Martin, Reunion and its Dependencies, Mayotte, French Antarctica, French Polynesia and Clipperton, New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey,Ukraine, and the United Kingdom (including Great Britain, NorthernIreland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man).  CEPT countries participating in ECC Recommendation (05)06 as of September 16, 2016 are Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark (including Greenland, and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Information regarding countries participating in CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01 and Recommendation (05)06 after September 16, 2016 is available from the European Communications Office (ECO).

The Public Notice includes complete details. For more information, contact Scot Stone, FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, (202) 418-0638, or via email at, .


 Happy Birthday to 

DEER ISLE — Mary Cousins, who was the first Maine woman to operate a ham radio in 1933, celebrated her 108th birthday Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Her Cake was decorated with items from the week she was born and her 1933 ham radio license, at her birthday party attended by four generations of her family.

Mary’s birthday cake also bore images of her native Stonington in 1908. Teddy Roosevelt was president then and the American flag had 46 stars because Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska were not states yet.

At the celebration, featuring live piano music, Cousins read cards from many well-wishers including Senator Susan Collins. Besides being a ham radio operator, Mary worked as the Stonington librarian, school bus driver and telephone operator. The 108-year-old said she never stops learning new things.

The Doctor Will See You Now! 

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If you are responsible for a testing session, 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 207-948-6222 

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