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New England


LAST UPDATE: 5/23/18


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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




Saturday, June 2nd 9:00 am Hermon High Schoole (Hermon Hamfest) 2415 Route 2 Hermon. Walk-ins are welcome, Sponsor: Pine State ARC  Contact: Peter Bither 944-2616


Saturday, June 23rd 2:00 pm Alexander Elementary School, Route 9 Alexander, at the Field Day Event. Walk-ins are Welcome Sponsor St. Croix Balley ARC Contact Jon Watts 733-4715 


Saturday, June 23rd 3:00 pm Northern Maine Fair Grounds, Presque Isle, Maine.  Forestry Building Walki-ins are welcome sponsor: Aroostook Amateur Radio Association Contact: Steve Sandelier N1NXU,


Is your club or group holding a testing session during field day? Please send the information to Joy Foss, PIC so it can be announced The people needing to test before the June 30th deadline of the current technician Question pool will be able to thier license.



**Please be aware that the Current Technician Class (Element 2) question pool will only be valid until June 30, 2018


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 May 30th  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.



Volunteers are still needed to help at the Piscataquis River Race on Saturday May 26th The change in the date of the race from April to May has left  the group short of volunteers.

Race Starts at 10:00 AM in Guilford and Finishes at Foxcroft Academy. Start/Finish Personnel need to be on site NLT 8:00 am. All others will meet at the McDonald's in Dover-Foxcroft at 8:30 AM

If you can help out please contact George Dean, as soon as possible.




Special Bulletin 8  ARLX008

From ARRL Headquarters  

Newington CT  May 16, 2018

To all radio amateurs 


National Hurricane Center's WX4NHC will be On the Air for Annual Station Test


WX4NHC - - the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, will be on the air for the annual station test on Saturday, May 26th, from 1300 until 2100 UTC. This will be the station's 38th year of public service at the NHC. QSLs are available via WD4R, with an S.A.S.E.


The frequencies and more informationb are on the ARRL Maine Section Web page.

"We will be making brief contacts on many frequencies and modes, exchanging signal reports and basic weather data exchange (sunny,rain, etc.) with any station in any location." WX4NHC will be on the air on HF, VHF, UHF, 2- and 30-meter APRS and WinLink.  The subject line must contain "//WL2K."


The Hurricane Watch Net frequency of 14.325 MHz will be primary for WX4NHC. Operation also will take place on the VoIP Hurricane Net from 2000 to 2100 UTC on IRLP node 9219 and EchoLink WX-TALKConference node 7203. Florida Statewide SARNET and local VHF and UHF repeaters will be contacted. QSLs are available via WD4R, with an S.A.S.E.






Field Day is set for June Saturday, 23rd - Sunday 24th

Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation.Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

Follow Field Day on Facebook and Twitter! ARRL has created a Field Day event on Facebook, and you can also join the conversation by using the hash tag #ARRLFD.


If your club or group will be particpating please send your information to Joy Foss, PIC  so it will be announced and people can find you.



A special event amateur (ham) radio station will be a feature at the Falmouth 300 Festival on May 26th at the Community Park on Winn Road.

A specially equipped van will be located at the Park which will include radios, a 30’ tower and antennas capable of communicating with other ham radio operators in Maine, the U.S. and all over the world using voice and Morse code transmissions.  Special call sign K1F has been authorized for use during the festival.

Local ham radio operators will be available all day to demonstrate the equipment, make contacts with other hams and provide information about ham radio.  Work is under way to set up contacts between the special event station and hams in Falmouth, England.

Ham radio operators enjoy talking to and making friends with other hams world-wide.  Hams have frequently been instrumental in providing communications during large-scale disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes when other forms of communication (including cell phones) fail.  Hams also provide public service communications at events such as marathons.

Come to ham station K1F at Community Park on May 26th and see the action yourself. For more information, please contact, Joe Blinick,  K1JB, 797-7513




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


Wednesday, May 23rd 5:30 pm Greenville Town Office Building, 7 Minden St. Greenville


Wednesday May 30th 6 - 8 pm Nat’l Weather Service-Gray Maine, will be holding a Sky Warn Class at the Kennebec County EMA 125 State St. Augusta

Please let the office know if you want to attend.  There is not a lot of room so we need to know who will be coming. To sign up call the office at 623-8407, or contact Sean Kevvebec County EMA email 



 ***Check out the SWAP NET on Sunday Evenings at 6:30 pm on the link system with Miriam, kc2aih 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***



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


The Doctor Will See You Now! 

"RF Loss"  is the topic of the latest  as of May 10th 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



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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  

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